Read a recent comment at the blog from a reader, Amanda, who is struggling to lose weight even though she has been eating a Real Food diet…
I want some help or advice–I fully agree with what you talk about and we’ve made some major changes so that the majority of our diet is real food, however I am quite overweight (I’m obese, really–300 lbs). I was large as a child despite being HIGHLY active (we ate a very fake high carb, low nutrient diet), but then I lost weight on Atkins for a few years at the end of high school and kept my weight to a very active and muscular 180. When the doctors said Atkins was bad for your kidneys, I stopped doing that and returned to fruits/vegetables, real food, but the weight flew back on in about 3 years. I am not overly active (my job and school both require sitting), but do speed walk uphill (treadmill on full incline) 3-5 times a week for 30-45 minutes in addition to walking across campus twice a week at school and trying to make our weekends active–like lawn work or walking at the beach.
Do you have any suggestions on how to lose weight? Of course people think I’m crazy when I support real sugar, not the fake stuff, or full fat milk and real butter, etc. because I’m obese, but most importantly, I want to know how I’m eating healthy and still so big! To be sure, we do not eat large portions or overdue the rich foods. (Sample day: free range egg, boiled or over medium and half bagel for breakfast with in season fruit, snack of organic yogurt or cheese stick, lunch-leftovers of a small container usually couple pieces of free range chicken/beef and a vegetable, snack-banana, dinner-piece of grilled free range chicken with vegetables sauteed in olive/coconut oil, or grass fed beef with vegetables in a tortilla.) I’m allergic to pork, so we have mostly chicken with beef about 2 times per week, sometimes seafood one day (hard to find any good wild seafood so we avoid it often).”
First of all, have you seen this post on low-carb diets & the kidneys?
My first inclination when I saw your comment is to notice the half bagel, breakfast fruit, banana, and tortilla – all quite a bit of carbs, not to mention the others that probably sneak in if you're like I am! Keep in mind that many people insist that low-carbing isn't the answer, but I do still lean that way because I've seen so many achieve better health eating lower-carb diets. It's something that each person needs to figure out for themselves.
Another note, though… Someone very close to me is in your same boat, but even with very low carb (and high healthy fats), she's not able to lose weight. I wish I knew how to help her, my guess is that it has to do with her occasional inconsistency with it, but also I think it's because of her years and years of low-fat dieting that drove her weight up and now her metabolism is just messed up. (She also still eats conventional meat, this could have a lot to do with it, since those animals are fed in a way to increase their weight, which does the same to us when we eat it – read about healthier meat choices.) I wish I knew how to help her somehow “reset” her body. My next suggestion for her, and you, is to go see a naturopath or holistic healthy practitioner who can look at some deeper issues, as there very well could be more going on that we don't know about.
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Are you or someone you love struggling with the same problem? Even better, I'd like to hear from those who have struggled with this, but did finally figure out how to lose weight. Help!