Sunday, December 02, 2012
I am currently down 106 lbs thanks to the 17 Day Diet. I am a walking billboard for the diet just about everywhere I go now. EVERYONE is noticing my weight loss. I currently have about 5 friends from work doing this diet and losing on it as well. They are OVERJOYED! I am OVERJOYED for them! I have shared this diet with so many people, that I've truly lost count! Just about EVERY single day, I get an email, a text, a facebook msg on what am I doing and that I look fantastic. It's become a HUGE part of my life. I have run into ALOT of people that feel that this isn't the diet for them, some who have tried and some who haven't. I've heard TONS of excuses.
Now, I have different thoughts about the "excuses" I've heard...
First and foremost... they just aren't ready. I get that... I have held on to 100-200 lbs over goal for about 2 decades! 20 years! When I was in my early 20's, I had lost 100 lbs, gotten down to 178 lbs and looked and felt great (I'm tall, 5'10")... anyway, I was healthy, I was active and I was a regular at the gym back then. I KNEW what to do to be healthy and keep that weight down.
Then I had a car accident. Car was totalled (gone was my transportation to the gym), aches and pains started happening... and well, I got out of my rhythm and old habits crept back and I started gaining and gaining and gaining... til I was OVER 200 lbs overweight. I ALWAYS knew that I was capable of losing the weight (heck, I did it once before). I knew I was strong enough. I knew what I was making mistakes with. I had people ask if I would do the surgery. I had doctors TELL me to do the surgery. I never wanted to go that route... you see, I never was on a diet that failed me. I was the one to fail the diet. I wasn't and couldn't be one of those people that said... I did EVERYTHING exactly as written and it just didn't work. So, therefore, it made no sense to ever go under the knife for me... I just had to get my head in the game. I hear people make excuses of why this diet isn't for them. I tell them, I understand. I do. I've been there.
Secondly, and this is the one I sort of REALLY feel for them... I hear that this diet it too hard to follow. They don't cook, they don't know how, they don't have the time to cook, etc. Now, for me, I'm sort of under this category (yet, have started getting more and more INTO it because of this plan)... anyway, back to the excuse. I do feel that this is a difficult diet to do if you really can't stand to be in the kitchen. I mean, there are certain things that really are a no-brainer. Yogurt, you buy in cups. Technically, you could buy the lipton diet green tea in bottles, you can buy a carrot or an apple and eat away. But when it comes to the lean meats? Well, it is a bit more difficult. I mean, you CAN eat tuna from a can... if you didn't want to cook at all... you COULD buy pre-hardboiled eggs from the store. But, beyond that, you might actually have to spend a bit of time in the kitchen. Lunch meats are processed, so not really recommended, although they are easy... There are some hillshire farm precooked chicken breasts in the store that you can just throw in the microwave... but it's not the easiest thing to just find something ready to eat for our proteins. However, it IS an excuse! I get it, but it's still an excuse. So, you MIGHT have to cook a bit... you MIGHT have to prep some vegetables, etc. Seriously? The weight isn't just going to fall off without ANY effort.
Thirdly, I love my carbs. I can't give up bread, pasta, potatoes, etc, etc, etc, blah, blah, blah... the list truly does go on and I think I've heard them all... BUT... we are eating carbs... have you been to the store? Do you read labels? EVERYTHING has carbs! It's sort of an eye-opener, really. Anyway, we eat LESS. In Cycles 2 and 3, you can eat carbs... IN MODERATION. But, your life didn't just end and you won't ever not have a piece of bread or a noodle ever again. However, this, too, is a part of the journey to get to your desired goal weight.
In my experience, I'm the one who needs to lose the equivalent to 1 heavy, or 2 thin people. SERIOUSLY... that's NUTS, but it's the way of it. But, MOST of the people in my path who want to lose weight, or NEED to lose weight, really only have 25-100 lbs to lose. And, most in my path, really only need to lose 20-50.
This diet works. Read the book. Say you have 25 lbs to lose... go to Cycle 1, Cycle 2, Cycle 3, back to whatever cycle you want... keep going... eat your bit of bread, your bit of pasta, your bit of potato and then... GUESS WHAT???
Cycle 4! Read the book, that's all I'm sayin'. Read it... know what you can do on Cycle 4... it's so ridiculously simple! GOOD LUCK!!!