Adjustments for Women? No success so far...
I've been following the slow-carb diet for 8 weeks now. I've read & re-read the book, I take the supplements, and I am strict about what I eat. My boyfriend has been living the 4-hour lifestyle for over a year and he looks fantastic, but I have done nothing but gain weight since joining him on this plan. In 8 weeks I've actually gone UP a clothing size, which is very discouraging. Any thoughts on modifications or common missteps? I want to make this work, but I am not sure what I need to change.
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If you'd like to write down a daily meal sample, it might be helpful.
I am a 30's woman with about 10 lbs to loose. It has been really slow going and any 'cheating' aside from cheat day lands me with a weight gain.
Also I've done the test a few times, you have to eat protein in the AM right after you wake up. If you are small one boiled egg or even half an avocado is OK, but something to kick start the system.
My first week I lost 2 lbs, second week I exercised and lost another 4. I've lagged since then with the last 10, but I've also been cheating a lot. (taking the weekend instead of a day for cheat foods). Also dairy, tofu and nuts will ruin your plan. And even a cookie a little tiny bit of suger on diet days will halt the weight loss for women.
I am having super similar problems! I don't know what is wrong, but maybe you are on to something with the "women" thing as my boyfriend already has a six pack and after 4 weeks, I remain stagnant.
This shocks me because I was eating like a pig pre-slow carb - dessert nearly daily, lots of carbs (I'm a francophile and so a baguette and cheese constituted a meal for me before I started), and tons more dairy than I eat now.
As Tim says dairy isn't recommended, but isn't necessarily restricted, I've left in moderate amounts of diary and have a glass of wine on occasion, but I can't believe I haven't gotten any more slim by cutting desserts and bread for a month! And I mean, if it doesn't help me loose weight, why else would I do that? I love desserts and bread!
I would love some advice -- feeling pretty lost, and it seems like the solution from most commenters is to just get extra strict and cut out everything (maybe that's the secret, make it so bland you stop eating entirely!)... my diet already feels pretty strict:
meats/ proteins: steak, chicken (breasts, wings, drumsticks), eggs, sausage (ground, gluten free, no casings)
veggies: spinach, brussel sprouts, onions, tomatos when in salsa, avocado (limit 1 serving/ day), cabbage, lettuce (romaine), bell peppers
legumes: black beans, french (green) lentils -- cooked in water, not chicken stock...
occasionally I add:
dairy: cheese on my salad, sour cream
My meals are all pretty much made up of some combination of those... I season with salt, pepper, and some sort of flavoring à la tabasco or a hummus.
I swear I am doing this as I described. I don't have some sort of sleep eating disorder and I'm not making up my measurements. HALP PLEASE!
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