I think you should re-read the nutrition part of the BFL book again. I do not mean this in a negitiave way.
If you are going to use WW you will have to evaluate which meal plans actually fit into BFL and go from there.
Personally I would not mix the programs as both are drastically different and try to transform the body in vastly different ways.
Ok, I'm no expert on BFL but I'm going to through my 2 cents out there to see what everyone else thinks about using fruit. The authorized food list only has apples, melon, strawberries, and I think oranges on it for fruits. This is very limited. Other fruits are not showing up on the unauthorized list so I'm wondering if the limited selection is only to be used as an example and not neccessarily saying NOT to eat the other fruits
Fruits and vegetables are the ideal food and loaded with so many nurtients that no other foods can duplicate. I do not think it would be healthy to eliminate them. Also, the Eating for Life cookbook includes them in many recipes...including bannanas. I have done the BFL program many times over the last 10 years when needing to shed a few pounds and have always had good success when using fruits as a carb source...along with other sources of carbs through out the day. The key is keeping the portion size down. A portion of oatmeal is about 1/2 a cup dry oats and equals 150 caloris. One peach is about 60 calories (depending on size). I do not see how having the peach instead of the oatmeal which is lower in calories anyway is going to derail my fat loss endeavers. I would think as a nursing mother it is even more important to have a healthy and balanced diet. So, if you want a bannana for your carb source, I would eat it. Especially if you still have a lot of weight to lose. It is true that many body builders cut sugar and fruit from their diet in the few weeks prior to competition to get "ripped". But at that point they are looking to get rid of the tiniest excess amounts of fat and water and maintain a physique that generally speaking would be almost impossible and even unhealthy to maintain every day. When you have a lot of fat to lose still, I don't think having 1 piece of fruit for a carb is going to hurt. And if it helps you stick with the program, all the better. Yes, bannanas are higher in sugar and calories than say a cup of strawberries. But, I've never heard of anyone getting to fat because they had a bannana instead of a potato.
Marathonmama - I believe while you are doing the official 12 week challenge it is ideal to stick to the approved food list as closely as possible. After you completed your challenge and enter into more of a "maintenance mode" then that would be the time to start adding in other foods if you wish.
I finally have my computer working again. Flip Flop, you have a point...especially about how WW and BFL aim to change the body. I have just basically been using it to track my food in a journal on my phone since I just can't have a big binder with me. It's nice having an app for it!
I think though, that I'll just purchase a food tracking/journaling app.
OK, so I was at the nutrition store getting some protien/carb balanced meal replacement powder and some supplements (prenatal, Omegas & some digestive enzymes) and I told the guy I was going to start BFL and he said he doesn't sell EAS anymore because they tested super high in Lead and Mercury content. He said when Bill Phillips owned the company it was much higher standards and QC, but since he sold it, it's outsourced and not good quality. One of my friends whose a doctor was staying with me last week and we were having a conversation about this exact thing. We were talking about supplements for the kids & ourselves and she cited a few studies which found high levels of Lead & Mercury in many supplements. However, there are companies which voluntarily manufacture under FDA standards and some even more strict. They have consistent inspections & QC testing for their certifications. So now I am trying to find things that are comparable to the EAS supplements, but certified. I just thought I'd mention this because since many of us are Breastfeeding mothers, I think we may be even more motivated to put clean non-toxic substances in our bodies. We should anyway, but babies are of course, even more motivation. Has anyone else done research on this subject?
Anyway, he said he thought the BFL program was great, just not the supplements made by the new company.
I messed up my eating today but not horribly, just ill timed and I confess I added a little Teryaki sauce to my chicken & brown rice! oops!
tonight will just be chicken & veggies. i had a protien shake for 3rd meal but added strawberries, blueberries & kale for some carbs to balance it out. does that sound good? all the kids and I are sick now, so I'm sooo tired, i cant even remember what i'm supposed to eat daily!
Okay, I hope I didn't offend anyone with saying what the guy at the supplement store told me. Anyway, Yesterday hubby and I had a date night for a late valentine's day. We haven't had a date night in at least 6 months. Needless to say, he works all the time and with both of us not feeling very confident in our bodies and having a newborn, we aren't exactly feeling "connected" lately. So date night was nice and I decided that would be my cheat day. I ate for one day like I'd been eating the past few months. OH MY GOD,...BAD IDEA! I felt SOO icky by the end of the day and today it's been hard to get back on track! A few pieces of licorice for dessert and zoooom!~ My sugar cravings came right back!
