Actually, for me the low carb fixed my metabolism really nicely and I didn't have to restrict my calories, although it just sorta happened anyway.
Originally Posted by sakura_girl
Before I did it, I tried just reducing calories and exercising but I was always hungry so I would either be starving over a HUGE dry salad and crying or stuffing my face with a muffin and hating myself. The low carb took the hunger away. And I don't mean that it was some kind of gimmick where it limited the choices so I couldn't eat crap. It literally took all the hunger away. I had this chronic hunger leftover from hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, 30 miles a day, that just would not go away and poof in an instant that hunger was over. I could eat three meals a day like a normal person. I could even eat two or just one. I didn't even have to exercise to lose weight.
Now I eat lots of carbs and it doesn't seem to trigger any excessive hunger or anything like it used to. Something was fixed. I know it because it's my life and I can feel that something is fixed. I didn't end up with a body like Mark, even though I lift weights, sprint, move slowly and all that. Oh well. Don't have hair like that either. Not everybody is going to end up like that. That's just the reality of it.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Heaviest squat: 180 x 2. Heaviest Deadlift: 230 x 2