Tuesday, January 31, 2012
So, the Activate Cycle is supposed to counteract the body's tendency to go on red alert and enact famine-condition responses, resetting your metabolism by kicking the calories back up just a notch and reintroducing a few more complex carbs.
Sounds great, right? Well... It's a little more involved, because you can only have stuff off the new food list om alternating days. Stuff from the first food list is fine any day, of course, but by this point, I'm kind of tired of it. ~_~ (And the 17 Day Diet Cookbook doesn't come out until the end of next month.) The theory is based on Alternate Day Fasting, which is supposed to keep your metabolism revved and raring to go by alternating lower calorie days with higher calorie days. Not sure how well that's going to pay off coming off my "birthday binge" (which, in my defense, was pretty low-key as far as binges go), but there's no way on God's green earth I'm going to "start over" again at this point. I plan to follow the next two cycles all the way through before heading back to the Accelerate cycle! Also not sure how that's going to work out with the fact that I'm trying to stay between 1200 and 1500 kcal on all days. Worst case scenario, I'm wasting my time. Best case scenario, I'll lose some weight in the meanwhile.
Oh, and these vaunted complex carbs they're so graciously adding back in? Two servings a day. Oooh, so extravagant!
Beef, glorious beef! Lean cuts only, of course, but hey. Also lean pork, and lamb (which I don't eat because of the whole prion thing) and veal (which I don't eat because of the cruelty involved).
For the starches, we have brown rice, couscous (which I've been meaning to try), steel-cut oats (which are boring without anything to dress them up), quinoa (which I cooked once and didn't find impressive), a slew of legumes including black beans, black-eyed peas, baby limas, butter beans, pinto beans and lentils. Then there's the easy/appealing stuff like corn, sweet potato and winter squashes. I find it odd that winter squash reenters the scene before summer squash and zucchini.
Anyway, the whole day-switching thing has me feeling a little ADHD, and I'm starting to wonder if the modifications I've made to the plan are fixing it so that it just won't work. Since I refuse to put myself in the starvation-mode danger zone by consuming far fewer calories than every reasonable source tells me I should, it's kind of a moot point, but it's pretty frustrating.