Back on Track !!

Well its official !!   at least as far as I am concerned Calorie Creep occurs very easily.  I had been blaming the dreaded weight loss plateau for the non movement of the scales. I checked over what I was eating and I was over my target and what is more it happened very easily.
As you all know I am trying to maintain 1500 to 1800 calories a day but during this so called weight loss plateau I had inadvertently blown out to 2000 to 2400 Calories a day. As soon as I got back on track I am pleased to tell you the weight is now coming off again and its showing on the scales.
I have developed some exciting low calorie recipes so I will share them with you all soon.

Weight Loss Plateau can Destroy Motivation

In my opinion staying motivated while losing weight is the key to success.  So when you weigh yourself and see the results of your efforts in the scales it is exciting and motivates you to carry on with your eating plan.

How often do you weigh yourself.

How often to weigh yourself is a matter of discussion. But some people do it multiple times each day. Weighing your self once a week seems to be the general opinion of what is best. Because I find that difficult to do so I weigh myself  once a day when I get up after having a pee.
There is nothing more motivating than seeing a reduction in your weight .  It is proof that your efforts are paying off so when the weight loss stops showing it is for me a big downer!
I have read from other weight loss gurus ( or they say they are ) that you can expect to plateau about 3 weeks in and in fact that’s what has happened to me .

Calorie Creep

So I have been doing some research and have come up with a different explanation. “Calorie Creep “ Because after a few weeks of using any eating plan you get familiar with the number of calories. So you are not as vigilant in measurements as you were at the beginning. an  increased in portions may happen. So maybe an extra snack or 2 could result in Calorie Creep. Its easy for 1500 calories to become 1800 or 2000
So I have had a good think about this. I am now convinced this could be the explanation. So back to weighing and measuring every thing and I will let you know what happens

Taste is King !!!

In my opinion taste is king. If it does not taste good then I don’t want to eat it. This explains why lettuce leaf type diets dont work, I mean do not misunderstand me I like lettuce but I could not live on it.
Here is a fantastic Great tasting Recipe which is highly nutritious and wont break your calorie bank.

Barramundi Poached in spicy tomato sauce with kipfler potato’s
518 Calories for the serve

180 grams fresh Barramundi (or any white fish )
1 x small onion
3 cloves Garlic
1 x can Italian peeled tomatoes
5ml Olive Oil
1 x Teaspoon Chilli Paste
2 x tea spoons chicken stock powder
160 grams Kipfler potatoes
Some fresh Corriander

Get 160 grams of Kipfler potatoes and boil  them for about 25 minutes slice the potatoes and set on one side

Chop the onion and chuck it in a saucepan with 1 teaspoon olive oil and 3 cloves fresh of garlic
Put it on the heat (don’t burn it ) but sweat it up then add 80 mil of boiling water.
Add 2 teaspoons chicken stock powder and 1teaspoons chilli paste
Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Then put the mix in blender with 1 can of Italian peeled tomatoes. Blend until smooth. While blending add some fresh corriander

Place the Barramundi in the tomato broth add the sliced potato and simmer for about 8 minutes or until fish is cooked through  ( don’t overcook )
Serve with a scattering of fresh coriander as garnish
YUM YUM what a great way to lose weight

My Progress so far

I decided that I must do this on Friday 18th April 2014
I have adopted a combination of weight watchers points and counting calories. I am counting all fruit and vegetables. Whilst I have said I am using Weight Watchers its only because its an easier way to count the food intake. What I am not doing is using the amount of points they say I can have each day. I am trying to consume 1500 to 1800  calories a day
Weight Watchers suggest I can have 54 points each day but using my calculation based on my previous post “How many calories in a Weight Watchers Point ” I am only eating maximum 36 points = 1800 Calories.
I will update this post every now and again but here is today’s weigh In.
136.7 kg  down from 140kg on 18th April so I have lost 3.3 kg in 2 weeks
A great start !!  I am enthused and will keep it going