I Quit Carbs and Sugar and Here is What I Learned

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A quick word on diet and exercise from a slightly overweight unhealthy guy…

I don’t know jack shit about health. I’m not qualified to tell you about it. I like to party my ass off, and eat the best of everything. Depending on who you ask, I’m 10 to 20 pounds overweight.

I do have some unique health related experiences though. In particular, I have quit 99.5% of white carbs and and sugar in total for about 3 months of my life, on 4 separate occasions. Although there are countless vegans, juicers, fasters, vegetarians, paleos, etc, among us, I’ve met very few people who have 100% dropped the carbs for a month or more.

Just real quick, here’s what I mean by “carbs” for the purpose of this article. It’s not technically the case that I’ve ever stopped consuming carbohydrates. When I’m quitting carbs, I mean I’m quitting: bread, rice, pasta, brown rice and brown bread, cakes, tortillas, crackers, pizza, cookies, cakes, chips, pure sugar, soda, sugar drinks, french fries, potatoes and anything that fits that basic profile. You could say “the middle of the grocery story.” Yeah… I know, all the good stuff.

When I quit those things, here are some of the things I’ve experienced:

  • I’ve found it is extraordinary difficult to stick to. Quitting carbs isn’t some hack. It’s a freakin’ slog. Pizza is one of humanity’s greatest creations, and staying away from it, and a world of other delicious stuff is almost impossible (almost nobody does it…)
  • Addiction to carbohydrates feels like addiction to cigarettes. I’ve been addicted to a lot of stuff in my life. I found the addiction to sugar and carbs to feel very similar to my addiction to nicotine cigarettes. Subtle and insistent. It doesn’t feel like an addiction. ‘You can stop anytime.’
  • My taste buds got sharper. I noticed this when eating veggies a week or so after quitting carbs, the flavors become much more robust.
  • I became profoundly more productive. I can’t think of a single action that has had a greater impact on the amount of stuff I’m able to accomplish. For me, cutting carbs eliminates the succession of highs and crashes throughout a day. Instead, you feel ‘clean’ energy all day long.
  • I lost a lot of weight. Like a ton. The first time I quit carbs I lost 30 pounds in a month. Quick aside: in my experience, exercise doesn’t help me lose weight. 85% / 15% diet / exercise is what I’d estimate.
  • My mind got sharper. I was able to concentrate longer, and my mind didn’t wander as much.
  • I crash on day 2 or 3 and feel super drained. If you do ever decide to experiment with quitting sugar and simple carbs, be prepared to both eat more than you are used to (you’ll be eating less calorically dense food) and to feel a lack of energy during the first few days. I’m on day 3 right now and I’m exhausted to the point of sickness. I can barely concentrate. I’m not sure if it’s related this time, but it’s happened before. If you want to have some fun, search the web for “quitting sugar” and read about people’s experiences doing so. Lots of crying, weeks in bed, etc. Good stuff.
  • I feel empowered and so much betterIt’s an amazingly big thing to do in your life that doesn’t require a ton of resources or logistics. This wears off pretty damn quick, however, when your friends are biting in to some pizza/hamburgers/etc. There is no question that my body as a whole feels so much better when I’m not eating carbs or sugars.
  • It gets expensive. I suppose it doesn’t have to, but I always end up spending a lot more cash/time to buy/prepare meals that fit the guidelines.
  • When I quit carbs, I don’t ever really feel “full” in the same way I did when I’m eating them. Whenever I stop eating carbs, I need to re-examine what I mean by “fullness,” why I crave it, and what I need to do to replace it. Eating, and my aims at the dinner table, change a lot for me when I’m not eating carbs.
  • When I quit carbs and sugars, I relapse. Every single time, so far.

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Going with the flow is for people with no vision.

I’ve done a lot of short to medium term diet experiments (I’ve also gone on a raw diet, very interesting experiences there, but for another time). It’s fun to push yourself, find the limits, and learn from them. People act like stopping eating carbohydrates for 30 days, or not eating 3 meals a day is unthinkable!! Hey man, pizza isn’t going anywhere.

Despite all of what I’ve learned from my experiments, right now I’m doing what most people are doing– going with the flow.

