Dieting is fun

The kind of diet that I tried out in one week is a cardiac diet. Apparently, this diet is used in Birmingham, Alabama hospital for patients that need to lose weight before going through surgery. The good thing about this diet is that it is only on 3 days, it actually works, it is simple to follow, and the food is easy to get and make, meaning you can use this diet for a long time without permanently changing the way you eat. The bad thing is that the menu for this is bland; it gets boring fast, it is very strict, you cannot eat anything except what is on the menu and the only seasoning you are only allowed to use is salt and pepper. This could be because this diet works as a chemical breakdown and won’t work if you do not follow it.

Here is the link to the diet: http://cartercountymarket.com/html/cardiac.html

Below is the daily log and progress of my diet.

Day 1: this is what I ate this day:

breakfast: peanut butter on toast and 1/2 grapefruit with green tea
Breakfast: peanut butter on toast and 1/2 grapefruit with green tea

Lunch: 1/2 cup of tuna with toast and green tea
Lunch: 1/2 cup of tuna with toast and green tea
dinner: blanched green beans and raw carrots with cooked pork and a small apple with vanilla ice cream for dessert
dinner: blanched green beans and raw carrots with cooked pork and a small apple with vanilla ice cream for dessert

Don’t really feel anything different today, just that it feels like my stomach is full of air; I keep burping at night and it feels very uncomfortable. Other than that, the day was pretty normal.

Day 2: This is what I ate on this day:

breakfast: a hard boiled egg on toast with 1/2 a banana and green tea
Breakfast: a hard boiled egg on toast with 1/2 a banana and green tea
lunch: canned tuna on saltine crackers
Lunch: canned tuna on saltine crackers
dinner: 2 hot dogs (wieners) with blanched broccoli, raw carrots, and 1/2 a banana with vanilla ice creamfor dessert
Dinner: 2 hot dogs (wieners) with blanched broccoli, raw carrots, and 1/2 a banana with vanilla ice creamfor dessert

Other than accidentally eating fish during cooking class, I am still staying true to the diet; it may or may not be a problem, but I try to make sure to watch what I eat so I can get the full effects of the diet

Day 3:

hard boiled egg with toast and green tea
Breakfast: hard boiled egg with toast and green tea
a slice of cheddar with crackers, a small apple, and green tea
Lunch: a slice of cheddar with crackers, a small apple, and green tea (accidentally overcooked the crackers and cheese in the oven)
dinner: a cup of tuna with raw carrots, blanched green beans, and an apple with vanilla ice cream for dessert (plated it this way so it looks good)
Dinner: a cup of tuna with raw carrots, blanched green beans, and an apple with vanilla ice cream for dessert (plated it this way so it looks good)

I felt really tired after class; could be because I am still getting used to the diet. So far, I am getting really  annoyed about it and how I still have to do this for two more days.

Day 4: since the diet only lasts for 3 days, I just repeat the process again, except I mix it up some more just to make it interesting:

breakfast: peanut butter on toast with grapefruit on the side and green tea (just a repeat of day 1)
Breakfast: peanut butter on toast with grapefruit on the side and green tea (just a repeat of day 1)
lunch: tuna on toast with green tea
Lunch: tuna on toast with green tea
cooked pork (just seasoned with salt) with a side of green beans and carrots with vanilla ice cream sprinkled with rough cut apple slices
Dinner: cooked pork (just seasoned with salt) with a side of green beans and carrots with vanilla ice cream sprinkled with rough cut apple slices

I could see the diet working; I actually lost a couple of pounds because of it. My only complaint is the fact that the food is really bland. There really is not alot I could do to make it tastier, so I just eat them and hope that it works again.

Day 5:

breakfast: a mixture of banana and hard-boiled egg seasoned with salt on toast with green tea
Breakfast: a mixture of banana and hard-boiled egg seasoned with salt on toast with green tea
lunch: saltine crackers with a side of tuna
Lunch: saltine crackers with a side of tuna
dinner: sliced hot dogs on  top of carrots and green beans with 1/2 of a banana and vanilla ice cream on the side
Dinner: sliced hot dogs on top of carrots and green beans with 1/2 of a banana and vanilla ice cream on the side

This is the day when I felt really hungry. I felt like eating something but restrained myself by drinking water. My stomach kept growling and felt unsatisfied. On the bright side, the water kept me full and prevented me from craving anything else. however, I felt more and more bored from the diet and occupied myself mostly to distract myself from other food.

Day 6:

Feeling really annoyed and frustrated with the diet; there was nothing else to work with so I just improvised with the food:

breakfast: hard boiled egg sliced on toast with green tea
Breakfast: hard boiled egg sliced on toast with green tea
luch: melted cheddar cheese on apple slices with saltine crackers and green tea
Lunch: melted cheddar cheese on apple slices with saltine crackers and green tea
dinner: tuna, blanched cauliflower, and raw carrots with apple shake (vanilla, a small apple, and some of the cauliflower and carrots)
Dinner: tuna, blanched cauliflower, and raw carrots with apple shake (vanilla, a small apple, and some of the cauliflower and carrots)

The reason why I put vegetables inthe shake is because that way, i don’t have to chew ALL of the vegetables, making it easier for me to eat. This is also when I tried out the alternatives in the menu; I prefer the cauliflower over the green beans because it tastes better.

Day 7:

Breakfast: toast and grapefruit topped with peanut butter and green tea
Breakfast: toast and grapefruit topped with peanut butter and green tea
Lunch: tuna and toast with black coffee
Lunch: tuna and toast with black coffee
roasted pork belly seasoned with salt and pepper with green beans and carrots and an apple smoothie (vanilla, apple, green beans and carrots)
roasted pork belly seasoned with salt and pepper with green beans and carrots and an apple smoothie (vanilla, apple, green beans and carrots)

It is the last day and feel very relieved; I actually saw that I lost some more pounds and am really satisfied with that. My only regret is putting peanut butter on the grapefruit; the bitter taste of the grapefruit and the sweet peanut butter taste does not go well together in my opinion.

To conclude, this diet is one that I can do over and over again, just not for a long time. It may be effective, but it gets in the way when you do it constantly, especially when you a chef and you have to try different foods. what I like about this is that the dinner portions are much better than the breakfast or lunch portions, even though I played it safe by eating the vegetables the way they are or blanching them beforehand so I could get most of the nutrients from them for better results.

What I don’t like about this diet is that it is very demanding; you need to follow the rules to the letter or else it won’t work and you have to start over again. I recommend this to anyone who wants to shed some pounds on a short time or just want to try out. The only thing about this is that if you do not follow the rules, it can’t work. Also, a word of advice for those who will do this diet, drink plenty of water because you will get hungry during this. This diet is great, and I would use this again, at least 2 times a month; this will be enough for me to diet and not have any problems with being a chef. With that said, this diet is amazingly easy to follow but very strict with its rules.

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