I found The Biggest Loser shakes to be the best tasting ones
Just wanted to add that on the success aspect I found that I lost weight quicker by just tracking calories and sticking to 1400 cals a day without the shakes
So first 3 months were just 3-4 shakes a day and 2L of fluids, pretty much water but I was allowed diet drinks like coke zero etc but only 1 can a day, it was hard
20 minuets only for exercise, when you restrict calories like that you don't want to exercise to much, you will just make your body go into a state of shock once it can't pull enough energy because you have restricted what you have eaten.
After the first 3 months, I started having 3 shakes and 1 meal (my meal was something like a serve of protein and green veg or a green salad with chicken) my exercise went up when I starting having food again, this went on until by BMI got to a certain level, once I hit that milestone it changed to 2 shakes a day, 2 small meals , each time I hit a certain amount of weightloss I was able to switch a shake for a healthy portion sized meal, but I had to up my exercise whilst I did this.
I was always allowed 2 small snacks during every phase expect the shake only phase.
The kind of mindset behind it is to reset your mind about food, I had the shake only diet for 3 months as they say it takes 3 months for your brain to stop craving bad foods and for your body to get use to new habits.
After that I was slowly introduced on how to eat healthy and exercise
So at the beginning, for me it was just shakes... Not very fun.
In the middle
Less shakes and the ones lost replaced with healthy meals.
End, keeping this current weight
All healthy meals, 1 treat day a week and a firm exercise program.
They say its 80% diet and 20% exercise to loose weight.
As in if you change your diet you will see more results then just keeping your current diet and exercising.
The BIGGEST thing was to not over exercise in the beginning, I would have burned my body out from the low calories and would have physically needed to bindge.
If some days I felt I didn't have the energy to exercise I was told not to, but all I could do was 20 mins of light walking really.
As more meals came in I had to up my exercise so I didn't rebound.
In the end I'm left with a mind that is set with having a balance of healthy eating and exercise.
So in a way the program changed my thinking about food and exercise over the course of 8-12 months whilst I was loosing weight.
I did the optifast through my dr and dietitian so I'm not 100% sure on how optifast say to do it.
There have been bad weeks, but I'm able to pull my self out of it all unlike before
People say shake diets just make you put on weight when you get off them, which is true if you abuse the programs and don't follow the rule of when you start eating more you exercise more, and you need to make a change to have healthy food.
I didn't just rely on Optifast either.
There is some great things on the Internet to read to start understanding how your body burns calories (every one burns them at a different rate)
You can find out why some foods are better than others.
I always avoid sugar, I don't give a crap about fat in foods (I'm not talking about Mackas or KFC fat loI I'm talking full fat yoghurt, Full fat Milk, Fish, nuts etc ) you use that fat, your body burns fats, sugar just burns up energy to quick, your body stores it for to long and after the little "Sugar High" your body and metabolism runs slower, you get that crash effect.
So I have never bought low fat yoghurt or milk etc as its just full of sugar instead.
My dietitian told me that one, but there are many things like it to read up on if you look on the net.
I suppose it's just about getting educated and working out your happy medium.
I have tried certain things and found my body didn't agree with it and I put on weight, tried other things and I lost to much for when I was wanting to keep stable.
Different things work for different people.
It's a big change but getting educated on the little things can make a big difference, being aware of how your own body works is always going to be helpful as well.
Thanks Lumi I can only imagine how hard that must have been for you with just shakes for 3 months!! You certainly are an inspiration.
It was bloody hard! The side effects of having withdrawals from junk food, going from eating so much to so little.
TMI but when I first started so much "Stuff" came out of me like I was having a detox too
Head aches were the worst.
I was a SAHM when I started so if I needed to have a quite day with dd then it was easier to get through, if I was working and did it, I don't know how I would have coped TBH.
I think I would of just had to take time off for my health until my body ha calmed down.
it was only like that for the first 10-14 days. The first 3 days were by far the most hardest.
After 14 days I was feeling back to my old self.
If I had to loose weight again I would have a good Dr help me, my Dr was great and there were times I just didn't know if things were normal, it was great to be able to call him and ask or speak to the nurse at the surgery, I was seeing a naturopath for other issues as well and in the beginning when it was just shakes it felt like my body was screaming for food, My naturopath kept telling me it's just your body getting rid of toxins etc
It wants all the food you have become addicted to etc.
I thought I was really just starving so I did have some Mc Donald's on about day 8-9 and it didn't help, I felt so sick it all came back up I felt more horrid after it, stomach cramps.. The works.. It scared me off bad food.
I'm glad I stuck through it though.
That's just my experience, I was big and my diet was shocking.
I would eat cake or chips for breakfast and the rest of the day was no better.. No wonder my body went into such a state of shock.
I'm not sure how others ever went on the program, I have never really met anyone who has done optifast to be honest.
It was hard at the beginning, I also had no support as my family and friends just thought it was another diet that would fail a few weeks later.
My husband didn't support me through it either, it wasn't until after about 8 weeks and he seen I was serious.
I most likely wont ever forget how he didn't support it as it made the beginning much harder that what it needed to be..
I think if I had support from others, not just my Dr etc, it would have been easier to get past that horrible stage.
Great job Lumi! What an amazing transformation!!
I loved Tony Ferguson as it was the only one that gave me a result. It was great too because you can turn the shakes into meals (banana muffins for example rather than a banana shake) for when you get sick of drinking your meals. I lost about 12 kg's on it in 3 months with zero exercise which was a bonus!
I've done a few shake diets in the past (Tony Ferguson was the main one) and I've found they're generally great to loose large amounts but those last 5-10kg I just couldn't drop on shakes.
I swapped to counting calories and exercising more and got 1kg away from my goal weight. That being said I used to see people join the forum who only had 5-10kg to loose and they would achieve it. So I guess it depends more on the length of time you're on a shake diet.
The longer you're on it, the more used to it and more efficient your body becomes.
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