I’m absolutely tickled. My tail is wagging. I have the body I longed for since I was a teenager. I feel lithe and young, I have lots of energy, I’m dancing inside and out. I just attended my 47th high school reunion and someone remarked, “you look fabulous.” I was one of only a few people (out of twenty) who wasn’t heavier than in high school.
A wonderful surprising joy is I don’t go hungry. I eat surprisingly small meals that are richly satisfying. I don’t depend on exercise to keep weight off.
I still eat chocolate.
I’ve tried numerous weight-loss diets over the years, lost five to thirty pounds each time, and then regained it over time.
It’s not about deprivation. It’s about letting my body return to the metabolism it evolved with. I’ve become a fat-burner.
My 88-year-old mother lost thirty pounds at the same time. My partner Robin lost ten pounds. She was already slender, but she lost weight in her middle, around the organs where it’s unhealthy to store fat.
We all have more energy and vitality than we did before. My emotional life is calmer, lighter, quieter. My hot flashes have diminished. Robin’s herbal supplements for lyme seem to be more potent.
This isn’t a diet, it’s really a lifestyle. It’s a very low carbohydrate lifestyle akin to the new Atkins diet. We’ve become fat-burners. It means we’re burning fats for energy, rather than carbohydrates like most people do.
We eat moderate protein, very low carbohydrates, high saturated fats.
Notice I said high in saturated fats. Animal fats like eggs and cream and meat. Coconut oil. No vegetable oils. We’ve learned it’s what the body evolved on, and prefers.
Yes, it flies in the face of standard medical dietary advice, but NOT with the research results which have largely been ignored or suppressed. More about that in another blog.
We got started by following The Six Week Cure for the Middle-Aged Middle by Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades. Authors of Protein Power, their medical practice focused on conditions best met by nutritional changes. It came about as Dr. Mary’s middle thickened, despite doing what she advocated for her patients.
We radically reduced our carbohydrates. A few berries are the only fruit. No grains or starchy vegetables. And of course no added sugars or flour.
Every meal includes moderate protein and some good quality saturated fat. Meals are tinier than I was used to, but the fats make them very satisfying. I come away feeling satiety, contentment, not full. I don’t get hungry for many hours. I have more stamina.
Within about two weeks, our bodies had switched to burning fats for energy — both the fats we ate, and importantly, the fats stored in our bodies. Hunger sensations faded (we found that these come from carbohydrate addiction.) And the pounds melted off, until I reached a plateau many pounds lower than I imagined. The plateau seemed to be my body saying “I’m happy here.” I didn’t push it lower: I trusted its wisdom.
Robin and I dug into reading more about this ketogenic diet. How healthy is it? Are there contraindications? We’ve learned it’s how our ancestors ate for 99.99% of their time on the planet. Our bodies evolved with this eating pattern. We learned how saturated fats prized by our ancestors feed our nerves and our big brain.
The ketogenic diet doesn’t have the insulin swings associated with blood sugar fluctuations (and hunger) associated with obesity and diabetes. It reduces inflammation, cancer factors, osteoporosis and heart disease. Yes, heart disease. Contrary to what the medical establishment advocates!
I’ll report on our reading in another blog. I’ll give an outline of the 6-week Cure; a sample daily menu; what I eat when stressed. I welcome your questions — with delight! Who else wants to give this lifestyle a try?