I lost 140 pounds, half my size, down from 280, at nearly 50 years old. Since my story has become public, hundreds (thousands?) of women over 40 have been working on the same goal and we’ve had some really crazy success.
If you check out nothing else here, I direct you to the one main “meal type” that may just change your life — “The Ridiculously Big Salad.” I relied on this during my months of weight loss and continue to rely on it in my maintenance (over one year now). I had not considered that I used a distinct “meal type” for my weight loss until I observed the members of the Eat Like A Bear! group on Facebook and noticed that those implementing this specific meal type had the most success.
In fact, it was only after working on a book dedicated to “The Ridiculously Big Salad” that I realized my meal type even had a distinct and replicable framework, with what appears to be a high success rate for those willing to give it a whirl (or to adapt it in some way to their circumstances). I consider “The Ridiculously Big Salad” a sub-class of the ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting, but one that may be more effective for those of us with the decades-long struggle. If that is you, you must watch for the print version of the book (coming soon, July 2020). Currently, the only digital version of the book available is part of the larger digital course (ELAB digital course).
Tenet 1 of the Bearish way of eating is limiting the block of time that you actually eat. For example, in a 24-hour block of time, you might eat for a block of 5 hours. If you haven’t tried this, you really should. It is a concept that seems strange and seems like it would not be effective, but it was a game-changer for me and has been for many others.
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There are many variations of the recommended “keto” diet out there and I am firmly in the camp of “do what works for you.” I didn’t (and don’t) count macros and I don’t eat a precise portion of fat and protein. However, to lose weight quickly, you need to follow a diet very low in sugars and starches so that your body gets right to burning your body fat each day. Any very low carb program you follow will do this for you.
The great success of the Eat Like a Bear community IS in part due to the food approach above, but the psychology of success may very well be what sets it apart from the herd. Do not miss this content.
The Eat Like a Bear group on Facebook is a “closed” group which means you can only see the content if you are a member. Hopefully you’re a member so you can actually see these answers.
(This part is a work-in-progress, June 2020)