The Hilton Head Metabolism Diet Again
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.