I’m going to bullet-point these, as they flow out….
- When you’re loading, being a complete pig. Eat everything fatty in sight. If you’re not constantly eating and being a ridiculous pig, you’re doing it wrong.
I mean overkill.
The more you eat and the more you gain on this phase, the more weight you will lose and the less hunger you will feel on the losing phase. believe me. It’s counter-intuitive, but it’s true. Go hard out.
- Preparation is KEY. Get yourself the meat you want to eat during Phase 2, and a box of zip-lock bags. Bring it all home and divide it up into 100gram portions and put it all in the freezer. I did the whole 21 days at once.
Defrosting a single portion of meat and making whatever you want with it is so easy, and you’ve got zero hassles with food prep. One less reason to stumble,and it’s a blessing if you’re doing a meal for other people in the house at the same time. Which reminds me:
- Fill up on water before dinner if you’re still cooking for others and sitting at the table with them. Eat your meal with them, but don’t come to the table without a tummy of water. It helps.
- Get some amazing seasonings. I bought myself an assortment of flavoured salts to season my meat. Lemon juice and ‘Garlic and Herb Salt’ from Masterfoods is amazing. I bought lots of herbs and spices, and made every meal a taste sensation. I actually missed it when I was on maintenance. But I’ve saved the seasonings for when I am back on protocol, so as to have something to look forward to.
- Hold the drops in your mouth for as long as you can. For ages. A couple of minutes if you can.
- Weigh yourself every day and fill in the chart. Trust me. Do it.
- Drink a lot of water. You’re supposed to have two litres a day. This makes a big difference to whether you lose a lot.
- Don’t exercise a lot. In fact, if you don’t normally exercise, don’t do it at all. Because you’re on such low calories, if you burn more through exercise, your body can go into fat-preservation mode as a starvation response, and we don’t want that do we?
- Buy a really good stoneware (or equivalent) frying pan so you can dry fry meat. It is so delicious and even caramelises a little…..you don’t need oil and it works a treat. Makes it heaps easier.
- Green tea takes away hunger. Also, for a power-hunger-and-sweet-craving-killer, put a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in half a glass of water and skull. Works a treat. (Make sure it’s Braggs brand, with the ‘Mother’.)
I drank my two litres of water in halves. One litre early in the morning before work, and then just coffee or green tea during the day…..then another litre at night after the working day was done. Otherwise I just lived in the loo all day 🙂
- In the first couple of days of phase two you may feel headache-y. This is a detox and only lasts a day or maybe two if you’ve been used to eating lots of crap. Take panadol and keep going. You may also feel very tired in the first day or two- don’t worry, this goes away when your body starts giving you the energy you need directly from your fat stores. You may even feel better than you have in ages, with enough energy to do everything you need to do, and with a spring in your step.
- Sleep the first few nights might be broken- that settles down too.
- This diet is not hard physically. You have very little hunger. Where it is hard is in your mind and your emotions. We are so used to using food as a crutch or a coping mechanism, or even just to feel happy/celebrate, that when the usual foods are taken away we can have a real crisis. In my first round I needed hot baths, a massage, a lot of cuddles from my husband and a long tearful phone-call with a friend.
Personally my revelation was how scared I was to lose weight. I never thought that was possible because of how long I had wanted to be thin- but the fear was there.
For some people, it is the fear of failure. For others it is the recognition that food has become their secret friend. For everyone it is different, but in this diet the weight comes off so fast that you can be confronted with some deep issues. I’m giving you a heads-up so you know to tell the difference between head/heart-hunger, and body-hunger. And get a buddy that can listen to your paddy-throwing when you’re just feeling racked off about everything and throwing your toys out of the cot. Cos you will.
- Just. Keep. Going.
You can do anything for 21 days. When you see what has happened in those 21 days, you’ll be amazed and encouraged- guaranteed.