From everything I've read, it's a mixed bag. Ive read of people:
- gaining weight, then losing it immediately.
- experiencing appetite suppression, and losing weight
- losing weight without really trying
My personal experience: I gained a lot of weight when I went low carb (not from the diet, but from the affect it had on my mind, body, appetite, and cravings). I went from 19% bf to 23%.
I've been gradually implementing RP for the last seven months, but only really embraced it at the end of June. (Eating fish is my only deviation). Initially I stayed the same weight eating 2-3K cals a day, but what changed was that my energy levels began to be consistent. Before last month I only had the energy to exercise intensely once a week. Now I'm doing something vigorous 5-6 days a week! So my body fat stayed the same, but I started putting on muscle.
Then a week ago, I realised I was eating habitually and I consciously started to eat less. I cut to 1.8K - 2K and... it's hard to say for certain what's happening, but in just a week I lost nearly an inch off my hips, and my clothes are fitting me better. I've experienced no loss in performance in exercise, and my new muscles are looking "full", yet more defined
In the past it took an extreme calorie deficit to make me lose anything (water weight or fat), and with that I would lose sleep, energy, and muscle, unlike now. Maybe this is due to the exercise, but I credit the diet with giving me the energy to work out. And I don't know if it's the diet or the exercise, but I'm not as hungry as I used to be, and when I do feel hungry, it doesn't gnaw at me. I can ignore it easily.
I basically eat:
dairy (yellow cheese / cottage cheese) twice a day
eggs / meat / fish once a day
fruit with every meal
3 - 4 coffees a day, some of them with gelatine
on average 2 teaspoons of sugar
1-2 litres of coconut water a day (not RP, but it's my personal godsend)
In general my protein is high, my carbs are high, and fat is below 40gs. A few times I I havent eaten any carbs in a day (just stocked up on meat and fat) and sometimes I might have a lot of refined sugar (like 10 tea spoons). I just listen to what my body wants on any given day. I've genuinely never felt better for such an extended period of time.
I also implement some of his supplementation suggestions, but they're not related to weight loss so I won't go into them here.
I'm interested to hear other people's experiences!
Last edited by YogaBare; 07-30-2013 at 04:13 AM.
"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