In the "keeping it real" department, I have to tell you I was skeptical of the "low carbohydrate approach" to nutrition that Joanne was/is following. I told her like a smarty pants.."You need some carbs, Joanne as I continued to eat brown rice, some whole grain breads, olives, plenty of fruits protein bars, etc. I exercised and counted calories. She lost weight and I stayed the same or lost a pound or two. She said..."You're eating too many carbs, Davey." I looked at my food diary in "MyFitness Pal" and discovered that I was eating over 200 grams per day on some occasions.
Yeah, I was eating "healthy" and watching calories, but this was the source of my slow weight loss. I was eating 70-80% of my food in carbs and very little protein (25-30%.) I changed immediately and reversed, 50-60% protein, 20-30 carbs and 10-20% fat, depending on what I had to eat. I would say 50-80 grams per day of carbs is a workable figure. You have to read the labels and plan your meals. How to read food labels, here:
You would be amazed at how many carbs are in food, even though they are "healthy foods." (Especially whole grains, starchy vegetables, fruits,
Joanne was right and I started to lose weight again and have now lost nearly 60 pounds. So glad I gave up the "know it all attitude" and looked at what she was saying.
(a good list here: authoritynutritio
You must plan your meals, be a label reader and measure your food with a dietary scale and measuring cup. It is part of the work you must do! The Food and Agribusiness interests are not making things easy. Once you get in the habit, it is second nature.
"The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that 45 percent to 65 percent of your calories come from carbohydrates. If you consume more than your body can handle, you can start to experience some health problems.
One of the first sign of an excessive carbohydrate intake is weight gain or an inability to lose weight. Not only does an excess carb intake contribute extra calories to your diet, it also stimulates the release of larger amounts of insulin. High insulin levels help you control your blood sugar levels by shoveling the sugar circulating in your blood, which is the result of the digestion of carbohydrate-containing foods, into your cells, where it is stored as fat."
I know that is a lot of information, but the proof to my hard head was the results. I did not feel hungry, deprived or like I was "dieting." You will get success if you do these things, I am sure. It is simple biology and biochemistry. You do not need a special potion, product, diet, etc. If you are having trouble, please check these links out! Good luck and all the best!