Monday, March 28, 2011

Diet Update

Finally I'm done with the attack phase of the plan.  I'm 1.2 lbs under what I was expected to lose in the six days I was on this part of the diet.  I've lost 3.8 pounds in six days which isn't too bad considering I had to modify this all protein phase to meet my needs.

I have hypoglycemia and hypokalemia.  Too much protein caused me to have a flare in my IBS which brought on my attack of hypokalemia.  Hypokalemia is when the body loses potassium too quickly.  I ended up with the typical warning signs of charlie horses in the legs followed by the palpitations.  Since I take a daily supplement of potassium I had to up my dosage until the IBS decided to stop flaring.  I was diagnosed years ago with hypokalemia.

As for the hypoglycemia, of which I was also diagnosed years ago with, I had to modify the diet when I started with the headaches and dizzy spells from lack of sufficient carbohydrates.  Needless to say this did have an impact on the weight I was hoping to lose so I ended up losing just under what I was supposed to which was 5 pounds being the goal for the 6 days.  While eating too many carbohydrates can also trigger the hypoglycemia, not eating enough of them will also trigger an episode.

I decided to supplement the daily intake of protein by substituting one lean protein meal with an Atkins bar.  Atkins diet is very similar to the Dukan Diet in that it is primarily a protein diet.  The supplement bar I chose contained enough carbohydrates to tied me over between meals as I ate one for the afternoon tea portion of the Dukan Diet.

I've actually been able to eat out on this modified diet to several different places over the weekend and continue to lose weight, including being able to eat at an all you can eat buffet.  I think the trick to eating at the all you can eat buffet was just making the correct food choices, those being mostly protein of course.

Perhaps I will be able to stay on this diet of my making.  It is mine now that I instituted several changes.  Exercise is a must.  I have to walk for 20-30 minutes each day and yesterday walking about the gun show for over two hours I really got in my exercise quota for the day.

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