Sincere thanks to Vivian for sharing her SMARTER success story; and congratulations on becoming beautifully SANE and Eccentric!
I was carrying around an extra 20lbs of baby weight for the last 10 years. I always had a big appetite and just thought I was one of those people who liked…, wait, strike that, LOVED to eat, and therefore, would always be a bit over my desired weight.
In April 2013, I came across Jonathan’s Smarter Science of Slim video and his message completely resonated with me. I immediately bought his book and read it, and later was able to talk with him in person about SANE eating and eccentric training.
I immediately started following Jonathan’s advice and cut 90% of carbs and sugar out of my diet. I was lucky to find a HIT gym right in my neighborhood and I signed up for that as well. While eliminating carbs and sugar certainly required some perseverance for the first couple of weeks, they were easily replaced with delicious alternatives and I was NEVER hungry. In fact, to this day, there is still no way I can eat 10 servings of vegetables per day.
Because my body began to crave sugar less and less, I was able to finally start noticing and paying attention to my internal hunger cues. I rate my hunger on a scale of 1-10 and have learned that it only takes about 4-5 bites to reach the next number on the scale. Sometimes I like eating up to a “5”, but other times, I want to feel full and satisfied, so I will go up to an “8”. Either way, the way I eat now is an informed decision, not something that just happens to me that I feel I have no control over. The compulsion is slowly going away (it’s a long process).
To me, the change has been more emotional than medical or physical. I was never obese and thankfully, never suffered from any health related issues. For me, it was all about breaking the compulsion and realizing that sometimes, 5 bites are enough to make me full. Before, I would’ve never noticed this because of the way my brain was addicted to sugar.
Today, I will tell everyone who cares to listen about my “discovery”. I lost 20lbs and feel better than ever before. I eat whatever I want – no restrictions, except for carbs and sugar, which I will eat in minimal amounts. I noticed that if I indulge one night (like Thanksgiving), I will feel hung over the next day. My body is not used to those foods anymore – it doesn’t want them – and I am happy to oblige.
Gaining back control of my body and nourishing it when it’s hungry, instead of the compulsive manner in which I ate before, is nothing short of a miracle!