I am the type of person who finds it hard to lose weight since I'm a carb lover and my metabolism is naturally as slow as a turtle. When I lost 25 lbs I got stuck there no matter what I'd do. I realized that I needed to change my diet, incorporate some sutrients and stop eating some others.
You can achieve great results if you do not eat carbs (including vegetables) for a certain period of time, two weeks. You can either do that or stay under 20 grams of carbs per day. What I'm saying is for you to go on an all protein, low (extremely low) carb diet. Low carb eaters are not at risk of heart failure or any of that thing for that matter so don't be scared. When the body notices the lack of carbs it starts producing ketones which are freed in the urine stream, through your skin or through your breath. The brain can perfectly function using ketones instead of carbs.
During these two weeks you are allowed to eat fowl, fish, eggs, meat and shelfish. Bacon is also allowed but make sure it is not cured with sugar as well as ham. It says it on the package. try to avoid processed meats at all cost. There is no limit in how much you can eat but try to control your portions and don't go hungry for more than 6 hours. Drink plenty of water. No sodas, not even diet coke and no juice....absolutely zero sugar. If you want to you can choose not to eat the skin of your chicken breast and you'll be eating low fat but if you eat this (protein) and nothing more you'll lose weight fast.
What happens is and like I've said, our bodies start burning carbs first. Fat gets stored in the cells and unless you run out of carbs then the body will not be able to burn the fat. This is because carbs are our primary source of energy. However, the body is more efficient at burning fat. If all you eat is protein then you'll preserve muscle mass and lose weight.
You were right. It takes some time to adapt to this new way of eating and your body will tell you that. You'll feel lethargic, your legs might even hurt a bit. You might also feel weak but this is just the body reacting to what's going on. It's just pure physiology but nothing dangerous. It may take a few weeks or a few months to get you used to eating this way especially when you get tired of eating meat or fish every single day. During this time try to decrease your exercise routine which I know you have none hahahaha. But try to exercise and little by little try to start jogging and then raise the bar and run free hhaha.
Read about KETOSIS. You really want to reach this state. If you don't cheat you will experience it and once it kicks in you'll have energy to burn, you wont feel any desire to eat sweets and your appetite will decrease and that's how you know you're in ketosis. If you chose to eliminate the carbs from your diet, including veggies, (also caffeine is not allowed since it makes you crave sugar once it gets in the blood) as well as if you chose to not eliminate veggies let me know since there is a limited amount of those you can eat. Make up your mind and let me know and if you have any questions I'm here. : )
You can take decaf in the morning and put splenda instead of sugar (up to 3 packages only). LOL See? Told ya it was hard.
I started the diet on Sunday and at the end of that same week I had lost 5 pounds. The good thing about it is I didn't go to the gym once due to lack of time but I still lost five pounds in a week. Then the next week I lost 3 pounds so I lost a total of 8 lbs in 2 weeks. The second week I was feeling very weird and lethargic since I didn't take the doctor's advice on not working out like a crazy person lol, he told me to exercise for 30 minutes and to just walk...oh well I was running for more than an hour and doing all these kinds of crazy work outs when my body was just getting used to the diet ( like I told you before, when the body is getting used to this new way of eating you tend to have symptoms of weakness and probably leg cramps etc but that's just physiologic).
I had to go over 20 grams of carbs naturally since I was working out really strenously and that's why I didn't lose as much weigh but still I didn't have much more to lose. I'm not naturally skinny. I'm not a skinny person so there is no diet or work out program in the world that can make me skinny and I've accepted that and I know I cannot go over my limit (keep losing weight) since I'm not looking forward to be a model or anything of that sort and I don't want to force my body to something it wasn't made for. I just wanted to look good but healthy.
When I was a teen I was never overweight, not even close, but then hormones started taking place and that's when everything started falling down hill. I gained weight like crazy but I managed to lose it having will power, patience and good attitude as main tools. I went from a size 15 (extremely overweight which lasted for about 2 years due to depression and drastic hormonal changes) to a size 6. I'm a 6 now and I've managed to stay like that for a long time now. I am proportioned though not too tall but the good thing is...I am at my ideal weight and my doctor is very very pleased with that. My cholesterol, the good one is high and the bad one is low and everything is stable. So you should not be scared of this diet since it is not dangerous at all.
For you it might be even faster the process of losing weight since you've never been on this diet before. It works, trust me. You just gotta want it and really commit. Just think that you will not spend your entire life drinking decaf. It's just a period of time you'll do this to achieve your goals. It's worth it after all when you think about it. You've already tried coffee and sugar and candy....and you know those things do not help in losing weight. In any case they make things worse. You already know the pleasures of food so I think you can stop for 2 to 3 weeks and have enough will power to change your looks. Trust me you'll like your new body, your new YOU. Sugary stuff will always be there so it's not like you'll miss anything by spending a short amount of time trying to change your eating habits. After you see good results I doubt you'll want to go back.
There are so many delicious meals you can make with these acceptable foods I mentioned to you. You just gotta innovate and be creative. Try not to eat the same things every day unless you want to get bored lol. Let me know when you will start or if you will start at all. I'd like to make sure I'm here to support you. Trust me Laurie it is worthy of your time and sacrifice. A lot of ppl have chieved great results with this diet but don't cheat. One cheat and you'll go back to a glucose burning system and what you want is a fat burning machine inside of you. :)
Okay I am going to do it! Lets start it next Sunday. That way when I go to the store this Friday I can get the stuff that I will need. You have to not loose contact with me though, because I will end up stopping if I get stressed out over anything. That is part of my problem, if anything in my life goes bad I reach for something with carbs in it. Although I don't eat chips, and I'm not too big on sugary stuff.
