Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I was reminded several times this past week how many people still think of eating low-carb or eating primal, paleo, ancestral etc. as a diet, something that we do temporarily until the extra weight is lost.
But of course as soon as people go back to a "normal" diet, which really is very abnormal for our body they gain all or most of the weight back. High carb foods like sugar, grains and legumes will do the same thing that they did in the first place to make a mess of our bodies. Insulin levels will be all over the place, as will levels of various other hormones. Food cravings will return, leaving us nothing but will power to fight the constant urge to eat. For a while we will try to play mind games, drink a ton of water, micromanage out calorie-intake, count every move we make as exercise, trying to control what we can't control any more because it is impossible to fight this carb addiction.
The only thing that will work long-term to keep the weight off and to give us high energy levels to exercise is to skip most high-carb foods, get our carbs from large amounts of much lower-carb veggies and some fruit and dairy) and eat much higher fat levels that keep us feeling full. Insulin levels will drop again, cravings will stop, energy goes to muscle cells instead of fat cells, our body is getting closer to balance and feeling normal.
Low-carb is a life-style, call it low-carb, primal eating, paleo eating, ancestral eating, the basics are the same: cutting out large amounts of carbohydrates that were never natural to our diet to begin with, replacing them with healthy saturated and some healthy unsaturated fats (omega 3's and olive oil). The result is being able to enjoy good food without constantly thinking about and looking for the next meal, having plenty of energy throughout the day to exercise in ways we enjoy, not to lose weight but because we feel the strength in our body to do it that comes from providing healthy fuel.