Up to this point I’ve basically told you my weight loss story, while at the same time, trying to share some knowledge I’ve gained, and hopefully inspire some people to try the low carb life if they need to lose some weight.
I’ve shared why I started low carb. How I came up with my reasons, and goals, to lose weight. Exactly how I got started. How I shifted my thinking and mindset. Things I’ve learned about our physiology. How my low carb eating has evolved over time. How I felt before I started, how I’ve felt since going low carb, and my keto weight loss results.
If any of that sounds interesting, please read my others posts. In this post I thought I would just share about where I’m at now.
Dropping the LBs – OMAD, Meat, And Me
I’ve been living the low carb lifestyle since February 9th of 2018, so it’s been almost 15 months at the date of this writing. I weighed myself today and I’m at 258 pounds. I started at 385 pounds. That’s a total weight loss to date of 127 pounds! I’m just 1 pound short of one-third of my body weight.
I lost that 127 pounds without a bit of exercise, so forget about that eat less move more baloney! I didn’t really change anything about my lifestyle except the food I choose to put in my mouth, and when I choose to put food in m mouth.
I think this is pretty damn remarkable. Especially since I tried so many other times, and so many other ways, to lose weight with little success, brief success only to regain what I lost, or zero success.
Currently, I focus primarily on protein, or maybe I should just come right out and say it, meat! I really like to eat meat. Meat is my focus every meal. I want to eat my fill of meat before anything else. It’s important to eat more protein as we get older, and as much as I hate to admit it, at 58, I guess I’m officially an old guy.
Tonight for dinner I will be having a nice little chicken caesar salad, as my appetizer, and then about eight medium rare lamb chops. I can actually smell it cooking while I’m typing this, and I’ll tell you what, it’s going to be delicious.
I only eat one meal a day nowadays. This is a fasting method known as OMAD, for One Meal A Day of course. I really love the benefits I get from allowing my insulin to remain at a baseline for ultra long hours.
It’s also nice to have the free time for my lunch break during the work week. It allows me to take care of other things on my lunch break instead of eating and rushing back to work. It works great for me during the week.
On the weekend, I usually do a brunch meal on Sundays. I gotta have my bacon and eggs at least one day a week, but I do enjoy bacon and eggs for a quick weeknight dinner too, on occasion. So, I guess I really do OMADTOS. I think you can figure that one out.
Was it easy. No! But, it wasn’t extremely difficult either. Today it’s actually pretty effortless. At this point in time I have 15 months of experience. I know what is and is not good low carb food. I know what I like to eat and what I don’t like to eat. I know when I’m actually hungry and when I’m not. The carb cravings have virtually disappeared, but the food addiction is very much alive, and probably always will be.
Well … Nobody is Perfect!
If you’ve read my other posts you know that I’m a recovering addict. I haven’t used drugs, including alcohol, for over 24 years. I know addiction, and recovery, very intimately. I’ve experienced the destruction of drug/alcohol addiction firsthand. I know what it did to my life and how it works on my mind, and the same can be said for food addiction.
As I went through carb and sugar withdrawal, I learned that food addiction is like any other addiction, and breaking that addiction is tough . I don’t care what anybody might say about that either. Food addiction is real, and the mental struggles to break food addictions are just as tough as breaking any other substance addiction. Watch an episode of My 600lb Life and you will see exactly how food addiction works and where it can lead.
I recently discovered that even though my food addictions aren’t actively pestering me every 5 minutes, they’re still there … lurking in the darkest corners of my mind, plotting against me, and hoping to have their way with me.
My wife and I ate a pizza cheat meal last Friday night. Nothing fancy, just Little Caesars (I’m not sure I would even classify it as real pizza!). As we were eating our dinner, my wife commented that it wasn’t very good. I agreed, but I kept shoving it in my pie hole!
I didn’t stop when I wanted to either. I kept eating beyond the point that I knew I was full and shouldn’t be eating anymore, even though it wasn’t really that tasty. When I analyzed my behavior, I knew it was my long-standing pizza addiction that really ate those last few slices. To make matter worse … we had leftovers.
I swear that leftover pizza called out to me from the refrigerator all damn weekend. Finally, on Sunday, I gave in and ate the last two slices. I’ve always loved cold leftover pizza, but my thinking at the time was if I eat the damn pizza I can get it out of my mind, and out my house!
It still didn’t taste very good, but now it was gone and I could move on with my life. I learned from this experience and I won’t be putting myself in that position again.
