How the Low Carb, High Fat Lifestyle Rescued Me from My Genetic Curse—Diabetes

Earlier this month, Brian, my life partner shared his story with you. He was able to turn his health around. More importantly, he has added many years to his life. But I’m the lucky one because I get to spend those years with him.

You can read Brian’s story here…

One of the people who helped to keep Brian motivated was his good friend, Steve. I think it made things easier at work, having someone else who was living a low carb lifestyle.

These men are an absolute inspiration and I am very proud of them!

I asked Steve if he would share his testimony with my readers. Below is his story.

 

How the Low Carb, High Fat Lifestyle Rescued Me from My Genetic Curse—Diabetes

By

Steve Butz

If you’ve taken the time to read Brian’s testimonial prior to my own, I’ve already been introduced. Brian and I are coworkers and friends. Craft beer drinking buddies, although we’ve reduced that pastime considerably since we both discovered the Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) way of life. Even though we see each other every workday, we stumbled upon LCHF independently and, coincidentally, right around the same time. Having Brian and Wendy to bounce around ideas, experiences and discoveries has been a tremendous advantage for me and, I feel, to them, as well. So when Wendy asked if I’d be interested in sharing my testimonial, I was more than excited to oblige.

I feel I’ve found a tremendous “secret.” I say secret because the info every person struggling with weight, high blood sugars and diabetes should know is kept hidden by Big Pharma, our government and others around the world. The food pyramid, which the mainstream authorities have recently replaced with “the Plate”, are guidelines that fail to incorporate important scientific research that bears out the truth about nutrition that can cure diabetes and defeat obesity. Simply put, the Food Pyramid and Plate guidelines are misguided and all one has to do is look at the obesity and diabetic epidemics of the past 40 years to notice. Yet, physicians around the world continue to dispense poor nutritional advice, right along with oral diabetic meds, statins, and insulin. In essence, they’re keeping us all fat and sick and they’re not going to change anytime soon because there’s way too much money involved.

My brother is a progressive internal physician. He texted me one night and told me I had to check out dietdoctor.com. He said I’d find the information captivating. He was right.

After watching a video presentation on reversing diabetes by Doctor Jason Fung, a Canadian renal physician who works with diabetics, I was convinced LCHF was worth a shot. Fung promised that as soon as a person cuts all the nasty carbs from the diet and replaces those calories with healthy fats like olive oil, butter, eggs, bacon, cheese, nuts, and mayonnaise, blood sugar will come down and stabilize on its own and weight will begin dropping off. So I said farewell to bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, chips, pretzels, crackers, pizza, candy, cakes, ice cream and other desserts. And YES—Beer. That one was tougher than the rest, but I promised myself 15 weeks without beer to see how I could change myself. To me, this was a life and death decision, so it was going to get my best shot.

Fung explained that once we stop barraging our bodies with excessive carbohydrates, our fatty livers start to shed the fat and begin functioning normally. Fatty liver can be reversed in two weeks on the LCHF plan. The pancreas fat takes ten weeks to lose. That’s why I gave myself a 15 week promise on the strict induction phase of the LCHF plan—so that I could be sure my liver and my pancreas had time to lose the fat and start functioning properly again.

Perhaps the most important detail from Fung centered on insulin, a natural hormone found in our bodies. Fung said insulin is a fat-storing hormone secreted by our bodies, sometimes in enormous amounts, to deal with the onslaught of those nasty carbs and the resulting glucose that overwhelms our bloodstreams.

What does insulin do? It stores all that glucose as fat. It works quickly and tirelessly to rid our bloodstream of the glucose from carb breakdown and it stores the glucose as fat. So, Fung reasons, take away those unhealthy carbohydrates and you take away the need for insulin. Take away the need for insulin and you take away the fat storing. It’s as simple as that. Diabetes isn’t a sugar issue; it’s an insulin issue.

Amazingly simple logic. “That’s it” I thought? “I can do that. I can lose the carbs and restrict the insulin that’s keeping me fat and I’ll see where I end up.” And I began immediately.

