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Beginning Sole Source the EASIER way!

Mini

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S: 18st2lb C: 16st1lb G: 11st2lb Loss: 2st1lb(11.42%)
#1
Easy way to Sole Source by Sassy!



Beginning Sole Source the EASIER way

SO, it’s the beginning of your sole source plan for the first time or fiftieth time!

You have tried to get back on track and fallen off the plan over and over again. As an idea try this approach... You don’t want to fall into the SS-Binge cycle this early on in the plan... Or you could be on the road to a bigger problem.

Whether you are new to Cambridge or you took a break whatever the reason...

This is fine, and sensible, you have nothing to feel guilty about... You are a normal human being; don’t feel guilty for eating food!! Well all do it, and we all have certain commitments, family occasions, holidays, bad days etc… the list is endless!

You would and will gain around 5-10lbs in water and glycogen when you leave SS suddenly, so you haven’t actually gained any real 'fat'.
Look at the bigger picture here, this is a step towards a new future, becoming obsessed with restarting and falling off, can be a game you really don’t want to get involved with!

Ok so its time to start or restart, it will be harder every time, each and every time we go back to SS it gets harder, and trust me the nearer you get to goal it can become impossible! My advise for first timers is this, go into Sole Source gradually, ask your CDC for advice, yes I understand we want to lose weight fast, but this is the tried and tested way, gradual step down in calorie intake, carbohydrate intake, can reduce all the painful effects of withdrawal and ensure a good start on the plan of your choice!

I was just posting on another thread that talks about why do we have to have Add A Meal, you might find that interesting, as it applies to what I’m about to say here..

Abstinence is painful to the mind.. It is severe, and we know it causes a strain on our lives, relationships, and 'normal living' due to the restriction of food.

However, the reason you are back here again, or here for the first time is because you need that fast weight loss... If you really are serious about losing the rest of your weight, start or go back into Cambridge on a higher plan to begin with...





DAY ONE.

Allow yourself all the foods on the 1500 plan for one day; add in One Cambridge Diet pack for the day... EAT, GUILT FREE, enjoy it!!

DAY TWO

Move down to 1200Kcals. Slowly we are reducing the carbohydrate intake, and even the carbs we are taking are of a Low to medium Glycemic Index value... So the tired, sluggy feeling that carbs give us are limited.

Also carbohydrates we were eating during our ‘before diet’ that contained refined sugars can alter our sugar levels and create the need for more food; this can be out of your control, the body can crave and demand more, leading to a break in abstinence!!

INFORMATION TAKEN FROM THE HIBERNATION EFFECT THEORY:

Did you know anytime you eat refined carbohydrates (bread, potatoes, chips, pastries, beer, pasta, rice and sweets), it is converted into sugar by your body during digestion. In order to use the sugar, your body then releases insulin required by your cells to convert the sugar into energy.
But since our diet can be so heavily comprised of carbohydrates and sugar, your cells start to be insensitive to your own insulin due to this abundance, over time.

In other words, your cells start to resist your own insulin and therefore, your body has to produce more insulin to get the same job done. Left untreated over time, your over-production of insulin will reach chronic levels.
Now, the big problem is…this excess insulin is very bad for you! Excess insulin signals your body to store sugar as fat, and go into fat saving mode. It is as if your body thinks you're a hungry bear going into hibernation. Like the bear, your metabolism slows down and makes it impossible for you to lose weight no matter how hard you try. You're always tired and always hungry. So what do you do?

You eat even more making you even more insulin resistant. A vicious cycle isn't it?
Working down the Cambridge phases, these factors are now controlled by the GI Diet. Reducing all levels, and preparing your body for Sole Source.



DAY THREE

Another day over and complete... you will have already upped your water to above 2 1/2 litres a day... You will be eating ALL the food allowance in the 1200 plan, enjoying every meal adding your 2 packs of Cambridge diet a day.

DAY FOUR

You can begin to move onto the 1000 plan today. Still only 2 food packs, but the carbohydrate intake just reduced again dramatically... this stage can leave you feeling pretty hungry, but mind over matter, its still easier than trying to go back to SS if you are bingeing and falling off.

