Day 3 of the PSMF (Protein Sparing Modified Fast)
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Yay! I'm on day 3 of the PSMF diet and I'm doing GREAT!! I have followed the guidelines to the letter and I'm finding that it's not as difficult as I thought it would be. I think part of my success is having my mind ready and prepared to start. I was determined to be dedicated and follow the plan religiously.
The basics of the diet are this...eat no sugar, carbs or fat and increase protein. By reducing/eliminating the sugar, carbs and fat your body turns to stored fat to burn for energy. If you don't increase your protein intake your body will go after your muscles. Therefor, increasing your protein intake trains your body to leave the muscles alone and break down and use the fat.
The doctor and nutritionist gave me a VERY specific list of what and how much I can eat for each meal. Yes, the list is extremely restrictive, however, it leaves no room for making bad choices. I'm an "all or nothing" kind of person, so this format totally works for me and my personality. No decisions to make other than picking from the list.
This diet will induce rapid weight loss (I'm already down 5 pounds after only 2 days). It's dangerous, which is why it HAS to be done under a doctors supervision. My doctor has provided me a regiment of supplements to take daily. I also see the doctor and/or nutritionist every 3 weeks for a check-in and blood draw to ensure there are no negative impacts to my health. This diet has been prescribed for over 10 years by this particular doctor, and he's had HUGE success with patients. After I reach my goal weight, the transition to eating a less restrictive diet will occur. They will slowly introduce other, healthy, foods that I was not eating while losing the weight. The entire process is educational, and I'm learning a lot about the affects of food on your body (good and bad). What I'm finding very interesting is that I'm going through withdraws from eliminating sugar, carbs and fat. Physical withdraws. I'm weak, dizzy and feel drained. I was warned this would happen during the first few days. My body is CRAVING the bad things I've eliminated. It really has me thinking about the control those things had over my food choices and my life.
The appeal of this diet is not only the weight loss (although that alone is VERY attractive), it's the overall health benefit. I'm learning a lot about food and it's affects on the body. I'm also going to increase my overall health dramatically. The Endocrinologist and I listed all the health issues I've been experiencing over the past few years (high blood pressure, heart issues, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, knee pain, etc) and the medications I take. Losing the weight and transitioning to a healthy way of eating will eliminate almost every one of my health issues and eliminate the need for my medications (except my anxiety med...although one could argue that getting healthy will naturally reduce my stress and eliminate the need for that medication too).
I have a lot of faith in this doctor, nutritionist, this plan, and in myself. Just knowing I'm taking control and getting healthier is a GREAT feeling!! I realize this will be a difficult journey and right now I'm in the "honeymoon" period, but for the first time in a LOOOONG time I feel ready, committed and positive that I'm going to make a difference in myself!