I Froze Last Night in Bed, So I Went Zero-Carbs Today

It always helps to ask people who know what they are talking about

My lifestyle change has been going smashingly, but there were a few problems I had to address. I didn’t even know where to start until another writer left a comment on my story yesterday, “It’s a Lifestyle Change, Not Another Damn Diet.”

What he told me was nothing new, and I bet you’ve also heard it before. He wrote a book called “BE LEAN!: Revealing the Long-Lost Secrets of Weight Management,” with information that has been around for a long time, and it helped him lose 175 pounds over a few years.

In his article, “What’s Weight Got to Do, Got To Do With It?”, my new friend Steven Anthony outlines why it’s so hard for obese people like me to lose weight.

Let’s see how well I can sum it up?

Your body doesn’t know how much you weigh. All it cares about is energy. When you go on one of those “eat less/move more” diets, your body isn’t aware that you need to lose weight. All it cares about is that you have started eating less and using a lot more energy. So, it starts to slow your metabolism and conserve energy, and even though you are eating fewer calories and working out, your weight loss is likely to slow as well.

Now, I knew all this, but what I didn’t do was connect this information to my issues of being so cold at night and having a lot less energy than I normally have. Over a few weeks, I drastically cut my food intake and increased my movement, and my body gradually shifted into low metabolism mode.

It may have been the reason my weight loss slowed as well.

I thought my lifestyle change had everything dialed in. I was eating less and moving more because I wanted to be healthier and decrease my fatness. I wanted to be comfortable in my body again.

I did a few good things like cut out the sugary drinks and rice, but I was still eating too many carbohydrates and wasn’t getting enough protein and fat. From my days on the Keto diet, I knew your body can effectively live on 0% carbs because it uses fat for energy instead.

Steven explains it better than I:

“You eat a meal with 100 grams of carbs in it — that’s about 60 grams of glucose added to the 5 grams in your bloodstream. That much glucose in the blood can be dangerous to the ultra-fine blood vessels and can lead to retinal damage and kidney disease, among other things. Like many of our internal systems, the body tries to regulate glucose levels within a safe range by storing it in various places and forms within the body when there is too much in the blood. If your ability to control blood glucose is hopelessly shot, you will start to pee out the excess sugar…”

“Insulin is the hormone that manages your glucose. You always have a base level in your bloodstream to manage the 5 grams it needs at any given time. When you get a spike in blood glucose, your pancreas responds and pumps more insulin into your blood to manage the extra glucose. Insulin will first signal any cell that can use glucose for energy to fill up. What glucose is left will be processed by the liver into glycogen (a dense form of glucose) and offered to muscle cells for storage. Once the muscles are full, the liver converts the rest of the glucose into fat.”

You don’t need 300 grams of carbs the FDA is telling you that you do, your body only needs to maintain 5 grams of glucose in your bloodstream at any given time, and your body can replenish that by converting fat and protein into glucose.

Again, I knew all this from the Keto diet. But I was turned off by all the butter and fat on Keto, so I had filed that information away. I also knew several people who went Keto or low carb and improved their diabetes. One guy even got off insulin. As a borderline diabetic, I was paying attention, because my latest blood test was showing that my sugar was still high, and I was getting worried.

What Steven helped me realized is that I need to get enough protein and fat and cut my carbs from low to 0% if I wanted my obese body to turn the corner to health again and stop feeling so lethargic and cold.

Cutting the Carbs

I had already stopped drinking sugary beverages and eating rice, but I was still munching on bread and noodles. I also loved a little low-fat yogurt and I hadn’t taken having a few beers off the table on the weekends. I also was eating bananas and sweet potatoes which are high in dietary fiber and carbs.

Last night. I sat with my wife a listed everything I could and could eat since I have been lucky enough to have her helping me prepare the food I need. She has been making soups and Gulay (vegetable soup), free-range “native” chicken, eggs, and raw vegetables and fruits like papaya right off the tree, while still feeding everyone else.

Even my mother-in-law has been sticking with meaty, no-rice dishes, and not buying me Coke by the liter like she normally does. Everyone is on my team for this change of lifestyle.

This morning, I ate breakfast at 9:00 am, and by then, I was famished. It was difficult to control the urge to nibble on a piece of bread to “hold me over” when I started to smell the soup cooking with its ginger, lemongrass, onion, and garlic. Then she added the native chicken, green papaya, and Malunggay leaves.

If you have never enjoyed the smells coming from a Filipino kitchen, you are missing out. I was drooling by the time we filled the bowls and cut the ripe papaya.

I made myself eat slowly and savored the salty broth and sweet meat of the fruit. I focused on every bite and chewed to enjoy, not devour. I still filled up quickly. No rice for me, no noodles, and no soda. Just fresh water and delicious food, and I hope I can have the same thing to eat for lunch and dinner.

I never get tired of this light fare, and a lot of the food here is like this. I can avoid the heavier, breaded foods and the fast-food roadblocks if I can eat as much as I want of the food that is good for me.

Hopefully, my body adjusts to this new way of eating and I am not so cold at night, and I have a bit more energy to get stuff done during the day. With my new sleep schedule, where I no longer stay up all night working, I hope I can nurse this sick and flabby body back to health.

I know I’m on the right track.

*Disclosure: I only recommend products and books I would use and read myself and all opinions expressed here are my own. I hope you won’t mind that this post may contain affiliate links, so that at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission.

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