I decided to give a Primal/Paleo approach to eating and see how I do on it. I'm 47, 5'4" and 158 lbs, so I've got about 35lbs to lose. My weight gain crept up on me with menopause, which totally kicked my butt at the age of 42. I've been on HRT for the last 3 years and that was most of the weight gain (I've always been slim). I went off HRT with the start of Primal/Paleo, and am hoping the dietary changes elminiate some of the killer hot flashes.
I'm leaving heavy cream and butter in my diet, along with moderate cheese.
It took me a full week to get into ketosis. I'm trying to stay within 20-30 carbs per day for now. With a bit of testing, 40 carbs knocks me out of ketosis. I've lost 3 lbs since I started, but it's flucuating a bit.
My appetite is already greatly reduced during the day, but man I wake up starving and it lasts a few hours. For breakfast I saute onions, bacon and spinach and add 4 eggs, and will be full for an hour or two, then I need a snack, usually an avocado or some meat. I just found a great app for my iPad so I can enter in what I'm eating and see my carb and calorie count.
I know folks on the PB diet don't typically worry about calories, but I'm a huge eater with a decent metabolism and I figure if I want to shed the pounds I'm going to have to watch those calories too.
I'm very active in the spring and summer on the farm and gardening, fall and winter I tend to enjoy being inside and spend most of my time quilting, so other than a 2 mile walk 4-5 days a week, I'm not very active then.
Occasionally the urge for something sweet/crunch overwhelms me, and I have some homemade trail mix I snack on for that, but 1/2 cup is about 35 carbs, so when I indulge I knock myself out of ketosis for a day.
I'm hoping to drop at least 20lbs by spring!