Low Carb Diet Works
Eating Low Carb for Health & Weight Reduction
At this point, probably just like you, I have tried many diets. However, I was 330 lbs just a few months ago. Not to mention 34% body fat. I had a 55" waistline. And for me NOTHING even comes close to the effectiveness and the efficiency of a low carb diet.
Along the way, I have learned a lot about the low carb process and how to do little helpful things like dealing with cravings or making great eggs for breakfast and other ideas like how to stay organized and in the zone. So this site is dedicated to the low carb lifestyle.
The hardest part of the whole experience for me is the first week. Especially when I first started. Weaning your body away from excessive carbs is worthwhile and requires a bit of constraint in the beginning. I had food cravings, I craved pizza, sushi, sandwiches, etc. which I noticed but didn't act upon.
And as time went on and my body got used to the new low carb diet, I began to enjoy the sensation of ketosis, of losing weight and other side effects like - I felt better, my clothes started falling off, I slept much better, I get up earlier now without an alarm clock, my mood is more stable and I feel more sociable. The cravings for carbs just went away totally.
Hormonally, being on a diet of white flour and white sugar / corn syrup and fast food seemed to really wreak havoc on my system. Blood sugar spikes and drops, shakiness, adrenal responses, etc. All because food is one the most powerful drugs we have. And eliminating white flour and white sugar from my diet has clearly shown me that. They are truly nothing but empty calories that offer you no real benefit.
At this point, I think I could switch to a reduced carb diet, avoid fast food and I'd still probably maintain or lose an occasional pound here and there. But time is of the essence. And based on a study I read not too long ago, a 2,000 calorie unrestricted diet vs. a 2,000 calorie low carb diet, the low carbers lost more weight faster. And at some point, I needed something to change. Exercise alone was not enough for me. It wasn't until I changed my diet that things began to improve significantly.
That's what this site is about. One persons journey into the low carb realm. And things like hamburgers, steak, chicken, tuna, olive oil, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, peppers, gouda cheese, cheddar, swiss, grilling, braising, sauteing, eggs, and BUTTER!!!!! Hmmmmmmm.....butter. Believe it or not, it's not a 4 letter word.
Also just so you know, I try to eat a WHOLE FOOD KETOGENIC DIET. Not a bunch a man-made chemicals. I prefer to buy organic, free range, pasteured and grass-fed whenever possible, and I strive to eat veggies at most meals and have a strong dislike for artificial sweeteners and preservatives, so I typically don't use them in my recipes.
A ketogenic diet isn't for everyone. We all have different bodies and respond to foods differently. I have found though, for me, I feel and function better eating a ketogenic diet most of the time. I eat low carb because it stablizes my blood sugar and moderates my appetite.
Also low carb doesn't mean a high protein diet. I try to eat a moderate protein intake (80-150g of protein). But I'm also 6'6. So you have to take your own body into account and figure out your needs.
As far as fat goes, I am advocate of a higher fat diet. Including saturated fats. Especially once I get past the first couple weeks and become keto-adapted, which means my body has being optimized for using those fats for fuel, instead of storing them. This process can take anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks, in general.
So stay tuned, I hope you find something of value that might just be of benefit to you and your health. And the blog is where I post most of the updates. It's your choice what to eat, this is what I choose to eat.
Also on this site, from time to time suggestions are offered that might have affiliated compensation, however rest assured, they are only recommend things that have been tried and used by me. And most of the information here is free regardless. Any products that are recommended are intended to help complement the low carb lifestyle and perhaps even give you more helpful and enjoyable choices.
Please note: A recent 2010 study by Temple University School of Medicine found that a low carb diet not only worked, but earlier reports of low carb diets causing ill effects on health were unfounded. This was based on a 2 year study funded by the NIH. However, this site is not intended to be used as medical advice and the contents are for informational and educational purposes only. It's essentially a journal of my own experience and my own food choices. Preferably, you should check with your physician before starting anything of this nature, especially if you are pregnant, lactating, have impaired kidney function, epilepsy or have type 1 or 2 diabetes. And invariably, it's your body. You still get to decide what goes into it, even in America. The real question? Is what you are doing now working for you?