Just wanted to share with anyone interested.
Quick backstory; I’m a 36 year old vet with an aching back, knees, and every other joint my body has. At the turn or the year I weighed 193 pounds.
At 5’9”, that’s definitely overweight for my standards. I’m also a full time college student, husband, dad and I have 2 part time jobs.
I’m also in the midst of buying a home and petitioning for custody of my son. Needless to say I’m stressed and too busy to find adequate time for
So, back in December my wife and I decided to try a carb free month. We couldn’t do January because we had to go through the food we had; couldn’t
let it go to waste. So we chose February to start.
We eliminated bread, pasta, pizza to start. Once we really started looking we found just about everything in a standard American diet is flooded in
carbs. We pretty much just went to meats and greens and fruit. Fruit was our biggest source of sugar as well...we eliminated just about anything
else with sugar in it. So, low carb/low sugar.
We quickly realized that eliminating carbs all together was going to be nearly impossible considering our high stress/high demand lives we both live.
All it takes is not planning for one unpredictable event to happen and your stuck somewhere without a meal. Luckily, places like Panera, McCallisters
Deli and chipotle offer quick, low carb solutions to help.
Anyway, To the results. After one month, I was down 7 pounds. 186 felt better than 193. But I also noticed more energy, both mentally and
physically. Whenever I could go for a run I wasn’t winded as early and I could run further. I found a spring in my step that had been lost for
awhile. My joints didn’t hurt anymore, my back felt great, my knees didn’t pop and crack so much, and my knuckles stopped screaming at me.
We decided to keep going with it. The results were too much to pass on. I’m down to 177. It should be more, but we had a few family celebrations
that distracted us a little. But, each time I have a few beers, or overload on carbs from a big family gathering...I note a couple things.
1. The carbs instantly make me feel fat and bloated. I can immediately feel it around my waist and I can see my face swell up from it.
2. The pain in my back, knees and hands comes back within 24 hours. And it stays for as long as it takes for the carbs to process through.
3. When I eat carbs, I crave carbs. When I don’t eat carbs, I don’t crave carbs. In fact, I’m rarely hungry when the carbs are at a
So, another thing I started was intermittent fasting. 5-6 days out of the week I don’t eat anything until noon. Anything I eat during my noon-8
window is, as stated, meats and greens. I think this is imperative to the diet because it’s making my body burn the body fat that I have.
I’m not consuming sugar, so the body isn’t burning sugar for energy. I’m not consuming carbs, so my body isn’t consuming carbs for energy.
Therefore, body fat is its primary source of energy which is leading to the weight loss. And the intermittent fasting allows for more body fat to be
burned before new foods are introduced during the day.
I know if I had more free time, more weight would be coming off. I drive 45 minutes to campus everyday, I sit in class, I sit in study groups, I
drive home from class, I sit at my desk and study at night and I wake up early most mornings and I sit and study. Point is, I’m forced to do a lot
of sitting. So to lose 16 pounds without having very much time for exercise, is a success.
And removing all the pain I’ve lived with for so long is an added bonus. Our grocery bill isn’t effected by the change because we aren’t buying
crap food AND health food. It’s all health food.
Anyway, I’ve been raving to everyone I know about the benefits I’ve been seeing first hand. I figured I’d share the results and benefits with
anyone wanting to read, so maybe it’ll inspire or motivate people to try it out for themselves.
We don’t have to eat the standard American diet; we just have to choose not too!
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