This article was written by Shawn Cheek, creator of webpianoteacher.com and founder of the Shawn Cheek School Of Music In Waco, Texas. Call 732-5486 to enroll today!
I thought I’d write about something not on the subject of piano or music in general today. After all, music is just part of my life, not all of it! Probably all of us at one time or another have been heavier than we wanted to be, and if you’re still a youngster in your 20s and can’t relate, JUST WAIT.
I was a healthy 175 pounds for many years until I hit my 30s. Then, like they say, BOOM, the pounds started piling on. I was eating the same as I had since I was 14 years old, everything in sight, but now my metabolism was getting older and lazier.
Let’s cut to the chase. Any diet is going to deprive you of something: fat, sugar carbs, fried foods, portion size, etc.. The main reason why the low carb diet works for me is because basically there is no limit on how MUCH you can eat, as long as you don’t eat carbs. I love to eat, and I love to eat big portions. But the thing is, after being on a low carb diet for a while I don’t get hungry as often, and I actually ‘feel’ full after a normal size portion.
A big reason why it works for me is I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. I like sweets, but I don’t HAVE to have them every day. But I do love savory foods, and there’s plenty to choose from on a low carb diet. Something about eating a lot of carbs just makes me feel awful, even if it’s just rice or something. Then I’m super hungry after the carb high wears off.
I’ve done the diet 2 times in the last few years successfully, and lost 20-30 pounds each time. I’m now doing it the 3rd time, and have lost about 12 pounds so far. I allow myself a cheat day each week, and it seems to still be working. I may make this a lifestyle for me, because I feel so great now, and we all feel better when we are not overweight. I have about 20-25 pounds to go.
Just a warning for those of you who might try a low carb diet. You WILL feel awful at the beginning, as your body goes through carb withdraw. You make shake uncontrollably, sweat profusely, and become depressed. OK, that last part is not true. Once you make it past the first few weeks, it’s totally maintainable, at least for me. Chow.