Amy After

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The Pound a Day Diet by Rocco Dispirito

I am so very impressed. I really love the premise of this book. And I am also willing to bet that it will make a sizable portion of the American public upset. Rocco’s whole shtick is something he calls, “calorie correcting.” What he means is low calorie. As in 850 calories a day for five days out of the week and then the two remaining days are 1,200 calorie days. He says that if you follow this guideline, paired with about an hour of cardio a day, that you will lose about a pound a day. A POUND A DAY for the duration of your weight loss.

Sign me up. I like it.

The allotted calories are made up of a Mediterranean type of diet:

Tons of Veggies – especially green


Olive oil

Whole grains and grain products

Lean Meats, especially fish


That sounds totally delicious!

The traditional thinking for most of us is that we need lots of calories – don’t want to slow that metabolism down, do we?  And slow and steady weight loss is best – don’t want to gain it all right back, do we? But Mr. Dispirito cites studies which support that nutritionally supported rapid weight loss is more exciting and keeps people more committed to their weight loss plan.  Then he lays out a moderate maintenance plan which keeps the new weight set point stable, and voila!   I don’t know about you, but if I see the light at the end of the tunnel speedily approaching, I’ll be much less apt to throw in the towel.

I’m anxious to begin – can’t wait to see if I can get the pound a day results!

What Happens if You Only Eat 500 Calories a Day

After feeling really discouraged from falling off the 800 calorie per day wagon I wasn’t sure in which direction I would go next. The light at the end of the tunnel was illuminated when a friend told me about someone she knew who was losing the last 20lbs she needed to lose on a Dr. supervised diet which advocated eating 500 calories per day and almost no carbs at all. Wow, seriously? I couldn’t handle eating only 800 calories so how in the world would I get through my day on 500? But I’m game to try almost anything so I dove in head first.

For a week I ate 2 eggs fried in a little Earth Balance for breakfast, 5 oz baked turkey breast for lunch (covered in mustard, my new best friend), and a couple Tilapia fish fillets cooked in a little Earth Balance for dinner. I drank tons of Smart Water (extra electrolytes) and several cups of coffee and tea per day sweetened with no carb stevia. I did have the sensation of my stomach being empty quite a bit which is a feeling that I still find unsettling. But I quickly realized that there were no cravings at all! I had tons of energy and my mind was crystal clear. I experienced no sleepiness at all during the day either. So, at the end of the week I’ve lost 7 lbs. I feel great and wish I could follow this plan for the rest of my life. I know it’s a very short term thing, just to get over my weight loss plateau, but I’ve proven to myself yet again how bad carbs can make me feel.  Now I’ll add in a variety of non-starchy vegetables to the protein and see what happens. REALLY  need to start exercising soon…

Eating 800 Calories a Day Can Make You FAT!

I was a bit nervous about putting myself on a 750-800 calorie per day plan. I made a grave mistake by not counting the carbs and thought that since the calories were so low, I could “reward” myself with a few extra carbs. The carbs came from things like raisins, tomato soup, butternut squash soup and LOTS of peanut butter. Now the total carbs were still very low, but for me they were just too high (maybe around 30 grams) . I felt like I was starving to death! I lost 4lbs after getting through the first week but then midway through the second week I couldn’t stand the cravings any longer and started eating everything in sight! I didn’t eat anything I wouldn’t normally eat but ate tons more of the foods I had already been eating.

I absolutely hated being that out of control, it was such a miserable feeling.  By the time I came to my senses I had gained the 4 lbs I’d just lost! Back to the drawing board. I still can’t exercise much at all so I  need to focus primarily on getting those last 20lbs off via diet. Sigh…

800 Calorie Experiment – Week One

After having way too much fun over the summer, I am now back from hiatus. To recap, last spring I was following a 1,200 calorie a day menu. Accompanied by almost daily exercising I was enjoying a nice and slow, but steady weight loss. I have no earthly idea how many calories were consumed over the past four months as I certainly was not counting. My weight fluctuated a bit but I ended the summer in virtually the same place as I started.

Now it’s time to get back to business. I’ve lowered my ultimate goal weight and as of today have 20lbs to lose. For reasons which I will disclose in a future post, I have been unable to exercise for the past two months and I never dreamed that I’d actually miss it! So, since I am still pretty restricted with my physical activity I am trying out an 800 calorie per day eating plan. I’m still gluten-free and low-carb. I try to keep my net carbs below 30 grams per day. The significant change as of late is that after almost three years of being a pescatarian, I have added chicken and turkey back to my menu. I’ve just completed my first week at this amount and lost four lbs. That’s really exciting but I’m nervous that I can’t keep the losses coming without exercise…

I know that this is a contraversial thing to do. The theory goes that if one’s calories are too low, the metabolism will self adjust to that level and weight loss will be impossible. That possibility does make me nervous, especially without the exercise as that forces the metabolism to rev up. But I am willing to use myself as a guinea pig (as usual) and see what happens.  I can say for sure that when my caloric intake is between 800-1,000 per day – I feel fabulous!!! My mind is clear , I have lots of energy and never have to suffer through the mid afternoon yawning attacks. So I wonder how something that’s bad for me could make me feel so good?? When my calories are around 1,200 I feel more lethargic and for lack of a better description, just “over-fed.”  Let’s see how week two goes, shall we?

1200 Calorie a Day Experiment

I have never counted calories – ever. I can’t think of anything more tedious because 99% of my food is not  processed so there’s no handy listing of nutritional info on a box. I haven’t weighed and measured my food since attending Weight Watchers in the 80’s. That’s why this experiment will be so painful for me, well one of the reasons. But I am willing to take one for the team and devise a pescatarian, low carb, sugar free, gluten free, 1200 calorie a day menu.

I have thirty pounds more to lose and I need to shake things up to get the scale moving again. I’d LOVE to reach my goal by mid-summer. I’ll follow said menu for a week while sticking to my current 2x per day/6 day per week workout schedule to see what effect there is on my weight loss efforts. I’ll decide after the week is completed if I want to continue or revise. Time to head to the kitchen to start calculating!