Diets are unsustainable. I look at low carb style eating as a Lifestyle too. Has tremendous health benefits. I plan to continue it for long.
I will try to understand this Serotonin phenomenon. I have not yet researched its link to Insulin Response.
I never counted calories but due to high Fat content in my food, I never felt hungry. I never pushed myself to starve to lose weight. It happened naturally as a consequence of eating Low Carb food.
I did follow recipes from DietDoctor and tips from Eric Westman who runs a LCHF clinic in Duke Univ.
My efforts were mostly self study and experiments but it helped me a lot.
sundaymorningstaple wrote: ↑Wed, 13 Oct 2021 1:58 pmDieting is a prescription to correct an imbalance in the body. Some diets do not do this but only cause weight loss. What need retraining/reprogramming is the serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is what causes/triggers your insulin response. It is also what causes cravings. That was the beauty of the programme I was on 14 years ago. I only weighed my foods and didn't worry about the calories (however the MD who designed the programme did so on an individual basis and was not suitable for others, but he did all calculations, you just had to eat according to the program (actually caloric intake was about 800/day but as you weren't allow to exercise and the diet was changing the serotonin response level you didn't have hunger cravings but because it was also causing the body not to go into starvation mode, you body was burning fat at high levels. I lost on average of 1.1 kg/wk across the 22 weeks of the program. Never felt hungry at all. And as what you ate during the diet was just healthy fresh foods, it is easy to maintain by just increasing the quantities until you stabilize your weight. This is part of the 2nd program which ran from 10~14 days at the end of the primary program where you started adding food and quantities a little bit at a time until you found that level which started to cause weight gain. So you backtracked two days and that gave you the optimum quantities that would not cause you to start gaining weight.
The whole program is not a diet but a life style change and the weight loss portion is just the prescription to get your body back to where it should be. But, just any bad habit, you binge you trigger cravings and most are not capable of stopping it, and continue to binge.