Kim posted this insightful comment about her many previous failed diet attempts:
Back in April of this year, I hit the dreaded 200 lbs. It wasn’t my first time there. In fact 5 years ago, I was at 237 lbs.
I have struggled with my weight my entire life. I’ve been on a diet since about the time I was 8 years old.
Like many people on a weight loss mission, I thought avoiding meat, oil, nuts, and full fat anything and embracing “healthy whole grains” would do the trick. While following Weight Watchers, I relied on “healthy whole grains” as they were relatively low in points compared to real food. You think that being on a diet for 30 years, I would have clued in.
Anyways, I decided to take a different approach. A friend of mine lost a lot of weight on the South Beach Diet. So I ran out and got myself a copy. The first two weeks (Phase 1), you have to avoid bread (or any wheat products), starchy carbs, sugar and fruit. After that time, you can begin to incorporate whole grains, fruit and the occasional piece of dark chocolate. The first two weeks, I saw amazing results – in fact, I was down 7 pounds in the first 5 days! I felt more energetic than ever before and my allergies were showing less symptoms (spring is the WORST time for allergies!)
It was around my third week of following South Beach that I came across Wheat Belly. South Beach told me what to avoid the first few weeks, Wheat Belly explained why. The main difference: I was supposed to allow myself “healthy whole grains” on South Beach after the first two weeks.
Wheat Belly’s advice was to eliminate any wheat products forever. After reading Wheat Belly and learning the horrid effects of wheat, I decided against incorporating any wheat products. Many of the conditions Dr. Davis attributes to the consumption of wheat (obesity, allergies, MS, celiac disease/gastrointestinal cancer, arthritis, heart disease) have plagued my family and I seemed to have found the common thread: wheat.
Many of my friends wonder how I’m able to stay away from bread & pasta. Quite frankly, I don’t miss them one bit. The food I eat is delicious and very filling. I’m regularly eating steak, cheese, eggs, olive oil, raw almonds, loads of veggies (no constipation issues for me!), some fruits (peaches, cherries, berries – one fruit per day) and one square of 70% dark chocolate every day. Something I’ve never experienced before: I can go hours without eating and I don’t feel any ill effects. No shakiness, nausea, hunger or cravings even after working out! I have more energy at the age of 38 than I did in my 20′s.
The goal I set for myself that day back in April was to lose 70 pounds in one year’s time. I am happy to report that 4 months later, I am almost half way there! I’ve never been on such an easy & enjoyable program like the one set out in Wheat Belly. I just can’t imagine doing anything else. Really – if I can do this, so can you!
No question: Low-carbohydrate diets work, and they work better than, say, limiting fat or counting calories or points. Counting calories and/or points is pure torture, by the way! Most people fight a constant battle with hunger, thoughts of food intruding into your consciousness all day long. But initially successful low-carb diets, such as South Beach and Atkins, share one essential feature during their initial (phase 1 South Beach, induction phase Atkins) phases: elimination of wheat.
Remember, it’s not about the calories lost with wheat elimination. It is about loss of the gliadin opiate in wheat that stimulates appetite. After the gliadin withdrawal that 35% of people experience subsides, i.e., the opiate withdrawal of fatigue, headaches, inability to exercise, and depression, appetite plummets. With diminished appetite, calorie intake drops naturally by 440 calories per day, on average—without restricting calories. You’ve not heard me say “cut your calories, push the plate away, use smaller plates and portions sizes”! Eat as much as you want . . . but you will still find that you are wonderfully satisfied with less.
Yesterday, I rose at 5:30 a.m., skipped breakfast because I didn’t feel like eating. I ate a 1 p.m. lunch of two handfuls of almonds, about a cup of sliced peppers and cherry tomatoes that I rolled in a few slices of ham with some horseradish mustard. I didn’t feel much like eating dinner so just had a slice of the apple streusel bread I made (with ground almonds, eggs, some chopped apples, and cinnamon) and called it a day!
Liberate yourself from the tyranny of dietary and weight loss misinformation. Weight loss and weight control are torture . . . unless you remove this thing in your diet that stimulates appetite called wheat.