So today I screwed up and had some frozen yogurt with my daughter. At least it is a local kind that has no more sugar than a regular yogurt and it's lowfat. But still, that "free day" really threw me.
I think I need to not give myself a whole free day again until the challenge and even then I'll just let myself have ONE cheat meal, so I don't feel so icky.
Today was tough too because William got up every 2 hours last night which is so unlike him! He's usually a great sleeper for a 3 month old, but this cold is stuffing him up = difficulty eating = doesn't eat enough at each feeding = hungry more often.
Oh, one thing I DID notice...last night after my cheat day, my breastmilk FLOWED in again...my boobs got SO huge and full of milk! I REALLY hope that this time around is different and when I "diet" I don't lose all my milk like last time.
Augh, that would be so aweful!
I'm so looking forward to starting the challenge! I'm really tempted to stay away from my parents (my dad is SUPER unhappy with my weight right now...he's a health freak, SUPER disciplined and hates me being chubby)...and my friends for the whole three months, just go under the radar and then reappear when they can see the new me! Has anyone done that during their challenge?
How's everyone doing? Anyone struggling?
Marathonmama - saw your 3 week changes...AMAZING! GOOD GOING! You look fabulous and after only THREE weeks! WOW!
Thanks for the compliment. I would be really careful about drastic calorie reductions while breastfeeding. For me, following the portion recommendations of BFL, my meals are usually about 200 calories each. This ends up being about 1200 calories a day give or take. As you probably know, breast feeding burns about 500 calories a day...that's like an hour on the elliptical! I know how strong the temptation is to drastically cut calories and get back in shape....especially when you've been so fit before! I remember reading that one of the past BFL champions (I want to say Kelly Adair) ate about 1500 calories a day. If you were to eat that, plus the extra 500 you need to breast feed, theoretically you should get similiar results with 2000 calories a day (obviously every body is different). I know this seems really hight...and maybe you don't need quite that much...but maybe you do. I would say if you are still getting hungry and having strong cravings even after a week of following the program, it might be your bodies way of saying you need more calories. You might want to try adding an extra half portion of protein and carbs to your 6 meals a day and see if that helps. I remember how devastated I was when my milk suppy was inadequate as a breast feeding mommy. Just remember that you are doing the best thing for your baby right now. Some people have a hard time losing weight during this time while others think breast feeding is the best weight loss solution out there. I actually found the weight came off easier while breastfeeding because of the extra calories burned. Good luck!
So I'm not sure what to think of this. I was on strict eating for three weeks and lost only 1.5 lbs...then baby boy stopped sleeping through the night (7-8 hr stretch, then another 3-4 hours after that) and began waking up EVERY 2 hours all night long EVERY NIGHT for the next 2 weeks! This is why I haven't been online for two weeks or so. I noticed that my breasts were never filling up like they usually do, so I realized I probably was not producing milk like before due to the dieting. This happened after my first child...I didn't lose a pound until AFTER I stopped breastfeeding. I felt like things were different this time because I have more energy and feel so much better, but maybe that's because I'm no longer super anemic. It seems like things are the same still. So I am doing workouts at home 3-4 days a week and eating more to see if he starts sleeping better again.
Any advice on this? My doctor says I'm just probably one of the unlucky few whose body doesn't want to lose weight until after breastfeeding and my hormones are back on track, so she told me I shouldn't diet until I"m finished. Do you REALLY think that has to be the case? Don't you think I could lose at least a SOME of the weight right now?
I am SOOOO frustrated.
OH and the protien shakes I was having for meal 2 & meal 4 gave me the WORST stomach issues I've had in a LONG time...FOUL gas and constipation like crazy!!!! AUGH
We certainly understand being frustrated about getting back into shape, especially being so athletic. However, the Body-for-LIFE program was not designed to specifically address the needs of a breast feeding mother. We would suggest you follow your doctor's advice. You can also consult with a nutritionist or lactation consultant about healthy diets to follow while breast feeding.
As far as your experience with the protein shakes, can you please contact our EAS Experts so they can find out what is happening? Our number is 1-800-297-9776, M-F, 8:30 am - 5 pm, EST. Just reference your user name when you call.
~The BFL Team
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