Calories, Macros and Weight Loss

Battles are raging on the internet. Flames are all over these scorching hot topics. Do we need to count calories or can we eat to our heart content, as long as macros are right? Which macros are right? How much fat? Is there a limit to consuming fat bombs and putting butter sticks in our coffee? To every meek “I do everything by the rules, yet don’t lose a single pound” there is a scolding “You must be doing something wrong, because it worked for me,” cheerful “Continue doing it, it will work,” or consoling “You are getting healthier, that’s what matters.” 

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Zealotry in Nutrition

Reading Rob Wolf’s recently published brilliant book Wired to Eat, I was immediately struck by the remark he made at the beginning. It touched on the theme that bothered me for a while. Here is a quote, and see if it sounds true to you as well:

Perhaps even more frustrating, however, was the tendency for folks who actually followed the Paleo diet to turn the general concepts into quasi-religious doctrine. Folks newly converted to Paleo tended to be quite dogmatic in the insistence that this was “the one true way” to eat. Often, these devotees had reversed serious health problems with this way of eating, so their enthusiasm was understandable, but not many people enjoy the company of or the message from someone who comes across as a holier-than-thou diet zealot.

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Fermented Carrots

This has to be the easiest ferment I’ve ever done. I stumbled onto it while looking for something to replace the sauerkraut in those couple months when the previous crop of cabbage best suitable for fermenting is out and a new one is not in yet. Not that you couldn’t make it, but the kick is weaker than I like, and I am always curious about something new. Sure, brined cucumbers are always here, and it’s my long-standing favorite, but curiosity… what can I say, cats are my favorite animals for a reason. But back to carrots. 

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Mental Tricks for Intermittent Fasting and LCHF

I am not big on motivational speeches aimed to encourage someone to undertake better WoE (Way of Eating) or Intermittent Fasting. The reason is simple: I believe folks have to decide that staying (or becoming) healthy, looking and feeling good, keeping their limbs and eyesight etc, is higher on their priority list than enjoying Coke for 15 seconds. If someone’s priorities are so screwed up that the (questionable) pleasure of drinking sugar is more important than long healthy life, nothing I can say will change that.

Having said that, I am all for helping those who have their priorities straight work out useful mental tricks to overcome the addiction and initial hurdles. Over a year of doing this and writing about it, I seemed to have collected an array of such tricks, enough for a small book on rewiring your brain to make the transition easier.

Among those hurdles, two are very common. Let me offer my approach for getting over them.

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Weight Loss and Blood Sugar Progress, Visualized

This is an update to the older post with new blood sugar test information, showing the progress since publishing the book. As a threat of regaining the weight and holding the blood sugar in check remain a concern for many, I thought such an update would be helpful.

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Low Carb Wheat-Free Pancakes Two Ways

There are countless recipes for the low carb/keto pancakes floating all over the Internet, some of them great, some not so much. Here are two that I like; one is on a softer side and another with a bit grittier texture. Both are very easy to make and lend themselves to any kind of topping, from sour cream to berries.

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Exercise for Weight Loss – Needed or Not?

If you read my posts regularly (or any LCHF/keto/IF authors, advocates, and community boards for that matter), you know I don’t believe in CICO approach (CICO stands for Calories In Calories Out, as in “eat less and move more, and you will lose weight”). So intuitive, so common, so broadly believed – and dead wrong. If you still have doubts about that, raise your hand and I will gladly point out a few sources that help see why this approach doesn’t work. Or just look around – see many people who managed to implement that idea successfully despite many decades of it being promoted?

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Pork Smoked to Perfection

Carnivores, of which I am one, tend to appreciate smoked goods. One of my favorites is what I call PSP – Pork Smoked to Perfection. In fact, I like it so much that I make it in two different forms; we will go over both in this post.

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Mindful Eating Introduction

The concept of “listening to your body” is commonly mentioned and seems intuitive. In reality, though, it can introduce a lot of confusion if taken literally. Really, when our body says “Gimme more sugar!” – should we listen to it and obey? When we strive to eat till satiety, don’t we set ourselves up for a failure since we usually feel full noticeably later than we actually get out fill? Finally, when our body reaches for another handful of peanuts or pretzels in a bout of mindless munching in front of TV, should we listen to it?  

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