Years of denial and failed diets culminated into the morning an overweight woman stared back at me from the mirror. Frumpy looking and out of breath from the stairs, I realized the time for action was now so I began walking one mile a day and then two miles. I lost around 15 pounds, but it took more than four months. I decided to consult a professional.
A sluggish metabolism
At the doctor’s office, my age became the culprit of the slow weight loss. At 45, my metabolism was almost non-existent. The doctor suggested I join a gym to build muscle that would boost my metabolism.
Introducing the Paleo diet
Two weeks into my new gym membership, a fellow member with whom I had become friends, told me about the Paleo diet. She said she had lost over 50-pounds in a relatively short period and her mind had never felt clearer. I expressed interest and she gave me a list of websites to use for research and meal planning.
After reading about the Paleo diet, I found the idea logical and simple. Paleo people lived 10,000 years ago and ate meat, vegetables, fruit, seeds, berries and nuts.
Proponents of the diet say carbohydrates and dairy cause:
- · Heart disease
- · Obesity
- · Type 2 diabetes
- · Gastrointestinal problems
Cavemen had none of these diseases because they did not eat grains, legumes or dairy. Convinced, I began the Paleo diet by disposing of all the dairy and grain products in my kitchen.
For three days, I had carbohydrate withdrawals then I felt great as my mind cleared and my body cleansed itself of the toxins left by high sugar, high salt processed foods. I lost five pounds the first week.
I began walking three miles a day plus doing my morning workout at the gym. I felt full of energy and mentally sharp. After a month, the energy was no longer there.
The truth about carbs
I found it hard to work and once fell asleep at my desk. I was so embarrassed; I decided to see a nutritionist.
I may have followed the diet incorrectly because the doctor said my liver had nothing left to convert to sugar, which deprived my brain of the sugar it needed to function optimally.
When the carbs run out, the liver tries using fats for energy and brain function. The brain will not run on fat and begins to slow until a person can go into a coma. I had to quit the Paleo diet.
The nutritionist said the diet did not work for me because I am not a caveman and reminded me that cavemen rarely lived beyond 35-years.