How to Eat Low Carb for Life, and why you would want to…

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and it just sticks with you for a long time? Last year, I remember running into an old friend who was accompanied by a lady who was obviously struggling with her weight as well as her overall health. She walked with a cane but was having much difficulty. Our mutual friend introduced us and told her a little bit of my story and how I had lost my 60 pounds.

She told me she had been struggling with her weight her entire life and tried everything under the sun to lose the weight. She asked me how I did it and I told her, about how I eat real foods like veggies, meat, cheese, and fats. She had told me that years ago, she also lost something like 40 lbs by eating low carbohydrate diet. (I think she was doing Atkins) Anyhow, she ended up gaining all the weight back. She warned me that I would gain it back too. But what she didn’t realize is that I intended to eat low carb for life. I mean, why in the heck would I ever want to go back to the way I was.

She said that she found when she stopped eating sugar, she lost weight pretty easily. And once she lost the weight and went back to eating normally, she started to gain back the weight.

So I asked her, “What do you mean by eating normally?” She said, “oh you know, I just eat without thinking.” I think what she was trying to say, was that she was eating boxed and processed food like most Americans. Perhaps she even meant fast food.

You see, without even realizing it, she had the secret of long-term weight loss right there. When you eat real food, avoid sugar and enjoy normal fats that come from food, you will be healthier and lose weight. And when you eat processed food which is made by man, you get fat.

There is clearly a difference. And you would think that even though there is a clear difference people would want to eat real food. But the sad thing is that many don’t. People eat fake food every day for many reasons. But the biggest reason is that they don’t take the time to think about what the consequences are for their future. They are too busy rushing around and thinking about other things. The future looks so far away.

And, let’s face it, quitting the consumption of processed foods is difficult for a variety of reasons. Processed foods are often cheaper and taste good. And it is sugar that brings the great taste. And because sugar is so addictive, most folks can’t simply quit. So they just keep enjoying the fake food. And they get fat.

I feel so sad when I see people like that lady above who was morbidly obese. Obesity affects your everyday life and long-term health. It shortens your life. And the frustrating thing is that most people want to be healthy. And many people will start a diet and lose weight, but they almost always gain the weight back.

This is why dieting doesn’t work.  Diets are something temporary. If you want to lose weight and keep it off you need to continue to feed your body real food. I think it’s important to stop looking at eating healthy food as a deprivation. It’s not. Its a gift of nourishment that will keep you healthy and live longer. Real food is like medicine. It can heal your body and improve your health. So it really isn’t just about living longer, It’s about the quality of life!

So how to eat low carb for life?

Start by doing low carb one day at a time. Notice all the amazing changes in your body. This will keep you motivated to keep going. And remember it’s a mindset. Realize you are living a lifestyle not a diet. There is no end date. This is how you eat now.

Amazing things can happen when you give your body what it needs. Many people lose weight, improve their health and live longer. I am one of them. I took my life back. And I feel amazing because of it. I will be eating low carb for life.

 

 

 

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34 thoughts on “How to Eat Low Carb for Life, and why you would want to…”

  1. Hi Wendy, I’ve been doing the same thing too for the past few months. Eating low carb and avoiding all processed food as much as I can.

    Surprisingly, it wasn’t that hard to achieve. Once I started shedding the carb, I noticed that the craving stops too. Lunch hour is easier to pull through without feeling sluggish and dinner with smaller servings help me to sleep better too.

    1. I feel the same way. Many people think it would be difficult to go low carb for life, but I personally think it would be hard to go back to eating the other way (processed foods). I feel amazing everyday! 

