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I Was Afraid of Carbs

The journey of my weight loss has taken so many interesting paths. I have treated myself like a science experiment over the years to figure out how my body reacts…to everything.

It all started in 2012, when I turned Vegetarian for my last 2 college years. From 2012-2014, I went from weighing 166 to 184. I had gained 18 pounds.

Now, of course, looking back with a better understanding of nutrition, I understand what I did wrong—I didn’t eat enough protein or healthy fats to stay full, so I was hungry ALL THE TIME, and I ate…A LOT. Not to mention I was in college and was too lazy to cook most of the time, so I ended up eating tons of pasta, pizza, and whatever I could get my hands on at campus.

But, when I first assessed the phase, and tried to rationalize how I got there, I blamed it all on carbs…for A LONG TIME. And so, I started effectively testing diets that progressively reduced my carb intake—— and they worked. Six weeks on Paleo and I lost 15 pounds. Four months on Keto, and I lost 25 more pounds.  Not only did I lose weight, but my energy and mood were INCREDIBLE, and I stayed Keto for an extra year.

Now, here’s the problem: I was petrified of gaining the weight back, and since I thought carbs were the culprit, I thought they were the devil.

Until I started lifting weights in June 2017.

Now, of course, looking back with a better understanding of nutrition, I understand what I did wrong—I didn’t eat enough protein or healthy fats to stay full, so I was hungry ALL THE TIME, and I ate…A LOT. Not to mention I was in college and was too lazy to cook most of the time, so I ended up eating tons of pasta, pizza, and whatever I could get my hands on at campus.

When I started lifting, I wanted to gain muscle, so I very hesitantly began to eat some carbs—and by some carbs, I mean from 35g/day to 70-110g/day (Carb Cycling).  To my surprise, I wasn’t gaining weight, I wasn’t losing weight, but I was shedding body fat % LIKE CRAZY. In five weeks, I went from 27% to 20%—ON CARBS.

So my point is, CARBS ARE NOT INHERENTLY BAD.

Any good plan is focused on CONTROLLING HUNGER AND CRAVINGS, and overcoming psychological barriers with eating.

Here’s the punch-line—high intake of SUGAR:

  1. Makes you CRAVE more sugar
  2. Deregulates your HUNGER hormones and makes you HUNGRIER
  3. Helps you build an unhealthy PSYCHOLOGICAL DEPENDENCE on sugary foods
  4. Decreases your absorption of NUTRIENTS

Two of my FAVORITE foods in the world are Nutella Nitrogen Ice Cream and Donuts.

I still eat sugary foods, but I AM IN CONTROL.

I probably have one or the other once a week, and the rest of the week, I make sure my regular diet includes enough PROTEIN and FIBER to keep me full, away from craving, and IN CONTROL, without feeling deprived!

It’s all about control. Do you want it, or do you NEED IT. Make a plan that EMPOWERS you, not the food.

Natalia Sixto is a native to Miami, Florida currently working as a paramedic and personal trainer/life coach. After her own phenomenal transformation, she was inspired to help others achieve their own goals, and so she started Positive Outliers Health. Armed with her wits, along with her knowledge of the human body and biohacking, she is ready to help change lives through her content.

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