DAY FIVE

Sticking with the 1000 plan today, virtually a week has passed; mentally you are not abstaining in a painful way... Your body has reduced carb intake, fat intake, which will help reduce those headache side effects at the beginning of ketosis.
You will feel the difference physically as well as on the scales. You will have a good weight loss so far, but NO PEEKING just yet! You are entering the diet plan with the right attitude... Ideally this should be spread over a couple of weeks (ask your CDC about the preparation stage, there are 4 stages to the Cambridge Health Plan, preparation, Weigh Loss, Stabilisation, And Maintenance. I know dieters minds, I have been there, and anyone that has done this plan before will want to jump straight back in!! we all know they don’t want to do a 'normal' diet for 3 weeks when they begin, they want to eat everything in sight the night before as a disastrous last supper and want to Sole Source immediately as they want to lose weight NOW.. Lol Be patient, this weight didn’t appear overnight, and keeping it off wont be that simple either.

DAY SIX

Drop your diet plan to 790, enjoy your proteins, and carbohydrate allowances, make sure you eat ALL you are allowed to eat, lose any fizzy diet drinks you may or maybe have been allowing yourself on the 1000 plan.. Include an extra pack now so you are consuming 3 packs, your meat, fish or cottage cheese allowance (measurements supplied in your yellow weight care with Cambridge booklet available from your CDC), or a combination of them. 2 1/2 litres of Plain water Minimum or water flavouring supplied by your CDC (personally I recommend upping your water to 3 or 4 litres if you can manage it), black tea, black coffee... and nothing else!!

this next part is where I upset people..
Sorry, but I’m not trying to do that, I’m trying to give you an alternative and effective route back to SS for those that have been unsuccessful in getting back on track..
DON’T add ANYTHING extra to the plan that the book doesn’t recommend! That includes mints, fizzy drinks, marigold, blah blah...

You want an easy route back, not a quick route back to DAY ONE AGAIN..

Make this transaction as smooth as possible... e.g.: drive from Scotland to Birmingham... Don’t let’s drive past Devon on the way!

I lost ten stone last year and for the last 2 stone dragged myself kicking and screaming... believe me when I say, if there was a way to cheat this diet and still get a good result, I looked for it!!
I found out the hard way, there isn’t one!
People, who add bits n bobs into the plan, may not even realise it at the time, but in the long run if you compare it to when you were A1 perfect, it was so much harder once you added things! The diet is tried and tested, and designed by a team of scientists; let’s not assume we know better than they did. If we did, would we be here now?

DAY SEVEN

Add A Meal... You may even be in ketosis... Don't test for it, it doesn’t matter...

If you have done the plan to the T you will either be in, or on your way in the next 24/48 hours.

And low and behold?

DAY ONE OF WEEK TWO!!!! U DID IT!!!

Guess what? You’re sole sourcing, with a lot more ease than you were last week when you tried... (Just don’t forget to add a meal after 4 weeks!)

One last thing... a slow entry, leaves you with the knowledge that, if you need a break you can gently move up onto a plan that suits you for a period of time without any guilt, and consequently end your diet plan, happy, guilt free... And with a healthier perspective of food!

Well folks, there is a different approach to starting or restarting...

I tried all the other things.. Sometimes you can try and try and try and it will not matter you WILL NOT go back fast... However, some do.... and there will always be one that jumps back in feet first and gets it off again.
I have done it 3 times now... gone back onto the plan to Recover from a holiday gain... I have had to recover time off for surgery and giving up smoking and lastly honeymoon over indulgence...

All this was before I did the maintenance phase.. And my gains if I’m honest were due to not having done maintenance prior to these events consequently suffering guilt for eating... Inevitably resulting in eating more than I should have!

I told you earlier, I try everything... Well I always have done... And I always learn the hard way...

Don’t suffer my pain…
Do it the right way to begin with, and leave on a more positive note than some of us who have struggled through our weight loss have done...

For those that are beginning for the first time below see below the official steps to get off to a great start on your first time on Cambridge.

