This morning was a week on a Stillman/Dukan type diet for me. It has been rather easy to follow (other than that plain tuna) and I have lost 3.5 pounds.
Today is also about the day two years ago I started low carb eating, which certainly has been higher in fat than this past week. I have not had a problem with hunger on low carb, but have been bouncing around 169 since early December, the breakpoint into a “healthy BMI” for me. I had wanted to reach 160 where some clothes would fit better with thinner thighs, but recently put that dream goal on hold. I read in your sixties you lose the hip and thigh fat and get a meno-pot, however, my hormones either have not yet sent this message or my thighs are refusing to listen. My waist is also a half inch smaller since last measured but I exercise heavily in the summer with intense core work, so hard to determine the reason.
In the past few weeks though, I had been above 169 with a bit too much wine, Pimm's
and yummy fats, like coconut and almond butter. I hit 175 two weeks ago and panicked, but got back to 169.5 in one week just by doing Dr. Westman's plan. Then decided to give it a go again for 160, and started Stillman at 169.5 last Friday and today am 166, where I have been for three days. The diet really does curb hunger for me, especially MWFs when I do a 7:15 power water aerobics class. No way I can eat before that intense routine, and when home I have not been hungry until noon. So those days I have had only two meals and reduced calories, but every day has been much lower in calories versus the previous week. This week I have averaged 881 calories, with 118g. of protein, 37 g. of fat, and 17 g. (14 net) of carbs.
I took one blood ketone reading last week showing I already had been in nutritional ketosis on Westman's plan. I have also been taking many ketone urine tests (using up a bottle about to expire) and seem to go in and out of ketosis by this test. Certainly following extra water consumption there is none shown, nor upon awakening, but beyond that have found no pattern to urine ketosis tests. I am turning those useless little sticks darker purple and more often than ever before in the two previous years, but have found no pattern to them other than the carbs are basically zero on Stillman and lower than before.
Pleased with this loss and will stay on it at least until next Tuesday when I am officially weighed at a doctor's (alas in the late afternoon...and I pick about 4 pounds during the day). My new goal is to be lower than the 169 at the last check in June.
Glad I decided to try low fat for a while...it appears to be just the temporary nudge needed to burn some more body fat, instead of maintaining for so many months with 60% dietary fats. By the way, last August I lost 6 pounds in eight days following the Dukan attack phase. I kept all those off and just continued losing slowly with LC at 20g TC. So I plan to “own” any lost pounds on this short-term diet and maybe reach my original goal???
the taste of pink Himalayan salt..put it on everything. It's in Trader Joe's in a grinder for a good price, though we use so much now. I buy large bags and re-fill the grinder.
Dita, why do you say you can't lose with cottage cheese and yogurt? It's the only thing creamy left on this diet!