Sorry if this question has been asked a million times, but I just wanted to know if many people had made the transition from a sustained period on a VLCD over to JUDD, and how they found it.
I've been doing a mixture of Exante, S&S, Boossh etc since September 2011 (with many planned breaks along the line!) and I'm relieved/overjoyed to have finally reached my goal weight of 10st 5lbs (I'm just a bit under that now).
What I've been planning to do for a while is to gradually increase my calories up from 650, knock myself out of ketosis (which I've done already) and then take the plunge into the world of intermittent fasting. I know I can restrict calories easily, so down days don't worry me, but what scares me is that my metabolism will have taken such a hit that I won't be able to maintain my weight when I start eating normally and enjoying meals out and the occasional take-away over Christmas
On the other hand, I see JUDD as the only way I can give myself permission to relax and enjoy Christmas (and food in general) without feeling that I'm forever counting/restricting or alternatively bingeing/gaining!
My plan was to start JUDD during the week of the 10th December, as I have my works do on the Wednesday of that week, but nothing else major planned. I thought it'd give me chance to ease myself in before the festivities start properly.
Currently I'm only hitting about 850 calories, so would it be a better idea to step up to 1000 next week before starting, or shall I carry on as I am for another week to build up a 'buffer' before I take the plunge?
Sorry for so many questions - I REALLY want to do this diet and make it work for maintenance, but I almost daren't trust it! It's taken me 11 years of dieting to get here and I really don't want to mess up this transition to 'real' eating!
Thanks in advance for any replies/words of wisdom