Ok! So this is my first month on The Carb Night Solution… It may be YOUR fault that I’m fat, but I am losing weight!
So first, a little explanation of the diet…
John Kiefer said he remembers a time when he was told he was fat and it really affected him. I have dealt with this all my life. The only time when I really felt good about my weight was after I had done a low carb Atkins kind of diet. I never read the book – my mom and dad had, and gave me a little cheat sheet to help me follow it – kind of a “eat this not that” sheet. She took me to dinner and explained the meat (so to speak) of the diet. I lost somewhere around 80 to 90 lbs in about 3 or 4 months. I was so happy! I stuck with the diet for about a year and a half – almost 2 years. Then I fell off and figured there was no way I would ever let myself get that big again. 3 or 4 months after I fell off I was pretty much back up to my last weight.
Linking back to my addict life, my weight is something that I have always struggled with. Some of my meth addiction came from the fact that I was willing to do ANYTHING to lose weight. I would look at the frightening posters of the “skin and bones” boys that had tags like, “Got Meth?” Or “Body by Meth.” I actually looked at these posters and hoped that if I just concentrated on my addition hard enough I could someday look like that too. Yeah. I know – gross. My desire was to be unhelthfully thin. I think really it was just I felt I was so far on one end of the scale, I was very happy with the idea that I could someday be on the other side.
Anyway… After my meth life, I had essentially not eaten in 7 years. I had lost a lot of weight but I had started out so big that I actually looked kinda normal. I went to rehab and everything I ate stuck, and stuck hard. I rocketed up to about 300 lbs. Now, I am about 6’2 (my friend Ryan says I’m 6’1, because he is 6’2 – but I still think I’m 6’2), so 300 lbs while heavy doesn’t look as large on me as it might sound – but it was still pretty big.
After rehab I did Atkins, as I have already said – and made it down to about 220. When I went off, I went back up in just a few months back to 300 – then to 310… I decided to try Atkins again – I lost 10 lbs and stalled out for 3 weeks and gave up. 3 weeks and not 1 lb down! So yeah, I let it go… Then I went back up to 310 – then 320… Then I tried South Beach with my husband Mike. Nothing happened. And I hated the food… Then we tried low carb again – again, I lost 10 lbs and then no more. It was like my body said, “Oh HELL no! You did this to me once, and I let it slide… But you don’t get to do this to me again…”
A few years ago I heard about HCG, so I got a doctor and did that protocol. I was 332 lbs. My heaviest ever… In about 60 days I was down to 280 – 52 lbs lost! I took my break off, and then went on another 60 day set and got down to 268 – that’s the lowest I’ve been since I met Mike. They assured me that this protocol would reset my metabolism and I could never gain the weight back. I didn’t go crazy – and I followed the diet to the letter. I went back to exactly 332 about 2 months later. I tried it again (because I learn so well, right?) and lost a little weight, went off and went right back up.
Last year Mike started having gallbladder issues, and we had to go ultra low-fat. In doing that for over a year, I went back to about 284 (that was my low on low-fat). Then I tried to quit smoking and went back up to 320 lbs exactly – in 2 months. My body moves quick – loss can come quick, but gain happens even faster!!!
So enter – The Carb Nite Solution. Kiefer says he got called fat – again, it’s what I’ve dealt with all my life. He went on low carb but found many of the same problems I did – part of it is you are not just losing fat – you are losing muscle. Yes, the number on the scale is moving down quickly, but you don’t really know what you are losing.
So as a physicist, he writes a book explaining what he learned by sifting through over 20,000 studies, and what he knows about chemical reactions that are happening in your body – so essentially, the scientific perspective.
Now, Atkins sounded like he knew what he was talking about. South Beach sounded like they knew as well – so did every other book that I ever read about diets. They all SOUND good, because I AM NOT A SCIENTIST!!! So when an author says, “blah blah, the molecules of your blah blah react to the (insert something sciencey here) but with OUR diet, you can force your body to blah blah in a way it never has, and this is what causes you (or stops you) from losing weight.” Well, hell! It sounds good! I can follow what they are saying, but I have no idea if they have their heads up their asses, or just came up with a really good list of words to put their hands in my wallet.
This of course could be the same with Kiefer, but I have to believe in his diet – because it IS working…
So… I started CNS (Carb Nite Solution)… Again, this is working for me. For all I know I will lose weight, look great and go up to 350 lbs. in the next few years.
But here is the theory – Atkins had some things right, and a lot of things wrong – and the low-carb diet started long before he wrote anything about it, but he was a better marketer.
One of the biggest problems is – your body starts burning muscle when it’s out of carbs. So the bottom line is, you have to replenish your carbs! You don’t just “get” a carb nite – you HAVE TO HAVE IT!
You begin the diet, eating ultra low carb – under 30 carbs a day. You eat this way for 9 and a half days. Think, meat, cheese, and eggs (there is more, but not much more).
On the night of the 10th day, you have a carb night – you load up on carbs for 6 – 8 hours in the evening. You can have most everything you have been craving.
After that you immediately go back to ultra low carb… but once a week you have another carb nite.
You just keep going like that for no more than 6 months. After 6 months you have to take a month or two off. Now some people may start this and be done only a few months later – maybe even weeks! But for those of us who have a longer way to go, it’s 6 months and then you break…
The idea is, you are kind of shocking your system once a week with carbs! It also keeps your body from using muscle for fuel. Plus, you are eating all this protein – protein builds muscle, so if you are eating all this protein, don’t waste it – lift weights! You gain muscle, lose fat, and the muscle helps you from re-gaining your weight!
Again, it all makes sense, and it’s so easy to stay on – I hope this is the answer to get me the body I want and am willing to work for. I haven’t really done much with working out yet – but I’ve always enjoyed working out! So there it is – the general rules of the diet (the book is more specific, but you get the idea) and my results on the first month.
My first 10 days I lost 15 lbs. After that I have lost about lb a week, so here is my weight chart so far:
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First 4 weeks on the diet is 18.4 lbs down! So I am on this! And I’m now bugging all my friends to get on it that are trying to lose weight… Kiefer should pay me to sell this 😛