Last updated on April 12th, 2017
Starting weight = 215.6 lbs.
Ending weight = 214 lbs.
It was a positive week. It always is when I lose a pound or two. But in addition, the pain I’ve experienced in my left shoulder and arm has eased, and I’ve been able to focus again on my weight loss goals.
I ate well. By that, I mostly mean I kept to my low-carb high-fat principles all through the week. But I also mean that I enjoyed what I ate. To me, the enjoyment is a major factor in all of this. If I didn’t like what I was eating, I’d never be able to stick with the LCHF approach.
My goal is to lose weight without suffering!
Right now, I’m within 15 pounds of my weight target. I don’t know when I last weighed under 200 pounds. It has to be at least 40 years ago.
I’m getting there again, and then I’m staying there.
I follow your email posts with interest. I appreciate the detailed breakdown of how much you average eating daily in each category. My husband and I have been eating a HFLC diet for 15 months, and we find it the easiest way to eat and lose weight. He’s lost nearly 60 pounds, with another 40 or so to go; I’ve lost 17, and am holding, which is just want my goal was. Keep those post coming. Even though people may not be commenting, we’re still reading, and I look forward to what you have to say.
Thanks, Paulette, for the words of encouragement. And congratulations to you and your husband on your weight-loss success. I’ll keep posting!
I agree with Paulette.
Jim, have you tried intermittent fasting? I was on and off a low carb diet for a long time, then I finally got serious and went on a low carb diet permanently (other than maybe birthdays and vacations, and I try to minimize going off then). I lost some weight, but after about a year and 20 pounds, I was losing very slowly. For various reasons, including a high fasting blood sugar level, I determined I thought I was insulin resistant. Low carb can help with that, but may not be all one needs to lower insulin resistance. I stumbled onto intermittent fasting as a way to reduce my insulin resistance. I started skipping breakfast two days per week, then skipping breakfast and lunch two days a week, etc. I also found this website:
I recommend all the videos on obesity. (I don’t agree with everything he says, by the way, but much of what he says is true for me: if you use intermittent fasting, you’re not as hungry; skipping breakfast means you eat less per day; etc.)
Anyway, using intermittent fasting, I’ve lost another almost 30 pounds in about 4 months or so. I rarely eat breakfast now, and oddly feel better when I do not eat breakfast. I no longer eat after working out, even, and I used to eat immediately after working out. I keep an open schedule though and will eat breakfast if there’s a reason to do so (going out after church, a good breakfast at a hotel, etc.).
I recommend not eating breakfast two times per week (and also not snacking at night or at all if possible), and seeing what happens. I feel like a heretic saying this, as I firmly believed breakfast was the most important meal of the day, but I really believe now that breakfast is bad for me. If I eat breakfast, I’m just as hungry at lunch than if I did not eat breakfast. I also believe eating 4-6 meals a day is bad, and I used to do that too. Then again, I eat exactly opposite of the food pyramid, so maybe my recalcitrance has affected more than I thought!
Bob — Thanks for a great comment and your advice on intermittent fasting. I have tried I.F., but not enough to call a fair test. I’ve also visited the Jason Fung site, but had forgotten about it lately, so thanks for the reminder. The version of I.F. I tried was to skip breakfast, and go about 16 hours without eating. I have also tried just going a full 12 hours between my last meal or snack of the day, and breakfast. In fact, that has become my habit. I agree about eating many small meals a day: it isn’t a good weight-loss strategy for me, either. Anyway, I’m going to give the intermittent fast a more thorough try. The twice a week approach sounds do-able.