“I am not overweight, but I have gained weight in my 20s. The only way I have been able to lose weight is by greatly reducing my calorie intake and feel hungry all of the time. When I saw the title of the book, I thought, ‘yes, I am always hungry.’ Even if I didn’t lose any weight, I was hopeful to not be starving constantly.Before I started the diet, I tried to lose weight by restricting my calories to about 1300 per day and I went to the gym 4-6 times per week for an hour or so. I was always hungry and I never lost one pound.
At first I was terrified to start the diet because I had been counting calories for years, even without seeing results. What if I gained ten pounds? I am 5’1″, so five pounds makes a difference. My husband encouraged me, and we started phase one. I didn’t lose weight after the first week, but I started losing inches. I did experience some difficulty breathing as I broke my addiction to sugar and processed carbohydrates, but it went away after a few days.
We’re six weeks in, I have lost five pounds and 1-2 inches off of various parts of my body. I eat when I’m hungry, stop when I’m full, and the weight is still coming off. Perhaps once a week I feel slightly hungry, but because it is so infrequent, I can tolerate it a lot more. I love the food and dessert options and my sugar and bread cravings are gone. I only wish I could have found this book sooner so I wouldn’t have had to deal with hunger for so many years.
Perhaps the best part of this lifestyle change is that I am no longer lactose intolerant. I could finally stop taking the pills after I finished phase one. I haven’t been able to digest dairy for about a decade. I would need one pill for cheese, two pills for ice-cream. Now I can have dairy with all meals, drink glasses of milk, and I don’t even feel bloated. It’s liberating to eat wherever I want and not have to plan to bring pills with me.”