Being overweight is not a good thing, especially when you’re older.
My battle with the bulge began when I stopped smoking 20 years ago, exacerbated by the side effects of medication. Even though I stopped drinking alcohol, I remained 30 to 40 pounds above the suggested weight for someone of my height and build.
It slows you down.
The good news is that thanks to a suggestion from a family member, I have found a relatively easy way to slim down.
Since the end of May, Barbara and I have adopted a new way of eating. We are following the Ketogenic diet, which is high in fat and protein and very low in sugar and carbohydrates.
On the No side: bread, rice, potato, cakes, pies, pizza, pasta or anything with sugars, including breakfast cereals, pastries, ice cream, or sweet fruit such as pineapple, apples, oranges and grapes.
On the Yes side: meat, fish, poultry, and raw and cooked vegetables that are grown above ground, such as broccoli, sprouts, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, and olive oil. Nuts are not only allowed but encouraged as sources of healthy fat. We also eat some berries, apricots and hard plums, which are relatively low in sugar content.
It’s a no-brainer because you will lose fast when you cut out sweets and carbs. Eggs are encouraged because, contrary to popular belief, they are good for you.
Since most of us are addicted to sugar, whether we realize it or not, it takes about a week or two to adjust. There are cravings, but after a while, your reliance on the healthy good stuff, including fat, fills you up. And you will lose weight!
I don’t weigh myself every day, but I have lost more than 15 pounds in almost three months. And I feel great. Barbara has also lost about the same, and we’re both tightening our belts and buying smaller-sized clothing to fit our slimmer bodies. Barbara says she hasn’t felt so happy with her body since she was in her 30s.
We are taking B-Complex vitamins to compensate for the lack of carbs. Medical experts note that carbohydrates from whole grains contain B vitamins that help support a healthy hormone balance, brain communication and normal metabolism. Others may take a vitamin C supplement, since oranges are replete with sugar, and magnesium to regulate the bowels.
A typical breakfast now will consist of eggs, cheeses, veggies, with more protein for lunch and dinner. The diet calls for eating fat, which the body then burns when expending energy.
This diet is not for everyone. You and your doctor know best.
Dr. David Perlmutter, the controversial American neurologist, argues that the best way to prevent Alzheimer’s and Diabetes is this diet — replacing carbs with higher amounts of healthful fats and protein.
For a healthy body and brain, he recommends organic butter from raw milk, clarified butter, olives, organic virgin olive oil and coconut oil, nuts such as pecans and macadamia, free-range eggs, wild salmon, and avocado.
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