One of the things that surprises a lot of people who begin on their own low-carb journey for the first time is the fact that this lifestyle change is indeed a journey to better health that needs to be nurtured and given plenty of attention for the rest of your life. Some people mistakenly think that if you simply eat low-carb, then everything will just magically fall into place. HA! If only it were that easy. Sure, there are those who can begin restricting their carbohydrate intake and see amazing movement downward on the scale while others who follow a similar low-carb plan see their weight budget little to none. I've personally experienced this frustration which led me to alter my personal nutrition at the beginning of the year which has already resulted in a 20-pound weight loss on my way to taking off at least 50-60 pounds (maybe more if needed).
And that's the thing. We're all at different places in this journey and need to evaluate what is right for us at this point in time. The reality is we are not all the same and need a personalized plan for success that will work for us. You've heard me say it many times at this blog over the years, but it's well worth repeating: Find the proven plan that will work for you, follow that plan exactly as prescribed and then keep doing it for the rest of your life. I honestly believe that is the real secret to succeeding in your low-carb lifestyle even if that means tweaking that plan that will "work for you" ever-so-slightly to keep it working for you. Let it encourage you that someone like me who have been livin' la vida low-carb for over seven years now still has to work at this too. Low-carb has done an incredible job improving my health and changing how I think about food. I didn't know or care before what happened with my blood sugar or insulin levels--but now I do thanks to the stability and control this way of eating has given me.
Recently I heard from one of my readers who has also been on the low-carb lifestyle with her husband for the past seven years. She said she was in the midst of reading my latest book 21 Life Lessons From Livin' La Vida Low-Carb: How The Healthy Low-Carb Lifestyle Changed Everything I Thought I Knew
and wanted to "thank you for all the work you've done to bring the truth about low-carb living to the world!" She told me about the weight she gained after having three kids and that she tried a variety of plans to take off that extra 30 pounds that crept up on her: Weight Watchers which kept her hungry all the time, Atkins for four days and quitting and then Atkins again six months later only to stick with it for life. She lost most of that 30 pounds and has kept it off ever since. Her husband noticed the changes happening in his wife and he hopped on the low-carb bandwagon too to the tune of a 25-pound weight loss. They're happily livin' la vida low-carb!
After following this way of eating for so long and noticing low-carbers who tend to struggle with making this a permanent lifestyle change, my reader wanted to share some helpful tips that you may want to implement into your own routine to make this the long-lasting plan you know that it is. There's nothing earth-shattering or mind-blowing about what she has to share, but perhaps it'll be a fantastic reminder of the basics of low-carb living that may have slipped from your consciousness. You might want to print this blog post out and hang it up on your refrigerator door to reference whenever you feel yourself slipping (and it will likely happen at some point or another in your low-carb journey). In fact, my reader noted that she is a bit "embarrassed to admit that we've gone on and off the low-carb lifestyle a few times over the past few years" and understands the difficulty of staying on the straight and narrow. But she added that "without having done that, we would not have known these things to be absolutely true!"
to see her 8 helpful tips for low-carbing that could be some sage advice for you if you are currently struggling in your personal journey.