After having tried to lose weight again and again over the past ten years and after having failed each time, either losing no weight at all or gaining all the lost kg’s and sometimes more back in no time, I’ve set out on a new diet three weeks ago, which was recommended to me by several friends and work colleagues.
The program is not limited to dieting and the nutrition side of things, but also involves a personalised exercise program tailored to the respective individual needs and accommodating a busy work life, where necessary.
It sets out with a detailed questionnaire that will enable the trainer to determine the best programme for the candidate.
If your answers leave any doubt that you’re fully committed, then the game stops here and you’re being sent back to KFC to order your next family meal for one. If you pass this barrier, then there will be a one-week back-and-forth process during which the trainer and you will decide which programme works best for you.
You’re then being started on a low-carb, low-calorie, low-fat, high-protein diet with supplements that ensure that you’re not going to run low on vitamins or minerals.
Exercise is either very limited or non-existent during those first two weeks, because, considering you’re asked to stop eating before you’re full (“stop at 80%”) and your intake of calories will usually be dramatically less than it used to be (also because you’re eating healthier, lower-calorie food), you will not exactly be your most energetic self. You will be fit enough, though, to go about your normal work-day and I did not feel particularly tired and never exhausted, just sometimes quite hungry.
I’ve now lost 4.5 kg’s and want to lose another 2kg’s. My husband says I’ve never looked better and I seem much more relaxed and happy than my usual self. Sometimes it’s hard to stick with the programme, especially stopping to eat before you’re full and cutting out carbs, even sweet fruits and potatoes, not just sweets and cake, but I found it gets easier the longer you stick with it. My cravings for sweets and cake are nearly gone, now, and I’m now looking into agreeing a work-out plan with my trainer. We’ve determined that running is not for me, among others, because of my bad technique, swimming is not to my liking, but yoga, Pilates and similar exercises like planking and squatting are right up my alley. I’ve also started to hop off the tube two stops before home and to walk the 30 minutes to our flat, to take the stairs, not the escalators in shopping malls and in the tube, and to go for walks with my husband after dinner, if we can squeeze it into our schedules.
My husband says he’ll start on the programme soon, too. He had been successful with a ketosis diet about 1.5 years ago, which also involves low-carb, but which is very different from this diet. A ketosis diet typically sets you off for the first three days on eggs, cheese, and meat alone (no other ingredients, no fruit, veg, milk, yogurt, alcohol, seasoning), until your body starts burning its own fat, a severe physical change in your metabolism which you can track with so-called ketosis sticks, whose colours, after having peed onto them, will be different, depending on the state of ketosis you’re in. The diet is usually very high-fat, very high-calorie (and also high-protein and low carb, the latter two just like my diet). My husband lost 12kg within just the first four weeks and says he never felt better when going on his morning runs, but after only two months, he stopped the diet and gained most of the weight again, out of sheer laziness and lack of discipline, for no other reason (he didn’t crave a different diet or certain banned foods), he readily admits.
My husband still thinks it’s something he wants to do again, but not now, because the diet is very hard on the body, and – especially at the beginning, before you’ve phased vegetables fully back into your intake again – rather unhealthy. Now with the days becoming shorter, darker and colder and everyone sneezing their way throughout the day, he feels is not the best time to go on a hard-core diet.
I was never a believer in the ketosis diet in the first place and I wouldn’t be able to do without any fruit and veg for three days, then only phase in vegies gradually over a long period of time, and limited to certain ones like asparagus, green beans, leafy salads, and broccoli.
We’ll both keep you updated about our progress. Ever tried anything similar? We’d be interested in hearing about your experience and your thoughts.