Tim Noakes thinks he has found the cure for Insulin Resistance and wait for it………..FAT!!! I happen to think he may just be right. Ironically, he advocates curbing fat with, well, fat! (Oh and protein)
Let me tell my story and please note, that's exactly what it is, MY story. So be nice with the comments. I have seen the battlefield that this humble platform can create!
I am not hugely overweight but like most mommies, I can most certainly lose a few kilo's. Three is actually all I'm aiming for. I really don't want to drop a dress size as this would imply shopping for a whole new wardrobe and I actually quite like my clothes. (Hubby will be particularly happy with this sentiment!)
I am also not Insulin Resistant or pre-diabetic and have no family history or risk factors predisposing me. So in all fairness, not like Mr. Noakes at all. However, I LOVE carbs. Bread is the main culprit followed by pasta, rice, potatoes and let's please not forget that delicious red wine!
I decided to try a modified version of theTim Noakes life-style. Note, I am purposefully not calling it a diet so as to score some points with Dear Mr. Noakes should he read this. He advises a complete change in eating patterns and says one cannot see his approach simply as a fad.
My most important course of action was limiting bread to the absolute minimum. I am also scaling down on all other carbs but honestly, it's hard to cook for a family at night without pastas, rice or potatoes. I had to become creative with meals and lunches especially poses a challenge. You have to realise that I thrived on sandwiches - it composed my breakfasts and mid-day meals. Add wine (some nights) and alternative carbs for supper and you see how am most certainly a "Carboholic"!
Meals during the day also have to be easy to prepare. I have a two year old and there's no time for elaborate cuisine. Eggs, carrot sticks with cream cheese, almonds to snack on, Ham stuffed with cottage cheese, viennas and of course Tuna or Salmon based salads are now alternatives. I stopped drinking wine in the week (was harder to do then I imagined but managed) and against Mr Noakes's proposed wishes, I drink Coke-Light.
Amazingly, I have lost 2kg in one week! No exercise (I really don't have time). What surprises me even more is that I actually feel more energetic. I really thought Mr. Noakes was pulling a fast one when he claimed his newly awakened sense of life but seriously, it seems to be true!
Please note that none of the above changes came about easily. I have been trying this approach for approximately two months. Some weeks were ok, others a complete dud. However, for the last ten days, i have really made a concerted effort and it's become easier. Feeling good and healthier is also an amazing incentive. I now comprehend why Mr. Noakes insists it be a whole new approach to consuming food and that it has to become part of your daily living. Your body has to be trained to accept this and like all addictions, minimising carbs is no easy feat.
I also did my research and yes, as many Nutritionists state, a calorie is a calorie and it's of no importance with what food group you're ingesting it. This is, however, not true. Let's be honest, when you reach that sugar-low nothing is as comforting and satisfying as a chocolate……but only for a very short while. Carbs cause huge, immediate sugar spikes and just as harsh sugar-drops which makes you crave and hunger for more food sooner. (I'm not even going to venture into the Insulin-spikes and stress on your pancreas). Proteins and fats are converted into glucose at a much slower rate thus leaving you satisfied (from a hunger perspective) much longer.
I am not easily convinced but I am slowly (and yes it's still a journey) being converted. I like the Tim Noakes way of life and mostly I LOVE my shedding pounds. Food for thought I think………
Disclaimers: Please note that I do not know Tim Noakes at all nor have I ever communicated with him. Internet research is the only basis for my claims and beliefs regarding the above.
I also do not wish to make light of addictions by having created the term "Carboholics". I do, however, believe there to be such a phenomenon which contributes to numerous serious weight related health issues.