The Smarter Science of Slim: Thoughts on Week Two

Whole wheat bread is very enticing, but only have a little.

I'm through week two of the Bailor Challenge and this process has been entirely different than any other eating plan I've been on. Honestly, guys, I'm not being all that successful at sticking to the day-to-day rules, but I'm still shrinking.  You know that phrase, "give someone an inch and they'll take a mile"?  That seems to be my problem with starches this past week. I've averaged four servings of starches and sweets per day instead of the targeted two.  The problem seems to be when I don't eat eggs for breakfast.  Also, erm, booze; I've been rather social the last week ... I've seen a burlesque show with friends, went to a dinner party, and out to a restaurant with other friends.  Each included at least one glass of wine; the burlesque show ... well ... I had a really good time. All that said, I'm down another pound and another 1/2" for a total of three pounds and 1 3/4" lost in two weeks.  I'll take it.  Honestly, I feel I owe you all an apology; I'm not really demonstrating what the diet can actually do.  More like showing you that despite the fact I'm messing up, my metabolism seems to be speeding up a bit. As far as eating protein, I get it in most days, seven servings of non-starchy veggies are no problem, fruit is pretty easy too. Mostly I'm just not quite staying under for starches and eating SANE for alcohol.  From here on out, no messing up. I promise! I'm completing the "eating fit" level described in "The Smarter Science of Slim" (affiliate link) and today start on the "how to become hot" level.  Here are the new guidelines:
  • 1 serving of starch or sweets
  • 5 thirty-gram servings of protein (I'll do 20-gram portions)
  • 9 servings of non-starchy vegetables
  • 4 servings of berries or citrus fruits
  • 1/4 cup of milled flax seeds
The hardest thing on this list is going to be increasing the protein amount.  I actually think eating less starch/sweet is going to be easier; I won't be as tempted by an English muffin. Here's the trick to the veggies: make sure you have some with breakfast and the rest of the day is easy.  A big salad or a veggie soup for lunch helps a lot and the berries are easy to get through a smoothie.  I have a big pile of oranges sitting on my kitchen counter and I've been grabbing them as snacks and cooking a bit with pineapple too. I now get one cheat day twice per month. That means one week of eating pristine, a cheat day, and then that will be it until the end of my six week journey.  That's going to be tough, and apparently I'll have to look at my social schedule to time it properly (at least I'm learning, right?). The whole point of eating SANE is not to lose weight quickly.  Trust me, I know how to drop a pound a day if I have to, but that always leads to a rebound.  The idea of eating this way is to gradually make changes to your metabolism, which will shift your set point down and your weight will float to the right, sexy-looking place. The process takes five to six weeks, which is why I'm doing this over a six-week period.  I should be in new metabolism territory by the end and the scale may or may not shift (Jonathan's got a great post on that!), but the tape measure should be showing some nice results and those skinny jeans should be on my butt. It'll be interesting. How are you doing on the Smarter Science of Slim diet?  Are you seeing progress?  Are you struggling with starches like me?  Would love to hear from you. Cheers, Lisa
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About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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13 Responses to The Smarter Science of Slim: Thoughts on Week Two

  1. Carolyn G February 29, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    I like this way of eating. I am enjoying the fruits and veggies. I feel like I am eating protein all the time. I do not know exactly how many servings I am getting of each because I do not have the book yet. I ordered it from Amazon. It should be here tomorrow. However, I have been loosely following the guidelines. I have lost 3 pounds in one week and lost about 2″ off my waist. I do not know if this is a big no-no or not, but I still drink one coke a day and eat about 4 dark chocolate kisses.

  2. JoAnn February 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm #


    I think you’ve done a good job of describing some of the difficulties in the beginning as you are adjusting to this. I’ve been doing a version of this for almost a year, so the pull of starches is non-existent. One amazing stat for me this week was cholesterol. I donate blood every 2 months and they do a non-fasting cholesterol test. I’ve been doing the official SSofS plan for 5 weeks and my total cholesterol was down 50 points since the last time I donated! I’m looking forward to seeing what it will be in the fall when my doctor does the fasting test.

