The IU Diet Review | – 4,5 kg (10 lbs) in 1 Week

What is The IU Diet?
Basically you eat one apple for breakfast, a sweet potato for lunch and a protein shake for dinner. It’s a fairly easy diet and I like that you don’t have to weight everything you consume. You can read more about it here. Let’s see if I’ll be able to stick to it!

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Just to clarify: I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE! It is not healthy! I’m doing this diet so that I can lose some weight before going on vacation as I have gained a ton of weight recently and don’t feel comfortable in a bikini. Also keep in mind that I have a Binge Eating Disorder.

Breakfast: Apple
Lunch: Sweet potato
Dinner: (Vegan) Protein shake w non vegan milk (0,3% fat)
Calories: 569 kcal approx.

I’m hungry, but I’m not starving ATM. Thankfully I had to work very late so I didn’t get tempted to throw the towel before even properly starting The IU Diet.

My vegan protein shake tasted disgusting, though. I couldn’t finish it and I definitely have to buy another brand of protein powder tomorrow. Chewing gum kept me occupied and – to my surprise – even kind of satisfied. I’m wondering if I’ll be able to stick to this diet for 7 days.

Breakfast: Apple
Lunch: Sweet potato
Dinner: (NON vegan) Protein shake with non vegan milk (0,3% fat)
Calories: 573 kcal

Only having an apple for breakfast wasn’t that great. I am definitely a breakfast person so compared to what I usually consume in the morning this was a rather sad meal. My stomach felt empty so I tried to fill up on sparkly water and I bought diet coke (is that considered cheating? it doesn’t have any calories..). Please applaud me for not buying chocolate or anything else to binge when I went to the grocery store, though!

The sweet potato for lunch was fine. I prefer regular potatoes over sweet potatoes but oh well, I just have to suck it up. Thankfully it really filled me up, so I wasn’t suffering as much as I did in the morning. I mean, really.. what a disappointment of a breakfast.

Man, thank god I got this new protein powder. It actually tastes like stracciatella ice-cream!! I enjoyed my dinner very much today, to say the least. I have to admit that I am fairly hungry right now – I mean, it would be weird if I weren’t but you know… this diet is actually easier than I expected. I honestly thought that I’d crack on day 2, but so far I’m doing great!

Breakfast: Apple
Lunch: Sweet potato
Dinner: Protein shake (w milk)
Calories: 573 kcal

So day 3 is the worst so far. My stomach is completely empty and growling. I have to actively force myself not to drink my protein shake before 6 PM. The apple in the morning left me hungry as well as the sweet potato. I’m drinking a ton of water hoping that it’ll fill me up. I’m scared that I might crack on the weekend since I’m going over to my mom’s place for breakfast every Sunday. I should just take my sweet potato with me that day..

I’m pleasantly surprised that I’m not feeling super weak though. I thought that this diet would absolutely drain me of all my energy but I don’t feel that tired, actually.
Update: I took the protein shake at 4.30 PM. Note to myself: don’t take the shake before 6 PM.

Breakfast: Apple
Lunch: (small) Sweet potato, half a cup of cappuccino
Dinner: Protein shake (with 0,3% fat milk), 1 cashew
Calories: around 600 kcal

I still feel pretty energized, to my surprise even though I am super hungry. The Youtube reviews I watched of this diet all said that the 4th and 5th day were the worst and I can relate. I am really hungry and the apple didn’t fill me up at all – who would’ve thought. Also I’m getting sick of the sweet potato. Honestly, I guess I’m just not a fan of sweet potatoes in general so having to eat one every day is getting really tiresome. The only thing that’s keeping me going is the protein shake.

I think if I ever do this diet again I’ll definitely replace the sweet potato with oatmeal or something. At least that’s enjoyable.

I ended up eating one cashew because one of my co-workers kept offering it to me and wouldn’t let me refuse. Also I drank about half a cup of cappuccino because one of my friends bought me one as a surprise and it would’ve been impolite to refuse that as well. My sweet potato was rather small today, though, so I don’t think there’s a huge caloric difference.

OH! I almost forgot: I was very energized today. I don’t know why my body doesn’t feel tired on this diet but I’m not complaining!

Breakfast: Apple
Lunch: Sweet potato
Dinner: Protein shake (with 0,3% fat milk)
Calories: 573 kcal

I was working from morning till 5 PM and now I am eating my sweet potato. I was feeling hungry during the day and I kept thinking about wanting to break this diet, to be honest. I was looking at food a lot so that wasn’t really helping. Other than that today was fairly easy though! What I’m scared of is tomorrow when I’m at my mom’s place. I already warned her that I’m going to bring my own food, so hopefully I won’t crack.

I’m looking forward to my protein shake hehe.

Breakfast: Apple
Lunch: Sweet potato
Dinner: Protein shake (with 0,3% fat milk)
573 kcal

I am almost at the end of my IU Diet Journey™, damn! I woke up today with a cold so now I am drinking a shit ton of tea hoping that it’ll go away quickly. I probably didn’t get enough vitamins from my “meals” (who are we kidding… those are not meals but side dishes). HOWEVER I am determined to make it till the end!