I am so going to do this. I am excited because I have you to help me. I have never had anyone to help me, my husband is 160 pounds and eats everything and anything he wants to and never gains a pound, so he has no idea how it feels.
The hormone thing was also my problem, but I got that under control now.
Did your husband look sick while on the diet. My husband knows a man that did this diet, and he just looked ill. He lost a bunch of weight, but just looked ill. I also heard it makes you cranky and tired?
Well I have an idea. Why don't we both start next sunday? I'll join you. I will not lose weight but I'll just do it anyways and this way we support each other. How's that?
About the looking ill issue. I have never heard of that before. I didn't look ill while being on the diet. Perhaps this man looked sick because he was already sick or maybe when you lose a lot of weight the new skinny face people are not used to seeing is now subject to question: Is he sick? You know when my friend loses weight I always tell her she looks sick but that's just coz I'm not used to seeing her skinny.
Or maybe this man was not eating the right way. Perhaps he was not consuming the right amount of foods he was supposed to eat for his height and phisical complexity.
Don't you worry. If you see something you don't like you can always stop right there. I don't think you'll look ill if you eat these things. I mean it's just meat and chicken and eggs, bacon, ham, lettuce, cucumber.....
I mean these nutrients are completely healthy and you eat them everyday anyways so why would you look sick? About this diet making you cranky. I experienced it. Like I told you, you body (including the emotional and mental parts of it) needs to gets used to this new way of eating which isn't easy AT ALL and you'll see what I mean. You get tempted every passing day and you want to resist and avoid temptation at all cost. You will go through a constant internal struggle which makes you somehow upset and cranky. Again, this is mere physiology so it's normal. The first three days I'd eat my finger nails because I was so anxious I just wanted my carbs but fortunately this time is not long.
Yes I think you're right. The skin plays an important role in looking younger, older, sick, pale, healthy etc. So don't worry with this diet coz you will not look bad. I promise. Besides you are a young girl so you are able to do this and look your best. Get a work out CD and play it on your DVD Player. You don't have to exercise strenously but at least 30 minutes of cardio should do the trick of helping you lose the weight faster.
So we have a plan....remember to buy veggies and meats, chicken, eggs. You can have your decaf in the morning. You can put cream but make sure you count the carbs. Sour cream is allowed in your salad. Whipped cream is allowed, too. Sweeten your coffee with splenda, not equal or sweet n low.
Among the veggies that you can eat are lettuce, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts , daikon , mushrooms, arugula , parsley , peppers, radishes, chicory, mâche, sorrel just to name a few and you can have 2-3 cups per day of these. You can also have tomatoes, pumpkin, okra, onions but these you should only have one cup per day since they are higher in carb content. There is no limit in how much protein you eat but make sure you do not gorge..it's not good. Make sure you drink plenty of water...remember protein has amonia and water helps you get rid of it. Amonia is not good for your stomach so make sure you flush it every day. Don't panic if your waste and breath smell really bad...it's normal. :) High protein diets cause bad breath due to ketosis.
Okay, sounds good. you gonna stay on this forum too for me to get help from? That way I have both you and bedtimestory. I really need a person or two to talk to so I can stick with it. I am a stay at home mom, and sometimes I get bored and eat or if something is going bad in my life I eat.
no but I am going to be STRUGGLING regarding this coffee thing. I have to have my cafeinee I have to I have to I have to I have to I have to.
Maybe one cup??????????????????????????????????????????????????????
I drink it black I never put anything in it.
Oh well. Remember caffeine makes you crave sugar when it gets incorporated into the blood and that is why it is not recommended coz you're supposed to NOT CONSUME SUGAR AT ALL. Just make sure that becasue you are consuming caffeine you don't deviate from your diet...k? Even if you feel the need to get a candy don't take it. Even if you start sweating or shaking. If you experience these symptoms then eliminate your coffee and drink decaf instead. I know what I'm telling you girl. I start moving my feet and fingers when I want chocolate and I can't have it. Let me know how it goes as you progress. I'm already getting all excited about your first weigh in. : )
You know I'm not usually into candy or chocolate. I am more into breads and stuff like that. I have never been able to eat candy or chocolate because it makes my blood sugar drop FAST!
So, I am going to go to the grocery store tomorrow afternoon to get the stuff needed. Got any ideas for things to fix for the first week.
Just eat the meats that you like. Do you like lamb? pork? there is nothing in the sea you cannot eat with this diet. Also, a good choice would be chicken, any part of it w/o the skin and/or turkey. If you will be eating your vegetables just look at the things I listed you (these are acceptable) and try to always measure the amount of veggies you're eating so you can count how many carbs you're consuming.
For example, you are allowed to eat up to 3 cups of lettuce, cucumber etc like I told you before. You already know a cup of lettuce (romaine or any other) has 2 grams of carbs and 1 gram of fiber. therefore you are only consuming 1 gram of carbohydrate (fiber is included in Total Carbs but doesn't count towards you carb count since it doesn't go to the blood so when consuming fiber you are basically taking a free ride) No fruits for the first 2 weeks..absolutely no fruits so don't cheat hahaha. If you will be chewing gum just make sure you count the carbs and if you're buying sugar free gum you have to still count the carbs. You know those things are sweetened with sugar alcohol and that also counts. No alcoholic drink at all. What else is not allowed....let me think...hmm
When buying ham or bacon make sure it doesn't say it was cured with sugar. The majority of those products are cured with sugar. Drink plenty of water and weigh yourself at the end of the week and not the next day like I did lol and let me know how you feel every single day.
It's good you are not into chocolate or candy. Chocolate is my passion. It makes me happy hehehe. Take care.
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