Those of you who’ve been reading the site for a while know that I struggled to drop 75 lbs over a two-year period. I did it through good old fashioned exercise and watching what I ate. I didn’t necessarily diet, but I cut out alcohol, processed foods and generally anything that was TOO much fun. But I didn’t really “diet,” meaning that once or twice a week, I could eat anything I wanted.
But at the end of the year last year, old stress eating habits took over and a lot of what I had given up started creeping in and the pounds started creeping back on. And when I got on the scale after Thanksgiving, I was met with a rude awakening of having gained 9 of the old pounds back.
Which, let me say this right now, is NOT how it’s going to go down.
So, over the holidays, I worked out almost every single day for a minimum of 30 minutes doing some weight training and high-intensity cardio, but I realized that even with that weight gain gone, I’m about to hit the dreaded Last 25 Pound Curse. It’s the hardest weight to take off because it’s been with you the longest. The fat and your ass are now friends, they’ve put a ring on it and they’re not soon parted.
After watching Dr. Oz with Mom Booker over the holidays (I reserve the right to watch HOURS of tv when I’m on vacay), I spotted Dr. Ian Smith and his new book, SHRED: The Revolutionary Diet, on the program. It said that the average weight loss – if you follow the program TO THE LETTER – is 4 inches and 2 dress sizes over 6 weeks. The average weight loss on the program is 25 lbs. The program uses a principle called “diet confusion” that never allows the body to adjust to eating in a certain way, which should cause me to burn calories and fat more efficiently. It’s like “muscle confusion”, which is the athletic principle of switching up your workouts so your muscles never adapt, resulting in a more efficient building of lean body mass and muscle.
BTW, this book is super cheap at Target, which is where I nabbed it.
Watching Dr. Ian on Celebrity Fit Club years ago was what spurred me into working out at 251 lbs. If he could inspire me then, let’s see how we do now.
So, I’m actually going to try this diet plan TO THE LETTER starting today and I will report back every Monday, which is when I weigh in. After cracking into the book on the plane ride home, here are what I can already tell you the pros and cons are for me:
- You eat A LOT on the diet, meaning that I’m going to have to eat eight smaller meals in 90 minute to 3 hour intervals throughout the day. Which means I won’t have time to get hungry and think about the fact that I’m on a diet. Which historically has been what’s sent me straight to Magnolia Bakery with an F* that attitude.
- I’m already working out five times a week, so the 30 minutes of cardio? I got this. However, I did a double workout last night, so starting with a workout today is painful to even think about.
- I have to eat eight times a day at the same time every day, which means I will have to actually adhere to eating in addition to an overpacked freelance writing schedule.
- I can only have one cup of coffee a day. No more. Also, no lattes or Starbucks fun for six weeks. I’m already slightly shaky and not just a little bitter.
- I also have a Sour Brite Crawlers habit that has to stop. <sigh>
- But we’ll see! Wish me luck.
Oh, and p.s., NO ONE is paying me to do this. I am not a compensated spokesperson for this or any other diet. I’m just trying it to see if it really works and to show you in real life if this kind of thing really DOES work. Wish me luck! I’ll post a photo shortly so you can track my body progress.