However, I want to be smart about it this time, ensuring I eat nutritionally, e.g. organs, and perhaps if you really want varier or fruit keep it to the way old LCers used to do it, i.e. keep it to a cup of berries with heavy cream as a treat now and again, not daily.
You know how you feel and works best for you, so you are the best to make a call.
And to the OP, yes, what the beard said is on point - I was VLC for about 6 months. It got stuff in line. Now I am far more liberal with my diet and it works. At first - nope I had to cut the carbs.
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I guess there are some reasons to up carbs for exercise, but while a person still carries excess fat stores, they have the energy in that. They're just wearing the fat (or calories if you prefer) instead of eating them.
I figure there are only two good things about being overweight. One is that just walking is a weight bearing exercise, so your bones are stronger than the chronically thin. Second is that you almost never have to worry about starving to death. I've been there. You'll do great.
"Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine
Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.
Today was a good day. I don't really expect a big "carb flu" b/c I haven't been eating a ton of carbs, but I know tomorrow and the next couple of days I will need to really make the effort to avoid sugar and starch. The craving is still there. It usually takes a week or so, and then I am over it.
I talked to my dad today and he is pretty in over his head diabetic. He was telling me how there is diabetes on both sides of his family, both of his siblings are diabetic and he is in bad shape. I know I inherited the gene, and I wonder if part of the deal is a sugar/carb addiction. There are seriously times when I am eating some sweet fruit like grapes that I MUST have more. I've never been addicted to a drug or anything, but I'd guess it sort of feels that way. Is it possible to break this for good? I don't know. It's always been such a struggle. It's not that I totally binge all the time on cake and pizza, the problem for me is that I am eating for reasons other than nourishment and hunger.
I want to eat for the reasons one should eat, and I am beginning to think that this is much more possible for me if I limit carbs. Like, maybe it's not all my fault? Maybe I'm not just weak or have horrible will power. Maybe there is a gene or something I've inherited that makes it hard for me to eat a "balanced" diet. Who knows. For now, I'm cutting out the carbs.
Today was eggs, meat, olive oil, a little cheese, lots of leafy greens.... i feel tired, but not bloated and no indigestion. I know tomorrow I'll wake up feeling like my system has processed everything I ate today.
One day at a time.....
Haha, you could be writing this straight out of my mind FireFinder! You'd think I'd be old enough and stroppy enough to follow my own path, but I keep comparing myself to others and deciding to do what they do . . . and that's just dumb!! I am working out my own way now, finally. I've loved reading the comments from your supporters, too. Hang in there
Oh - and maybe start a new journal so you're not reading a negative title every time you come in to report how awesomely you're doing
Started Feb 18 2011
Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.
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You sound like me, too. If I eat less fat, and replace those calories with fruit, I stay hungry compared to when I stay strict-er VLC. If I count calories and don't go over, yes, I won't gain weight. I'll also gnaw my fingers off when my blood sugar crashes. You don't have to sacrifice nutrition, either. Every few meals, have some berries, liver, oysters, greens, etc. Bacon is a great source of thiamine, for the record.
Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.
Days I stayed at my targeted calorie intake I was starving and watching the clock. I am terrible at being hungry. I don't mind a rumble in the tummy, but can't handle low blood sugar. The last few months I think I had a lot more days of eating to satiety which, because of the carb increase meant more calories. Good advice on the nutrition- I def need to work on liver. Really not my thing . But bacon yes, I can handle that. I love a little heavy cream too, just have to be careful about more than a tbs or two a day.