Well, I’m a little over a month into The Metabolism Miracle plan, which includes almost no carbohydrates for the first 8 weeks.
That being said, I don’t necessarily feel like I’ve been as successful in eliminating them as I have tried to be. The reason is restaurants. We’ve eaten out quite a bit (and we took a 3-day mini vacation to Galveston Island last weekend (I don’t recommend it, by the way) that had us eating almost every meal in a restaurant) and even though I made choices that appeared to be carb-free when ordering, I don’t believe they really were. I think these restaurants are not only packing in salt to epic proportions, they are also hiding sugar in items that wouldn’t have it if you were to make them at home.
No wonder they taste so good…
Why do I feel this way? Two reasons.
#1. When I’m eating strictly at home and have my carb intake solidly under control, I have virtually no cravings for carbs and sweets. Often, shortly after eating a meal at a restaurant, I start to crave sweets/dessert items. That can only mean that I’ve ingested enough carbs to cause an over-production of insulin, thus giving me cravings.
#2. I weighed myself before leaving for vacation last weekend, because I wouldn’t be home the morning of my completion of 4 weeks. I was down 10.6 lbs. I weighed myself a day and a half after we got back, and my total loss was now only 9.4 lbs. Now, I’m sure I put on water weight from eating a month’s worth of salt/sodium in 3 days, but I did wait until I was home a full day and I drank a lot of water, hopefully to shed it.
So, now that we’re back, I am going to do my best to minimize how much we eat out over the next 4 weeks. I really feel like I should add at least 1 week onto my 8 weeks, but we’ll see. I haven’t yet taken my measurements again (which I am supposed to do after the first month), so I’ll do that this weekend.
Anyway, just wanted to check in and let you all know that even though I haven’t been posting much lately (it’s been mostly because we were on vacation, getting ready to go on vacation, and I was sick for more than a week leading up to that. Blah.), I have been sticking with it and plugging along. And, 10 lbs the first month is nothing to sneeze at, so onward we go!!
Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there! 🙂