New to this diet and can't figure out what I'm doing wrong / have some questions. Can you help???
I have been on this diet for 20 days now and have not lost any weight since Day 8 or 9. In the first 8 days, I lost 6lbs. Then nothing. I'm hoping someone can tell me what I'm doing wrong, since I must have missed something. I'd really appreciate it!
A bit about me... I'm 46 years old, 5'6" and now 165. I'd like to at least get down to 155. I read that on BP that women over 40 should take some sort of protein with their coffee, but I'm allergic to dairy (which would be whey) and I don't eat meat, chicken or gelatin (or collagen). Once I ate a soft boiled egg with my coffee, but then worried I wasn't supposed to do that because it "broke the fast". I have tested my Ketones with the ReliOn urine strips for the past 3 days, and it only shows small amounts of ketones in my urine (meaning I'm not in ketosis?). I used my father's blood sugar test (he's diabetic) this morning and my level was at 82 (I'm not sure what that means, but maybe someone here does).
I have been thinking that maybe I'm not getting enough protein? Exercise-wise, I do HIIT classes or 20 mins of weights once per week, walk about 30 mins on inclined treadmill once per week and yoga 1-2 times per week. (I usually do more, but I've cut back on working out since starting this diet.) Everything I'm taking is completely BP (grass-fed butter, pastured eggs, wild fish, etc...)
My diet is simply:
8:30am: BP coffee (2 T butter, 1 T MCT oil)
1:30 or 2pm: usually 2 eggs (poached or sunny side up) with mixed greens or veggies in grass-fed butter.
7:30 or 8pm: usually some wild fish or salmon burger (20 g protein) with different mixed veggies (in the green zone) in butter or a salad with MCT oil (or sometimes both) and maybe a half avocado with one of my meals.
I also eat about 1/2 grapefruit every 1-2 days with one of my meals, and if (on occasion) I don't feel satisfied with my meal, I will have a 1 T raw almond butter and twice I've had an 86% dark chocolate Lindt square, but felt guilty about it.
I read somewhere on BP that someone should be eating half their weight (of lbs.) in grams of protein. Is that true? I really can't imagine eating twice as much protein as I'm eating now. (So if I'm 165 lbs, I should be eating at least 82g. of protein?!?)
I did follow the protein fast day twice, but am not sure it was for me.
Also, I'm finding the diet a bit confusing because the first 2 weeks are supposedly BP diet weeks, then it says you are on maintenance. But if I'm not at the weight I want to be at, am I supposed to stick to the first "2 weeks plan" or go into "maintenance mode"? I am really confused! And I know they say that white rice is supposed to be the best of all starches, but aside from the protein fast day, am I ever supposed to even eat them? I keep going through the book looking for answers, but can't seem to find them.
So, as you can see I have lots of questions, so if you have answers to ANY of the following, I'd really appreciate your help! Thank you!!!
I would be forever grateful!
1) What should I supplement with the coffee if I can't do Collagen or Whey (since I'm a woman over 40, don't eat meat and allergic to dairy)?
2) Why would I not be in Ketosis after 20 days (if I'm following the plan)?
3) Am I not getting enough protein?
4) Why haven't I lost any weight for the past 12 days?
5) Am I supposed to still be in diet mode or Maintenance mode at Day 20 but with at least 10 lbs still to lose?
6) Am I supposed to cut out carbs after 2 weeks or just minimally eat them?