OK, so I'm 4 days into this, and how do I feel about it? :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
It confused me that the coffee flavor worked at my first meal, but I was already accustomed to having coffee "between," so the stuffed feeling came when I added the with
meals part. Any relatively calorie-less flavor should work, and if you're accustomed to it, it may work sooner. For apple cider vinegar (ACV) flavor, it takes just enough to be noticeable without being unpleasant. I am using about 1 teaspoon per pint of water; I like it with crushed ice.
I thought because I have become so super-sensitive to smell/flavor, that I'd need a window so flavor could count as "between," but it works without thinking about timing. No matter how my body counts the flavor, it's working either as "between" or "with," and I need both. Even the timing of "with" is not that critical. I had half an apple for a snack and then peppermint gum, and was instantly "stuffed!" That means I can enjoy the flavors of a meal and then add the flavor that stuffs me. The sense of being full is so fast-acting, one could fine-tune when the flavor is added. And as Clarinette has said, you can stop flavor whenever you feel too full. More flavor holds off hunger, but 50 calories with flavor may stop hunger completely.
The feeling is somewhat different than SLD, so far anyway. With SLD, AS has two qualities, "full" and "not hungry." With calorie-less flavor, my hunger comes back at regular intervals. Yesterday, I noticed more indifference to food, so maybe the "not hungry" part is still coming. I've lost my insane carb attraction, and am interested in protein. I guess that's different, too; with SLD, it was fruits and vegetables. With SLD, "full" was more subtle, and I usually needed to pause so it had a chance to register. With calorie-less flavor, I'm utterly stuffed, seconds later.
4 days, 4 pounds down.
OK, don't get too excited, it was a spike, but for 3 months my spikes have only paused and climbed higher. I save 360 calories without my ELOO, which I am sure was counting as flavored calories. But I will keep some of the "good oil" benefit.