Hi, I'm writing mainly to keep myself accountable and hopefully get some encouragement.
I have been struggling on and off for a couple years to shake off some weight I gained in the past years. I would attribute the gain to stress and some to general changes in aging. Now I'm trying to figure out how to be aware of emotional eating and eat right and maintain my weight for an early 40's metabolism. I've made a lot of changes and eat very healthfully now. A few years ago I cut out all processed grain products and only had small rice here and there. This has really made me feel better.
Last 2 summers I've lost weight from counting calories with small slow results.
I am now starting a new tactic--to try a strict modified Atkins-style induction trial after doing a lot of research on low carb/paleo/insulin blocking ideas--WITH an exercise regimen of weight lifting and sprints. The science makes sense to me.
I'm trying to eat about 50 carbs a day (as listed--I'm confused about the whole "net carbs").
Yesterday I ate almost 2000 calories in fat and protein because I was so hungry--craving CARBS I believe--but I succumbed to hunger cravings by just eating more protein and fat. I actually don't like fat that much (save for nuts=too hi carb for right now) so I find it a little challenging. I felt like I'd gain weight eating 2000 calories a day. But today I'm less hungry. Perhaps a sign of Ketosis?
I feel like I've tried everything and would like to shake off these last pounds and THEN maintain my weight with a paleo style diet that is even lower in carbs than I've done the past couple of years.
--I figure I used to eat between 150-200 carbs a day.
- I want to try and lose on 50 a day
-and then maintain under 100 carbs a day.
I'm in my early 40's and from what I read it seems low carbs works best for women my age.
I'm inspired by the success stories here--and am particularly curious about the results from other featherweights.
Do folks have tips for keeping on the super low carb track?
What do folks think are the fastest ways to lose if you're close to your target weight and middle aged?
I just need to get back in the swing and try something new.
Thanks for reading!