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Just another person that let things go for too long and is now trying to fix it.

I've been on SparkPeople for a while and have had a couple false starts. Calorie counting worked to a point for me, as after the first week or two it would start slipping. It didn't help that I was hungry all the time. I'd eventually gain all the weight back. This last time, I hit an all-time high and saw the signs of my body stabilizing at this higher level. Even worse, if I'm not officially considered pre-diabetic, I probably should be. Something had to be done now...something that would work for me.

Somehow, after a random comment sent me on an Internet research trip, I came across LCHF. I looked over it carefully, and a lot of it rang true with what I remember I was taught in biology and physiology classes about how the body actually stores and uses energy. Technically, it's variation of a diet diabetics may be switched to (though they likely don't call it the same thing).

So, with constant monitoring, on January 25, 2012 I started my "experiment" to see if the theory rang true.

So far it goes very well...

Member Since: 2/21/2010

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My Goals:
Lose weight.
Improve overall health.
Become more active.
Improve eating habits.

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I have decided to give LCHF lifestyle a try.

The short version: The body can use fat and carbs for fuel, but not at the same time.

I'm changing my diet to help promote the body using fat as fuel..because lord knows I'm carrying around enough fuel on me...

Basically, I avoid starchy and/or sugary foods. Because this stuff is added to EVERYTHING, it tends to steer me away from a lot of processed foods. As a result, I get in a lot of fresh produce (minus the starchy/sugary stuff), dairy (avoiding the "low-fat" as it often has a higher sugar content and you need fat for fuel), eggs, and meats, with some nuts and berries.

One of the biggest gifts, I don't feel hungry! Previous attempts when calorie counting while including carbs, I would be ravenous and HAVE to snack between meals. Now, I'm no longer ruled by cravings. I only experience normal hunger pangs...something I hadn't experienced since I was a child.

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    1122 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Good morning and a big "Howdy-Doody" from Texas from me to you! Enjoyed your blog. Keep up the great job, never berate yourself, and always keep your gloves on emoticon until your fight is won!

    Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!

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    1934 days ago
    Enjoyed your post on low carb/low fat as it was so very similar to my story. Best of luck to you on your journey!

    1961 days ago
    Glad my page could be of help to someone! :D

    Yeah, I think most of my battle was the constant feeling of hunger to the point of distraction. You can't focus if every cell in your body seems to be screaming at you to go find something to eat...and then when you do you're upset with yourself for "being weak".

    What exercise I've done seems to be more because I'm now feeling more energetic and able to do more rather than purposefully seeking it. I tend to wake up earlier now (though I'm still a night owl and make sure to try to get in enough hours of sleep). I'm attempting to do harder yard work that in the past I wouldn't have attempted (like this weekend I cleared out a section of grass and put in 6 small japanese boxwood shrubs in the hopes they eventually grow to become a hedge). Eventually, I think I'll start doing more walking and some weights since exercise is important for building endurance and overall fitness.
    1969 days ago
  • v JO74555
    i like reading what you have to say. i related completely to the always hungry feeling. my tummy rumbles very loudly and it can be very embarrassing. i'm definitely going to experiment with the lower carbs and higher fats. i'm pretty active, but i really hate aerobic exercises... including walking... something i have to work on. thanks for your information, it's very much appreciated :)
    1999 days ago