“Oh yeah, you guys are going out for pizza? Oh sure I’ll join you.”

As I get older, and as the momentum of our business continues to grow, the consequences of not being dedicated to the work get more profound. If 4 years ago I would have decided to check out for a few weeks, kick around and play nintendo, no biggie. Now? I’m missing out on all kinds of amazing opportunities to build things that would make my life, and the lives of those around me, much, much better.

Fundamentally, entrepreneurs are willing to think about their lives and businesses in the long term.

Do you want a another coffee right now? YES!

Do you want to be be the guy who selected the coffee every time, everyday, for the next 15 years. Not really.

Do you want a pizza right now? Of course!

Do you want to be the guy who makes that decision? No.

Thinking past your immediate desires isn’t just wise, it’s vision. 

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Sebastian Marshall pointed out something to me the other day that I’ve come across a few times: making decisions costs us energy. Will power, they say, is a finiate resource.

You’ll see this with expert level people everywhere, especially creative types: they set up an strict disciplines in their lives so they can focus more energy towards their art/work. (You’ll also see how amateurs do the precise opposite because they think it’s more “free.”)

If you don’t decide how you are going to be spending your time, somebody else will. That person, with few exceptions, will be making very little considerations of your medium to long term outcomes.

In short: successful people (and companies) set rules. Restraints. Structures.

They don’t go with the flow and they don’t rely on will power.

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In response to this grim state of affairs, I’m going to be setting the following disciplines for the next 30 days. I won’t write a huge series of posts, but I will let you know how it goes.

Health guidelines from my better self, to my lesser self:

  • RULE #1: Report results to readers of the TropicalMBA blog, especially when you fuck up.
  • RULE #2: Sorry lesser Dan, you are not allowed to eat any refined sugar or simple carbs. You’ve experimented with this before and found it to be an addictive substance that provides little real value and worse, most people think it causes cancer, diabetes, fat gain, and a host of other yucky stuff. Yikes! If you have a sweet tooth, eat a pineapple or something. Seriously, here’s the deal: No rice, bread, no sugar in your coffee. I’ll allow you to eat root veggies for this first 30 day challenge, because I’m a nice challenger.
  • RULE #3: 1 cup of coffee a day. Ouch. Yeah man, I know you love this stuff, but here is the thing: you know that teas (especially green tea) help you focus better and are way better for you (at least thats your current understanding from what you’ve read).
  • RULE #4: No soda or sugar drinks. Oh shit man I love Diet Coke!!! You know its the right thing to do. Here’s the thing: Diet Coke might make you more productive for 30 minutes, but you know in deeper and more long term ways it screws up your day, and probably in some ways, your life.
  • RULE #5: Everyday for 15 minutes you’ll shock your healthy hormones into action by doing anaerobic resistence exerciese. You could run for 10 minutes then do high intensity pushups and lunges around the pool, or swim for 10 minutes then do the same. This isn’t tough dude, you know you should do it, and you’ve run experiments before and the results on your health and mindset have been profound.
  • RULE #6: No beer. Tragic!!! It’s just a feeling I have. I’ve quit drinking a few times before (once for 4 months… never again sir!) You haven’t experimented with this yet, our sense is that beer is harder on you than wine or cocktails. Also, you don’t like cocktails that much, that should keep you in line!
  • RULE #7: Cheat day is Saturday. Since your diet will roughly skew 4HB, and since you’ve never experimented with the cheat day concept, AND you’ve never sustained this shit, you might as well give yourself an opportunity to nom on some delicious pizza once in a while. We’ll see how this goes.

That’s it! Starting, now (okay, actually 3 days ago at the time of publishing). I’ll let you know how it goes. Most importantly, I’ll try to remember what I learn and identify where I fuck it up.

Cheers and happy holidays!


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Published on 11.24.11
  • James Buchanan

    Great article. I’ve recently done the same in order to reduce inflammation in my hips. This was suggested by my Naturopath Dr. I was wondering if you had any suggestions for meals?

  • Amy

    This is well done…most people are overweight and donthe know where to start. This is a simple way to start, thanks.

  • ram

    Hello dan
    Are you still on keto or did you give up?

