Fast, Easy Weight Loss – Keeping it Simple


I subscribe to Hungry Girl, and frequent a variety of low carb & health sites. The majority of them share tons of diet & low carb recipes. Which is great!

But I simply don’t have the time or interest to turn my kitchen into an ongoing “science experiment” – lol.

This is why I chose a Low Carb Diet when I decided I was ready to lose weight. I wanted a plan for fast easy weight loss, just like everybody else.

I didn’t want something complicated, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to make myself exercise every day, I didn’t want to keep up with every little calorie or fat gram – or a million little details.

Maybe that makes me lazy, but I was being honest with myself at least.

After 2+ years of “wanting to lose weight” I finally chose something I knew I could stick with – and lost my goal amount (20 pounds) in less than 90 days. I’m now in the 4th month and continuing to lose weight – almost 25 pounds total now.

The reason this is working so well for me is because I’m keeping it simple.

I still eat out with friends, get take-out with the family, have fast food, travel, etc. I’m not tied to “boxed dinners”, adding weigh-in appointments to my already busy schedule, or eating separate from the family. I’m also not having to do complicated calculations every time I want a snack or a meal. I just eat and keep on going. I have a crazy busy lifestyle – just like everybody else.

I think keeping it simple is the key. At least it has been for me. And that’s easy to do with a low carb diet. It did take me a few days to familiarize myself with the food lists, and learn what has carbs and what doesn’t – and how to figure out net carbs real quick.

Now I have my staples, and can look over a menu and easily pick out low carb foods to order. It’s just EASY. I don’t have to know how many calories or how much fat or any of that. Just that all meats are good, avoid starches & carbs, choose fresh green stuff (romaine salad, green beans, broccoli, etc).

Over-complicating something is a surefire way to fail. At least, for me it is.

I don’t really know the science behind why Low Carb Diets work (I call it magic – lol). I just know that it does. And I am eating SO much better than I ever have in my life. I’ve cut out tons of junk and sugar and processed foods from my daily diet. And it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be. The cravings for that kind of stuff just disappeared after a few days. Crazy, I know!

Every now and then I crave something like beer battered onion rings from Hardees. And you know what? I just have them. Not in the beginning mind you, but now that I have lost my goal weight I might splurge now and then. They’re only 42 carbs, by the way. So not bad for a splurge really. And especially not when you consider I used to eat like that every day. Worse actually, every MEAL lol.

If you’re looking for a fast easy weight loss solution… consider a low carb diet.

But most of all, whatever you choose – keep it simple. It’s hard enough to make drastic change in our lives without making it too hard to actually DO.

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25 Responses to Fast, Easy Weight Loss – Keeping it Simple

  1. Calvin says:

    It’s really hard to cover everybody’s needs with one blanket. I thought you did a super job here. Your site is fantastic!

    Blessings

  2. Robin says:

    Thank you Lynn for this! Ive been following your fb page for quite a while and Im loving how you are making this so easy!! My biggest issue with diets is the food burn out. I dont want to cook & I dont want to think about it. You’ve simplified this wonderfully….and you have a new cheerleader in your corner!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Thank you Bonnie! That’s me too – I don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen all the time, or having to track things down to the point or fat gram. I know they make great apps and websites for doing this, along with tracking your progress – but I know myself too well. I just don’t have time for the extra task of all that.

      I’m so glad you’re finding the things I share useful. :) I rarely spend more than 5-10 minutes on a meal, and when I do it’s still a half hour at the most (and by choice). And I do still eat out a lot – even fast food.

      It’s all about cutting the carbs. I’m amazed at how fast the 25 pounds has come off – and how easy it was! ;-)

  3. Hi Lynn,

    Have to say I thought of you and your blog when I read the following in a New York Times gossip column (The Nocturnalist) this weekend:

    Mr. Baldwin left after just a few songs, but not before we asked his advice, given that he is Nocturnalist’s self-appointed seafood adviser, about the pasta being served all around.

    “Actually, I don’t eat carbs anymore,” he said. “I’ve lost 30 pounds!”

    He did indeed look very trim — lean protein like sea bass will do that to you.

  4. Howard says:

    My wife and I ‘discovered’ low-carb back in 1999, after attending a lecture given to a sleep-disorders group (I have Obstructive Sleep Apnea) by a bariatric surgeon who was pushing his favorite gut-mutilation procedure, known as the R-Y. I found myself actually considering getting this operation (I had managed to low-fat-diet my way all the way up to 350 lbs by that point), so I asked a few questions:

    Q) How much does the operation cost?
    A) My fee is $25,000, and I do not take insurance.

    After spending a few moment pondering how I would be able to come up with $50,000+ (for my wife, who was heavier than I was, in addition to being diabetic, and myself), I had another question:

    Q) What kind of diet do you have to follow after the surgery?
    A) I put all of my post-op patients on a low-carb diet.

    Without pausing to think, I blurted out:

    Q) You mean the diet fads have gone full-circle TWICE since 1960?
    A)

    After that, my wife and I decided to skip the gut-mutilation, and go directly to the low-carb part. I was initially convinced that it would be just like any of the other diets we tried, and we would end up even worse off in 6 months, but we were getting desperate.

