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jools1986

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Kat1e

This is for life
S: 17st8.9lb C: 12st12.8lb G: 12st6.2lb BMI: 27.5 Loss: 4st10.1lb(26.77%)
Well I just spent Sunday afternoon reading Gary Taubes book - Why we get fat (thanks to whoever mentioned this over the weekend - couldnt refind the thread!!!).

Although there is some controversy, I thought it was quite a useful review of how low carb diets work. As well as providing useful arguments if someone hassles you, for me it was inspirational about getting into low carb as a lifestyle rather than a diet so that your body could work effectively.
 

Kat1e

This is for life
S: 17st8.9lb C: 12st12.8lb G: 12st6.2lb BMI: 27.5 Loss: 4st10.1lb(26.77%)
I thought i would follow up on the Taubes book with a reflection about my cats - hang in there it is relevant:D

Both cats are now 8ish and are rescue kittens and think of me/dh as mummy. They are also cosseted indoor kitties. Think of each other as brothers altho actually very different shapes/sizes. We have always fed them freely on hills dried food and water.

S is sleek long legged black moggie who has had a belly flap/paunch for many years. Always been mostly asleep and lazy
C is shorter slightly rounder tabby but bounced around and healthy weight

In sept i was devastated to discover that S has Genetic kidney disorder (pkd) which could be the end anytime (life expectancy 3 months to 10 years!). My baby :(

Anyhow, to help out we switched the food to low protein as cant feed them separately

The difference in 3 months is amazing
S has lost any excess weight, looks incredibly healthy and charges around the house with energy
C has got so fat and round he can barely move and sleeps all the time

To me this supports the hypothesis in the book that the key is managing hunger/fat effects through diet content not amount restriction. Clearly C is now hungrier, eats more and does less. I am not going to blame his willpower and ask him to eat less and exercise more!

And so to my plan - S isnt allowed much/any protein so we stick with the special dried food free to eat for both of them. Once a day we feed C 1/3 tin of tuna to up his protein

Hopefully in 3 months they will both be back to being fit and healthy :D watch this space.....
 

J2BLUE

Low Carber
The useful arguments bit is great! Deliberately start using scientific language and watch the pure panic in their eyes!

Keep us updated on the cats, I love a diet experiment!
 




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