Saturday, April 5, 2014

Are Carbs the Enemy?

There is evidence that that consuming a diet high in refined carbohydrates can increase a person's risk of heart disease.  

"The high levels of sugar raise insulin levels and after a few hours cause blood sugar to crash, which can make many people crave more processed carbs," says David Ludwig, MD, PhD, director or the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston's Children's Hospital.  "The vicious cycle, over time, increases the risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes." *

By focusing on replacing refined starches with vegetables, fruits, and beans you can make a healthy difference for your heart.




On my journey to a healthy lifestyle, I have read many books on weight loss.  The one common thread is the reduction or, even more drastically, the elimination of all starchy, sugary carbs.  I am an admitted carb addict who on my hunt for the perfect eating plan has neglected to follow this simple rule.  The problem for me with carbs is once I start eating them, even good for me carbs, I cannot seem to stop.  



So for the next 3 weeks, until Easter, I am going virtually carb free.  This means avoiding All types of sugar and simple carbohydrates, potatoes, rice, wheat, flour and corn.  I will be eating certain veggies, but no grains or fruits.  This is Phase 1.





My eating plan consists of lean protein, very low carb and no sugar veggies, some dairy, nuts, and limited condiments.  Yes, it is Very restrictive! Yes, it is what I need to kick my metabolism and fat burning in gear!  

This plan is different from any other plan I have ever tried.  It is medically supervised with weekly weigh-ins (on Wednesdays) and food diary review.  It is a disciplined plan that ensures that I will lose weight while getting rid of my pesky cravings.  

Scientific fact:  If you do not eat any carbohydrates or sugar at all, in 4 days you will be free from craving them.  But for 4 days you must avoid All sugar and carbs.  





Can I do it?  Will I fight?  I have to make a choice...and I choose to lose weight to make a healthier person.  Of course looking better is a wonderful motivator too!

As I go through the different Phases of this plan on into Maintenance I will be adding in new foods.  For now, for 3 weeks, this is my eating plan.  

Light daily exercise, such as walking for 30 minutes each day are encouraged.  I will also be adding 2 strength training days.  

I know some of you out there will think this eating plan is a bit of deprivation, but so far it is working for me.




What do you think?  Would you be willing to give up carbs?  Or are you already following a similar plan?

*From Oprah Magazine, February 2014

16 comments:

  1. Good for you,Barbara - I wish you success on your plan! Carbs would be very difficult for me to give up. But I did give up added sugar for a week and it wasn't as bad as I thought. I know you can do it!

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    1. Thanks Dana. I have tried unsuccessfully on my own so I figured I best go to the experts. Giving up carbs is not forever, but it's the kickstart I need to get the fat burning.

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  2. This is so great that you are trying to be healthier and are being proactive about it. I wish you success as well!

    I definitely eat way too many carbs. I am trying to decrease my intake, but to eliminate carbs would be very difficult.

    Have a great day!
    Josephina

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    1. Oh Josephina, it is Very difficult to eliminate carbs. Of course I am eating a few, but not the good stuff. I'll admit it is working and I'll be adding in more carbs as the weeks go by.

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  3. I am not willing to give up fresh fruit - I LOVE IT. Visiting from #sitssharefest.

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    1. Agreed, I added fresh fruit to the plan a few days ago. I love it too, and I missed it.

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  4. I definitely believe that highly processed carbs should not make up too large a portion of our diet! of course, it would be easier if they weren't so delicious...

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    1. That's the most difficult part of this, although I must say that I have had very little craving for the chips and bread that are usually my downfall.

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  5. I have gained so many kilos since I gave birth and this is because Ive been eating non stop too. Carbs especially. Once I start eating them I can't stop. I .. I want to stop and I want to have control now. I kept on saying tomorrow tomorrow illl start eating healthy. How do you ever start this things?

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    1. You will reach your breaking point and realize that you need to take back control of your health. I've stopped and started more times than I care to count.

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  6. Barb, This sounds very similar to the medical weight loss program offer at the medical spa I work at. While it is very restrictive (In the beginning especially!) we have so many success stories of clients who have tried everything. If you go into it thinking of it as a life style change and not a diet you will have phenomenal result! Wishing much success!!

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    1. Oh, thank you so very much. I've been on the program for 2 weeks and have lost 8 lbs. Yes, it is restrictive, but you are right when you say it's a lifestyle change.

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  7. I don't think I could ever give up carbs, even for a week. I guess I'm the opposite of everyone else because I've still managed to lose over 75 lbs despite eating a ton of carbs every day.

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    1. That's great Cassandra, 75 pounds is a lot to lose. I have lost weight before while eating carbs, I just thought to give my body a break from grains and sugars. I'm adding new foods in each week. Honestly, it hasn't been terrible for me so far. Again, congratulations on your weight loss.

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    1. Thank you Monica. I find that sharing thoughts like these brings out a lot of good information from others.

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