What I Ate Today: Champagne Diet, Day 1

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So, for incredibly reasonable reasons I was too terrified to actually go on a crash crash diet to lose weight before the holidays. But there’s this new plan out there called the Champagne diet that doesn’t restrict foods or force you to only eat cabbage soup. Instead it’s about eating better quality foods (opting for leafy greens rather than hamburgers, all of which should total around 1,200 to 1,400 calories a day). The calorie counting part can be a little bit problematic, but then, at least you get to eat what you want rather than constraining yourself to diet rice cakes or cabbage soup. And you get two glasses of champagne a day to keep it fun! Here’s how the first day went:

9:00 – I had a 300 calorie yogurt parfait with blueberries and strawberries. I’m trying to keep to the idea of opting for “classier” food as the champagne diet suggests rather than eating the granola bar I typically have in the morning.

11:00 – Pretty amazed I’m not hungry again, because I typically am by this point. Making a mental note to eat a real breakfast more often.

12:30 – Salad with chicken, corn, bits of feta cheese. I’m not sure if they feta is okay, but it is delicious. 600 calories.

5:00 – Hungry again. Eat a classy banana. 100 calories.

5:30 – And a classy hershey’s kiss. It was out on the desk. It hardly feels like it counts. 50 calories maybe? My calorie allotment is almost gone.

7:30 – At a screening for Newlyweds where they’ve laid out adorable Christmas cookies. Such cute Christmas cookies. With little sprinkles all over them. They also give us individualized bags of gourmet popcorn. And they have some of those sandwich cookies with peanut butter in the middle. And cheese and crackers and…fruit. Which is a lot less fun. They don’t have any champagne, but I get a glass of white wine which I imagine is approximately the same thing. 100 calories.

8:00 – The gourmet popcorn is taunting me, really relating to that lady in Requiem for a Dream.

8:15 – Taunting.

8:30 – I eat five grapes and three cheese cubes. Let’s say 100 calories, maybe?

9:30 – I take the gourmet popcorn home, in the hopes that it will still be good next week, but resist the temptation to scoop up bags of popcorn from seats where people did not show up (this is what I call restraint).

9:50: I’m starving. I’m pretty sure that I’ve met my calorie goal for the day, but I make a bowl of light calorie soup anyway. 100 calories.

10:00-12:00: Pretty consistently wonder why gourmet popcorn doesn’t qualify as “classy” while watching re-runs of 30 Rock. Also wonder how Liz Lemon’s character eats so much but gains no weight, a topic Tina Fey discussed in her biography, so I feel unoriginal for wondering about that.

12:00: Realize I never drank champagne. Drink a glass of champagne which is supposed to have 90 calories. Is as fun as I thought it would be.

12:15: Exhausted. Asleep now.

Overall: Not bad! All the advice is pretty straightforward – though the fact that I approximate calories is kind of frustrating. As is the fact that champagne is not available absolutely everywhere.

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    • Lauren

      I think I’m just going to start drinking 2 glasses of champagne a day and pretend to be on the champagne diet.

    • August S.

      This diet is basically calorie restriction + eat whole foods + champagne. This diet is basically the best.

      Well done Jennifer.

    • Cara Alwill Leyba

      Thanks for the great article & support ladies! The Champagne Diet is definitely about putting the best in your body but most importantly celebrating yourself and toasting to all the good stuff! It’s a lifestyle in ever sense of the word. I’m glad you’re enjoying it. Be sure to check out the official blog — TheChampagneDiet.com — Cheers!

    • Josie

      Cara’s diet is a farce. She has 3 chins and obviously isn’t following any diet besides a see food one. She claims to be classy buy none of her photos are below her neck I really wonder if this is just a get rich dillisional woman’s idea of fun.

    • Jamie Peck

      You didn’t eat dinner. I give major side eye to any diet that does not allow you enough calories for DINNER.

    • KeLynn

      I wouldn’t say that the diet itself didn’t allow room for dinner. I mean, a 300 calorie parfait? a 600 calorie salad? I wouldn’t say those things are out of the realm of reality, but if you’re trying to stick to a (pretty reasonable, I think?) 1400 calories a day, then they’re a bit large if you also plan to eat another meal.

      • Jamie Peck

        She had fruit and yogurt for breakfast, and a SALAD for lunch. It’s not reasonable to not be allowed to eat dinner because of that.

      • KeLynn

        Just because something is a “salad” doesn’t mean it’s low calorie. You can’t pour as much corn, meat, and cheese as you want on lettuce and proclaim that it has no calories because it is now part of a SALAD. Adding vegetables to something doesn’t take any calories away from what you started with. You can get nuggets and fries at McDonald’s for less than 600 calories.

        And 300 calories of yogurt and fruit? That’s way more than a normal serving. A normal yogurt cup made with whole milk yogurt is like 130 calories.

        I’m sticking to what I said. She ate what sounds like good food, and she didn’t eat outrageous portions, but they weren’t diet-sized portions either. And portion is clearly everything, if she managed to eat 300 calories in yogurt and fruit and 600 calories of salad. I weigh and count everything I eat – today I’ve eaten a fried egg sandwich, tea with sugar, an apple, lasagna, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and good-sized chunk of candy and I’ve only hit 757 so far.

    • Sam

      There’s an app called my fitness pal that allows you to track all of the calories you consume, as well as the ones you burn off during exercise. It’s awesome. It also puts things into perspective.