Well we finished the general motors diet a few days ago and I’m finally sitting down to right about our experience.
First of all. It was a totally different experience for each of us so all you will be getting today is my side of it. Kevin will write up his experience for you soon but let’s just say, things went a lot better for him than for me.
Apparently I had forgotten the results I have had on other low-no carb diets. These memories however quickly came rushing back. I’m not a good candidate for no carb diets lol. I’m a crazy person without carbs. I’m grumpy and moody, my body hurts, my head hurts. Generally just not a fun experience. Kevin-not so much. He seemed to breeze through this while I was wailing in torment.
And he was getting results. Me? Mediocre in comparison. The first day I lost 3.5 lbs, the following days that scale didn’t more an inch. Nada. Nothing. I’m dying and nothing is happening? Lets just say we had a difficult week in the Meyer household.
I’m barely functioning through my day without carbs. Even when we added back the protein on day 5 I was still going loopy. Cravings up the wazoo.
Now granted, I’m a self confessing sugar addict. Me and white sugar are like a dysfunctional married couple. I understand that, and I know I need to detox from the sugar. And I know when I do that, I’m a raging crazy person for two weeks and then I started feeling AMAZING. So it’s highly likely that it could be the culprit in this whole experience.
By day 4 I was feeling very cleansed out internally, nothing crazy bathroom wise but my body just started feeling lighter and cleaner. Once we added back in the meat and rice though that feeling quickly fleeted.
I did start adding in some carbs to stay sane but very minimal. A bit of brown rice or a bit of potato. I had some chili at the Sunday luncheon at church. A tablespoon of sour cream etc. Not all in one day or one sitting. But to be fair I did not stay 100% “true” to the diet.
By day 7 and lots of talking with Kevin I have decided that the best option for me is to be more aware of my daily caloric intake and know when I have to stop eating. Thus motivating myself to come up with lower calorie alternatives to things I want so I can have other things. (psst…this is common sense speaking here, i know)
But that seems to be working better. Except that because we were both so starving by the end of the week that we stopped at Chick-fil-A and got a breakfast biscuit on Day 7. Then went out for a crazy delicious dinner the day after we finished the diet, for our first date since Noah was born, and tonight we are having friends over for dinner sooooooo…..
I like to eat what can I say?
Confound it all!
Take away points: I lost 6 lbs total at one point which has quickly fluctuated back to the 3.5 lbs I lost the first day.
We were made very aware of how much sodium we had been consuming and are working to drastically reduce that.
We were made very aware of our need to count calories until we get a good grasp on portion size to calorie ratios.
I am starting to journal my food intake. After this dinner tonight haha.
We are upping our exercise regime again to sweat off as much as we can.
I’m considering going to a weight watchers meeting and learning about their “points system” I think it could be a motivating way to measure calories.
Would I recommend it?
No. It was weird what things were allowed and what things weren’t. Turns out GM doesn’t know anything about this diet and its just a variation of the Cabbage Soup diet.
I didn’t feel good or lose enough weight to make it worthwhile.
I did enjoy the cleansing aspect of the first day and will add in a few just fruit days or just vegetable and potato days in my rotation. It’s a nice way to lose some water weight and bloating quickly and that was refreshing. Not a full week though, its brutal on your system.