  • ram

    Hey it may be just water weight. Don’t be so excited.

  • Emily McCalister

    When you say you lost 30 pounds in a month…was this with a cheat day once a week??

    I am trying paleo, and on my third day and feeling like I have the flu. Runny nose, sore throat, headaches. I am trying to stay strong and feel like it might be easier if I could look forward to something good on Saturday…thanks!

  • tha sinistro

    funny thing is for me I didn’t even know i was taking in an average of less than 20g of carbs a day. I don’t eat sugar, I keep what carbs I do eat to whole wheat and sometimes corn flour and measure my food. I’ve been exercising with plenty of energy for a few weeks now at an average of 800 calories throughout the week and I feel great and am starting to look like my old college self at 31. I have enough energy to weight lift and do 35-45 min of cardio a day and once in a blue moon I have a treat like an ice cream but just make sure I eat fewer calories total that day. It’s worked great and as long as I’m hydrated I just want to keep doing things. I was so tired all the time before I changed back my diet to something closer to my college “I don’t have any money so all I can eat is natto, vegetables, fish and chicken diet”. I don’t crave carbs at all. I don’t crave sweet, I don’t crave bread etc… even though I could be making the dough and baking 4 pizzas right now in very little time, I’m not tempted. I can bake and cook these things for other people and easily not eat any of it. I baked over 30 chocolate covered muffin assosrtments and ate 2 of them to mak sure they tasted ok. The rest were given away. I never felt addiction, not to alcohol (I hate it actually, just doesn’t taste good), not to pain killers or cigarettes or pot. While I’ve enjoyed them I don’t crave them. Also after a good excercise I lose any apetite I may have had for a good hour.
    To think I used to live riding my bike up hills all day for a whole year in Japan without being able to afford food and still managed to have the energy to do it all makes me realize that a 500 calorie defecit isn’t that bad when making sure you have enough energy to exercise– because when your body has no choice, it will keep moving.

  • Syrem Reguna

    Hi, I’m doing the same but it has a different effect on me. I now hate eating anything that has something to do with carbs. Not sure if its mental conditioning but I feel like I’m eating garbage if ever I eat one. I don’t have sugar cravings unless carbs is in front of me. Im doing this for month now and I lost 4 kgs without the aid of exercise. This is a change of lifestyle for me and I plan to keep it.

  • kat

    Not losing weight on a low/zero carb diet ? Please help

  • Lavonne Davis

    I’m on day 2 and I’m so glad I just “happened” upon your blog!I really don’t believe that anything in our lives are purely coincidental! I WAS FEELING A LITTLE CONCERNED because I’m feeling sho lethargic! But you answered that one, thank you.:-) I swear my grotesquely swollen waist is already showing a difference! I’m feeling very encouraged.hope to follow your success!

  • Lavonne Davis

    I need all the information I can absorb from you guys! Please pay special attention to me me me! :-) jk is Dan, the guy that originally started this still around?

  • Kelly Lord

    Animal protein isn’t required for survival but is optimal for health. The saturated fat and cholesterol is as well. Cholesterol is the great great grandparent of the sex hormone testosterone (and estrogen in women). Low dietary cholesterol leads to lowered testosterone. Also a vegan diet provides no B12 an essential vitamin. You could get every nutrient you need by eating recently killed animals including vitamin C which oxidizes from slaughter to market but the vegan diet misses many essentials.

  • Kelly Lord

    What’s cool is when you stick to low carb and the weight loss slows down and you start feeling hungrier all the time things like pizza, cake, etc can jumpstart your weight loss by using to manipulate leptin levels. So you can literally have your low carb and eat your cake if you do it right and at the right time.

  • Chris L

    Hey…I’m so happy I came across this. You’re not some get-rich-quick schemer, and everything you’ve said makes perfect sense. I actually did quit carbs for about 2 weeks while trying to go Paleo, but then, my birthday came…and yeah. I’m set to go back on track tomorrow, but oddly, rather than dreading the “No Shitty Carbs” rule, I’m actually looking forward to it.

    Eating bad carbs these past few days, after following a very healthy diet (for just 2 weeks) has made me feel super bloated, moody, lethargic, and just overall shitty.

