it takes months and maybe even half a year to lose 30 pounds. Atkins is faster but I love vegetables too much to do that diet again. I just couldn’t imagine waiting that long to feel healthy again. I was desperate and tired of being in pain and I wanted and needed faster results,” Dubac said.
Her husband Karl told her about his business Hall, a business colleague who had successfully lost 80 pounds on a fast fat-burning diet.
No sooner had Dubac started on her diet when the calendar threw her a curve. Franziska’s kids along with their clans rolled in for Father’s Day weekend which kicked off with a pizza-pool party. Franziska managed to get through the weekend posting a 8 pound loss but then another tricky challenge quickly loomed — an upcoming family reunion which included 2 days of travelling!
Hall developed this list for Dubac to follow:
1. Put yourself first;
2. Make the reunion about relationships, not food;
3. Plan meals during the trip day-by-day, hour by hour;
4. Travel days can be all-apple days (to make eating easy while on the road);
5. If eating out, call the restaurant in advance with your “special request” for preparation with no oils/fats;
6. “Cheat well” if there are dinner toasts (gin or vodka is better than wine – and beer is out);
7. Bring along, or prepare “good” snacks like celery to scoop up a “tuna dip” or CLD salsa sauce recipe, or pop grape tomatoes, or have some fruit handy;
8. If eating at a big breakfast, make/order an omelet (i.e., cheating well);
9. Live life to the fullest, enjoy the special events and be intelligent about food choices during the diet!
On Day 44 and final weigh-in, Franziska reported sleeping better, feeling energetic and her ankles are no longer swollen.
“I’m really happy with the weight I’m at now,’ Dubac said. “ I learned so much on the Can’t Lose Diet — I don’t eat packaged foods, and I make my own salad dressing because the store-bought is too fatty.
“I’m glad I didn’t wait for the perfect time to start the diet because now looking back, 40 days is actually a very short timeframe and if I had waited I might never have started. The weight just dropped off.”