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.

 

 

 

How To Maintain A Low Carb-High Fat Lifestyle

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.

LCHF is a lifestyle, not a diet!

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.

My Low Carb High Fat Lifestyle Choice

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.