Originally Posted by shrinkingsusie
Im glad I read this... I did the whole "no restricted foods for first 2-3 weeks" and I'm going to pick up my 4th weeks food tomorrow.. I'm going to try and stay away from them now! Or limit myself to one or two a week!
My coach told me I had to have 2 non restricted and 1 restricted EVERY DAY from day one.
I'm the one who went against the coach and refused to eat the restricted. I'm diabetic, with high blood sugars (non insulin but on Metformin), and when I'd eat a restricted, my blood sugars would spike, which kind of goes against what this diet is all about.
I'm into week 5 now, I do not eat any restricted (except maybe one every 2 weeks when I need a "chip fix" because I SO miss potato chips) and I'm losing about 2 lbs a week, which my coach thinks is not good, but it's really good for me. PCOS, diabetic.
Also, I have to only eat the low-sodium choices, and do NOT use the extra salt per day because I have a heart condition. I am going to speak to my GP this month about the water consumption, because I think it's too high for someone with water retention issues.
What I've learned is that the coaches know less about general nutrition than I do. I've lived with diabetes (and my other issues) for a good long while, and know what my body can take and what it can't. I've had to "make my own rules" on this diet.
I also wish there were more outlined rules about how many grams fat and how many grams carbs are supposed to be consumed on the diet. With my online research, it's somewhere between 20-40 carbs a day. But that's a huge difference! And this diet doesn't seem to deal with net carbs, which only makes sense. Since I don't eat the restricted foods, at least 75% of my carbs a day comes from veggies.
The only fat I seem to get is the 2 tsp of grape seed oil I use each day. If there were better guidelines, it would be easier to know if I'm doing everything correctly, and the trial and error I have to do to work around my health issues would probably be easier.
When I first began the diet, I asked the coaches specific questions, and was told "Follow the plan and it will work." Well, no, not for me. Not properly, and not healthfully. I'd lose weight, but I wouldn't have the benefits that I'm looking for, such as the lower blood sugar readings. (BTW, the last 3 weeks I've had all NORMAL readings, which makes me VERY VERY HAPPY)
My skin is flaky and cracking dry, especially my face. I assume this is from lack of fats. I have to use Smooth Move tea to stay even semi-regular. And I already anticipate the hair loss, because it happened to me last time I was on a low calorie diet.
I was not warned about my body going into "starvation" mode if I forgot something like the oil, which happened to me in week 3. If you thought induction was bad... And you don't lose when your body is hoarding everything it takes in because it thinks it's dying.
My coach says NO exercise, but I have started walking (when the weather permits) because I have 80lbs to lose, and if I sit on my butt for the year it will take me to lose that weight, it doesn't matter how much protein I eat, I will lose muscle mass. I totally get why you don't do strenuous exercise on this diet, but telling me NO exercise seems really off. Actually, I was told a walk "once in a while" was okay. When winter ends, I plan on getting my daily walk in.
I know I'm new to the diet, just over a month on, but I've had to do a lot of research on my own and trial and error to make things work for me. I'm happy with 2lbs a week loss, and will stick it out.
One last thing. I also agree with the post that said eating out gets boring. Grilled chicken breasts can only be made so many ways, and I'd rather make it at home for a couple of bucks, rather than paying $10+ for chicken breast and salad at a restaurant!