Let me take a second to share a couple of things about my Journey
1.) I have struggled with weight all of my life
2.) In 2008 I lost my father and became my mother’s caregiver due to her traumatic brain injury. Within 2 years I gained 120 lbs.
3.) One of my biggest obstacles was and always has been food comfort.
I Started on the Ketogenic (Low Carb Diet)
I knew the weight loss was quick, certain, and effective, especially being more on the obese side and having done this before. Also, dieting is a struggle of discipline vs. practicality vs. effectiveness. It was more practical for me to give up carbs for a while knowing all that I could eat and without counting Calories. From my years of experience, I have my own Low Carb Diet Page
After Losing about 100 lbs.
I’ll admit, I was ready to stop Ketogenic dieting and transition into less carb restricted eating habits. You don’t just jump back into eating fries, chips, sweets, drinking pop, etc. Trust me, the body and its ability to utilize fat for energy efficiently is so much greater without those things. So I started, and now lead, a high protein, carb controlled lifestlye. There are severals to do (and I do) this:
- High Protein Nutrition Meal Replacements gives the needed protein and healthier carbs with the benefits of other dietary essentials in a low Calorie package. Thus, the whatever meal doesn’t involve a shake/smoothie gets to be ‘liberal. But, I was/am still very cognizant of staying away from sugars and higher GI carbs however, meeting my protein and fiber needs for muscle repair and general insulin regulation.
- Once I was Under 200 lbs., I started to transition into eating more ‘regular food’, in smaller portions, still being cognizant of eliminating excess carbs (especially high glycemic ones), higher Complete Protein, and spreading my meals throughout the day (about 4-6). The end result was to ultimately eating slightly hypocaloric, while balancing my meals in a way that facilitated constant utilixation of fat as a source of energy.
The aforementioned is to show that success came from approaching my weight loss as something dynamic as opposed to being stuck and failing with the notion of there is a right way to do it.