Lose 10 lbs in 1 week! The 3 day diet.
Monday, August 02, 2010
We've all seen it online. We've all wanted to try it. We even have friends who've tried it (and lost the 10 lbs). Well, I've decided to put it to the test.
Yes, I know what you're going to say. This is not the SparkPeople way, and I agree. This is not "the solution", and doing this without changing my habits will just lead me to slowing my metabolism and gaining more weight after I'm back to my "normal eating". Trust me, I've also read that part online.
I've been a SparkPeople member for 3 months now. I wanted to loose 14 lbs and go from 149 to 135 lbs. Well, 3 months have passed and I haven't lost a pound. I've weighted148.6 for the past 3 weeks straight, and this morning I weighted 148.4. And I'm not fooling myself 0.2 lbs is not making progress, that might be anything. Oh, I know what you'll say "it is muscle mass, you're probably loosing inches". Wrong again! I've only lost 0.25 inches on my hips, nothing on my waist nor anywhere else. My clothes are not looser, nor I see any muscle tone whatsoever. I've counted my calories, measured my portions, I eat my vegetables and I work out. Still nothing.
I've noticed that I have several weights that my body feels "comfortable" in. These are 149, 146, 143, 138, 132 and 126. Under 126 is a no no. I've been in 118, starving myself, taking pills, working out 2 hrs a day in the gym 4 days a week, dancing an hour and a half 2 extra days and having spa treatments. If I slipped one day, I would immediately jump to 126. Not, 120, not 122, 126. So in a way I can "predict" my plateaus. Still, it works good because at those weights I can actually "cheat" on my diet more because it is harder to gain weight as well. My goal was 135, but deep down inside I know that if I go under 138 my body will automatically shift to 132 (which is awesome).
So, I feel frustrated, annoyed, and not spark spirited like most people in the site (don't get me wrong I love you guys, I'm just trying to make a point). When I was trying to reach 118, last time I lost weight (beauty pageant, don't judge me), whenever I would get stuck my personal trainer would make me go on this very strict diet for 3 days and it would make miracles. He actually worked with boxers when they need to make their weight for the fights and he would give me the same diet that he gave them. There was one time that in two days I lost 5 lbs. I know what you're thinking, water weight. But regardless if it is water weight or actual fat it made me feel empowered, like I was in control of my body. I would work out harder and feel stronger just because I saw progress. Right now, I feel defeated and lost.
I don't have my personal trainer with me to guide me on his super crazy diet but I do have the internet. And while most people don't believe in it, from experience I can say that 3 days can make a difference. And I'm not saying I'll use it every week like it is suggested in some sites or that this will be my only resource. I will keep using the skills I've learned on Spark People, and will go back to my habits from the fourth day on. But I just want to give this a try. I would be so happy to se a 143.
I won't be working out these days because I realize that this is a very restrictive diet and I might not feel strong enough to work out. Plus, if I am going to prove whether it works or not, I have to make sure I follow it as it is, without working out. I will weigh and measure myself tomorrow morning, and every morning this week and post it here.
Wish me luck.