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.