Happy May Day!
Wow, can you guys believe it is already May? I certainly cannot. Even more, I cannot believe I am just 26 days away from our family beach vacation! The thought of having to wear a swimsuit has me more than a little freaked out. Since my last update, there have been several big changes in my life.
The Times, They are A-Changin’
First off, my husband left Toys’R’Us and moved to a local manufacturing plant, where he’s currently working about a zillion hours a week. It would be a lie for me to say that I like it. Frankly, I kind of hate his new job. Everyone I talk to about it is all, “But the money must be great!” which, annoys me further because I don’t really care about the money. I miss my husband. He promises me the overtime will come to an end by the beginning of summer and I am praying that is true or I will go out and find him a different job myself!
There have also been big changes at my job but I don’t want to go into that right now because I have neither the time nor the mental stamina to launch into that story, yet. I’ll save that for another day. Let’s just say my stress at work has gone from about a 2 to a ten since the last time I updated the blog. I am hesitant to put my resume out there because I have been with the company for so long. For now, I’m just riding this wave to see where it takes me.
The other big change that I’ve made since February is that I’ve gone low carb high fat. That change will be the main focus of this post.
Low Carb Living
I decided to go low carb when counting macros failed me. Don’t get me wrong, I did drop pounds by counting macros and following a reduced calorie diet BUT I kept having to reduce my calories further and further to the point of misery. Here’s the thing: calories in<calories out didn’t work for me. I was tired, irritable, cold, and suffered from an unshakable mental fog while trying calorie restriction. It was MISERABLE.
Previously, I was the person who believed that calorie reduction was the ONLY way. It was gospel. It’s what your doctor, the media, and weight-loss coaches across the country will tell you to do if you want to lose weight. And guess what? It failed me. So, out of frustration, I decided to try low carb because, hey, why not? I had taken an interest in intermittent fasting thanks to Dr. Jason Fung’s books “The Obesity Code,” and “The Complete Guide to Fasting.” In those books he mentioned the works of Gary Taubes, so I read his books, too.
After reading “Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It,” by Gary Taubes, I had an ah-ha moment.
The Lightning Bolt Moment
When completing the works of Dr. Jason Fung and Gary Tabues, I fell down a rabbit hole of LCHF research. I listened to podcasts and lectures and read countless blogs, articles, and books. The fact of the matter is that I was not alone in my frustration with calorie restriction. It felt so good to feel validated. The problem wasn’t with me and my ability to stick to my diet, the problem was with my diet itself. I promptly quit counting calories and instead started counting carbs.
It was like a miracle, weight-loss solution for me. Feeling that lightning bolt strike has dramatically changed the way I eat. I typically consume no more than fifty grams of carbs each day and I am trying to reduce that number even further. The carbs that I DO eat come from vegetables and other plant foods. I eat virtually NO refined sugar/grains. Once you get past the initial cravings, it really isn’t that bad. I still eat cake at birthday parties and family gatherings, because hey, I’m a real person.
In the two-ish months that I’ve been seriously watching my carbs, I have lost 12 pounds. More incredibly are the unintended side effects of quitting sugar/carbs. My skin, which became oily after pregnancy, has magically cleared. It now looks bright and more even than ever. My moods are more stable because I’m not riding the sugar roller-coaster anymore. Probably the best thing of all is the increased energy that I feel. Gone are the days of post-lunch lethargy. I feel incredible.
Stick With It
The thing I hear most often about quitting sugar is, “I couldn’t do it!” For me, it’s actually pretty easy. I’ve never had the biggest sweet tooth anyway but even I found the cravings pretty intense at first. Instead of telling myself, “You can’t have that cake, candy, etc. etc.” now I say, “you can have nuts, cheese, jerky, etc. etc.” I think this has been the key to my success because with calorie restriction you can have NOTHING when cravings strike. You just have to find a way to avoid food. On LCHF, you can EAT when you feel hungry, as long as you limit your carbs. This has really made all the difference for me.
Please know that I’m not saying that calorie restriction doesn’t work at all. I lost weight that way at first, too. BUT what I am asking is this: are you happy with it? I wasn’t! Deciding to go against the norm and try something different has made a huge improvement in my life and overall happiness. I am at the lowest weight I’ve been since having the baby and I get to eat until I’m full! It’s magic.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and as always, I hope you have a beautiful and blessed day.
Are you currently trying to diet? What is your approach? I’d love to know! Please share your diet strategies with me by commenting below.