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The idea is to train your body (it does work) to burn fat for energy instead of carbs. When that happens, you excrete ketones mostly in urine. The high fat diet (greens with plenty of olive oil, juicy meat or fish with plenty of butter, etc) stave off hunger and combat carb addiction. That's the idea.
OK, I have to confess my wife gets angry when I say this because she is always dieting. I call it either my ice cream diet or my chocolate diet. I eat my three meals a day including two coffees with three heaping teaspoons of sugar and half and half. But after dinner I eat a hagen das bar and a couple of candy bars. Or sometimes chocolate chip cookies, sometimes I buy one of those frozen chocolate cream pies with three inches of whipped cream on top and eat half of that. Maybe some chips, peanuts or popcorn for good measure. We weigh every morning and my weight varies by a pound up or down. My wife says how is it I eat no breakfast, salad for lunch, and small portions at dinner and you eat everything in sight and then snack on candy and ice cream and she gains weight. I just smile and say my ice cream diet is working. Well, not anymore since it pisses her off I try to look guilty and sad at the same time and say nothing or she gets grumpy at me.
I hate the phrase "carb addiction". We're not "addicted" to them, it's just the cheapest way to get energy. This was handy 100 years ago when almost all of us worked manual labor jobs.
An in-law of a friend of mine runs (or works on) a fishing boat off the coast of Taxachusetts. He heats a gallon of ice cream before bed sometimes. Also works 12 hour days in cool to cold weather soaking wet.
William O. B'Livion
"Everything about getting in good shape is difficult."
Sometimes I watch the live cams at a big cat rescue in Tampa, there is one older tiger "Andy" that features prominently.
He appears to basically sleep all day and night, except when he is eating, or swimming in the pond.
And yet he is sleek, trim, extremely well muscled.
I hit an all-time-high weight over Christmas and decided I needed a change. Went on a high-protein/high-fat/low-carb diet.
So far, I've lost 35-40 lbs. I've been bouncing around those levels for a month or so, so I'm contemplating how best to break through that plateau (I'd like to get down to a total weight loss of 50 lbs). But I'm very pleased at how easily the weight came off and how easily it has stayed off.
Yup, that was my plateau as well. It still goes down, but it slowed down dramatically to 1-2lbs a month now.
Started it to control my blood glucose which was through the roof, in next to no time it was almost back to a level that's acceptable for non-diabetics and 18 months in it was stable enough at that level that my doc took me off metformin.
That was 10 months ago.
Trying now to cut carbs even more, started on what's essentially a no-carb diet 2 weeks ago (just small amounts of cheese). Food cravings are down even more, hope it reflects in weight loss and general well being, it's supposed to also help against a host of auto-immune conditions and arthritis.
yeah, though that's by now almost impossible without eating raw butter and drinking olive oil.
Pretty much every bit of fat has been banned from most products you can buy, including raw meat.
"lean cuts" everywhere, barely a one that has some fat on it.