The Metabolic Weight Loss Programme: Stage 1

Me at Arsenal Emirates Stadium on Saturday 8 July 2017
Me smiling through the pain at my first weigh in and before photograph on 26 August 2017

Me smiling through the pain at my first weigh in and before photograph on 26 August 2017

Date: Tuesday 29 August 2017
Current weight: Today I weigh 176 lbs – 4 lbs down – yay!

I have read some articles online that suggest that the Metabolic Weight Loss Programme is just a version of the Atkins diet. I can see why they would say so as so far in stage one of this diet is concerned as there are hardly any starchy carbohydrates allowed except for some fruit, vegetables, and types of crackers. I like to season my food with stock cubes but this is not allowed on this programme. Thankfully soy sauce is allowed and I have been using this liberally.

The worst thing anyone can do before dieting is to feast. It is much better to reduce portion sizes gradually and ease into the new health plan and this is what I have adhered to since my current weight loss journey began in September 2014. This month, however, I have been feasting and had several ‘last suppers’ eating mainly Nigerian takeaway or cooking Nigerian food. This feasting intensified in the days before I started the diet on 25 August 2017 to such an extent that I was shocked when I weighed myself and took my measurements because I thought that I would have gained 10 lbs. I gained 2 lbs going up to 180.6 lbs.  When I started my weight loss journey back in September 2014 I weighed 185 lbs so as of 26 September 2017 I was back within 5 lbs of my starting weight.  Not exactly great progress.

Planning meals and eating is slow for me as I have to keep referring back to the paperwork. The first big shop as I mentioned was so daunting that I had to go with a friend. The good news, however, is that even with a slow start I managed to lose 4 lbs.

I had a further telephone consultation today and once again was asked to refer to a specific page in the paperwork, I thought the consultation would begin with me saying how much weight I had lost and set out what challenges I had like I used to do on the Cambridge Diet back in 2008. Instead, I was asked to print out all the paperwork again in readiness and the consultation was put back about an hour and a half which turned out to be a good thing because at 5 pm after a crazy busy first day back at work after the August Bank Holiday, I had not managed to eat lunch. So I ate my two boiled eggs and a salad to fill my belly before the consultation.  I had planned to eat a tin of tuna with my salad but could not find a tin opener so I reverted to a couple of boiled eggs I had planned to eat for breakfast tomorrow. After re-reading the information sheet I realised that eggs are only to be eaten at breakfast – whoops!

I am not enjoying this programme and at this point, I am not sure all the reasons why but I am going to give it my all now that I am signed up. I am accustomed to having to read about different diets to learn how they work for instance The Atkins diet or The Cambridge diet as it used to be called. I am finding the reading for this diet bewildering but that might be because the start of the diet has coincided with very busy time at work. I struggle to eat breakfast by 11 am as stipulated by the diet or finish my last meal by 9 pm. I am worried that doing lots of mileage once my foot is better will not be possible on this diet and I have not enjoyed either of the consultations so far.

I don’t like chicken or turkey breast very much but I had had fun trying to make tasty nutritious meals from the ingredients including seasoning chicken with lots of garlic and soy sauce or breakfasts with plain unsweetened yogurt and fruit. In addition, the 4lb weight loss so far is encouraging especially for just half of the week but my body has a tendency to plateau very quickly these days so the proof of the pudding as it were will be to see if my body will respond to this diet in the coming days and continue to shed weight.

My body has a tendency to plateau very quickly these days so the proof of the pudding as it were will be to see if my body will respond to this programme in the coming days and continue to shed weight.

Until next time it’s
#nototheyoyo!
#yestostableweight!

This is my official before picture taken on 26 August 2017 when I weighed 180.6 lbs

This is my official before picture taken on 26 August 2017 when I weighed 180.6 lbs

Julie

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Lawyer (co-founding partner/solicitor of a legal aid practice), blogger, feminist, lover of fashion & beauty. I believe that there are two types of people - the living and the dead. Age has nothing to do with it.

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