I Lost 35 Pounds

Eat what you like

I lost 35 Pounds in 4 years (but at least I didn’t gain 20; how’s that for optimism?). I could have lost weight much faster, but I was lazy in this program, which I’ll put forth below.

Four years ago, I was gaining weight, and not topping out. I was then given a way to lose weight and control it. I felt I could depend on that program, mainly because it was given to me by my diabetes counselors, and it was free (to me, at least, if you don’t count insurance payments). Furthermore, I was told I could eat whatever I wanted, but by counting the carbs. Then, they gave me their punch line: “Exercise is important.”

Many of us look for easy and fast ways to lose weight. People who want to make a lot of money take advantage of this type of thinking, and present their wares. The thing they stress is their food or their method, but they gloss over the exercise part. If they do focus on exercise, they invent some type of machine you have to buy, because it was designed “especially for those wanting to lose weight fast,” or whatever other catch-phrase they use.

The truth is, God gave you the machinery: two legs and a pair of arms. If a person can’t walk, there are other ways to do aerobics (an exercise that gets the heart pumping so you can feel it). If walking or jumping jacks is too boring or dangerous, then I’d say any legitimate machine that encourages aerobics is fine, placed in front of a TV. Time goes by faster when you’re watching TV.

One thing about these fast and easy plans: if there’s a rapid weight loss, the body thinks there’s a famine, and slows down its metabolism. Weight reduction therefore comes to a standstill. This is both discouraging and maddening, as the body sends continual hunger signals, until you can’t think of anything else but Twinkies and pizza. Finally, as you give in to save your sanity, more weight is gained in the end, more than what was lost. With this plan I have been able to lose weight without the resulting overreaction. It’s a slow process, but I think it’s worth it. The way I think of 35 pounds’ loss in four years is: “At least I don’t weigh 50 pounds more than what I weigh now."

I hasten to remind you that I’ve been lazy in this program. I’m sure that a more dedicated routine will bring faster and better results, without the body going into panic mode.

Here’s the program I use (each body is unique and may require different levels of the amounts below):

Eat all the low-carb veggies, fats and proteins you want (within reason). This includes meats (even bacon!), eggs, cheese, mayonnaise, cottage cheese, some peanut butter, nuts, sour cream, avocado, tub margarine and butter, to name a few. Eat also a lot of greens. Greens help you to feel satisfied when the meal is over and long-gone (I eat the greens first, if they are less than desirable. But if they’re hot, and I put lots of margarine, salt and pepper on them; this way they’re usually scrumptious!). Low-carbohydrate vegetables include: Spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts, salad greens, artichoke, carrots, celery, zucchini and cauliflower, to name a few (See my cauliflower recipe for good, healthy eating). Eat foods containing carbohydrates with your meals, but count the carbs.

In the morning, my breakfast contains around 30-45 grams of carbs. This means I can have one potato the size of a computer mouse, or about six 4-inch pancakes. I like to pile on the bacon or sausage, and eggs. Butter is great with pancakes, but a little syrup won’t hurt, especially if you’re under on the carbs count.

For mid-morning snack, I get 15 carbs. This means I can usually eat 1/4 bagel, or 6 saltine crackers, or 7 Ritz crackers, 13 wheat thins, 1 slice of thin crust pizza, 5 vanilla wafers, or 4 cups of popcorn to name a few. With that, I usually eat cottage cheese or a health bar or drink. If I eat a quarter bagel, I pile on the cream cheese.

For lunch, I get another 30-45 grams of carbs in addition to whatever veggies, fat and proteins I feel like taking in.

For afternoon snack, another 15 carbs. I've found that a protein-- or Slim Fast shake works great.

For Dinner, 45-60 carbs, along with my permissibles, and I tend to feast! By the way, because one can get well-satisfied with this program, there have been times when I wasn’t really that hungry at dinner time. But don’t let that stop you from eating right: you don’t want your body to panic.

I’m also allowed a bedtime snack, which, again, permits 15 grams of carbs. Bedtime snacks are highly recommended because of the ensuing 8-hour or more fast. Avoiding the bed-time snack can, again, cause the body to want to gorge in the morning.

Snacking like this between meals and at bedtime helps the body to remain satisfied while providing the essential protein/carb balance. This helps the body to maintain a good, healthy metabolic rate, and to not crave things that will add more weight.

Exercising 30 minutes a day 5 to 7 times per week will be what makes weight-loss easy, now that you’re on a good diet program. Like I mentioned above, I like to run the treadmill in front of a small TV I bought cheap. I must admit, though, that while I was walking – leaving the house and going around enough blocks to last 30 minutes, I lost weight a lot faster. For having knee problems, I now use the treadmill, because I can reduce the stress on my knees by leaning on the support handles. My knees don’t bother me as much, now, though, because of the 35 pounds I’ve lost. My next goal is another 20, and I’m going to attempt it in six months (I’m six feet tall, and now weigh 245 pounds; I enjoy being able to tie my shoes without wheezing in order to not suffocate).

Please remember that I'm not a doctor or nutritionist. I'm just telling my story, and the facts as I understand them. There are lists on the internet showing what foods have carbs, and how many carbs are in a given amount. This info is also written on most packages or cans. But if you want a specific list from me, just write me and I’ll send it. Happy healthy living!

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Alexander Mark 5 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Sensible advice. This is why I like your hubs. I too have found it better to exercise outside.

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