Monday, July 22, 2013
I quit the Fast Metabolism Diet after 3 weeks. I think I was doing something wrong in Phase 3, although I couldn't figure out what it was. I'd lose weight in phases 1 and 2, and then gain it back in phase 3, and so each week I lost only 1-1.5 pounds, not the 5 pounds per week the diet claimed.
I was tempted to just finish the four weeks to try to figure out what I was doing wrong, but another reason I quit is because for phases 1 and 2, every week, I'd have terrible migraine headaches. It really got to be too much for me to handle. I didn't want to take Tylenol for them because I'd be ingesting way too much medication to keep them under control. I'm not entirely sure why I kept having the headaches, but I'm positive it was because of the diet. I think that my body might be burning a lot of fat in phases 1 and 2--I'd always lose a pound or two the day after my headaches--but that also releases a lot of the hormones stored in my fat, and since I started peri-menopause, I've been getting terrible hormone-induced migraines like clockwork when my body's hormones fluctuate for my time of the month. I can't remember from my college biology classes which exact hormones fluctuate for my ovulation and which for my period, but I get hormone migraines twice a month, right before each one. And so I'm wondering if the diet was causing my hormones to spike and cause the headaches.
I'm also baffled as to what I was doing wrong in phase 3 to make myself put so much weight back on. I did my best to do the right portion sizes, and I chose foods only on her list in the book.
I didn't much care for the food choices on the diet. Phases 1 and 2 were really hard, because I don't like eating so low fat. Even soups couldn't quite disguise how dry the turkey and chicken breast was. I didn't mind the steaks and I like eating the lower fat cuts anyway, but I couldn't eat steak all the time--I don't really like eating too much meat in general, it just doesn't appeal to me.
Also, the no dairy, wheat, soy, and corn was harder than I expected. (The no sugar wasn't as hard as I expected it to be, especially because I could eat so many fruits in phase 1.) I really missed milk since it's one of my main protein sources and so easy on my stomach.
Some great things I got out of the diet:
It made me up my water intake. I had been drinking 80 oz or more a few years ago and got out of the habit, down to only 64 oz, but while on the diet, I was drinking 150 oz a day, mostly because I seemed to be thirsty a lot (it was also really hot here where I am). I'm not quite drinking 150 oz now, but I'm again at about 90 oz.
It made me eat more veggies. I had thought I ate a lot of veggies, but I ate even more while on the diet. I've kept up that habit and it's great.
It put me in the habit of eating every 3 hours. I've kept that up and it's great because I don't feel as hungry and so I don't binge on unhealthy food.
It made me appreciate my running more. I was recovering from an ankle injury while on the diet so I paused my marathon training, but now that I'm off and can run 3 times a week again, I'm really loving it. I missed it a lot. I realized I'd rather run and lose 1-1.5 pounds a week than be on a restricted food list.
I think the diet has improved my metabolism a bit, and it's carrying over into my overall health. I'm now hoping that the running will help me lose more weight than it did before the diet, when my metabolism was so sluggish and the exercise didn't seem to be doing anything to help me.
I've learned to love beans more than before. The diet seemed to have lots of options for beans as protein rather than meat (well, for phases 1 and 3, anyway), and I found I enjoyed that a lot. It made me be more creative about my use of beans as protein, thinking about beans in my diet in a way I hadn't considered before.
It made me see how my starch intake was pretty high. I didn't realize before how much rice and bread I ate and that my starch portions were too large. I still like a lot of rice with my Japanese curry, but now I know that I can have some starch-less meals to make up for it. The diet made me realize that I don't always need a starch with every meal.
I think I just did something wrong for Phase 3 of the diet, I don't think it doesn't work for me. I might try it again in a few months.
I even suggested it to my friends, because many of them don't have the problems with meat that I do and don't mind eating so much of it. They have more food discipline than I do, too, and so they may be able to stick to the food list without problems.
Hopefully the diet did help my metabolism a little and I'll be able to lose weight a little easier now than before I went on the diet.
Friday, July 05, 2013
Yesterday was day 6, but I had such a bad headache last night that I couldn't write my blog entry, so I'm doing it today.
Yesterday when I woke up, I was disappointed that I hadn't lost any weight. :( I hadn't gained any either. :)
I thought I did really well for meals yesterday, but I forgot to do my SP calorie counting until after dinner and I think I forgot to eat lunch! Doh! So my calorie count was high yesterday, but I only ate 4 times.
What was weird was that I woke up without a headache, but then I started getting a headache every time after I ate. After I ate dinner, the headache was so bad that I just went to bed early, and I slept for 12 hours! I'm not sure why I'm getting headaches but it seems related to the diet somehow. I'm just not sure how. I'm on my period right now so it could be hormone related, or it could be detox headache from my liver processing the Tylenol I had to take two days ago for my cramps, or it could be detox headaches from all the toxins stored in my fat cells that are being released???
I woke up this morning (day 7) and was dismayed to find that I've gained weight! About a pound, I'm at 148.8. :( :( :( I'm a bit discouraged but I'll stick to the diet today and wait and see. Maybe when my period is over I'll start losing weight? I'm pretty sure I ate according to the diet yesterday EXCEPT for only eating 4 instead of 5 times. Maybe that's why I gained weight???
Thursday, July 04, 2013
I'm feeling better today, but I was surprised to get a low grade headache in the early evening. I'm not sure what's going on --if it's because of my period or if I'm getting a detox headache.
I had really bad cramps today and took Tylenol, which I know stressed my liver, so I'm not sure how much I'll lose tomorrow. This morning when I weighed myself, I was at 147.8, which means I lost 0.4 pounds from yesterday. Yay! I really do hope I lose weight tomorrow despite the Tylenol.
