Brian’s Low Carb Weight Loss Success

Throughout this website, you have heard me talk about, Brian who is my amazing boyfriend.¬†He and I decided to get healthy together back in March of 2016. He is such an inspiration and I’m so very proud of him.

I have asked him to please share his story with my readers as I think it may be helpful to many of you. Brian has basically reversed his type two diabetes and has improved his overall health. ūüôā

Here is his story… (images coming soon)

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Hi, my name is Brian I’m 58 and I want to let you know that the Low Carb High Fat way of life really works. In March of 2016, I was 237lbs Type 2 diabetic, high blood pressure hi cholesterol. I was following my doctor’s advice on what to eat and how much. I was exercising every other day on the bike and weights. The only thing I didn’t stop is drinking beer. Not that I drank all the time but I did indulge on the weekends. I wasn’t losing any weight actually I was gaining.

I kinda gave up, I figured I would be on medicine for the rest of my life and my dosages would just keep increasing. Then in March I saw an infomercial by Mark Hyman M.D. We bought his book and started to read it. So Wendy and I decided to give it a try. We used the book Eat Fat Get Thin and Diet Doctors website to help us.

It was tough the first 2 weeks but once we got past the initial cravings it got easier. Being diabetic I needed to stay the course on the strict part of low carb for at least 8-10 weeks to clear my pancreas of all the toxins. I quit taking my cholesterol medicine right away. I didn’t stop taking my other medicines although I did experiment doing stopping for periods of time. I was monitoring myself so I would know how my body was reacting. 1 month into doing this change of life way of eating I had blood work done. My cholesterol was up slightly but not out of line and that’s with no medicine. My blood pressure and blood sugar were good as well. This was a great sign yes I was still on my meds for blood pressure but my readings were lower. My blood sugar was also lower than it had been. I had my doctors appt. the 3rd week of August with all the blood work this was my physical. I was really looking forward to this.

The results are in. I’m down to 189 lbs. My A1c was at 5.5, my blood pressure was normal and cholesterol was better than when I was on the meds. After consulting with my doctor I’m off all my medication. I do take a daily vitamin for diabetics, Fish oil, Flax seed oil and psyllium husk. I’m still monitoring myself. My BP is normal and my blood sugar is staying between 100 and 120 which is boarder line diabetic.

I still have a few pounds to lose but my body has leveled out for the moment which means that ‘s the weight my body likes. I wasn’t doing any exercising while losing weight. I feel good and look a lot better. To lose almost 50lbs in 5 months is tough and when you get older it gets even tougher. But with this way of life it wasn’t hard at all. While I have lost close to 50lbs, Wendy has done well losing around 37lbs.

My doctor was amazed as well and told me to keep the course. We are doing the full blood work up in February to make sure that everything is still OK. You must monitor yourself if you have any medical problems. The great thing that happened through this is that a good friend of mine at work was also doing the low carb no fat way of life. He started it about a week before me. He had the same health issues as me but was worse on the diabetic problems.

The funny thing about us doing it is we had no idea that we were each doing it until one day we started talking about our issues and what we were doing to change things. His brother which is a doctor is the one that told him about it. His brother was there to bounce questions off of. That helped the 3 of us if we had questions about what we were doing.

 

Don’t Be Bored With Your Ketosis Diet

Don't be bored with ketosis diet
Bored With Keto?

It doesn’t matter what kind of diet you are doing, if you are bored with the food, you will NOT succeed.

A boring diet sucks!

And a Ketosis or Low carb diet can get boring if you don’t know how to spice it up.

Learn more about Ketosis here. 

Processed food is designed to be tasty!

If you think about it, the normal American diet of highly processed food is very tasty because it is often lots of additives. Processed food is designed to be full of salt, sugar, and bad fats. They want you to not only love it the taste of the food, but they want you addicted to it. This way you will buy it again and again.

This is true with soda and chips. I know many people who drink sodas all day long. And I don’t think I know anyone who can just eat one potato chip.

Processed food is the root cause of many health issues, including type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease. ¬†And it’s making America fat. 3 in 4 people are overweight or obese. And that is really sad to me.

Real Food Is Boring – NOT!

When you are eating “real food”, without all of the added crap, initially it may seem a bit boring. But keep in mind, you have to give yourself a chance to adjust. And the first couple of weeks you may have to deal with some cravings.¬†But you will work through it. Just know that you are doing a good thing for yourself by cleaning the crap out of your body and giving it the nutrition it deserves.

How to deal with cravings on a low carb diet

But let me assure you, Keto Food is not only very healthy for you, but your taste buds will be happy as well.

No Need To Be Bored With Your Ketosis Diet

keto recipesTips To Keep Ketosis Diet Exciting:

  • Pour on the Fat!¬†Don’t be afraid of fat. Olive oil and coconut oil taste wonderful and can make boring veggies amazing. Butter and bacon can add incredible flavor to your foods as well.
  • Shake that Salt. It is okay to add some salt to your foods. Keep in mind, you are not getting nearly as much salt as¬†you did when you ate salty processed foods. So go ahead and shake it on.
  • Spice it up! I love to add all sorts of different spices and herbs. I have discovered all sorts of different tastes. Just be careful of premixed spices. Often they add extra sugar.
  • Try New Things: Don’t be afraid to experience new foods. I never had eggplant before but I saw a recipe that looked interesting so I tried it out. It was actually pretty good and easy to make.
  • Recipes! I have several recipe books on hand and I’m constantly trying out new things. Now it seems my LCHF diet never gets boring.

My favorite recipe book is The Ketosis Cookbook. This cookbook has 370 yummy Keto recipes. I like that it is full of colorful images along with step by step directions. You will never be bored with this cookbook on hand.

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So what about you? What are some of the ways you spice up your Keto Food?

200 Low-Carb, High-Fat Recipes

I am so excited about this book that I just ordered from Amazon.com. It is called 200 Low-Carb, High-Fat Recipes.

I have been living the low carb lifestyle for a few months now, but I am starting to get bored with the same sort of foods. Although I love eating this way it is easy to run out of ideas of what to make for dinner. I mean there are so many different ways you can make eggs. After a while, you get tired of eggs.

This book has many very easy recipes that I am looking forward to trying.

For example, I love avocados. But it wasn’t until I read this book that I realized how great avocados are fried. I just tried out a recipe and it is really yummy! I think I will be making fried avocados very often.¬†

I want to have lots of ideas for how to eat on a low carb diet because this isn’t just a diet for me. It is how I intend to eat for the rest of my life. It is an entire lifestyle change.

Most of the recipes in this book are very simple and basic. Which is why I think it is perfect for someone who is new to eating lchf. I know when I first started I had no idea what I could eat. This book gives you 200 suggestions.

The author, Dana Carpender, has a great writing style which is very informative as well as entertaining. I found the book very easy to read and really enjoyed checking out the recipes. 

I really appreciate that Dana also explains in detail why and how a low-carb, high-fat diet works. This isn’t just a recipe book. It is a book full of valuable information as well.

One thing that I did notice right away is that there aren’t any images like other typical recipe books. But this isn’t a typical recipe book. Who needs images anyway? I don’t.¬†¬†If the recipe has ingredients that I like, I will be sure to try it.

For me, it is about simplicity. I want recipes that are easy to make. I don’t mind cooking, but I hate spending hours in the kitchen. I like meals that the majority of recipes in the 200 low-carb, high-fat recipe book¬†are easy to throw together.