    I’m a believer!

    Like I said…going back tomorrow. Feeling more confident this time.

    Thanks for sharing your genuinely good advice. I really appreciate it!!!

  • Chris L

    Hey Emily…I was just reading your post. I don’t know how much research you’ve done on Paleo, but I’m not certain that the whole “0 Carbs” thing is as healthy as they promote. You may want to read up on this. Our bodies aren’t genetically identical to our ancestors hundreds of thousands of years ago. Forfeiting all carbs has proven to have serious long-term, irreversible, health consequences. What I’ve chosen to do is to incorporate healthy carbs 3-4 times. / week. Things like plain Greek yogurt, fruit, and a bowl or two of organic whole grain cereal has really balanced me out.

    I’m just offering a suggestion based on my own research and experience.

    Look for articles citing the pro’s and con’s of Paleo. It may help you.

  • Joey Emanuel

    yeah but what’s your age i’m doing all that you say up here. not losing anything I gained and i’m 53 I quite smoking 10 months ago almost 11 past the food cravings finally

  • Ronnie

    Hi I’m at the age we’re everything seems to be going south I thought my body as a temple at one time as time passes the one time healthy guy hitting the gym more times than tigger woods hitting a golf ball then one day over a period of years I didn’t feel to good my weight started to up found it a bitter harder to keep to the looking good five times a week guy middle age hit me like a rock to the back of my head I don’t drink or smoke by the way but unfortunately my family have a history of type-2 even thrombosis and YES I inherited them from my beautiful monther and father take about an up hill battle trying to betyeguy I ones was gangrene hit me in my foot after a long battle a help from my medical advisor I’m back on the road to recovery I think keeping an eye on what im eating hitting the gym five times a week taking the right medication and teeming others how you feel can be a god send I’ll never be the guy I was twenty years ago but I do love to push myself looking a young people trading in the gym I go to they seem to just hit the weights more of a look at me culture I asked the manager of the gym I go to he told me people over 50 are fitting that the younger generation the days of party time long gone the want to push my self feels great even when I played rugby union I don’t think I’ve felt so good today as I was all them years ago

  • Anon1234

    I’ve lived without soda, coffee, pizza and generally most of everything that is considered unhealthy for almost my entire life. About 1000-1500 Kcalories per day

    However I don’t really look at the ratio of carbohydrate to fat and protein. It’s mainly calorie-restriction that is gonna give you a happy healthy life. You see, there is a biological clock inside of you that indirectly counts the amount of food you’ve consumed. And after x amount of calories, your life is over and you die. I notice it in myself that going over 1500kc per day makes me tired, warm and gives no additional energy. My body is basically struggling to burn the excess food into unnecessary heat to prevent me getting obese.

    Therefore I’m not convinced it’s the distribution of these three groups (fat/protein/carbs) that determines your overall health. You mentioned it briefly in your article that you eat less calory-dense food have a “cheat” day. Now that is the clue; what you are doing is what science calls “intermittent fasting”. Or “feast and famine”. That is by far the largest contributor to health-by-nutrition that you can come by, aside from calorie restriction itself. Although your explanation pointing towards carbs is plausible, I think that my explanation is much more robust.

    Just for the record, I’m 6 foot, about 120 pounds body weight, 5% body fat; can work long days and have energy left for sports :) , no history of illness, no smoking/drinking/drugs, rarely catch seasonal flu/cold. Healthy life happy life, I think.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com/ Dan Andrews

    interesting makes sense!

  • Kumaari Meena

    If you crash in no carb die or in keto. You need maintain your electrolytes through out the day. When you not eating carbs you will also lose water weight.

