The primary goal for Stage 1 of Atkins is to put your body into a state of ‘ketosis’. In English, this means making your body burn fat instead of glucose for its main energy source.
Basically, your body is lazy. If it can get hold of glucose, it’ll burn that. Next, it’ll try the complex carbs (takes longer to turn into glucose). Once there’s no carbs to burn, it’ll turn to the protein & fats which is what I’m eating on this ridiculous diet and which I also have a plentiful supply of on various wobbly bits of my body.
Protein is harder to digest, so to keep up the energy, the body has to turn to its current stores (a bit like the day before grocery shopping where you have to make up crazy recipes from whatever is left in the fridge.
Once you’ve moved onto this, the idea is that you have more control over your cravings as the body stops getting used to it’s quick hits of sugar and when you are really properly hungry it knows it’s going to have to work to digest the next meal. There’s also a bit of a high achieved mentally from breaking through the ‘snack barrier’ – not always. During the day I get it. In the evening I am so not there yet. It’s going to take a while to separate food from mental state. Fasting helps with this.
Stage 1 is meant to last a minimum of 2 weeks, or until you are 6.8 Kg away from your goal (that’s about 15 lbs). Right now, I’m 6.7 Kg away from my goal, so as long as I keep dropping I can move to stage 2 at the end of this week. Alternatively, if you’re 4.5Kg away from goal, you move onto stage 3.
Off to to the shopping. Ha! Never shop hungry.
Lunch. I have 10 minutes before I collect the girls from school so quickly nosh a Babybel Gouda and two slices of roast chicken.
Get the kids. Oh arseholes and woozles! I forgot to buy eggs & sugar free jelly!! Take kids back to the supermarket in the current 30 degree heat (that’s Celsius) to acquire the staple Atkins food and promptly spend £18 on eggs, jelly and splendour (how?!).
Home. Time to get ready for the Brownie beach BBQ where we meet the people taking the girls on their brownie camp this year. Just time to slice open the big watermelon I bought today for the kids. Big juicy slices for the girls…
…. And I blow 5g of my 20g carb allowance on a teeny slice of watermelon.
Ooh it was lovely in this heat. I regret nothing. See?
I dropped the girls off at their BBQ with a mild sense of impending dread as this is the ‘pre-meet’ for brownie camp. The first time the girls have been away from home. I’m half terrified that they’ll be sad away from home, and half terrified that they’ll act up for someone who isn’t me.
Went home to make dinner for me & parents (LSH is out at kickboxing – aka getting his arse handed to him by particularly fit ladies. Best not to think about that really). Meatballs & mushrooms with pasta for them and a regulated salad for me (ditched the cucumber and celery to try to remain inside my carb quota).
Dammit. I’ve gone over by 1.4 grams. I’m quite up on the calories too at 1616 for the day. In terms of Atkins calories, I’m fine. It should be between 1500 – 1800 rather than the obscene 800 that the Cambridge diet aimed for.
How did I go wrong? Well, that slice of melon for starters, and I probably could’ve coped with just three meatballs instead of six. On the upside, I’m not rocking and crying over my lack of chocolate or pizza. In fact, I’m not even peckish. If I do get ansy later in the evening, I also have a fridge full of sugar free jelly which is now my safety net.
Fingers crossed the extra 1.4 grams doesn’t kill tomorrow’s weigh in. I’m really happy with my 4lbs so far this week.
Tomorrow could be interesting. I’m going with my new school (large bunch of overheated and overexcited teenagers) on a trip to London and need to try out my low carb packed lunch without completely wilting.
I’ve not been hungry at all today. Hello ketosis, nice to ‘meat’ you, here, have some of my belly flab, oh no, no charge at all. I’ve been saving this for years and have no use for it anymore.