I’ve been a diabetic for nearly 20 years and insulin dependent for 8 years. When I was diagnosed as a diabetic, I was told that diabetes is a progressive, incurable disease that requires oral meds and ultimately, insulin. More and more insulin as I age until I finally die from complications of diabetes. That’s the course I was on. It started with low doses of Metformin. Then higher doses more frequently. When that wasn’t controlling my blood sugars, I added Glipizide, a more powerful, glucose-reducing med. I watched my diet and stuck to the Pyramid, cut back on servings, took meds, exercised and still, my weight was up, my sugars high. When I went on insulin to treat my high blood sugars, I was treating a symptom but exacerbating the real problem—insulin resistance. I was pretty much devastated. I didn’t want to go to insulin because that was admitting defeat. It was giving in to the notion that my diabetes is out of control, incurable and that I’d follow the family genetic curse and die in my early 60’s, if I even made it to 60.

Now, with the discovery of LCHF, I feel like I’ve beaten the genetic curse. Low Carb High Fat is my Excalibur and I’ll use its magic to fight diabetes and obesity. In six months, I have become healthier than I have been in 30 years and all it took was some education, curiosity, and determination. Oh, and a lot of tinkering around with what was working and what wasn’t working. That’s where it was really cool to have Brian and Wendy around because we’d compare notes, dig for information and knowledge and share all that we were experiencing. The support was a tremendous help for me and I’m sure it saved me a lot of trial and error.

Consider these numbers after 6 months of the Low Carb High Fat lifestyle:

  1.  230 lbs to 177 lbs – 53 pounds lost.
  2. Size 38 pants (busting out of them, but too vain to go to size 40) to size 34.
  3. 9.8 A1c (on meds) to 6.1 (without meds).
  4. No energy (except enough to fall into a chair after work) to high energy (enough to exercise each day with vigor).

Allow me to elaborate a bit. In October, 2015, my Hemoglobin A1c was 9.8. I was taking all my meds and insulin and the test results were still scarily high, considering a normal result is 6 or less. At 5’9”, my weight was up around 230, I had no energy and I was feeling defeated. I upped my insulin in the ensuing months, made sure to work some exercise in, watched my diet and gave my best the following five months. In February, 2016, my A1c registered 7.8. After all that effort and medication, the number was still way too high.

Can you feel my desperation? This is when my doctor-brother, Todd, directed me to dietdoctor.com. It’s also why the 2-week challenge on that site was pretty much life and death for me—if this didn’t work, I felt there was no escaping the claws of diabetes. My mother died at 62 from complications of diabetes.

Her father died at 58. At 53, I was way too close to that general age and way too unhealthy. I was facing my mortality and it was downright devastating to contemplate an early death and all the lost years with my daughter, my wife and my family and friends. In my mind, there was still a lot of living to do.

Along with throwing myself into some pretty fascinating educational videos on dietdoctor.com, I also tore through a number of books on the subject, among them: The New Atkins for a New You by Dr. Eric Westman of Duke University; Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It by Gary Taubes and The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss by Jason Fung, MD. What I found in all this personal research is that there’s a whole body of nutritional research available that just (for some ungodly reason) hasn’t hit the mainstream. This research holds such promise—reversing diabetes and obesity—that everyone should know about it, but the fact that this information isn’t being taught and pushed by the medical community made me really angry. I gobbled up as much information as I could and I waged war on my diabetes…and all those who should have educated me through the years instead of medicating me.

Let me tell you this—when I gave this a whirl, I really felt that this was too good to be true. The next great fad. Something that would work for others, but wouldn’t work for me. To say the least, I had my doubts. But those doubts didn’t last long.

Once I quit putting bad carbohydrates into my body, my blood sugars dropped from the 150s into the 90s. I hadn’t seen steady 90s in decades, even with medication. At times, my sugars started dropping pretty low because, remember, I was still on full doses of oral medication and insulin. My brother advised me to cut all my meds to keep my sugars from bottoming out and, within a week, I was drug free and my sugars were still testing in the 80s and 90s. The immediate results floored me. And they also gave me hope that this was the miracle for which I was searching.