  • ginabaccaro

    Yes. Yes. Yes. After reaching the ripe old age of post menopause, I developed the notorious “menopot”, Dan. For young men like you who don’t know what that is, it’s akin to your beer belly; the accumulation of both exterior and visceral fat at and below the waistline. At 56, my once sexy pear shape went from 33 25 36 to 33 28 37. My weight went up 10lbs. Not much difference I know, but the waist measurement is the one I was most concerned with. Though most people would have considered me a normal weight and healthy size, I knew I was headed for a heart attack. Another thing I found out was that cutting out that Starbucks latte and a adding some extra exercise wasn’t cutting it for me. After years of carbs and sweets, my body had gone into insulin resistance. It would no longer let me lose weight the easy way. So I too, cut out everything yummy and satisfying. No sugar of any kind except 1/2 tsp of honey every 3-4 days. No bread, potatoes, rice, cereals, pastas, pastries, flour products PERIOD. I was irritable the first 3-4 days but then noticed no more afternoon naps and I was able to get things done. I’m writing this at 4 am because that’s when I get up now. The weight and belly didn’t just peel off right away though. It took 2 good weeks almost. 1/2 of fat loss and then 2-3 lbs on the scale whereas before, the scale never budged! What’s more, my skin has cleared up and no more puffy bags under my eyes. I look 40 instead of 56. Do I miss eating yumminess like my husband and everyone else? Oh hell yes!!! My body is nourished but my mind is starving. Thus the carb sugar phenomenon. Oh sure. I’ve allowed myself a cheat day or 2. I napped like a sloth but didn’t oink out nearly as before. My body can’t take it like it used to. Moral of story: ladies and gents over 50: cutting simple carbs and sugars is the way to thinness and energy. Also. Have your DHEA levels checked too. I also take 5mg DHEA plus a vitamin D every morning and my energy levels are through the roof. I can out-run and out – dance a woman in her 30s!

  • ginabaccaro

    Youre absolutely right, Dan. Make mine sashimi. Skip the rice.

  • ginabaccaro

    You speak sense, Kelly. A vegan diet leads to imbalances. We have 22 ft. Of intestine for a reason: to digest vegetables AND meat!

  • ginabaccaro

    Potatoes and oranges are high glycemic, Amos, meaning that they require a lot of insulin to cover the sugar. Try berries instead.

  • Ffocsi

    Upon reading that you consider pizza carbs I had to stop reading.

    You can’t get fat eating carbs unless you seriously overeat. Pizza however isn’t “carbs” it’s got a lot of fat.

  • j4666

    I have the exact same experience with carbs having short but very successful runs over the years. I’m 45 and 40 lbs overweight and feel mentally and physically sluggish. Being a father and husband means sharing or cooking meals with four adults every single day. Carbs are everywhere around me and constantly calling out to me. I’ll go a month or two without, but it just takes a minor slip with no apparent re-precaution to start the landslide back. My weakness is rice and if I go for a month without eating Chinese food I start craving it every single day. I love biscuits in the morning and who on earth can resist Pizza??? I’ve reached the conclusion that carbs will cost me 10 – 15 years of life span. But the idea of having to deny yourself these simple pleasures for 25 years is almost impossible to conceive. I’ve even done the math and wonder if maybe carbs are worth not having my 70s and 80s? Grim .. I know.

  • Nathan Edwards

    Hello everyone! Dan it seems we could almost be the same person. I’ve very recently started this same diet. Going on day 3 with no sodas, no bread, rice etc which is tough because here in TX it’s hard to pass on a taco! Anyway I’ve really found it fairly easy so far. Replacing breakfast tacos with egg whites, turkey sausage and spinach and no tortilla for breakfast. Lunch is basalmic marinated chicken breast and spinach again. Dinners are different everytime so it’s still a work in progress. Loved the article!

  • Denise

    Hi Dan,
    Very interesting information. I THINK YOU OUGHT REALLY TO LOOK AT WHAT IS IN DIET COKE……..aspartame……….Nasty nasty stuff!!!! I stopped drinking any fizzy pop years ago when I discovered what was in it.
    Also, I gace up carbs and sugars for 3 months and LOST 2 STONE in weight. I only had one meal a day…..been reading if you stick to one meal the rest of the day/night your body is repairing itself. I used to just have a salamon steak and salad every night. Stopped eating salamon though cos the vast majority of it is ‘farmed’ again anything farm fed is being fed on a diet of chemicals to make them bigger and quicker growing. Fasting is really the answer and then one meal only a day. Like you, cutting out carbs and sugars definatly MORE energy and I now don’t even want them. I have been doing it very gradually – haven’t got them out altogether. Check out Dr Michael Mosley THE FAST DIET…the simple secret of intermittent fasting, Lose weight, Stay healthy, live longer.

