As I’ve told you in my other post, I enrolled with Cohen’s Diet. Based on my initial blood exam and consultation, they’ve set my target weight and to help me achieve that, they provided me with my personalized eating plan. The entire plan is copyrighted and because I respect intellectual property, please do not expect that I will post about the details of the plan here. Besides, it’s a personalized plan made just for me based on my blood test. So instead, I’ll just be giving a broad idea of what the diet is about and how I am faring with my personalized plan. Some of you might find it useful in case you decide to join the diet in the future.
Other diets I’ve tried
Some friends asked me why I joined Cohen’s Diet and if I have tried other diets in the past. I never tried Atkins nor South Beach so this is technically the first official diet I’m trying. But it doesn’t mean I have never tried other weight-loss stuff before. I tried Herbalife and bought a whole gamut of weight-loss products from them. Well, I just opted to get my money back 😛
I also remember trying Bangkok pills before. They’re nasty stuff I tell yah (my jaws were locking as I sleep probably because of the phenteramine and fenfluramine components) but I did try them and had a dramatic weight loss, about 20 lbs in two months without exercise. Just a word of caution though, there’s a huge payback once you stop. And when it’s payback time, the weight comes back FAST and about 10-15lbs MORE.
I also tried a couple of Chinese weight-loss herbs (Lightness is one of the names I remember). Same drill, you lose some, you gain more. Now, some people are raving about the slimming coffee from Brazil. I haven’t tried it but based on experience, I could say that I will probably just experience the same thing.
While these pills worked, they only had a superficial effect. They only offer short-lived solutions. Real diets are driven by a commitment to change and that’s the only time it will work. No pain, no gain as they say. For a change, I am willing to commit this time and I’m praying for strength to maintain a consistent positive attitude about it 🙂
I’m doing this diet for good health and also to help me prepare for our pregnancy workup in the future… Well that and the gorgeous clothes I found at Horizon Plaza that couldn’t fit me. Hello clothes, I’ll meet you again in December!
I don’t have a regular physical activity
Some friends also asked if I am into any physical activity. To be honest, nope, I’m not into any regular physical activity except only when I don’t feel lazy working out on a stepper at home. But tell you what, I enjoy badminton, boxing, and… you wouldn’t believe it… dancing! 🙂 I remember enrolling into some hip-hop classes while I was in the law firm before (was even tempted to learn tap dancing!) because they’re fun. As soon as I get the clearance from my Cohen consultants that I can do badminton, boxing or dancing, I’m gonna do them again.
I haven’t started on the Cohen’s Diet yet
So, some of you might now ask if I have started on the diet. Not yet. My official start date is on July 11 and that means I have about 4 days left to enjoy… well, actually 3 because my mom’s birthday is on Sunday and the whole family’s gonna eat out 😛 Some have been on a frenzy buffet-binge knowing that their time to enjoy those stuff is gonna be up soon. I, on the other hand, figured I should prepare for it.
This is why I am coming up with my self-imposed Pre-Cohen Diet 😛 I am going to simulate my diet plan but not strictly. I want my body to be somehow ready for it because as I have been advised, it is some major change.
What are my do’s and dont’s? Generally —
I have to follow my plan completely, as in 100%. I agree to that. A diet is as good as the effort you put into it.
I’m allowed to have three major meals a day with specified time intervals.
I’m allowed to have snacks also with specified time intervals.
I can eat beef, veal, chicken, turkey, shrimps, tuna, prawns, crabs, calamari 🙂 Yeay!… But in limited quantities. Aww 🙁 *hehe*
I can eat specified fruits and vegetables also in limited quantities.
I can’t have any other source of carbohydrates but crispbreads.
I can have Coke Zero or Coke Light up to 1 liter a day! 🙂
I can have black coffee up to 3 cups a day! 🙂
I have to drink 2-3 liters of water everyday.
Pre-Cohen Day 1
And here’s what I ate for my pre-Cohen diet Day 1:
7:00 AM – Meal 1: egg and mushroom omelet + Coke Light + 250ml water
8:00 AM – Acupuncture herbal tea
9:30 AM – Snack 1: coffee with Splenda and Skyflakes fit + 250ml water
12:00 PM – Meal 2: lean beef and cauliflower in balsamic vinegar + Coke Light + 250ml water
2:30 PM – Snack 2: coffee with Splenda and Skyflakes fit + 250ml water
Oh wait…. I stopped following the program right there 🙁 *cry I’m so bad and I feel guilty*
I went to watch Varekai (Cirque du Soleil) yesterday and I pigged out with hubby.
LESSON Learned: I am only strictly managing my diet but not my regular activities. There will be days when I have to go out with hubby to watch a movie or something, or I will catch up with friends over coffee. However, I should never ever ever put the diet on hold just to accommodate my activities. It has to be the other way around. My activities have to accommodate my diet. Thus, I shall bring with me my prepared food everywhere I go.
I know it’s easier said than done but I will give it my bestest 😛