In the first week of 2014 I started to reduce the carbohydrates in my diet in an attempt to lose weight. I’d done it before and I was confident I could do it again. My starting weight was about 82 kg. Before I continue please note my medical disclaimer.
My weight loss journey
If you click on the chart above you’ll get a bigger version which shows my progress from the beginning of 2014. There have been some breaks in record keeping. I spent a few days in the USA for work earlier in the month and didn’t record my weight. I know everyone says not to weigh yourself daily however, I reckon if you’re psychologically prepared for days of no change and some days of increases it’s not a bad thing. I record my weight and perform a BMI calculation in the MS Excel spreadsheet. According to my BMI I’m still overweight. I need to get closer to 70 kg to be within the so called healthy weight range. I’m using weight and how I look in the mirror as my guide.
Some tips for those who want to try this way of losing weight.
Drink lots of water and be prepared for a few walks to the bathroom during the evening. That means sleep is interrupted. You need to ensure you’re well hydrated.
If you’re prone to gout remember to avoid gout associated foods, that is, anything with a high purine load. Foods like offal, seafood, mushrooms and anything that has a high cellular turnover. Again being well hydrated helps.
Chewing gum (sugar free) is your friend. If we feel a little peckish and don’t have a snack at hand chewing gum will get you through the hunger pang. In addition sugar free chewing gums loosen your bowels which help with constipation. Remember keep your fibre up too.
One of the good things about a low carbohydrate way of life is that the food can be fresh and prepared easily at home. If you find cooking relaxing it’s a perfect way of life.
I’ve attached a selection of meals for your consideration. If your mouse hovers over the image a short caption will appear. If you click on an image you get a slideshow option and the full caption can be read at the bottom.
If you’re interested in any of the recipes please feel free to ask.
Saturday 2014-02-01 13.19.26 AEDT Cheese and pork lunch.
Sunday 2014-02-16 12.55.01 AEDT lamb and avocado lettuce boat
Saturday 2014-02-01 16.36.40 AEDT Out of the oven after three hours at 140 °C. It was juicy.
Saturday 2014-02-15 07.39.12 AEDT Breakfast eggs and spam with a little lamb.
Tuesday 2014-02-18 06.03.50 AEDT Today’s #lowcarb #breakfast is a 2 egg omelet with 18 g lamb, 29 g Danish salami and 36 g avocado #foodphotography #food #canberraToday’s #lowcarb #breakfast is a 2 egg omelet with 18 g lamb, 29 g Danish salami and 36 g avocado #foodphotography #food #canberra Read more at http://web.stagram.com/n/garydlum/#CFrq5T2uBEk7I8Er.99
Tuesday 2014-02-11 06.03.51 AEDT This breakfast omelet contains spam, lamb, Coon, Stilton blue and smoked cheddar. Served with avocado and pepper too.
Monday 2014-02-17 06.04.03 AEDT Fried eggs and salami for breakfast. It included 19 g Danish salami and 34 g of avocado.
Wednesday 2014-01-29 18.12.21 AEDT Australian Angus scotch fillet. It was about 400 grams and cost $16.
Monday 2014-01-27 12.33.21 AEDT Lettuce boat made with cos lettuce, New York style pastrami, Maggie Beer pâté, Foie gras, hummus and Kalamata olives.
Friday 2014-01-31 06.13.26 AEDT For breakfast I made an emolet with some lamb shoulder and Colby cheese. I wilted some spinach and sauteed a mushroom.
Wednesday 2014-02-19 20.01.27 AEDT Lamb cutlets and a Chinese cabbage salad
Tuesday 2014-02-11 19.15.14 AEDT Tonight I’m trying to be fancier with my food photography. The dinner was a chicken thigh, pork rasher and salad.
Tuesday 2014-02-04 05.58.00 AEDT Salmon and egg with avocado for breakfast
Thursday 2014-01-30 05.43.30-1-1 AEDT Fried egg with avocado and lamb for breakfast
Monday 2014-02-17 18.15.14 AEDT Tonight’s low carb dinner included 300 g of salmon, 10 g spring onion, 26 g asparagus, 36 g cucumber, 40 g tomato, 25 g cos lettuce and 10 g fried shallots.
