Thursday, February 28, 2013

ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER POUND GONE


Here I am after 2 weeks on 85% fat/15% protein with 1,800 calories per day (yes, I know, I should not care about calories but it is just to give an idea of the portions. Anyway, it is +/- 20 calories…) INCLUDING 2 sticks of butter per day, with another pound gone…

I have to say, this is easy to do and I feel no hunger and I eat plenty. Of course, I am constant on the portions but since they satisfy me, there is no problem.

The butter quantity seems big but as I am, in these days, eating fish + chicken as protein sources, I NEED to add some fat. But I guess fatty meats with the same fat/protein ratio should do the trick.

Of course, there is not the “speed of weight loss” that one can experience on the 5BDZC but since I am in no rush and only looking for a way to sustain the loss, all of this is quite OK with me.

Eventually I could even add butter to stop loosing if needed???.........

I do sleep much better and have lots of energy. I guess the sensation of finding a nice “cruising speed” give a good inner feeling.

A still do only water, no salt as I do not look for it, and that’s it.

I guess I will continue at this speed and evaluate again ‘sustainability”.

Denis



Monday, February 25, 2013

WHAT I EAT SINCE ONE WEEK


I though, after doing the experiment of “3 DAYS 5BDZC + 4 DAYS 30 BDZC”, it would be interesting to summarize what I am eating these days on ZC as It seems more sustainable for me to eat the same quantity of food everyday. So I decided to take this road and see what happens.

I say this because I am on a “loosing speed” of 1 lbs per week which of course, brings me ONLY a few weeks away of the weight I want to reach… No complain.

I knew I was NOT overeating proteins in anyway. But I evaluated my fat consumption (calorie wise…) and discovered it was much too high. I adore butter and I believed I could rely on my “fat satiety mechanisms” to control my intake. It seems the mechanism do not perform as well as I would have liked…

So there I went counting calories to get an idea of my actual protein/fat ration… and discovered I was doing too much butter. So I had to reevaluate my portions.

I calculated that in no way I want to eat LESS then total 1,800 calories a day. I know it would not be sustainable, as for my metabolism, my health and my mental sanity.

I already eat about 300 calories from protein sources and this is OK with me and my protein needs; which left me a nice 1,500 calories for butter (sometimes, it may be substituted for olive oil but this is on rare occasions). Since more then a week, I get the nice protein to fat ratio of 15%/85%.

- 1,500 calories from butter means 15 tablespoons, or 7.5 ounces, a little bit less then 2 sticks or less then ½ pound.

So I planned again my meals and it went this way (my calculations are all approximated as I do not care about +/- 50 calories differences…):

LUNCH:                                3 eggs +  5 tbs butter

AFTERNOON SNACK:         2 ounces  chicken + 3 tbs butter

DINNER:                               3 ounces fish + 4 tbs butter

BEDTIME SNACK:               2 ounces chicken + 3 tbs butter

Many times, I omit the afternoon snack so I add it to the dinner portion. The bedtime snack seems to work best since I am a “light sleeper” and eating promotes a good night.

I have stopped the sour cream but I eventually will include it again. I only drink pure and simple water.

I intend to go on this way for another week and see what happens.

Denis









Friday, February 22, 2013

"MINDLESS EATING" ON ZERO CARB


I have been doing some thinking and I am trying to come up with some ideas to “structure” the maintenance phase of ZC.

The issue we are dealing with here is simple: “How and why may one regain weight on ZC and what to do about it? ”

There are many angles to the question and one that we have seriously to consider is MINDLESS EATING.

Mindless eating is when someone makes choices about food he will eat, choices that he is NOT aware of, choices that are influenced by people around him, places where food is sold and serve, presentation such as plating, labels, names, colors, shapes and smells and also, of big concern, distraction. All of this causing him to do seemingly inconsequential decisions that will affect his total food consumption.

