I have found in my journey to lose weight that you have to find a plan that works best for you and your body.
Over the years, I have tried diet after diet and of course, my weight would yo-yo. Go figure. I even remember back in high school trying to diet and boy was that messed up. I would skip breakfast or have grapefruit juice, then for lunch I would have a diet dr. pepper and by the time I got home from school I was starving. Now, that I look back, I bet that was the reason I was passing out during band practice. I wish I had known better back then.
Lesson learned .....
I truly believe that the Advocare diet (I hate using that word) plan is a really good one. It is a well balance of carbs, protein and veggies. However, it isn't for me and my body. I would lose weight during the 10 day cleanse but I would put it right back on. So, I got to thinking and doing some reading. What I found out was .... too many carbs for my body.
I had done a low carb diet before Advocare and lost the most weight & inches. In fact, I didn't put back on the pounds until eating their plan. So, I am now on day 3 of my low carb eating plan. I have lost 2 pounds. I truly do feel better. I am STILL ON my Advocare products and will continue on those forever. I believe in the products!!!
With eating too many carbs, even good ones, I was finding that I was staying bloated, swelling, horrible gas & heartburn. I was going back to eating tums like they were nothing. I haven't had but 2 in the past 3 days. My swelling is gone & I am not bloated. YES!!!
The plan that I am following is the Metabolism Miracle Diet, by Diane Kraus. It is wonderful. You cleanse your system for 8 weeks, by eating really low carbs for 3 meals. Then after 8 weeks you gradually start adding back in good carbs. You stay in the range of 11-20 grams of carbs per meal. I am going to wait and see what happens when I get to that stage. I may end up cutting those back. I just really think that my system can't process carbs very well. I function so much better on the lower carbs.
Now, is this something I can do for my lifetime? To be completely honest with you .... I truly don't know the answer to that one. I am taking it day by day and meal by meal. I am praying that the Lord will help me each day to stick to the plan.
I have to look at this long term and how much better I feel. I want to be healthier than I have ever been. I want to live life as I get older - go places and do things.
So, find what works best for you, your body and your life.
Get started & DON'T QUIT!!!!! STICK AND STAY!!!