In recent years, a low carbohydrate diet has become fairly popular in many parts of the world.
I started doing a low carb diet myself a little over a year ago, and got more active in doing it in January of this year. I decided to do this mostly as a way of addressing diabetes, which I have had for more than 25 years. As a side benefit, I have lost a lot of weight by changing the way that I eat.
I got really serious about doing the low carb eating in January of this year, and in February, I started doing Intermittent Fasting. Most days, at first, I would eat lunch at 2 PM, then eat dinner at 6 PM, and then I would not eat anything again until 2 PM the next day for lunch. This was very successful for me, I was feeling great and also started losing a fair amount of weight. Because of the success, I kept extending my fasting hours more and more.
Is it even possible?
But, is it even possible to eat low carb in the Philippines? Well, it is possible, but it is not so easy!
I sometimes joke that the Philippines is the land of carbs! I mean, think about it.. all of the rice especially is a huge source of carbs. And, it seems, virtually every Filipino eats a mountain of rice with each meal!
I have never been a big rice guy, but do (or did) love my potatoes! I also have been a big snacker on things like potato chips and other high carb items. Those days are gone for me, though. Fact is, I don’t even have any cravings or desire for potatoes and other types of carbs anymore.
As I said, I originally started doing this to improve diabetes. Now, I no longer have diabetes. A year ago, I was using 3 oral medications for diabetes, and also using 100 units of insulin each day. When I started using insulin, I gained about 60 pounds. Insulin is a hormone in our bodies that regulates the storage of fat, and it was really packing on more fat for me! My blood sugar readings are very low now, with no types of medication and my doctor tells me that I no longer have diabetes, in spite of the fact that doctors say that diabetes cannot be reversed. Fact is, a lot of people doing what I am doing with their diet have actually reversed diabetes, so medical research is changing.
After I got going, I started losing a fair amount of weight too. Since February I have lost almost 60 pounds! Almost every kind of medical test is coming back good too, so this lifestyle has been very good for me.
Can Filipinos do it?
I believe Filipinos can do it too! They would have to cut out, or greatly reduce rice consumption, but for those who are very sick, I believe they have great motivation to change. I mean, if it comes down to losing your life or changing what you eat, the choice seems simple to me. I know that I easily made the adjustment.
A lot of Filipinos have asked me about What I am doing, how I do it, etc. This is from people who have diabetes (diabetes is an epidemic here in the Philippines), and also Filipinos who want to lose weight. I have even had strangers in public who have overheard my conversations with friends and came up to me and asked if I can help them. It is kind of humbling. So far, most of these kind of people have listened to what I can tell them, and they have been very interested, but they have not taken the next step and actually done it. I have a few Filipinos that I have met on Facebook who are doing this, and they seem to also be experiencing some success. I have been helping those new friends, and am proud that they are walking down the same path that I am, and doing it with some success!
So, can Filipinos do it? Sure, they can! The question comes down to are they willing? But, the same question can be asked for Americans or any other nationality. Sure, Filipinos love their rice, but most Americans love potatoes and other high carb foods!
it is working for me! So, I will keep on going! Even here in the land of carbs… the Philippines!