All of my reading about my static weight pointed to the thought I might be eating too many carbs. I certainly know that in the past a few days with no bread or cutting out potatoes, pasta and rice has helped. But I was clear that Keto would be a step too far. It tends to lean towards a more extreme version of carbohydrate reduction. Though encourages the elimination of processed food and sugar.
I’ve been trying to eat less sugar and processed food for a year now, though I lapse from time to time. I have also tried to cut out artificial sweeteners as I am convinced they are as bad as sugar.
When I began intermittent fasting in November, I decided to prioritise that. Now though I am ready to kick start the weight loss a little more. Reading around and also noting suggestions from others I found Zoe Harcombe. She advocates much of what I am looking for in her diet. Plus she is a nutritionist who follows the plan herself. Whats more, it doesn’t involve eliminating everything all of the time. Her website contains many articles and videos. Her work is evidence based, playing to my scientific side.
There are three phases. The first is designed to sort out cravings and eliminate toxins from the body. Over a period of 5 days the body is detoxed of anything you may be allergic or have an intolerance to. Then in phase two carbohydrates are reintroduced, though not in the same meal as fats. The third phase is one of maintenance.
So, yesterday I started phase one. You are meant to cut out caffeine, but I have drunk my normal coffee both days. Plus I have had milk with it. Other than that I have been caffeine and dairy free. You are able to eat live yoghurt and I’ve had some of that today (apparently good for the gut). Otherwise it is meat, fish and vegetables all the way. No alcohol – which will do me good for a few days.
This morning I woke with a headache. I’m not sure if this is the result of insufficient fluid intake or a withdrawal from carbohydrates or processed food. However it didn’t last long. I’ve been swimming, fasted for 17 hours and eaten a good lunch. So onwards and I await the scales at the end of the week.