I ran into a friend of mine yesterday who just lost a ton of weight. She’s dropped close to 50 pounds by completely eliminating carbs from her diet. I told her congratulations because she did look great. But I remember how she lost those same 50 pounds a few years ago by eliminating carbs from her diet. Only, she gained it all back again when she couldn’t maintain that way of eating. I don’t know if she’ll be able to keep it off this time, but I’ve seen this happen with friends — and myself! — time and time again.
I remember when my cousin and her husband lost a bunch of weight eliminating all sugar from their diets. They ate whatever they wanted as long as it was labeled “sugar free.” They were so enthusiastic about the results that I tried it, too. I suffered a horrible migraine a couple days in because my body was detoxing, but yes, I lost a lot of weight pretty quickly. However, none of us were able to live a life completely without sugar and we all found ourselves gaining back the weight we’d lost and then some.
So what I’ve learned through all my years of dieting is that I can’t completely eliminate any food group from my diet and have it work for me long-term. I’m sure there are more than a handful of people out there who can do that, but I don’t happen to be one of them. That’s why I’m so happy I found Larry’s program again after all these years. I did it with him in the 90s but I somehow managed to get off track. But I’m back now and that’s what matters!
I love the lack of rigidity and judgment. I love the simplicity of making a few simple changes and seeing real results. I love that I can have my carbs! I love that I’m finally realizing that being healthy truly is all about finding balance in my diet and in my exercise routine and in my head!