Bummer...this diet for women?
Well, I am one week into following this diet exactly (and exercising burning 500-750 calories a day) and I have only lost a measly 4 pounds. Really bummed out as I read about men dropping 10+ pounds in one week. I have 25 pounds to lose. Is this diet not for women? I lost more weight on Atkins....
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Forget about what other people are losing. We brag when we get great results and if we get average results we are quieter about it so you don't hear about those cases as often. Tim's not gonna devote a chapter to someone who followed his diet and dropped a pound a week, because although it's healthy and would be considered a success, it's not remarkable. I guarantee even the men aren't dropping 10 pounds a week on average, and also the people (male and female) who drop weight the fastest are ones who have way more than 25 pounds to lose.
4 pounds in a week is awesome. In future weeks you should expect it to slow to 1-2 pounds probably as part of your future weeks will be dropping the cheat day weight. Would you be happy if you lost 2 pounds a week? What about 1 pound a week? Would that be better than whatever led you to gain 25 excess pounds?
You mentioned you were on atkins. I did atkins maybe a decade ago, dropped some weight fairly quickly, craved carbs the entire time and hated having to count carbs, and when I went off it I gained back that weight and more. I learned from that that there's no point in me starting a "diet" if my plan was to do it short term. I need something I can live with longer term, maybe with some tweaks, but still it has to be a long term change in the way I eat.
So that's the question - not whether you should ditch the diet because men get faster results. It's about why you quit atkins, and if you will quit this for the same reasons, if you think either one of them has potential for you as a way of life.
We all want to get to our target weight with immediate results, but slow movement in the right direction (whether it's this or another diet) is fine, and better than quick losses that you can't maintain. If it takes you 13 weeks to drop the weight ... well, it's like that old line about starting a college degree when you're in your mid 30's. Some people would say what's the point, I won't even get the degree until I'm nearly 40. A better attitude is: "In a few years, I'll be 40 no matter what. I can either be a 40 year old with a degree, or a 40 year old without one."
Smiley -- I agree with Jake completely. You have to think in terms of what YOUR successes are and whether YOU feel it's a struggle or not. The bigger questions are: how do you feel physically, and how much do you like the foods you're eating? If you feel it's a horrific struggle, you're not going to keep it up very long, no matter HOW much you lose in a week. Right?
But if you enjoy the foods you're eating, you can keep it up indefinitely, and the pounds will come off when they come off. I've been doing SCD for a year now. I have lost 52 lbs. Yep, that's one pound a week. Not a "headliner" rate of losing, but it doesn't matter, because I LOVE the way I feel and I LOVE the foods I eat! I can, and will, eat this way forever, I am very sure. So, the rest of the weight that I want to drop (78 lbs) will go when it goes. Simple as that.
Forget what the scale says, for one thing. It's a LOUSY measure. Look at whether you're having cravings or hunger, and what your energy levels are like.
Worth asking: how are you "burning 500-700 calories a day" with exercise? It's not needed and it may hinder progress. It can, for some. I haven't exercised once this whole time. Not once. I'm basically a lazy old broad. LOL! (54)
This -- or any change to eating habits -- has to be REALISTIC for you to do long term, and it has to be enjoyable. Otherwise, it's a lousy patch on a well-worn tire....at some point, it's just gonna blow.
Find your groove in this. It's a wonderful way to eat, and, as someone who has tried many times through her life to lose weight, and always gained it back, I am CONVINCED that this is the way to do it once and for all. It's about becoming healthy. And THEN the weight can start to come off. This way of eating gives us the nutrients we need for HEALTH.
Just wanted to say. I'm 28 and 4 weeks in, I wasn't overweight to begin with, just a little skinny fat and I'm down 6lbs since I started the Slow Carb Diet! I started out like you, losing 4 lbs in the first week. I've been exercising every week and gaining muscle. I'm down 1 pants size so far, and can fit into the size 2 down, but it's just a little snug. My weight loss has tapered off since the first week, but I have a scale that measures body fat and I'm down from 27% bodyfat to 23% which feels like a whole lot more progress than the 6lbs. Try to measure your success on more things than weight, measure your waistline and track inches, or get a scale that shows you bodyfat percentage. You'll see the change in 4 weeks I guarantee it and you'll stop caring about the pounds lost and focus more on how you feel.
Also, I saw the posts about your eating and I agree. Higher protein is a MUST! It will help you so much!
Smiley, you sound just like me after one week - I expected faster results and was impatient and frustrated. My advise, relax, stay with it. You will start seeing results soon, trust me! I'm 8 months into the diet and lost 24 lbs. I got so skinny people thought I was anorexic, I put back on 4 and I'm just right. No small feat since I'm 62 (I now have a svelte 24 inch waist!) This really works and, better yet, it is sustainable (I think Atkins, not so much). I'm on this "diet" forever, it is a way of life. Best thing, I don't feel hungry or deprived. Be patient, you will be amazed!
Pennywise has a great story of slow progress. Yes, he's a guy but there is a sense of the difference that can be made by sticking with the SCD. I'm 2 weeks in and my stats haven't really changed at all but I've given myself a goal of 2 months and then I will reevaluate. You deserve to give it a good solid, honest try. If you follow the rules and really dig into your cheat days, you can only have positive results. If you knew me you'd know that that optimistic tone is just NOT me. Good Luck!!