Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Hi all - I know I haven't been around for a while, but life gets busy. I also decided to try something different. I was ordering Dr Oz's book from Rodale Press and for the bazillionth time they recommended Metabolism Miracle. I don't know why I bought it, but I did. When the books came in, this one was on top and I read it first. It made a lot of sense, so I'm trying it.
It's a lifestyle change (like we have here at Spark) but it looks at carbs differently. You have 3 phases. Phase 1 is minimal carbs with lots of foods you stay away from. You stay on it for 8 weeks only. (The author is pretty emphatic about that - she wants you to move forward to a healthy and balanced diet.) Phase 2 adds more carbs and you can stay on that phase until you hit goal. Phase 3 is the "lifetime" change.
I really liked the idea behind it, so decided to give it a try. It's written by a dietician, and she actually explains the science behind why you're doing what you're doing. (I'm not sure I've ever seen this before.) It's not the standard formula of calories in - calories burned = weight. She states that not every metabolism is the same, and if you're one of those people counting calories and exercising like crazy and not seeing results, you might be one of these people. If you're dieting like crazy and your labwork isn't getting better, you might be one of these people. If you energy is all over the place and you have highs and lows all day, you might be one of these people. Three categories that I definitely fit into. I also appreciate that a lot of what she talks about is similar to the mediterranian diet so the "good fats" that I've gotten used to and enjoy.
So I figured what do I have to lose if I try it. After all, I'm counting my brains out and my weight is still going up little by little. My energy? What energy? Most days I barely make it through till I come home, make dinner immediately (or I'll fall asleep) and hit bed early. (Unless I'm on the bike. But days on the bike I tend to eat mainly protein anyway. I've known for a while I have a carb issue, but have ignored it and hoped I would just snap out of it.)
It's 10 days in. I had one day where my energy seemed to "crash" but the rest of the time it's been pretty steady. I'm not saying I want to run a marathon, but I'm not curling up in bed by 8pm either. And I'm not falling asleep at my desk in the middle of the afternoon. The first week was hard - doing the carb detox. Surprisingly I had a harder time at work than I do at home. But it's getting easier. I won't say I never get cravings, but I can usually find something to satiate them pretty easily.
So - here's to success!