What it is
This diet is based on calories in vs. calories out. Eat fewer calories than you burn. Sounds simple in theory.
After giving birth to my second child I wanted something that would allow me to lose weight without having to work out. I simply did not have the time. I had only dieted a few times in the past so I went back to a healthy balances diet of 45% carbohydrates, 35% protein and 20% fat. I logged all my calories, returned to my pre baby weight of 135lbs. and plateaued. I was breastfeeding at the time and was told that breastfeeding burns 400 calories a day (via the internet) so I figured if I stuck with my previous diet with the 1,250 calories per day, I would lose the baby weight and some bonus lbs with the 400 calories I was burning from breastfeeding. Sounds like a simple math problem, right? Wrong, I returned to my pre-baby weight and stayed there. Which led to frustration. Once I was done breastfeeding, I slowly started limiting my calories to approximately 400/day. It wasn’t exactly starving myself, but close enough.
What I ate
Breakfast (8:00am): Nothing.
Snack (10:00am): Handful of cereal.
Lunch (12:00pm) : Scraps of whatever my kids did not eat.
Snack (3:00pm): Gold fish crackers.
Dinner (6:00pm): Small portion of whatever I made for dinner that evening.
Late night snack (8:00pm): Popcorn. Glass of wine.
* I was not worried about where my calories were coming from just how many were going into my body. I used MyFitnessPal to track calories.
I lost a total of 1lbs on this diet in 4 weeks.
Although this was not a complete starvation diet I still ate less than I burned every day. I would not recommend this diet to anyone! It began to cause an unhealthy relationship with food. As I began to view food as an enemy that would make me fat. I also felt very tired and cranky. After putting the kids down for bed at night, I very much looked forward to my glass of red wine at night that I began to see as a reward for my restrain all day. My metabolism shut down and it took a quite a bit of work to get it back up and running again. Overall, this diet was ineffective for weigh loss.