I think I will stick with Weight Watchers and Myfitnesspal. I am already miserable only consuming 1200 calories a day. I can't imagine only being allowed 500 calories a day and being happy. I am pretty sure I would be walking around on miserable bxxxx. At least with Weight Watchers I don't have to starve.Yes, the weight will come off slower, but at least, for me, it will be tolerable. Good luck to everyone else on the fasting diet. I will still be checking in to see how everybody is doing.CB, if you are here, why not try this intermittent fasting with me? It is very easy, the way I am doing it.
I lost 2.5 pounds the first week.
This is what I am doing:
I do not eat until a very early dinner and I do not eat after dinner. That is it. The dinner I eat is largely a salad with protein, whether chicken, steak, cheese, nuts, fish, etc. I do not eat after dinner.
During the day I drink a large cup of coffee, and tea.
I recall you take psychiatric medications, and I do not remember if you are diabetic.
I do not know how you would have to modify the eating with these factors. There is a medical doctor, Jason Fung, who is a nephrologist, I think, who espouses this. I read his work and listened to his lectures before I started. I was quite impressed.
He works with diabetics and other quite ill people. There are all kinds of possible variations.
My appetite is much reduced and my energy is up.
I am bad about drinking water. I am a diet coke and coffee fanatic. I know they are both bad for me, and I need to cut way back. I can't tolerate plain water. I do buy my kids no calorie flavored sparkling water, and sometimes have that, but it has aspartame in it, ,which sort of defeats the purpose. I need a good brand of naturally flavored water with little to no calories, and aspartame free, and then I think I can commit to the water challenge more seriously.Sorry, I only perused last several posts. I wish I could recall the name of the book (my medications mess with my memory) but years ago I read a book that had some interesting studies about weight/diets.
It said that a have very high percentage of people miscalculate their portion sizes. Even when making an honest effort. This is why I like my fitness pal and it would even be better to weigh the food, which I only do on and off.
I found something that I've noticed before to be of benefit. I definately lack potassium when dieting, esp when I eat below 1000 calories. I guess this could be part of the reason it is usually not advisable to fall so low.
I am drinking a little Vitamin Water Zero. The one high in potassium called "Revive." I noticed on e before it helped me, but thought maybe it was my imagination. I'm fairly sure since this is the second time I got more energy the next day, I think there is something to it. I drank almost half a bottle yesterday and felt better today. I am sipping the other half a bottle today. It has fake sugar, so I don't think it wise (or necessary) to drink a ton of it.
I also swear that drinking LOTS of water in between meals will make your weight loss faster. My BEST WW leader told me this. I did not believe her. I dread doing this and am seriously stubborn. I was following the WW diet to the letter, exercising, drinking a little water and consistently losing 1/2 pound week after week. Ok, at least I was losing and going in the right direction, but felt frustrated. She made me promise to drink the required water intake at the time (this was over ten years ago) , but I think it was six glasses daily. She said to drink most of it between meals. Sooooo, for one week, consist nt ly, I drank six glasses of water, mostly between meals. For me, hard as hell. I lived in the bathroom. I hat d every minute of it. I got to the meeting and weighed in. I lost SIX pounds. I almost passed out. I screamed. And yet, I still have trouble doing that today. But, I do notice when I get serious with myself, I drink lots of water mostly between meals and the scale MOVES!