How I Lost Weight : 80 Ibs in 3 months ... safely on this Diet!
The diet that changed my life
I was looking through some wedding pictures a few days ago and shaking my head... No; we're still together and quite happy. It was my size that had me going.
You could have melted me down and made two people.
In those days I weighed in at two eighty (130K)... Now I'm proud to say I'm down to two hundred even, (90K)
Before & After
How did I Lose the Weight?
Well, I was always a little pudgy as a kid, and like lots of people kind of stretched out as a teen. The extra height made me look slimmer and I was fine until I reached my mid thirty's, then I began to, slowly , gain weight. I guess it’s true that as you age your metabolism slows down. Anyway gain I did. I tried to change my eating habits when it became noticeable but didn’t have a lot of success, and I found that dieting helped, but as soon as I went off the diet I would start to creep up again!
Will power has a lot to do with weight loss and unfortunately mine was lacking... As a result, by the time I turned forty five, I weighed two hundred and eighty five pounds (130K).
Then one day I ran into a work acquaintance I hadn’t seen for a while. He was a big boy too, but he was suddenly slim! At first I thought “Wow, is he sick or something” I was curious so I asked him about it, and I’m sooo glad I did! He was exited to tell me his tale.
He had been following a low (almost no) carbohydrate diet. He described a typical day...
Breakfast- hard boiled egg, then a snack two hours later- a small piece of baked chicken breast. Lunch was a salad of about a cup and a half of lettuce with a small handful of cut up vegetables on it and more chicken, or another low fat meat. A a couple more “protein snacks” as he called them and then dinner which was a repeat of lunch.
I asked him the obvious question, “Aren’t you starving!” his reply, “That’s the point, isn’t it’.
After a chuckle he went on to say that he wasn’t really all that hungry, The fact that he could eat a low fat ‘snack’ every couple of hours really helped. By the time he was thinking ‘I could use some food’ it was time to eat again.
Well, the proof was standing before me. He said he was seventy five pounds lighter (34K) and he had done it in three months!! He explained that he had basically lost a pound a day by following the diet. I pointed out that losing that much weight that quickly was probably not very healthy. He said that he had had a long talk with his Doctor who agreed to monitor him through the process, and advise him to stop if the Doctor saw any ill effects. I guess the Doctor was happy, because here he was, a whole lot lighter and looking healthy....
Well, to get to the point I started the diet right away, with the help of a book that he recommended.
Lean For Life
Some low carb snack ideas
The low carb diet book
The book walked me through the whole process from start to finish with day by day menu choices and lots of encouragement. It was a big help...
The first step is to put your body into a state of what’s called ‘ketosis’. There is some controversy surrounding this. Some authorities see it as dangerous... But my advice is to see your Doctor like my associate and I did and have him monitor you through the process.
Ketosis is achieved by eating only proteins for a period of three days. I did this and it was the hardest part of the diet. After the three days I used a ‘keto stick’ to check my progress. You pee in a cup and put the business end of the stick in it for ten seconds or so, then take a look...
The more purple you see the more ‘In ketosis’ you are.
My understanding of ketosis is that being in this state tricks your body into consuming fat, but I’’m sure there is a lot of info available for more in depth research. And, again I suggest talking with your Dr before making any new dietary changes.
A nice side benefit of the protein days was that I lost seven pounds! That alone was worth the effort!
After the three ‘protein days’ I was off... And I followed the same routine my associate had.
Breakfast- a source of protein about half the size of the palm of your hand, this could be chicken (white meat though, dark meat has more fat) Turkey, lean beef or ham. Or tuna or a hard boiled egg. But I stress lean. You have to avoid fatty meats. I found some turkey peperoni that was quite lean and used that too.
Two hours after breakfast, another ‘protein snack’ Then two hours later, lunch.
Lunch and Dinner are the same- basically a salad with just a few veggies on it and another protein that's half the size of your palm. For veggies I used a mix of celery, carrot, cucumber or zuchinni. And not too much. These veggies are your only carbohydrates for the day and the whole idea is to limit carbs. Oh, and I shopped around for a salad dressing that only had one gram of carbohydrate per tablespoon. I also drank my coffee black.
After dinner, that’s it... no more food til breakfast. I drank herbal teas in the evenings, and found it helped with the hunger.
The book recommends that you drink a lot of water every day, and get some exercise too. It suggests walking a certain distance. I did both of these things and I think it helped me lose the weight more quickly.
I weighed myself every morning and sure enough I was losing an average of a pound a day!
I did find that I would ‘plateau’ every few days though. I’d just get stuck at a certain weight and stay there. But the book came to the rescue... It recommends another ‘protein day’ each week to help you along. I found that eating only proteins one day a week always got me past that plateau and I would start losing again.
After four weeks I took a break, again on the advice of the book. But I was careful to watch what I ate. I did NOT want to backside and gain weight, now that I was seeing real progress. After another two weeks it was back to work, starting with the three protein days again.
Bottom line- I went from two eighty five (130K) down to two twenty five (103K) in two months, not counting the break in the middle. That’s sixty pounds (27.5K), gone!
Of course the challenge then was to keep it off... That’s always the real struggle of any diet. We tend to go back to old eating habits once the diet is over and we've reached our goal. The same eating habits that got us in trouble in the first place!
the Value of the Book
Here’s where the book helped again... When you reach your goal the idea is to stay on the basic diet but increase the food you eat, slowly . And try to stay within a couple pounds of your new weight. The book explains in more detail, but the idea is that you get your body used to the new weight and it accepts it. Over time your body learns to think of this as your normal weight and, as long as you are careful, it will help you stay there.
I'll admit that I had some trouble with this part, and my journey didn’t end there. I found myself gaining slowly after going off the diet. But when I reached a certain point, say ten pounds over my goal, I would start the process over. But I’d only have to follow the diet for a week, maybe two to get back to my goal. I found myself doing this about once a year...
It’s been ten years since I first did this diet and I’m proud to say that I still maintain my goal, in fact I’ve lost more weight! I’m down from the original goal of two twenty five (103K) to two hundred even (91K). Eighty pounds (36.5K) less than my original weight. Now I work out three days a week as well and at fifty six years of age I’m in better shape than I was in my twenties! And I have to say I've never felt better!! I feel light, have more energy and sleep better too...
I’m not a salesman. I don’t recommend anything I don’t fully believe in. I honestly feel this book helped me to achieve the difficult goal of becoming thinner, and healthier! It might be possible for someone to reach their goals by following what I’ve described above. But if you are serious about losing weight I think you will want the additional information and resources included in the book... It’s called ‘Lean for Life’ and can be found on Amazon at a reasonable price. There’s a link below if you’re interested.