As I have sporadically mentioned a few times on other members' threads, I have over the last year and a half, gone on a drastic weight loss journey.
After sharing this with a couple of my ATS friends, they encouraged me to share it with my fellow ATS members. I was hesitant to do so at first for
several personal reasons, the most significant of which is the following:
This worked for me but I cannot speak for, or recommend it to, anyone else. I am neither a doctor or a nutritionist and I cannot offer any advice. I
cannot tell you if this will work for you or if it is the right way for you to lose weight. So at the risk of a banal disclaimer, please consult a
professional before you undertake this or any other weight loss regimen.
A little background before I begin. I am 43 years old, 6 foot 1, and my natural weight, or at least the weight I was between the ages of 20 and 30,
is around 180 pounds. About seven years ago, after chronic back issues which came and went, I bent down to pick up something from the coffee table,
and my L5 disc ruptured. The fissure resulted in a herniated disc and instant agonizing sciatica down my left leg. I was in bed for three months and
my mobility was limited to no more than five minutes standing up/walking for the years that followed.
With limited mobility, no ability to exercise, weight gain as a side effect of prescribed medication, and general apathy towards my eating and
drinking habits, I found myself 18 months ago weighing 267 pounds. The circle was vicious as the more weight I gained the less I could move without
pain and the less I moved the more weight I gained. The situation for me, from a health, pain, and aesthetic points of view had become unattainable.
Something needed to change … and so it began.
This is the 'diet,' or more aptly named process I began:
Simply put, no breakfast. All I have when I wake up is a great big cup of coffee, or two. Personally I have developed a taste for it so I spoil
myself with either French pressed or percolated good quality coffee, but that is not relevant to the diet other than the fact that I found that if one
is going to greatly limit their food/liquid intake they have more chance of succeeding if they enjoy the few things they do consume.
I drink a great big glass of room temperature water mixed in with a product called Greens
This is crucial and requires a small but worthwhile investment at the start. Buy yourself a quality masticating juicer. The one I use which is built
like a tank is the Omega
. Whichever brand you choose to purchase make sure it is
the masticating kind for it retains most of the nutrition of whatever you are juicing. The
(included) holds a lot of juice, I drink a full bowl of it every
day at 4pm with the following ORGANIC ingredients:
Beat juice … this I buy and add half a bottle into the above mix every day because juicing beets is a pain and good luck getting it off your clothes
if you spill it. I buy this brand
Other possible ingredients:
Aloe extract (store bought)
Any other nutritional extract, oil, which you think may benefit you.
Mix that all up in the bowl and enjoy!
Big salad. No need to get too much into it, you know what a salad is. Just veggies, tomatoes, and the only dressing is olive oil, vinegar, lemon
juice, pepper, and a little salt, as per your taste. If you need something more savory add one or two hard boiled eggs or cut up a little swiss
cheese and mix in.
And now for the most important part: THAT'S IT FOR THE DAY!
The key to all of this, in fact the thing that will make you lose more weight than anything else even if you don't do any of the other things, is to
eat NOTHING between dinner and when you go to sleep. This in fact was the hardest part for me to condition myself to do. It took me months to
accomplish. But giving your body the chance to digest before you go to sleep and getting a full minimum eight hours sleep will yield immediate and
lasting results. I kid you not, during this process there were days that I would wake up two, sometimes three pounds lighter than when I went to
Have some hot or cold green tea instead of food.
Now because no one should go from a 5 thousand to a 1 thousand calorie diet overnight, here's a few additional food items that won't set you back
weeks of effort every time you need to eat a little more:
0 or 2% fat Greek yogurt (add a little honey if you like it sweet)
Raw nuts, in fact many would advise you to eat that anyway for good fat and protein.
And any other other fruit or vegetable that you can munch on instead of processed snacks.
Finally, don't forget to spoil yourself every once in a while. I made it a point to have one yummy meal every Sunday evening … usually ribs with
fries. I actually don't do that that much any more ... not only is not as appealing as it used to be in the past but mixing meat (protein) and
starch is pretty much the most taking thing one can do to their digestive system. I have food combination charts for anyone who is interested in good
eating habits for the digestive system but I don't include them here because I don't want to confuse the healthy eating issue with the weight loss
issue. The two are obviously related to a great extent but I'm trying to restrict the scope of this thread to its original topic.
That's it really, I know that it sounds like a lot to process and take on but really it's just a liquid diet with a light, healthy, and unprocessed
meal every night.
Start slow and consume a little less every day.
Don't feel bad if you have a setback day.
Don't starve yourself.
Eating a little less and healthier food every day you will crave less food every day and will be put off by processed food more and more.
The result for me 18 months later is that I now weigh 177 pounds.
A net loss of 90 pounds (41kg) without exercise in a year and a half and you cannot tell that I ever weighed 267 pounds (no excess skin).
My back still hurts at times because the condition is degenerative, but it is more than manageable. I can now walk/stand for 45 minutes to an hour at
a time without pain.
I have now started doing yoga to improve my back, bought a Wii (fit) to do low impact cardio stuff, but that's for my general health and not related
to the weight loss.
I should also mention that I do a one week juice only fast 2-3 times a year but that is to physically and spiritually detox myself from the evils of
my youth more than any weight loss ambitions. This element is for another conversation, for if you follow the above routine chances are you don't
need to go to such extremes.
Anyhoot, like I said please keep in mind that the above was effective for me and I am not pushing it in any way.
Also, and I don't mean to be gross, if you choose to undertake this make sure you're close to a restroom for the first few weeks. The combo of
coffee and and beet juice is formidable!
I'm happy to answer any questions if you guys have any, or if anyone wants to add something that they think might be of assistance to others please
feel free to share it and/or your experience.
Regards and all the best.