I got discouraged by high hunger and inability to reduce protein or calories, which was resulting in very slow weight loss. So a few days ago I tried something new. I ate fat all day long. And guess what – I can’t say the hunger disappeared completely, but it dropped so low I was able to keep overall calorie intake very low:
I know peanut butter is not an ideal food – I make it a little better by pouring off the peanut oil and mixing in melted coconut oil. But the point is I’ve struggled for years with reducing calories because of hunger. Hence, my fatness. Once I reduce the insulin-generating foods significantly (protein and carbohydrates) I’m able to eat much less. I did this 2 days in a row and lost 4 pounds (down a total of 6 now). Here was day 2:
The last 2 days I’ve increased calories to over 2000 and haven’t lost any more, but haven’t gained anything back either. I’m considering alternating 2 days of very high fat/low calorie with 2 higher-calorie days for a while. Today is another high fat/low cal day. All the while I’ll be continuing LCHF.
Now that I’m pretty sure it’s protein that’s been keeping me hungry I’ll be adding vegetables back into my diet. Hey here’s a fun keto tip…Did you know that sauteed radishes taste a lot like fried red potatoes?
I make them with a lot of butter or bacon grease (ideally from grass-fed beef bacon, if I have it), salt and garlic. Fry them until they’re soft and some of them are browning (about 10 minutes). I would probably cook them a little longer than the ones in the picture.
A 16-oz bag of radishes is dirt cheap ($1-2), has 72.6 calories, 3.1g protein, 15.4g of carbohydrates (7.3 of which are fiber), and 0.5g fat, and has the following micronutrients:
Obviously the macro/calorie load shifts when you add a bunch of fat to the pan. And that’s what makes them so delicious. Best of all I can eat a whole bag of radishes cooked up like this without noticeable endotoxin problems (e.g., depression) and without any impact on my blood sugar. I can’t say that for potatoes.
Hey one last thing on the topic of eating straight oil and calling it a meal. I have been feeling great on the days I do this – focused, high energy, great mood. I’m not sure if it’s the MCT oil itself or the reduced brain fog from having lower insulin. I’ve been smiling for no good reason. When you catch yourself doing that it’s a wonderful thing.