I started LCHF March 3rd, 2016. I began losing weight immediately. I dropped my meds completely, felt more energetic and in the first month, I was 18 pounds lighter. Without all the carbohydrates in my diet, I had transformed my body from a glucose-storing machine to a fat-burning engine that was eating up my storehouses of fat. I was still eating unprocessed meats like chicken, fish, beef, bacon and pork and the carbohydrates I still kept in my diet were green veggies like spinach, lettuce, asparagus, celery, broccoli, avocados, etc., but what was different was that I added healthy fats to my diet—you know, the same fats that we’ve been told to stay away from for 40 years, like butter, mayonnaise, bacon, heavy cream, full fat cheese. My body was converting to fat-burning since it didn’t have the usual onslaught of unhealthy carbs, so the fat I included in my diet became the most efficient fuel I could feed myself. And my body was eating it up!

When I saw my nutritionist in May, she was startled with the amount of weight I had lost. It was a pleasure seeing her reaction. When she went to record my weight in the chart, she stopped and said, “Wait a second. Get back on that scale.” She thought she had made a mistake because, at this point, two months into the LCHF lifestyle, I was 27 pounds lighter. She wanted to know what I was doing to lose the weight and I was glad to discuss my lifestyle change and all the benefit I was feeling.

Three months later, I had my routine blood work drawn and I saw my doctor. He’d already heard about my switch to LCHF because he’s married to my nutritionist. When I saw the doc in August, I was 45 pounds lighter than I was in February. My A1c was lower than he’d seen it in years and all this was accomplished without the medication that I’d depended on for so long.

Thing is, I sense that he’s not quite convinced yet that this is something that I can maintain. I’m positive he’s been privy to all kinds of weight loss fads through the years and I’m guessing he’s thinking this is one more. So that’s part of my incentive to keep going with this. When I go back, I want to show that this is still working; that it’s a permanent fix.

It’s been over 6 months since I’ve had bad carbs. No breads, no sugars, no desserts, no pastas, no junk food. The amazing thing is, I don’t miss any of those foods. I get such pleasure from the healthy foods I’m eating now and I’ve converted my kitchen into my very own LCHF pantry. I enjoy the taste of foods so much more—olives stuffed with blue cheese, rich buttery creamy crab soup, bacon, nuts and cheeses, guacamole. I never thought I’d be eating this way without feeling deprived because, after all, I’ve always been a junk food junkie who couldn’t do without a fast food burger, fries, soda, Extra Crispy KFC, Olive Garden pasta and breadsticks. But I swear to you, I feel so good now that all those bad, processed foods are out of my system that sticking to the LCHF way of life is not only a pleasure, it’s my preference.

Less than a year ago, I had no means to improve my health and I was scared that I was quickly heading toward all the bad things that diabetes holds, but now, I feel more vibrant, more energetic and healthier than I ever thought possible and it’s all a result of LCHF. It’s literally a crime that this nutritional and health information isn’t in the mainstream and that it’s circulating in underground channels. But a truth this bold and transformative—a truth that can reverse diabetes and help resolve obesity and solve many other health-related issues—will not be kept silent for long.

That’s why this testimonial is important for me to share—because if anyone out there is feeling the same desperation as I was, it’s important to know that there’s a way out. A proven, scientific way out. All you have to do is follow the research, read as much as you can, observe how your body reacts and personalize the LCHF way of life with the foods you really prefer and love. Nature will take care of the results.

Finally, I need to thank Dr. Eric Westman for stepping outside of the box at Duke University and promoting the LCHF lifestyle. Thanks to Dr. Jason Fung, whose video on Reversing Diabetes was the most common-sense, informative and powerful videos I’ve seen. Thanks to Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, who started dietdoctor.com with the ambition of helping a world of obese, diabetic, unhealthy and underinformed people. Thanks to my brother-doctor Todd, who opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me. And thanks to Brian and Wendy, who have been powerful supporters and partners in my search for a better way of living. All of these people are instrumental parts of my success team.

