After trying many things like exercise, portion control, and vamping up my body with vitamins it was lacking, I then tried changing my diet since the other things netted no real results. The diet isn’t really a diet at all because I eat plenty, I am full, and I don’t crave sweets very much anymore. It’s not a fad or crash diet, and I am not starving myself. I don’t take weight loss pills or use weight loss powders or shakes, or drink liquid breakfasts. I eat real food. It’s a “no diet” diet and great for those who have tried other things with poor or no results who seem resistant to weight loss. I don’t count calories and I don’t count fat, but instead I just use food behavior modification.
I was going to the gym or fitness center six days a week, with five of those days being twice a day. There was no weight was lost the first week, but instead I gained about four to five pounds. I knew I couldn’t be building muscle mass after only seven days, so I knew something was wrong. I kept going to the gym with the same schedule and the second week I lost the same four to five pounds I had gained the week before. Then three days later into the third week, I gained half of that weight back. I had also cut down on my portions at meal time and that along with the workouts at the gym should have netted better results, but it didn’t. I was beginning to think I was never going to loose this extra weight.
I knew my vitamin B12 and D3 were low, because I had some blood work done recently, so I bought those vitamins, which was only a start. After researching vitamins and weight management on the Internet, I went back and bought four more items worth over $100, and again, some weeks later, I bought three more items totaling $56. I was now taking these vitamins along with my workouts and smaller food portions, but to no avail because there was no weight loss.
I went back to the Internet and googled weight loss resistance, which also produced results for insulin resistance. I thought I’m not diabetic, but as I read on, I found out that you don’t have to be diabetic. If the weight keeps pouring on and your diet is not managed, it could then lead to diabetes. So now I was not only fat, but worried. There seemed to be a ray of hope, because the information said as we grow older, we can become insulin resistant, or weight-loss resistant, helping to create the middle aged spread and that made me feel like I was normal and not the only one this was happening to, so I started the diet.
Food to cut out of your diet:
Oatmeal and cream of wheat
Cold cereals or grains
Gluten or soy
Sodas or pop
Sweets, snacks or junk food or refined foods
Breaded or battered items
What you can eat:
Fish and poultry
Healthy fats like: olives, peanut butter, pumpkin and sesame seeds, and flaxseed
Additionally, although most vegetables are good for this diet, you still need to avoid potatoes, which is a starch, and corn which is a grain. If you really want to get serious, cut out peas too, because they break down to sugar. Although canned vegetables are better than the junk food, grains and starches, which are taboo foods in my first list (above), the canned veggies are not as good as fresh or fresh frozen (flash frozen). The canned vegetables are also high in sodium and preservatives too and sometimes even pick up that canned taste. Red vegetables and leafy vegetables are best, although you do not have to strictly eat only that.
Moreover, you should also try to eat leaner cuts of meat and those that are hormone free if possible. This diet is very similar to the Atkins diet that came out about 20 years ago, only that it is slightly modified, because it’s not just meat only for weeks at a time. This diet for insulin resistance is very similar to the newer Paleo diet
You are even supposed to watch your coffee intake and diet sodas, but I do break that rule too and have also lost weight. Diet carbonated beverages don’t have carbs, but the artificial sweeteners have also hindered some people from losing weight particularly for those that are weight loss resistant.
Most processed pre-packaged meats like bologna and hot dogs have a low carb count, but it too has hindered some people from reaching their weight loss goals. Even most dairy has been a culprit at times. I still have not cut out all dairy, because I do have yogurt every day and occasionally pre-packaged meat, yet even when breaking the rules slightly, I lost 4 to 5 pounds in the first 4 to 5 days on the diet and without vitamins or exercise. Take notice of what works for you, and if need be cut down or stop those items altogether. Here is a website where you can check the carb count and compare two foods that you are considering eating.
UPDATE: I have now been on this low carb diet for 8 weeks and have lost 25 pounds (lbs) as of 10-5-2013. EDIT: Then I reached a plateau or a stall for awhile, then resumed losing weight again a little later, utilizing the same plan and have lost a total of 33 pounds (lbs). Since this article was published, I have made a cheat sheet on 14 ways to cut carbs.
This is not intended to be taken as medical advice, and is only general guidance. If your doctor has placed you on a specific diet, then you should continue to follow that or perhaps ask first if you could combine your existing diet with this one, which cuts carbs.