I am new to the program, and until last night, I was skeptical about the program (this is my 4th day only) - however, I am down from 180 to 176 which means it must be working or I'm just destined to lose weight quickly.
I do not follow the food plans on the system, as some of that stuff is made with canned / processed foods and it's something I haven't eaten in quite a while, I prefer to manage my own foods based on what I love to eat - after a long year on a low carb diet, I deserve it! My cupboards have the bare minimum in canned and packaged goods.
To begin the program, I went grocery shopping and purchased the stuff that I love - fresh vegetables and fresh berries, lots of different meats and cuts of meats, seafoods, Almond Milk, Cheese, Fage Yogurt, I looked at the bread aisle and bypassed it for the moment before making note that Dave's Green Bread (my favorite!) is on the list of food I can eat. My entire refrigerator and cupboards are filled with foods I love to eat, and what my boyfriend loves to eat - not a thing in the house that I dislike eating!
Every evening since I began, I log onto the site and click on the Eating Journal I select to add Breakfast for the next day and I cycle through a few things I have in-home or have within reasonable distance. Here's an example:
1. Add 2 Boiled Eggs
2. Add 1 cup Blueberries
FLP Optimizer responds: Overall, portion sizes too small
3. Add 1 slice Honey Whole Wheat Bread
FLP Optimizer responds: Carb portion size too large
4. I then remove the Bread, Add in FAGE Yogurt and 1 tblsp Honey
FLP Optimzer responds: Cab portion size too large
5. I reduce blueberries to .75 3/4th cup
Congratulations you have made a FatLoss Plate
It's that easy to combine what you have in-house quickly and without having to feel obligated to the stuff on the website. This tool is by far the most important part of your journey. My biggest problem is that, I tend to choose the healthier versions of foods, I am often still full 3 hours later, so I have to adjust a few things somewhere or just eat my fill each time. In any case, I lost 4 pounds in 4 days - this could be water weight, but I have been on a low carb diet and I drink half my weight in ounces of water - 12 cups a day is easy peasy!
A few suggestions for you - and other picky eaters. Don't buy what you don't like to eat! You are not held to eating anything just smaller portions more often of things you love.
Shop at Trader Joe's - the cereals alone are enough reason! There's so much choice in the cereal aisle, and many that can be eaten on this program in 1 cup to 1.5 cup servings. I just had 2 HB eggs, 1.5 c cripy rice creal, 1 c Almond Milk for breakfast. It's a lot of food but it's what I love, and it had enough fiber and protein to get me through the morning, at snack time, I will have yogurt and berries and maybe my afternoon snack will be an ice cream sandwich and 2 slices of turkey. I'm eating all the time and it's a lot of food. Hopefully this will help me get down to my goal weight!