I bought a book a couple of weeks ago entitled "Crack the Fat-Loss Code" by Wendi Chant, MPT, SPN, and certified personal trainer and body builder. Basically, she lays out an eight week plan designed to reprogram your body so that it learns to burn fat and keep it off. I'm someone who has gained and lost many pounds, so this book intrigued me. If I set my mind to a plan and a goal, I can normally lose. But I always reach a point where the scale stops going down. There are certain foods I'm not willing to live the rest of my life without. And if a particular program restricts such foods, I inevitably reach for them again and thus gain the weight back. It's a vicious cycle. I first heard about the "Wendi" program while attending Weight Watchers a few years ago on a weight loss message board. It is a good way to boost your weight loss when you hit a plateau.
I'm two days away from completing Cycle 1 - Carb Depleting Week. Although I wondered at times if I would be able to make it, it hasn't been unbearable. I have a massive sweet tooth, and I love breads and pasta. The first two days were the worst. I craved sweets, especially in the evening. But each day became easier. And when I stepped on the scales yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised to see six pounds gone. I've noticed my energy level is higher than normal (even though I'm still in bed on Saturday morning at 10 drinking coffee and blogging.) The biggest challenge for me this week has been breakfast. I don't like eggs. I tried eating scrambled egg whites on Days One and Two, but I couldn't make myself take more than two or three bites. I stopped trying on Day Three and instead drank a Protein Shake for breakfast the rest of the week.
Monday begins Cycle 2 - Macro-Patterning, which is a 3-week cycle. During the first week, carbs are slowly re-introduced and at only certain times of the day. I'm worried. I'm a junkie when it comes to carbs and sweets. Will the moderation only lead to me wanting more and more? We shall see.
I'm posting a link to the book and a review of the plan.