I joined this forum in 2010 to read the research and media section after starting the New Atkins for a New You version of low carb. Over the years I participated in many topic threads but never started a journal or wrote a success story. Now more than a decade later, there is a success story to share. I not only finally met my original goal of 160, but now weigh 153 pounds, a 22 BMI … and at 70 years old.
On a very low carb diet, my weight decreased from 225 to 169 (the After photo to right from 2012), the top of healthy BMI range, but never to my original goal of 160. I briefly touched 165 … twice!, then regained and lost again yo-yoing many times for a decade, while trying every version of low carb, keto, fasting, carnivore, paleo, and more. Then last year, by focusing on the nutrient density of food, increasing net carbs, protein, and micronutrients, increasing satiety per calorie, and fasting based on my blood glucose levels, I surpassed both goals. Symptoms of "low thyroid" disappeared after losing excess weight by obtaining more vitamins and minerals from more dairy, seafood, and vegetables. Eating lower fat proteins and more high fiber, high nutrient vegetables means a lower energy intake overall…I was satiated by fewer calories.
Why do so few low carb nutritionists actually write about nutrition? Before taking electrolytes, immune boosters or having complex thyroid tests, eat more of the foods that provide potassium, magnesium, selenium, iodine, niacin, vitamins A,C,D and 30 other nutrients. Reduce the fat in meals to focus more on protein and essential nutrients that may benefit your health conditions and not worry over "carb creep" from an extra cup of vegetables. It took a decade for me to find the solution to my "stall", and it was developed by an engineer… #Food First.
My targets for weight loss are 15-20% non-fiber net carbs of nutrient dense foods, and about 40% low fat protein. That's still low carb in the "real world", but higher carb and lower fat than most of the popular "keto" and low carb plans discussed on this forum. Foods eliminated are sugar, grains, and refined fats, though with better metabolic flexibility, having those on occasion does not derail me. Very low carb works for some, but if older, with a history of obesity, and you haven’t reached an optimal goal weight, evaluate the nutrition in the food list you are using. After 11 years of yo-yoing with low carb, here’s how I finally found success:
More at Marty Kendall's Data Driven Fasting: https://forum.lowcarber.org/showthread.php?t=484792
Dr Ted Naiman's The P:E Diet: https://forum.lowcarber.org/showthread.php?t=483930
Optimising Nutrition in Diabetes sub-forum: https://forum.lowcarber.org/showthread.php?t=473285
New High Protein guides from DietDoctor: https://forum.lowcarber.org/showthread.php?t=484926
Thank you to LowCarbers, WereBear, for her profound quote used at the end of Marty's article and to Jean, cotonpal, for showing us the way.
October 2021, 151 pounds