As of today I have lost 20 pounds following an Atkins-style low carb diet. 263.5 at the start, now 243.5. That’s a BMI (body mas index) of 32.1, considered “obese” (ick). People tell me I don’t look obese, but I definitely have a ginormous belly! My target weight is around 180-185, which would give me a BMI in the upper end of the “normal” category. So there are still 60 or so pounds to go. But, wow, if that means I need to lose about 80 pounds total, I’ve done 25%.
Before I ran out of testing strips for my blood-sugar meter, my fasting blood sugar levels were running in normal ranges (they had been up in the pre-diabetic range).
It’s been about 5 weeks, I think, maybe a touch longer. It’s been extremely low-carb so far; meat, fish, eggs, and leafy green vegetables and salad. No potatoes. No bread. (Well, I think I have had half a piece of bread once, maybe twice.) And absolutely no refined sugar.
It hasn’t been all that hard. I just have to stay away from the bakery section, and by now I’ve lost the bread and ice-cream cravings, and am learning other ways to deal with stress than giving myself a sugar high.
I’m now absolutely convinced that I have the sort of metabolism and body chemistry that is not able to deal with refined sugar, white flour, starchy root vegetables, etc., well. So I see this not as a diet to lose weight, but as a life-style change meant primarily to keep my blood sugar under control. The weight loss is actually secondary, although certainly more visible. I do find my mood is more even, that I have more energy, and that I have greater mental clarity.
The weight is coming off fast enough that I am going to add more vegetables and an occasional bit of fruit. So I celebrated tonight with some fresh raspberries and cream.