“Food is like sex: when you abstain,
even the worst stuff begins to look good. ”
As we reach the end of the 7 days of my Slow-Carb/Four Hour Body Diet experiment, I think I’ve learned a lot. If you are catching up on the posts and meals, here they are:
While I’ve decided to continue the diet on a modified basis, I think I can sum up what I’ve learned from that first week now.
I thought it would be a HUGE challenge to give up fruit entirely. I still think fruit is healthy and a crucial part of my daily intake. But when I stopped eating fruit for 7 days I didn’t find that I craved it like I thought I would.
I did struggle with “what should I have for a snack” when I couldn’t reach for an apple or banana.
I also started fantasizing about the upcoming berry season. I love strawberries, blueberries and raspberries and I can’t wait to eat them! No-fruit won’t be in my routine forever. I am looking forward to summer fruit and will eat it because it’s healthy.
I definitely craved sugar. Much like what I discovered on my Sugar Detox Week, I craved it more out of habit and less out of hunger. I wanted treats at the end of the night. Was I still full from dinner? Very. Did I need more food? Nope, not at all. But I still wanted some chocolate and a glass of milk! I didn’t have any and I missed it.
Did I cheat at all? Not really. I had some trail mix that was in my car that I eat after working out/swimming. I had some of that one day and realized “oops there are raisins and chocolate in this” once I stuffed a handful in my mouth. But I don’t really consider that cheating, or a failure. I just forgot.
On Day One I did have some chocolate and strawberries for a treat but it was the first day and I hadn’t been prepared to start yet (I got the days screwed up in my mind).
Around Day Three of the Slow-Carb Diet I started to think about the upcoming “Binge Day.” I fantasized about everything I would eat that day…burritos, sushi, chips, pizza, wine, ice cream! An orgy of horrible foods!!
That day scared me. It reaffirmed the fact that I completely DISAGREE with the concept of a Cheat/Binge Day. It made me feel like I was restricting something from my life, a punishment, and the binge was something that would be “naughty” and “bad.”
I stand firm on my dislike for having a binge day even after doing this diet for a week.
When the Binge Day arrived, I did go over my calories for the day but I didn’t “binge.” I didn’t lose my mind and eat everything in sight. The reason I ended up going over my calories was because we had a dinner party with dessert afterward. Had I skipped the dessert I would have been fine calorie-wise.
This diet was definitely pricey. We spent a lot of money on fresh veggies but our Costco bill was what cost so much. The hummus, tons of eggs, bulk spinach, chicken, ahi tuna, ground turkey…it added up fast! Plus we went through our veggies like mad. Normally when we buy the baby spinach in bulk at Costco we end up throwing away some of it because it takes awhile to eat it. With this diet we went through the whole case of spinach and a bag of mixed green lettuce.
I think a diet like this would have been better done once we had our own vegetable garden and had easy, daily access to greens.
We’ve used too much of our Tupperware–which meant lots of cleaning to do. There were leftovers and having to pack a bunch of stuff for lunch meant lots of dishes. Before the diet I was eating fruit (no packages) and a Lean Cuisine (everything in one box). So this was something I hadn’t expected.
Our fridge was also PACKED. I will post before and after photos of our fridge soon. It’s nuts.
I missed my daily coffee more than I missed fruit, and I missed chocolate more than any of it combined.
While I’m continuing the diet this week in a modified way (drinking my coffee again), I don’t think anything will really change. I don’t think the scale will miraculously show a loss for me and I don’t plan on continuing this diet next week. I am happy that Michael lost 6 pounds the first week and I hope his 2nd week shows more progress as well.
QUESTION: After what you’ve read these two weeks, is this something you would ever consider trying?
About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.