Hi, my name is Joy and I'm 54, happily married, and a new empty-nester.
Here is a post I made on August 24th, 2011 in my Fast-5 Group:
"I just finished reading Gary Taubes book "Why We Get Fat........" and it has been eye-opening and LIFE CHANGING. He's won me over with solid science, and I was an extreme skeptic on the idea of low-carbing. I am now convinced that all the research behind it is sound and true. So, I've just been doing it for the last three days. As soon as I found out exactly what insulin does to the body and all of it's processes, I immediately stopped eating anything with refined sugar and flour. I now understand that it's my only logical recourse. Dr. Bert was on-track with Fast-5 and waiting 19 hours to go into fat-burning mode. It really IS all about the insulin!!! And I remember on his site and forum that he was encouraging to those to wanted to eat a low-carb diet with Fast-5. As soon as I found out what all the refined carbs were doing to my body, I just simply couldn't look at the refined carbs in my house. I won't touch them now. And they were my favorite snacks. I've lost 4 pounds with no effort, and I'm still eating a few (healthy) carbs. My appetite has disappeared, and I'm not having any problem waiting for my window to open. I hope that lasts, but even if it doesn't, something inside me has switched. I am resolved. I've never had such an effect reading a book!"
Reading this book changed my eating immediately! Once I understood the science on the effect of excess/refined carbs on the body's processes and insulin response, there was NO going back!
Also, at the same time in August, my youngest daughter announced her engagement and I also realized how MUCH I didn't want to be the fat mother-of-the-bride again. So armed with my new knowledge and renewed motivation, I eliminated starches, and all refined carbohydrates and kept carbs below 20 grams initially, then increased to 20-60 g. a day, and allowed the occasionaly treat on the weekend. Delicious, but small, reasonable portions. Ate according to hunger/fullness within a five or six-hour eating window. Mostly proteins and fats, with some complex carbs and veggies with occasional fruit. Small portions. Real food. Eating one satisfying meal a day, plus some mini-meals when hunger called. Stopped eating after 7 or 8 pm. Waited until my first good growl, which would come at about 2 pm the next day. I never felt deprived or uncomfortably hungry. In fact, I felt fantastic. And the weight just fell off!
Well, the wedding has come and gone, but I met my goal of losing 25 lbs. by that date, but I didn't want to stop because of my commitment to my low-carb lifestyle, and now have lost 33 lbs. in 16 weeks. I'm losing weight consistently even during the holiday season and don't miss the constant snacking or large portions that made me so miserable and fat in the past. My food obsessions left when I stopped eating the refined carbs and starches. I feel a calm confidence that I'll continue losing until my body settles in at a normal, healthy, reasonable weight.
Introducing low-carb into my plan was THE answer that I was searching for.
The time will pass whether I diet or not.
"A year from now you'll be glad you didn't quit!"
"Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? ...Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily." (Isaiah 58:6,8 KJV)
| Pounds lost: 25.8