I never thought I would go on a diet. I never planned to go on a diet. Yes, I knew I was slightly overweight but still – I was ok with that. Then I saw a specialist who mentioned that I might need to go on diabetic pills to help me loose weight. Now I had just been told a few weeks prior that I might need to loose some weight so I did not become diabetic. Then I saw the OB-GYN who said if I did not lose weight I was going to be diabetic because my pancreas made too much insulin.
She suggested 1,000 to 1,200 calories per day. She said I would lose weight. Now I had been on an 1800 calorie limit before when I was first told I was borderline diabetic and boy did I feel like I was starving. That did not last more than a week or two so I never thought I would make it 21 days – but I did. Of course, losing weight – even with the Perfection Portions diet – is not just about diet changes – exercise, drinking plenty of water and sore muscles are also part of the deal.
The Perfect Portions containers caught my eye in a review group. I signed up to review them but was not chosen – so I found a set at our local Wal-Mart and I bought them – for full price. When I first looked at the containers I thought there is no way that tiny amount of food is going to satisfy me. However I was wrong! In fact what I found out was I was not eating enough food. Now why I was gaining weight, I have no idea, but using the containers I was full every night – and eating a better balanced diet. I also found an app called the 21 Day Fix on the iTunes store that worked with the containers I bought, so that is what I used during my diet.
If you are using the app like I did the first step is to download it and measure yourself. Be sure to have someone help you with this as it makes it a lot easier to get accurate measurements. The picture above is what my measurements were before I started.
The next step is to choose how many calories per day you intend to eat. I chose to go with the 1,200 to 1,499 calorie diet, which is the lowest they offer. Each day I was to eat 3 cups of vegetables, 4 cups of fruit, 1 1/2 cups of proteins, 2 Tablespoons of seeds and dressings, 1/2 cup of carbs and 1/3 cup of healthy fats. They give you a list of what foods are in each group – so, for example for my healthy fats, I chose cheese. I found that by eating a wider variety of foods each day I was more satisfied. I tried to eat 3 different vegetables each day and 4 different fruits to give more variety to my diet. It worked.
At the end of the 21 days I did not lose a massive amount of weight – nor a lot of inches – but I did lose some. Now I gave up almost all sugary drinks during this time too and drank a lot of water or fruit infused water . My favorite was lemon and cayenne pepper water . I made my own so I knew there was nothing else in it but lemon, cayenne pepper and water . I also walked, jumped rope or used my elliptical every day and aimed for 10,000 steps per day – and somedays I made it, some days I did not.
At the end of the 21 days I lost 4.8 pounds and 5.5 inches. The photo above is the end results. Now there is an option to start over, do a 3 day quick fix or go with a more extreme diet. I am considering starting over with the 21 day diet again as I need to lose about 26 more pounds. I am happy with my results however because they are visible enough that I believe the doctors will see I am starting down the path of losing weight and thus I will be able to avoid diabetic medicine. That was my goal. No matter what your goal is, I encourage to check out the Perfect Portions Diet if you wish to loose weight. This is my own opinion and I did not receive any compensation for talking about this product.