If I ate salad for 2 weeks would I lose weight?

@guss2000 (2234)
United States
September 18, 2007 2:40am CST
I've never tried this before, but I'm wondering if i ate salad, and drank alot of water for 2 weeks, would I lose weight? Of course, I would factor in exercise, and do alot of walking, but I'm just wondering what the payoff would be? I have a hard time losing weight due to PCOS (poly cystic ovarian disease, which effects the liver and insulin levels). Anyway, I've dieted before and I do lose weight if I stick to it and exercise, but I've always just ate well, and was careful about how much I ate. I would eat a lite breakfast, maybe some yogurt, tuna for lunch and a lite dinner. I tried to avoid sugars, and breads. I'm wondering if I just stuck to salad and vegetables, and drank tons of water, if it work good? I'm curious, and I think I may try it. I'm feeling like I'm on a health kick, and I can afford to lose a few pounds ;)
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@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
18 Sep 07
Yes, eating only salad would ultimately lead to a loss of weight... but be sure not to put meat to much meat like bacon and ham...and also watch the carb content of the dressing that you will be using...i thing vinegar and oil would be much better than ceasar or french dressing...
@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
18 Sep 07
I wasn't planning on using meats, but now that you mentioned it-- I bet I could use tuna on my dinner salad-- without mayo. For my salads I was thinking lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, maybe some green peppers, and I think that is it. I didn't consider the dressing, but I wonder if I used lite catalina and made sure I only used a table spoon, I wonder if that would work out. I have to think of something that I could do for breakfast. If I had salad for lunch, and then maybe salad with tuna for dinner, I wonder what I could use as breakfast. I'm thinking maybe I should get slim fast for breakfast, atleast I know that would hold me over until lunch. i'm hoping water in between would fill me up. I asked my husband if he thought i could really pull this off for 2 weeks, and he said he thought I could. I don't know.
• United States
18 Dec 07
I think that oatmeal would be a great addition for your breakfast. Lots of fiber there, and very filling. You could add fruit and a packet of Splenda!
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
18 Sep 07
I have poly cod also. I lost weight by going to Martial Arts classes and not increasing my calorie intake very much. In answer to your question, it depends on what kind of salad, how many calories it has. I see you have a good overall plan. My diet was created by a nutritionist who figured out how many calories I should have per day. But just salad and veggies, you have to be careful, you need all the food groups. The glycemic index tells you which foods digest when so you won't be as hungry if you have foods that will be digested/available at different times. She basically did a diabetic diet for me with the amount of calories I needed and I did great! It's a diet that includes all the food groups. Your salads may or may not depending on how you make them. Everyone should be drinking the right amount of water. That is quite a bit on a diet anyway. Take care and good luck.
@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
18 Sep 07
Thanks :) When i was pregnant with my son, I did have a dietician help me figure out what to eat-- but it seemed like WAY too much food for me. (even when i wasn't pregnant). I'm not really eating alot during the day-- however I've been htiting the chocolate like crazy and I KNOW that is awful for me. Do you take metformin for your poly? I've been on that for years, and it does help me lose weight and not gain weight-- but I've been totally not eating right so it's not helping me lose MORE weight like it should. What is the glycemic index? is that something I can look up online? I lost a lot of weight before by eating a SMALL breakfast (like oatmeal) and then a salad or lean cuisine for lunch and maybe a hot pocket for dinner. I also did a TON of exercise and drank loads of water. I've totally slipped on the water. I bet if I could just incorporate more water into my daily routine, I would lose weight without even trying. I swear by the water drinking. i'm really wondering about eating salads only though for about 2 weeks and wondering if I'll see a big drop. Then I can maintain it with a 'healthy' diet and lots of water.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
19 Sep 07
No, I don't take medication for my poly. Glycemic index should be online. It helps you know which foods are best. Already prepared foods have lots of salt. Salt keeps water in you. It's called water retention. Increasing your exercise and maintaining a good amount of calories is best. If you decrease calories too much, when you go back up, then you put weight back on. When your child is taking a nap (I hope your child takes a nap), walk around the house or dance. Mon., Wed, and Frid. do walking or dancing. Tues and Thurs try light weight-lifting. Walking and dancing are aerobic. They burn calories. Weightlifting builds muscle. Muscle burns calories even when you are not working them, in between workouts. Fresh fruits, fresh and cooked veggies, fresh meat, etc. Those are the best. When you work out enough, the calories that are for a person the size you are supposed to be will be just right. Cutting too many calories makes your body too efficient and that will make you fat when you go off the diet. Did the nutritionist give you calories for before you had the baby and after? Did you bottle feed? Milk from your own body often takes off pounds, not always, but I've seen people go back to their before child birth weight really well by doing that. Study up on diet. The diabetic and glycemic indexes are the best because you don't have to really give up anything. You cut down on food that makes you fat. You can still have a treat every now and then. Like every Sunday. It's something you can stay on for life, have energy and be the fittest you can be. Studies have proven that women can not just do diet alone. Exercise, moderate and responsible, must also be included. Also keeping stress low helps keep fat off too. Take care and do research. We all started out as hunter-gatherers. Then many groups became farmers. The closer you are to either of those groups when you eat, the better it is for your body. Take care
@guss2000 (2234)
• United States
10 Dec 07
I just now found your additional response to my post- I will check out the glycemic index. My boyfriend is a type 2 diabetic, so this will not only help me, but him as well. Thanks for your help!
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