I stuck to the diet, although I did eat out at Cheesecake Factory for lunch. I had sweet potato fries and ordered the fresh shrimp rolls before I realized I wasn't sure if I was allowed to eat shrimp. The rolls didn't have much shrimp anyway, so I think it was okay, and there was a lot of vegetables in the rolls, which were made with rice noodles and a rice wrapper. No soy sauce. I went home and ate some roast beef to make up for the low protein at lunch.
Snack was walnuts and cucumber--yum!--and also a beef-stuffed mushroom from phase 2 with 1/2 an avocado on top of it. Gosh I love avocados! Breakfast was oatmeal with berries, almond butter, and celery on the side, and dinner was the chicken coconut curry. Really tasty!
I tracked all my food and I'm a bit shocked how many calories I consumed today, but I guess I shouldn't have been surprised since it's phase 3, high fat. I consumed 2100 calories today (give or take)! But I was low on calories for phase 2 so I'm guessing I shouldn't really pay much attention to my calorie count. After all, in the book, Haylie said she doesn't believe in calories!
I'm a little concerned about the headache. My husband says it also might be because of the heat, although I'm drinking a lot of water. I hope it goes away tomorrow. Has anyone else who did this diet had headaches?
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Today was so much better than yesterday! And one of the main reasons is that my headache is now only a slight, mild one.
Another reason is that I got on the scale this morning and I've lost 2.4 pounds! I was bloated later yesterday but I wasn't bloated in the morning when I weighed myself, and I wasn't bloated the day before when I weighed myself, and both times I was at 150.6, but this morning I was at 148.2. So going down 2.4 pounds in one day is so motivating! I hope it's not just all water weight.
I'm astounded that I actually lost weight after such a bad day yesterday. I'm sure I stressed my liver because of the Tylenol, and caused stress to my adrenals because of the headache, and counteracted my hormones and metabolism because of the soy. But I lost some weight anyway. I hope it continues!
I've been drinking TONS of water, so I haven't needed to take my cranberry pills. I also stopped taking my supplements when I started the diet since I'm not sure what's in the supplements that might counteract the diet. But so far, I haven't felt any different and the only supplement I really needed to take everyday was the cranberry pills to counteract UTIs, which I haven't needed since I'm drinking so much water.
So far, going low carb and low fat for these two days hasn't been too hard. I had a hard time with breakfast because I was a little nauseated when I woke up and eating protein was the last thing I wanted to do. I really only wanted a bowl of oatmeal, but I made myself an egg white arugula omelet with chopped fresh cilantro on top (the potassium will hopefully help soothe my liver after taking the Tylenol yesterday). It was okay, but hard to eat since I wasn't hungry.
But then I ate turkey deli meat and cucumbers dipped in brown mustard (no sugar or anything I'm not supposed to eat!) and it was absolutely delicious! I should have had that for breakfast instead of the egg white omelet.
Snack was the beef stew from yesterday, which I'm not overly fond of, but I didn't want to waste it. I read a book while eating, which I normally try not to do since I tend to overeat when I do that. But I discovered that reading while eating something I don't like enables me to eat it with the least amount of suffering! I should have read a book while eating the egg while omelet this morning. I also snacked on some celery with lime juice and salt.
Dinner was a broiled sirloin steak and broiled asparagus with lime and salt and pepper. Really yummy! But I'm so ready to eat fruit tomorrow!
The low carb days weren't as bad as I thought they'd be, partly because it was only for 2 days, and partly because I ate a lot of veggies, which helped curb the cravings for fruit.
I did the exercises in the book Never Say Diet by Chantel Hobbs for my strength training today. I had to wait until evening when it wasn't so hot! so I ended up doing them a little before bedtime.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
I had high hopes for today, but the lingering headache I had yesterday became a full-blown migraine today. I kept to the diet and had very little problem sticking to only protein and veggies, but then the migraine got worse.
I'm pretty sure it was a hormone induced migraine since I started my period today. I always have migraines when I start my period each month, but this one was bad, maybe because I didn't take anything to stop it yesterday. Usually I drink soymilk and take a Tylenol when I first feel the headache and then it goes away and doesn't come back. But since I didn't take anything for the headache yesterday, I think that's why it got so bad today. Finally I broke down and drank soymilk and took Tylenol, which I know you're not supposed to do because the soy messes up your estrogen and the Tylenol stresses your liver, but I was desperate. However, it didn't help--the migraine was probably too far gone for the Tylenol to work.
I went to bed with an ice pack over my face and slept a few hours, but the migraine made my very nauseous (it always does) and so I was in bed feeling wretched for several hours. When it finally died down enough for me to get up, I was able to eat, but I did not eat very much today.
What's even worse is that I can tell I'm terribly bloated--my pants are tight today. After the stress to my body from the headache and after eating both soy and Tylenol, I don't think I'll be losing any weight this week. :( Oh, AND I weighed myself this morning and didn't lose anything from yesterday.
On the plus side, it really wasn't hard to go low carb today, so I guess that's a positive. I have my meals planned for tomorrow, so hopefully tomorrow will be easy, too. I am not nuts about the protein I'm eating, but I absolutely love the veggies and that makes up for it.
Made the beef stew recipe from the book--eh. Not the greatest. Tomorrow I'll try the stuffed mushrooms. I'm pleased that I'm eating so many veggies that I had frozen--I had frozen spinach and frozen arugula, which I can use in the recipes.
The book mentions eating potassium rich veggies the day after an alcoholic binge to soothe the liver. Since I know the Tylenol probably stressed my liver, I'll try to eat more of those veggies tomorrow.
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