Okay, I've always thought that the Atkins diet was a dangerous snake-oil. And in fact, I'm not following it. However, after reading Gary Taubes' book 'Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It' - I decide, after looking at the research and case studies and biochemistry he cited, to try reducing my carbs. He doesn't have a diet plan. He just talks about biochemistry (in fact, this is the shorter, simplified version of his book '
That's all I did. Dropped my cabs down to an average of between 60-80 grams a day (and of course eating mostly proteins and fats), but I still have my Subway sub on Tuesdays, I still have a Big Grab of Doritos periodically and...I've lost 8 pounds in 3 weeks. And I have more energy than I have, like ever. And I'm not hungry.
I tried eating more carbs - about 120 grams a day - and sure enough, weight loss stopped and energy levels dropped. Hunger increased. Dropped the carbs down again and weight loss resumes, as does energy levels and lack of hunger.
I'm a little stunned. I'm getting blood work done early next week and I'll be VERY curious to see what my levels are, but my blood pressure, resting heart rate, and everything else are looking excellent. PT has gotten easier - my run times (even for four miles!) are at a passing-rate for the US Army for folks 10 years my junior.
I think this works. Has anyone else had this same experience?
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