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How I Lost Weight With The U.S. Women’s Ski Team

Posted by on November 23, 2012


The holidays are upon us…and what does that typically mean for many of us?  Yep, gaining some unwanted weight…or as I like to call it, unwanted fluff.  There’s just so many tempting goodies around us, parties to go to, guests stopping by and bringing yummy treats.  Thanksgiving is over and we probably all stuffed ourselves and are looking at more delicious leftovers today.  In a month Christmas will be here…and that means more binging. Well, then of course…there’s New Year’s and even more over indulging.



How can we keep up with a healthy diet and fitness program—let alone lose weight—with all of this going on around us, day after day?


That answer is simple:  Cut the carbs and sweets and “move” your body more…and then stick with your plan. You’ve overcome temptations and slip-ups before.  Every day poses challenges, yet you remain strong and continue to make progress toward your goals, right?  So why should the holidays be any different?  You can do it.


You just have to choose to stay in control, one day at a time.


Thinking about the holiday season being the time of year many people gain weight made me remember a diet I tried many years ago when I was a teenager.   Okay, so I didn’t really lose weight “with” the U.S. Women’s Ski Team like my blog title says…but I did lose weight using the diet plan that they used to drop pounds quickly.


My mom actually saw an ad in the newspaper stating how you can lose up to 20 pounds in two weeks on the U.S. Women’s Ski Team Diet…and she ordered it.  She tried it and had great results.


Did she lose 20 pounds in two weeks?  Well, no…I think 20 pounds in 2 weeks is a bit of a stretch, but she did lose weight and was very pleased.















I was an avid skier when I was younger…and anything “ski” related caught my attention, so when my mom found this “ski team diet” I was all over it…especially since I had a few pounds I wanted to shed so I could fit into my new ski outfit.


Here’s a copy of the newspaper ad my mom saw…



Did I lose weight on this diet?  Yes, I did and it really was pretty simple…the pounds did seem to melt off.  The first couple days were the toughest, I’ll admit it, because I couldn’t have my beloved carbs…haha!  But overall it wasn’t bad at all…because luckily, I loved grapefruit and veggies…oh, yes…and eggs…lots of eggs.  And when I saw a thinner me in the mirror after two weeks, I knew it was so worth the “no carb” sacrifice.

So if you’re curious what that diet is…and you too enjoy grapefruit and lots of eggs…here’s a copy that I found online.


 U.S. Women’s Ski Team Diet


The basis of this diet is chemical and your normal energy or more, is maintained while reducing. The quantities are NOT important (you may eat as much as you want) EXCEPT where indicated.


The diet is for two weeks only!  Do not exceed.  Drink plenty of water. Tea clear and coffee black without sugar. Eat only lean meat. The eggs are to be poached or boiled. Coffee and tea is to be black without sugar or cream.   Drink at least 64 oz. clear water daily.


Do not eat between meals. No alcoholic beverages. All vegetables are to be prepared and eaten without butter.


Breakfast: Grapefruit, two eggs, clear tea or coffee
Lunch: Two eggs, tomatoes, clear tea or coffee
Dinner: Two eggs, combination salad, one piece of dry toast, clear tea or coffee

Breakfast: Same
Lunch: Two eggs, grapefruit, tea or coffee
Dinner: Steak, olives, celery, cucumber, tomatoes, lettuce, clear tea or coffee

Breakfast: Same
Lunch: Two eggs, spinach, tea or coffee
Dinner: Two lamb chops, celery, cucumber, tomatoes, clear tea or coffee

Breakfast: Same
Lunch: Two eggs, spinach, tea or coffee
Dinner: Two eggs, cottage cheese, cabbage, one piece of dry toast, tea or coffee

Breakfast: Same
Lunch: Two eggs, spinach, tea or coffee
Dinner: Steak, celery, cucumber, tomatoes, clear tea or coffee

Breakfast: Same
Lunch: Fruit salad (put anything in it and eat as much as you want), clear tea or coffee (no sugar/cream)
Dinner: Steak (lean), celery, cucumber, tomatoes, clear tea/coffee

Breakfast: Same
Lunch: Cold chicken, tomatoes, grapefruit
Dinner: Chicken, tomatoes, grapefruit, carrots, cabbage, clear tea or coffee




Hey, if you try it, let me know how your results are, okay?  I just might try it again myself to peel off some pre-holiday fluff.  Here’s to staying fit, eating healthy, feeling great…and reaching your goals.

Let’s do it!


