THESE ARE THE RULES OF MY HEALTHY, LOW CARB EATING PLAN
– No meticulous measuring
– No calorie counting
– No beating myself up if I fall off the wagon
– No ‘all or nothing’ thinking
All I am going to do is follow these rules:
1. No grains, wheat, etc
2. No sugar
4. Unlimited good fat
5. Minimal saturated fat
6. Unlimited protein
No carb weighing. No calorie counting. No portion control. I follow the rules above, eat when I’m hungry, and that’s it.
When I take this plan seriously, I find it beneficial in numerous ways:
- I have bags of energy. I’m not a scientist or a nutritionist, so I’m not really sure why this is. However, my lay-person’s guess would be that my blood sugar is level and my brain isn’t engaged in controlling insulin.
- I’m not hungry. Ever. Even if I want food, I don’t have that gnawing feeling, where you’d run over your own grandmother for some food and your stomach sounds likes a the mating call of a humpback whale.
- My skin clears up. Again, I’m not an expert on why this is, but after consulting the unquestionable and totally reliable oracle of Google I suspect this is to do with hormones. Eating cake and producing too much insulin can cause the things to punish you with a patchwork of zits. Thanks hormones.
- I lose weight. Everyone knows that dropping the carbs is the fastest way to lose weight.
However, this is deceptive: a lot of this is water lost from the liver and the muscles (the body’s glycogen stores).
So as soon as you start celebrating, a well-earned biscuit crosses your lips, replenishes the glycogen and BOOM you gain a stone in one day, and spend the next 24 hours wailing into a bowl of coco-pops and resigning to a life of fat.
In short: weight loss from a low carb diet is not reliable. It’s best not to do it solely for this reason.
This diet isn’t for everyone. It works well for me because I don’t have too much of a sweet tooth (I’d much rather have a slab of cheese than a piece of cake any day). I am also a little sensitive to sugar, and if I overdo it I end up with the shakes three hours later. So generally I feel much better this way.
What is your view? Is low carb dieting a good thing? Or is the age old wisdom of ‘eat a little less, move a little more’ still the only adage that counts?
Photo credits from top to bottom: rprata; Uwe Hermann; sjdunphy; ericskiff; kjetil_r; kellyhogaboom
For more about my low carb healthy eating plan, read here