Jilly, thanks for the pic responses! If YOU like them, they MUST be good!
As for the AD (or more accurately, the Metabolic Diet for us "normal" people), it is working miracles!
I must admit right off the bat that I (we) are not being entirely scientific in it's application. Meaning I am NOT counting these women's Kcal. They were asked to eat when hungry and an amount that "made sense" to them. I told them we'd start counting calories as soon as progress slowed/stopped (it hasn't).
It is a fairly radical change in lifestyle yet not difficult to master. I felt that they would be well served to just keep track of macro's in the beginning.
I purposely let them feel thier individual way through it and was always (and am still) around for advice and ideas.
Also, weigh-in's aren't really my M.O. so we kept track of strength, well-being as well as the fitment of certain clothing and lastly the mirror. This was all done so as to relieve some of the stressors that comes with changes in lifestyle.
Andrea: 46 y/o internationaly recognized opera singer. She did a ON/GYN weigh-in about 6 weeks in. She claims to have lost 13-15 lbs while squatting about 20 lbs. more than at the start of the diet. Feels GREAT! Recently asked "permission" to skip every other carb-up because she feels so great until the "carb hangover" even though her carb-up is very clean.
Judy: 53 y/o Ad sales person. No weigh in. Wearing clothes that have ALWAYS been too small to wear in public. Remarks on feeling the shape of muscles she has never been aware of until now.
Major imrovements in overall shape and also squatting well over 20 lbs more than at the start. She also comes in on her off days just to drag the sled! We estimate 25-30 lbs lost so far.
Pat: 50 y/o Med. Billing professional. Most recent AD practitioner. Again, no weigh-in. Admits to being "pretty good" but is getting the hang of it quickly. My only comment really is that she has three or four outfits she wears when working with me twice per week so I know what her pants look like on her (I've known her for 4 years). I asked her about these pants because they were quite a bit looser all over. She commented that all her clothes fit looser. She also told me how much tighter she feels and that she was ready to go clothes shopping again!
So do I have hard facts? NO, not really. I am not a numbers guy unless we talk strength. There are many factors involved that cannot be measured. An important one is confidence. I know these three ladies are happier than ever before (really) than they can remember. Never carb-crazy, feeing healthy and never looked better!