Steve,

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for sharing your story. It was way more than I expected and so much appreciated. I know you will be helping many people who have struggled with weight loss and type 2 diabetes. You are an absolute inspiration!

Hugs, Wendy

Eating Fat To Lose Weight

This isn’t a low carb diet. This is a low carb, high-fat diet. And although it is very important to lower our intake of carbs, it is equally important to increase the amount of fat we eat.

Now, repeat after me….

“Fat is good!”

Eating more bacon, butter and cream was a difficult thing for me to do when I started this diet. I was programmed to believe that fat was not good for me. And, of course, that isn’t true. It is just one of those things that people keep repeating over and over again even though there aren’t any facts to back it up.

The reality is that a body can burn fat as fuel, just like it can burn glucose (sugar and carbs) as fuel. When you burn fat as fuel, you will not see a spike in your blood sugar. So you will feel much better.

If I deprive my body of fat then it will end up storing it. And that isn’t what I want.

Fat First, Protein second, Carbs Last

For some reason, people seem to think that when we talk about a low-carb, high-fat diet, that they need to eat more protein. But that is far from the truth. The reason why this diet works is because by eating more fat and minimal carbs you put your body into a fat burning mode called Nutritional Ketosis rather than the typical glucose burning mode.

Although protein is encouraged and much better than carbs, if you go overboard, the protein could actually be converted to glucose which means you will stop burning fat.

So it is important to remember to eat fat first, protein second and healthy carbs coming from green vegetables last.

If you want to get your body in fat burning mode, I suggest keeping your carb intake below 20 grams.

It is really easy to know what foods to avoid. Sugar, sweets, cakes and bread are obvious. But there can be a lot of sugar hidden in many places where it isn’t written on the label. For example, an average size potato has about 50 grams of carbs. So one potato has enough carbs for two entire days of eating.

It really can hurt your brain when it comes to trying to figure out what you can eat.

I don’t count numbers. I just eat a lot of food that I know is zero carbs (eggs, bacon, meat, fish, olives, cheese, fats) And those that are very low in carbs (green vegetables, cruciferous vegetables).

I eat until I’m full, then I stop eating.

Here is What I eat on a typical day…

7:00 Coffee with heavy cream and a bit of extra virgin coconut oil. I usually will have two cups.  Learn how to make bullet proof coffee.

10:00 I normally am not hungry, but if I feel a little hungry I may have a small amount of cheese or eat a few olives.

1:00 For lunch, I will eat a hard boiled egg and an avocado. Or if I’m doing intermittent fasting, I will simply drink a glass of bone broth.

Low Carb Steak Dinner
Low Carb Dinner

6:00 My dinner consists of a portion of meat and a huge portion of veggies smothered with some sort of fat. For example, yesterday my other half grilled us some steaks. I topped my steak with some grass fed butter. And we had a salad with some homemade blue cheese dressing. We also had some asparagus and mushrooms cooked in coconut oil.

8:00 pm. I am rarely hungry in the evening, but if I want a snack, I will usually have a bit of cheese or some nuts.

If you have never eaten a low-carb, high-fat diet, then you probably don’t think this is very much food to eat in a day. And you are probably wondering why I’m not hungry.

It really comes down to giving your body what it needs. When your body is satisfied, the cravings go away.

Yes they really will!

And you will not want do eat crap anymore.

It seemed like before this lifestyle I was hungry all the time. I was always wanting to snack on something. If I smelled sweets, I would really go crazy wanting to eat everything.

Now, I simply don’t think about food. I don’t crave it and I don’t feel like I’m missing a thing. When you eat to nourish your body, you feel so much better.

Want a list of what to eat on a low carb diet? Be sure to read Eating on a low carb diet.

 

Eating Out Tips For LCHF

For the first time in several months we went to the beach for our vacation and arrived after an 8 hour drive to the beautiful east coast. After checking in and unpacking, I looked at the clock and realized it was after 6:00.