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17 Responses to How I Lost Weight With The U.S. Women’s Ski Team

  1. Debbie

    Stumbled onto this post searching for this diet. Was introduced to it in the 70s when I attended a clinic that included diet and body wraps. I lost a fair bit of weight and gained a bit of humility with the wraps. Hahahaha! Anyway, I was glad to find this info. I was wanting to drop a quick 10 pounds before a trip to New York later this month. So glad I found your site.

    • Ann Schierling

      Thank you for stopping by, Debbie. 🙂 I’m glad you found the diet and my website! I think we were both introduced to it around the same time…I think my mom shared it with me around 1979. It really works great, doesn’t it? And I always looked forward to that piece of dry toast. Hahaha! What a treat! Good luck on your 10 pound loss…and have a great time in New York!

  2. Brian and Felicia White

    How neat that this super simple diet works! Very informative and interesting post Ann and you look great in your ski outfit too! Looks like fun! Thanks for sharing such helpful info so others can reach their weight loss goals. 🙂

    • Ann Schierling

      Yes, it really does work…the ol’ chemical reaction thing (and no carbs, of course). Less expensive than buying Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig. lol 😀 And thanks girlfriend…I had a couple ski outfits…I was always buying new pieces. I think I was 18 or 19 in this picture and it was Spring skiing in Big Bear, CA so I wore my vest.

  3. Cheryl

    Today is day one for me. My daughter and sister are doing it with me. We took “revealing” before shots and we are all excited to see the after shots. We have a private group page for just the 3 of us so we can post pictures and give support. They have not used this diet before. I did in the 70’s with my mother and I lost 17 pounds. This morning my tummy was rumbling and I thought oh no there is no way that grapefruit and 2 eggs will fill me up. I was not full…but tummy was no longer rumbling and I was satisfied till lunch. It looks like not a lot of food but like it says if it does not give an amount, such as 2 eggs, bulk it up with the other items. I weigh 302 and have a bunch to lose and today is a good day to start. I will be back to let you know how it went. 🙂

    • Ann Schierling

      That’s so cool, Cheryl…I love that you have a support system going on with your daughter and sister. It’s always easier to lose weight and get fit when we have others on the same journey with us. Yes, that’s one thing I liked about this program back when I first tried it many years ago…I could eat as much of the other items if I was still hungry. It really worked. I’m excited for your journey…remember only to go on it for 2 weeks at a time. I’d love to hear back from you and your results…I know you’ll do great! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

  4. Debra Vasser

    What is a “combination ” salad?

    • Ann Schierling

      Hi Debra…a combination salad just means a green salad with other chopped veggies added, like cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, etc. I guess the word “combination” was the popular way to describe a green salad back in the 1970s. LOL 🙂

  5. Debra Vasser

    Well glad to hear that, that’s what I did! Day two for both my husband and I, hope we hang in!

  6. Debra Vasser

    I was wondering if there are other vegetables that can be eaten, such as peppers, jicama, radishes? My husband won’t eat many vegetables but the ones I mentioned he will.

    • Ann Schierling

      Oh, yes…you can use any vegetables that you want. That will make your husband happy. 🙂 I know you both will do great!!

  7. Lori Degruise

    I am so happy I found your site…today is my first day. My husband and I are leaving for Belize at the end of the month and if I can lose 10-15 lbs that would be great. My question is can you have carrots and corn in the salads? Should the eggs be organic? Does the toast have to be wheat? Suggestions please.

    Anything else I should know?

    • Ann Schierling

      Hey Lori…yes, you can use pretty much any vegetable in your combo salad. I would go light on the corn….and no, the eggs don’t have to be organic. The toast doesn’t have to be wheat, but that’s what I always ate because it’s healthier and more filling/fiber. Good luck, and enjoy your vacation in Belize! 🙂

  8. Janice

    Any substitute for cottage cheese and lamb chops?

    • Ann Schierling

      Hi Janice…You can substitute a lean hamburger patty or chicken for the lamb chops (not fried). As far as the cottage cheese, you could do plain yogurt.

  9. Lori

    I’ve been using this diet since the 80’s whenever I want to drop some quick weight. I’ve lost 14lbs on this (2) week diet almost every time. Once I lost 16 lbs. I’ve cheated a little by adding salsa to the spinach omlettes on occasion for the lunch Wednesday through Friday and it didn’t affect it. I HATE spinach. The only other substitution I’ve done is when I can’t find lamb chops I either substituted chicken of fresh fish. I love soft boiled eggs and grapefruit.

    • Ann Schierling

      That’s fantastic, Lori! Love that you do omelettes with spinach…I’m going to try that. I always just do the eggs boiled, but I like the option to do something else. Thanks for sharing your success with us! 🙂

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