I devoured the book, my brain being challenged in the first couple of chapters as Taubes grinds against all that we've been taught all of our lives about food and nutrition. He writes convincingly, refers to reams of studies and papers and honestly admits there are holes in the understanding so I decided immediately that I wanted to try out the theory of what he was describing and then read a load more books and articles.
So, for 5 weeks now, I've been eating a low carbohydrate, high fat diet. And the biggest, easiest change to notice is that I don't get hungry. Someone asked the other day "what do you eat for bulk in your meals, so you feel full?". If you're eating low carbohydrate, hunger and "fullness" don't work or feel the same as they do on a "normal", Western, high carbohydrate diet. When I eat a meal now, I feel full mentally and on the inside when I've had enough to eat. I don't feel physically full, or that my stomach is reaching/has reached capacity in the way I used to feel at the end of a meal. It feels odd and different initially and was quite disturbing for me the first time as it was a pretty hard and strong signal "STOP EATING. NOW! OR ELSE!". Conversely, I don't get mad, desperate need or desire to eat. I don't get cravings and when I'm preparing food I don't feel the need to graze because I can't wait until the meal itself. I don't miss any foods I'm no longer eating, though I can appreciate that they were once delicious and desirable. They're just not desirable any more.
On an average daily intake of over 2,000kcals, the kcals value of which has not changed from before I changed to a low carbohydrate diet, I've now lost 4kg in 5 weeks. And I've been drinking more wine than for the months before that (probably a bit too much, if I'm honest).
|Intake from 8th November to 12th December|
If you have struggled with your weight, find yourself getting a little heavier as you get older, are pre-diabetic, suffer from excess fat around your middle, have symptoms of metabolic syndrome, or are simply interested in the subject, I can recommend these books:-
- Gary Taubes - "Why We Get Fat and what to do about it"(well researched, accessible introduction to the subject)
- Volek and Phinney - "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living" (more technical and a couple of very heavy biochemistry chapters)
- Volek and Phinney - "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance" (for coaches and athletes)
- Tim Noakes - "Challenging Beliefs: Memoirs of a Career"
- Westman, Phinney and Volek - "New Atkins For a New You" (accessible how-to guide)
- Joe Friel - "The Paleo Diet for Athletes: The Ancient Nutritional Formula for Peak Athletic Performance" (for coaches and athletes - does eliminate dairy and isn't very low carbohydrate)