Saturday 2014-02-01 14.02.22-1-3 AEDT A light rub of salt, pepper, mixed herbs and curry powder.
Monday 2014-02-10 18.21.20 AEDT Salmon and salad for dinner
Saturday 2014-02-15 13.18.54 AEDT My lunch was 59 g avocado, 29 g Stilton blue cheese, 32 g smoked cheddar, 37 g Coon, 15 mL Olive oil, 4 g spring onion, 37 g tomato and 33 g cos lettuce.
Wednesday 2014-02-19 06.03.25 AEDT Spam and eggs for breakfast
Saturday 2014-01-25 18.40.54-1-2 AEDT Dinner was a roasted chicken Maryland with salad
Saturday 2014-02-01 08.17.13 AEDT Scrambled eggs made with cream and butter, served with spinach and mushroom.
Thursday 2014-01-30 18.32.04-1-2 AEDT The nude burger with cheese
Friday 2014-02-14 06.02.35 AEDT Breakfast spam and eggs
Tuesday 2014-02-18 19.03.49 AEDT Tonight’s #lowcarb #dinner has pork rashers, 57 g sweet potato, 8 g coriander, 5 g spring onion, 18 g cos lettuce, 24 g cucumber and 10 g fried shallots #foodphotography #food #canberra Read more at http://web.stagram.com/n/garydlum/#CFrq5T2uBEk7I8Er.99
Friday 2014-01-31 18.56.18 AEDT Dinner was a burger with a salad made from sweet potato, cos lettuce, wilted spinach, cucumber, tomato, spring onion, avocado, fried shallots and lots of pepper 🙂
Wednesday 2014-01-29 18.56.27 AEDT This is the steak after 5 minutes cooking. It will rest for 10 minutes.
Monday 2014-01-27 12.26.50 AEDT a lettuce boat made with cos lettuce, roast pork, Maggie Beer pâté, Foie gras, and hummus
Monday 2014-01-27 07.38.28-1 AEDT Ham steak with fried egg, avocado, and mushroom plus pepper of course
Thursday 2014-02-20 05.59.47 AEDT Spam and eggs for breakfast
Wednesday 2014-02-12 05.49.58 AEDT Fried egg and spam with lamb and avocado for breakfast.
Monday 2014-02-03 18.22.07 AEDT Salmon and salad dinner.
Monday 2014-02-10 06.10.13 AEDT From the shelf of shame we have spam plus scrambled eggs and avocado
Saturday 2014-01-25 13.23.17-1 AEDT Lunch was a salmon lettuce boat
Wednesday 2014-02-05 06.11.01 AEDT Scrambled eggs and avocado for breakfast
Sunday 2014-01-26 13.23.18-1-1 AEDT Australia day lunch was lettuce boats filled with warm lamb, Brie and Blue cheese
Tuesday 2014-01-28 19.12.47 AEDT Roasted Chicken Maryland with a salad made from tomatoes, pumpkin, sweet potato, cos lettuce, cucumber, spring onion and fried shallots. I cooked the tomatoes, pumpkin and sweet potato in a met cylinder that I used as a support for the chicken so all the juices cooked the vegetables through.
Wednesday 2014-01-29 19.11.31-1 AEDT This is rare, just the way I like it. I nearly forgot to capture this image I was enjoying it so much.
Thursday 2014-01-30 18.17.12 AEDT Homemade hamburger patties with pepper, mixed herbs, curry powder, chilli flakes, Worcestershire sauce and an egg.
Thursday 2014-02-13 05.53.42 AEDT Breakfast was eggs, butter, cream, spam, lamb, coon, stilton and smoked cheddar cheese.
Saturday 2014-02-15 18.01.01 AEDT Chicken meatloaf with avocado and pumpkin.
Tuesday 2014-02-04 18.02.14 AEDT Salmon and scrambled eggs with blue cheese for dinner
Wednesday 2014-02-12 19.10.34 AEDT Dinner was a chicken thigh and salad. Low carbohydrate goodness.
Sunday 2014-02-02 18.31.39 AEDT Warm salmon salad made with lamb fat. The salad has some lamb in it plus cos lettuce, parsley, spring onion, fried shallots, tomatoes, sweet potato and pumpkin.