Hello! Congrats on your success and good luck in the future.
I have recently started a diet regimen of my own. It follows the Adkins diet very closely with some of my own modifications. I eat NO bread, sugars, pastries, pastas, cereals, canned fruits w/ syrup, candy, chocolates, and no breaded or organ meats.
I eat meats and greens, plus I have my own recipe for certain foods, and I will be glad to share this with you AT NO CHARGE (I don't solicite funds in any way) and I will email you my diet plan if you are interested. I started Mon. Jan 03, 2005 and as of Sat. Jan. 08, I've lost 8lbs and feel great, sleeping better, not as fatigue feeling as I have been and I'm not going to stop there. It is a good idea to take a multivitamin and a glass of metamucil a day while participating in this diet.
My wife lost 40 lbs last year on it, maybe it was easier for her because in Sept. 03 we had a baby and she got up to 160, then in Jan. 04 she started this diet and prior to Thanksgiving she was 122, now she is 116. HEAVEN FORBID IF SHE READS THIS!!!!!!! LOL
But what I'm trying to say is that whether or not she had participated in this diet, she would have lost some anyway as most women do after having children, but without it I doubt she'd lost 40+ lbs.
A woman I work with lost 62 lbs last year on this diet.
I didn't do it because I have a history of being diagonsed as hypoglycemic, and when I did it my blood sugar would bottom out. I don't know why it's not bothering me this time, but my wife says that it is a mental thing. :excl:
My experience so far has been losing what I describe as a swelling in my extremities. I used to would wake up in the morning and my fingers be so swollen (yeah I'm from Kentucky, don't laugh at how I talk), that I couldn't adjust my wedding band because of the soreness, or even get it off. My ankles would swell in the morning. I've noticed a difference in just 8lbs.
I am expected to lose between 1 to 1 1/2 lb a day for the first 14-18 days. Then into the 3rd week, my weight loss it gradually slow to approx. 3lbs a week, flucuating to less or more by a pound or two each week. I'm 6'02, started monday weighing at 263. I'm not fat, my height proportions my weight fine, but I do have a little "pudginess" in areas like my upper arms, and thighs.
Night time is the best time to weigh because that is when you weigh the most during a day's time.
I would LOVE to share this with each of you, especially those of you like me, have failed attempt, after attempt, after attempt, diet after diet, those money stealing diet pill after another... etc.. you know what I mean.
My goal is to get down to 200-210 by the end of the year, and by the end of the year, I mean just prior to the holidays. This diet that I'm doing is not as mentally challenging as I thought it would be, but I have noticed that I do have a better keen sense of smell. Example: my little boy was eating dry cereal the other day, and I could smell it about 10-15 feet away from him. Tempting: NOPE
Anyway, anyone interested just let me know and I'll be glad to email you things that I eat, don't eat, and as I learn more things to eat and not eat, I will be glad to continue to share it with you.