I picked up a new book by Jorge Cruise called, "Happy Hormones, Slim Belly." The premise of the book, in a nutshell, is that women over 40 naturally crave more carbohydrates to help their bodies produce more serotonin as levels drop due to pre or peri-menopause. So, although the carbs cause weight gain, you can't deny a woman over 40 those carbs because she needs them. A catch 22. So, Jorge, while sharing the science behind this idea, has developed a plan where one eats almost no carbs for two consecutive days of the week and adds carbohydrate calories back into the diet for the remaining five days of the week. He calls it, "Carb cycling."
I've just finished my first two days of very low carb eating, and I've lost almost 5 pounds since Monday morning! Now, I don't expect those results every week, and the book doesn't promise those kinds of results, (The book does promise 7 pounds of weight loss the first week and 2 pounds a week after that.) but I am thrilled to be starting out so well. Thrilled, not so much because of the weight lost, because I've lost that kind of weight before, but thrilled because the foods I'm eating on this plan are the exact same foods I was eating before. The difference is, this plan sort of puts a fence around all those carbs that were a little out of control for me before. This makes the plan sustainable for me.
I won't lie. I did crave carbs on the two days that I didn't have them, especially in the evening, but knowing I could add them back into my diet in two days and for the bulk of the week kept me going. I just grabbed another cheese stick or handful of macadamia nuts, sipped a tall glass of water and planned what I'd eat tomorrow. Last night when I was craving carbs I dreamed of today's lunch, a dream that was realized today with joy. :-)
|Egg Salad on half a whole wheat English muffin topped with a leaf of Romaine lettuce|