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BEARCLAW6 is a SparkPeople Motivator!
Ever wonder why you are hungry all the time even though your tracker says you are over your calorie limit for the day? Get drousy after lunch? I was that person, once. I am that person no more. I avoid foods that make me hungry. I avoid foods that make me fat. I avoid most grains and potates. I eat meat, vegetables, nuts and cheese. I am rarely hungry and yet I have control of my weight.
A few of years ago at my age 40 physical my doctor told me that there wasn't anything he could find wrong with me other than the fact that I was overweight. He then went on to tell me that I was very lucky and he was certain that he would not be telling me the same thing at age 50. My wife showed me a curious book in the summer of 2010 by a guy named Gary Taubes (Good Calories, Bad Calories) that went into great detail about what is wrong with the Western diet and why we all get heart disease and diabetes. This got me thinking. Then....a good friend of mine died in September 2010 from complications of Type I diabetes. While I realize that his condition was very different from the condition that will probably be my fate should I continue eating high-carb, high-calorie meals, it does get a guy to think even more!! So here I am, cutting out potatoes, white grains, pasta and most fruit while I pretty much eat all the eggs, cheese, meat and veggies I want.
Lose some weight, get my HDLs up and generally improve my health.
Healthy eating....In other words, low carb. Based loosely on the Atkins diet but without taking the stages of the diet too seriously.
An Oregon native, I spent half my life in Seattle before moving to Boston in 2009. Fat since I was five years old (with a short stint as a fit bicycle fiend in my mid-twenties), I have spent most of my life in an intense love affair with sugar.
Quote that seems relevant: "Then would you read a Sustaining Book, such as would help and comfort a Wedged
Bear in Great Tightness?" ~W. T. Pooh
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| current weight: 251.0
I was just reading one of your posts, and reminded of your journey. What a fantastic job!! I have the book you mentioned also, why we get fat, but I havent completed it. I hang around alot on MDA and I start tweaking things, and just when I think I have got this thing figured out, I realize I don't. I think I over analyse to the point of paralyze. Your post reminds me to get back to the basics. Get back to what I know. Although now I am not so sure what I know haha. When I first started SP, I was following their guidelines and losing 10lbs per month. Granted way high carbs on SAD, so even lowering to 150 - 180 net carbs was still an improvement. Just dumb luck, adding back in things like grains and legumes because I read they were good for me. Then the more I researched and the more I learned, the slower the weight loss. Although, I was becoming satiated on less food, and eating less and eating better overall. So that just keeps me going in circles, trying to figure out what I need to do.
Anyways, I enjoy your posts and I am going to dig my book back out :) Thanks for sharing your experiences with us!
1533 days ago
I have read some of your comments in the message boards regarding nutrition and carbohydrates. I gotta say that I appreciate the feedback you give people.
I made the lower/smarter carb switch today. I read through all the Atkins stuff and it sounds great. Having real fats to me is way better than having a slice of bread.
1533 days ago
Thank you for your comments regarding my carb concern earlier today !!
1576 days ago
Hello, I wandered over from the paleo thread on the main boards. I really enjoyed your thoughtful comment and your attitude, and I'd like to add you as a friend....I see you're an Oregon native. So am I!
1589 days ago
I read both Gary Taubes books (Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat ). I was a poster child for calories in calories out. I lost weight, I was not hungry, I was currious that my experience seemed somewhat different than others doing the same thing. When I read Gary's books I noted that I cut back quick carbs as my primary diet change so while I was playing just with a Calorie in Calorie out model I was doing many of the things Gary talks about, they just were not deliberate, the were accidental or intuitive.
1592 days ago