- June 28, 2013 at 11:19 pm #106921
Hi I’ve been on the strict diet for a little over two weeks now. Context is that I have the metabolism of a hummingbird and I was already underweight by around 20 pounds (I was 125 but should be about 150 for my 5’9 height and am male) but I’m down to 114 lbs now. Since the only form of concentrated protein is eggs, I was wondering how many eggs is healthy/recommended?
I feel like without at least two eggs three times a day with hemp and spirulina/veggie smoothies and veggie snacks I’m hardly functional. Even then I’m low energy all of the time now, and fortunately I’m not working or going to school right now and parents are sympathetic to my cause, but I honestly don’t think i could do regular things if i wanted to with the low energy I have. I could be low on vitamins but I’m still losing weight. I couldn’t gain weight normally before I started this diet, but this weight loss is going to make me emaciated.
Last question, should I be getting die off symptoms now? All I feel is a constant physical lethargy (been taking molybdenum and vit c).June 28, 2013 at 11:44 pm #106924
Disclaimer: I’m not Able.
I’ve seen recommendations to eat as many as six eggs per day, if you feel it’s necessary, so it sounds like you’re eating an acceptable amount. However, I think you should take into account that protein alone won’t make you gain weight (or stop losing it). You need to eat more total calories, and the easiest way to add calories is with fat. A gram of fat has over twice as many calories as a gram of protein or carbohydrates. An easy way to eat more fat is to drizzle extra virgin olive oil on everything. If/when you eat hot cereal (buckwheat or oat bran), add a couple tablespoons of oil (and if you add a little salt, it’ll taste like you added butter — bonus). Add avocados to everything, too — on top of eggs, on top of stir-fry, on top of steamed vegetables, in smoothies, etc. When I was rapidly losing weight at the beginning of my treatment, I used to make guacamole out of avocado AND olive oil (and lemon and salt and pepper). Avocados can be your best friend — an egg contains about 80 calories, and an avocado will usually contain 250-300+.
Low energy is a pretty normal symptom of die-off. Your body also has to adjust its metabolism — it’s accustomed to burning carb calories for energy, which is a quick process. In the absence of a lot of carbs, you’ll feel tired until your body learns to burn fat calories for energy more efficiently. I dragged for a couple months until my body made the switch.June 28, 2013 at 11:57 pm #106926
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If you want to gain weight, i would look no further than teff being a great source of nutrition. What is your diet like and how much are you eating everyday?
Also, check out these two posts:
-rasterJune 29, 2013 at 2:54 pm #106957
Shayfo – Lol I guess I don’t need to talk to able, no worries. I stir fry something with my eggs much of the time, eat at least an avacado or two a day (most days i’ll eat two throughout the day), I’ve started eating coconut oil (though not frequently) and usually use a bunch of olive oil on my salads. I’ve also started eating oat bran a couple days ago.
So I’m getting calories all over the place, but I really can’t emphasize how fast my metabolism is and how hard it is for me to keep from gaining weight. Like i said, BEFORE i started this it was a full time job to not lose weight, now I simply can’t keep it from falling.
Raster – I wasn’t sure about teff, I seemed a little bit under question from what little I’ve seen on the forums about it and thought that it should be in stage two. I’ve just started the diet and don’t want to risk anything in this.
Basically i eat as much of the strict diet that i can fit into my day as intelligently and with variety as possible.
Example of day mealplan:
Starter breakfast – Oat bran with cinnamon and stevia.
Breakfast – Eggs mixed with stir fried onions/garlic. Often i blend kale or spinach with hemp and mix into eggs to make it thicker
Brunch – asparagus, celery, and an avacado with salt
Lunch – salad with spinach, kale, onion, radish, brocolli, crushed hard boiled eggs
Snack – smoothie of spinach, hemp, chia seeds, spirulina, cucumber/zucchini, maybe coconut oil.
Snack – lemon/salt covered avacado.
Dinner – Stir fry with olive oil, eggs, green beans, zucchini, kale, onions, garlic, spices.
This will vary with more or less foods but i try to eat this general amount.
If you believe teff can help, I need every food at my disposal and to eat it properly. I’ve practically dedicated my time and life for the moment to figuring this out and settling this diet into my lifestyle because my food intolerances and other things really brought me downhill.June 29, 2013 at 3:05 pm #106960
I felt teff affected me adversely, but a lot of people seem to be eating it with no problem. I would treat it like a test food — eat a couple of bites every day for a few days before eating a full serving.June 29, 2013 at 3:07 pm #106962
I also really love that you eat two breakfasts. Double-breakfast ftw!
Are you eating coconut milk yet? Another really high-calorie thing to look into. You can cook your oat bran with it, add it to your smoothie, etc.June 29, 2013 at 3:45 pm #106965
Yeah after the first few weeks I realized eating normal meals is not enough, keeping up this diet for me is a full time job. I’m still losing weight, about a pound every 4-5 days now. My body literally can’t handle losing any more, I am skinny to the unhealthy point.
I read on the strict diet to introduce coconut milk a month in and I’ve been strict to everything that it entails except I brought in stevia early because I was getting sweet cravings up the you know what. With my body I may have to bend some of the guidelines though.
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