One of the things I love most about the low carb way of eating is not worrying about counting calories. Previously, I would try not to eat much all day long, so I could come home from work and eat an entire pizza by myself without going over calories. I literally didn’t even give a thought to the nutritional content of the foods I ate, all I worried about was how many calories I was consuming. To say it didn’t work and I lost no weight at all would be a lie, but I felt sluggish and bloated much of the time. Calories are relevant to weight loss of course, but I find that eating to satiety while avoiding sugars and grains is so much easier.
Starting a low carb – high fat way of eating was extremely difficult for me mentally at first. All my life, I’ve always been about anything low fat, fat free, diet anything… you name it. When that’s what you’ve grown up eating, it’s scary to suddenly buy real butter instead of Smart Balance, and full fat cheese instead of seeking out the low fat stuff. Searching for low carb recipes and finding one serving has 600 calories was INSANE for a lifelong calorie counter like myself. The difference I’ve found is that a 600 calorie high carb meal will have me hungry again in a few hours. If I eat a 600 calorie high fat meal around 10am, I won’t be hungry again until dinner time. So if high calorie counts are scaring you away from trying a low carb diet, trust your tummy! You won’t be hungry if you are full of the good stuff 🙂
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and do not claim to be an expert on any diet and exercise related topics. I am only speaking from my own experiences.