  2. Hello Wendy.
    Thank you so much for this article. It really resonate with me as someone who is 52 and overweight but losing it now, thanks to sites like yours. I love the way you talk about what is ‘normal’ eating. As we get older, our bodies change and what we could eat in our 20s and stay healthy is very different to what we can eat in our 50s and not gain weight.
    Carbs are definitely the big one for me and I realised this when I was always rushing to get my children to school and eating bread and carbs in the car, then sandwiches for lunch and more bread later on. When I decided to drastically reduce the amount of bread I ate, I not only lost weight but felt much healthier as well. Not so bloated all the time.
    Anyway, thank you for this and all the best to you. Gail

  3. I love this info you provided in this post.
    I’m in my twenties and I’ve always been concerned about my diet and my weight. My weight has fairly been the same for the past few years but I know I could be healthier. That’s why I started looking into the Ketogenic diet, which is very much like what you’ve described in this post.

    I want my body to eventually fuel on ketones or fat rather than carbs. I still have a lot to learn to start doing this, and I’m scared I won’t be able to stick it through. But I too want that to be more than a diet: I want it to become a lifestyle. I’ve never really done a diet in the past anyway. I simply like the idea of my body using the extra fat as a way to fuel itself. It just seems like the right thing to do!

    I’ll be sure to save your website for future references.

    Thank you so much!
    Didi

  4. Hello Wendy,

    You have put an interesting post up! Low Carb is definitely better for women especially if they want to manage their weight better.

    I listened to a weight trainer because I was concerned about the rapid weight loss after eating fresh greens, beansprouts with avocados and smoothies and raw eggs for protein.

    I was told that my body was in ketosis mode, which you mention here..It is a good place to be in, but should be done gradually with gentle exercise – pilates for example.

    I enjoy the Food combining Method – Complex Carbs or Protein with vegetables. We are all on a journey to better health, don’t you agree?

  5. Hi, Wendy. It is very nice to see that you have written a post like this. It gets people like me feel motivated to maintain a low carb lifestyle and to remind ourselves this should be a normal healthy lifestyle rather than deprivation. There are too many processed food at ease of our reach that makes it so tempting. These can make us forget what a healthy food is like. Great article!

    1. You are welcome. And actually for me, I have found, that even if processed food is around, I really don’t crave it so much anymore. Every once in a while I may have a bit of pasta or rice and the next day I just don’t feel as well. I feel puffy all over. Especially in my fingers. So for the most part, I stick to real food. I love my veggies with butter. 

  6. When you are in your fifties, you really need to learn how to eat low carb foods, and it’s not for aesthetic reasons, but more importantly for health. Your metabolism slows down when you age, that is why you need to eat healthier. I need this article, thanks!

    1. You are so right, Karon. It is about getting your metabolism going again. And eating the right foods (low carb high fat) that is what turns a person into a fat burning machine. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. I’m in my mid thirties, and I must admit that I should slowly learn how to eat less carbs. My current diet is unhealthy, and it’s not easy for me to say no to burgers, and pizzas.

    1. Guess what, Eric? You don’t have to say no to burgers. Just say no to the bun. I love my burgers with lots of cheese and fried onions.

  8. Great article. I couldn’t agree more that the reason so many people are overweight, and unhealthy is their processed, refined garbage diet. I call it SAD. Standard American Diet. I also agree that most people just don’t make it a priority to eat healthy. We are so conditioned to buy processed foods, that it is just easier to continue on with the status quo. Sad thing is that they would feel so much better, and look better if they just ate healthy.

    1. You are right, Tom. They would feel so much better. It’s true that most people don’t make their health a priority but also, I think maybe people don’t realize the effects of processed foods. Often people just eat without thinking or they trust that the food industry wouldn’t hurt them.

  9. Low carb for life! I am always cautious of what I eat because like how the saying goes – “you are what you eat” 🙂

  10. My doctor always tells me that real food is like medicine. If you want to be healthy, the solution is easy – eat healthy as well. I am suffering from Type II Diabetes and my diet is strict and regulated so that my blood sugar won’t fluctuate.

    1. I agree that food is medicine. I’m proof because all of my health issues have reversed and I’ve seen my boyfriend reverse his diabetes. But I don’t look at this as a diet or would I call it strict. I think it is really about being healthy and healthy food can taste really good. Plus when you enjoy the foods you eat and don’t feel deprived, it is easier to stick with it as a lifestyle.

