I had such success with Atkins last summer in fat loss terms, and even better success with my digestive issues and fussy skin when eating a more Paleo-themed diet and exercise regimen.
Going to Europe this past autumn to celebrate my 40th birthday, I ended up messing it up big time. While I didn’t gain the fat back, I did gain some digestive issues because (to use phraseology honed in Junior High) there’s, like, yummy croissants and gelato and pizza over there.
While I was able to make many corrections once home, there was this holiday called Thanksgiving and football games. I didn’t eat bread, but I did have some gluten-free stuffing from a box, and my intestines howled. HOWLED. Just because you are following a gluten-free regimen doesn’t mean you can snarf down gluten-free treats. The thought of that dish makes me curl up inside in the most pejorative of connotations.
Christmas. I did have a bread-free Christmas and New Year’s, but darn it if I didn’t thrust a champagne bottle (well, bottles…) in my hand and shout “Carpe diem!” off my balcony. I forgot about the next day’s seizures.
Through all of this, I didn’t gain a single inch. I gained pounds, which is the result of water my body was retaining in order to process all the garbage I was feeding it. And why do I call it garbage? I had treats made from grain-free ingredients (almond flour, coconut flour, etc.) and alcohol and copious amounts of chocolate. But, too much of a good thing does not yield exponential experiences of food nirvana. It’s just more.
So I am here with you, starting the 2012 off right with a focus on eating properly to nourish my body, take off those pounds of flesh that didn’t come off last year, and meeting my health goals one item at a time. In the past week, two pounds have vanished, and I’m ready to do the work again (in this case, refraining from too much of a good thing!) to add to the deficit.
What changes are you making for 2012? Are you starting a low-carb eating regimen for the first time, coming back to it after an absence, or are you maintaining a low-carb regimen and enjoying the benefits?