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I was curious and went to TDEE to see what my calorie recommendation is. It’s not so bad and what I’m doing already- 1900 kcal per day. Some days I go over when I go out but others I’m a little bit lower. I’m a believer in moderation, too. Not too little and not stuffing oneself either.June 16, 2014 at 8:28 pm in reply to: where are those that have stuck w the program for over 1 year? #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.
June 14, 2014 at 10:00 am in reply to: where are those that have stuck w the program for over 1 year? #16653
- This reply was modified 9 years, 3 months ago by Christinam.
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 13, 2014 at 10:11 pm in reply to: where are those that have stuck w the program for over 1 year? #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 12, 2014 at 11:27 pm in reply to: where are those that have stuck w the program for over 1 year? #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 12, 2014 at 10:35 am in reply to: where are those that have stuck w the program for over 1 year? #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 11, 2014 at 11:15 pm in reply to: where are those that have stuck w the program for over 1 year? #16626
That’s great! Did you eat relatively healthy or go full force and somewhat stuff yourself, including foods like pancakes and pizza?
Did you diet before you started?
May 19, 2014 at 10:40 am in reply to: where are those that have stuck w the program for over 1 year? #16456
- This reply was modified 9 years, 3 months ago by Christinam.
I just couldn’t handle the weight gain that comes with Matt’s plan. I never made it to the promised end goal of being able to eat tons of food and be thin. I don’t know if I’m missing out. It didn’t matter to me if the pancakes were homemade or not. Highly tasty foods like that make me want to eat more than I’m hungry for. I try to eat just one ingredient foods like Ari recommends. Like baked sweet potato with salmon, veggies, baked beet with some coconut or olive oil. Or breakfast could be yogurt, whey protein powder, berries, banana. Ari sais to eat when hungry. I eat when hungry until comfortably full. About 3x per day- simple old school. And I will have a snack if I’m really hungry. But I try to eat well at meals so I don’t need to.
Maybe I’m vain but after doing Matt’s plan for 1 month, I had gained 20 lbs over my healthy medium size frame and was still gaining and I had to by large floppy tops and wear stretchy pants. I don’t want to diet and haven’t for a couple of years before Matt. But I also don’t want to push my luck by going against every logic and risk a lot more weight gain. It took muuuuch longer to lose the weight the healthy whole foods way, than it did gaining it on Matt’s plan. It’s been 3 months now and I still have 5 lbs to go. But then I’m eating well and not really dieting. And I feel much better. I got all kinds of pains and rashes? on eating processed foods and that includes homemade, sorry.
I hope you find what works for you!May 18, 2014 at 5:34 pm in reply to: where are those that have stuck w the program for over 1 year? #16446
I got this book, too. It seems like a great find, thank you! Some of you might remember that I stepped away from Matt’s recommendations and back to clean whole foods. I stuck to proper amounts, not dropping under 2000 kcal daily. Since quitting junk food like pancakes etc and eating very healthy foods like rice, fish, oil, veg, fruit, I lost the weight I had gained on eat for heat and look good in a bikini again. I will now use Ari’s tips to fine-tune, energy and health. I’ve found some gems of knowledge on this forum.
- This reply was modified 9 years, 4 months ago by Christinam.
I actually ended up going back to 3 meals per day, no dairy and just grains, veg, oil, fish for lunch and dinner and something like oats, coconut milk, macnuts and fruit for breakfast. I laid off the sugars. If I’m really hungry I’ll have an apple and macnuts as a snack. I lost half of the 20lbs I had gained on eat for heat and feel pretty again. In a month or so, I’ll probably feel fine in a bathing suit and fit back into most of my clothes. I’m sorry to say that I felt gross and sick eating dairy, bread, lots of sugars and I don’t care if it makes me great after a year or two. I just can’t live like that. I think that I have a balanced diet now that can be maintained at any good restaurant and I stick to this point of view, so as, to take the guess work out of my diet. No more extremes like low carb or calorie restriction, nor do I eat tons of sugary or salty snacks that are addictive and make me feel sluggish.
Agreed. Thanks Leighton! Good luck to you, too! (:
I’m sorry if I come across as combative. I’m actually mad at myself because I sometimes have a tough time with worries about everything and my nerves are tight. I know that I fair best when I just eat when hungry. Not dieting nor stuffing myself. But, because it is such relief to eat a lot, I might look for permission/opportunity. Just like alcohol brings relief to a tightly wound, overworked individual. Never had a problem with booze or drugs thank god. But I know that I need to work on my inner life and on relaxing/surrendering instead of tensing in order to be free of needing to eat lots, gaining weight. Food can be used as a drug like anything else. It’s the dosage that makes the poison.
I can really eat whatever I want and stay slim if I don’t eat beyond satiation-never to fullness. I’m not eating disordered. It’s more about being healthy and energetic, working on the real issue versus chubby, lethargic and anesthetized from my feelings.
Binging also give an eating disordered person relief. They are so tense that the sugar and high calories have a relaxing effect. But it never solved the problem and ends up being addictive. Just because someone gives permission to binge doesn’t make it any better.
I don’t get how it’s a good thing if it ruined several years of your life. You might have needed to eat whatever but still only when hungry. THat way you maybe would have saved yourself a lot a trouble. Food doesn’t fix most mental, emotional issues.
I think no pain no gain could mean that you need to do a sweat driving and tough workout to get results. I don’t think it means actual physical pain that is bad for your joints or back. That type of pain is a sign that the person either isn’t fit or healthy enough or the exercise is not for them. I think a lot of unfit people push it too far. I think that someone overweight needs to just walk and lose weight before they try to take it further.