When it comes to bad carbs and sugar, there are too many reasons to list for quitting them forever, so I will just share some of my favorite reasons.
When first coming off of carbs and sugar there were several things that happened:
- I lost 13 pounds the first 14 days
- The inflammation and bloat going away made me look like I lost more than I did
- My energy increased
- I didn’t feel like I was starving all the time
- My brain started working better
- I didn’t get the 3pm slump and need a nap
- My skin stopped looking ashy and dry
[pullquote]There isn’t a pizza or a loaf of bread or a cheesecake that tastes good enough and that is worth what I would lose if I were to eat it.[/pullquote] As the months went by of me being totally faithful to the ketogenic lifestyle, more things happened in addition to the steady weight loss, and I am still experiencing these benefits 15 months in and 90 pounds down.
- I sleep better and wake up rested
- My teeth are cleaner and whiter
- My hair and nails look better
- My allergies went away
- I don’t get any colds or fevers
- I don’t wake up in the morning with body aches or numb hands
- My fasting blood sugars are under 100 and my blood sugars remain even at all times
- I can exercise in a fasted state and sometimes after exercising, I still don’t feel hungry
- I know now when I am full and when to stop eating
- I am no longer moody and am generally very happy from day to day
One thing people ask me from time to time is, “What’s going to happen when you start eating carbs again?” Well, the truth is, I do eat carbs. But I eat the right kinds of carbs now, healthy carbs. And I can confidently say, I will not be eating the bad kinds of carbs again. Why, in this current state of health and getting healthier, would I return to the foods that almost killed me? There isn’t a pizza or a loaf of bread or a cheesecake that tastes good enough and that is worth what I would lose if I were to eat it. Bad carbs and sugars are toxic to me, I won’t be returning to them.
Something you should realize is: I’m not unique in this. I found that removing sugar and bad carbs from my life IMPROVED my life. And as time goes on, I’m getting more out of life. I’m feeling better, happier, more joyful. It’s a little weird, to be honest, because I never thought I would be like this. I never thought I would look forward to going to the gym or going on a bike ride, or, and this is something that I NEVER would have considered a year ago…signing up for a 5k race.
I never would have considered those things, and looking back, they would have seemed foreign to me. But I didn’t worry about those things. I concentrated on removing the things from my life that I knew were keeping me from experiencing life to the fullest. I quit eating the things that were killing me, slowly, from the inside out (physically and mentally). I quit using sugar as a crutch. I quit pretending.
I quit. And you should quit, too.