My VLCD and LCD
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
First: I have my doctors permission and even encouragement to follow the 12 weeks of VLCD and LCD (500 kcal three weeks, 800 kcal nine weeks) that starts the two-year commitment I have made. My blood and other tests shows now problems and I have felt no dizziness, nausea or even lack of energy during the ten weeks I have done so far (it may be because after the three first weeks I have not managed to stick with the program, but my efforts results in a much better result than if I had not tried at all)
Second: Through that commitment I have a personal coach, a workshop with a group every fortnight and a personal trainer to help me with the exercise program. I am supervised and feel safe with it.
Third: Research has shown that an initial weight loss increases the chances to reach the goal and maintain afterwards. Given you are healthy - and I am - and work with supervision it should be safe, my feeling with this is that it is a serious program.
Fourth - I am not losing any muscle mass so far, on the contrary as it is also in the program to exercise and build muscles.
Fifth: The state I was in before I did those three weeks was the worst state I have been in ever ...no, not true,it was worse during chemotherapy ten years ago. I am so grateful that I got help to leave that condition, I just hope that I will manage to struggle along and become even healthier.
Sixth: Those of you that have followed me during my years on Spark knows that I have not been idle, I have tried to find and learn how to recover from my compulsive overeating. I do not think that I have found the right path yet, but with every new thing I try, I learn something useful for the future - which leads to the two things this project has brought so far:
One: I am allowed to use my own experiences and knowledge to adjust any program I decide to try. Before I have tried to go "all-in" and do exactly as I have been told, today I have so much knowledge about the subject and about my own body that I know what I can do and what I can not. I still make mistakes but when I do I realize it very soon and try do right what went wrong.
Two: There is no "law" as to how many times you should eat in a day. The 5:2 and 16:8 diets are only other ideas of what is a good way of getting your nutrition. I am for the moment experimenting over how many times a day it suits me and my life to eat and also how much I need to eat at those meals to stay happy and strong.