  • John Val

    I did this and it worked great. I dropped 35lbs in 3 months. I did however allow myself as much beer as I could drink while on the diet. After losing the 35lbs., I slowly began introducing carbs back in but tried to keep portions limited, Then the holidays hit and I fell off that cliff and began stuffing my face with a purpose and gained back 30lbs. in 3 months. Time to start the cycle again !!

  • Kevin Plunkett

    There is nothing wrong with carbs as long as you bring discipline and balance. Mainstream nutritional advice–40-50 % of calories should come from carbs. Enough said. Who in their right mind would want to to follow theses culinary purtans? To live without beer, pastry, pasta? Why?

  • flipthis

    So here’s my take on this diet – and I hesitate to use the word ‘diet’ as people take that word to mean ‘short-term’ or ‘part-time’…not a fundamental and prevalent change to your food intake on a permanent basis. At 52 I’m on it for the 3’rd or 4’th time in my life – each with similar results but understanding more about my body and how sugar and carbs affect us, sugar as ingrained and promoted in nearly everything processed in our food, the stark majority of SUGAR in every aisle, every product in every grocery store.

    As of 1/8/2017 I’ve SUCCESSFULLY been on ‘no carbs, no sugar’ for a bit over 6 weeks – NO ‘overt’ CARBS, NO SUGAR.

    Here’s what I’ve discovered in the past from experiences over the past 15 years attempting to change my diet with mixed results, improving each round:

    – sugar is in EVERYTHING processed. If you have any thoughts on this that need to be cleared I suggest you check out a few movies such as “King Sugar”, or “That Sugar Film” or “Fat, Sick, Nearly Dead”…”Supersize Me”… Every product goes through testing – and when it doesn’t have ‘enough’ sugar in it to sustain sales – they add more. Look around. We’re all fat. They’re succeeding in promoting products to us which we eagerly pay hard earned money to shove some pretty unhealthy things down our throat that will double our waistlines and cut years off our lives.

    How many of us would pay to cut a year off our life? How about ten years? Or Twenty? Let alone those years filled with all sorts of medications and complaints dropping from our mouths not able to enjoy ‘life’ in all it’s forms as we’re too fat, too drained, too sick? Because we simply DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH DISCIPLINE to say no to refined sugar?

    – so – like this author, DAY 3 is a killer…. every time. If you can ‘just’ get past the 3’rd day your health WILL improve. This is no small thing. UTTER discipline is needed to start — and will be necessary later but once past the 3-day mark every day will be an easier conquest.

    -By day 10 to 14 — IF you stop ALL carbs then your brain will feel like it’s on fire, as if someone is sitting next to with long fingernails on a chalkboard. I SUGGEST you learn what are good carbs and integrate those – such as, fruits and vegetables. You brain needs carbs to process properly. It does NOT — need pizza. No matter what excuse you tell yourself — that’s all it is, an excuse — and excuses are what allowed your body to get in the unhealthy shape in the first place. Make a decision — and stick to it. We ARE capable of power over sugar. YOU ARE strong enough to find the discipline to live a healthy life.

    What I’ve discovered this round, suspected of the previous times:
    – ‘Cheat -Day’…. are for cheaters. Those are excuses we tell ourselves, those white ‘lies’ don’t make it any less a lie, that one day won’t matter… or we ‘deserve a taste, a treat, something’…. … The truth being that one day will set you back 3 or 4. & what’s worse it will put you on a roller coaster with your sugar that you will battle and have a much worse time of things than had you simply stayed slow and steady.

