The day after Christmas – I started my Low Carb High Fat Diet. I hesitate to call it a diet, because I did not start eating this way to lose weight. I had a couple of pounds I wanted to lose – but my motivation for eating low carbs, almost no sugar, and a lot of meat, eggs, cheese, whole cream, and above ground vegetables was to improve my cholesterol!
According to the book – our bodies are designed to burn fat. However, Americans have a diet that is extremely high in Carbohydrates, and low fat processed foods. Fat is not the enemy – and neither is cholesterol. I had my blood work done at the beginning of January. I am doing this low carb high fat diet for 3-4 months, then going to have my blood work done again, and see how it affects things. I will post the results here when I get them.
Anyways – back to the reason for this post. When I started this “diet” – I weighed 198 lbs. I am 6′ 3″ tall. The only area that I wanted to lose a couple pounds was my “spare tire” (but remember, I’m doing this “diet” for my cholesterol, not to lose weight).
I am now a very lean 189 lbs. I haven’t really changed anything. I still run like I normally do. I still workout about the same – I stay active. The only thing I have changed is that I eat Bacon and Eggs almost daily for breakfast. I eat Greek Yogurt with a few blackerries or blueberries from time to time, and I eat cheese. I cook with butter or olive oil. I eat a lot of meet and above ground vegetables for dinner.
I thought that this “diet” would be hard. That giving up carbs and sugar was going to be a challenge. The surprising truth is, that is hasn’t been difficult at all! I also thought that I would be lacking energy for working out and/or running. I thought this because I used to think that my source of energy was the carbs and sugars in my sports drinks and power bars. Turns out I was wrong about that too! My energy levels are the same, if not better. My run times haven’t suffered, and I feel great.
I have cheated a couple of times in the last couple weeks. The first was 2 weeks ago on a date. At dinner – I ordered the salmon (which is fine) but I ate the potato’s. Then 1 week later, I ate a lot of carbs while skiing. I had a hamburger and slice of pizza one day, and a bowl of clam chowder the next day. I also ate spaghetti. I think that because I was skiing, I burned those carbs off right away, so it wasn’t a huge deal, but I did eat carbs. I also drank a coke.
The one thing I have noticed is that when I first cut the carbs and sugar, I was pretty emotional. Everything made me feel like crying. This only last 2-3 days, and I’m not sure it’s related, but I’m guessing it was because after I ate carbs on my ski trip (even though I think I burned them all off) – I was emotional for about a day after.
The other thing I have noticed is that I’m much more motivated and driven, and I am much more focused on tasks – both professional and personal. I suspect this is a result of cutting the carbs also (which naturally cuts out the gluten). I believe this because of the book “Grain Brain – the surprising truth about wheat, carbs, and sugar – your brains silent killers.” and what I’ve learned in it so far about the effects of carbs, sugar, and grains on our brains. I’m only 1/2 way through that book, but so far, it’s fascinating – and I highly recommend it.
I will be starting a 40 day High Intensity Training program – in addition to my running. This is in an effort to bulk up a bit. I don’t want to be huge, just way more tones with a little more muscle mass. I actually want to gain weight now! 🙂 I will keep you all updated as to my progress, and I will post a day one picture, and post additional pictures I a progress with my Daily “HIT”.