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I've posted before that I did ADF for 2 years to lose my last 100 lbs, and I thought I'd add some 'tips' that worked for me.
Many people on the board I was on at the time, ate only once on DDs and at the end of the day. I can't do that. I happen to be a morning person, and breakfast is my biggest (and favorite) meal of the day. I typically had 400 cal DDs, and I normally ate 200 of those cal. at breakfast. At first I was afraid to eat so much so early, but I found that eating to my own 'biorhythms' worked. I just wasn't hungry later on and often stayed at 350 cal.
I ate almost exclusively protein--tuna and egg whites. My 50 cal 'meal' was 1/2 cup of egg whites microwaved in a soup mug for a mini-omelet. I also found that bone broth was very filling--I added vinegar and hot sauce to get a 'hot and sour' flavor (that I like), and it turned out to be a great appetite suppressant.
My point is that people should eat in a way that works best for them on a DD. I used to divide up my remaining calories into 50-cal. mini-meals that I ate whenever I seemed to 'need' some food.
Another technique that I didn't believe would work--and did--is that in the late afternoon or evening when I felt hungry, it was usually just a 'craving.' That is, the actual physical hunger of a DD wasn't at all unpleasant, it was the desire for a specific food (which is a sign of a craving rather than hunger) that was annoying. I'd say to myself, "I'll have that tomorrow." And I found that tended to banish the craving. Although I fully intended to keep my promise and eat it the next day, I rarely found that I wanted it any more.
Emmie your a huge inspiration to me. since my thyroidectomy I had major doubts that I would ever be able to lose weight again. But your success has shown me that it can be done with preserverance. I'm so glad you took the time to post to my newbie" woe is me why am I not losing thread" lol! I'm so glad to have found ADF and I hope it continues to help me toward my goals!
Hi - Well, I've hit the two week mark. So far a 4.5lb loss. I've been gaining/losing the same 1.5lbs on the UD/DD cycle for the past week. However, I am comfortable with this as the swings are less dramatic than I had been experiencing in the up direction prior to starting ADF. Hopeful for a "whoosh" down into a new, lower pattern.
DDs are not terribly difficult in terms of hunger. I have been splitting my calories between lunch and dinner. The challenge is more low energy and brain fog in the afternoon. I have been focusing on protein rich foods on DDs. We'll see how today goes as a DD.
Ekatherine~ congrats on the 1.6 lbs! I'm glad you had a good dd!
Primal focus~ 4.5lbs is awesome!
It's my dd today and i was actually glad for it! Last night my husband got chipotle for dinner and I had a salad with meat, lettuce, peppers, onions, hot sauce, sour cream, cheese, and guacamole. So all primal except I think I heard somewhere that chipotle uses soybean oil( blech!). So considering I'm a purist and would say I'm 99/1 primal all the time( i never consume wheat anymore period!)I thought I'd give in to this meal that was maybe 80/20 but kept me within my ud calories. Big mistake! Almost immediately my stomach hurt and it sent me to the bathroom! I had stomach and lower back pains all night long and I found myself thinking I can't wait to not eat tomorrow! Crazy talk coming from me lol!
Haven't weighed myself yet but I expect to be up, here ill go check hang on..........well apparently I know nothing, I'm down another .8lbs! Maybe all those bathroom trips(gross!). Ok guys it's a lazy Sunday and I think my daughters cold from earlier in the week finally hit me. Ive got a super sore throat , sneezing,and a bad headache. I need to keep busy to keep my mind off of food till dinner but I just want to lay around all day instead :/
Oh I just did a desperate this. I am in between pants sizes as ya'll know. My current jeans are so loose and baggy on my waist/hips, they keep falling down. I dont have a belt. So, I took a piece of fabric scrap from my sewing table. Looped it through the button hole, skipped the actual button and tied it to the first belt loop. Viola. New sized pants. I tied it in a tight bow so When I have a potty emergency I dont get in to trouble. Hehe.
The process is simple: Free your mind, and your ass will follow.
I suggest you watch the Dr Mosely you tube videos. They are long but interesting. And for me they were motivational. Dont let one bad dd derail you. Even at 300 calories it is way under your BMR right?
Yes it was...thanks demuralist! I am not giving up!
Hello everyone and welcome to the newbies and a huge thanks to our experienced losers!
I put my story in my journal, but I just have to say, and I am shocked that I am saying it, but I am really enjoying this way of eating. I am doing my dd's on M-W-F and I eat an evening meal. I drink tons during the down day, this works for me even though I know for some of you it is not so effective, and don't drink nearly as much on my ud's-so I think it is balancing just like the calories do.
I am loving learning to discern between hunger and cravings, and finding out that real hunger comes in waves-doesn't stay long-and is not painful.
Love the continued support-GO US!
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
Yep, I am eating "normally" on the weekends. Essentially, mostly, primal and low carb but not strictly.
Yes there is a downward trend. This morning after an ud I was the same as yesterday, 1.4 down after the last ud, and down 6.2 since the first of the month. Now, given the upward trend I was on with everything else I have tried in the past year and a half, this makes me very happy. And add that I get to eat "normally" 4 days out of every 7, well that makes me down right ecstatic!
I decided to do it this way because it is much easier for me to do a dd on a work day. I would normally eat lunch alone at my desk, now I just don't. I have never been a big fan of breakfast, and have done some version of a smoothie for years, now I just drink coffee and tea with a (measured) splash of half and half on my dd's.
p.s. I do still track everything I eat, and weigh most everything. I can't mentally let that data get lost, such that a year from now if I hit a plateau, I can look back and be reminded of what was working.
well ive made it till 3:30 but i am starving! doesnt help we hit up trader joes and costco today to stock up on staples. so ive been looking at food all day! gonna make this The Cavemom Chronicles - Primal Meatloaf with mashed cauliflower for dinner.
demuralist~ congrats on the 6.2 lbs! seems like this is really working for all of us! i want to experiment with just eating normal on the weekends cause lets face it having a dd on the weekend sucks! but im having such great progress im scared to switch it up just yet, its good to know you've had success with it.
ekatherine~ that salad looks awesome but doesn't look like it would have 1000 cals, is it because of the egg yolks?