The first thing I will say here is that everybody is different and every BODY is different so we all have different results. I will also say, that the number on the scale DOES NOT matter. That’s not to say I don’t weight myself, I do… but you will never see me telling anybody that number or my dress size (because it actually doesn’t matter to anybody else). Also, if you weight train you are building muscle which weighs more than fat, so you could even gain weight but still be slimming down, y’know? So note: When I talk about weight loss, I’m talking about fat loss (belly, bum, chins, arms etc!)
I mainly judge weight gain and weight loss on a feeling, as in a physical feeling. This could be – jeans too tight or leggings rolling down over your belly or bum…. It could be that your arms feel heavy or uncomfortable against your body… it could be in the tub or when moisturising and you run your hands down your leg and physically feel bigger….or smaller. The same happens when you work out… you can use your hands and actually FEEL the muscles in your bum or your arms strengthening.
HOW IT WORKS:
Basically, you will avoid sugar and starchy carbohydrates (bread, rice, noodles, pasta and starchy veg). Doing this stabilizes your blood sugar and causes the levels of the fat-storing hormone insulin to drop. Your body will begin to burn fat for energy rather than relying on carbohydrates (it will use the fats you eat and the fats you have stored in your body) and you will feel more satisfied after eating! This process in your body is called Ketosis.
A great analogy for what insulin does to you is this one from Amy Berger:
“Insulin is like a prison guard, who helps lock triglycerides into fat cells, and then stands there in order to make sure they never get back out. “
She talks about being at a restaurant and the warm crusty bread arrives before the meal and everyone scoffs it and asks for more. They say to her ‘go on, have some’. She knows that eating it is going to release that insulin, she says she can feel the ‘prison guard’ locking the fat away in her arms so she won’t even have one bite.
The main message you need to get is that as long as insulin levels are high in your body, it will be extremely difficult to lose fat. Remember, no matter what you decide to do – if you’re looking to lose fat it’s less about your exercise and more about what you are eating!
WHAT TO DO:
There are many variations. Some people will eat a certain amount of carbs in a day and are happy with a slower weight loss. For me, that’s not the way that I do it so that’s not what I will be talking about on my blog. I do really, really Low Carb and High Fat (LCHF). The way I do it gets results and gets them quickly. To be honest, I also think it’s too much effort counting net carbs when I’m perfectly happy to *pretty much* eat none! Weight loss in the way that I am talking about is relatively effortless. The first two weeks are the toughest!! (We’ll talk about that later)
I’m going to quote the Diet Doctor again here, because it is basically just this:
Eat: Meat, fish, eggs, vegetables growing above ground and natural fats (like butter).
Avoid: Sugar and starchy foods (like bread, pasta, rice, beans and potatoes).
Eat when you’re hungry, until you’re satisfied. It’s that simple. You do not need to count calories or weigh your food. And just forget about industrially produced low-fat products.
If you’re thinking: ‘that sounds insane, what the hell am I going to eat?!’ Here are a couple of examples of the things I eat…
If you’re still interested, move on to PART 3 🙂 where I tell you what to expect when you start low carb!