OK, this is a bit tongue in cheek. 🙂 I do get people accusing me of being skinny, or ask if I have lost weight since they saw me last. Um, no, not unless you saw me just after getting out of hospital back in October! It’s all back, trust me!
The reason I don’t need to walk through doorways sideways now that my metabolism isn’t what it was when I was 20, is partially due to my diet. Genetics is part of it, but I have a mix of lean and chubby relatives, so that isn’t whole story. I eat a fairly low carb, paleo-ish diet. If I’m filling out again, I cut the carbs.
I changed my eating habits about three years ago. Some of my relatives are now diabetic, I am rather needle phobic and I was starting to “fill out”. I also had issues with sugar related highs and lows, and sudden anger or depression. These were the factors that encouraged the change to stick. Mostly. I’ve fallen off the waggon a few times! I always feel better and slim down a little after cutting the carbs again.
The book (I got it on audio) that I found so value-changing was “Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It” by Gary Taubes. I started by going cold turkey on carbs, which isn’t necessary, but I survived it. I did this by inventing and finding a lot of alternatives. I now eat lots of nuts, meat, steamed veg and some legumes (when I feel like extra, low GI carbs). The other book that had a nice summary of what it takes to be he healthy is “The Paleo Solution” by Robb Wolf. There are also some interesting videos out there.
Here’s what my nutty, sugar-free breakfast looks like:
Can’t beat chocolate for breakfast!