Prior to discovering the Zero Carb way of eating, I ate a diet that was high in carbohydrates and sugar. Lots of fast food takeaways, pies, chocolate, fizzy drinks, chips, crackers. The works! I am very overweight and I am always trying to lose weight, but I have never been successful in sticking to a diet. I lost 40 kgs in 2011 by eating a low fat diet, but I was incredibly hungry the entire time. Consequently, a low fat diet just wasn’t a sustainable way of eating for me.
After getting pregnant, I managed to regain almost all of that weight again. But then I came across a post by Kelly Williams Hogan about how she lost weight by following a Zero Carb diet. From there, I found my way to the Andersen Family interview which described how Charlene Andersen healed herself of Lyme disease through a Zero Carb diet. I was stunned to learn that she and her family had lived on just beef for almost 2 decades. After reading these interviews, I thought to myself, “Well, it sounds simple enough, and it obviously can’t hurt me.” So I decided to give it a try. I started that day weighing in at 114 kgs.
When I first started Zero Carb, I had 4 days of the so-called “low carb flu.” I had a constant headache, bad metallic breath, and I was extremely tired, but the worst part was the muscle pain. It was unpleasant, but somehow I managed to get through it. Several members of Principia Carnivora, a Facebook group dedicated to the Zero Carb way of eating, recommended that I try making and drinking some bone broth. I took their advice, and all of my symptoms went away pretty quickly. (For more information on the use of bone broth during the adaptation period, please read these helpful articles by Esmee: 1) Adaptation and 2) Can Bone Broth Be Used As Part of a Zero Carb Diet?)
After the first day, my bloating went away completely. By the end of the first week my energy had increased significantly. I lost a lot of weight in the first couple of weeks and my skin was clearing up nicely. Amazingly, my usually brittle nails were beginning to heal themselves. Not only were my nails growing faster, but they were filling in a chipped off piece in just a matter of days.
At 30 days something extra awesome happened. My sense of smell and taste that had been absent for 2 years suddenly returned. This was a big one for me because my doctor had said it would cost around $4000 for it to be fixed with surgery. Do you know how hard it is to prepare a nice tea for your family when you can’t smell or taste what you’re making? Do you know how sad it is when a mum can’t smell her newborn baby? Do you know how scary it is when you walk in and see smoke in your bedroom and realize your toddler had put the lamp upside down on the carpet and the house could have started burning down because you can’t smell the smoke? This was HUGE for me. I now can taste and smell everything!! I love it.
At 70 days Zero Carb, I have lost a total of 11 kgs and 10 cm off my hips. And all of it without really trying. I have not exercised at all, and I have felt completely satisfied on meat.
However, another really amazing thing that has happened as a result of me going Zero Carb is that I have become pregnant. I have PCOS and have a very difficult time getting pregnant. But I just found out that I am 5 week along and I am so excited! I am not sure if I will be able to stay fully Zero Carb during my pregnancy, due to strange food aversions that seem to accompany pregnancy. But I plan to stay as low-carb as possible in any event. And after my baby is born, I hope to be able to return to Zero Carb fully.
I mainly eat beef mince (ground beef) because it is my most affordable option and there are so many different ways to eat it. Just 500 gm (1 pound) can last me 2-4 meals depending on how hungry I am. I will also eat bacon 2-3 times a week and eggs daily. I might eat chicken or pork if my family is having it for tea, but it doesn’t make me feel anywhere near as good as beef does. If I can afford to splurge I will definitely buy steak!!! I do drink some black coffee in addition to water.
For people wanting to try this way of eating, honestly just stick to meat, eggs, and water for 30 days and see how you go. Listen to your body. If you get a craving, I recommend drinking a glass of water. If you need any help join the Facebook group Principia Carnivora and ask questions. It is a great community where you are never judged for where you are in your journey. There is almost always someone who has been through whatever you are experience and can offer sound advice. Most important of all, never give up!
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