  3. Lisa Johnson February 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Wow JoAnn and Carolyn, thanks so much for stopping by … :-) I’m inspired by how you’re doing. Carolyn, Jonathan would say that those foods are “less SANE” than the ones he prefers. Remember a coke has 9 to 10 teaspoons of sugar in it, that’s a lot! L–

  4. Steve Burns February 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    While I’m happy for your results, hearing them makes me more frustrated than ever. I’ve been on the program for 7 weeks on the “how to become hot” level, sticking to it well, yet still have not lost any weight at all nor made any measurable progress on reducing my waistline. I don’t find it hard to stay on the program, but am demoralized about the total absense of results.

  5. Lisa Johnson February 29, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    hmmm, Steve, I’m not sure what to say. I would also be very frustrated if I were you … are you still doing some exercise? Bailor recommends 10,000 steps a day, you shouldn’t be completely sedentary except for the two workouts per week. Also you’re doing the workouts right? That’s definitely part of the formula? I guess the next thing to check is portion size (I’m sure you’re doing it) but making sure that a bagel isn’t one serving of starch, it’s more like six … I’m not sure what I’d do if I were in your position. L–

  6. Sarah February 29, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    Lisa, any time I eat “healthy” cardboard cereal for breakfast I am craving carbs all day. I am 5’8″ tall and have weighted about 135 pounds most of my adult life since I start the day with either:
    – smoked or poached salmon on a wasa cracker or lettuce leaf with onion
    – 2 eggs with a veggie such as mushrooms or spinach

    I am then satisfied and don’t get the granola munchies!
    BTW I DO have a glass of wine with dinner – what can I say, my family is French! – but almost never have mixed drinks.

    When I crave sweets I have Throat Coat herbal tea – I can’t say why, but there is something sweet in it that is very satisfying – or a square of VERY high cocoa content chocolate [85% or better yet Ghiradellie 100%]

    Low-sugar diet is also the recommendation of Dr. Periconne in the wrinkle cure! It works, plus my blood sugar is regulated!
    Go Lisa!

  7. Steve Burns March 1, 2012 at 1:33 am #

    I do the weight and cardio workouts as described in the book twice a week. That is, two weight days and two cardio days. So that’s double the exercise described in the book, actually. And almost no starches at all (not even any cheat days).

  8. Lisa Johnson March 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Gosh Steve, I really don’t know. There are so many possible reasons including maybe your DNA just doesn’t like this particular approach … I would try asking on Jonathan’s FB page and see if he can help you directly. He’s pretty good about responding to people. Wish I could wave the magic wand and make it work for you :-) Good luck with your plan … L–

  9. Sonia Simone March 1, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    Steve, what did your diet & exercise look like before you started? Were you eating a lot of processed or commercial food?

    I didn’t see much in the way of results but I think it’s because I didn’t have a ‘clog’ in the first place. Like it or not, I’m probably around the weight I’m supposed to be. Not, alas, a teeny little fitness model. :)

  10. Phil March 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    I just downloaded and watched an interesting episode of, “BBC Horizon The Truth About Exercise” (It aired on Feb 28th, 2012).

    “Like many, Michael Mosley want to get fitter and healthier but can’t face hours on the treadmill or trips to the gym. Help may be at hand.

    He uncovers the surprising new research which suggests many of us could benefit from just three minutes of high intensity exercise a week.

    He discovers the hidden power of simple activities like walking and fidgeting, and finds out why some of us don’t respond to exercise at all

    Using himself as a guinea pig, Michael uncovers the surprising new research about exercise, that has the power to make us all live longer and healthier lives.”

  11. Lisa Johnson March 2, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    Interesting Phil … thanks for adding your input. L–

  12. Steve Burns March 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    @Sonia: my previous diet was very low on veggies, very high on refined sugar (chocoholism), so-so for other starches, and about the same for protein. I did lots and lots of low-impact cardio: typically 360 minutes/week.

    I’m not near my ideal weight in terms of body fat percentage (24%) or waistline (43″ at 6ft tall), so I know that there is a ‘need’ for my body to reduce fat composition.

    Oh well, I’ll keep at it and see what happens.

  13. Geoff March 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    @Steve: Mind you I’m just starting the program and only partway through the book, but from what I’ve read and from looking at the author’s website, I’m not sure you’re supposed to be able to do 2x the workout in a week. It looks to me like he would say if you can do both cardio and weight 2x per week each, then you are not “exercising Deeply and should stick with two high-quality workouts per week” (quote from Chapt. 33).

    Best of luck,

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