Let’s give one example: at your lovely new local supermarket (with ample parking space) and his new trendy look d├ęcor, you find a big sale on aged Rib-Eye steaks packed in recyclable wrapping in portion of 16 ounces. Can you resist picking up a few of them, some to freeze, surely some to throw on your grill and share them with your love ones during this nice summer day that allows you to eat in the peacefulness of your garden, sitting on your new outside dining furniture and enjoying the smell of lemon scented candles? Life is good and the 16 ounces of your steak, and maybe half of another one, disappear from your plate as fast as it took to decide to purchase them.

This is what MINDLESS EATING is and we can all relate to it.

When I was first reading, many years ago, about sugar addiction, I remember how we were suggested planning to live without sweets and finding ways to add joy, comfort and celebration in our life to compensate for the “pain of mourning” the loss of eating sugar.

Did we replace our “best friend the sugar” by a life of “unrestricted and unconscious ZC food items consumption”???

Let’s be honest: maybe we did. But also, to put things at their right place, maybe we are victims here.

Victims of marketing as consumers, victims of the endless availability of food in our society, even victims of folks that want you to believe that you may indulge as much as you want on ZC.

So what can we do about it?

First thing is probably to become more aware of our environment. I have no problem on stacking up on a deal of Rib-Eye steak but letting others decide what is a decent portion is not. Enjoying a nice yard, nice furniture and company is not a reason not to be aware of what and how much is in your plate.

Nowadays, everything must be about pleasure, including food. The French call it “le manger-plaisir”: they say if you do not enjoy yourself while eating, you got it wrong. But look at the consequences: from a population that was nearly free of hearth diseases, in less then two decades, they have become fat and sick following the trend of the planet.

So let’s learn to add joy and celebration in our life without always thinking about food being the only way. It maybe OK for others, and we may even enjoy cooking and serving them well, but it is our responsibility to look for us.

Maybe the solution to MINDLESS EATING is to take the TIME to do things. Time to plan our meals (quality, portions and protein/fat ration), time to prepare and serve, time to consume and be aware of what we consume.

Honestly, how many times did you added extra butter to your steak while merely finish engulfing it?

I seems that the “golden rule” is still 20 minutes.

Maybe having a normal portion of meat + adequate fat, eating it mindfully and waiting 20 minutes before asking yourself if you need more is ONE solution???

Denis




















Tuesday, February 19, 2013

LET'S TALK ABOUT SALT ON ZERO CARB

As Zero Carbers, salt can be, and actually is, of great interest as most of our food items are much more enjoyable with a little salt. A salty chocolate cake in the “high carb world” is a nonsense but a nice dash of salt on a rib-eye, which is a daily reality on ZC, certainly push up the flavor and make a meal a real delight. But should we be concern?


Salt is addictive. Researchers have confirmed is triggers the same pathways in the brain as does cigarettes and hard drug. And just like alcoholics, it takes just a pinch of salt (or a sip of wine in the other case) and one can be back into the need for salty food.


So is salt a problem on ZC? The answer is: it depends. It depends if you are seriously addicted and it depends if it encourage you to eat more food then your real need.


So one can be “hook” on salt but if his weight is under control, I think the problem is minor. But if this is not your case, you probably have to consider seriously this issue.


As for the nutritious value of salt, I am not really sure it is that important on a ZC diet, as the absorption of minerals is nearly 100% on a meat-only WOE. This is different on a diet rich in fibers, which seriously prevents absorption of sodium and chlorine but also the microelements like the magnesium, calcium and potassium contained in sea salt.


As for the medical reasons to stop eating salt, there is a big confusion nowadays in the medical literature. There is certainly one type of “salt-dependent high blood pressure” but it needs a precise diagnosis before cutting salt in a diet for health reason.


My own experience is simple: I always adored salt but decided to stop using it to see if I could cut down on my food intake. It works. It is no the “entire answer” to the problem but it certainly helps. Now, I do not care for salt but if I do have some on occasion in a restaurant, I surely enjoy every bit of it!!!



