I really enjoyed the article "17 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight" but I would have named it something different: "1 + 16 Reasons You're Not . . . . "
The #1 reason people don't lose weight and fat is that they eat too many calories. Period. The other 16 reasons are important but not as.
As our host says in item #8 in his article: "You’re eating too much. Low-carb isn’t magic. It reins in wild hunger and tames insulin, but calories do still matter."
Awesome. Well said. It can't be said often or loudly enough!
My wife and I went out to eat tonight with another couple at Golden Corral. I had fish, a little lettuce with oil and fresh broccoli. That was my low carb meal.
My buddy Paul had: (1) steak . . . (3) palm-sized hunks of bacon-wrapped pork . . . (several) crab stuffed sole servings . . . broccoli, salad, tomato . . . (several) big globs of sour cream . . . cheese . . . etc.
That was HIS low carb meal.
Now Paul is a big guy . . . but so am I. We weigh about the same, exercise about the same and are the same age. The difference is that I've been low carbing a long time and he's in his second week after his usual On Again/Off Again approach.
Low carb eating has become a license for GLUTTONY in America just like low fat eating did a few years ago. People who use food for other reasons besides nourishment once regularly stuffed themselves with carbs to avoid fat. Now they stuff themselves with fat in the mistaken belief that since it's "low carb" they'll still lose weight.
Different drug but still jonesin . . .
As I told my good friend and will reinforce tomorrow at the gym . . . "look dumb ass, if you think low carb = ALL YOU CAN EAT . . . try this simple experiment."
(Any of you readers who don't believe calories matter can try it too.)
Figure out your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate). You can pay money and get tested or just apply the Harris Benedict Equation which has stood the test of time since 1919. Alternatively, if you know your Lean Body Mass, just multiply that by 16 and that will be your daily caloric requirement.
Now, once you figure out your BMR and add an "activity factor" please consume 3-4 times that number of calories per day using strictly low carb/no carb foods.
So if BMR + activity says you need 2500 cal/day . . . eat 10,000 cal of low/no carb . . . steak, fish, chicken, butter, sour cream, etc. Just that good low carb stuff.
Weigh yourself after one month and see what happens.
I've written about this before here and on other forums and will continue banging the drum as loudly as I can . . . YOU MUST CONTROL CALORIES! Low Carb doesn't mean ALL YOU CAN EAT.
Having said that . . . like most low carbers, I don't count calories. I don't because eating low carb AUTOMATICALLY regulates my appetite and I can simply look at what I consume and tell that I'm far below my daily caloric requirement.
But not needing to doesn't mean "don't have to." I counted calories while learning to eat this way and as low carb worked its magic, my insulin regulated, my appetite disappeared and today I literally have to remind myself to eat.
Unfortunately, not everyone sticks to low carb eating as a LIFESTYLE. They go on and off about as regularly as they get their hair cut. Their body never switches to fat burning mode and so they're stuck in perpetual insulin chaos.
As most of us know, when you come off low carb, the weight will come back unless you control your gluttony. And the only way to do that is to go low carb again. Only, now, you're a hungry low carber so you pig out on low carb foods. And so it goes.
There's only one way to kick a drug habit (that I know of) and that is to NEVER TOUCH IT AGAIN.
If carbs are your drug of choice (as they are for me) one potato chip or one slice of toast can derail you as quickly as one drink does an alcoholic or one toke the druggie.
Primal, low carb, whatever you want to call it, is a LIFESTYLE choice that we junkies cling to for our health and 99% of us love how we feel on it.
But if you're considering it . . . don't mistake it as a license to feed your Jones.