We are on the OptiFast intensive stage, this is the first day of our second week. We have stuck to it 100% so far, but the cravings (and just desire to eat something vaguely normal for a change) are horrible at times.
I've never been on a real diet before, so I have no idea - do you guys recommend sticking to it and just REFUSING to budge? Or should my boyfriend and I have a meal, once a week together, that is something "naughty"?
My thoughts are this weekly meal will help alleviate the pressure/depression a little bit, and help us get through the week (e.g. we can think to ourselves, 'Only two more days till Saturday and a normal meal!'). I was hoping someone with a bit more experience might be able to offer advice.
For those unfamiliar with the diet I'm on, it's 3 protein shakes a day, 2litres of water (minimum) and 2 cups of vegetables (only certain 'allowed' vegetables). So it is quite strict and we have been 100% cold turkey so far. The only thing we have done is I have had a 600ml bottle of Diet Coke last week just to try and fend off some hunger pangs/headaches. Diet softdrinks are on the "allowed" list for Optifast, but I am trying to avoid them as much as possible.
1. Will it help the cravings, and help us survive the week, or make us worse?
2. Will a small naughty meal (1-2 cheeseburgers, for example) stretch our stomachs and ruin the diet?
3. If we don't allow ourselves a weekly (or fortnightly or whatever) break, will we inevitably crumble and go on a huge binge anyway?
Thanks in advance