Friday, August 29, 2008

Learning to live low carb

Momma called the doctor,
And the doctor said
No more eatin' starches and bread.

Actually, I did go to the the doctor yesterday, and although her word choice was a bit different, the message was the same. My days of eating limitless carbohydrates are over.

She spoke in a clipped, professional way, but what she basically said was that my particular pairing of genetics makes it easy for me to store food as fat -- especially when I eat carbs. She diagnosed my pervasive water retention problem not as a by-product of faulty hormones, but as a result of unbalanced carbohydrate intake. In other words, I got dumped on in the gene pool, and if I want to experience better health, I will need to eat drastically differently than I've been eating. Ugh!

I spent over a two years attending Weight Watchers every week. In the first seven months I lost over 30 pounds. But shortly after that I hit a plateau and slowly began gaining back weight. After more than a year stuck at the same weight, I stopped going to meetings in March of this year. In light of what I learned at the doctor's office yesterday, it seems that when I track my eating using the Flex plan from W.W. I still eat too many carbs. Dang it!

I'll admit to feeling a bit daunted after yesterday's appointment. Learning a new way of eating is hard! And if I've learned anything about weightloss, it's that there is no such thing as a diet. You can't restrict your eating for a set amout of time and then go back to the way things used to be and expect to maintain weight loss. If I want my weight loss to last, then the eating changes I make have to become a way of life that I can live for many healthier years to come.

Hard as it is, that's what I intend to do. I'm starting out my reading Low-Carb Dieting for Dummies that I checked out from the library. So far so good. I'll keep you posted on my successes, insights and mis-steps.

Cashew later.


Flashlight Girl said...

UGh!!! You are a braver woman than I. Good luck. I have a friend who did the Atkins diet for a year or so and really did lose those pounds fast, BUT she couldn't take the not eating cookies thing. Needless to say, the weight is creeping back. I guess you have to look at this as if you were diagnosed with diabetes or something you can exert some control over with what you eat. I think the South Beach Diet is low carb oriented, and I know that there is a cookbook of the same name with some good stuff in it.

My heart, my cravings for cookies and all things carb, and my hope for your success in this endeavor are with you!!! I'll check back soon.

Suko said...

Don't forget the power of eating MORE--more fuit and vegetables, that is! Good luck with your new blog and the low carb eating (I also have two blogs!!)

Suko said...

(P.S. I love the "Dummies" books and have several; they are helpful and funny.)