Fat2Fab – Week 1 Review

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fat2fabIts been a week since I joined the Get Slim fat2fab challenge and I did my first (official) weight in this morning…. 3.6kg’s lost! While I am pleased with the weight loss and can already feel it in my jeans, it is after all the equivalent of almost 7 bricks of butter, most of which looks like it’s come off my face,  I won’t lie, I am also a little disappointed. I was perfectly on track to lose in the region of 4kg’s but then glorious Aunt Flo arrived and halted my weight loss attempts for a couple of days.

That aside, I’ve had a pretty good week. Aside from a horrible headache on Tuesday last week, which I assume was related to a sugar withdrawal and a serious carb crash on Thursday, I’ve been feeling good. No real cravings and I’m really not hungry and really enjoying the delicious food. This is the one diet where you really do get to eat foods that are full of flavours and I’m loving it.

Obviously my body has had to go through an adjustment period, which from my own research can last up to 4 weeks, where my body will have to relearn to use fat & protein for energy. So while I have not had any of those horrible mid-afternoon slumps associated with diets that include carbs & sugars, I am battling a bit with a lack of energy. But this will pass soon.

I’ve also noticed that I seem to be very sensitive to sweetners but will test my theory this week. My weight loss started out at a storming pace last week and as the weekend approached and I drank more sugar-free cooldrinks, so my weight loss slowed down. This week I’m going to revert back to my office habit of only drinking water during the day and see the impact.

Also all the symptoms I have related to IBS have vanished. Sorry for the toilet talk, but for the past week, I have been completely cramp free & not struggled with loose stooles or any other symptoms associated with IBS. Again, I can only put this down the the lack of carbs I’m consuming.

I’ve also started what’s called intermittent fasting. From the research I’ve done over the last few week’s, intermittent fasting is shown to reduce calorie intake and speed up weight loss by putting your body into a ketogenic state which optimizes fat burning.  I eat my dinner and then don’t eat again until lunch time the following day, only drinking water and unsweetened coffee throughout the morning. I thought I’d be starving and feel tired, but surprisingly I’m not. In addition, I’ve also found that skipping breakfast has not resulted in me eating more throughout the day, a popular diet community belief. If anything I eat less as I get fuller fast after the fasting period. Here is an interesting article to read regarding breakfast and the myths surrounding fasting – Top 10 Fasting Myths Debunked.

I’ve also cut out the wine guys! This is HUGE for me. Previously, I was drinking one glass of dry wine per day. I’m now only drinking two glasses of wine per week. I’ve also weaned myself off all sugar in my coffee and not supplemented with sweetner as I LOATHE the taste of sweetners.

All in all, it’s been a good week. I still have 34.4kg’s to go to reach my goal but I’m trying not to focus on the big number and instead focus on smaller mile stones along the way. I’ve also lost a full BMI point which is great news for my overall health.

This is a marathon and not a sprint after all!

 

January 13, 2014
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13 Comments

  • Reply Jodie

    Well done!!! 🙂

    January 13, 2014 at 10:10 am
  • Reply Andrea

    Well done Sharon! Don’t be disheartened by not reaching your week 1 target – slowly but surely is the way forward – lose too quickly, gain back just as quick! More important that you are FEELING so much better 🙂 I am too – look at us being all healthy and stuff 😉 Keep it up xxx

    January 13, 2014 at 10:13 am
  • Reply cupcakemummy

    so proud of you lady!!! shoo. well frigging done woman!!!
    also joined up on a 12 week challenge. i hit plateua after losing 15kg last year and got into a bit of a slump but being on the challenge and having the support of the others on it has really been awesome. my first weigh in will be on saturday and i’m excitedly nervous. have started new medication as well so not sure how that will affect my weight loss. re artificial sweetners in sugar free drinks and so on – they give me huge migraines and make me jumpy, heard a few people react to them and found that once cutting them out they felt better.
    i’ve heard of the fasting thing. i did before where you only eat 3 times a day with 5 hour gaps between meals as it takes the first 2 hours to break it down then you use the energy for the next 3 hours. or was i the other way around, either or. it’s not starving yourself it’s giving your body the time to break down the food you consume. the carb cut down i found is also great plus cutting out a lot of gluten works as well. and a hint i got once was never eat a protein and a carb in the same meal. can’t remember why but i found it helped.

    keep up the great work! rooting for you 😀

    January 13, 2014 at 10:35 am
  • Reply Nisey

    Fantastic! I think 3.6 in the first week is amazing… Keep it up!

    January 13, 2014 at 10:37 am
  • Reply Ailsa Jean Loudon

    Well done. A good start! It is not easy to lose weight and that’s a good loss – convert to pounds and it is almost 8 1bs lost. Impressive – sounds better than kgs!!!

    January 13, 2014 at 11:56 am
    • Reply Sharon

      I like how you think! 🙂

      January 13, 2014 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply Tash

    Well done Sharon! You are off to a great start and an inspiration to the rest of us.

    January 13, 2014 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Mash

    That’s awesome, well done! I had lunch with a friend who is almost a year into LCHF and she has lost 22 kgs. It’s a way of life for her now.

    January 15, 2014 at 11:30 am
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