hi there, I hope that one of the resident low carb experts might be able to help me please.
I want to make some changes to my life, and diet and health is a big part of that. having lost a chunk of weight via reducing calories and some carbs I have a better understanding of some of my problems around weight and how I eat, I think this way of eating syncs fairly well in terms of how I would be happy to eat long term.
I downloaded BIWI's low carb spreadsheet a while ago and have today properly started low carbing. it's been a straight forward day, but I have some questions and would appreciate some guidance on getting my head around them.
initially, my goal is to lose the excess chunk, this bit I see as doable but struggle to compute what happens afterwards in terms of maintenance
- i'm struggling to come up with ways to fill my diet with good fats, I've always used butter, and olive oil, I'm fairly unlikely to ever cook with coconut oil (this is a taste/texture thing). I'm happy to lose weight slightly slower if I can retain dairy, so cheese, milk, cream, greek yoghurt. My problem is that I tend to eat two meals a day not much of a snacker and so there is only so much I can consume within that. today I've added a little double cream to my one cup of proper coffee, is this okay?
- there is veg on the allowed list that are fairly high carbs eg carrots, I like lots of diversity in my diet and so would prefer to be able to eat some of them, although completely get the focus on most of the veg I eat being low in carbs but how much of the others can I have? also what about lemon or lime juice for seasoning salads etc?
- does following this lifestyle mean no fruit ever? or will I be able to incorporate say apples or grapes later on? I find even a small portion a day keeps me sane. this is something I'm really struggling to get my head around, also will there be a point where I can incorporate some nuts into what I eat, and how much is okay?
- how much a piece of protein should I be eating in a meal? does it matter as long as there is some? does it have to be every meal?
- eventually will I be able to add a little chocolate back into my diet? assuming I otherwise follow the plan, once my weight is off all I would want to maintain rather than stay in ketosis, I could live with no chips, pasta or sausage rolls, but the prospect of not being able snaffle a couple of squares with my coffee would be sad.
this is a bit longer than expected and so I'm grateful if you've got this far, all help would be very much appreciated.