Gelatin: The secret weight loss clinics don’t want you to find out.

I’ve been trying to lose the ‘baby fat’ I gained with my last daughter for the past 20 years. The ad in the paper said ‘Lose 30 pounds in 6 weeks!’
That got my attention.
It was time to admit defeat and seek professional help.
I paid for the program, a month’s supply of vitamins, minerals/herbs and protein supplements the company insisted were essential, and did everything asked of me for their program. All meals were to be high protein, low carb and from my own kitchen.
I tried. Really, I did. Ten pills at breakfast, ten at lunch, but only six with my evening meal. And then there were the protein supplements: I was instructed to drink 3 to 4 of them every day. Just about every diet agrees that protein is the key to weight loss. Their clear ones were okay, but the creamy ones were nasty!
Those pills and supplements weren’t cheap, either. Add that to the hundreds of dollars for their consult fee, and I’m telling you, an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii would have been cheaper!
To make it worse, I was tired and hungry all the time. Yes, I lost eight pounds those first two weeks, but then the weight loss stopped. Now I was tired, hungry, angry and depressed. The counselors shifted my diet again. I actually gained half a pound! I was still tired and hungry and depressed. When I told the counselor how dire the depression was, she laughed at me!
Screw it!
I stopped taking their pills, ignored the food diary, concocted my own protein supplements, ate chocolate cake at my granddaughter’s birthday and lost 2 ½ pounds that week.
I checked in at the clinic to tell them what I thought about everything and to rub my weight loss in their faces. I was told, ‘Oh, it may take a few days for those extra calories to show up as weight gain.’
Nope. They’re still gone.
I did learn something for all that money, though.
Gelatin is a very great (and inexpensive) source of protein: 12.9 grams per tablespoon of dried powder.
First thing you need to know is the basic rule: gelatin needs to be dissolved in cold water first. It only takes a couple of minutes for those cream-colored granules to ‘bloom.’ This blob then needs to be stirred into very hot liquid. From there you can add it to any variety of drinks, soups, or desserts.

First thing in the morning protein PICK ME UP
1 Tbsp gelatin (1 packet of Knox)
¼ cup cold water
Sprinkle gelatin over cold water and let sit for a couple of minutes. I use a custard dish so there’s more surface area for the powder to contact
Slip this mixture into your hot coffee or tea and stir.
That’s it! I make a cappuccino with cream and cinnamon. No sugar required for me. The gelatin makes it creamer and helps fill me up before breakfast. Less chance of overeating this way, too.

CHOCOLATE PUDDING
1 Tbsp gelatin
¼ cup cold water
Sprinkle gelatin over cold water and let sit for a couple of minutes.
2 tsp cocoa powder
2 tsp sugar
Pinch of salt (makes the sugar sweeter and rounds out the flavor)
(optional: a few drops of vanilla and/or dash of cinnamon)
1/3 cup warm water
Stir the cocoa, sugar, salt, water (and other optional ingredients) together in a Magic Bullet™ cup. Nuke for 30 seconds in the microwave.
Add gelatin blob. Stir until blended. Add 1 tablespoon of cream or half and half. Stir again.
Add 5-7 ice cubes. Put Magic Bullet lid on, shake to pre-mix, and then blend until the ice cubes are gone.
Depending on how much ice was used and the temperature of the mix, you’ll either have instant pudding in the cup or you’ll have to wait 5 to 10 minutes for full ‘set.’ You can use a blender or shaker cup, I suppose, but I love my Magic Bullet™.
By using cream or half and half instead of milk, you’re reducing the amount of carbs. If you use Splenda instead of sugar, you’re even lower on the carb scale, but you may get rebound and want more sweets. Sugar satisfies: artificial sweeteners often make you want more.

You can use the same basic principle of dissolving gelatin in cold water before adding to hot liquid for many ‘snacks.’ Add to canned soup, bouillon, teas, or even your own version of puddings. Consume 3 to 4 a day for added protein. The calories are negligible and the satisfaction is great…especially when you step on the scales and see you’ve lost 2 ½ pounds by eating chocolate pudding!

Note: I buy beef gelatin in bulk from Amazon. It doesn’t have a flavor and is much less expensive than buying packets. I’ve read that artificial sweeteners are bad for your innards and take longer to process than sugar. As far as my body goes,
Splenda actually makes me hungrier. All of the weight loss clinics sweet supplements were made with hydrolyzed gelatin and Splenda.

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About Dani Haviland

Dani Haviland, formerly of Connecticut, Arizona, and Alaska, recently semi-retired from selling tractor parts, tools, and roses. She moved to a more temperate climate in western Oregon to pursue her passions: writing, gardening, and photography.  View website

5 Replies to “Gelatin: The secret weight loss clinics don’t want you to find out.”

  1. This is a fascinating article, Dani! Thank you. I’ve been experimenting with so many ways to keep my weight under control since the frequency of my exercising has dropped off. This sounds very helpful!

  2. Hi Dani,
    I’ve been struggling with my weight lately. For many years, I was able to maintain a size 12 but recently the scales shifted – a trip to Hawaii with margaritas in every restaurant I went to, and macadamia banana-nut pancakes for breakfast, I gained 8 pounds. Then came Christmas, and the weight became solid. So, a trip coming up to my home town with the knowledge I would be with many old friends, I decided to smarten up. For me, calorie counting works and I’ve struggled over the last few weeks to get my weight back down. Unfortunately, things don’t shift for an older person as easily as they used to when I was younger. So…I was very interested in reading your info. Thanks:-)

  3. Dani, I’m going to try your gelatin trick. Hope it works. I’ve been companion and care-giver to my daughter for months and it shows in my lack of energy and pounds gained. Wish me luck.

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