Today is the first day of a twelve week long 500 calorie a day diet. I am hoping I will make it through the first week, at least- but after a long day on my feet yesterday, I woke up starving today and don’t have much faith in my ability to fill up on an orange and one serving of a strawberry banana smoothie for breakfast. Or maybe I’ll surprise myself.
My menu for the next three months should consist of
250ml. smoothie- 106 calories
one piece of fruit-50 calories
125g. organic yogurt – 150calories
glass of water
one piece of fruit- 50 calories
glass of water
Total- 503 calories
My ultimate goal is to lose 80 pounds over the course of the three month period. But every ten pounds I lose will be worthy of celebration. During the diet I will continue to exercise 30 minutes a day (consisting of walking to and from work from the train station, a moderate uphill walk, with 1 pound weights on my wrists) as well as taking advantage of the office gym, if time and energy levels allow. I anticipate being very energy sapped to begin with, but am hoping ketosis will kick in within a few days and give me more energy.
I will be taking a daily multi-vitamin to ensure I am still getting all my necessary vitamins.
I have chosen this route as my excess weight is due to carrying three children over the course of nine years. I have gained very little weight between the various pregnancies. It is my impression that getting the weight off is the first step, and then getting back up to a normal healthy diet to keep the weight off. I have never dieted before, and my weight has stayed about the same since the birth of my youngest son 2 1/2 years ago. I am a very healthy, young female and anticipate no health problems associated with the diet.
Should I experience any significant health issues I will see my doctor and if necessary discontinue. My health is more important than continuing a drastic diet to lose weight.
The various bits I’ve read on the internet about such a drastic diet are varied. Some say it’s incredibly dangerous and stupid, some say it’s a great way to lose a lot of weight. At this point, I don’t think either argument is exactly right. I suppose it has the potential to be very dangerous but I think as a one time solution to losing a large amount of weight it could be very good, given that it is done in a healthy way.
I hope that if I succeed and lose all 80 pounds that I won’t ever gain the weight back, but if I did then I would have to take a very serious look at my eating habits and make those changes. I don’t intend to ever embark on this sort of diet again.
So, please stay tuned for daily updates on how the diet is going. And here’s hoping that come December 1st, I will be 80 pounds lighter.