I was doing a 24 hour fast and last ate at 7:00 last night. So we decided to go out and get a bite to eat. We found a higher restaurant that looked relaxing and went in.

But when we looked at the menu, we found ourselves frustrated as everything seemed to have carbs and sugar. I had no idea that eating out would be so challenging when eating high fat low carb.

Brian ended up getting Parmesan wings which is our old fall back and I couldn’t seem to find anything that didn’t have some sort of sauce or pasta. And I just wasn’t in the mood for Chicken Wings.

Finally I found a grilled chicken breast over kale and spinach. It had some sort of oriental sweet sauce over it. So I asked if the chef could simply grill my chicken and lightly cook my kale and spinach in butter. I felt like I was being difficult, but the waitress told me that people make special request all the time. The chef was very happy to accommodate and the meal was delicious.

So here are a few tricks that I learned from my experience over the past week with eating out and a few tips that I learned from talking with others who eat lchf.

Eating Out Tips for LCHF

 

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Greek Salad For HFLC Diet
  • Ask the waitress how the food is prepared. Is it grilled, fried, poached, baked. And What kind of oil is used?
  • The simpler the meal is, the less likely to have hidden sugar. A steak or burger (without the bun) with a green vegetable is a good choice.
  • Ask for a replacement or substitution. For example rather than a steak and fries, ask for a salad to replace the fries or. Then use olive oil and vinegar as your dressing.
  • If possible, read the menu online (if it is available) before you leave your home. This way you already know what you will order. It is always easier if you are prepared ahead of time.
  • When in doubt order a large tossed salad with olive oil and vinegar. And you can always ask them to add some grilled chicken or beef. I also enjoy Greek salad as it has lots of olives and feta cheese!

I hope you found some of these tips helpful. What are some of the suggestions you have for someone who wants to eat out on a lchf diet?

 

 

Guidelines For LCHF Diet

Losing weight on a high fat, low carb diet is pretty easy to do. It is easy because you don’t have to watch how much you eat. There is no counting calories, and no weighing of food. You simply follow these simple guidelines.

Eat Lots of Good Fats

Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Eat Real food that is high in fat. The more fat you get, the more satisfied you will be and you will lose weight. So this means eat: fish, meat (the fatter the better) , eggs and olives. Also use olive oil, bacon grease, real butter or coconut oil in all of your cooking. When it comes to butter or meat, it’s better if you choose grass fed animals.

Eat full fat heavy whipping cream. This is my favorite fat because I get to add it to my coffee and I can whip it up and just eat it if I want. Yummy.

Eat Lots of Green and Low Carb Veggies

Some of the best ones are Kale, Spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus, spaghetti squash, lettuce, cabbage, celery. Something that I learned from the folks and Diet Doctor is to only eat food that grow above the ground since the root vegetables tend to have more starch. This helps me when choosing vegetables.

Eat Dairy

All cheeses are fine just be sure it is high in fat. So don’t eat low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese or cream cheese that is low fat. And let me tell you, this can be difficult as most grocery stores stock mainly low-fat or non-fat cheeses.

The more fat the better. When they take out the fat, they add sugar so read the labels. Anything more than 1 carb of sugar is too much.

Eat Nuts.

Raw Macadamia Nuts Whole & Unsalted

Nuts are high in fat and a great protein source. But be careful as they are easy to go overboard on. The lowest carb nuts are brazil, macadamia, and almonds.

Drink Filtered Water

It is real important to drink lots of water while eating low carb high fat. Staying hydrated helps your body do it’s job. Plus drinking lots of water will help you avoid some of the side effects that may accompany a high fat diet.

Don’t Eat High Carb Foods and Sugar

Avoid candy, sweets, starchy veggies, breads and pasta. I focus on eating only real food that doesn’t come in a box. But if you do buy anything that is packaged make sure it has 1 or less grams of sugar and carbs.

Don’t Eat Artificial Sweeteners.