Denis




Monday, February 18, 2013

2/18/2013 - Zero Carb, as good as it Gets

Greetings all. My Spirits are soaring! My Energy is good, could it be better? Maybe.

I am doing really well my Friends and Family. I have a ton of work that keeps me pretty busy these days, but I manage to hang in there. I am falling behind on a few projects at home....... not a good thing.

I find myself eating somewhat less than before the last round of the 5BDZC. I do have to keep myself in check when eating something that I really like. It is easy for "ME" to get caught up in the flavor and eat more than I should. Well this just proves to point to "ME" that overeating is a friend to no one. I am able to keep it under better control via Zero Carb (ZC).

Well it looks like Denis has been dishing up a storm. Great information as always thank you very much. He makes you think.........ah yes think and think some MORE!!!

OK so my little mind has been clicking away.......DANGER.....DANGER....DANGER!!!!! Jeez if only I could put my dreams into action. WOW now that would be a sight. Yet my time is limited and it is being stretched  all the time. If only I could invent something and make a lot of $$$ then I could............

WAKE UP DAVE!!!! YOU ARE DREAMING OUT-LOUD AGAIN!!! Oops...sorry y'all! Hey you can't blame a guy for dreaming out-loud. HA!!! Hey money is not everything. So said the little poor (ZC)er. Hahaha!!!!

No really I am very happy with my current situation. I have all that I need and much, much more. I have been truly Blessed. Sometimes I forget how much I have. No donations needed here. Hey the current blog is free. It only costs time and that I try to give as much as I can. Later things will be much better in that department and I will be posting often.

Have a Healthy day my Friends and Family. Win the Day, Win for Life!!! Keep On Keeping On and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er Right on Target



Cheers,

Dave

Sunday, February 17, 2013

"JUST LOOKING AT SWEETS" IS NOT THAT BAD...


I am just posting for fun today as I think playing and laughing are as important as oxygen in life. But since I tend to be over-serious by moment (…) there will be a message for you in this post…

I will go against the mainstream idea that “being near, looking at, thinking of, call it whatever you want, being WITH sweets is a bad idea” if you want to get your carb cravings under control.

Let me explain. There is a technique called “behavior therapy” which, as you can guess by the name, has for purpose to change the way you react to a situation. It is not always an easy method but, well applied, you can learn to stop smoking, cut adding sugar to your coffee or quit any bad habit. It is like reprogramming your reactions to the “cues” that initiate the habit you want to stop.

Knowing the “cues” is the first thing to look for. Usually, they are related to senses such as a smell, the sight of the wanted object, the sound of a place and even the company of friends with who you like to indulge. For a smoker or a drinker, entering a noisy bar can create the perfect cues to consume. For a sugar addict, it can be picking up a plate at an all-u-can eat dessert buffet. Cues are numerous and can be very personal, from experiences in infancy to sad or joyful events of life.

If one suggests to carb addict “staying away from sweets as the best way for not eating sweets”, most folks would think it is logical and full of common sense. But studies show it is NOT that true. Real ZC’s will tell you they keep sugar in their house, even cookies and candies ‘for the guests”, and they are not scare of these items because they have overcome the “fear of relapse”.

To apply the “behavior technique” to control cravings for sweets, you have to expose yourselves to these sweets (the cues), enjoy there aromas and look, do whatever you need to stimulate an irresistible need for them, then BANG, you move away from them. It is not an easy thing to do, I agree. But repeating this, even if there are relapses, will rewire your brain so next time you encounters your cues, the craving reaction should go down and eventually disappear.

The best test to know if your have overcome your carb problem on ZC would be to cook yourself some sweets, measuring, mixing sugar, flower and other ingredients without reacting a bit to the situation. Then you can enjoy the sight of your guests “killing” themselves while they congratulate your cooking skills.

And you take a photo and post it so we can all have a good laugh together!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Denis






























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