Add to this photo revelation the fact that I had been under a doctor’s care for loss of cartilage in both knees — the extra weight was not helping my physical therapy efforts for that health issue. I kept using my bad knees as an excuse NOT to exercise, and I realized I could not hide behind that any longer.
I got online that night, researched the book more, and I read what many others wrote about their successes. The next day I found myself buying the book because I wanted to highlight the parts that applied to me. Here is what I followed for the first 17 days — called the Accelerate Cycle — that helped me lose my first 12 pounds:
I really never felt hungry. I never felt deprived. Sure, I missed my couscous, baked potatoes and rice, but I knew that I was changing the course of my health future, and 17 days is nothing in the scheme of things!
My husband was so impressed with my initial weight loss that he decided to join me. We did the next round of 17 days that Moreno refers to as the Activate Cycle. It shakes things up a bit with your metabolism, plus allows you in bring back in limited carbs, a glass of wine here and there, and lean cuts of meat. I found this cycle not so successful for me because my husband was not sticking to the rules 100 percent, and I found myself cheating once in a while. He lost a total of 18 pounds in just 17 days and has kept that plus a few more pounds off as well.
I lost 5 more pounds during that cycle with my husband, but it was not as easy as the first 17 days because I experienced an injury that prevented me from walking for exercise for eight days. Staying active is one of the big keys to success with weight loss, and I had not done that for years (since college).
If you get the book you will see how the author guides you back into living a regular life with dinners out, vacations and social events that always seem to center around food and still maintain a great weight for you.