A fellow recovering addict once told me this about addiction.
“Addiction is like a sleeping tiger. As long as you leave it alone, sleeping, it won’t bother you. But, if you wake it up, it’s going to be pissed … and it’s going to be hungry.”
I am now the owner of some hard-earned experience and can personally verify that statement. It’s absolutely true. Don’t wake the sleeping tiger!
You Learn The Strangest Things!
I never would have thought that changing the way I eat would turn into a huge continuing education in nutrition, biology, and physiology. But it has, and it’s been such an awesome educational experience. I never stop wondering why none of this stuff wasn’t even briefly covered in high school. Would it have changed my life?
One of the most profound things I’ve learned in the last 15 months is that the majority of nutritional and dietary recommendations provided by the government, the media, various medical organizations, so called “experts”, trainers,and dieticians, is based on complete and utter bullshit!
I’m talking about the various nutritional guidelines and weight loss theories that are based on associational relationships. These are known as Epidemiological studies. These studies are not based on science, they’re based on correlation, trying to link one thing to another, but they do not equate causation!
But, it seems that somehow these studies have been interpreted as absolute truth and force-fed to the masses. These studies gave us wonderful things like the food pyramid, the low fat movement, the eat less move more theory, and the calories in calories out theory (OK, that last one has some validity, but all calories are not equal once ingested!).
I followed all of these and none of them worked. I didn’t successfully find a way to lose weight, without it feeling like I was punishing myself, and feel great while doing it, until I learned about controlling my hormones by eating low carb.
Funny fact on the subject of these associational studies. Did you know that there is a study that shows every time a Nicholas Cage movie is released there is an increase in swimming pool drownings? Strange but true. Yet these are the types of studies used to provide life or death information to the population. Unbelievable!
I’m not even sure you can trust your doctor when it comes to weight loss and nutrition. Did you know that on average, medical school students receive less than 24 hours of education on nutrition? It’s true. Check out for yourself in this article.
That astounded me, considering that becoming a doctor requires about 6 years of education after college! I’m lucky. My doctor is fully on-board with low carb and actually incorporates it into his life. He looks forward to my visits to see how much more weight I’ve lost. If your doctor is more concerned with what drug he can prescribe for you, and doesn’t acknowledge any of the health benefits of a low carb/keto diet, you might want to find another doctor.
I really suggest educating yourself. Educating myself has been a huge contributor in getting me to this point, and I’m sure will contribute to helping to me to remain on track once I reach my goal weight. With the information superhighway at our fingertips, we can educate ourselves. Every body is different too, so you can be your own test subject. What better way to learn what is best for you than by testing it out on yourself and seeing how it works.
I stopped paying attention to the “experts” and the media articles. When I read or hear something, I’ll do the research myself. I’m really happy about this too. Our bodies, with all the intricate things happening inside of us, things we really never think about, are absolutely fascinating. I made it a mission to learn something about diet, nutrition, or metabolism every day. I don’t think I’ve missed a day yet.
You Gotta Trust Somebody
Part of my education was to find some people online that I trust. I follow these people on various platforms and have faith in the things they tell their readers. But, it’s not blind faith. I still check things out for myself, but they always seem to steer me in the right direction.
Most of these folks are doctors, going against the medical norm, putting their reputations on the line, and recommending low carb, or keto diets, as a treatment for their patients … and their patients are seeing some awesome results. This is what medicine should be about!
Here are some of my favorites;
I really recommend giving them a follow on Twitter or looking them up on YouTube. Awesome individuals!
These doctors really helped me change my life by sharing their knowledge freely and openly. They continue to be a great influence on my thinking, and consequently, my actions. Thanks guys!
An Attitude Of Gratitude
Going low carb has given me a sense of gratitude. I am so grateful for where I am today. I’ve benefited in so many ways. Losing weight is far and away number one on my list, but I’ve had many additional benefits as well. These could be side effects of losing the excess fat, or they could be benefits of eating better food. I don’t care what did it, I’m just glad I got here.
I wasn’t in the best of health at 385 pounds. I had a bunch of things going wrong for me health wise. I had two things that were actually starting to cause me some real concern.
I was randomly falling asleep. For example, I would be having my morning coffee and reading emails, or what not, on my phone, and I’d fall asleep. I just got out of bed less than 30 minutes ago and I’d fall asleep … while drinking coffee!
