I'm on Day #5 of the correct diet (40g carbs/day - I admit that sometimes I am between 41-43), and am feeling pretty good. I've lost two pounds! I've only been doing light strength training, nothing excessive outside of my normal routine. Just making a point to do a couple of extra exercises when I can. I'm still dealing with continual hunger despite eating TONS of food, but hopefully this will subside a bit. Here's a breakdown of how I generally felt over the past few days:
Day 1 - Massively craving cinnamon rolls, lol. Dealt with a bad headache at the end of the day and irritability (partially because of outside influences). A little tired. The cravings, irritability and general unwell feelings were so intense that I was unsure if I'd be able to continue the diet for a long time.
Day 2 - Still craving sugar but enjoyed all of the food I could have. Felt odd and a little jittery as my body was trying to figure out where the carbs were hiding. However, I did start to catch a cold later that night, so that might have had some influence in my odd feelings on this day.
Day 3 - Caught a cold. Decided not to do the cheat day that I had planned because it wouldn't have been any fun. Still very hungry. Most other odd feelings I blame on the cold.
Day 4 - I was down 2.5 pounds in just three days! And I had been stubbornly stuck at that top weight. I tend to be really sensitive about my stomach because I used to be one of those girls who had no problem staying super skinny, but when I did get sick I would bloat enormously and if I gained a few pounds it all went to my stomach. I began feeling like my system was working efficiently again - no feeling overly full or bloating. I began feeling leaner. I'm really liking these feelings.
Day 5 - Was up 1/2 pound (but it is that time of the month, so I'm sure hormones have something to do with it. That may effect what comes on the scale over the next few days). Still hungry, but I still feel leaner than last week.
A few things I want to be clear about: 1) Even though I am hungry all the time I am definitely eating a lot, and I'm getting in more protein than I ever have before. Finally fueling my muscles. 2) I don't believe in "diets" because they are short lived and people normally end up gaining all of the weight back. I believe in lifestyles. I am doing this as a kickstart experiment to help my body efficiently burn off some fat and build more muscle. I don't plan on continuing the kickstart after February is over. From there, I plan on incorporating some carbs back in (because I don't want my body to forget how to digest carbs), and I will continue to weight train and eat more protein. I feel that I would be able to maintain with a balanced diet and exercise once I get to my happy place.
One of my clients asked me how I stay motivated to stick to a diet/exercise plan (The Biggest Loser winner gets money; a friend of mine is pregnant and dealing with complications, so she's doing it for the baby). I told her that there are a million excuses, and eventually you have to throw them all away and JUST DO IT. Now, this diet is incredibly difficult what with the inconvenience, cravings, hunger, and how you need to measure out and count every single carb. But I'm doing my best to follow my own advice, and so far I've seen a difference. I haven't had my cheat day yet. Basically I'm taking it one day at a time and trying to hold off as long as I can (Valentine's Day is coming up and I fully plan on enjoying some chocolate!). And when I get to the end of the day and I really want something sweet or extra carb-filled food to munch on, I remind myself that if I cheat at 8:00pm and have some bread or dessert, then I would have wasted the entire day of being good - and what a sucky cheat day that would be! I could have eaten fruit and a bagel and mountains of vegetables during the day if I really wanted a cheat day! So that's helping me push through. I hope that helps someone else. Sometimes you have to just do it.
In moving forward one day at a time, I am hoping to go to the end of the month, but we will see where this experiment takes me. So far, I highly recommend it.