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.