My EFGT Personal Experiment
I decided to try the Grove's theory this year. I was low carb at age 49 and lost 25 pounds and kept it off for 3 years, then it piled back on during the Fall before last and nothing seemed to do anything plus I put on 10 more pounds.
I don't do very well with tracking or having to report and count as a busy life keeps getting in the way. I'd been having sweets cravings that are met with erythritol and stevia and crunchy food cravings. Otherwise I'm very healthy except for allergies.
So, one of the things that appeals to me is Grove's claim that you should not have to count or worry about the amount of food intake if you are eating what is naturally healthy for us. This worked very well for me in college in the 1970's (back before we worried about fat intake).
So, thanks to a lot of reading and info on this board, I've been eating a lot more fat. The only fats I avoid now are trans fats and polyunsaturated ones. It has taken about a month to ramp up the fat content and another month before it finally feels like I'm making some progress. Just the last week, I finally lost 5 pounds effortlessly.:clap:This after not losing anything and even gaining about 5 more pounds.
Now, here's the effects I've seen:
Eating a lot of fat and moderate protein has meant my sweet cravings have disappeared. I've been putting some EVCO in my tea which has cut any incipient sweet tooth but often, the high fat in meals cuts any desires. I went a month without any chocolate desires at all. I'm not even using much erythritol or stevia anymore.
Lots of fats means I'm not hungry at all for 5-6 hours after a meal. Sometimes I make myself eat a little something becaue it has been so long since the last meal. Other times, I have real hunger and not that craving that isn't really hunger.
I haven't been exercising much at all these last 2 months as I have a hematoma on my knee, yet my muscle tone is improved over the condition before I started this.
Anyone else seen this sort of thing with EFGT?
Hopefully this will continue. I'm thinking that this particular WOE requires some internal metabolic adjustments before you start it working right. I still eat a little fruit but it is with fat and protein and is low carb fruit. I'm not sure what my carb intake is but it must be pretty low. Veggies are asparagus, cabbage, onions, peppers, tomatoes, coconut, herbs, califlower - always with lots of butter, cream, EVCO, or olive oil. Even my crunchy cravings are reduced (but not gone).
This is fairly easy to do after awhile. Not having to track is a huge help. I always fail at that chore. It's been a mental challenge because I had always believed the saturated fat condemnation. Reading the real science and lack of it has changed that. It makes me mad that we've been so hoodwinked by the medical community.
Wow..thanks for your "testimony". I do think that many Atkineers think that it's a limitless amount of protein and that's where they make their mistake.
If a person has a good amount of fat in their diet, then "hunger" should not be a problem or cravings. We should listen to our bodies and eat to hunger.
Remember Barry and Monica eat most of their food during the day and have a snackish
meal at night. When I do this, I am more successful..:)
Come join our challenge board..:)
:welcome: Great job way to go :shake:
Thanks for sharing your story. I've been struggling to get back "with it" lately and reading successes like yours sure helps.
Please keep posting your experiences and we welcome you to join our monthly thread.
What does your daily menu look like?
I've been making this solid omelet because I need to bring my breakfast to work and it has to be easy make ahead: eggs, full fat coconut milk (could be cream, sour cream, or even water), fat (olive oil, CO, or butter), real apple cider vinegar and whisk well. Take a little coconut flour, ground psyllium husk, maybe some chia seed, a bit of baking soda and salt, add herbs (I vary it according to whim). Chop up some sausage and full fat cheese, maybe some onion and peppers. I mix up the dry to get all the lumps out. Whisk it into the wet, add the solids and mix. I put this into a parchment lined jelly roll pan, spread it out and bake 375F for about 30 minutes until done. Cool it and cut into 8 pieces. This works out to about 600 calories a slice, 75% fats, about 18 gm protein, 19 gms carbs (7 or so fiber). I eat it about 930-10 am (the cream in coffee tides me over till then) and am not hungry until 2 pm or later. The reason there's psyllium husk is because I read it can help with allergies and it seems to help mine. I wrap and freeze the slices so they are easy to grab in the morning.
Breakfast has been around 9-10 am
Lunch was ham (organic no nitrates) and high fat cheese.
Yesterday it was nothing - I wasn't hungry
The day before: 2 sausages, some cheese with greek yogurt and avocado with some spices. I was stuffed. That was probably too much.
Lunch has been around 130-230p
Tea in the afternoon, sometimes with 1/2 T CO in it. Especially with CO if I get any cravings or feel like a sweet as it seems to kill that dead.
Dinner has been asparagus with butter and parmesan, a little cheese or meat - not much. Maybe an herb tea with CO. Sometimes a few frozen blueberries.
Last night, it was nothing - I wasn't hungry. This morning I was only slightly hungry when I got up.
It's been going like that. I haven't been tracking as I just don't keep up with it. Everything is made with full fat.
So far, so good, but I'm not at the weight I should be yet.
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