Originally Posted by Jennabean
Hi friends! Ive spent the past few hours reading the posts (and by no means did I get through probably even half of them) but I have my initial meeting tomorrow and I have a few questions--
1. Alot of the food posted does not sound as "yummy" to me as it does everyone else...I didnt get to this weight by eating that stuff, and I think I will have a really hard time coping without certain foods...any comments on how the first few weeks were for you guys??
2. I am only 24 and to say I will never have a drop of alcohol in the next few months is completely unrealistic. How does that fit in?
Jennabean, no, it will not be easy. You will have to decide you really want to change your life style and eat healthier. As you have read, many people have lost weight, even lots of weight and gained it all back. Make a list of the reasons why you want/need to do this. If you do join, post those reasons where you can see them, hang up an outfit you want to wear but can't fit into. Set mini goals. Do not have any of the tempting but forbidden foods around the house. Get those around you to work with you.
Once on the program (do not call it a diet, this a way to relearn how to eat so you can enjoy the foods you love.) eat every thing recommended for each meal and drink the maximum HNSs. You will not be hungry and that will help you stay On Program. Drink enough water - as water - protein drinks do not count as part of your water intake. Find combinations for meals that you like and make sure you have those ingredients on hand but change up and eat different things so you don't get tired of the 'fallback' meal. Check the cookbook and the recipe thread and blog (http://www.mrcrecipes.blogspot.com/
) for ideas. Be creative using spices, herbs and allowable things to make your meals taste good. There will be times when you have to make an off program choice, do not be too hard on yourself, make the best choice you can. Try to not eat anything with High Fructose Corn Syrup or other sugars in it, as this can lead to craving more sweet things. You will be better able to resist sweets and carbs, when you have not had any in your system for 2 or 3 days.
When you are On Program, your body will begin to go into ketosis where you will burn some of your own fat for some of your energy. You will know this because there will be a slight metallic taste in your mouth and you will feel thirsty. Keep drinking that water and be happy - watch your clothes fit you better and the numbers on the scale go down. Attend the Connections classes to learn about yourself and why you need to be here. Attitude can help you stay On Program (or sabotage your program).
Jenna, as far as alcohol, when you are in ketosis, drinking alcohol will not put you out of ketosis like sugars and carbs will. BUT, your body will put burning the fat on hold while it burns the alcohol, and it burns it very efficiently! You will get much drunker on less alcohol that you normally would, so be careful. You may also not like how your body feels when you drink. I intended to have my beer, program or not, when I first started but after a couple of bad nights, have for the most part forgone it. I decided it would be best to get down to the weight I want to be as fast as I can so I can start eating AND DRINKING the things I want to again.
From what my research has found, this is one of the fastest ways to lose weight safely and learn how to maintain your new weight without gaining it all back BUT like anything else, it depends on what you put into it. The more you put into this program, the easier it will be for you. Good luck to you, I hope you do well.