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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Day 2

Hunger 'Fangs' 

I am going to dedicate all of day 2's post to hunger pangs.  At the start of every diet most people don't make it past the 3rd day hump. Most people can get through the first day because of the excitement, but by the second day every craving you ever had starts coming out of the wood works. Every anxiety, panic attack, pain and excuse to stop your diet and give in to your old habits hit you the hardest. From most diet blogs I have read, the second day hump is the result of your body beginning to detox itself of free-radicals from unhealthy foods and stress you had previously. So lets say you had a chocolate milkshake, two days before, well that shake is still being processed in your intestines, so by the time the 2nd day comes around it has entered your blood stream and has left a memory/addictive chemical in your body, instigating the body to replace it as your body breaks it down, uses it, and removes it. This is why it is soo hard to kick an addiction, your body is now chemically dependent on the ingredients found in the unhealthy/processed (junk) foods. The same is true for natural chemicals that are found in excess in your body, so lets say you eat very healthy, but too much, your body has become accustomed to the high levels of chemicals from those foods in your blood stream, so when you try to bring that back to normal the withdrawal hunger 'fangs' come out!

Check out some of my hunger pangs remedies here.
What are somethings you do to get through the 3 day cravings hump of your diet?

Day 1

The Adjustment

The first day on this diet regime was very tough for me. In the morning I woke up feeling more energetic and well rested than I have in awhile, but very dehydrated. The lemon Mega-T water and detox pills kept me feeling full past lunch, but I became very thirsty around the mid-day. I was able to drink water and the feeling went away until around dinner time, I started to develop dizziness not in connection to hunger pangs, but more possibly related to dehydration. In the evening I had the pleasure of going to see the hilarious "Bring Him To the Greek" and laughed from beginning to end, but in the middle of the movie, I broke out in a cold sweat and felt like my heart was racing. I have no idea if it was the excitement from the film, or if it was a side effect from the detox pills. I have made note of the strange side effect, and if it happens again I may discontinue using the pills and try a different detox option. 
Physically, my body already feels lighter, due to the fact that the water and detox pills seem to do what they claim.  Excuse me here by saying this, but 'you may experience frequent trips to the bathroom' is definitely an understatement.  I am starting to see muscle definition and my pants are already looser (no doubt due to significant water loss). The last few hours of the day were particularly hard, I am not hungry, but I can tell my body is craving a sweet treat. Fortunately re-adjusting my diet; eliminating most carbs, high sugars, caffeine, high saturated fat foods, and minimizing my portion sizes, has made me ridiculously tired, putting me on a very regular sleep schedule. I could get used to this!

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