I met a man today for coffee. He had seen MBthin.com, and he wanted to share his weight loss story. When I met him he was still “large”. But he had shed many pounds already, to go from “enormous” to his present size.
So I asked the obvious question: How did you do it? He had lots of little things (e.g. park in the furthest-away parking space and walk to the store), but here were the two biggest things in his mind:
He had gotten in the habit of eating four meals a day – the normal breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus an additional meal at 10PM or 11PM. This fourth meal was, obviously, a big source of too-many calories. So he eliminated the fourth meal. How? Mainly through will power and distraction. He got out of the habit of eating this meal.
But this didn’t make a significant/noticeable difference until his internist (he has been a diabetic for 15 years) told him to eliminate artificial sweeteners, all of them, completely. The internist’s statement was that artificial sweeteners “rewire the brain” and disrupt the body’s natural fat-burning tendencies. The internist said it would take 6 or 7 months for the brain to get things back to normal, but then the elimination of artificial sweeteners would really help with weight loss. According to this man, he took his doctor’s advice, and completely eliminated the artificial sweeteners he had been using. Seven months later weight loss became significantly easier and he started to shed pounds.
I had never heard anything concrete on the possible negative effects of artificial sweeteners, so I did some searching. Here are several articles that support the claim:
If you have ever thought to yourself “I MUST LOSE WEIGHT”, but you have not had a lot of success with it, take a look at the low-carb approach, as described in this video:
In Exercise 3 we talked about food diaries and how they can help you gain control of your calorie intake. But for many people (me included!) it simply is not possible to run a calorie deficit every day with just a food diary.
What is working for me, in addition to a food diary, is a low-carb diet. For me, a low-carb diet has 3 big advantages:
It cuts my appetite way back, so I experience many fewer hunger pangs and cravings,
Now with my appetite under control, I can use a food diary and run a calorie deficit, and
If I can run a calorie deficit, I do lose weight!
And I am able to lose weight fast – 20.4 pounds in 4 weeks, for example (to be fair, half of this is water weight, a nice side effect of low carb dieting).
If you would like to try a low-carb diet yourself, watch this video and then see:
Excited to track your progress! I need to find a way to coach my mom towards a similar weight loss approach. Any ideas?
Here is my response:
Well… let’s first understand that this is a little bit like asking an alcoholic to quit drinking – The alcoholic needs to make the decision to change. So how do we help your mother make the decision? One way might be to sit down with her and work together to make a list of how her life will be better if she loses weight. Maybe this process would help her see the advantages of losing weight.
Next, she may have been discouraged by attempts she has made in the past to lose weight, and they didn’t work. So it may seem impossible. One reason I am documenting everything on YouTube is so that other people can see a plan that really does work, and watch as the weight loss unfolds for a real person. This page lays it out: