Everyone has been on a diet at some point. Seriously. Good, bad or indifferent, we all have a diet. I have a new one. I’ve tried various dieting techniques– most women have– from Weight Watchers to a brief Atkins stint. I’m not a big meat eater in general and I love fresh vegetables, so I usually do okay, but now that my “home gym” (long story) is 45 minutes from my place of employment and another 30 minutes home from there, I don’t seem to make it to workout as often as I once did. As I consider new workout regimens to put in place, I am dieting.

One of my coworkers claims he lost 15 pounds from doing the South Beach Diet for two weeks… after two weeks he started eating crap again and probably put the weight back on. In any case, I thought I’d give it a go, and if you view the link above, the Wikipedia reference gives you everything you need to know about the diet. Basically it comes down to no sugars/ carbs.

No fruit, no bread, no beets, no granola, no carrots, no oatmeal, no wheat pasta, no brown rice, no ketchup, not too many tomato products, not too much dairy, only low-fat cheese and dairy, no butter. I could go on, but all of these are staples of my normal diet. And I thought it was healthy to eat whole grains– and it is, just not in the first two weeks of this diet.

Granted I’m only on day two and yesterday I cheated with strawberries and two shortcakes leftover from the weekend and today with a 90 calorie granola bar… but this blows. Is my body going to know what to do with all the carbs I eat when I decide to start eating them again?

Sometimes I don’t know why I torture myself. Did I mention no booze on diets? Obviously with tons of travel and fun next month there will be no diet, so I suppose I ought to stick to my guns while I can.

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