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- This topic has 38 replies, 12 voices, and was last updated 8 years, 9 months ago by Christinam.
June 12, 2014 at 10:35 am #16631
I love hearing all the testimonials. I’m definitely still implementing some of Matt’s principles but mostly following Ari Whitten who goes by similar principles. I’m so much warmer and haven’t had cravings or binges since beginning of this year. I’d love it if you guys kept checking in and updated how it’s going. If you keep losing weight. Just whatever findings.June 12, 2014 at 10:39 pm #16634
Crinkly…I pray to God I get there. I’ve been gaining for 6 months. SIX months. I fit into NOTHING. Literally every time I get dressed, I have to suppress tears.
I didn’t really go crazy with junk – I had some cereal with 2% milk, and started eating gluten again (in the form of whole grain or sprouted grain bread), but everything else has been whole foods – chicken, steak, sweet potatoes, etc. I recently started cutting down on fat because Dr G said that might help, but the numbers are still slowly creeping up. My temps are up, but that’s the only real marker I’ve seen moving in the right direction – I’ve always slept well, so there’s nothing new on that front. However, I now have a fat roll…and I’m so upset I can’t bear it. Everything says to reduce stress – but all I’ve done is gain stress – and it increases each time I walk by a mirror. I was happy before – I was a little frustrated with the fact that I was struggling to lose the last 5-10 lbs, yes…but this is much, much worse.
I’m still working out because it’s the only thing that makes me feel better, but I’m monitoring my heart rate as well as my stress levels (with a heart rate variability sensor).
I’m getting a hair mineral analysis from Dr G, going to get a metabolic rate test done, and also having my thyroid tested next week. Something must be wrong here, because this just doesn’t make any sense.
Rob, Amy – anyone? I need help.June 12, 2014 at 11:27 pm #16637
Did you come from a dieting history, low carb, eating disorders? I had to back off of the giant quantities recommended by Matt. I think it’s helpful to eat lots if you are coming from a background of being eating disordered. But otherwise I think it only leads to lots of weight gain. I think that a lot of people stress eat and don’t listen to their body. They use food to numb themselves from their struggles. Matt’s program can give permission to do so. The one’s that succeed on his plan probably don’t have that issue.June 13, 2014 at 12:13 am #16638
I’ve dieted plenty in my day – pretty much every diet you can imagine, including HCG a couple times (the homeopathic kind that REALLY screws up your metabolism). I’m eating between 1600 and 2000 calories daily, depending on how much I work out that day. Does that help?June 13, 2014 at 10:11 pm #16646
I’m eating close to 2000 kcal every day and sometimes more and my weight is stable. When your metabolism is healthy you should not be gaining on that much except if you are underweight. Check out Ari Whitten’s book. It helped me keep my metabolism up and lose the weight I gained on Matt’s plan.June 14, 2014 at 9:32 am #16652LindaParticipant
I have a question for Christinam. Did you get your temp up before you started losing weight? I have been stuck at 97.7 for a year. I tried eating the food & having more sugar, but nothing changed. I thought Matt’s way wasn’t for me either, but I can’t do any kind of restrictive diet that makes me crave a food that isn’t allowed.
I have been exercising – walking, weights, fitness blender, etc & nothing. I don’t think anything will change till my temp comes up & it just won’t. And like a lot of you I can’t stand how I look & feel with this extra blubber. I feel like a big fat cow. I miss my size 4 clothes, vain, I know. I can’t lose the weight & I can’t even firm up what’s there. It is still a struggle for me to eat enough calories, even after a year of trying to do this. I don’t know how accurate it is, but I think I get around 1500 cal/day. I am wanting to get 2000. That is what I struggled with before. To get the calories in I looked for junk food, ice cream & chips, a spoonful of honey or peanut butter.
