Hi my name is Brendan and my doctor has told me that I am overweight. I am starting My Fat Lifestyle as a way to document my journey to regain control of my weight.
Before My Fat Lifestyle…
First let me tell you a little about myself. I am 46 years old, husband, father and a person who has struggled with his weight for the last 30 years.
I have tried so many different diets, seen dieticians, worked with personal trainers, joined gyms and had doctors prescribe medication.
Nothing to date has worked, I will loose weight for a while… start seeing progress, but over time the weight slowly comes back on.
I found with most “diets” I would start getting hungrier and hungrier the longer I followed the diet.
No matter how much will power I applied something would happen and I would find myself eating food I know I should not be eating.
What has changed. Why do I think the changes that I have made over the last couple of months will have a lasting affect.
What changed with my Lifestyle?
Well it all started in late June when I was at a conference. I was broadly following a low carbohydrate low fat diet that my last dietician had put me on. While talking with one of the other attendees over lunch and she suggested that I have a look at the KETO or Ketogenic diet.
I had heard reference to KETO before but had never looked into it. As an aside, I love to do research…. Ready set off I went, I read a number of books about Ketogenic or similar Diets, bought recipe books, watched YouTube videos and found a number of podcasts to listen to.
What I quickly found was that I didn’t necessarily have to follow a Ketogenic diet, but I should be following a Low Carbohydrate Healthy Fat (LCHF) lifestyle. LCHF lifestyles can cover a number of different diets, ranging from Paleo to Keto to Carnivore.
What I had learnt in my initial research was that a lot of the nutritional information we have been provided over the last 30 or 40 years was suspect. I read some great work the likes of Prof Tim Noakes, Dr Garry Fettke, Dr Caryn Zinn and Nina Teicholz have done in recent years.
I learnt that grains and cereals were not needed in my diet. That sugar was my enemy and dreaded saturated fats were actually good for me.
The mental shift I had to do was huge, the message about nutrition is loud and it is repeated often, eat grains and cereals, make sure you are getting enough fibre, fruit and vegetables are essential for vital nutrients, limit the amount of red meat you eat and avoid at all costs saturated fats.
What about Nutrition?
What if the message about nutrition, the message I have been hearing since childhood is wrong.
So in 3 months since changing the type of food I eat, what have I noticed. Besides loosing 12 kilograms (26 pounds) and 10 cm (4 inches) off my waist, I have finally realised what hungry feels like.
I have realised that what I thought was hunger pains, was in fact sugar cravings. It explains why I could be eating unhealthy food and I would feel bloated as if I couldn’t fit anything else in, but would still be hungry as if I hadn’t had anything to eat.
To not have that period after lunch where I had no energy and couldn’t focus. I have learn’t that this was just a side effect of my body processing carbohydrates.
It has now been 4 weeks since I had anything sweet. It was rough at first, but I came out the overside and the sugar cravings are gone.
What is My Fat Lifestyle blog about?
Like any change you make in your life, the best way to make sure it sticks is set up some accountability. This website and blog is going to be my accountability.
So what am I going to write about
- What my goals are both weight and training
- Weekly / Monthly Checkin on how I am progressing
- Reviews about books or other resources on LCHF
- Sharing tidbits I learn on this journey
- Highlighting other people or places where you can get more information.
The My Fat Lifestyle site is going to be a journal about my journey. I am not a doctor, dietician, personal trainer or nutrition expert. What I am going to write about is what works and doesn’t work for me.
My hope and goal is that by sharing my journey, is to inspire other people who are in a similar position. Helping them make the appropriate changes to their lifestyle. To find their healthier selfs.