Six weeks ago I started the Time Ferris Slow Carb diet. In short, this is a pretty hard core diet. You are pretty much limited to meat, beans and vegetables. The only condiments allowed are salsa, guacamole, and hummus. Cottage cheese is also allowed for the calcium and one glass of red wine a day is recommended. Drinks allowed other then the red wine: water, black coffee and unsweetened tea. And, one day a week should be set aside as cheat day. On that day you eat whatever you want. It's recommended to weigh in at the beginning of that day.
This is especially hard for me because I HATE beans. They make me want to gag. After getting over the initial disgust though, I can tolerate them. I still don't really like them.
I went through the "induction flu" that everyone goes through when they start any low carb diet. It was awful. I felt like crap for 10 days or so... had no energy, headaches, body aches, basically felt like I had the flu... and slept for like 12 hours a night.
First month I lost ten pounds. I thought, Wow, this is awesome, so worth the effort and the inconvenience. I thought I had finally found something that really worked after all this time. Then of course, I plateaued. This is part of my problem. I will try something new, lose a few pounds, then plateau and not be able to get over the plateau.
I read on the website for this diet what you can do to get over this. I am trying several of the things he suggested this week. I don't even want to weigh in this weekend. I just have a feeling my efforts are going unrewarded, for the third week in a row!
I cut out my glass of red wine every day and cut out all cottage cheese. I also amped up my workout routine.
And last night, I cheated... I know it's bad. I rarely ever cheat, but it's a lot easier to cheat when you aren't getting any results from a diet. You start to think what's the use. I took a few sips of coke. I ate a couple bites of rice and leftover chicken lo main. (the Chinese food was left over from last week's cheat day, if anyone is wondering.) And... worst thing of all...) I took a big swig of chocolate syrup right out of the damn bottle.
So, this is a rant of sorts... Things I'm tired of:
-I'm tired of being bloated and gassy all the time from all the damn beans.
-I'm tired of beans. Ugh...
-I'm tired of running into someone I know whilst out at a restaurant on cheat day, and hearing, "I thought you were on a diet? Oh, did I catch you being bad?" Then I tell them it's cheat day and get laughed at like they think I'm joking.
-When I was losing weight I told a lot of people, and they could see it... now a lot of my friends know I weigh in on Saturday morning, so they all text me then to see how I did. I'm glad that I have such supportive friends... but it sucks having to tell everyone I've lost nothing. Then being asked why not, and not having an answer.
-I'm tired of hearing, "You're just gaining muscle." No, I doubt it. My workouts are most cardio. I do lift, but I'm not a power lifter. I don't lift enough to really gain muscle.
So... now that I'm done complaining... does anyone else have this problem? My body just adjusts so fast... and then it's hard to shake things up again. To anyone who has had this problem... how do you overcome it?