My take on it all For what it is worth
32 pounds at 6 weeks is excellent. If you have 320 pounds to lose, then you might be behind, but if you have 200 or less to lose, you're doing great.
I would do 2 oz per meal. If that's the plan, that's what I would do. That's what I did for the first two months, and worked up to 4 oz per meal by 6 months out, 8 oz by 18 months.
I don't think anyone can say "haven't lost enough"
BUT if you're eating more frequently because you are trying to balance out your calorie usage, you ARE short circuiting the point of this early time. Follow the eating plan, protein forward, in quantities suggested. YES you have energy to power you .... it's stored. When you use it, you lose the fat. That's the POINT.
Remember, you're not consuming so much your foods, as utilizing your fat for energy. You WANT to burn the fat. That's the POINT. (not trying to be mean, I promise)
Protein drinks are a good choice.
I agree a bit with the physician's assistant. I'm sure she might have been snotty and superior (I hate that type) but overall you shouldn't be focused on anything but protein first and foremost. That's how this whole thing works. The "revision" remark tells me she's a snotty so-and-so, and I doubt that you will be back because of that. but you DO need to focus on the plan, even if it's hard. It's GOING to be hard. When you get close to maintenance you focus on how to balance your calories used and consumed. But if you want to LOSE weight, you don't WANT it to balance.
I don't know much about the Vitamix, but I was told that juicing is just a way of getting all the calories out of foods and excluding fiber, and making it easier to consume huge quantities of calories. I did some research (way back at the beginning) and my research supported that juicing is really not the best way to minimize calories. The juicing is nice and yummy stuff but it does have a lot of calories. and it's EASY for us to consume, and EASY calories are not our friends, particularly in the losing phase
As far as your heart rate, that goes into the realm of EXERCISE and I'm not an expert. ANY workout is better than NO workout, but I can't comment. Everyone is different.
Follow teh plan of protein forward, low calories, protein drinks, no high calorie beverages .... those will handicap your weight loss.
go easy... I think that you care enough to put the effort in, and that's the MAJOR key to success. But they do have a plan for a reason.
~Lady Lithia~ 200 lbs lost!
March 9, 2011 - Coccygectomy!
I chased my dreams, and my dreams, they caught me!