I started this diet 32 days and 18 pounds ago. I'm a 39 year-old, 5'7"
male. I weighed 180 lbs when I started; as of this morning I'm at
162. I had been doing a half-assed job of Atkins for some years. One
year ago I started running and dropped about 10 lbs. But under Atkins
I was eating so much high caloric food and was not controlling the
portion size, so my weight stayed high even though I was exercising a
Under SLD I've been able to control the portion size. I almost never
have seconds, and I've reduced the amount of food I eat a great deal
with very little hunger. This is a real first for me, since I've never
managed to control my portions, and in the past I've only lost weight
when I've exercised huge amounts. I liked Atkins because I felt like
it was okay to eat lots of meat and cheese. I lost weight at first,
and to some extent I've kept it off, but I stopped losing weight after
two months or so. Being able to control portions really gives me a lot
of confidence in my future with this diet.
I started taking sugar water for the first few weeks, and saw rapid
weight loss, but I also got headaches, and would find myself tired
afterwards. Switched to ELOO a few weeks ago and have had better luck.
I had an occasional upset stomach after taking the oil at first, but
this has gradually gone away as I've gotten used to the oil.
Haven't tried any other oils, although the success people have had
with Canola oil is tempting. I guess I'm swayed by the whole
"Mediterranean diet" advantages of ELOO.
I've been weighing myself every day. I see pretty steady loss through
the week, with a bump upwards of 1-2 pounds on Sunday, which is my day
off from running. I find that plotting my daily weight loss is a good
motivation for me. Plus, I'm less likely to gorge myself if I know I
have a morning weigh in coming up.
After I dropped 10 pounds I upped my running times from 30 minutes/day
to 45 minutes/day, since I felt lighter and much less likely to injure
I typically eat 2 scrambled eggs with cheese for breakfast, and I find
that getting some protein in the morning is really essential for me.
Skipping breakfast, or having something high in carbs typically leaves
me hungry throughout the day, despite the ELOO. I take my morning dose
of ELOO 1-2 hours after breakfast. I normally eat an apple and some
carrots for lunch, whereas before I had a large lunch; this change has
been the primary difference in my eating habits. Have the afternoon
ELOO 1-2 hours after lunch. Then a sensible but by no means spartan
Already I need to buy new pants, and have added two new holes to my
belt. I'm also excited about food and cooking for the first time in
years. The freedom from the Atkins-y restrictions has sparked my
interest in cooking again, and I've been making pesto and calzones and
all sorts of good stuff. I just eat sensibly now.
Just convinced my brother to give the diet a shot. My wife still
thinks that I'm crazy for "drinking oil".