I’mmmmmm backkkkkkk to bloggin! I know it’s been about 8 months since I’ve blogged. 2016 is flying by. Moving, getting a new job, and adjusting to my new LA lifestyle took it out of me! BUT I’m so happy you’re still here reading this, it means the world to me. I will be making an effort to blog more so leave suggestions below on what you want me to blog about!
Sooooo now to the real reason you’re all here, Deets on the metabolic plan I’ve been testing! Sorry in advance for the length of this post but I wanted to cover it ALL! So here it goes…
About a month ago the team from Dr. Goglia’s new G-Plan contacted me to try Dr. G’s new metabolic online program. He is a very well known nutritionist (he created the meal plan for Khloe Kardashian — and tons of other celebs — and let’s be honest, she looks pretty darn amazing – so that helped get my attention) and is ready to share his amazing plan with the world, so he and his team created the G-Plan, an online customizable metabolic meal plan.
Back to a month ago — I wasn’t tracking my food in any way, just eating healthy, balanced meals and working out. but I was noticing that I wasn’t really making any leaps and bounds in my weight, and I was starting to actually gain a little bit back. Hate when that starts happening.
It was the beginning of summer and I wasn’t feeling my best in my bikini. Plus, who doesn’t want to lose a few pounds during summer?! Anyways, I decided after looking at the program and the components I would give it a try and see what happened. I love testing new meal plans (for those that don’t know, I’ve tried so many “diets” or meal plans, Atkins, Weight Watchers, macro counting, calorie counting, clean food only, carb cycling, no carbs after dark, etc) — it’s “weight-loss blogger” exciting because while it might be challenging it shakes things up a bit and makes me excited to try new healthy food combos and I love testing things out for all of you before I recommend them!
First things first. when you visit Dr. G’s website you are directed to take a 12 question quiz, which you can take for FREE, that tells you if you are carb efficient, protein & fat efficient or a combo of both. I took the quiz and found out I was protein & fat efficient, which basically means my body processes protein and fat more efficiently than it does carbs. Which I already sort of knew from previous experiences with the Atkins diet and when the new Weight Watchers plan launched, making fruit zero points. My body goes into weight-loss mode with fewer carbs, but life is not as fun with fewer carbs––so I was a little hesitant to see what the plan would look like once I was done with the quiz.
To see more, you have to buy the plan (there are a ton of different options plan wise) to my surprise, breakfast had a BAGEL included in it. I was like wait, what, excuse me… you want me to eat what at breakfast?! haha We are all told over and over again that bagels, bread, and all carbs, in general, are the devil when it comes to losing weight. well Dr. G. thinks a little differently, and I was pleasantly surprised.
Each week you get a customized plan according to your weight loss goals. The online platform allows you to swap out food easily and gives you portion sizes and a calorie breakdown for each meal (more on their website below). The plan is broken up into 6-7 small meals, eating every 2-3 hours, which is amazing for your metabolism. The only food group Dr. G. tells you to avoid completely is DAIRY (cheese and I have broken up for awhile). I love dairy, cheese, butter, chocolate, ice cream, etc but it was actually WAY easier than I thought to give it up for a few weeks, with all the fruit you get on this plan you will NOT be craving any chocolate, I can promise you that!
Every week you do a 4 question “check-in” and get a brand new customized plan to follow. So each week the food suggestions change and depending on how much weight you lose in a week it will change up your portions or when you eat certain foods.
Week One was an adjustment but completely doable. I convinced my family to join me in this journey and have them do it too has made it a lot easier. I always suggest doing meal plans with a buddy. I found as I started logging my foods and looking at the plan in more detail though that their website needs some work. I also thought some of the portions sizes were way too much. he does say that you can eat what you can until you get full, but who needs 3 slices of bread for breakfast, that seemed like too much for me. I made some edits along the way with serving sizes and ate what I needed to feel full, but not stuffed.
Guys, I’m NEVER hungry on this plan. not even once. I never craved anything either and that in itself is seriously shocking. I loved getting to eat so many servings of fruit, something I used to avoid doing because I was so afraid of the carbs (sugars) in fruit.
Week Two was very similar to week one as far as the meals were concerned, the major difference was taking “bread” (anything with yeast) out of the diet and replacing them with complex carbohydrates such as rice, potatoes, tortillas, and quinoa. Again not too difficult and I never found myself hungry at all.
Cheat Meals. Dr. Goglia encourages a cheat meal once a week. The first week the cheat meal didn’t affect the scale or my results but during week two I went more all out and the scale the next morning was horrifying. In my personal opinion, and what I will be doing from now on, is having a healthy treat/cheat instead of going all out, unless I’m seriously craving something. I definitely regretted my decision to have a cheat meal because it slowed down my progress and to me wasn’t worth the meal. You live and you learn though, am I right?
My Results. I lost about two pounds a week, which is a healthy weight-loss per week. However, I gained about 3 of those pounds back during my cheat meal and then lost them again and am back down the 4 pounds (after 2 days of being back on plan). Over all, I was pleased to see the scale moving in the down direction instead of up and the best part is I feel pretty lean.
Over all this plan is full of healthy, clean, unprocessed foods which I truly believe is the best way to eat. It’s worth paying for if you really have no idea where to begin with, portions and what healthy food to eat. They are also a really new program so there are some kinks and things they need to work through on their website but other than that it makes things super simple and breaks each meal down in a way that makes it easy to remember what you need to eat.
Here are a few meals and grocery hauls from the last two weeks. Everything I ate was really delish and I even was able to stay on plan (other than higher levels of sodium) while eating at Chipotle and Shophouse!
Whew, that was a lot, if you made it all the way down here to the bottom, CONGRATS! let me know if you plan on starting this meal plan or how you are eating/plan you are following at the moment in the comments below. To sign up for the program click here.