I found olives to be a tasty snack, but they are full of calories. At least they are not a carb. I need more veggie matter in my system, and at least I love olives, any kind of them!
That’s awesome!!!Inflammation has dropped off dramatically so joints are feeling less painful; mood has elevated and I'm feeling more motivated to attack those stubborn jobs I've been procrastinating about doing. Skin feels & looks better. Sleep is more easily happening and less disrupted. My blood sugars are more stable.
@Mee - the Keto/very low carb diet might be suitable for you. You'd need to do the research but don't get overawed by the language of it all. Initially it seems a bit counterintuitive - eating fat & protein and few carbs = weight loss??
But it's incredibly satisfying in terms of making one feel full. You'll probably find the first week or two a little strange but after that things settle down.
The fasting isn't an issue if you stop eating early evening (and Keto/low carb satiates you so much it's unlikely you'll be looking for the late night choc's) and re-starting again the next day with a breakfast of eggs, bacon etc really hits the spot. So really you're sleeping through most of your fast.
You will need to find a keto calculator to determine your macro requirements (how much fat, protein & carbs you should eat) to lose weight. There are heaps of them about on the web.
Mostly since I love green leafy veg's I'm not finding this hard at all. Giving up potatoes, bread, cakes & bisc's was challenging initially but now I'm discovering 1,000's of recipes that let me have a low carb treat made with butter, almond/coconut flour etc., every now and then. I do feel like I'm cheating on my diet when I have one but so long as I stay within my limits then it's okay.
I'm a yoyo! So I do understand both camps? Yes!
For the last twenty years I've been severely underweight and trying to build muscle via swimming and exercise.
Then, idk why - I started to gain weight. Muscle. Fat. Initially there was cause for celebration but then whoops... too far!
I'm doing a very low carb, basically Keto diet along with intermittent fasting.
The scales say I'm heading down steadily. I'd like it to drop off faster. But being patient is key.
The really good thing with this diet - I'm never hungry.. and I'm not being silly - honestly!! - It's high fat, medium protein and low carb... so my brain is happy about that.
Overcoming my mild addiction to sugar had me day-dreaming about sugary things. Oddly for things I don't normally eat. Huh?? It only lasted about five days with a mild headache. Just showed me exactly what was happening. So very interesting too.
Now, my appetite is actually much less.
I don't crave sugar at all.
But I do miss baking stuff.. so I've begun researching all of the stuff I can make on this diet and there's a lot of low carb recipes out there to keep me amused. It's simply adjusting to using ingredients that are sitting on the shelves and that I've never picked up and read/used before.
Benefits flowing from this diet:-
Inflammation has dropped off dramatically so joints are feeling less painful; mood has elevated and I'm feeling more motivated to attack those stubborn jobs I've been procrastinating about doing. Skin feels & looks better. Sleep is more easily happening and less disrupted. My blood sugars are more stable.
I didn't expect those benefits. So yay!
There are some adjustments that my brain and body made after it woke up to the fact that it wasn't going to get sugar to replenish energy with. (About three days in lol...) But understanding what was happening and why made it easier and really not the worst thing I've been through by a country mile. So I stuck with it and they went away.
Imo, quite a healthy diet in terms of nutrients.
I do need to be aware of old habits that signalled to my brain and that resulted in that oh so happy feeling (hello dopamine!) that I was going to feed it sugar and carbs, before I started the diet. So no snacking or if I do a couple of nuts helps.
The science behind this diet is quite strong now so for those that want to research there is ample amount of studies out there to dig into.
I got motivation and inspiration from yt and the many, many low carb or Keto channels. Plus the Net of course. But also one of my children did it for a few years and he loved it.
Do the research and see what you think? I'd be interested in your opinions.