This is a rather long post, but I want to give all of you an idea of how carb loading works when you are gluten free.
This has been a really interesting and successful week. Last week, I posted that I was going to try carb cycling. I wasn’t sure if it would work or not. I am happy to report that I lost 3.2 pounds this week. So did it work? Hell yes!
I had my doubts mid-week when I stepped on the scale and had gained almost a pound. But that’s the way carb cycling works. The days that you eat carbs, you tend to bloat. Towards the end of the week right before weigh in, you drop your carb intake. The result should be significant weight loss. I DO NOT completely cut out carbs. You do need some in your diet.
Will it work for everyone? No. But is it worth a try? Yes.
So what exactly did I eat this week, and how did I cycle the carbs? Let me show you. Bear in mind, my daily total is 30 points, with 35 “extra points” per week.
Monday is weigh in day, and also reward day. So I ate a lot of carbs, including chocolate cake:
I had grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup for lunch-one of my favorite meals. If you notice, I did not go crazy, but I did satisfy my carb cravings. Total: 35 points. Not too bad.
Tuesday was a low carb day:
You’ll notice that I had way less carbs for lunch, even with the cake. An easy way to do this is to eat half a sandwich. I put 1/4 bagel because it was so thin.
A word about cauliflower rice- beware if you have IBS. It made me really sick. So sick, in fact, that I should have deducted my entire dinner. Total points: 24
Wednesday was another carb loading day:
I indulged in my love of bread. Total points: 37
Thursday was another low carb day.
We went out to lunch that day. I ordered grilled white fish with a side salad. I had a sandwich for dinner.
Total points: 28
Friday was my last carb-loading day for the week:
The first time I had chips in quite some time! I actually forgot I had these. I also ate potatoes; something I have cut way back on. Ok, potatoes twice in one day! Why not? Total points: 34
For the last two days of the week, I slowly cut back on my carbs:
I had croutons with my salad and half a bagel for dinner. Most of my points came from protein.
Total points: 33
Sunday was the day before weigh in. I usually cut as many carbs as possible.
We had leftovers for dinner. I was still hungry, so I had the Enjoy life chewy bar. They are to die for!
Total points: 27
As you can see, I didn’t go way over my points, even on days I carb loaded, and even the day I ate lunch out.
I hope that by sharing my choices, I will give all of you inspiration. You can make choices that are gluten and dairy free, without feeling deprived.
I have some other tips if you want to try carb-loading:
- try to stay within your points range, even on carb loading days, and rewards days.
- if you want something that will put you way over your points, consider replacing it for a meal-such as my cake and ice cream (dairy free, of course).
- try to exercise as much as possible. We walk a mile at least four times a week
- if something has too many points, try eating half of the recommended serving
- DO NOT carb load for at least one day before weigh in. Two days would be better to give your metabolism time to adjust.
- You will bloat on carb loading days. This will dissipate.
- do not deprive yourself of your favorite foods. Just eat them on reward or carb days.
- do not worry if your weight increases during the week. It should go down by the end of the week (carb loading won’t work for everyone)
- DO NOT be fanatical about weighing, measuring and counting points. For example, I don’t count the splash of dairy free milk I put in my coffee, or a thin spread of dairy free butter.
- However, you do need to track most foods you eat. Tracking will help you stay, well, on track.
What I doing won’t work for everyone. Some people track every scrap, some don’t. You will find what works for you and what doesn’t.
I hope that by sharing what I am eating, all of you will get inspiration and some ideas of what being gluten free and on Weight Watchers is like. It can be done. It just takes determination, will power and sacrifice. It all depends on how much you want to lose weight.
I do have days when I just get tired of it. I haven’t slipped up yet, but I am sure I will at some point. Counting points gets tedious. But it’s funny, yesterday I knew it was the day before weigh in. I was having green salad, and had some home made potato salad left over. I was going to have some, but thought better of it. It’s all about choices and consequences. Would it have made a difference? I’ll never know. But I was accountable. And that’s a major change.
My hubby and I will be going out to dinner tonight to celebrate (he lost weight too). But I will be counting points.