Welcome Shanielle. BUG, our team leader, was planning to be out-of-state for a few days. (I'm not sure if she's left yet.) She'd be best able to answer your questions about Dr. Johnson's ADD diet.
I actually created my own modified plan. The VCL (very low calorie) under-500 calorie down days just didn't work well for me. Partly, because I just didn't LIKE them, and preferred not to be that hungry. But, also, my body seemed to go very quickly into starvation mode, and would gain weight after a VLC day, rather than lose weight.
But, I REALLY liked this diet's concept of calorie cycling. And, varying the amount of calories eaten from day to day. And, making sure that we didn't eat low-calorie every day (because that also takes us into starvation mode).
So, here's how I personally modified my diet. I tracked calories, daily, for almost a year, to make sure that I stayed within my planned calorie ranges. (I'm no longer tracking, since in maintenance, but I still try to follow a similar system.)
My modified JUDDD plan:
JUDDD day: 0 - 500 calories (never)
DD:......501 - 899 calories (once or twice a week. Usually in the 700-899 calorie range.)
MD:.....900 - 1199 calories (3 or 4 days a week. I actually seem to be most comfortable eating in this range.)
UD (I liked to call them my "enough" days):....1200 - 1500 calories (twice a week. Always! Usually on Wed and Sun, so that I would never go more than 3 or 4 days without an "enough" day.)
Splurge days:.....1501-1999 calories. (Usually stayed under 1800 calories.) Occasionally. Maybe once a month. They were planned, not just eating-too-much-by-accident days. Usually on somewhat of a special occasion, like a nice restaurant, or a holiday meal or something.
Binge days:.....Over 2000 calories. Never!
If you signed up for this team, I'm guessing, though, that there is something about the VLC days that appealed to you. Some people have been very successful following that. I'd encourage you to try it as written.
However, if there are things that you don't like about it, I'd also encourage you not to throw in the towel. Tweak it, modify it -- turn it into something that you DO like, and make it work for you.
P.S.: I successfully lost 60+ pounds, between Sept 2010 and Sept 2011. I went from a size 22 to a size 6. I maintained it well for 6-8 months. I worked just about as hard at maintaining weight as I did at losing weight. I still calorie-cycled, but I no longer included my modified down days -- just alternated medium days with two "enough" days per week.
Over the past 4 or 5 months, I've begun some peri-menopause symptoms, and have put back on about 1-5 pounds (it varies), and an inch or two in my waist. I believe that losing weight is only the first step, and that weight maintenance will be a life-time goal. This is my current set-back. I also expect weight set-backs if I need to go back on steroids (which was one of the initial causes of my excess weight.)
So, I'm adding regular exercise (which I often steadfastly, mostly avoided, although trying, occasionally, to add some in) by joining Curves. I expect that I'll begin to notice results in a month or two. If that's not enough, I'll go back to tracking food, if I need to, and make sure that I'm eating in my calorie ranges.
Doing It With Multiple Sclerosis;
2005-2009: 185 lbs. Some minor yo-yo-ing.
2010/Sept: 180 lbs; Waist 46"
2011/Jan 1: 160 lbs; May 22: 133 lbs for DD's wedding
2012/Jan 1: 119.8 lbs; May 1 117.2 lbs
2013/Jan 1 - 121.2 lbs
Monthly wt is in my SP intro
Reached 118 lbs for about 6 months; working hard to maintain weight, w peri-menopuase now;
Goal range: 107-118 lbs/W31.5. Under 123 OK
| current weight: 121.6