The Humble Calorie 2.0

So it’s been a little while since I posted, which is actually a good thing. I’ve been reading a lot of really interesting information and monitoring how I feel after eating different foods during this time. I think I’ve reached the point where I’ve done a complete U-turn, in fact, on how I feel about ‘diets’ and ‘calories’ and all the rest.  So much so, that I’ve made the decision to delete a recent post, which you may or may not have read, titled “The Humble Calorie”.  In it, I discussed the old ‘all calories are equal’ theory, and the possibility that dieting (aka low fat and/or counting calories, and exercising) was the way to lose weight. I wasn’t sure that LCHF wasn’t just another fad, another money making venture by the food industry and that it would turn out to be another failed ‘diet experiment’ on my part. But two things have changed my mind.

  1. I have been thinking a lot about the last time I embarked on healthy eating/weight loss (and was successful), and I’ve realised that what I deliberately cut down on or reduced was, in fact, carbs. I stopped all the sugary foods, I was eating a lot of salmon and chicken, and I would eat that with fresh salads or veges. I also cut down on breads/pastas and rice. I still ate them, but in far less quantities than previously. In essence, I was low carb.
  2. The other thing that happened recently was that I watched “That Sugar Film“, which is truly an incredible watch. It took me by surprise, to be honest, to see the negative effect that sugar had on Damon Gameau, the director and presenter of the film, during the course of the experiment. It really hit home to me that it’s not about weight at all. Weight gain is just the outward symptom of something that has gone horribly wrong on the inside.

I started researching again LCHF and the science behind it. I realised that my fear of it is simply based on low fat propaganda, and not on real science. A calorie is not a calorie, regardless of what food source your body gets it from. That much is clear from many studies, and is particularly shown in That Sugar Film. (If you haven’t watched it, I would highly recommend it).

I’ve decided that I will give LCHF a go. I don’t like the idea of labelling eating in a particular way, as it makes me feel like this is a ‘diet’ rather than a healthy way of eating.  But I also want to take note of how I feel, how my body responds and, importantly, whether I lose weight, and to do this, I need to be specific about what I’m choosing to eat, and what I’m not.

I am purposely choosing to reduce or eliminate from my diet, bread, pasta, rice, starchy root vegetables and obviously sugars in any form. I am purposely choosing to increase ‘healthy’* fats, such as butter, olive oil, and animal fats. I hope to do this for 4 weeks and gauge how I feel at the end of that time. I also plan to increase my incidental exercise, not strictly for the purpose of losing weight, but for good mental health and well being. I guess you could say I’m going LCHF for a month!

At my last weigh in, I was pleasantly surprised to have achieved a small loss, bringing me in at 74.7kgs. While it’s no-where near where I want to be, it’s nonetheless a good start. At the end of the month, I would like to think I could be under 70kgs.

* ‘healthy’ fats, as defined by the LCHF premise, see www// for more information.