I was actually afraid of quitting the Low Carb diet that I was on because I heard that when you do, you gain the weight back. Here has been my ACTUAL experience.
I did gain back some weight. Guess how much. 3 pounds? 5 pounds 11 pounds?
The first two mornings that I weighed in after going off, I had gained .8 and .6 respectively. The next two days,I was up 1.2 and back down to .6 above my last day of the low carb diet.
So MY reality is that I gained a half pound by going off of a diet that allowed 20-40 grams of Carb per day.
So, I ask myself, why did the press all seem to think that going off would bring a large weight gain? What did I do that avoided that?
I think it was simply because I had a plan in place BEFORE I switched. That's why I'm here and not on the Dukan site. From the moment I quit the one diet, I started the next. Looking back, it took me a couple of days to get my balance right. The first two days, I went over my proteins and under my carbs. The important thing was I tracked it All. I didn't just say " I can eat Carbs now" and run out and Glom bagels and giant bowls of oatmeal and popcorn and donuts and all those other things I had been missing. Maybe that's why switching to a healthier diet is so scary for those doing a low carb diet. Maybe the massive weight gain comes from an all or nothing approach and when you go from nothing to all, it gets interperted to every carb in sight.
I also kept exercising somewhat gently while I made the switch. Nothing huge. I just kept moving and getting my `Buffy`fix.
I`m writing this mostly for other Low-carbers who are wanting to make the switch back to a more realistic food plan but who, like me, are afraid of un-doing all their hard work.
The one week of body adjustment is SO worth it. It won`t undo your commitment. It won`t turn you into a blurb. Just be reasonable and track everything.
Loving my creamy, slow cooked Oatmeal and Crunchy Popcorn.