Getting Ready

Use the preparation phase to reduce food intake gradually, especially if you will use ‘Sole Source’ to lose weight. Reduce the levels of carbohydrate, fats and sugar before you start.
Begin 1 or 2 steps above your weight loss programme. For example, if Step 2 (790 kcal) was going to be used for weight loss, start on Step 4 (1200 kcal) for three days, then move down to Step3 (1000 kcal) for four days before starting the weight loss proper. Gradually increase the amount of water you drink - especially important for those who have a history of constipation.


:) Good Luck...!
 
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Chitty

Silver Member
#2
That is good advice....... It is harder to keep going back to SS, as per my earlier thread I am finding it so hard at the minute. I have been on and off SS so much, say 20 times in the last year, but at least 10 of them have been planned and for a good reason, it is the other day, 3 of which have been in the last week.

I don't want to get into the SS/binging routine, I will not let myself do that, even though it has felt like that this week. I am worth more than that, we are all worth more than that.

Chitty XXXXX
 

Mini

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S: 18st2lb C: 16st1lb G: 11st2lb Loss: 2st1lb(11.42%)
#3
Hi Chitty,

I have done it the hard way and this way and it is so much easier, especially if you have come off CD planned or not.:break_diet:

Sassy76 wrote this. I think it is excellent advice she is a CDC and her before and after pictures are in the Gallery and on the Inspirational Before and After Thread. They are amazing.

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Love Mini xxx
 
S: 20st8lb C: 20st8lb BMI: 51 Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
#4
Ahhh Mini-
That's good advice. Just what I needed at this moment in time, as I have tried to sneak in bits of food that are too high in sugars and hoped my body wouldn't notice!! Everyone of my cells is as sharp as Sherlock Holmes-they miss nothing!!!!
. Bless ya-you are always there with words of wisdom.
Jacquie XXX
 

Mini

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S: 18st2lb C: 16st1lb G: 11st2lb Loss: 2st1lb(11.42%)
#5
Hi Jacquie,

Welcome back:welcome:


Sassy76 wrote the above post from her own experience and this is how she herself eventually managed to get back on SSing after many failed attempts.


I find it works myself by cutting out the high carbs as the sugar monster is forever on my back:mad: but once I knock him off he has no control over me until I awaken him again:eek:

I am three weeks yesterday back SSing.

Here is a link to Sassy76's photos for inspiration:)

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They are amazing!

Love Mini xxx
 

edibeedee

Optifast Girl!
#6
why not do it the right way?

This reminds me of what my Doctor told me on my initial meeting w/her before starting OF, she said, "if you're going to do it why not do it the right way?"
Brillant, it took me a bit to really wrap my brain around it but here I am 100% and my losses show it. It is a difficult diet at times but it does get better. Hang in there everybody.
 

Cee

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S: 15st12.5lb C: 14st12lb G: 9st12lb BMI: 33.6 Loss: 1st0.5lb(6.52%)
#7
This is really good advice. I myself have been wondering if I can make it through on sole source but maybe I might just try going to a higher ca plan for a week or so and then go back on SS for as long as I feel I can do it.
Thanks for this.
 
S: 17st11lb C: 16st8lb G: 10st0lb Loss: 1st3lb(6.83%)
#8
Thanks for this

I've definately fallen into the ss/binge cycle and today I'm trying to get back on track.Thanks for this step down idea.It makes a lot of sense
 
#9
hi everyone,

please can anyone help me i am new with this
started cambridge on 19 june have been on it for a week but do not see any difference yet on the scale, but on my clothes yes i am on a ss
 
#10
This is definitely the best thing I've ever read! Normally I give in after day 2 when the going gets tough! However after your thread, I stayed calm, decided that rather than give up to have some steamed white fish, diet cottage cheese and asparagus, this got me through the evening. Sometimes trying to go straight into just shakes is too much for the body to stand. Today I've had 4 shakes and no cravings. Without your advice I'd have cracked and got stuck into the chinese! I think the moral of the story is that if you really really must have something , have an extra pack, some cottage cheese, small piece of chicken or something lowfat and lowcarb so that the damage is minimal!!
 