  11. If you are really serious and determined to be healthy, then you should be living a lifestyle not a diet. Diet is not the only key to be healthy. Yes, it is a key component, but one should also have lots of physical activity, right amount of sleep, and even good social interaction. And one should be able to sustain this for a long time. That’s what makes it a healthy lifestyle.

    1. You got it, Mee! Diets don’t work because it isn’t something people can stick to long-term. Low Carb, high fat is a lifestyle, not a diet. It is about eating real food and giving your body good nutrition. And you bring up a great point about sleep. Sleep is very important. You can actually burn fat as you are sleeping. And many people find that their sleeping improves once they go on a low carb diet. I sleep better than ever before and part of the reason is that my boyfriend Brian doesn’t snore anymore since losing his weight. And as a bonus, his heartburn no longer keeps him up at night.

      And I also agree that physical activity, as well as social interaction, is important as well. Keeping your mind active is important too. I agree with you on all of these points. I was hoping, however, with this post that I would get the message across that lchf (low carb high fat) is not a diet, it is a lifestyle. It is about making a decision to live healthily and live longer.

  12. Thank you so much for this extremely helpful article. I’ve been reading and searching the net on how to eat less carbs. I actually have an unhealthy diet before I was rushed to the hospital last month due to high cholesterol. That is my turning point.

    1. I’m glad you found my post helpful, Oliver. I’m curious how your high cholesterol caused you to be rushed to the hospital? Did you have problems with your heart? I wish you all the best and hope you are doing well.

  13. We, Americans really have a bad diet. Fatty, salty, full of cholesterol fast food. I’m glad to know that there is someone out there who feel the same way, and is also open to change. I already changed my diet, and I have never been happier. No hospital confinement for 5 years now 🙂

    1. That is wonderful news, Marva! If you don’t mind sharing, How much weight did you lose? Do you mind sharing a bit more about your story? It may help someone who is on the fence about doing low carb. Thank you so much for taking the time to share.

  14. I really want to change my diet, but my work do not permits me. I am a very busy person. Going work early, returning home late. No time to cook healthy food 🙁

    1. I can totally relate to you Efrain as I have a very busy life. But here’s the thing. What will happen down the road if you don’t change your diet? What will happen if and when your weight is out of control? I realized that I had no choice but to change to eating healthy food. It was pretty simple. I want to live longer and have a better quality of life.

      The good news is that it doesn’t take any more time to cook healthy food as it does to cook unhealthy food. I think it is a mindset. It might be a matter of trying to find the time. For example, there is nothing quicker than eating a hard-boiled egg or perhaps a salad.

  15. Thanks for the article. Got new insights 🙂 I hope you can also share healthy yet easy to cook recipes. That would be appreciated a lot.

    1. I need to do that Edda. I’ll have to give it some thought and see what I can come up with. Thanks for the suggestion.

  16. Processed foods is one of the major source of bad cholesterol. It is full of preservatives, high fats, and trans fats. It was proven to cause cancer. I agree, start eating real food is the key to a healthy lifestyle.

    1. It sounds so simple. And I agree with you Clifford that processed food is horrible and some even think it is the cause of many cancers yet people still eat it. The reason why is because it is so addictive, it is difficult to quit. This is what big pharma wants. It is sad, but true. The sicker we get the more money they make.

  17. I am happy about my current lifestyle. I understand the hardship of shifting from having unhealthy diet because I also experienced it before. But, once you reach 40s, you will realize a lot of things. If you want to live longer, then eat healthy. Simple as it is.

    1. I felt the same way. This is why I created this fat loss at fifty website. When we get older, reality tends to set it and we realize that if we want to have a better quality of life and be healthy, we really need to change how we eat. For me, it is a lifestyle change. This is why I eliminated the sugar in my diet and started eating a low carb diet.

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