Jul 192013
 

Low Crap not Low Carb Because of the weight I have lost this past year, I have had a number of folk ask me ‘how’. I started out on a strict Atkins style diet (this post) that is best described as LCHF – Low Carb High Fat (yes, you can Google LCHF). It is similar to the old Atkins diet except that it does not have the ‘induction phase’ or maybe I should say it only has the induction phase.

I think the best way to describe my current diet is ‘Just Eat Real Food’ or JERF or as the image on the right says Low Crap. I have been able to cut most of the carbs out of my diet simply by avoiding industrial foods made in factories and instead eating, as much as possible, real honest-to-goodness foods.

My first step, though, was to redefine ‘diet’ to not include ‘temporary’. (Maybe the better word would be lifestyle or healthstyle but those sound too cute. I will stick with the word diet.) I am not dreaming of a day when I can go back to eating crap. By removing the crap calories from my diet, I can now stand in front of a tray of brownies and not have the least compunction to pick one up. The sugar craving, constant addiction to wheat & sweets is gone. I am a crap junkie who has kicked the habit.

PS. I have read a number of Paleo books and have listened to a couple of Paleo podcasts but I don’t follow a Paleo diet. I don’t know if it because the name is too cute or if it is because it seems to be a very subjective diet that has factions arguing for or against certain types of food based on their understanding of what cavemen might eat.


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Jan 172013
 

The Glycemic Load Diet.
Rob Thompson MD.
Page: 58
One of the reasons low-carb diets are more effective than low-fat diets is that the culprits are so obvious. It’s much simpler to avoid starch than fat.

I think this has been what has made going low-carb so easy. It is so black and white that I am not having to make judgement calls. I either can eat it or ignore it, no maybe.

Jan 102013
 

The Glycemic Load Diet.
Rob Thompson MD.
Page: 43
The reason most diets fail is simply that people can’t stick with them. People crave the richness of fat and quickly either fall of the wagon or try to satisfy their hunger by eating too much starch and sugar. That’s why low-fat diets require you to count calories–essentially to go hungry. Low-carb diets are easier to follow because you can eat satisfying amounts of food. However, they often make the mistake of restricting too many foods. Currently popular low-carb diets limit fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and sweets and usually can’t resist throwing in some low-cholesterol advice. All these restrictions inevitably lead to food cravings and diet failure. However, most important, they divert attention from the real culprits: foods that raise your body’s demands for insulin.

I have been amazed how my appetite has dwindled. I no longer have an urge for a snack 2 hours after breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It used to be that just the sight of some confection would cause my mouth to water and my fingers to reach out. Now, I can just say they look nice but have no compunction to put them in my mouth.


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Jan 082013
 

The Glycemic Load Diet.
Rob Thompson MD.

The bottom line is that refined carbohydrades are unnatural foods that behave unnaturally in our bodies. It's not surprising that the more of these "bad carbs" wwe eat, the fatter and more diabetic we get.

The reason low-carb diets cause weight loss is not that they restrict carbohydrates in general. In fact, the more fruits and vegetables people consume, the less likely they are to be overweight. Low-carb diets work because they eliminate refined carbohydrates--flour products, potatoes, rice, and sugar.

Page: 39

I joke that I am more vegetarian than some vegetarians I know. Having removed meat from their diet, they now eat more carbs. Instead of being vegetarians, maybe they are carbotarians! On the other hand, rather than increasing the amount of protein that I eat, I have tried to replaced the refined carbs in my diet with more vegies.

Once I get down to my ‘goal weight,’ I don’t plan on reintroducing the ‘bad carbs’ into my diet. This is not a short-term weight-loss diet but a lifesyle diet. I now know that I am insulin resistant, that my body is allergic to refined carbs, and that to reintroduce them would mean that I would put back on every pound I have been able to shed.


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