There is a simple formula to lose weight. The simple formula is calories consumed must be less than the calories burned. Do that over time and you will lose weight.
By no means was the 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet easy. Everyone knows that food is fuel. It’s a simplistic fact. But, not everyone understands the way food is fuel. The only way to truely understand how your body uses fuel is to go without it for a period of time and witness first hand it’s affects. In extremes it can be fraught with danger. But the pangs of hunger are a painful and hollow reminder that without fuel we struggle.
Michael Mosley puports that the thinking behind his diet is simply that by losing a lot weight fast you will be buoyed on and encouraged to continue with the process. Guided by his cookbook it’s easy to compose a menu for a 7 day period. The trouble with it is sticking with it.
The basic routine is 3 square meals a day. The cold reality is that for 8 weeks calorie intake will drop to a mere 800-900 calories per day. There will be a little bit of fluctuation depending on the meals. When starting this diet I was off work, so it was easy to plan the first week and the hope was to establish a routine and a pattern reasonably quickly. The truth was with each of the meals more time was spent in the preparation of them rather than the eating. It was fun experimenting with the various recipes. Some were delicious and others were not to write home about.
In the early weeks hunger seemed to haunt me constantly. I felt myself going to bed early just to stave off the cravings and hunger pains. In the past I would eat until I felt full, but, with smaller portions I could not do this anymore. I did notice that 15-20 minutes after each meal the hunger would abate and as the food would release energy. I would not be what I previously consider to be full, but the hunger would dissipate.
As the days progressed the periods between meals seemed less and less. What followed in subsequent weeks was more energy. My body was beginning that it would have to work hard for it’s energy. The legwork A would tap into the fat reserves as my stomach shrunk. Excess volume was no longer needed in that department. As the weeks went by energy levels returned to normal levels. After laying off exercise for the first week I resumed spinning classes in week 2 with a small increase in carbohydrate intake to fuel the spinning class.As noted in the book as the pounds began to fall off. Each week the weight loss was a sign that things were working. Though eventually towards the end of the diets initial 8 week phase your weight loss starts begins to plateau slightly. As long as I was not putting on weight I felt I was winning.
Though I still remain skeptical of diets. I felt some of the habits like porridge as my first meal of the day and a lighter lunch at work will remain for the foreseeable future as I move onto the phase of the diet. 5 days of eating normal and 2 days of fast which resemble 2 days from the initial 8 week period. Weight loss from here on in will be a slow affair but I do believe that it is achievable with enough perseverance.