Phase I - SpaghettiI started the Colorado Diet on August 1st. Phase I of the Colorado Diet is for two weeks, and I have completed the first two weeks. Today you will learn:

  • what the Colorado Diet is
  • about Phase I
  • the list of foods for Phase I
  • and how my first two-weeks went.

What is the Colorado Diet?

The Colorado Diet is a diet that helps fix your metabolism while helping with weight loss. It is not a diet of restriction; although Phase I has limitations, it only lasts for 2-weeks. However, in each phase, you can add more yummy foods.

It is a diet that helps you get out of the fat storing mode and into the fat burning mode.

The Colorado Diet is not talked about as much, but it is a diet that works. There are 20 plus years of data and research to back up the recommendations for weight loss, which makes it great.

During the first two weeks, you have to prepare yourself to incorporate movement into your daily routine. However, if you are someone who is already active, like me, then keep moving. Eventually, you will work your way up to being active for 70-minutes, six days a week.

About Phase I of the Colorado Diet

Phase I of the Colorado Diet is “designed to help you lose weight while beginning to shift your body out of fat-storing mode and into fat-burning mode. We like to say it reignites your fat burners while producing a rapid weight loss.”

Source: State of Slim: Fix Your Metabolism and Drop 20 Pounds in 8 Weeks on the Colorado Diet

The Phase I Goals:

  • Lose weight by eating foods that won’t be stored as fat
  • Begin to fix your metabolism by establishing physical activity as an almost-daily habit
  • Practice developing the Colorado Mind-Set and tweaking your physical and social environments.

Rules for Phase I

  1. Eat six times a day
  2. Have breakfast within an hour of waking up.
  3. Don’t count calories, measure portions.
  4. Have the right carb and protein mix at every meal.
  5. Eat a healthy fat twice a day.

State of Slim Book

Food List for Phase I (Weeks 1-2)

The Leanest Proteins

Note: Vegetarians are allowed to add edamame (1/2 cup shelled) and tofu (low-fat, 6-8 ounces) to lean protein list of foods in Phase I

  • Beef: 4-6 ounces
  • Chicken and Turkey Breast: 4-6 ounces
  • Fish (tuna, cod, halibut, snapper, mahi-mahi, haddock and tilapia, an exception is salmon (one serving of fat)): 4-6 ounces
  • Egg Whites: 1 cup (5-6 whites)
  • Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt: 8 ounces
  • Fat-Free Cottage Cheese: 8 ounces
  • Protein Powder: 1 scoop

Reignite Carbohydrates

  • Oatmeal: 1 cup dry old-fashioned oats; ¼ cup dry steel cut oats (uncooked)
  • Fat-Free Milk or Almond Milk: 1 cup
  • Pumpkin: 1 cup mashed

Vegetables: No limit

Only the Healthy Fats

Almonds and Walnuts: (15-18 almonds or 8-9 walnut halves (Count them!)

Olive Oil and Canola Oil: 1 tablespoon

Source: State of Slim: Fix Your Metabolism and Drop 20 Pounds in 8 Weeks on the Colorado Diet

How I Did on Phase I

Phase I of the Colorado Diet went well, but I started getting bored with the food choices. Here are some pictures of the foods I ate during the first two-weeks.

Colorado Diet Food

Weight Loss:  I lost a total of 4.7 pounds, which I round up to be 5 pounds. I am currently in Phase II, and my weight continues to decrease.

Better Sleep: When I get 7.5-8 hours of sleep a night, my weight went down, but when I got below that amount of sleep, my weight remained the same or slightly increased. A good night’s rest is essential for weight loss.

Flatter Belley:  The size of my belly is decreasing, and my clothes are fitting less snug. I recorded my measurements on August 1st and, I will take my final measurements after completing the Colorado Diet program.

Overall, I feel great, and I am motivated to stick with the program for the full 16 weeks.

Anything worth having is worth putting in the work.

Until next time,

Take care of You and OWN IT!

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