Well everyone, I’ve done it – day one of the program is officially complete!!! The picture is what I get to eat in a day, a total of 960 calories of a high protein, very low carbohydrate diet.
As everyone seems to be pointing out to me, that’s a pretty small number. But that’s why this program has such intense medical management!!!! If I were doing this by myself it would be very, very unhealthy. The Weight Management Program involves weekly visits with a dietician and biweekly visits with a physician, in addition to vitamins and some anti-gout and anti-gallstone medications. They also require 40 minutes of mild to moderate activity per day as my energy level permits. Most importantly, this phase does not last longer than about 3 months. They are taking all the precautions necessary to make this safe so the rest is up to me!
Now that that has been stated, on to the fun part! My (medically managed) diet consists of 4 shakes and 2 soups a day. Since today was the first day I wanted to give everything a try. The shake comes in three flavors (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry) and the soup comes in chicken or tomato.
Overall, everything is more palatable than I was expecting. I’ve eaten high-protein foods bars and shakes before, and usually they’re pretty lacking in flavors I enjoy. The chocolate shake and the chicken soup were definitely my favorites, with the tomato soup and vanilla shake being not too bad either. The strawberry shake was just….no. I’m going to try to save it as a smoothie with one of my no-sugar sweetener options (banana extract), but I doubt I will be ordering that again.
I was suprised with how much I used to nibble throughout the day. About once an hour I would catch myself looking around for food, not because I was hungry but because I usually had something I was munching on. The food is actually pretty filling (thanks, protein!) so I didn’t get any extraneous hunger pains.
I know every day can’t be this successful, but I’m glad to have a strong start out of the gate!