I still feel really energized and it seems like my body is adapting. I am a little scared to weight myself on Tuesday, tbh. If I only lost 1kg then IU’s cancelled!!! (I’m kidding, ofc)

Breakfast: Apple
Lunch: Sweet potato
Dinner: Protein shake (with 0,3% fat milk)
Calories: 560 kcal

FUCKING FINALLY! It’s the last day!!! I can’t wait to eat something else than sweet potatoes, y’all. Today I couldn’t even finish my lunch because I’m so sick of it. I ended up adding more milk to my protein shake though, to make up for it.

I was very hungry today just because I’m exhausted from everything that has been happening to me and frankly speaking I was close to just giving up. My cold has gotten worse, too, and I just really crave something fulfilling to eat.

I ended up going from 76,9 kg (169 lbs) to 72,4 kg (160 lbs) in one week of doing the IU Diet. I’m 168 cm (5’5”), without exercise! In total I lost 4,5 kg (almost 10 lbs)

So that’s pretty impressive, isn’t it? I am definitely going to try to shed the last few kilos too so that I’m back at a healthy weight for my height.

If you are someone who’s used to dieting then this diet won’t be that hard and it’s easy to follow. Unlike many other people said in their reviews, the IU Diet did not drain my of my energy. Then again I didn’t workout in addition to it, so maybe that’s why.

Also let me say this again: if you ever try this diet then BE CAREFUL.
Diets like this lead me to having an Eating Disorder so I definitely do not recommend it to anyone.

I can’t talk about my Binge Eating Disorder

I wanted to tell my my boyfriend about my Binge Eating Disorder so bad, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. It’s not that I don’t trust him.. for some reason, I’m just not “there” yet.

I always tell myself “I’m going to tell him once I’m skinny!!” and I’ve been telling myself that for over a year now.

I wonder how long it’ll take until im ready to talk to someone in real life about this. I’ve been struggeling with disordered eating ever since I was 13 years old. I started dieting because I noticed I’m not as thin as the other girls in my class and I learned that that was  a bad thing. I learned that boys don’t like thick girls. I learned that I am lacking, because I’m not skinny.

Literally every significant male person in my life criticized me because of my weight. Every guy I ever had a crush on had commented on my weight. Every. Single. One. “You know… you would be perfect, if you just lost a little weight” that’s what they always said. So of course I believed it.

I thought; They are right. The way I am now, isn’t good enough. I have to change the way I look. So I started diet, after diet, after diet. I felt ashamed of my body and I cried myself to sleep so many nights. In summer, I always wore long pants and long sleeve shirts to cover up. I was sweating like a motherfucker, but I endured it because I felt so disgusting. My thighs made me feel sick by just looking at them, and so did my arms. I starved myself and yet I just couldn’t lose weight. Everytime I tried a new diet, I ended up binging.

Binge eating sucks because you continue to eat even when you are full. You feel like you’re about to explode, yet you can’t stop. You don’t want to continue eating, your stomach says “ENOUGH!! I’M DONE!!!” but your brain says “I have to eat all of it“. Once you’re done, reality kicks in and you start feeling like shit.

I can’t tell you how many times I sat on my bathroom floor, crying, because I couldn’t bring myself to throw up after I binged on what a normal person would consume in a month. And then the cycle would continue. I’d start another starvation diet and binge again.

Back then when I was in high school, during my last year I fell for a guy (who, of course, also commented on my weight). Long story short – he broke my heart. After I graduated I moved out and decided that I want “revenge”. I’m going to lose so much weight he’s going to regret what he did to me. So I starved.

But this time, I stuck with it. I tried to eat around 800-1.000 kcal and exercised for around 2 hours a day, one cheat day a week. I’m 168 cm (5’5”) tall and went from ~85 kg (187 lbs) to ~68 kg (150 lbs) in approximately 3 months. I was exhausted.

Even though this was nowhere near my ideal goal weight, for the first time in my life I started to feel confident about the way I look. I couldn’t stop staring at my reflection whenever I passed a glass window. People complimented me on my weight loss, boys asked me out more frequently. I felt hungry, but I enjoyed every second of it. I wasn’t doing it for that dumb-ass boy anymore, I was doing it for me so that I can feel good about myself.

When I met my boyfriend I stopped my extreme “lifestyle”. I was happy and the time I used to spend at the gym I’d rather spend with him now. We cooked and ate out a lot and eventually I also gave up on starving myself. This only lasted for a few months, though. As soon as I noticed that I was gaining weight again, I started dieting again.

Back to square one and a big warm welcome to binge eating, my old friend. Fast forward to almost 2 years, I gained back most of the weight I lost. I am now at 75 kg (165 lbs).

I can’t remember a day without my head being filled with thoughts about the way my body looks. I still feel extremely uncomfortable and self-concious about my body. I look in the mirror and I only see the fat. I’ve never worn shorts outside the house, I haven’t been to the swimming pool in 6 years, I can’t eat alone in a public space, I feel guilty whenever I eat something that has a lot of calories. Sometimes the way I feel about my body keeps me from going to social events because I always feel like people are judging me by my weight. The last time I binged was 6 days ago. I still count calories. I’m trying to get better.

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