Diet Bet #2: My weight loss strategy

Yesterday was the initial weigh in for the Diet Bet I’ve organized. We have twenty participants with a pot of $1,000! My husband was the first to join, which was totally shocking. He ended up being the only man. The next three people to join all live near me in Brooklyn, and I thought “Well, this will be easy. I’ll just deliver fresh baked goods to them every few days.” But then people started signing up from all over the country, and we even have someone participating from France! It’s a mix of bloggers, readers, tweeters, and personal friends who have nothing to do with my online life.

I’ve got four weeks to lose seven pounds. I’m using the same basic strategy I used the first time around, when I lost ten pounds, but I’ve added an element: eating dessert with my breakfast. Don’t laugh, there’s actual science behind it! I wrote about it here. I’ve been doing this for over a week and I swear it makes a difference. I mean, I don’t know if the difference is because of the large breakfast or the dessert, but whichever it is, I’m not messing with success. The weird thing is, if I have to pick between dessert and something salty and fried, I’ll always pick the latter. But that doesn’t seem to matter.

So, here’s my weight loss strategy for the next four weeks, a combination of my low cal/low carb alternating plan, and eating dessert with breakfast to help curb cravings and appetite all day. I’m calling it The Sweets First Carb Lover’s Diet. (Yes, I realize you hardly get any carbs two days a week, but you can eat all the carbs you want for five days! Totally worth it!) Shout out to @dgmommyblogger for the “Sweets First” part of the name.

  • Four days a week I eat 1,400 calories a day, with no restrictions on carbohydrates.
        • For breakfast on those days, I eat 400 calories of breakfast food and 200 calories of dessert – chocolate, brownies, whatever is around.
  • Two days a week I eat 700 calories a day, and limit my carbohydrates to between 50 and 60 grams.
        • For breakfast on those days, I eat 200 calories of breakfast food and 100 calories of dessert.
  • One day a week I eat whatever I want, with no restrictions on anything.

Today’s breakfast, for example, was heavenly: half of a giant bagel with cream cheese, veggie bacon, strawberries, and chocolate.


About a third of the way in to the plan I’ll be starting the Power 90 workout. I’m a little worried about how this will affect my weight loss in the beginning, but I’m going for it anyway. I’m not worried about getting so ripped that my muscles tip the scales (I should have such problems). I’m more worried that I won’t be able to sustain my eating plan with all that exercise. If I have to adjust, I will.

Just like during my last Diet Bet, I have a very ill-timed trip. I managed to keep control and lose two pounds while I was in Las Vegas for CES last month, but this one will be harder: I’ll be on a press trip at the end of this week to Disney World for the Princess Half Marathon. At CES it was practically impossible to find food on the show floor anyway. But Disney World? There’s food everywhere!

However, the last time I went with the kids I noticed that Disney World was making a huge effort to put healthy food front and center in the parks. At every store and stand, bags of grapes and packs of carrots were right in the front, by the register. So, I’ll do my best. I’ll probably also bring some Slim Fast bars with me, which really helped keep me on track at CES.

A few people wanted to join my Diet Bet after it had already started. Remember, is a free site and anybody can use it to organize a Diet Bet. Also, I’m sure I’ll be having another one of these to keep my momentum going, so stayed tuned for an announcement about the next one!

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  1. says

    Well this sounds awesome. I will certainly join your next incarnation. My main attraction is not weight loss it is the MONEY. I love money! Missing you and the rest of my Brooklyn crew. Sending hugs and kisses from my clan to yours.

    • says

      @adiaha: I hear you. And the Diet Bet people said that research showed that people were more motivated by the prospect of losing their own money than the chance to win someone else’s!

  2. says

    Thanks for the shout out! That is the most unique diet plan I think I’ve ever seen!

    I would guess the reason eating sweets first makes a difference is because your body has the opportunity to burn it all off during the course of the day. As opposed to eating them late in the day or for dessert at night when you’re more sedentary. That’s my take on it!

    Good luck and stay strong at Disney… why has my blogging not taken me anywhere fun yet? I could have stopped at “anywhere.” Hmmm…

  3. says

    Dessert with breakfast! Love it! I totally do this! I love the Dove chocolate squares, and a couple of those and I’m over my sweet tooth for at least another 6 hours. I love that I’m not the only one that does this! Rock on!!

  4. Emily Barnes says

    Sounds wonderful. I have been juicing a combination of kale, collard greens, chard, spinach and dandelion greens added to fruit, coconut oil and whey protein for a smoothie every morning for 2 years.

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