Originally Posted by rrross
i tried it for a week and a half :P i couldn't do it. i was feeling flat at the gym all the time. i wonder if it takes longer than this for the body to start using fat and protein as well as carbs for fuel. or is this not the idea?
The first two weeks are the hardest. During the first three days, I was headachy, lethargic, and just generally out of sorts. I don't drink caffeine (which you should not have on this diet) so I wasn't withdrawing from that as well as carbs, but I've heard from caffeine drinkers that these symptoms are intensified. I had these symptoms on and off for the first week. As I went into the second week, they got better and by the end of week 2, my husband had to remind me to eat. All cravings were gone. I had more energy than I knew what to do with.
I *detest* exercise, but by the end of week 2, I was literally bouncing from foot to foot as I'd do dishes or some other chore and I *wanted* to go out walking. My husband commented that he'd never seen me move so energetically on a walk before.
I lost 70 pounds and kept it off for 8 years. Don't ask me why that didn't motivate me to keep going, but it didn't. I'm back on it now and have lost another 35 pounds.