Possibly the most horrendous post I've ever read on MDA...
Originally Posted by oxide
Anyway, back to Peat!
I'm still losing weight! Tonight I put on a skirt that I bought two weeks ago, and it's considerably looser As some of you know, I gained a bunch of weight (14lbs) when I went Primal and try as I might over the last few months, I "couldn't lose it."
Being where I am now (steadily losing), I can see where I went wrong before:
Not eating the right foods for me. Simple as that.
1) I was eating foods that I deemed "healthy" but didn't satiate me. As a result I constantly felt hungry. I ate too much.
2) I was eating too much starch, which was affecting my blood sugar. As a result I constantly felt hungry. I ate too much.
3) I was eating foods that didn't give me energy, even though their macronutrient profile was amazing. I kept eating to get energy. I ate too much.
4) Because I had no energy I couldn't work out. The food I ate turned to fat, not muscle.
When I started eating Peat, and my energy skyrocketed, I started working out like crazy, but still eating the same amount (2,300 - 3K cals per day). I started packing on muscle. Then my appetite suppression kicked in, and that's when the weight loss started. I'm basically losing weight on the Peat plan because I'm satiated, thus eating less, and the food gives me energy, thus I'm moving more.
BUT, the interesting thing on the Peat plan, is that in the past, when I cut my calories below 2K, I would quickly fall apart. I would have even less energy than normal, not be able to sleep, and unless I dropped my cals below 1,200, I wouldn't lose weight. But now, I regularly eat less than 2K cals (probably 1.6K / 1.7K... can't fit 2K cals in most days!), and everything is fine. I'm sleeping, have energy, and am steadily losing. And tbh, I wasn't really overweight to start, so it's not like the weight is flying off cos I have it to lose.
I think CICO is an oversimplification, but in my case, I coulnt lose because I was just eating too much. I was genuinely hungry and suffered when I cut calories so I didn't realise it at the time: I figured I must need the food.
I have no idea why I don't need to eat so much anymore. More stable blood sugar? More easy fuel available to burn, thus allowing better beta oxidation? Hmm.
Last edited by YogaBare; 08-13-2013 at 05:30 PM.
"I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.
In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."
- Ray Peat