Low carb in lock down

low carb ideas in lockdown

Before covid I used to run several low carb groups each month, and now we have switched them to Zoom. It has its advantages- no driving, no parking, no fuel used, and no catching covid.

Join us 2pm on a Monday and other times as advertised on our WhatsApp group or Keep Fat Club Facebook group.

Stay safe.

Dr Jo

Do you need to lose a lot of weight?

People like Treflyn Jones are the reason I do what I do.

Obesity is so difficult to live with: to carry round all that excess weight and its consequences like arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease, and cancer. All that pain, all that limitation, and the background fear wears people down.

There are many people in the media who give you snippets of hope for the future but this video will give you the tools to make a difference. Note how he does not do it perfectly every day. Note the tools he uses and the further resources on offer. Treflyn explains in only 20 minutes how he lost all his excess weight and got his life back. He has lost 9 stones in weight and feels 30-40 years younger.


You too can do this
while eating well and supporting others so that your friends and family can lose weight too- when they are ready to do so.

If he can do it, so can you. Click here to learn how to get your life back.

Coronavirus update

All our lowcarb group support sessions have been cancelled for the foreseeable future, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

I am supporting our patients who wish to follow the low carb lifestyle via a Whatsapp group and email. Email me joannemccormack@nhs.net with any questions, or if you wish to join the Warrington based Whatsapp group, send me your phone number to join.

Otherwise low carb support is available via www.dietdoctor.com and www.ditchthecarbs.com

Stay safe, follow the government guidance on NHS choices.

You can do it too!

Last week I had an email from Diane who used to be diabetic and is now in remission. She will have to maintain this way of life, and it sounds like she loves it.

How lovely is that… and she is the one who did all the work and I just had to sit back and wait!

I hear about these people every week now, and until 2014 I had not heard of any of them. It is in learning about the “low carb/healthy fat way of life”, along with methods of behavioural change that Diane and people like her learn how to turn their lives around.

These are her words:

Just wanted to send you this note of gratitude. I have just had my blood results and my HBA1c is 36 !!!
When I first came to your group in February it was 88 . I felt so ill mentally and physically, had no energy. Now I feel so much better in every way and enjoy each day. You have literally given me my life back and I am eternally grateful.

Going forward I would like to help in anyway I can , to help others feel to feel well .

The attached picture shows me at size 24 and me in my new size 16 dress .

Kindest regards
Diane

To reverse your diabetes like Diane did, you can also join one of our low carb groups– there are 18 a month in Warrington- or follow the 8 week course on this website.

Intermittent Fasting

When you adopt this way of life, one of the best things you can do is listen to your body.

Be mindful and ask yourself- am I hungry or not? Can I wait a little while or even a few hours before I eat or drink?

If you do this, you will reduce the hormone insulin and this has very healthful effects.It allows you to use up your fat stores. It makes you more mentally alert. You will also have more energy.

One of the simplest ways to fast is to ask yourself if there is a meal you currently eat that you do not want.

For instance, do you eat breakfast because you have heard it is the most important meal of the day( a phrase invented by a cereal company) or because you are actually hungry? If you are never hungry at breakfast time, give it a skip and do not eat until your mid day meal. If you are not hungry mid day, have nothing between breakfast and your evening meal. Drink only water( or herbal tea, decaff coffee) as that helps too.

One of our group members has been doing one meal a day – known as OMAD- for a few months and has lost 7 stone.

To find out more, look at the website of Dr Jason Fung who is one of the world’s experts on fasting. Take a look at this https://idmprogram.com/fasting-a-history-part-i/

Sleep

Your sleep is not only very important when you are following this programme but also for your health in the years to come, so here are some ideas to help you https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/healthy-sleep-tips
If you don’t sleep well, your diabetes will be harder to control, you blood glucose may be higher, and with highs, come lows.
So to start with, can you try to go to bed and get up at the same time each day? Also keep your bedroom dark and just for sleeping.

Hopes and dreams

Hope is the most important part of this programme and is as individual as you.

You will get used to this question: A year from now and you are a lot healthier, what does healthier mean to you?

These are the ideas that people have shared with each other…

I want to lose weight
I want to be on less medication
I want to have more energy
I want to be less tired

So then I say to them…

Can you imagine, visualize, what you will be able to do, how will you feel, how you will look, what you want to do, as this “healthier you” who has lost weight, is on less medication, has more energy, is less tired…

And they have told me things as diverse as….

I want to ride on a camel
I want to fly to Morocco
I want to run around with my children in the park
I want to pick up my granddaughter and give her a hug
I want to be able to wear my “thin clothes” again
I want to spend a whole day with my son on theme park rides
I want to look good for my daughter’s wedding
I want to be able to walk my dogs again
I will feel younger
I will look more like my old self

OMAD(one meal a day)

Not everyone needs or wants to live on one meal a day, but here is someone who loves it!

Treflyn says

“Since the 11th January I’ve been on a journey of fasting for 24 hours and eating one meal a day. I’ve always had a tendency to put on weight. And like most people I’ve managed to lose weight, but I’ve also managed to put it on again. Since I’ve been on my one meal a day regime I can say that it’s changed my outlook on getting healthy through understanding what makes me gain weight. It’s not calorie counting and it’s not about going to the gym. If you too are struggling to lose weight, look on YouTube and watch as many videos as you can on the topic of INSULIN RESISTANCE, INTERMITTENT FASTING and ONE MEAL A DAY. The rest is up to you.

On the 11th January 2019 my weight was 20st 5lb.

24th March 2019
My weight was 17st 8lb

My weight on the 20th April was 17st 3lb, which means I had lost over 3 stones.

My weight on the 23rd April 2019 was 16st 13lb.

My weight on the 28th April was 16st 11lb

On the 12th May 2019 I weighed 16st 5lb. That’s a 4 stone loss since January 11th 2019.

Here’s a strange phenomenon:
I ate a light meal of salad and meat on the evening of Thursday 25th April. As I was attending a breakfast meeting on the morning of Sunday 28th April I decided to fast from Thursday night until Sunday morning. This is did easily. I ate a fried breakfast; no carbs, on the Sunday morning. On Sunday night I was starving hungry which was not the norm for me. I normally eat my one meal a day between 5.00pm and 7.00pm. I decided that if I ate some food that it wouldn’t do me any harm. I ended up, sad to say, eating some duck meat, 4 buttered (not margarine) cream crackers and a slice of currant cake – yummy! – washed down with milk.
Because I had eaten carbohydrates I protected myself from leg cramps and heartburn by taking two antacid tablets at bedtime.
When I weighed myself the next morning (Monday 29th April) my weight had increased to 17st 2lb.
My Sunday night feast had caused me to put on weight. I went from 16st 11lb to 17st 2lb – How can that happen??? – Scary. This tells me that there’s no point in going on an extended fast and then pigging out!”( I say- when you eat carbohydrates you retain water and salt- this shows up as weight gain, fluid retention, swollen ankles, tight rings etc. Dr Jo)

“When I explain to friends and relatives how I have achieved this weight loss, they give me all sorts of advice based on misunderstanding and lack of knowledge. What I am doing is based on intensive research by Doctors and Professors understand how our body mechanism works, and it makes total sense to those who understand it. I haven’t felt this good and energised for years and I’m getting healthy and shedding lots of damaging body fat in the process”.