My name is Kate Connelly and I am a Moderator on the Low Carb World Facebook Group. I have an interest in Hypnotherapy and Success Coaching and I am a Master Practitioner in both.
Let’s talk about the brain and how it works sub or unconsciously.
Your unconscious mind can be like a 4-year-old, it will demand things from you without you realising that it‘s happening like when you smell certain things it may go “Hmmm I haven’t had that in a while I WANT IT NOW!!!” and it can be very hard not to give in and this is where we suggest having something high in fat like cheese or butter or my favourite go to when I was starting out, butter spread on cheese. Believe me, this was a godsend to me, I was a shocker, a block of chocolate a day girl and now even the 90% cocoa butter stuff tastes sweet and I very rarely, if ever, crave sweet things. I know that this suggestion is going to be hard for Vegans and I would suggest that you could have Coconut Oil or any other compliant oil.
Why do we suggest not giving in to the cravings and having one of the many “compliant” sweet treats or what we call “faux foods” that are out there in our faces every day?
Firstly, what are “faux foods”? Faux foods are foods that look like their high carb, non-compliant cousins like cakes etc.
As I said, your brain is like a 4-year-old at times and it will only register that you’ve had something sweet and it will continue to crave it which will make it very hard to resist the temptation to give into the non-compliant, high carb cousins of faux foods and having these things on a regular basis will stall your progress eventually.
We’re not saying you can never have them but you do need to be very mindful of how much and how often you have them.
Another thing you may find really useful is to remember how you felt if you at something non-compliant and it made you feel really yuck. Store that one away in your memory and next time you’re confronted with something not compliant and you want to eat it bring that memory back into your mind and remember how you felt after eating it.
Your subconscious mind has a lot to do with how you succeed with this WOE.
Concentrating on the scales will do your head in because they are pesky little liars and don’t tell the real truth about what’s happening to your body. The fat cells in your body will release fat and your brain will go “oh another diet, I’d better fill these up with water to save the space for when I start eating “normally” again” and so you’ll find that your weight hasn’t changed but your measurements have. You also need to retrain yourself to stop thinking that fat is bad and carbs are good – we have been indoctrinated into believing that we need a high carb diet that’s full of grains, we don’t and research has been done into this WOE over many years and the attitude of Western Medicine is slowly changing.
Another thing a lot of people find hard to grasp is the concept of not needing 3 meals a day at scheduled times, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast is exactly that, breaking your fast and it doesn’t matter what time of the day you have it. As your body becomes fat adapted you will find that you’re not hungry and you will start to “skip” meals even dropping down to one meal a day (OMAD) for most people but if you find you’re having two meals a day (TMAD) then that’s perfectly fine too.
I hope that this has helped to understand some of the things that are happening in your mind and gives you some idea of what’s happening and how to deal with it.