    Well, we were pleasantly surprised in many ways (I have blogged about it in several posts on guestdietblog.com), and we have stuck with low-carb since 1999. The worst problem I’ve had with low-carb so far is well-meaning fools (including my VA doctor) lecturing me on how ‘unhealthy’ it is.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Howard! Congrats on finding something that worked for you and sticking with it this long! I look forward to reading your posts and hearing more of your story :)

      • Howard says:

        I have been invited to be on a podcast with Tom Naughton and Dr. Richard Su later next month. If you don’t already, I would recommend that you find and subscribe to both of their blogs (“Fathead” and “Carbohydrates can Kill”). And yes, I have plenty more to write about concerning my more-than-a-decade journey from carbohydrate and gluten poisoning to relatively good health. I just need more time to write it all down…

        • Lynn Terry says:

          I’ll do that – thank you! I look forward to hearing more from you, and will keep an eye on your blog for bits from your journey.

          • Howard says:

            Ok, you made me do it ;). I have started the complete story of my low-carb journey on my blog. I don’t know how many parts it will be in, but probably at least 5. I’m going to try to do at least one chapter a week. In the first part, I tell basically what I posted here, but in slightly more detail (and with a photo of my wife and me around that time). Part II will deal with the various surprises we encountered on the way (not all of which were pleasant).

          • Lynn Terry says:

            I read your post and really enjoyed it – can’t wait for the next part to the story! I also added your blog to my Google Reader. I look forward to keeping up with you & getting to know you better. :D

          • Howard says:

            Super! BTW, I have been following you for years now… (not stalking, just following :) First learned about you when you were a regular on Mike Merz’ forum.

          • Lynn Terry says:

            I thought you seemed familiar :) Great to connect with you here as well. I’ve really enjoyed your comments & look forward to your story!

        • Anne D says:

          I’m enjoying this blog VERY much, and now I’d like to find out how to find Howard’s blog on guestdietblog.com. Thanks.

  5. Keeping it simple is so incredibly true when it comes to weight loss…no matter what way you choose to lose your weight. I heartedly agree that it is the main ingredient to success. And you are such a prime example of that.
    Another simple thing that has helped me stay on course is keeping a calendar posted to my wall next to frig that tells me what I ate the past month. Silly as it seems, that helps me to think of things to eat when I get home and am frazzled from my day. I don’t have to think. I can jsut look at the calendar and say: oh, yeah…I can have that tonight. It really helps me from “slipping” back into old comfort habits.

  6. Thanks for posting this, Lynn, and congratulations on your journey thus far.

    Switching to natural, low carb foods for me were the difference between always being overweight and hungry to losing it, and not being hungry.
    We’re actually designed to function on diets that are drastically lower carb than the typical diet today. Getting closer to that “low-carb” design of how we function best helps get rid of cravings, and makes the weight pour off.
    Thanks again, and best wishes to you :)

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Thank you, Mike! It has really been a positive shift in my life, going from a terrible phase of emotional overeating to eating SO well. And I found the same thing – less cravings, less “hunger”, less desire to overeat, etc. I feel healthier than ever!!

  7. Kate Luella says:

    This is really what I need to do Lynn, lovely to see your blog over here, I must interview you about this blog because I thought it would be a “autopilot” kinda blog – obviously it’s not, it’s amazing!! I need to lose 10kg in a few months, cutting out “white foods” would probalby get me there, do you know of any “white food” diet kinda books – that’s the rubbish I shove in my face every day, buns, breads and chocolate… :(

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Eating low carb has taken all of that out of my diet, and it’s made a huge difference – not only in my weight but in how I FEEL, which is amazing! I don’t go by any books, but simply consume less than 20 net carbs per day – and most of those carbs are in the form of green foods. :)

      Glad you liked the blog here. I’m having great fun with it!!

  8. Corky says:

    Well all of that Googling for “Low Carb Eating for One” finally paid off for me. I’ve just subbed to your tips, and plan to spend time reading and studying up on your suggestions..
    I’ve had great success on low-carb in the past, losing 30 lbs and maintaining that- It was easy to prepare meals for two of us, even though my husband preferred regular meals. I just tweaked recipes for myself.
    My sweetie passed away this past October, and I find I am “eating my way through grief” – already gaining much of the loss back. Although I think I am emotionally ready to get back to a good low-carb lifestyle, cooking is a drag – and figuring out how to buy such small quantities is really frustrating. My Low-Carb cookbooks are full of recipes with ingredients for which I’d have to buy too much quantity, or they require too much time in the kitchen. My brain is too scattered in the best of times to make eating a “job”. I am hoping to find some ideas to simplify the whole process to fit my needs. So far, your site seems to have some very helpful and simple suggestions. I appreciate your efforts here!
    Thanks!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Corky,

      I’m so sorry to hear that. *hugs* Grief is such an overwhelming thing, and loss is very difficult. While I haven’t been through the same as you, I can relate on other levels. I’ve been divorced almost 13 years now, but when I was married I was cooking for a family of 7. It’s amazing just how much the kitchen tells the tale of your life.

      I took care of my grandmother around the clock for her last two years. She’s the one that taught me to cook when I was growing up, so it was suiting I cooked for her in her last years. After she passed, I had a hard time getting back in the kitchen. And still don’t cook meals daily like I used to.

      When I do cook, I generally make foods that are good as leftovers. It helps cover other meals when I don’t feel like cooking. My low carb bread recipe for example, the “dough” keeps well in the fridge and I can use it to easily make all sorts of things for a quick low carb meal.

      I like fast, easy stuff too – like this: http://www.travelinglowcarb.com/3259/low-carb-one-skillet-meal/

      If you need food ideas, recipes, or just a fun group to hang out with while you get back on track – join us at the Facebook Group for the http://www.90daylowcarbchallenge.com :)

      I’m glad you stopped by. I look forward to getting to know you!

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