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The Hilton Head Metabolism Diet Again

Updated on June 17, 2012

Weight Loss

The Quest to Lose 100 Pounds

The first time in my life that I lost 80 pounds (I've lost 80 pounds 4 or 5 times in my life) was with the Hilton Head Metabolism Diet. That was over 15 years ago for me. Still, the diet hasn't changed that much over time.

First a little history about me. I had problems with weight starting in middle school. It wasn't for inactivity. I was on the swim team, walked, biked, and in high school joined the volunteer fire department in my area, so I was very active.

The big problem for me is emotional eating. To look at me, you'd never guess that I'm an anxious person. I look calm, cool and collected. I don't wear my emotions on my sleeve. What goes on inside is another thing. I worry about a lot of things, and I'm hard on myself when I make mistakes.

"But, your a therapist, you should know how to deal with that". I've heard that for the past 25 years, or thought it to myself. In the end, I'm human like anyone else. I've been in therapy (it was required in my doctoral program, and in general a good idea for any therapist to make sure your own agenda doesn't cloud your client's) and actually gained a lot of coping skills over the years for my anxiety and dealing with emotions. Still, when things happen (like the death of my grandfather 7 years ago), I resort to eating until I reach and even keel emotionally, and then do something about the weight I've gain. I don't pretend to have the whole solution to emotional eating. In many ways, my head knows what to do, but its getting my emotions to go along with it.

The Hilton Head Metabolism Diet

When I used this diet many years ago, the calorie count changed every week. You started out at 800 calories per day for the first week, went to 1000 calories the second week, 1200 calories the third week, and back to 800 after that. This cycle continued until you lost the weight that you wanted to lose and then you went on maintenance which is based on your body weight to determine the calories needed to maintain your weight.

The diet now calls for 1000 calories a day Monday through Friday, with 1200-1400 calories on the weekend. You continue this for 6 weeks, then go on maintenance for 2 weeks prior to returning to losing more weight.

The diet is easy to follow, and you are supposed to eat 3 meals and 2 snacks per day (which I find very difficult to do). I'm never hungry on this diet, in fact, after my stomach shrunk I felt like I was forcing myself to eat.

Along with the diet plan you walk for 20 minutes (or longer if you wish) twice per day after eating one of the major meals. This helps to amp up your metabolism and burn off the calories that you've just eaten. The walking was difficult for me at first as I had become very sedentary, but I pushed myself through it and after 3 or 4 days it was easy to do my 20 minutes twice a day. Currently, I've lengthened my walking minutes to 30 minutes twice per day.

Results So Far

I started at 310 pounds on May 30th. So I've been on the diet for just a little over 2 weeks and at the time I'm writing this I weigh 288 pounds (22 pounds total). I feel very good, and my clothes are starting to fit better. I plan to complete the full 6 weeks on the 1000 calorie cycle and go to maintenance. I want to lose 100 pounds total then see how I feel about losing more.

Next, I have to figure out how to do some muscle firming 3 times per week. According to the diet this is also supposed to take 20 minutes each time. This makes sure that I'm building some muscle as I'm losing the weight which will also help with my metabolism.

I'll report more results later as I go along. I'm feeling very good about returning to this diet again, and I'll report the positive and negative as I go along.

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      C L Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Firstly, congratulations on your weight loss thus far!

      I've not tried the Hilton Head Metabolism diet but I have lost 28lbs over the past 6 months. I would like to lose another 28lbs over the coming 6 months.

      I know this may seem a long time for some people, but I have found that this weight loss has been the most stable that I have ever achieved from any other diet. I am an emotional eater also.

      There is nothing special about my regime, before anyone asks. I have simply gone back to basics with 3 sensible meals a day, lots of water, fruit and veg, and minimal alcohol. This is not a million miles away from what you are doing, I believe, but I don't count calories.

      I know that you are starting from 310 lbs but a weight loss of 22 lbs in 2 weeks does seem high to me. I would be concerned with muscle loss and saggy skin.

      My exercise regime comprises walking twice a week, which also helps my depression and working out for 20 minutes on a cross trainer, at home, first thing in the morning. I try and do this 3 to 5 times a week.

      Of course, I am only human and have my bad days. But I always start afresh the following day. The secret is not to allow yourself to think you've failed because of one bad day!

      I wish you well with this! It's not easy, I know. Keeping the weight off can be just as tough as losing it though, especially if good eating habits have not been developed along the way.

      Let us know how you get on! ;)

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      drericmeyer 4 years ago from Broomfield Colorado

      Thank you very much for your support. It's been a touch over 3 weeks now and I've lost 25 pounds. The initial weight loss is easy, now I'm expecting to lose 3-5 pounds a week. I'll keep you informed.

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      drericmeyer 4 years ago from Broomfield Colorado

      I'm at the 30 pound loss mark. The weight is definitely slower, and my body is getting more efficient and used to walking. So it's time to take up some weight lifting and extending my walking to keep my metabolism high.

      I'm considering taking a class called "Body pump" that uses weights along with movement twice a week.

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