We’ve all heard about “the diet that changed my life” from other people. It’s so cliche. However, after reading Gary Taubes’ “Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It“, I have to say it: This is the diet that changed my life! Or at least the way I think about why people get fat.
When my daughter reached the 8-month mark in January and I was still hanging on to 20 pounds extra baby weight, I jumped on the New Year bandwagon to lose weight. My husband recommended I read Gary Taubes’ book, which he had heard about from an acquaintance who lost a great deal of weight after reading it. I did read it. In less than 2 days. And I haven’t turned back since!
Here is the jest of the book and the diet Gary recommends: eat low carb. Now I know what you’re probably thinking! “Those diets are dangerous…it’s just an Atkins diet..etc, etc”.
My advice to you is to read it anyways! Borrow it from someone if you don’t want to buy it. But find a way to read it.
After reading the book, my mind was blown away with the idea that eating carbohydrates (sugars) is what ultimately makes us fat. It all comes down to insulin, the hormone that is released from the pancreas when we ingest sugar (whether it be in brown rice, fruit, or pie!). Insulin has a huge effect on how our body uses energy and on our fat storage. Basically by eliminated sugars from our diet, both simple and complex, our body greatly decreases insulin production and starts to burn fat for energy instead of carbs.
This just scratches the surface of what is in the book. Just read it, and you’ll get why the way I eat will forever be different, and for the better!
So after reading the book, my husband and I started following the diet recommended in the Appendix of the book. It is simple and to the point. Basically any type of meat and non-starchy vegetable is allowed. Any low carb dressings, oils, butters, etc are allowed. As long as it’s low carb you can eat it.
My first weigh-in was January 3rd at 159.8 pounds.
The first week was awful. I was fighting cravings for anything sweet, because I was pretty much a chocolate addict. Day 3 I woke up feeling really shaky and weak. This is normal however, because my body was in the process of switching form burning carbs for energy to burning fat. So all-in-all it was a good sign.
Since I got past that, it’s been the easiest way of eating ever! I can eat whenever I’m hungry, until I’m full. There is no denying myself food when I’m hungry. As long as I eat low-carb I can eat until I’m full whenever I feel hungry. I also have not exercised. Let me repeat I HAVE NOT EXERCISED!
Here are the results of my weekly weigh-ins thus far:
Jan 3: 159.8
Jan 9: 152.4 (-7.4 lbs) (this is largely water weight which is typical the first week to lose)
Jan 16: 149.4 (-3 lbs)
Jan 23: 148.6 (-0.8 lbs)
Jan 30: 148.0 (-0.6 lbs)
Feb 6: 145.0 (-3 lbs)
Feb 13: 143.8 (-1.2 lbs)
Feb 20: 143.6 (-0.2 lbs)
OVERALL WEIGHT LOSS: 16.2 lbs in 7 weeks
In 7 weeks I am just about to my pre-pregnancy weight of 140. I am going to keep eating this way indefinitely. The health benefits (decreased risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, etc) are laid out in the book. I am hoping to lose another 10 pounds and reach 130, which was the weight I was before having any babies at all!
I am sold on this lifestyle and I just want to shout it out to the entire world because I believe in it.
I will keep you updated on my progress! Until then, read “Why We Get Fat“!