Not just another FAD Diet: Diary of a Restorasis Weight loss Patient
At Restorasis Health, we do not actively promote any service that we don’t research, test or have done to ourselves first. When the opportunity to test the Weight Loss Program presented itself, I admit I was apprehensive to jump on the bandwagon due to the strict guidelines.
Having supported my mother on just about every diet gimmick imaginable growing up, I was quite the skeptic and hence did not take it as seriously as I should have. I cheated here and there, thinking the caloric restrictions would have me bounce right back and provide “wiggle room” without failing. Well, I did fail—falling off the bandwagon not once, but twice. I wish I could say the diet doesn’t work, it wasn’t my fault and I did everything as I was supposed to do. The truth is that I sabotaged myself. So what did I do wrong?
The first time I did the Weight Loss Program I was ill-prepared and had little to no support outside of my coworkers—two key factors to a patient’s success. The weekly visits you pay to Restorasis during your Weight Loss Program is not only so that we can medically supervise your progress, but to also instill a sense of accountability for the food choices you make.
This is a vital factor in managing our patients—to help them see where they can make changes in their patterns of choices. When I wasn’t prepared I would easily succumb to the stress of the week or sheer exhaustion, and make a choice to eat whatever was the easiest and most convenient. Can you relate?
Another reason why my first attempts with the program weren’t successful in a long-term result was because I wasn’t ready for the lifestyle change required. Phase Two of the program requires you to only consume 500 calories a day. This sounds intimidating, but if you prepare for the week ahead of time it’s not hard to follow.
The second time I did the Weight Loss Program, I cruised through Phase Two and right into Phase Three, where your diet becomes less restricted. During this phase you broaden your diet by increasing your protein, fruit and vegetable intake, but carbs and sugars are still restricted.
I went on vacation during Phase 3. Ill-prepared again and on such a high from losing 25 pounds, that I willingly went right for the French Fries, somehow justifying that a potato is a vegetable. This led to the thought process of, “I blew it already, so who cares?” which led to me, well, blowing it.
At this point I had lost and gained over 20 pounds twice. I briefly got into a negative mind frame that this was it—that I would, in the words of Bridget Jones, “Always be a little bit fat”. Luckily, I snapped out of it. With the encouragement of my coworkers, friends, and family, I decided to give the Weight Loss Program one more try and this time commit 100%.
Realizing how intricately the hCG adapts to your system within each phase of the program and how it tricks your body by allowing your hypothalamus to reset your metabolism is the key to success. I had to ask myself some serious questions and be honest with my answers. My recipe for disaster consisted of being ill-prepared and making excuses for my poor choices.
My success story began with the commitment to myself. I wanted to feel good about myself again and wanted my life back. My quality of life was suffering and I felt like the control I once had was slipping further and further away. I read my weight loss manual cover to cover, made meal plans for the week and prepped everything on Sundays through every phase of the diet. I had a buddy system at work and at home, and I made a promise to myself that I would NOT justify ANY attempt to defer from the program. My third attempt with the Weight Loss Program resulted in losing over 50 pounds within the full 12 weeks! I continued to lose weight even during Phase 3 and 4, which is where many patients—pleased with their results, begin to slack off.
How did I keep the weight off? During the final phase of the diet, Phase 4, you gradually add carbs and sugars back in each week. Our clinicians monitor your choices and weight with you so that you are able to learn which foods your body process easily and which foods give you trouble. Once you have this information, it is up to you to create a plan that you can stick to for the rest of your life.
The secret? There is none. As a self-proclaimed foodie, I cannot imagine my life without cooking delicious meals and entertaining. However, it’s all about checks and balances and THAT is what the Restorasis Weight Loss Program will teach you. I know I can’t even look at food that has enriched flour or red meat in it without gaining weight, but I can eat potato-based foods without any issue.
My mantra while on the diet was that “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”. Once I had lost 50 pounds, however, cheesecake and pizza DID start looking as good as skinny feels. However, whenever my jeans start to get tight and I realize I’ve been eating pizza and burgers all week, I revert right back to what I learned doing the program; adjust my choices and remember. Now, over three years later I’ve maintained a weight between 120-125 pounds and am one of many patients who are walking proof this Weight Loss Program works IF you are ready to work for it!
Are you looking to lose a quick 5-10 pounds? Then I would say the Restorasis Weight Loss Program is not for you. But if you are looking to learn about yourself and take a journey into lifelong changes that result from weight loss, then I highly encourage you to read more about the Restorasis Weight Loss Program and come in for a Complimentary Consultation. With the approaching holiday season, no time like the present to plan for the new year. What do you have to lose, besides weight?