||07-26-2012 08:05 AM
New to forum and new to Stillman
Hello, all. I just joined this forum because my low carb journey has led me to the Stillman plan, and I see there is an active section for Stillman here.
A bit about me. I've been low carb eating since December of 2010. I started with Atkins (with a Primal approach,) and easily lost 60 pounds without too much effort or even worrying too much about counting (although I did track much of the time, but had successful periods without tracking.) Then, my weight loss came to a screeching halt. That was about 10 months ago. Since then, I've had nothing but difficulty getting things going. I still have 30 pounds to lose (40 would be better, but I'll take 30.)
I tried increasing carbs, I tried decreasing carbs. It didn't matter. The only thing that made a difference was eating fewer kcals. But, I could not sustain it for any length of time because the hunger was unbearable. The thing I found was that, whenever I would try to lower kcals, I would always do the oft-advised lowering of protein. The last go around, I lowered protein and told myself I wasn't going to worry about kcals until I got my hunger under control. I was assured that with a very low carb level in conjunction with a pretty low (but still adequate) protein level, that hunger would just "disappear." Well, it did not. In fact, the hunger go so bad I could not stand it. Even when I supplemented with more and more fat (common advice) the hunger just gnawed at me. I was eating 3,000+ kcals a day and was still so hungry it hurt! I finally gave in and ate some more protein and I felt better.
At this point, someone suggested Stillman, because it seems that I HAVE to have a decent amount of protein to keep my hunger manageable. And, the lower fat component of the plan will help get kcals down. So, today I start.
Last night I broiled a pork loin chop (after cutting off all the trimmable fat.) The finished weight was 8 oz., so I called 1/2 of it breakfast and 1/2 of it lunch. I also brought 4 hard boiled eggs, 2 for each meal. With my large appetite, I'm not taking any chances. I can't afford to fail due to hunger. Because I don't care if I eat the same foods day in and day out, I don't think I'm at high risk of boredom. And, I've gone zero carb before, so that's no big deal. The only difference here is the absence of the higher fat. Since satiety is a far bigger issue to me than getting to eat more fat, I'm fine with that.
Sorry this was so long, but I wanted to start off with a background and explain why I decided to go with Stillman after being on a more Atkins/Primal approach for so long.