A few days ago, my SO had a discussion with our doctor about weight loss. The doctor said that there are two effective ways to lose weight: 1) To eat a reasonable number of calories (in the 1,200-1,300 range for women) and exercise a lot so that your body expends enough energy that it can't hold onto fat; or 2) eat an extremely low number of calories so that your body simply doesn't have enough to hold onto the fat.
Either way works, but the doctor recommended option #1 because it's hard to maintain balanced nutrition doing option #2 over an extended period of time.
My knee is getting better. It's not actively paining me, but it feels somewhat unstable when I walk on it, and it's back to making that suspicious clicking noise. Now is not the time to go on multi-mile long hikes, or take up jogging.
I really can't do much in the way of exercise right now, though I've been doing a lot of washing and waxing cars. Beyond that, there's just not much I can do until my knee heals up.
So I've decided, at least for a few days, to try and shake off some weight by going the VLCD route.
Now before everyone freaks out and leaves a bunch of dire-sounding comments, I want to say the following things:
- I realize that a VLCD most certainly neglects my nutritional needs and should not be maintained long-term.
- My body will go into "starvation mode" if I do this for too long.
- I'll get extremely grumpy if I do this too long.