I'm not new to the forum, but it's been a while... After reaching my weightloss goal 3 years ago, I left the forum, stopped "dieting" and I have slowly crept back up to my heaviest, despite efforts to follow various healthy eating plans. For me I think I need to go hard, or go home... I've decided it's time for something drastic to kick me up the bum.
TIME FOR EXANTE
From what I can understand from my personal research in to VLCDs, Ketosis is the main reason for feeling ok/not hungry and getting rid of cravings for real food. So to ease myself in gently to a stage of little hunger, I plan to allow myself some zero carb food for the first few days (basically following the working solution) just to help get me in to ketosis without depriving my body of real food or depriving of too many calories too soon - slowly, slowly does it, with a view that this will help me stay on track long term. This is a complete trial, and I have no idea if it will work but I am basing it on how I know my body reacts to low carbs any my knowledge of ketosis over the years of dieting.
THURSDAY DAY ONE - 0 Carb, real food diet day
My packs don't arrive until tomorrow so I've decided to use today to introduce my body to the way of low carbs. I'll be eating eggs and ham for breakfast. Then chicken salads for the remainder of the day. Any snacks will be 0 carb. I will use my knowledge of south beach, atkins etc to guide me. Hopefully this can be the first day of getting my body in to ketosis as I'm desperate to reach a stage where my energy levels are OK and the time that the hunger subsides as soon as possible. I'm not going to count calories, or deprive my body of food when it says it's hungry. 0 carb is the only rule for today.
FRIDAY DAY TWO - Working solution
My packs will arrive!! Woo. So I'm going to start the plan off, but also add in one real food meal. I am working in a pub until 2am so I can't just sleep through the headaches and hunger as I'd like to. I'm hoping allowing myself a small amount of real food that will keep my body happy (I hope) but also won't affect me getting in to ketosis... as long as I stay away from the enemy - carbs. So for today - 3 packs and a meal which I will not count calories, only rule - 0 carb.
SATURDAY DAY THREE - Working solution
Again, I will be working a long day in a probably packed pub. So I'm going to follow working solution one more day, allowing myself an omelet for breakfast (0 carb) and continuing the rest of the day on the packs. I will be able to go home at 8pm so I can survive in my bed through the hunger. Today I want the food intake to be a lot less than the previous day - weening in the meal replacements slightly more.
SUNDAY DAY FOUR - Total solution (Finally)
Finally a full day off, so I hope to stick to the TS 100%. By now i'd like ketosis to be kicking in, but if not, I can just cry the day away in bed alone. JOY!
MONDAY DAY FIVE - Total solution
Again, another day off so a full day on TS, drinking tons of water, nursing any headaches and sleeping through any rumble tum times. That's two full days off so no excuses to cheat. I will lock myself away as I can be a complete ***** when I'm starving!!!
TUESDAY DAY SIX - Total solution
I'm hoping my now ketosis will be in full swing (surely) and that I won't feel so hungry, or have any cravings. By this point of the week I will be having to do real work, so I need energy levels and concentration to be back to normal! As well as my pub job, I work in and study fashion design meaning that I need to be creative and proactive. This will be a big test for me to see if ketosis can give me the level of energy I need to perform. In the past, I have found after 3 days of 0 carbs, I am not hungry and full of energy. However, the calorie in take has been much higher than 600. It will be interesting to see if ketosis can really keep my feeling energised even with such a large calorie deficit.
WEDNESDAY DAY SEVEN - Total solution
And so begins the normality of living life on a VLCD.
So there we have the plan. I will update daily to let you know how it works for me.
Take care everyone, and good luck on your own VLC journeys. xx
13 stone 4 pounds
Hips - 45 inches
Waist - 35 inches
Thighs - 28 inches
Arms - 13.5 inches
Bust (Not measuring as it's the only part im not trying to shrink!)