Now that we are fully in holiday season and the eating frenzy has begun, I decided it was time to confess that Carl and I (well, more me but Carl is graciously going along for moral support) are trying to slim down. I have gradually put on weight in my adult years but it seems that the older I get, the quicker the weight is gaining on me. Since we live in the land of sunshine and bathing suits, I have reached my breaking point. I want to feel comfortable in a bathing suit and shorts once again.
So last month, we adopted a Low Carb, High Fat lifestyle. And in the last month, I have dropped 10 pounds just like that, along with 3 inches in my waist and 2 inches in my hips! Granted the first 5 pounds in water gain were lost in just the first week and I have continued to lose about a pound a week since then. My goal by next summer is to lose at least another 20 pounds or as much as it takes to feel good about wearing a bathing suit :).
Since there are many great websites already out there with information on LCHF (my favorite is this link), I won’t go into it all here. But basically, we don’t eat any grains (i.e., bread, pasta) or sugar (i.e. anything sweet, including fruit). We do eat lots of eggs, meat, cheese, nuts, vegetables and healthy fats (butter, coconut oil). What I love about LCHF is that you don’t have to count calories and you are encouraged to eat when hungry. It helps to think of it as a change in lifestyle instead of a diet.
I am finding good alternatives to things that we enjoy. For example, zucchini noodles instead of pasta, smashed cauliflower (smothered in butter, heavy cream and cheese) instead of potatoes and low carb bread for hamburgers. It’s been fun to experiment and try new things.
Just wanted to put it out here in the open to help hold me accountable…I’ve said it publicly so now there’s no turning back!