Health Benefits of Eating Low Carb and My Weekly Update

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I have been following a low carb way of eating for 3 weeks now. I am basically NOT counting calories, but I am trying to keep my net carb intake to below 20 grams a day. Keeping your carbs this low means that you need to replace the energy you require with another source. With this way of eating, carbs are being replace with healthy fats.

Eating carbohydrates (which are turned to sugar) spikes your blood sugar causing an increased need for insulin. Then you crash. This method of eating is not healthy for anyone who has a difficult time processing sugar. It would be like telling someone who is lactose intolerant that they must consume 70% of their daily caloric intake from milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream!!! Insane right?

Ignoring medical guidelines and adopting a low-carb, high-fat diet is the way to reverse type 2 diabetes

This according to Dr. Sarah Hallberg, Medical Director of the Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program at IU Health Arnett, United States.

She explains in the following talk she gave at TEDx Talks:


I had basically given up! And quite honestly it is true what they say that the older you get, the faster you pack on the pounds and the harder they are to lose.

I am giving this low carb way of eating a fair shake. It has been a full 3 weeks since I started eating this way.  I am very happy to report that in those 3 weeks I have lost a total of 20.5 pounds.

Because I am pre-diabetic, I have to go for regular blood tests. Once every 3 months. I go this Thursday for the test and then get results next week on Wednesday. I can hardly wait to see what my blood sugars have been up to. Because really that is the true test. Now the test will show my sugars for 3 months, and I have only been doing LCHF for 3 weeks so the results may not as be as noticeable as I would like them to be yet…. but it’s a start.

Also, most days I have way more energy, and I seem to be in a better mood. I still do get some food cravings (potato chips have always been my answer to any kind of stress), but I have been able to talk myself out of them and they are not nearly as intense as in my carb days gone by.

Last week I said that I was going to be doing an 8 day ZERO carb challenge. Although I was able to keep my carbs under 10, it was difficult and very boring. By the end of the week I was actually craving salad LOL (that’s really a first for me). You can’t actually go to zero carbs because even things like eggs have a small amount of carbs. Bacon and sausage also do especially depending on how it is processed. So although the zero carb challenge was a good thing for me to try, it is not something I would enjoy doing for more than the one week challenge.

I will definitely keep you updated on my blood work next week, and of course I will continue my Monday updates.  I know that my weight loss will slow to a more realistic amount each week, but heck it feels so good to see the scale drop AND my clothes are getting loser.  Soon I will be able to pull out the next smaller size 😀

Talk soon,

Heather

 

 

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