I didn’t think I had an eating disorder when I read Diet Rec 2, but I started thinking about the last diet I was on (lowfat, low cholesterol) & realized I took it to extreme. I was not thinking clearly at the time as my brother had a quadruple bypass surgery & hadn’t realized anything was wrong. It freaked me out so badly I was afraid to eat ANYTHING! I thought the next bite would kill me. But then I found WAPF. I know that can be extreme also depending on how far you want to take it, but it did help me get back to real food. I also gained all my weight back while on it. Since reading here I realized that diet probably did make me disordered, which means I am still not eating enough. Does that sound right to you? I really don’t want to gain more weight after all this (who does?) so after all this rambling I am getting back to the 1st paragraph. Stuck at low temp because I need to eat more & I won’t lose any weight until my temp normalizes?June 14, 2014 at 10:00 am #16653
My temperature was quite a bit lower before EFH. My temperature went up really high on Matt’s plan but I was gaining, and fast. But I must have been eating 3000+ kcal on his plan. I only dabbled in it in november/december 2013 and then went full force mid january to mid march. Gosh, I gained about 15-20 lbs. And I must add that my metabolism had already been better before I started because after 3 years of never doing extreme dieting anymore or things like fasting/intermittent fasting, I had recovered a regular menstrual cycle all of 2013 (: and maintained a size 6 at 5’9″. But I still had cold hands and feet and was binge prone before my cycle. It was still far from ideal. Once I started on Matt’s plan that went away maybe because I was letting myself eat whatever at all times? I healed a long standing yeast infection that I had had in my colon and I had some autoimmune rashes at times like eczema that went away. But I felt horrible after a while of eating so much and junky foods + I hated being a size 12!!!
Thanks to Ari Whitten, I’m back down to a size 8, hopefully a 6 at some point soon but I focus on health and my body is very toned. But my temperatures are not as sky high anymore, so we’ll have to see, the judge is still out. But my benefits have remained so far and it’s been 3 months since stopping Matt’s EFH. But I have so much more energy, am warm most of the time, poo fine every day (; And I’m not paranoid about food anymore. If I go out, I’ll eat a little of whatever. I must say though that one other thing played a huge role in healing my relationship with food. It was on a mental/emotional level. I highly recommend reading Clair Weekes’s book on panic and anxiety. I hope I got her name right.
I haven’t been on this long enough to have all the answers and I might be missing out by not staying on Matt’s plan for 1-2 years. But I’ve made some leaps and eat quite well and fearlessly now. That’s worth something.
Linda, I hope this helps and you too can find a ways to feel good in your body again!!June 15, 2014 at 7:26 pm #16666
Thanks so much for your thoughts Christina. I bought and read Ari’s book Forever Fat Loss this weekend and the concept is really interesting…we need a calorie deficit, but it can’t be forced…I get it, but it’s also really hard to NOT monitor. :)
I went and had a V02 metabolic test done, along with a body composition and RMR test today as well – I found out that I’m burning 1627 calories at rest and surprisingly, my metabolism errs on the HIGH side of normal. That was really exciting news! But…because of all this “metabolism fixing,” I’m still 20 lbs more than I want to be.
I’m going to try what Ari is preaching, along with limiting carbs in the late afternoons/evenings. (I’m still going to eat them, just try and make the majority of my carb intake happen during the morning and early afternoon.)
Question for you: how long did it take you to get down from size 12 to 8 and how much weight was that? I ask because I feel like I’m still inching up and need some sort of time frame to look forward to.
Thanks again!June 16, 2014 at 8:28 pm #16673
It took me about 3 months.I was a size 6-8 without having to severely restrict until the beginning of this year when I went on eat for heat and I pretty much shrunk back to that. I did walk a lot during those 3 months and have been doing some dance classes. Nothing too extreme. I do best with 4-6 smaller meals even though Ari prefers 3 regular size meals. My meals are probably 300-400 kcal each and just like the meals from his book. Ari also recommends a probiotic called prescription assist. I saw this recommendation on Facebook and bought it straight away. It’s helped a lot with my digestion.
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