If I’ve learned anything over the years of this weight loss journey, it’s that there is no such thing as a perfect weight loss plan, diet, protocol. Whatever you call it. There is no one size fits all approach. How could there be? We live on such an amazing, diverse planet, where no two people are exactly alike.
When WeightWatchers stopped working for me I honestly had the thought, “what is wrong with me?” I wondered if I hadn’t been following the plan somehow. I “went back to basics” and counted and measured for weeks. I was very strict with following the plan – once again. But none of this matter. I still wasn’t making any progress toward my goal. Ya’ll, this was SO, SO discouraging. I had been working hard with zero progress and meanwhile feeling really deprived.
That’s when I decided something had to change. I needed to find a new path forward.
I discovered a low(er) carbohydrate plan where you avoid sugar and flour. You work on your thoughts about food and about sugar and flour in particular. I didn’t call it eating “low carb”, just not eating flour and sugar. And really, when I first started following the plan, I did still eat a lot of carbs. I had a lot of fruit, potatoes (white and sweet), lots of vegetables and even some rice.
I lost weight following that protocol for a while. Then, after several months eating that way, the weight loss stalled AGAIN.
All of this time I’m binge watching YouTube videos of people talking about the low carb lifestyle and specifically the Keto diet. I was skeptical, but intrigued. The more they talked about the science behind the diet, and insulin specifically, the more convinced I became that I really needed to limit my carbs more in order to achieve more weight loss.
In the last couple of months I’ve started to adopt a Ketogenic lifestyle. Dr. Eric C. Westman has written a book about this and has used the Keto diet in his clinic at Duke University to help patients. Usually, these patients need to lose weight for medical reason – either they need a surgery of some sort or need insulin to manage diabetes, etc. He sees patients for whom no other diet has worked. Which kind of feels like a place for desperate patients. Honestly, that’s a bit how I felt.
The Keto way of eating has been SO good for me. Most people say that they don’t really miss the carbs. I can take a taste or two of a carb filled meal and then walk away. It’s just not that appealing anymore. After the first bite or two it doesn’t really taste that good, and I really don’t like the way eating too much carbs makes me feel either. The food is awesome and I don’t spend my days thinking about my next meal, constantly hungry.
I’ll share more about the specifics of the Keto diet that I’m following in a later post. For now, I’ll just say that I am strictly limiting carbs, because that’s what my body responds to best. I’m not perfect and this journey has certainly not been perfect, but I’m making progress that I’m proud of.
I’m also excited to start sharing some of the recipes I’m trying from other bloggers. I’m a bit of a Pinterest addict so I’m finding lots of recipes. Most successful low carb folks try to stay away from the alternative flours like almond and coconut. Anything refined still isn’t good for your body’s insulin reaction. Admittedly, I do eat some once in a while as a treat. Again, progress in this life, not perfection.