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A Decade on Low Carb…How I finally reached goal
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Posted Sun, Sep-05-21
Female 5' 9"
Plan: P:E/DDF
Stats: 225/150/169
Progress: 134%
Location: NC
Default A Decade on Low Carb…How I finally reached goal

I joined this forum in 2010 to read the research and media section after starting the New Atkins for a New You version of low carb. Over the years I participated in many topic threads but never started a journal or wrote a success story. Now more than a decade later, there finally is a success story to share. I not only met my original goal of 160, but now weigh 151 pounds, a 22 BMI … and at 70 years old.

On a very low carb diet, my weight decreased from 225 to 169 (After photo on the right is in 2012), the top of healthy BMI range, but never to my original goal of 160. I briefly touched 165 … twice!, then regained and lost again yo-yoing many times for a decade, while trying every version of low carb, keto, fasting, carnivore, paleo, and more. Over the past ten years, my blood sugar, though stable, increased due to adaptive glucose sparing. Then last year, by focusing on the nutrient density of food, increasing net carbs, protein, and micronutrients, increasing satiety per calorie, and fasting based on my blood glucose levels, I surpassed all goals. Symptoms of "low thyroid" disappeared after losing excess weight by obtaining more vitamins and minerals from more dairy, seafood, and vegetables. Blood glucose range is back to normal and metabolic flexibility increased. Eating lower fat proteins and more high fiber, high nutrient vegetables means a lower energy intake overall…I was satiated by fewer calories.

Why do so few low carb nutritionists actually write about nutrition? Before taking electrolytes, immune boosters or having complex thyroid tests, eat more of the foods that provide potassium, magnesium, selenium, iodine, niacin, vitamins A,C,D and 30 other nutrients. Reduce the fat in meals to focus more on protein and get enough essential nutrients that may benefit your health conditions and not worry over "carb creep" from an extra cup of vegetables. It took a decade for me to find the solution to my "stall", and it was developed by an engineer… #FoodFirst.

My macro targets for weight loss are 15-20% non-fiber net carbs of nutrient dense foods, and about 40% low fat protein. That's still low carb in the "real world", but higher carb and lower fat than most of the popular "keto" and low carb plans discussed on this forum. Foods eliminated are sugar, grains, and refined fats, though with better metabolic flexibility, having those on occasion does not derail me. Very low carb works for some, but if older, with a history of obesity, and you haven’t reached an optimal goal weight, evaluate the nutrition in the food list you are using. After 11 years of yo-yoing with low carb, here’s how I finally found success:

Julia's one year on DDF:

Dr. Ted Naiman's weight loss version of the P:E Diet:

More at Marty Kendall's Data Driven Fasting:

Dr Ted Naiman's The P:E Diet:

Big, Fat Keto Lies book summary:

New High Protein guides from DietDoctor:

Thank you to LowCarbers, WereBear, for her profound quote used at the end of Marty's article and to Jean, cotonpal, for showing us the way.

October 2021, 151 pounds


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by JEY100 on Sun, Sep-05-21, 11:07

Even though I re-sized a new current photo multiple times, both in pixels and KB, the website is not taking it as an after photo....trying this:

Sept 2021 photo at 153 pounds, about 17 pounds less than the existing "after" photo. Made it my Profile Photo too.
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