Weight – 168.4 pounds.
Weight lost – 1.8 pounds.
Yesterday, I was eating or drinking something every one or two hours the whole day but still I lost 1.8 pounds. So, I want to review the main ingredients of my yesterday’s diet that must have worked to cause the weight loss – wheat grass powder, bananas and dried fruits.
Wheat grass powder:
Though many articles on wheat grass say that it reduces food cravings, I’ve never felt that way. After having it, I haven’t felt any ‘suppression’ of hunger. Nevertheless, I consume it because it is a plant-based diet rich in chlorophyll and enzymes. Since it doesn’t taste very good, I add one or two tablespoons of honey and half a lemon to it. I would have loved to get my hands on fresh wheat grass (which is the real deal). But it isn’t available were I live. For now, I have to remain satisfied with the powdered one that I have bought from the market.
Dried dates and figs:
Nowadays, they preserve most dried fruits with sulphur dioxide. It is always better to stay away from chemical preservatives. But in my country, since all pesticide-free, preservative-free stuff are exported, we get only these preserved items in the market. Most of the time, they won’t even mention them in the labels, except for sugar and sometimes, sulphur dioxide.
Sulphur dioxide and bisulphites used to preserve dry fruits, kill bacteria and microorganisms. But it also bleaches out rot hiding inferior quality fruit.
One solution is to soak dry fruits in hot water for a while, so that sulphur compounds may get dissolved in water. Then wash it with water before consuming. You can also soak them in water with a few drops of lemon or apple cider vinegar and wash it off before consuming. By soaking/rehydrating the already dehydrated fruits, I guess half of the micro-nutrients in the fruits are lost. But that is the only way to wash away the preservatives.
Some people think that bananas are a diet-wrecking fruit. But weight loss or weight gain is ultimately decided by the calories we consume. Bananas are essentially low-calorie and high-fibre fruits containing resistant starch. If eaten judiciously, it can aid weight loss.
9 am – dry dates + tea with milk and sugar.
11.30 am – wheat grass powder + half of lemon + honey in a tall glass of water.
1 pm – 2 egg whites + a big bowl of dry dates and figs + 1 cup of curried lentils.
4 pm – tea with milk and sugar + 2 biscuits.
5.30 pm – a medium bowl of rice and lentils + 1 egg yolk.
9 pm – dried dates + cashew nuts + cucumber juice +
a few spoonfuls of instant noodles (wrong..very wrong).
P.S – Feeling happy that I am eating moderately and still losing bit by bit.
(1) ‘Home remedy for weight loss – Wheat grass juice,’ Tania Tarafdar, Feb 10, 2015, 02.12 pm, http://www.thehealthsite.com.
(2) ’10 reasons to eat figs (anjeer) everyday,’ Shraddha Rupavate, Aug 25, 2015, 6.45 pm, http://www.thehealthsite.com.
(3) ‘Cut out the preservatives’, Nobert Rego, DEC 23, 2011, 12 am, IST, http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
(4) ‘Are bananas good for weight loss?’, http://www.livestrong.com.