Information and support for low carb and gluten free eating.

Lasting Lifestyle Change Guiding Principles

1. Extreme diets don't work in the long run.

Fasting or other severe caloric restriction may result in weight loss but it will be difficult to keep the weight off. If the diet isn't sustainable, the weight loss probably won't be, either.

If you are like most people, you probably need to alter your habits for the rest of your life in order to achieve lasting weight loss.

Finding My Balance

I have a strong 'addiction' to sweets, especially chocolates. Cravings controlled my lifestyle. Once I started my day with a high-carbohydrate meal, I would spiral out of control, feeling hungry just a few hours later.

I've found that balance is key to my being able to achieve long-term lifestyle change and success, and the Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program ('CALP') provides that balance for me. You may need a different lifestyle change to achieve your goals.

2. There are no miracle cures for being overweight.

At least not yet. Not for most of us. While there are tantalizing reports of future hormonal therapies that melt away excess body fat, practical applications are not yet available.

You'll have to make an effort and change your lifestyle. The good news is that it doesn't have to be as difficult as it seems.

3. Moderate exercise is necessary and beneficial.

You need to use your muscles if you want to be healthy and happy.

If done properly, it'll help you lose weight faster, and it'll make you feel better, too.

Increasing muscle mass relative to body mass is a key element in boosting weight loss. Exercise, done right, is key to creating a fit and toned body.

4. Meals should be fun and satisfying.

Nothing makes dieting more difficult than skimpy portions, boring recipes, and self-deprivation.

Have you ever tried to stick to your diet during the holidays, while everyone else is pigging out on hearty meals and rich desserts? I know. I've been there. I stay 'on plan' during family gatherings and holidays, and it has not been difficult at all. In fact, I am able to bake large quantities of sweets for others without sampling them or feeling deprived. I know that I am only a Reward Meal away from being able to enjoy the 'goodies' while staying balanced and satisfied. I was unable to control myself until I found this lifestyle.

Dieting and weight loss involves sacrifice, but it should not be a grind.

5. Guilt is unhealthy and unnecessary.

I know the feeling. You blew it. You went off your 'diet'. You had that big piece of chocolate cake for dessert. The next day, you figured that you've gone off your diet so now you might as well take a break for a few days. One thing lead to another and now it's been two weeks since you went off-plan.

Screw guilt. Avoid feeling deprived, and you're far less likely to go off your plan.

How can you lose weight, get fit, have fun, enjoy food, and avoid guilt?

I've been doing it. Every day since March 2008. I'm losing weight, getting fit, and loving the food that I eat. And I'll show you how I do it.

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About LowCarbForLife

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About me

I'm Teri and I am 54 years old. I have been fighting my weight since I was fourteen, dieting my way all the way up to 236 lbs. I started my weight loss program on March 3, 2008, and at that time I was unable to get into the largest pair of jeans I owned, size 18W. I have lost close to 100 pounds, and I now wear a size 4 jeans. My diet and exercise program have me feeling better than I could have ever imagined and I did it without starving or depriving myself in any way.

I am getting myself into better shape and my goal of becoming fit and healthy is getting closer every day.

Here's a link to my Progress Photos.

Current Diet Type
Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program (CALP)

Current Exercise Routine
Resistance/Strength Training using Bowflex, Walk Away the Pounds (WATP), & Callanetics

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