So I just finished phase 1, and the results are incredible! Let me start off by saying I'm a male that started out at 302 lbs. this morning is my 10th day, and I got on the scale to see the results. I've lost a smashing 26 lbs!! I'm down to 276 lbs and I couldn't believe my eyes!
Here are some things I did to help newcomers, because when I was reading peoples posts and recipes on phase one, didn't seem like alot were following it to strict with their cooking, using oils, and rice pasta, which I don't think either are allowed.
I woke up every morning ate fruit and drank 2 bottles of water, was told this helps to drink water soon as you wake up in the morning. Then for lunch I had pinto beans, that I bought from the store in the bag, and made them fresh, and some brown rice. I drank lots and lots of water till I couldn't stand it every day as well. The biggest difference i noticed is I ate all fresh foods, which could have been the deciding factor on more weight loss. Alot of people use canned vegetables and even fruits. I didn't once this 10 days, no canned veggies or frozen, all fresh, ate them steamed or raw.
I did not eat the dairy stuff or the egg whites, I pretty much just stuck to my pinto beans, and brown rice for lunch and dinner and veggies and I ate every 2 hours (fruits and veggies) to keep myself full. Yes this was really repetitive and hard but I think it was totally worth it, it made me get into the habbit of making fresh veggies and incorporating them in my diet and fruits. And I didn't have to cook, which prevented me from using oils and tempting myself to eat pasta and things that could hurt the diet. I did use fat free butter spray occasionally to beef up the flavor of the rice and beans. Also I ate the rice separate from the beans, because I read if you eat carbs and protein mixed together, it has a harder time to digest.
Also I did ad a exercise of course, I've gone every day to the gym, four days of weight lifting, 30-45 min of cardio after my work out. On my off days from weights, i'd do about an hour of cardio, and kept myself active all day.
I was an addicted World of Warcraft gamer, honestly, thats how I gained all my weight, I quit the game and deleted all my characters, and so I'm really hitting this hard in every aspect!
My only question is 26 pounds way to much weight for the first phase to lose? I've seen people lose around that on biggest loser after the first week that are bigger guys like myself because they watch their diet and bust their butt at the gym. So I think I may be ok, mainly I think the reason for the huge weight loss is just that, I really didn't cheat at all, with anything, very strict on phase one, and made sure I Was active throughout the day and hit the gym every day as well working extremely hard there.
Hope some of the info in my mail helps you, and I'll keep updating my progress on this diet, so far it's been amazing and I know I'll reach my goal of 185 pounds!