    – proper ‘cheats’: There are some things you can find which taste like carbs and may cheat a bit at no-carb, but to a lesser degree than biting into sugar-filled foods. Such as Edamame noodles. They taste quite like pasta but are protein. Careful with the spaghetti sauce as it’s covered with sugar. But certainly some pesto sauce.
    Find cheats with more proteins that aren’t as harmful in the long run as cheese or hard meats (currently my nemesis — but does keep my body churning away fat PROVIDED I do not cheat with any sugar or carbs)

    As the author has suggested, I’ve experienced some pretty huge losses in weight… and of which if you do not learn to respect food along the way, WILL come back. If we opened our eyes a bit to know what we’re really stuffing into our mouths or allowing our children to view as acceptable food, just maybe we’ll have a chance at enjoying our lives with energy and vitality. Discipline IS KEY. Slow and steady is the method for success! Anything added in by ‘cheat foods’, a day of sugar, addiction to caffeine or anything else is as a bug in the works — just way more difficult to succeed.
    If I can do it – so can you. I simply do not wish to end my days utterly obese, not fitting my clothes, bent toward prescriptions for diabetes or similar complications. I choose LIFE. Some things in LIFE are hard — so if I start and end my day with healthy food – such as vegetable smoothie… and feel SO much better along the way, maybe it’s worth it to give up ‘Pizza’? Maybe things like that ought to be the rare treat instead of the norm? & what things do you have in your frig and pantry that resemble the damage those foods will do to your health?

    It’s been 5 years since this author posted. I’ll make a challenge – to Dan and to anyone reading this. JOIN ME. Do it for YOU. Look down at your waist, open your medicine cabinet and take a hard look, DECIDE what kind of life you would prefer to have? Is a healthy life WORTH LEARNING to eat lean? Leaving processed foods behind? Pharmaceutical companies, processed food manufacturers and the undertaker won’t like it if you take them off your ‘to-do’ list and put on ‘YOU’ on your list first – but I’d be willing to bet you’ll enjoy your life ten-fold, with more energy, more control, more ‘life’.

    I’m 6 weeks in. My goal is 6 months. The longest I’ve ever done this diet is maybe two months – and NEVER have had the discipline to do it right. Not this time. I’m ON TARGET and will continue. But I need help — So do you… so let’s jump in and make a change, for LIFE?

    Post your healthy protein filled CHEATS? (nothing covered in chocolate or candy or anything with sugar counts– but proteins we can count on to vary our diet and KEEP ON TRACK, slow and steady.

    Matthew in Colorado

  • geo george

    I was on a medical condition of type 2 diabetes due to insulin resistance, fatty liver, type 2 hepatomegaly, high triglycerides and cholesterol, just like a feedback amplifier I injected more insulin everyday and it was reached a state where no insulin can help to lower the blood sugar, along with insulin it was combined with metformin, Thiazolidinedione, gliptins etc and has no effect on my body and I was always sleepy and inactive due to the liver problem, because of these issues i had to resign from the job and was worried over how to save myself from the ultimate death which is playing in front of my eyes.

    recently i came to know about keto diet and started to adopting it, within a week my sugar level comes down to a normal range with very less units of insulin and i cut all of my medicines as well including cholesterol drugs, currently I am having more energy and much more active than earlier and also I cut around 3 kg of weight in just a week of time.

    If everything goes well i hope to reverse my fatty liver condition and possibly the diabetes with this life saving diet plans. I thought of sharing this information here because if someone has similar conditions like type II diabetes, fatty liver hepatomegaly etc, it may be helpful for the person to save themselves which i was going through.
    I will update the status once in a while here :)

  • Darth Folwart

    I found I spend a lot less.

  • Sheila Vigue

    I would love to know how this goes for you!

  • Kairan

    maybe you are too skinny to lose anything at all …lol


    Ok how about if you are already only 100 lbs soaking wet, and need to keep that weight on but can’t eat sugar or yeast. And need to keep your carbs really low.

  • Fumcat

    definitely I would be lost without fruit. I eat several pieces a day. But, then, I am not completely carb free. I do like my chips now and again. But, I also love all vegies and all meat. I guess there is little I do not like. My husband and I are both in our late sixties and at times feel that at our age, with few pressing health problems, we will eat what we want until the end.

  • Aiysha

    This may depend on your Blood type. Blood group A were farmers. Blood group O were hunter gatherer

  • Aiysha

    Hi Kelly, vegans using adequate amounts of fortified foods or B12 supplements are much less likely to suffer from B12 deficiency than the typical older meat eater. Pea protein is also an amazing powder you can get in place of whey protein. However I think that what he said may also depend on your Blood group. if you look at eat right for your type.

