That horrible cold took over a while to shake and I totally fell off the dieting bandwagon
Until one week ago
I had a bit of an epiphany almost two weeks ago. I simply cannot do things in half measures, I’m an all or nothing kind of person. Give me an inch I WILL take a mile.
There has been a lot of press lately about Lighter Life, total meal replacement diets. I have had great success on the type of diet before and only regained after being ill for a year, and even then, didn’t gain back all that I’d lost. So I went googling for TMR type diets.
I am not a big fan of counselling and having to “check in” every week, I find it unpleasant and de-motivational, so this has put me off going back on a VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet), despite knowing that it works well for me.
Then I found Exante!!! No weekly check ins, no counselling, YOU are in the driver’s seat completely. Now I would NOT under any circumstances recommend this kind of diet without the check ups if you have never done this type of diet before. They are hard and you have to follow it to the letter or you could be putting your self at serious risk.
I know what I’m doing, I know what to expect, so I know I can do this safely on my own.
During the first week you always have massive water weight losses which can be very deceiving and leave you expecting the same kind of losses every week, that is a major pitfall, as you always expect more than you are going to get.
The other side of this is that when you reach your goal and start adding back in normal foods, you will, if eating carbs, regain water weight. This is healthy and normal, the fluid in our skins keeps as looking fresh and you. It is why many people look alder after when losing lots of weight. Their skin is under hydrated.
Contrary to popular belief, you do not gain it all back and then some, that only happens if you start eating the way you did before the diet. You have to slowly move from the diet to HEALTHY real foods until you have a nice balanced diet that maintains your loss plus a few lbs back for fluids.
Anyway, I’ve put in my first week and it was relatively easy, not because it is actually easy but because I am totally in the right mindset for it and didn’t feel upset or jealous while my family were eating normal foods.
A week in and I still feel focused and determined. I know myself to well to think there won’t be stumbling blocks along the way, but I have prepared myself fully to deal with those. I am approaching this in the same way I did quitting smoking over 10 years ago.
I WILL reach my goal weight this year.
There are no other options.