Carb Counters - Commitment




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MarjorieMargarine
01-20-2014, 12:45 PM
Alright. After years of calorie-counting on a HCLF diet and yo-yoing a lot, I switched to keto a couple of years ago and had some good success. My marriage ended, I comforted myself with carbs, and soon found myself fatter than I'd ever been.

I'm over my divorce now and life is smoothing out. I'm too single to be this fat!! SO I'm back to the LCHF lifestyle with a vengeance. I am committed to less than 20 g of carbs a day, and around 1500 calories. Already I'm remembering why I liked this diet so much- it is SO much easier for me to stay full and satisfied than with HCLF and the food tastes AMAZING.

Anyway, I've been back on the wagon for a couple of days and I feel great. This time, I am making a commitment to stay on keto for a year. It's already making a difference in how I think about things. I have never really made a finite commitment to a weight-loss program before, other than that "I just need to get serious and do it for as long as it takes." For some reason, the time restriction on it makes it seem more do-able. It's just a year. I was married to my worthless ex for four years and that was horrible and impossible. I can do anything for just one year.

Last night I was at a friend's house and passed up on beer, hot dogs and brownies in favor of a vodka and club soda. I would not have been able to do this if I wasn't worried about getting thrown out of ketosis. I would have convinced myself that small amounts of these foods could fit into my calorie count that day, but really, I had already eaten dinner. Then I would have eaten two hotdogs, guzzled at least four beers, and picked at brownies all night long before realizing I had put away a day's worth of calories after I'd already had a day's worth of calories!

Also, my stomach feels better. I've never had much in the way of gastrointestinal problems (thank goodness!) but when I'm on keto I don't feel bloated or crampy or over-full almost ever. It's really, really different. Your stomach just feels...good.

Anyway, that's my little rambling at y'all. I'm back and I'm accountable and I can't wait to see what this year brings.


sarahinparis
01-21-2014, 03:13 AM
Good for you!

My target numbers are the same - 20g carbs (although I try for that to be total carbs not net, but let myself go a little higher for green veggies), 1500 calories or so, and around 70g protein. When I stick to this I lose pretty consistently. I've had weeks where I didn't stick to it for various reasons (travel, holidays, poor planning) and those weeks I usually plateau. Like you, I find 1500 cals low carb so much more satisfying than the same (or even 200-300 more) low fat calories. Plus no hunger.