I have tried almost every diet and way of eating out there in an attempt to lose this weight gained from medications (and later from just giving up), but there was always that one way of eating that I just couldn’t get on board with… low carb. You may know it as Atkin’s, Paleo, Keto, or one of the many other forms it takes. In my experiences, people on low carb diets ate a lot of meat and not much else. That was honestly not something I could see myself doing. I’m not one of those people that drool over thick steaks or try to find new ways to work bacon into my diet. I love vegetables and pastas and all those vegetarian-friendly offerings.
Change of Mind
I can’t really pinpoint the moment I changed my mind. Maybe I realized I had nothing to lose? I started to explore a bit more on the diet and was rather surprised to find there is some real science behind it. It also turns out that a lot of the “science” supporting the modern idea of a “healthy” diet was not very reliable. Even our ideas of what cause high cholesterol have no scientific backing.
It was a film called Fathead that really convinced me to give it my all. It does a much better job than I ever could at fully explaining the claims I made directly above.
Consider my mind blown! I have always considered myself a very scientific person… growing up, it was even my dream job to get into scientific research… so I was pretty angry with myself for not seeing the flaws in the science. I bought into the government’s version of healthy without doing the research for myself. It did make some sense, I guess. No one got fat eating vegetables, right? I still felt duped. By believing the lies, it could have cost me my life.
I did everything “right” for years of my life and I was getting so frustrated! Some of you may understand how insanely infuriating it is to tell your doctor with all truth that you have, in fact, been following your diet to a tee. You’ve been exercising. And, they think you are lying because “the scale doesn’t lie.” They give you that “Mmm. Hmm. Suuuuure…” look that makes you want to cry or punch something. But I wasn’t lying.
Just When I Was Ready to Give Up
Then, just when I was ready to give up and accept my fat fate, I found the world of low carb. I started the very next day. I didn’t need to run out and buy a bunch of special foods or invest in expensive meal plans. I had the basics already there… meats, veggies, cheese, butter, cream cheese, coconut oil… good, tasty foods. This couldn’t really be real! There was no way I was going to lose weight eating butter and cream cheese!
That first week was so strangely easy. It felt natural to eat this way somehow. My breakfasts were primarily eggs scrambled in butter with cheese. Some days I tossed in some ham or bacon. I even learned how to make a crepe-like pancake of cream cheese and egg. I started out keeping lunches and dinners very basic… a meat with a salad of various lettuces. I was eating more vegetables than I did as a vegetarian. My food tasted really good. I was never hungry! I had to remind myself to eat many meals. I kept thinking to myself that there was no way this was going to work… it was too easy.
That first week I lost 8 pounds. I could have explained it away as water weight or typical new diet loss, but I lost 7 pounds the following week. It did settle down a bit after that, but I have been on this diet now since early February and I am down almost 40 pounds!
I am still learning how to make the most of low carb. There is a lot of information out there! I have stalled my weight loss at times with some suggestions that didn’t work for my body, but overall the trend has still been downward. Even when the scale doesn’t show a drop, I find myself fitting into things I haven’t worn in years. As someone who could not consistently lose weight or inches for so many years, this has been life-changing!
My goal is to share some of what I’ve learned with you all as I continue this journey. I know that this post was a bit all over the place, but I’m so excited to share this with you. If there is anything, in particular, you would like me to write about, please let me know.