You really have my sympathy. Like you, I used to love crisps and could easily eat a 6 pack in one go, a double cheeseburger was my favourite burger – and for me add in chocolate and we’re there. I spent a lot of years on diets – ‘start again Monday’ was my middle name. I was diagnosed with Type II in 2016 and started this diet. I can only tell you some stuff from my experience that might help.
Firstly, the diet works to get your blood sugar down. On diagnosis my hba1c was 106 (or 104 – anyway high) and within 4 months my Hba1c was 35 (normal range). Lots of people on here have done it and you can too – and that’s a fantastic thing to be able to do.
I tested my bgls daily and they started to come down really quickly (within days to weeks rather than months) and while I’d lost some weight, my bgls were back in the normal range long, long before I’d lost all the weight I needed to be at a healthy BMI. (Experts like Jason Fung say the same thing happens with their patients). So good things can happen quite quickly.
SunnyB’s right about the mind. When I started, the absolute truth in my head was that I couldn’t diet. But that isn’t ‘the truth’ , it’s just what’s in your head. If you have that idea push it to one side.
It helped me not to think in terms of big numbers (I had a lot to lose), or look too far ahead to an end point. For me that was too deflating. So, I just set very small but ‘meaningful to me’ targets that could easily be reached.
When you go low carb it’s such a big change – so initially I focused on the low carb food I liked and went from there. I also kept it simple. If I was going out somewhere where there were old style tempting foods I’d make sure I had something at home that was a genuine low carb/low cal treat to look forward to when I got home. I often didn’t bother when I got home but knowing it was there did the trick.
I often planned to have all my particular favourite low carb things at the weekend to stop me falling off the wagon.
Somebody on here once said if you’re going to have a breakout up your calories not your carbs – that’s a great tip.
I started with 3 meals a day but quickly went to 2 meals a day so my 800 cals went further.
As WindyJulz and SunnyB say, it really does get easier. If you can stick with it tightly for 2 or 3 weeks you break the carb addiction. It reminds me of when you first give up smoking and you’re desperate for a cigarette and then that desire goes – the same thing happens – it’s weird but it’s great and nothing to do with willpower, I promise.
Pork scratchings are a good low carb snack if you need a bit of crunch and you like them – not sure how many calories but they’re often recommended by people with T2 as a good snack.
Sorry, didn’t realise it was such a long post – I’ve almost written a novel!