This week we can look at exactly what happens when you are on a low-carb diet and you “fall off the wagon” – or in other words, you accidentally eat a bunch of carbs. In one week we can see the weight GAIN that comes from “falling off the wagon”, and then the weight LOSS that immediately occurs once I got back on the wagon.
The weight changes are crazy this week – I gained 5.7 pounds this week by falling off the wagon, and then lost 7.5 pounds when I got back on track – all in one week! It is a direct cause-and-effect relationship. When I eat right, I lose weight. When I fall off the wagon and eat too much, I gain weight. With my body in its current state, the changes reflect immediately with each morning weigh-in.
In this video we can see how beneficial it is to keep a food diary, because what happens can be directly predicted from what I eat and record in the diary.
My status report for weeks 7 and 8 are combined together here, because weeks 7 and 8 were a little crazy. During week 7 we had the “first day of class” at NCSU, combined with a day of fasting… and then week 8 started with 4 days in the hospital and a blood transfusion, plus…
Definitely fun and interesting, and it led to a very odd weight graph for these 2 weeks.
The good news is that I have lost 30.3 pounds in 8 weeks, which is fantastic. And hopefully this coming week will be a little less eventful!
Week 6 went great! I lost 3.3 pounds in one week WHILE ON VACATION, and have lost a total of 25.5 pounds in 6 weeks.
The best part is that I lost 3.3 pounds WHILE ON VACATION. I don’t know about you, but for me, vacation is usually a complete minefield and a complete disaster weight wise – vacation is a time when I gain a lot of weight. And the reason is obvious: generally on vacation the Brain family tends to eat out a lot. And when I eat out, I tend to eat way too many calories. And it is soooo easy to do, because restaurant food tends to be loaded in calories. So this video explains how I managed to go on vacation AND lose weight simultaneously.
Also can see real progress on measurements now:
Waist: From 46 inches to 43 inches in 6 weeks
Stomach: From 49.5 inches to 46 inches in 6 weeks
Neck: From 21 inches to 19.5 inches in 6 weeks
This kind of progress is exciting! If you would like to lose weight with me, see this page:
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:
Here in my week 3 status report I lost 4.4 more pounds, for a total of 17.5 pounds in 3 weeks – it feels great!
One thing I talk about this week is motivation, and the things that have kept me motivated for 3 weeks straight. I also talk about the little wins in week 3, like… I wore jeans for the first time in a year! Want to join me? Here is the plan:
In the last 3 weeks a miracle has happened in my weight loss and dieting journey – I am actually able to control my eating and lose weight consistently. I have lost 17.5 pounds in 3 weeks. So what happened? Take a look at this graph:
The answer is that I started a low-carb diet. A low-carb diet really helps me by cutting my appetite and my cravings. This lets me start to control my eating, and I am able to maintain a calorie deficit. This is a prelude, to help you understand some of the benefits of low-carb diets. Want to get started? Check this page: