Social Diet Update: Down 13 pounds after 13 weeks

August 6, 2013 | By | Comments (5)

editors-letterMy editor’s note in the August issue, in which I confessed my need to lose 20 pounds, is creating a lot of conversation and encouragement from readers. Just got this photo from reader Jeannie Landis, who says, “I was so excited to read the ‘This month I make a confession’ column … I want to join the party! Keep it coming!”

Here’s my CL diet update: down about 13 pounds now, after 13 weeks—which is on schedule. Good news: returned from five days at the beach and did not lose my momentum. We had a kitchen, so lots of summer tomatoes and fruit and great seafood on the grill—plus at least 8 miles of running and walking a day—kept things going, with room for fresh strawberry daiquiris.

Meanwhile, the group dynamic of using the UP bands and MyFitnessPal is really working. Several members have had slumps and plateaus, but there is unquestionably an advantage to being able to check in with each other and see each other’s progress.

The final, most important point: It really is true that you don’t have to give up foods to lose weight. That doesn’t mean portion control is easy. But it’s a lot easier when you’re eating foods that really satisfy.

Share your recent success story—big or small. Comment here, email, and tweet @ScottMowb or @Cooking_Light using #SocialDiet.


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  3. Jeannie Landis

    :). Great to hear about everyone’s success. Amazing what the power of community can do.

    August 7, 2013 at 6:35 am
  4. Rekaya Gibson

    Congratulations! Keep up the good work.

    August 6, 2013 at 10:50 pm
  5. Dana

    Hi Scott! I just lost 10 pounds in 10 weeks by eating right. My workouts stayed the same (I’m very active – tennis, running, DVD workouts, etc). I knew its 80% what you eat and 20% activity. So I decided to manage and portion my eating. I ate 300-400 calorie meals – 5 times a day. I wasn’t ever really hungry because I was continuously eating and eating the same amount of calories all day. I looked at labels, calculated the calories and made sure my meals were in the 300-400 range. Breakfast were smoothies, the 2 snacks were slices of turkey, cheese sticks, hard boiled eggs, cottage cheese, fruit, greek yogurt, nuts, 1 half of pb&j, etc. And for dinner – this is the best part. Since I have been a Cooking Light magazine subscriber for over 10 years, I created a folder of 300 calorie Cooking Light dinners (there is a link for these dinner when you google 300 calorie CL meals). And those are the dinners I made every night. There were so many of them that we had a different dinner every night for 8 weeks! They were ALL so yummy! It’s all about portion control – before I would eat 1/2 – 1 lb of meat with every meal. Now it’s 4 oz of meat, chicken, pork and 6 oz fish. The calorie count for these meals usually only included the entree, then I added a vegie and brown rice, quinoa, or 1 small new potato to round out the meal. VERY different than how much I was eating before! Oh and I had 1 cheat meal a week – I noticed that meal made little to no difference in my weight. And I cut out all alcohol and my after dinner snack (but had these at my cheat meal). Even though my 10 lbs is off, I will keep it off by continuing to eat the same way going forward. I feel great, I FINALLY know how much to eat and to maintain – I can even eat a little more! YAY! I love Cooking Light – thanks for providing my low cal delicious dinners every night! Keep at it, Scott! It’s so rewarding the entire way!!

    August 6, 2013 at 5:11 pm

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