Well hello there.
I’ll just cut straight to the chase and tell you I lost 7lbs this week. Finally a result!! After all that working my arse off for nothing, I can now feel some sort of benefit and motivation.
It’s not been easy. For anyone who tells you that this is a cheat’s way or easy way out let me tell you they could not be more wrong!! On paper it should be a breeze, no doubt, but in reality it’s hard work.
Why is this, you ask? You should be having 3 sachets and a restricted meal a day, no exercise in the first two weeks so what’s the problem? The problem is your body adapting to fewer calories and carbs and going into ketosis (the term used to describe your body burning your own fat stores for energy as it’s getting nowt else to burn (i.e. glucose or carbs).
They say that day three and four of the plan are the hardest but that once you go into ketosis you should feel great. What they don’t tell you is that even after you are in ketosis you can have some serious off days. Symptoms include an upset stomach (the big D), light-headedness/dizziness and seriously rank breath due to your body releasing toxins and ketones as a byproduct of burning it’s own fat. This is one sexy diet.
These are all the symptoms I’ve had so far. The upset stomach was self-inflicted as one day I didn’t leave too much time in between having my shakes. The shakes are incredibly concentrated with vitamins and minerals so if you don’t drink enough water or space them out, you could suffer with nausea and the runs…lovely.
Once I had spaced out the shakes, I was still suffering. I then concluded that it was down to the fact that I had been having chickpeas for all but one day of the diet so far. Two reasons for that – I’ve always liked chickpeas and I love that something that feels so carby is allowed on this diet. Secondly, you can only have 225g (tinned) chickpeas (and 80g of dried chickpeas) so once I’ve opened a tin, I always have some left over which I need to use the next day. Well let me tell you I am no longer in love with chickpeas and I will not be going near them for a long, long time!
The bloating, indigestion, nausea and general ‘out of it’ feeling it gave me was really something else and I really considered coming off the diet even after my initial 7lb loss. I’m glad I stuck to it and tried something else in terms of meal. Yesterday I had a Quorn and green pepper dry curry which was much more easygoing on my stomach and I had no after effects! The only thing I will say about that is that I found it impossible to have the recommended portion of the meal in one sitting so I split it into two. Even towards the end of the second sitting, I found the meal very hard to finish off.
Let me be honest and not blame my whole feeling of crapness on this diet though. Unfortunately the timing of the diet appears to have coincided with my the worsening of my Bruxism (subconscious tooth-grinding/clenching in one’s sleep) symptoms so that’s part of the reason for the headaches and it’s made my vision go a little shaky at times but I am in the process of getting a mouthguard for that.
The light-headedness is somewhat of a pain and that is definitely down to the diet. I’ve been informed that it’s either my blood pressure being low due to the lack of carbs or having low blood sugar. I just need to make sure I take it super easy and not stand, turn or move too quickly, keep well hydrated (am well on the 4l fluids a day) and I need to ensure I space my shakes out evenly.
I invested in some very expensive matcha tea from Teapigs and wish I hadn’t now. Day 2 of having a shot of the stuff and I never want to see it again, it’s health benefits are amazing but it tastes and smells rank!
Another awful side-effect of the diet (I’m simply too lazy to refer to it as a weight plan) is bad breath. The worst thing is usually you are aware when you need to chew some gum etc but on this one I actually had to be told by my dad that my breath smells like a sewer (I can’t believe I’m admitting this) and I had no idea whatsoever. Again this is due to the lack of carbs and your body is not only getting rid of toxins and ketones through your urine but also through your mouth, hence the monkey breath. My consultant advises against sugar-free gum as she said it can trick you into feeling hungry so I’ve been using peppermint mouth spray and lots of Listerine! They also say to brush more than twice a day if you can but I haven’t had the time as yet. I’m considering buying a travel pack of Listerine to take out with me or that CB12 mouthwash that has recently been advertised. It’s absolutely mortifying and especially the fact that I don’t even know when I have it so constantly have to keep spraying! At least gum would have been more subtle!
The prices we pay for wanting to be healthy eh…?
I know I promised a review of the Fitbit today but I just haven’t had the time. Will try and get that done in the next couple of weeks.
Until then folks, have a good one :-)