I think the whole reason for nothing but water in Phase I partly is mental. The developer of this diet wanted us to completely cleanse ourselves and realize you may have to give stuff up to reach your goal. I do have the zero calorie flavored waters now but try to limit the carbonated drinks mainly just because of the blaot aspect even Coke Zero, Diet Sprite, etc. I may have one a week or every other week.
I did Fatsmash the first time in 2006 with excellent success. Made it to middle of Phase III when we found I had become pregnant. We had been trying but didn't think it would happen so fast since with our first child took 9 months. This time 2 cycles later and I was pregnant. I didn't get to my goal weight but did lose about 40 pounds in a short period of time (around 5 months if I recall correctly). I lost 9 pounds that first Phase then about 2-3 pounds a week after that.
I was also able to maintain most of that loss during my pregnancy and not gain as much as a did with my first child. However, instead of being smart and getting right on Fatsmash after having Travis, I didn't and packed on weight after delivery. Tried to get focus and diet last year, but didn't have anyone helping to motivate me (too bad didn't find this site 2 years ago). Lost 20 pounds and then put that back on almost before this year signing up for WW New Years Eve.
I used a lot of my FatSmash recipes but didn't follow the true phases until 2 weeks ago when my parents decided they wanted to do Fatsmash eating. I told them the best way for me to tell you what to eat, is to be eating it along side you. This diet is great b/c you don't have to keep up with points, calories, etc. You just eat the foods that are on the Approved list and avoid those that are not. You also look forward and begin counting the days til you can get to the next phase and reward yourself with something now approved. For me it was a real dessert in Phase III. I began Phase II this week and was so excited to have cereal again! That is just such an easy breakfast. I like my oatmeal, but wanted something cold now that it is getting hot outside.
I too learned a lot of snacky type foods I kept on hand such as roasted chick peas, sweet potato chips, etc. That helped with those mid afternoon munchies.
Keep up the good work, you will hit your goal in no time. I am unfortunately vertically challenged (5'3"
so I have a bit further to go than you do. I have my goal at 125, but I will see as I get closer to that range how I look. I like having some meat on my bones. My healthy weight range is supposed to be 113 - 141. I was shooting for somewhere in between.
"Determination isn't measured by what you do when you feel like it. It is measured by what you do when you don't feel like it."