Remember those teleshopping ads that ominously began with "pehle main bohot udaas tha"? Yes we laugh them off because, well... they are funny. But honestly, it is not funny when you have been slogging in the gym... doing everything right (in your mind) in the nutrition department and yet see the weighing scale only moving in one direction, not to mention a direction I did not want it to! I had been reading around and already knew the fact that ghee was a better option that vegetable oils and cheese is a good snack and nuts need to form a part of your diet. Of course I had all of this in my food... so you can understand my confusion when I was not getting any results.
That was when I decided to go and meet Satyajit. And when I decided that, I also decided that I would follow his advice whatever it took (though it did not take much because it was so simple to follow ) even if it sounded contradictory to what I was used to knowing about food and nutrition. I think that’s important. To trust the person helping you reach your goals.
The first thing he assured me was, that I would never need to stay hungry and/or compromise on taste either! Yes! People cannot imagine a life where they are on a diet and don’t make that "poor me, can’t eat decent food" face. That’s the best part about the lifestyle that Satyajit introduced me to. Unlike the regular high protein and very low fat and carb diet, the low carb with healthy fat with protein in optimum quantities helped me, feel fuller and satiated while also letting me snack on delicious cubes of cheese, nuts and sometimes even a spoon of fresh cream. :)
Initially, I was also not sure if I was doing it right... I had zillions of questions and confusions and I literally bombarded him with questions all the time. He was patient with all of them (I admire that because I think I did come up with some real weird ones) including but not limited to ......
How do I bind the coconut and almond flour? (Like it was his problem, that I did not know the basic logic, not mine! )
Is it 5gms sugar or 5%? (Major debate, that one!)
"It is important that I eat chocolate today. What do I do?" He actually sent me a picture of the sugar free version available in the market AND where to get it.
Somebody pointed out (again) that I was eating too much fat... how do I reply? (It was totally not his headache to write me a script but he obliged, with an interesting anecdotal evidence/situation)
Will I have water retention if I drink too much water? Yesss! Someone was "wise" enough to even suggest this... so I had to check with my nutritionist! (He did not tell me so but I am VERY sure he was pretty amused with this train of thought...)
My colleague said "If you want to make someone fat make them eat coconut"... this was not a question of course... just an FYI...but he took the trouble to explain the goodness and nutrition of coconut, so I knew the facts. J
What I am trying to get at is, he could have just told me "keep following my advice" without equipping me with the know how... like I said, when I ask someone for advice I follow them near blindly. So I would have followed it anyway but he takes the trouble to listen. :).
He had told me in our first meeting that his aim was to "teach me how to fish" so that I could adopt the LCHF lifestyle and know the rights from the wrongs in future. After being "acceptably" (in my mind) consistent, I have finally seen some real visible results! I am not really a scale person so have checked my weight only twice since we started this, not to mention having lost the file where he asked me to regularly record my progress (that’s a motivational factor...) but, in my defense, your pictures and clothes tend to help know if you are making progress anyway and in a better way. They (clothes and pictures and people also!) are talking to me, yes! And most of the conversation has a positive note so I guess all’s well that’s moving well!
Thanks again Satyajit, I am glad I decided to take my nutrition seriously and had you to guide me. After all it’s a known fact that, your nutrition and lifestyle (as an extension) plays more than a 70% role in your physical wellbeing. I am now more confident of making 80% right choices (not to mention being confident of pestering you with the remaining 20% that I am not sure about) and I think I will sustain this life style, with a little nudge from you from time to time...It’s been a great journey and I intend to keep it going.