So, I am week 2 on phase 2. I am now including a bowl of oatmeal in the morning and a small piece of fruit later in the day. I want to lose 20 pounds. I weighed 150 and I want to get to 130. This is the second time on south beach. First time was a great success. This time around I lost 6 pounds on phase 1 and I have not lost really anything (possibly a pound) on phase two. I am not concerned with that. I know that phase two might go slower. I work out alot. I am hoping physical strength, endurance and aerobic activity will stop me from relapsing back into wieght gain.
Once I hit the phase two mark, I started making oatmeal with two egg whites, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter for breakfast. Along with two celery stalks and a cup of v8. I was also having yogurt mid morning but now I made the oatmeal with milk and skipped the yogurt. For lunch I have a pretty large salad with spinach leaves, romaine, tomato, green pepper and chicken or tuna. I use paul newmans oil and vinegar or red wine and vinegar or caesar's. All have under 3 grams of sugar. When I get home I might have celery with a little bit more peanut butter (I stick to the two tbs a day rule) and it's no sugar added. I tend to snack alot in the afternoon due to appetite, schedule, and exercise class. I also might have a cheese stick or cottage cheese (no more than two servings a day of cheese) or chick peas and cucumbers. I also might stick my banana (medium) or berries here. For dinner, it's lean meat and 2 cups of asparagus, string beans or both.
(Hold on, my question about snacks is coming) First of all, this is exactly what I had today, how does this look?
Breakfast, old fashioned oatmeal made with some milk, 1 tbs peanut butter and two egg whites. 2 pieces of celery. Cup of v8.
lunch-salad -with spinach leaves, romaine, tomato, green pepper and chicken and paul newmans red wine and vinegar. Then I had yogurt because i was still hungry. I was hungry before exercise class 3 hours later and I was worried I would not have strength to work out so I had a cheese stick and a handful of peanuts (and mentally said goodbye to more peanut butter later).
Dinner- ( ate about 7pm) about 4 ounces of pork and 2 cups of asparagus, string beans and celery and chick peas. Then a half cup of berries with non fat milk.
Now I'm hungry before bed and contemplating a small cup of cottage cheese.
Question (finally!) The meal plan for phase two seems to discourage snacking but allows it. What do you suggest? For example, the oatmeal made with milk seemed to eliminate the need for the yogurt and held me until lunch. But then something is making me hungry after my salad! I go to lunch not really hungry and then eat lunch and get hungry soon after! Is it better to eat oatmeal with milk or save my dairy for later in the mid morning? I had my dinner, which was kind of big and thought it would eliminate the need for snacks. But it didn't.
Should I be eating enough at meals so that I don't need snacks or does it not really matter?
How do you do snacks on phase 2? or should you?
And how does my day today look? Because it's kind of what I would like to stick to. (and I think I will have that cottage cheese)
Also of note, I had some issues choosing the right foods going out with friends to eat on friday but i think I did ok. The meat and veggie skewers I ordered probably did have a sweet sauce on them. Also, I had a 2 hour work out on saturday and then I was starved so I ordered a panini, but it was made with olive oil and I ate only a small bite or two of the actual bread. I just ate the roast beef inside. So, the weekend had some issues, but not too bad.