This may be a question you are asking. After all, I have billed my blog as a fitness blog, so what's up with all of the recipes and no exercise stuff? This is true, and I may be changing the theme of it as I am truly passionate about cooking and baking, too. We will see what time holds for me. In the meantime, I am going to give a little rundown on what has transpired so far on my journey. So, back in January, I decided to start dieting and exercising to lose my accumulated baby weight. I started exercising 4-5 days a week and eating a low-fat diet. Needless to say, I was great with the exercise. I felt better, had more energy and was sleeping better at night. My diet, not so much. I was dealing with constant cravings, always feeling hungry and just not satisfied when I finished a meal. An hour after I was done, I was looking for a snack. Needless to say, this aspect of my journey was extremely frustrating. And to top it all off, the weight was not coming off! I felt like my appetite was out of control. So after 8 months of low-fat dieting and exercise, what did I have to show for it? Yes, my clothes were a little looser, and I definitely felt better but I was extremely disappointed by the crawling rate of weight loss. At that time, I had only lost 6 pounds in 8 months. Talk about being frustrated! So then, I came across a documentary in Netflix. This documentary really got me thinking about the way I was eating. If you have not seen it and have the Watch Instantly option for Netflix, go watch it today! The documentary is called Fat Head. I really began to think about some of the things he was saying and agreeing with some of the stuff. So, I then began to do my own research starting with one of the books cited in the movie. It's called Good Calories Bad Calories by Gary Taubes. This is a great book with a lot of factual information. It's not an exciting read and is very tedious, but it's got a lot of good information that refutes the low-fat diet that we have all been brainwashed to believe in. So after more research on the internet and finding some great blogs on the subject, I felt confident in my decision. I decided to start eating low-carb. So how did my first week go eating low-carb? I lost 5 pounds. I had finally found a way of eating that works! I know, you may be thinking, "eating all of that fat can't be healthy"! Oh, yes it can. We have all been led to believe that fat is bad and we must put our trust into "healthy whole grains". Have you ever noticed you don't just see grains? It's always "healthy whole grains", like it's one word. Needless to say, I have had some raised eyebrows and questions from my family. "You're not eating carbs? Not even whole grains??" No I'm not. So how do I feel now? I finally feel like my appetite is under control. I love to eat this way. Food is flavorful and satisfying when it has fat in it. And to top it all off? I feel SATISFIED when I finish a meal. I am not looking for something to eat an hour later. Sometimes, I can go 4 or 5 hours before I feel truly hungry again. When I do feel like I need a snack, I find that I only need a few bites of something to satisfy me. So you tell me, is eating low-carb really bad for you? The difference in my appetite is proof enough for me. If you are like I was, always feeling hungry or not satisfied, or counting the hours until your next "cheat meal", then maybe you should looking into eating low-carb too. After all, there is PLENTY of information out there about this way of eating. Just do me a favor before you blow this off. Do your due diligence. Give it a try yourself, or at least look at some of the information out there that dispels the low-fat diet. Some good books to look at are:
Good Calories Bad Calories by Gary Taubes
Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It by Gary Taubes
Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis
Eat Fat Lose Fat by Dr. Mary Enig
The Great Cholesterol Con by Dr.Malcolm Kendrick
How I Gave Up My Low-Fat Diet and Lost 40 Pounds by Dana Carpender
These are just a few of the sources I found. There are tons of blogs to look at as well. Just look at the blogs I follow. So, this is where I am now, and why I changed my diet. To date, I have lost 12 pounds eating this way. I finally feel like I can lose all of the weight I gained during my pregnancies. I finally feel like I am in control of my eating. It's a good feeling!