In week one, I lost an incredible ten pounds - much more than I expected, but still it was mostly water weight. As the scale continued downward this week, I debated whether to include my weight loss this week or not because it was another banner week for losing pounds - as of this morning, I've lost another five, down a total of fifteen pounds. I'm not exactly suffering the fate of the concept of the "one golden shot" as some insist happens the second or third time around.
While I have heard of, read about and received emails asking about the "one golden shot," I've never put the theory to the test. For me, it seems, it doesn't apply. Thankfully.
For others I know, it does and is a painful reminder that if you abandon a controlled-carb diet, getting back on track and back to maintenance weight can be difficult and can take longer than the first time you follow a low-carb diet. The thing to keep in mind is that it's better to stick with controlled-carb than to go back to eating as you did prior to low-carb and risk the "one golden shot" applies to you.
But, even if you are just getting back on track and find the weight loss slower the second time around, it's worth the wait to lose the weight since eating a controlled-carb diet is better for you and your health. If you are affected by the "one golden shot" do not dispair, the second or third time around may be slower for weight loss, but you will still lose the weight if you stay on track and eat well.
If re-starting is harder than you remember, there are a number of online forums where you can find support from others who are following a low-carb or controlled-carb diet:
- Active Low-Carber Forums
- Atkins all the way
- Low Carb Diet Support Forums
- The '30-In-30' Low-Carb Weight Loss Challenge
Wrapping up week two:
Target Weight Loss Week Two: 2-pounds
Actual Weight Loss Week Two: 5-pounds
Total Weight Loss to date: 15-pounds
Remaining Weight to Lose: 5-pounds