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.
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:
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: