One of my concerns about living low carb, after hitting my goal, is maintenance. I feel wonderful and healthy by eating low carb, high fat. But I don’t want to continue to keep getting thinner. However, I don’t ever want to go back to eating the way I did in the past. And of course, there is always the fear of going back to being fat again. You hear about people gaining it all back and that will NOT be me.
I tried to research it online and found that most people who were successful with losing weight on LCHF stayed on the diet for the rest of their life.
But wouldn’t you keep on losing weight? And does this mean I would never be able to have carbs again?
I learned from others that your weight loss tends to naturally slow down the closer you get to your goal. This was true for me. It is almost as if your body knows where you need to be in order to be healthy.
I have found that I can maintain my weight while eating a bit more carbs. For example, last weekend I wanted to drink beer. And I don’t like the light beer. I’m an IPA girl! And beer is very high in sugar especially the IPA’s. But I didn’t gain weight because everything I ate that day was pretty much zero carbs. (But don’t worry, I am still getting lots of nutrition).
In order to keep from gaining, I keep my carbs below 40 for the day. Most days I keep my carbs around 30. I find that if I keep my carbs below 30 I stay in Ketosis (fat-burning).
Eating low carb high fat is a lifestyle for me, because for the first time in 52 years I feel amazing. My joint pain is gone. I don’t get headaches. And I feel a healthier than ever. So I will never go back to eating sugar again.
Throughout this website and on most of my posts you will see that I refer to “low-carb, high-fat” as a diet. Today I want to clarify that for me it’s a lifestyle.
Low Carb High Fat Lifestyle
Yes, back in March 2016 it started out as a diet. I was going to support my boyfriend and do this with him. I was hoping to shed a bit of weight.
But then I experienced so many miracles that I have realized that LCHF is a lifestyle choice. And it is a lifestyle that I recommend for anyone who isn’t happy with their overall health.
Here is a short list of some of the changes (some huge, some small) that I have experienced on low carb, high fat.
Low Carb Lifestyle Benefits
- Losing weight is easy peasy because you are naturally in a fat burning state!
- Mood Swings! For the first time in my life, I feel stable. I don’t have the mood swings that sugar gave me.
- no headaches. I used to get headaches all the time. Now I simply don’t get them.
- Poop-okay I don’t want to get gross, but let me just say poop is normal. I don’t ever have all the issues I had before.
- No more joint pain! As a retail manager, I am on my feet all day long. Since doing LCHF, I no longer experience pain in my knees and joints.
- I sleep well. Now I am able to sleep on my stomach and I wake up feeling energetic.
My partner, Brian also had some amazing things happen.
- Reversed his diabetes and is off all of his meds.
- He is off his BP meds as his bp is no longer high.
- He no longer snores and he can now sleep on his stomach.
- His acid reflux is gone.
For me, watching him get healthy has been an amazing experience. I often cry because I am so happy and proud of him. I thank God daily that my man will be with me for many years. I feel very blessed.
So yes, LCHF is a lifestyle, not a diet.