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Your Perfect Diet

I’ve had amazing successes eating a Low Carbohydrate/High Fat diet. Since October 1, 2012 I’ve lost over 100 pounds eating this (new to me) way. But there is a major consideration to take into account when choosing your method to success. The biggest consideration being: “Is it working?”

There are some key things to consider when assessing whether your current diet/method is really working for you or if you’re working for it:

  • Are you losing weight?
  • Are you feeling better?
  • Can you continue doing what you’re doing once you hit your goal?
  • Are you still hungry?
  • Has your body changed for the better in a not-weight-related way?
  • Is it easy for you?

Which diet is the right one?

A discussion has been started regarding low-carb zealots and the importance of continuing to build the knowledge and dispel the myths around not only low-carb diets, but nutrition in general. It’s easy to get carried away and suggest that this will work for everyone based on an n=1 suggestion.

Any of the discussions you can get in with people that have lost weight can and often do trend towards the discussion that their way is the only way and that they tried so many other ways and they didn’t work for whatever reason. I’ve been guilty of this in the past. Getting judgy at other people who are successful in losing weight and even being/staying healthy. I’ve tried to keep that off this blog and hopefully I’ve been successful.

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When conversing become prosthelytizing

Health and wellness are extremely passion driving topics. People spend a lot of time thinking about how they look to other people. Losing weight and feeling better make people want to share their experience with others and preaching how they did it and often (too often) dissing other methods for whatever reason.

But just as we were taught growing up that we’re unique the same goes for dieting. Some people eat smaller meals , others workout, while others eat fat laden foods and skip the bread. But if the list above doesn’t all get answered yes then it’s more than likely that you’ll regress and end up where you started. Those first two options didn’t work for me. But they do for plenty of other people.

There’s not a single go-to diet, lifestyle, pill, surgery that works for everyone. However, the information that’s currently out there is under a large and constant amount of review and new discovery.

The key point is to be given options. Truthfully, I don’t believe that pills and surgery should even be a consideration. Diet really does matter, but the variety of diets out there can and do confuse people about where to start. To make matters worse the people we trust to give us the right information are sometimes driven by goals outside of our best interests.

This is where it gets tricky. If the people we are putting trust in are driven by outside forces to suggest a specific way of solving our issues then what can we do?

Question. Learn. Read… Everything

The subject of history is a requirement for every student in school. Reason: By learning from our history as a species we can either innovate for the future and not repeat the failures/mistakes of our predecessors. We can take those same lessons and apply them to how our individual bodies react to what we put in them.

If you keep failing trying the same diet or constantly regress to where you started for whatever reason you need to stop blaming yourself.

Your body won’t/can’t lie to you. If you’re hungry when you just ate a meal then you either didn’t eat enough or you ate the wrong things for your body.

Here’s a quick list of why low calorie, low fat, high activity didn’t work for me:

  • I was constantly hungry
  • My will power disolved at night and I binged
  • I had a hard time getting enough food and stick with the plan and avoid the previous two
  • Grocery shopping was nearly impossible with reading every label and focusing on
  • Scheduling for workouts would get jumbled with work and home schedules
  • Cravings
  • Impulse control

And a quick list of why low-carbohydrate, high-fat / real foods lifestyle has worked for me:

  • I get hungry, but only around meal times
  • I don’t crave high-carbohydrate foods even when they are sitting right next to me at work
  • I understand labels now (avoid foods that require them)
  • I voluntarily put myself in high activity situations (walking at MOA, basketball, walks in the neighborhood)
  • My high activity times are now spent with my family instead of it being an individual thing at the gym
  • I still have some impulse control issues, but that’s only around salty/crunchy foods (pork rinds)

The longer answers to the list at the top:

  • Are you losing weight?

Not as fast as I originally did, but I’m only 13 pounds away from my goal weight so this is the pesky, stubborn weight.

  • Are you feeling better?

Absolutely. Mentally and physically. No more after lunch tiredness, no more unexpected trips to the bathroom. My head is clear and I can focus longer.

  • Can you continue doing what you’re doing once you hit your goal?

This should be obvious, but I can absolutely keep doing this after goal. I’ve said before that this isn’t a “diet” for me, it’s a lifestyle.

  • Are you still hungry?

Only around meal times, but the hunger has changed. It used to be an urgent need to eat food and a decent amount of time leading up to it thinking about food. Now it’s a “I’m hungry, I should eat soon” feeling that still allows me to concentrate on the tasks at hand yet look forward to meal to come.

  • Has your body changed for the better in a not-weight-related way?

My skin feels better, my face doesn’t break out anymore, I don’t sweat like a leaking shower, I now know what it feels like to be cold, food tastes better, and I don’t have to run to the bathroom an hour or so after a meal.

  • Is it easy for you?

Without question this is easy for me. The food choices are simpler and many of them are new to me and better tasting that what I would have previously eaten.

Continue

I am an n=1 study that covers 100% of the population of me.

Use your mind and learn from your body.

Be your own n=1 study and do (and continue doing) what works for you.

Contact me if you need help finding resources, have questions, or just want to chat. I won’t give health advice, because I’m not a doctor.