  • Aiysha

    Day three and all I can think about is all the different types of cake and chocolate I want to eat. this feels like the time I gave up smoking many years ago. I’m not hungry but I do have withdrawal symtoms

  • nonono

    this is a ludicrously old blog post but so timely for me. Dealing with sugar shite AND acute lack of structure in my life that makes me so unproductive, etc. Have been coming around to the idea of more structure in my life, more rules, but one problem is that my life is always changing and evolving and chaos, so hard to do that. I want to know how a ‘live by the seat of the pants’ person becomes more structured and rule-bound. Thanks for the article and commments!

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com/ Dan Andrews

    cheers good luck with the new initiative!

  • Sabrina Zakrowski

    Like quitting anything else that’s bad for you, it’s not easy. If you slip up, don’t be too hard on yourself but put yourself back on track so you don’t backslide completely.

  • Sabrina Zakrowski

    It has a lot of both. The wheat flour crust has a lot of starch which your body breaks down into sugar, most pizza/pasta sauces have added sugar, cheese contains a good amount of fat as well as most common meat toppings.

  • gggoodluck

    What about beans!! They have high carb content, also. Are you going to cut them out of your diet?

  • Grace

    I had 12 lb to lose now I have 6lb . I went on the zero carbs for five days kick start. Since I have been a vegetarian most of my life, so it was really hard to eat chicken or fish eggs was much easier. I never ate massive amounts I eat small portions because that feels better and I’m not creating bad habits. . On the sixth day, i went on very low carb diet maybe 10 carbs a day . I used two different high protein powders zero carb Isopure and Vega Sport Mocha mixed it with Almond milk with ice toss into magic bullet and bang … a big cool chocolate mocha milk shake it tastes great. I drink this two or three times a day easy . I have ketostix to check how far in ketosis I’m in. This works for me I feel steady during the day and my mind is clear. I had a bad sugar tooth before , sugar was destroying my life … I think I was going up and down like a yoyo. Thank God that is over now. I never ever eat it and I use Xylitol. I’m so much happier, healthier . Wishing all Good Health!

  • Grace

    One day I was suppose to head the topic at a meeting, Before the meeting I ate three cookies and suddenly I felt major brain fog, disoriented, dizzy, thirsty and extremely tired then … I misplaced my notes and just winged it .I realized that day I’m seriously allergic to sugar That was it … I decided I needed t lose 10 pounds I went zero carbs for one week then low carbs. I sort of followed Dr Dukan diet. When I went off of the diet .. One day I over ate.. cheese popcorn mixed with carmel popcorn I felt so sick. major sugar reaction! Rash, wheezing the whole deal !! Then that was it no more ever I decided. I now only eat low carbs and feel so much better. I really hate sugar and carb loaded foods it just makes me feel so sick . I found great o carb tea that is sweet I drink it has no sugar It is cinnamon orange tea from Marketspice and that has helped me so much. Wishing all good health.

  • Kelly Lord

    Ok that is true but we naturally need B12 but B12 isn’t naturally in a vegans diet. Take away modern transportation and humans in the middle of a land mass aren’t eating the only natural vegan source which is algae. Being a vegan isn’t in a humans natural make up. Thats why we have cutting teeth and molars both a long and short intestine. We are biologically omnivores. The vegan diet is not what we are made to eat.

  • Grace

    My husband and I are vegetarian for 15 years so we decided to go low carb to drop ten pounds , We did each mostly protein shakes, nuts , salad eggs. aged cheese and coconut . I had keto flu for three days, mega- headache , tired zombie , and nausea, then foot and leg cramp. I took a couple teaspoons of sea salt and that made the headache go away and magnesium and potassium for leg cramps , that went away too , I can say I felt really good after that passed and I dropped the weight fast, and I not longer had high, lows, and crash and burn feeling it was over. I enjoyed doing it taught me somethings, and as soon as I started eating carbs. I felt tired, and crash burn ,, so I decided to just stay with low carb, because I love how I feel on it, and my mind is clearer, and I sleep better

  • Dev Rifter

    pizza =carbs? isn’t chees one of the main ingredients ? This is just madness.

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