I have lost almost thirty lbs been steadily on this diet for a while now. I don't feel tired or have lead feet. I have actually been working out on top of doing this diet. Most of the morning I go hungry and late at night I get quite hungry too. I have lost a huge amount off my belly and my pants no longer will stay up without a belt. Before I could not even button them.
I have found that fruit is the way to stave off hunger if I am gonna eat more than one hearty meal a day. I have also found I can go way overboard on making that hearty meal greasy and that sort of negates its nutritional value and the scale does not move if I eat a meal with way too many greasy calories. I was eating homemade pepperoni pizza (i know peperoni is full of chemicals). Well I put too many pepperonis on it and it was like the scale went up rather than down. Mozzarella is quite a low fat cheese and unbleached flour and the spices are okay on my diet.
I just needed to limit the pepperoni to a more reasonable amount and switch to ground beef and other meats much more often.
Melons, though they may seem pricy, do yield a lot of food and can give you that full feeling. I have been avoiding all sugars except that which i get from fruit naturally. No dried fruit because they do not make you feel full. No juices because of the same reason. Only water and my naturally decaffeinated coffee and milk is okay too.
Today I bought some peanut butter and the only ingredient is well... peanuts...
I am finding that most of the things I buy now have only one ingredient in them.
Garlic cloves have well, garlic. Melons are only melon, berries are only berries (Provided you wash them and rid them of chemicals.)
I make my own bread now too. Popcorn kernels have only popcorn.
Meats I am sure are pumped full of all kinds of things. I do buy a lot of seafood (seafood is more often than not pretreated with chemicals too) and make stir frys.
I fry pasta with my stir frys, I have been told that oil will soon catch up with me if i use olive oil to fry pasta veggies and meat a lot but I am not finding anything adverse yet from doing that.
Well just wanted to give an update, I feel more mentality stable less depressed, I have more energy I just wish i was off this diet but that is not gonna happen till i reach a healthy balance.
A friend of mine has lost almost 50 lbs on this diet and he sometime skips eating for a whole day! I was the one who turned him on this diet and at first he said it was too rough on him so he went off it then back on it he went and has stuck to it. He is a little suck up now and a bit arrogant but other than that I think he is happier with himself.
He also when he eats he eats crap (like hotdogs) with tons of really harmful chemicals. I have told him this is not healthy but he does no listen.
I guess I am just taking the weight off a bit slower just to be cautious.
And pepperoni i guess is not that much different than hotdogs but I don't eat pepperoni every day like he does with hotdogs... YUCK!
I have used this diet to learn to really eat more healthy.
Before this diet I almost never ate fruit. I ate TV dinners and home-cooked meals almost never taking a break from eating. I would eat just because I was bored. I have cut out all smoking and drinking, most chemicals, I use a lot more spices to flavor my food. I am now speculating on how many chemicals are used to process my dried spices and I am planning on making the switch to fresh spices soon. Fresh spices only last so long but they taste so much better. The thing about dried spices is i can use a lot more of them (which equals more antioxidants) and they are generally quite cheap.
I don't drink orange juice or eat many oranges though or buy juices as I mentioned. The juice does not really fill me up and oranges in particular almost always mess with my bowels. If I am going to eat oranges it will be an orange (usually half) and not juice.
I still take my vitamins nearly every day a whole slew of them. I also do not drink too many liquids so as to pass the liquids right though me washing out all of my vitamins. I space out liquids. The fruit does give me a lot of liquid and I usually do drink water some occasional milk with meals and decaf coffee too.
Well enough of me rambling on about food. Take care and enjoy what you eat.