Congrats on the total weight loss as well. that is a great accomplishment in itself. IDK, but when I see your pic I see a beautiful, vibrant woman. i say focus less on the mirror and more on measurements.
Nutritional Ketosis Journal - http://dobnk.blogspot.com/ and http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread83999.html
Hello all from Denmark
Sorry to hear about some issues like binge disorder or heavy snacking. My wife was snacking a lot too, even when we turned primal. At some point, I was joking and asking her whether she turned into a primal bird ... but she actually told me it was a serious issue because she felt it was a manifestation of some deeper issue which probably had been impacting her for ages, even more so during the SAD days.
So I took the bull by the horns and told her that it will be easy to deal with if you follow this with me: one meal a day on week days, and 2 meals a day on one week-end day (or 2) with heavy work-outs that day, enough rest (both mind and body) in between and slow pace movement most of the week on one meal a day (with an occasional sprint for FUN, not for anything else - we practice the Tabata sprints, it's hard but really fun!). Oh yeah, about once every 2 or 3 weeks, we fast 2 days in a row.
Her snacking habit is completely gone, her moods and energy have stabilized nicely and her body comp is changing (not her weight but both of us do not care about weight since we are already rather lean after more than 1/2 year on LCHFMP to correct something that was broken in our metabolism).
We make sure we have plenty of home-made bone broth (just finished making some with grass-fed lamb and lama bones, simmering for 48+ hours). Our breakfast is one cup of broth, sometimes coffee only (my wife is not always keen on meaty taste in the morning) with coconut oil and whipping cream in the coffee or tea. Nothing else until early dinner except water and tea (coffee is an early morning thing, never at any other time of the day).
Dinner is mostly low carb veggies, olive or avocado oil, eggs (from hens or fish roe or both mixed up in an omelet), some fatty fish, a few nuts or other side stuff. We do eat red meat or chicken but not as often as fatty fish. We do some cheeses to bring up the protein requirement as well but stopped all the heavy cream/ full fat Greek yogurt for a while as dessert. Butter is almost always on the menu though because while it can be a little insulinogenic (especially with a little carb), it seems (from what I read) that it can induce a temporary physiological insulin resistance of ... fat cells which are not listening to insulin for storing extra fat. Instead they release free fatty acids!! so fat-adapted people burn the fat store thanks to butter!! who would have known, uh! Butter as a weight loss tool
In all this, we don't count calories - why you may ask ? Because with one meal a day on average, we don't need. We eat until sated, that's it. I truly believe that the human body is accustomed or programmed (genes) to stay without dealing with food for at least half a day, it seems just normal and balanced. Moreover, calories are measured in calorimeter where all the food is turned into ashes. That's not what happens inside the body. Instead, when we have to count something, it is the weight amount of foods and adapt it to how we feel. Like some days ago, I felt like eating BIG time one evening. The next evening, I ate almost nothing. Plus we also believe in eating more often once in a while (we use week-ends for that since it is a more "social" time where we can be invited for brunches, etc). My thinking is that if I think I had too many carbs or proteins in one sitting, I just burn it off with extra work-out. Very easy.
Anyway, all this babbling to say that you can fix your disorder if you make peace with the fact that 3 squared meals a day may not be optimal at all for you, as it will always keep the body busy with dealing with food (digestion, hunger signals, etc). Believe me, not eating all the day is not putting yourself into starvation mode, NOT AT ALL! You starve when you have not eaten for MANY days / weeks and rely solely on your fat store and muscles (like e.g. those who survived concentration camps who were forced to be in this awful metabolic state at the end of WWII - some even died because of resuming eating some (junk) food given by ally soldiers who were pitying them ...) Yeah, I know it's not a cheerful thought but you may think about "starvation" differently now: You don't starve when you eat every day on average, regardless of the timing and meal frequency!!.
Last edited by dkJames; 04-30-2013 at 02:01 AM.
Thanks for the kind words! It really cheered me up during this rough week (work stress - ugh!).
To answer your questions...My current macros are:
~Current weight - 154 (ok gained back 1#
~Goal weight - 140 (really 145 but...)
~Goal weight in KG = 70
Protein = 70 kg
Carbs = 35 g
Fat = 140 g
But then using MFP - I adjusted it to:
Calories a day = 1400
Carbs = 35g max
Protein = 53 max
Fat = 117 max
This would equal 0.9 lbs loss per week. Which is OK with me.
I gained back 1# this morning. Typical for me to have scale swing up down. The irony is that i lost weight eating well (big splurge on paleo pancakes, whipped cream & fresh berries with bacon and later wine at dinner) and then gained when eating "lighter" and no wine...although numbers wise not much difference.
No am not measuring myself. No bandwidth for that kind of micromanagement. I use my newly purchased jeans as a guideline. I was wearing size 14-16. Bought a slew of new size 10s and one (yippee) size 8. I use the size 8s to monitor how i'm doing.
But really i was so please that i halted the scale creep up that was occuring over the past weeks - reversed it down to where I ended the HCG diet. So that puts me back to square one as it were. I want to be able to hold 153ish and then creep it down to goal weight. While learning to eat. And not eat -more importantly. Not over eat. Not eat when not hungry. Not emotionally eat.
Thanks again for the sweet words.
and yes I'll keep my progress updated.
Red, sounds like you are on the right track. Your goals are similar to mine, I am just eating a bit more calories so my macros are a bit different. You can do this, you'll rock it!
Hi all, day 7 here. Feeling a bit better than I was yesterday, even with a very light cardio workout (slightly higher intensity than walking at a fast pace) so that makes me happy. Feeling like I might finally be starting to get adjusted. Hope everyone else is doing well!!
Good morning all, how is everyone doing today?? I hope well.
I took measurements this morning.....I just couldn't help myself, lol!!! I wanted to know how it has compared to before. So anyway, here's what I got after 8 days VLC (this is in inches):
Neck down .25
chest down 1
R arm down .5
L arm down .25
Waist down .75
Love handles down 1.25
Hips down 1
Saddlebags down .75
R thigh down .5
L thigh down .5
Overall I'm quite pleased. I will measure again in 2 weeks.
That is so impressive--congratulations!!
You inspire me to want to measure myself...
I have cracked the cardio or gym workouts yet--that is definitely the missing puzzle piece. I definitely to get on that. Although it was lovely to ride bikes with kids to school this morning. Leisurely for sure, but still i was out there moving my legs.
Oh and I am down again this morn - 1# - (the same 1# i was up yesterday). BUt that feels nice. I am wondering how long i"ll hover/wobble at 153 before breaking through? I'm feeling good - positive - and in part to the encouragement on here over the past 2 weeks.
Happy Hump (WED) Day!