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Diet: Abstinence Eating Plan – Going Bread Less

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For February I didn’t eat sugar and for January I didn’t eat cheese.

In January I lost 5 pounds by not eating cheese.

Guess how much weight I lost in February by not eating sugar?

None. Zero. Nada. Nothing.

I didn’t gain any weight either. And I did start eating a bit of cheese. I bought Parmigiano-Reggiano and grate it over some foods now and then but I’ve not gone overboard.

I didn’t exercise either except to walk my dog but it’s at her sniff, sniff pace not mine. Not exercising is a big negative. I have no excuse for that.

February was a very stressful month for me on many levels and I really wanted sugar when I was stressed out. But I didn’t have any. I did eat more dark, dark chocolate than usual, more almond butter sandwiches, and more carbs in general.

For March, I decided to give up bread, rolls, and buns.

And yes, sugar has already come back into my life. Sugar is like a drug. And not having it didn’t take the cravings away.

I’ll continue to go AEP.

  1. Wow, bread would be a hard one for me to give up. We love it, perhaps a bit too much, in our home. I really admire you for doing this, it’s interesting to hear/read your experiences with it.

  2. In today’s Wall Street Journal, there is an article about there now being a DNA test to determine if your have the gene that lets you lose weight more easily if you cut down on fats or if you cut down on carbs. I’ve just saved you $150. You are the one that loses more easily by cutting down on fats.

  3. I made up for sugar by putting real half & half in my coffee and tea, not all the time but some of the time.

    Jennifer, thanks for your comments. I love sandwiches so bread will be a challenge.

    Mary, I do believe that I lose weight more easily with less carbs than less fat but we’ll see what the bread-less month brings. South Beach is a prime example.

  4. That is amazing to see that you lost more cutting out cheese than sugar. I would have thought it would be the opposite, but everyone’s bodies are different. A healthy meal plan should really contain a balance from all food groups. Best of luck to you!

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