The first thing you need to know when reading the low carb living section of thisguycooks.co.uk is that this is not a “low carb diet” website. I am not a nutritionist, medical professional or nor am I a dietitian. I am an amateur cook with a love of food and a tendency to over indulge. This section is to share my experience of something I’m very proud of, and a focus point for my challenges ahead.
I and my family have always struggled with our weight.we like the finer things in life, and ultimately everything that tastes good is bad for you, or so you think. We have tried every fad in the books. Atkins, Dukan…even a small stint of 5:2. Each had their pros and cons, but each was missing something, sustainability. I couldn’t do Atkins for more than a couple of weeks at a time before falling off the wagon and undoing all my good work.
Where I was
December 2016, I was 125kg and very unhappy with my weight. Clothes didn’t fit, my relationship with my wife was strained at best. Eleanor was very frustrated as honestly she was trying everything she could but I couldn’t be bothered. It hurt her a lot and I’ve come to understand why. In December my daughter was 7 months old and beginning to move around a lot. I looked st myself in the mirror one day and I knew I had to do something. I didn’t want to be the “fat dad”. I wanted to be fit and active with more daughter and happier with everything. Finally I had that push I needed to do something about it.
So with some research and some much needed will power. I turned to low carb. I’m not gluten free, I’m not paleo and I’m not attempting to be keto. I just took on board that your body burns more calories eating certain types of food than others, proteins & fats for example and that if you eat a higher proportion of these foods your body will use the fat reserves in your body as fuel.
The results? Last year I lost a total of 17kg. Nearly three stone. I felt so much better in myself. I bought and wore nicer clothes that fit. I ran out of notches in my belt. My wife was proud of me. I was able to concentrate more. I had more energy. The benefits I found were endless.
I have been asked the same questions by family and friends over and over. How did I do it? How did I stay sane? What did I eat? Can I share what I did with them?
Low Carb – How I did It
Well I cut out carbs. Not completely. I aimed for about 50g of carbs a day as a good target. Sometimes I’d go over and sometimes I’d be under, it wasn’t a religion after all plus your body needs a little a little to function! I tracked what I ate using my fitness pal and I changed small aspects of my lifestyle. Things like drinking more water and walking to work. I used this list of foods that contained a wide variety of different foods that I could eat freely, some that I could eat occasionally and some that I should eat very rarely. It was a great visual aid to me and something I kept folded up in my wallet! You can see the list on this page here
Importantly, and I really do mean importantly, I went low carb only 5 days a week. I made sure I had a cheat day. Not a Butterfield Diet style cheat day (if you’ve not seen this term before check the linked video!) but I made sure I took a couple of days off each week to shake up my system. It really helped me to focus, control any urges and to be fair, it really helped me enjoy cooking at the weekends again. I’d spend a lot of the week thinking “hey what should I cook this weekend!”. The part of me that struggled the most was my ability to plan ahead and incorporate my low carb lifestyle into every day life and I don’t think I’m alone in this.
My Goals, for me and ThisGuyCooks
It’s now 2018 and I have my resolutions firmly in place and a good, achievable goal in place. I’ve made my resolution to get down to 95 kg and I’ll follow what I did last time. This new section of thisguycooks.co.uk will be a place for me to store and share my recipes that have been so helpful to getting slimmer and healthier.
Find the food list I used to transform my weight here
Find my Low Carb recipes here