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Discussion in 'Quackenbush's' started by Dionysus, Jan 20, 2016.
Dionysus: Have you already eaten that? If you've lost your appetite I think it would fit well in my 2016 low carb eating plan.
Oh I ate it pretty quick. Steak with spinach, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms, bacon (BACON!) and low carb Caesar dressing.
I went low-carb (ketogenic) two years ago and I have never felt so good. My energy is off the charts most days. I used to love pasta and potatoes and all that starchy stuff but I like feeling great better. Good luck with your diet this year, hope it goes well for you!
I had been trying to manage my weight with a low-fat diet and I was getting bigger all the time and I was ALWAYS HUNGRY. I actually did a Google Search and there's a book, Always Hungry? that led me away from my carb centric life. Giving up pasta, potatoes, bagels and bread is easier than I expected. I'm eating less and I'm, thankfully, not hungry. My concentration has improved a lot because I'm not thinking about food all the time. We'll see about the long term effects, but I'm losing a little weight.
The low-fat dogma has been exposed as bad science, and it is directly responsible for the poor health and early death of millions. The book that did it for me is Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It by Gary Taubes (Amazon link).
What he shows is that our species is fat-adapted, not carb (glucose) adapted. It sounds counter-intuitive (because of the bad science) but humans have been eating meat and fat for the vast majority of our existence, and it is a healthy diet for most. When I cut out the starches and sugars my body fat fell off quickly, and my energy levels took off. I now weigh about what I did in high school.
Look at the trend lines for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other things. It has consistently gone up over the last 30+ years, right in line with our switch to a low fat diet. This is not a coincidence.
Another great read is The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz (Amazon).
I think I'm emotionally invested in this low carb thing. I saw an IHOP commercial for all you can eat pancakes and was overcome with a feeling of disgust.
Same here, I don’t crave anything starchy, or very rarely. A little dark chocolate satisfies the occasional sweet tooth. I have slipped before and had a bunch of carbs and felt like crap the next day.
You inspire me Dion. Two weeks in on the low carb and more intense and regular exercise. I'm tightening my belt to keep my pants up. I'm starting to pack bigger lunches and more cheese and nuts to snack on. It's hard to find quick, healthy snacks unless I bring them from home.
@Crockett The thing with this way of eating is that a higher fat diet promotes satiety so you don't feel hungry until you really need to eat. I eat twice a day at most.
Congrats on the progress. Sounds like you're doing really well.
Maybe I'm still not eating enough fat. For example, at breakfast, I drain all the fat from the sausage I've browned before I cook a mixture of eggs, egg whites onions and peppers. I put a little cheese on top. I've been eating boneless, skinless chicken breasts and removing all the fat I can see (old habit) and using minimal cooking oil since I'm using Teflon pans. I also don't eat the visible fat on pork loin, steak, etc.
@Crockett — I eat the fat, it’s wonderful. There are only three macronutrients: fat, protein, and carbohydrate. So if we are removing most carbs from the diet then we need to raise the fat content. That’s what my research has shown and it has yielded great results for me.
One of the best resources I have seen on the ketogenic plan is by a Swedish doctor, Andreas Eenfeldt — Low Carb High Fat on Dietdoctor.com
Also see his presentation, the Food Revolution, on YouTube here. Well worth your time to understand what has happened with our government’s high carb dietary “guidelines” and what it has done to public health.
Another good one: Dr Eric Westman (Duke University) — Ketogenic Diet Seminar on YouTube.
Stay away from vegetable oils like Canola, Soybean, Corn, Sunflower. Here’s a guide:
If you are diabetic and taking meds you should check with your doctor because your meds will probably need to change.
Fortunately my only serious health issue is weight, high cholesterol and blood pressure, the latter two easily controlled with meds.
I had blood work done at my doctors office in January and I'll have one at work early next month. It will be interesting to compare numbers on HDL, LDL and blood pressure after about a month on the plan.