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When I graduated high school in 2013, I weighed 145lbs., and dreaded the “Freshman Fifteen” that was coming. Isn’t that funny – I didn’t say “no that won’t be me,” or craft a plan to avoid the phenomenon – I simply accepted it as a part of college life.
Over my next three years of undergrad, I ate cookies for breakfast, Chick-fil-A for lunch, and entire large pizzas for dinner. Every night before lab, I ordered a Route44 Cherry-Vanilla Coke from Sonic, and instead of the dreaded 15 I thought I’d put on, I quickly gained 40lbs. Yes, prior to starting pharmacy school in Fall of 2016, I weighed 185lbs.
And even though I hated the way I felt and none of my clothes fit, I couldn’t do anything about it. Anytime I was stressed, (all the time) all I wanted to do was eat, that combined with not having the time or know-how to workout, resulted in complete misery.
I never really wore shorts but Cole surprised me with some new Nike shorts – a size XL – and I thought there was no way they’d fit. When they did, I was crushed and it was the reality check I’d been needing.
I researched eating plans and found The Bacon Experiment of Facebook. For two weeks, I ate nothing but bacon and quickly lost 10lbs.
Then, I transitioned to ZeroCarb and proceeded to lose 40 more pounds before dad joined me on the journey.
As members of the ZC community, we eat only meat, cheese, eggs, and drink only water, unsweet tea, sparkling water, black coffee and milk. We consume no artificial sweeteners – even if the nutrition label claims “0” carbs. ZC is not simply consuming zero carbs – it’s adhering to an Animal-Kingdom-Only lifestyle, and reaping the vast health benefits associated with eliminating sugar and grains. Click Here to view meat options from FarmFood.
I interviewed dad about his experience thus far. This is what he had to say.
“Initially, the diet was very difficult-the first two weeks being the hardest. I suffered withdrawals from sugar, which I have read, are comparable to the same withdrawals from alcohol or drugs. It also makes you very irritable until your body adjusts.”
He joined me in January of this year and hasn’t looked back.
“With this diet, I am never hungry,” he said. “I eat great food and do not have that ‘starving’ feeling as with so many other diets.”
We do not count calories, macros, or anything else. For example, I often cook 2 lbs. of hamburger meat in taco seasoning and eat it with cheese and sour cream. I do not measure the amount of meat I eat, and I’ve finished the 2 lbs. in one sitting many times. Because we don’t restrict ourselves by counting calories, we don’t feel deprived by all the foods we can’t have.
“I don’t have cheat days,” dad said. “Once you eliminate sugar from your diet, your palate changes. Foods that tasted great before no longer taste good to me.”
By removing sugar and letting our brains heal from the addiction it caused, we began to crave real foods. I even enjoy raw steaks and ground beef on occasion. Another benefit of eliminating sugar is that our insulin levels never spike. Our energy and focus remains constant throughout the day.
“My energy level is great now in comparison to before,” dad said. “That being said, depending on the person, it will take about a month or 2 for your body to adjust to the diet. You will feel very lethargic and not have very much energy at first.”
This is true, because in order to thrive in this lifestyle our bodies must first transition from using sugar, or glucose, as energy, to using fat, or ketones, as energy. While going through this “adaptation” as we call it, many people feel foggy-brained. However, life after adaptation is truly a dream.
“I have been on cholesterol and blood pressure medication for 15 years prior to this lifestyle change,” dad said. “I was also prediabetic. After 6 months on this diet, my blood work and blood pressure levels were the best they’ve been. I’m no longer prediabetic.”
We both love food, and use it to bond. When I would come home from college in undergrad, he’d always ask me what I wanted him to cook for me and we’d spend the entire weekend in the kitchen together. Our summers have always been spent around the pool at the outdoor kitchen, grilling or smoking. We attribute much of our success to the freedom we have to still enjoy food with this lifesyle. As dad mentioned, we don’t ever have the “starving” feeling many people associate with being on a diet.
“If you have tried diets that do not work, this is the easiest one I have done because you actually get to eat and eat “real” food that tastes good,” he said. “You still have to be disciplined and have the mindset to achieve your goals. It is still difficult as with any diet but not as difficult as others I have tried. Results and the timely manner of those results will vary, in my case, I saw results almost immediately. If you do try it, do not get discouraged. It took me 15yrs to become 100 pounds overweight.”
If you’re interested, consult your doctor & join the Facebook group above. Also, we’re happy to answer any additional questions! Click Here for our favorite Carnivore snacks!
breakfast – 6 eggs, with cheese, cooked in butter + 6-8 strips of bacon
lunch – 1-2lbs ground beef, seasoned with taco seasoning, cheese, and sour cream
dinner – 10-12oz steak, with butter over the top + few slices of bacon or 2tbs cream cheese
keep it simple!