One of the biggest concerns that I had was dealing with the cravings on a low carb high-fat diet. You see on past diets I always had cravings for the things I couldn’t have and I would end up quitting the diet or sabotaging my results.
The thing I really love about eating a high-fat diet is that I am so incredibly satisfied. I virtually don’t have any cravings for sweets, which is very surprising. And I find that after my meals I am full longer. Often I am able to totally skip lunch entirely. I’m simply not hungry.
And I’m so satisfied with the flavor of the food I eat. It is almost as if the food tastes different to me. For example, I never realized how sweet a mushroom was. When you eliminate the sugar and carbs in what you eat, you actually get to taste what real food tastes like and it is wonderful!
I will tell you, however, the first two days were really difficult as I actually went through a bit of a withdrawal. Sort of like an alcoholic going off alcohol. It really took commitment to stick with this.
I felt very irritable and had a headache. I also sort of felt like I had the flu or was coming down with something. I was just really out of sorts and not feeling well. I didn’t feel hungry, but I really wanted sugar. I wanted it real bad.
I found that if I ate something that had fat in it (like celery with creme cheese), those cravings would go away. So I would add extra cream or butter to my coffee. Or I would make myself some bacon or eat a small piece of cheese. These all helped my cravings.
But once I got past those first few days It was really easy to stick with this way of eating. I really don’t miss the sugar at all. This was something that really surprised me.
Now that I’ve been doing this for a few weeks, the cravings are gone. 🙂
(April 12th, down 11 lbs)
I wanted to share with you something that I learned about cravings. The reason the cravings go away is that when you are eating sugar, your body will crave more sugar. It is actually almost like an addiction. This is why people who eat carbs want to snack all the time.
But when you are off sugar with a low carb, high-fat diet the cravings will eventually go away.
If you are having cravings (after the first 2 weeks) then it is probably a good idea to think about what you ate and check labels. For example, I was going to have a slice of Lebanon bologna until I saw that it had 5 grams of sugar. Thank goodness I didn’t eat any.
Anyway, hopefully, this will give you a bit more insight on cravings where a low carb high-fat diet is concerned.
(4/27 down 16 lbs)