I was also having these strange pains in my abdomen. It’s really hard to describe. They kind of felt like cramp, but different. They would hit me out of the blue, and hurt so bad I would have to stand up and walk it off. It was really strange.
Thankfully, I haven’t experienced either of those events in at least a year.
Additionally, my knees used to hurt terribly. At 385 pounds I know I was putting a lot of pressure on my joints, but I didn’t stand, or walk, a whole lot (I must admit I still don’t). My life is very sedentary. I work a from home doing a job that requires me to be on my computer and sitting at my desk for 8 hours a day. After I wake up, I walk downstairs to my coffee pot, grab a cup, then head to my recliner until it’s time for work. Then I walk to my office and sit back down at my desk.
That’s what I did then and that’s what I do now. I don’t think that was a whole lot of abuse to my knees. However, sitting at a desk all day did keep my knees bent, and that is when I would notice the pain. Especially after a couple of hours of sitting. I think it was caused by inflammation from all the crap in the food I ate.
Eating low carb leads you to naturally eat real food. Real food isn’t full of preservatives, fillers, sugar, and other man made oils and/or additives that cause our bodies damage over time. After a few months of low carb, I noticed the pain was gone. No more knee pain. I suspect inflammation was the cause, and food was the cure.
I’ve also managed to get off a couple of medications I was on. I took Prilosec in one form or another for over 10 years. Without it, I could get heartburn from simply drinking water. I took the antidepressant Citalopram, or Celexa, for over 18 years.
I have read many articles and anecdotes regarding how eating a proper diet, and reducing glucose in your system, can improve a bunch of health issues. Chronic heartburn and mild depression were on the list. Since I was eating better and losing weight, I wanted to be free of these drugs.
I did some research, learned how to wean myself off the drugs (by taking smaller and smaller doses over many weeks) and now I’m completely drug free. I haven’t had one bout of heartburn, and although there are times when I feel down, I wouldn’t say I’ve been depressed either. Pretty great benefits just by changing the way I eat.
These are probably my top benefits, but I also have to mention I have more energy now than I’ve had at any point in my life and my mental clarity and focus keeps improving on a daily basis. That’s why I like to say I’m losing weight and feeling great. It just seems to keep getting better!
So, I’ll just recap where I am at this point of my low carb experience.
I eat less than 20 grams of carbs per day 99.9% of the time. But, I do have a cheat meal very infrequently.
I focus on protein intake and don’t really worry about eating enough fat. Since I usually eat a fairly fatty cut of meat, I know I’m getting enough fat, and if I’m not, I still have quite a bit stored on my body that’s easily accessible.
I’m still losing weight, although not as quickly as I did during the first 9 months of eating low carb. I think I may need to recalculate my resting metabolic rate and track my meals for a while to see if I might be eating too many calories. The reality of the calorie in/calorie out model is that you only lose weight if you’re taking in less calories/energy than your expending. That’s about the only part of the calorie in/calorie out argument I can put some faith behind.
I’m still educating myself on a daily basis. This is my body, my machine. It’s different from any other in this world. I should know how it works better than anybody else, and just like I do with my car, I should do everything I can to ensure I keep it in top running condition.
I try to remain mindful. I say try, because all men will operate on autopilot by default. (we really are thinking of nothing when you ask us what we’re thinking ladies) That’s just how we’re wired. I need to check in with myself several times a day, especially if I catch myself not thinking or behaving the way I want to be.
I have to be mindful that I have food addictions and sometimes my thoughts or behaviors may be that addiction making itself known. My recent pizza adventure was a good teacher. Once I participate in the addiction, I’ve woken up the sleeping tiger, and I may find myself somewhere I never intended to go.
From this point forward I hope to focus my posts on the things that I have learned or am currently learning about, with a bit of emphasis on food addiction. I know that learning more about how my body works makes eating low carb easier for me. I really feel that knowledge gave me the power to change. I hope it will give others the power to change too.
I really want to share with others that you don’t need to struggle with weight loss. There is a way to win the battle and it’s much simpler than I ever thought. I’m one of those guys that tends to overthink and over complicate everything, so I don’t do simple well or often. But eating low carb is really simple. The simplest way I can break it down is like this … all you have to do is eat like your ancestors did a few generations ago.
If this helps just one person, I’ve fulfilled my mission.
I hope that person was you!
If I can help in any way, please leave me a comment!
What you do today is who you’ll be tomorrow. You are capable of great things!
If I can do this … so can you!