just stopping by to say Hi...
Hey, I took a 5 day break from the web, and now I am so far behind in the threads and people I follow!
Glad to see Paleobird here - I just read her success story today (because of the link in today's blog post by Susan Alexander. I thought I had read all the success stories, but never saw hers. There must be more places to find them than where I was looking...)
Anyhow, this is a quote from her story:
"This is where I would like to say to all newbies around here: READ THE BOOK FIRST before you listen to forum advice. In The Primal Blueprint there is an entire chapter on portion control and calorie targeting. Much of the forum “wisdom” however said to chuck your scale out the window and just eat your bacon and be happy and the pounds would fall off magically.
Guess what. Didn’t happen. I gained back those first five plus five more and then read the book and realized I needed to cut portion sizes and get my calories under control. I think Taubes got part of the story right. There are good calories and bad calories, but even with just good ones, too much is still too much.
I dialed back on all that yummy fat and increased my lean protein intake while cutting overall quantities of food. The scale started moving again and kept going down for another 35 pounds to 145, five pounds under my goal of 150 and a size 6 when my goal had been an 8."
I confess that I am a newbie and I have the book, but have not gotten to that chapter! And I get so pissed whenever I read about newbies who miraculously loose 20 pounds after 30 days of just giving up grains and still being couch potatoes!
Well, I did not have that kind of success, and despite days of less than 50 grams of carbs in ketosis, the weight is barely leaving me (I can feel that I've gotten smaller in my butt and thighs, but my waist is still thick!)
I don't enter everything I eat into MFP so I don't know the exact calorie count. But I haven't learned to stop grazing, and I still want to eat when I get upset. I also think I've got conflicting information on high fat/moderate protein and high protein/moderate fat...
I don't know where I'm going here, I think I'm just rambling but I can't stop typing... Keep doing what you're doing - you and Paleobird and so many people inspire me and keep me going. I learn something new every day, I just don't always practice it enough.
"Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. Wait, wait. I'm worried what you just heard was, 'Give me a lot of bacon and eggs.' What I said was, 'Give me all the bacon and eggs you have'. Do you understand?" - Ron Swanson