September 25, 2012

Another Low Carb Success Story: Captain K’s Unique Approach

I absolutely love it when I run across a new success story. Not only does it give me a reason to pause and reflect upon this way of eating, but it also gives me an opportunity to gain a little new insight that I didn’t have before. Such is the case with Captain K.

I read a lot of weight-loss articles over at Info Barrel, but it’s like searching for a pearl that’s buried in an entire desert of sand. Most articles are determined to call low-carb eating a fad, want to preach how low-calorie higher-activity is The Way, or just go on and on, rehashing the same basic concepts we’ve read in a hundred weight-loss articles before. Nothing new, and nothing to pass on here.

But Captain K was different. He’s not just a writer trying to write a weight-loss article from an outside perspective. He lost 40 pounds in 10 months and wanted to share how he did it, and what he learned along the way. Even the intro sucked the breath right out of me:

“Once you have gained weight, it becomes a habit to eat what you want, when you want, and how you want.”

He couldn’t have hit me any closer to home than that. That’s how I knew he wasn’t pretending to know what he was talking about, he really did know. And I’d just like to add that when you stop to take a maintenance break, it feels pretty close to the same way. You get used to eating in a way that helps you maintain your current weight, but it’s extremely difficult to find the motivation to get back onto the wagon and complete the journey because it generally means you have to give up something more than you already have.

Captain K’s way of losing those 40 pounds so quickly? It wasn’t your typical low-carb diet. He found a way that was uniquely his own.

First, he zeroed in on one high-carb food at a time. After looking at the calorie count for that particular high-carb food, he replaced it with something that was high in protein instead. For example, the first thing he cut out of his life was regular soda that he was used to drinking at lunch. Instead of drinking all of that high-fructose corn syrup, he ate a larger burger or a larger portion of chicken, and drank water instead.

To trick his body, he simply replaced the soda with meat, calorie for calorie. He did that, so his body wouldn’t suspect he was doing anything sneaky. The result? He didn’t feel deprived or hungry. There was no strong, physical attempt to get himself to go back to the way things were before. That one, simple, drastic cut in carbohydrate content brought success because he chose to own it before moving on.

In addition, he didn’t rush himself either. In fact, he didn’t do anything else for the first couple of months. He waited for that new behavior to become a permanent habit. Only then did he look at himself, his life, and what he was eating to find a new high-carb food to get rid of.

His low-carb approach was based on the observation that most people eat the same 30 to 50 foods all of the time. If you don’t believe him, try logging your low-carb diet meals into an online calorie-counting site such as Fitday or a downloadable phone app and watch yourself.

For the complete article, check out Losing 40 Pounds in 10 Months, and then scroll down to his comments section below the article and leave him a bit of encouragement. We all need that now and then…

September 24, 2012

What is Nutritional Ketosis?

Hot Wings Makes a Great LCHF Lunch
Calories Count More Than
Most LCHF Dieters Believe
In 2012, I spent several weeks watching the Nutritional Ketosis movement, and I came to a serious AHA moment the end of September.

I had attempted a Ketogenic diet several years ago – the type they put kids with seizures on – but I didn’t have much luck with it. I quickly gained about 10 to 15 pounds within the first week or two, so I wasn't interested in doing Nutritional Ketosis myself. I was curious if it was working well for others.

A high-fat, low-carb diet isn’t new.

Barry Groves has been recommending this type of weight-loss program for years! But what the low-carb community zeroed in on was only the high fat. High fat seems to be where most people place their focus because that’s what they want to eat.

It didn’t matter that Dr. Atkins boldly claimed his diet was not designed to be a high-fat diet. Fat is what’s restricted on a standard low-calorie diet and since fat doesn't raise blood glucose levels, high fat is what made low carbing attractive to many folks.

However, calories matter more than most LCHF dieters want to believe, especially if you have come to the point of equilibrium where your calories coming in now match your energy burned, even though you still haven't reached goal weight.

September 18, 2012

How to Turn Your Low Carb Diet into a Lifestyle

Vase of Purple Wild Flowers
Low-Carb Lifestyle Changes
 Make Them One at a Time
Low carb isn’t a diet – it’s a lifestyle. 

We hear that mantra all the time.

In fact, even the Weight Watchers commercials often say exactly the same thing:
  • This isn’t a diet.
  • It's a lifestyle.
If you love the idea of not dieting, love the idea of being able to eat to satisfaction, going on a diet can produce feelings of deprivation and frustration.

A dietary change demands sacrifice.

You have to give up some of your emotional supports if you want to get the value that a low-carb diet offers.

However, going into carbohydrate restriction with the understanding that it’s for life helps to eliminate the dieting mindset that so many low-carb dieters fall into, but can you really eat this way for the rest of your life with no problems?