You don’t need the chemicals in your body and if you are eating artificially sweetened drinks and food then you will still have a taste for sweets and crave more. Once you are off the sweets for a few days, you will stop craving more sweets and wont need a sweetener.

If you must have some sort of sweetener, I suggest Stevia, but don’t overdo it and read the label. Many out there have a very small amount of Stevia and then they add lots of other chemicals. Just make sure it has actual true organic Stevia in it and not a bunch of fillers or addatives like such as dextrose and erythritol.

Avoid Fruit

Fruit is very high in sugar. If you must have fruit then I suggest berries as they tend to be the lowest in carbs.

Avoid Beer

Beer is very high in sugar and should be avoided. Ever hear the term beer belly? Drinking an abundance of beer is a sure fire way to get a fat belly. If you want to lose weigh, you should avoid it.

I was attracted to this diet because it included a lot of foods that I enjoy eating. So I took a 2 week challenge and lost weight pretty easily. My average is 2 lbs a week. This is week 8 for me and I’m still doing it.

Anyway, these are the guidelines For LCHF Diet that I follow. I hope you find it helpful.

What about you? Do you think a high fat low carb diet is for you?

Want To Start Low Carb High Fat Diet? Here’s My Tips.

Tip 1:  Get Educated On Low Carb High Fat Diet

Before you do anything, you really should learn everything you can about a wholesale nba jerseys low carb high fat diet. In the beginning, I was reading everything I could get my hands on.

My two favorite resources are the Eat Fat Get Thin Book cheap nfl jerseys written by Dr. Mark Hyman. I love this book because it teaches everything you need to know about eating fat in order to lose weight.

And a book wholesale nfl jerseys I couldn’t put down was The Low Carb, High Fat Food Revolution by Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt. I love Dr. Andreas! He is so down to earth and really makes a low-carb high-fat diet easy to understand.

I also visit many websites and blogs on the topic of low carb high phasers fat diets as well as YouTube.com. I find that reading other people’s Post stories help to keep me motivated.

Tip 2: Commit to doing it completely. 

The thing that I learned is that you can’t just do this some of the time. You have to completely do the diet. Really it isn’t a diet, it is more a way of life. If you want to lose the weight, or reverse diabetes then you need to commit 100%.

Tip 3: Remove all high carb food from your home

This was very motivating for me, yet also very sad. We removed all cookies, crackers, bread, milk and fruit. We literally got rid of anything that was sugar or carb based.

Then we went to the grocery store with a list of all Weight the high-fat foods that we can eat. This list included Bacon, olive oil, grass-fed butter, heavy whipping cream, Inspiration! many kinds of cheeses, meats, nuts, avocado, veggies (except root veggies) and many other things.

Tip 4: Learn to Read Labels

We learned the hard way, that many foods that you would think include zero sugar, actually include sugar. I personally New will not eat anything with more than 1 gram of sugar per serving. And I was surprised to find the hidden sugar in things like yogurt, almond butter and even pork rinds. If you are doing a high-fat diet, you should make sure the product is very high in fat and very low in sugar/carbs. Better yet, make sure it has no sugar.

Tip 5: Don’t Be Afraid Of Fat

On of the weirdest things for wholesale jerseys me was learning to not be afraid of fat. I mean it goes against everything that I was taught.

But now that my diet has been mainly fat for the last 3 weeks and I have lost over 10 pounds, it is second nature. But the bottom line is, eating fat makes you lose weight. Simple as that.

Tip 6:  Have a Buddy or Get a Support System

I don’t think I would Strung have cheap jerseys made it so far without the support of my boyfriend. He and I are doing this together. Kong We each are having different struggles and successes, but it helps to have each other.

I highly suggest everyone who is making a lifestyle change have a good support system. Keep in mind, you are changing the entire way you eat, and the average person won’t understand why you can’t eat the way they do. So get a buddy or partner to do this with you.

(As of April 10th I have lost 10 pounds)

Also, check out. 8 Pitfalls to Avoid When Eating A Low Carb High Fat Diet