S: 12st6lb C: 10st9lb G: 9st13lb BMI: 24 Loss: 1st11lb(14.37%)
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I agree with sausagemcmuffin. When I am trying to get back to SS I do day 1, cut out carbs except small portion of potatoes for dinner, from day 2 I tell myself I can have as many of the shakes, tetras and even bars as I want plus any lean pure protein and keep this up until I'm in ketosis which is usually a couple of days. This works well for me and I think the most I've ever eaten is probably 5 or 6 CD products in a day and it has worked a treat. My CDC said this was a good way of doing it.

I'm back for my third time of taking things in hand. In 2009 I lost over two stones but over the next year I regained a stone. I finally lost another 2 stones and got down to nine and half stone last summer which felt amazing and I have maintained by having a tetra (or boiled egg) for breakfast, a soup for lunch and a normal dinner in the evening. It was all going well until my thyroid medication was reduced in January and it started creeping back on at over llb a week!

So here I am again with the troublesome final stone. Because of thyroid problems I can't lose on 1200 or 1000 but I know that on SS+ to 810 it will shift. I have a wedding at the end of the month and so I'm really needing to lose at least half a stone to fit into the dress I've bought.

I find it really helpful to be able to read other people's experiences on here. It helps me keep focused. I love the new ring bound CD book too and have ordered the ingredients for the prawn recipe and the tandoori fish. Has anyone tried these?



 
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S: 12st6lb C: 10st9lb G: 9st13lb BMI: 24 Loss: 1st11lb(14.37%)
#12
I agree with sausagemcmuffin. When I am trying to get back to SS I do day 1, cut out carbs except small portion of potatoes for dinner, from day 2 I tell myself I can have as many of the shakes, tetras and even bars as I want plus any lean pure protein and keep this up until I'm in ketosis which is usually a couple of days. This works well for me and I think the most I've ever eaten is probably 5 or 6 CD products in a day and it has worked a treat. My CDC said this was a good way of doing it.

I'm back for my third time of taking things in hand. In 2009 I lost over two stones but over the next year I regained a stone. I finally lost another 2 stones and got down to nine and half stone last summer which felt amazing and I have maintained by having a tetra (or boiled egg) for breakfast, a soup for lunch and a normal dinner in the evening. It was all going well until my thyroid medication was reduced in January and it started creeping back on at over llb a week!

So here I am again with the troublesome final stone. Because of thyroid problems I can't lose on 1200 or 1000 but I know that on SS+ to 810 it will shift. I have a wedding at the end of the month and so I'm really needing to lose at least half a stone to fit into the dress I've bought.

I find it really helpful to be able to read other people's experiences on here. It helps me keep focused. I love the new ring bound CD book too and have ordered the ingredients for the prawn recipe and the tandoori fish. Has anyone tried these?
 
S: 12st6lb C: 10st9lb G: 9st13lb BMI: 24 Loss: 1st11lb(14.37%)
#13
Oh dear struggling to update my tracker and signature



 
S: 10st0lb C: 8st13lb G: 8st0lb BMI: 22.9 Loss: 1st1lb(10.71%)
#15
I have so much respect for yous i done it once and got to my target tried it again after a few years and just couldnt! go yous!! x
 
S: 86.5kg C: 82.4kg G: 63kg BMI: 25.3 Loss: 4.1kg(4.72%)
#16
Wow this is great advice. I actually sort of started doing this yesterday without reading this page. This is fantastic cos it rids you of all the guilt
 
S: 16st5lb C: 16st4lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 34.7 Loss: 0st1lb(0.44%)
#17
Thanks so much for this advice, I woke today planning to start ss after trying to start almost 2 weeks ago. I lost 1lb last week (and 7.75in!)and am 4.5st overweight. It was never a good idea with the weekend coming as I struggle then anyway. This will sail me through the weekend and I feel really positive. Great advice!
 
S: 15st7lb C: 12st12lb G: 12st0lb Loss: 2st9lb(17.05%)
#18
great advice Mini! I have fallen off the wagon a few times over the last few months I am currently on day 2 SS I have given the cold turkey a run for his money this time around but if I fall off I am defiantly going to give your way a go. (but I do keep telling myself I WONT NEED TO START AGAIN!)
 
S: 17st2lb C: 17st2lb G: 11st02lb BMI: 37.6 Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
#19
Love this thread. Have really been struggling to start over. Will give this a trial for my start up tomorrow
 


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