There has been a lot of talk lately about cutting out carbohydrates from your diet. I cannot tell you how many articles I’ve read and how many news clips I have watched about the benefits of a low-carb eating plan. Frankly, I’m a little tired of hearing all the reasons that I should alter what I eat. I’m sick of hearing about all of the problems I’ll have if I don’t make these changes. So I won’t try to to convince you to make the change to a low-carb diet. I simply want to share that changing to a low-carb diet completely worked for me.
I cannot remember exactly what it was that led me to diving into the world of low-carb for myself. I think perhaps I was just tired of being fat and of feeling tired all the time. I guess it is true that life has to get really bad and that we have to want to make changes before we actually will. My health got bad enough that I really wanted to make changes. So I spent a few afternoons at the bookstore and walked away with a few books that seemed the most reasonable and the most helpful at the end of my search. One of them was all about going low-carb.
I was leery of going low-carb for one main reason: I liked carbs. A lot. And most foods that were carb-filled were my favorites. I liked eating breads, pastries, sandwiches, cookies and many other carb-friendly things. I knew that if I attempted to cut back on carbs it would really change my diet. It took me a few days of debating before I came to realize that yes, I did want to try the low-carb plan and see if it worked.
I began my low-carb eating trial by going through my pantry and refrigerator and tossing out everything that went against what the low-carb book said I should be eating. I was shocked at how little was left. Only at that moment did I truly see how unbalanced my diet had been. I went to the store and replaced the carbs with fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean protein foods. I picked up a couple of whole-grain items to fulfill the small amount of carbs I was supposed to be eating.
This marked the beginning of a sixty day trial eating a low-carb diet. Within days I was shocked by how different I felt and by how much my cravings had changed. Sixty days after I started my low-carb diet I was WAY lighter, full of more energy, and I looked better than I had in a decade. So, take this for what it’s worth. I’m not saying you should do a low-carb eating plan. I’m simply saying that doing a low-carb plan radically changed my life.