Fat loss is a struggle for most females. Recently, a study in The Journal of the American Medical Association showed that in middle-aged females, who actually exercised regularly, still steadily gained weight over the decade they were followed. Now, there were many limitations to that study, which I discuss here. Exercise, more precisely, high-intensity exercise is an important part of losing fat (the JAMA study looked mostly at low-intensity, steady-state exercise). I have helped many clients lose significant body fat (here is another success story). In fact, it has become routine for me to help others reach their fat-loss goals that I developed my fat-loss time management hierarchy for easy application for anyone.
What foods were you eating on the low-carb, moderate fat, moderate protein diet?
I increased my egg consumption the most. Hardly ever ate eggs by themselves. Now eat 2-3 a day in different forms. Yummy. Increased vegetable and salad intake with lots of fresh herbs. I went from 4 slices of bread or pasta a day to 0. Drink water/tea for beverage 90% of time, with occasional milk and alcohol thrown in there:) Stopped diet pop. Kept my meat intake about the same from various sources.
Did you have to count Calories on the lower-carb diet?
At first I tried to,to get an idea of how much I was consuming. Found that with the higher fat and protein I was eating less so staying about the same calories per day, so stopped counting after couple of weeks. Now I don't watch it at all. Just know roughly how many carbs. in food products and try to keep between 50 -80. Once reach fat goal then will try to keep carbs b/80-100 to maintain and stay on track.
Did you have any problems giving up breads and sugar?
The hardest part for me getting started was giving up the bread and pasta. Love both. But as I decreased the sugar and grains found easier to give up and not crave. Partly I believe because the fat and protein is so satisfying. Stopped diet pop instantly. Bread took the longest with my habit of having 2 pieces of toast in the morning. Took about 3 weeks to give up. Still love bread but look for alternatives so I don't eat it. For example tuna salad with herbs on lettuce wrap with tomato instead of a sandwich. No longer need sugar on my fruit...however cream is delicious and allowed:) If I really have a sugar attack. Dark Chocolate 85% couple squares takes care of the sweet tooth with some almond butter and non sweetened coconut flakes...thank you Dan.
Any thing else?