Like every other person on earth, I'm intrigued by the idea of a low-carb diet for weight loss and generally feeling
better on a daily basis. I've read lots of almost miraculous success stories, and since I need to lose ~20-25lbs and my
standard low-calorie, fruits/vegetables/whole grains thing doesn't seem to work any more, of course I'm thinking I should
at least try it. The problem is, most of those success stories include extreme euphoria over the opportunity to consume
all that yummy fat and protein, but I mostly really
dislike fat and and don't particularly love protein either.
posted by DestinationUnknown to Health & Fitness (25 answers total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
I love almost all fruits and vegetables. I love breads and pastas and baked goods and chocolate and candy, though I can totally live with limiting those to rare occasions. (Except maybe the chocolate, but I could switch to small amounts of very dark chocolate.) I like brown rice and other "healthy" grains. I like turkey and chicken and eggs and fish a lot, but I don't like to eat them that often. A few times a week is more than enough. I don't really like beef or lamb - I'll eat them if they're served to me, but I'd never willingly cook them. I like skim milk in my coffee and fat-free Greek yogurt. I love cheese, but only with crackers or bread. I can't eat cheese by itself or just with fruit or vegetables. (Though oddly I do like it scrambled in eggs.) I can't stand full fat yogurt, I've tried. I can do full milk or cream but only in very strong or bitter-tasting coffee, like Starbucks. In my normal, weaker coffee, I find anything but skim kind of nasty. I love olive oil, but butter and cream are foul. (They're fine in baking where their flavor is obscured by other ingredients, but obviously brownies and scones would be out.) Basically anything that tastes obviously rich or fatty is so disgusting that I almost can't eat it. I could eat a tub of frozen yogurt, but usually don't like more than a few bites of ice cream.
Additional dietary weirdnesses:
-I'm allergic to nuts, seeds, and legumes. (Just assume all of them.)
-I don't eat pork, shellfish, or anything with dairy and meat in the same dish/meal.
-I LOVE salty things - I could happily eat just olives for dinner - but I avoid them as much as possible because even small amounts of salt make me retain water like crazy. I'm talking my rings don't fit and my eyes look like I've been up all night drinking the day after I have a couple handfuls of blue corn chips. And even things that are not salted but just naturally contain salt like any animal protein seem very salty to me. (Tasty, but, not so good for my shoes fitting.)
-I rarely get truly hungry, and I rarely feel truly full, so I like calorie-counting because I know I'm not getting too much or too little. I have no psychological "fear of fat" or anything, aside from not liking the taste, but the thought of not counting calories is scary because in the past whenever I don't do it I get fatter, and quick.
-Except for rare moments of "Wheee, what the hell, bring me ALL the crackers!" I prefer eating small amounts of food at a time, and feel better grazing/snacking instead of having large meals at societally-dictated times.
I do go through brief phases where I try to eat a lot less brown rice and chocolate and fruit, and a lot more poultry, eggs, and big salads, and I force myself to shove 2% yogurt (ok, with berries) into my face. And I don't mind it at first but after a few days I start to feel like I'm physically coated with grease. Also really salty and puffy. And so I go back to bananas and unsalted brown rice cakes and cucumbers, and I feel cleaner and not gross, but I stay just as fat.
So the question is, could I even do a diet like this with all those caveats and without consuming full fat dairy, steak, bacon, rich creamy sauces, etc.? If you were like me and you tried this, did the salt=puffy thing go away? Did you stop feeling like you were covered inside and out with a film of Crisco?
(FWIW I did South Beach in my 20s, though probably while eating more fruit than is technically allowed. One of the few
"real diets" I've ever done. I don't think I lost weight, though at the time I only had 5-10 lbs to lose, but I did get a bit more...toned-looking, I guess.)