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Living Comfortably

Posted Aug 24 2008 5:16pm

As I said in my last post, I decided to take a few days away from my diet until I was over my illness. And, after a few days, I got over my illness. But, I didn't return to my l0w-carb diet. Hopefully, I'll be on track again soon.

The first year of doing low-carb, I stayed very focused and lost 85 pounds. For the last six months or so, I've been alternating on and off plan. I gained some weight back. And, I lost most of it, again . But, I find it increasingly hard to stick with a plan. Why? I think it's because I am comfortable with my size. When I was 85 pounds heavier, I had back and foot pains and would tire very quickly. Now, I feel pretty good. Without weight related health problems, I have a hard time staying loyal to my diet plan. I don't think that there is anything wrong with the way I have conducted myself over the last six months. I just have to be very careful not to slide too far down the slippery slope of gluttony that resulted in my gaining so much in the first place. The real goal was to feel better. And, I do feel much better. Yes, I'm still obese. But, I'm no longer morbidly obese! I'm at a point where my body is happy.

So... this week, I'm off plan. But, I don't plan on straying too far away. I'm not sure when I'll be back on track. While off plan, I continue reading about low-carb and will keep posting. Even off plan, I'm conscious of what I consume and continue to eat some of my favorite low-carb dishes. I will likely return to the full blown low-carb lifestyle when my weight pops up another ten pounds, or I start feeling fat, or when my wife decides to diet again.

I have also picked up a couple books on glacemic load diets. All low carb diets are low glacemic diets but not all low glacemic diets are necessarily low-carb. As far as I can tell, a low glacemic load diets (such as the popular nutrisystem) will prevent fat storage but might not result in rapid fat loss. I'm not one to jump into something until I have studied it thoroughly and come up with a plan. After I finish studying this subject, I may give it a whirl. If nothing else, it might be a good maintenance plan. Perhaps beginning in August?

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