Weight Loss on Low Carb – stalls

When I started Lowcarbing I weighed 204lbs (give or take).  At 5’7” that made me clinically obese.  To be honest, I never looked that big, never felt that big.  But I knew I was horribly out of shape and wasn’t enjoying life to the fullest.  So in came the Low Carb Lifestyle!

Over the next month of being on low carb (two weeks strict induction then slowing adding more quality carbs) I started loosing weight, quickly!  By the end of the first month I was down to ~190lbs.  By the end of month two, I was about 185lbs.  However, that is where I have stayed for the past 1.5-2 months.  It is a little frustrating, but I know I’ve started eating slightly more carbs (some fruit, dairy, nuts, beans).  However I was keeping in ketosis.

This past weekend was my 35th birthday, and boy did I celebrate.  For three days I partied hard and went out to dinner with friends and basically “Carbed-out”.  LOL.   I didn’t go too overboard, but I was well above 50-100g of carbs I’m sure (although I rarely count my carbs).

This past Monday, the day I started this blog, I went back to near induction levels.  As of Wednesday I was back in ketosis.  Today (Thursday) I was back down to 183lbs!  Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come.  But I was happy!

Cheers,
LowCarbBoy.

My secret shame: coming out as a low carber

I wasn’t sure I wanted to spill my guts this early in my new blog, but I want to build a relationship with anyone that comes by this blog and what better way to build a relationship than to be honest and open from the beginning.  Perhaps others have had similar experiences and if so, please fill out a comment below and share!

I started doing lowcarb back in Feb 2011.  At the time I was 204lbs, far above the 165 I am currently aiming for.  I was addicted to Pepsi (5-6 cans a full sugar Pepsi a day or more) and Chips (Doritos were my friend).  I was actually on a weekend away with my partner in Niagara Falls and he said one night “don’t eat those chips, lets head out for a real meal instead”.  I don’t know why, but something clicked inside and I realized that I was replacing real food with Chips and Pepsi far too often.  I was overweight, out of shape and wasn’t really enjoying life.  I was sweating when we walked around, especially on vacations.  Overall I wasn’t happy with the quality of living.

I made the decision (silently) that night to go low carb.  As I eluded to yesterday, my initial goal was to cut out white rice, white bread, white pasta, sugar and processed carbs.  But after a week of that and a week of low carb research I decided I wanted to go full Atkin’s induction.  However, there is a stigma around “Low Carb Diets”, at least in my circle of friends.  People say “oh, that’s not healthy”, “your poor liver”, “you can’t sustain that”.  So for the first two weeks, I only told my partner.  I didn’t eat out, I didn’t go out to drink with friends.  I stayed home, cooked new recipes, enjoyed my food and stayed well within my 20g of carb limit.  I loved it, but I was still afraid to tell anyone.

As a scientist (chemist) I fell back to what I know, I started doing research.  I wanted to be armed for when I got the blowback from people.  I started visiting forums, blogs, videos, just overall absorbing whatever information I could find.  One video struck me as very informative and I would like to share that with you:

It is called “Science for Smart People” by Tom Naughton from the 2011 Low Carb Cruise.  Its a bit on the longer side (46 mins) but worth every second.  It helped give me the courage to go out there and start talking to friends about low carbing.

And you know what?  There are a lot more low carbers than you would have thought.  In my small office alone (~30 people) 3 others are doing low carb.  Of my friends, another 4-5 are doing it (to varying degrees).  The moral here is, Low carb is a lifestyle that can be very healthy and long term.  People fear what is different and that is ok.  Knowledge helps break through that fear.  Over the coming days I hope to share some of my understanding of low carb.  Please feel free to discuss what I say, I am not an expert, I just interpret what I read and research.  I could be wrong and I would appreicate your input.

Cheers,
LowCarbBoy

The day after turning 35! Lowcarb renewed.

Yesterday I turned 35 years young!  I thought a new year would be a great chance to start talking to the world about my experiences with the lowcarb lifestyle, lowcarb recipes and hopefully share my “lowcarb weightloss” as it happens.

Approx. 3-4 months ago I decided to give the “lowcarb thing” a try.  I am a chemist by training and like to consider myself pretty intelligent scientifically speaking.  So when I made this decision I first started by getting the Audiobook version of “Dr. Atkin’s New Diet Revolution”.  To be honest I never believed I would go totally low carb, I assumed I would just cut out highly processed food, sugar, and white bread/pasta.  Which was exactly what I did for the first week while I read the Atkin’s diet book.

However, the more I read, the more it started making sense to me.  I started going to forums, blogs, wiki’s, google and absorbing more and more information on low carb diets, low carb recipes, low carb lifestyles.  I’ve become a believer in this as a real sustainable long term diet solution. 

It hasn’t all been great, while I have up to this point lost ~20-25lbs (YAY!) I have been pretty stagnant for the last 1.5 months.  But the recipes I have found/created have kept me interested and motivated to continue.  This blog will hopefully be my place to meet new lowcarbers, exchange recipes, share the lowcarb information I’ve acquired and perhaps help others out there that might be struggling as I was.  I have a tonne of stories I’d love to share and I hope over the coming days I will get these stories out.  Please comment and help me start a bit of a community here.

I’ll be posting weight loss results (or non-results) and maybe I’ll get the courage to start posting some videos as well as time goes on.  Thanks for reading and lets start changing minds and dropping pounds – together!

Darryl – aka LowCarbBoy