There is a time in life, around 30 years old in my case, when keeping weight and blood test numbers in check starts being a challenge. Glucose levels creep up, cholesterol levels approach limits that you don't want to pass, and the number on the scale keeps on growing even if you don't eat very much. You starve yourself, you get fatter, and slowly see your health going to hell. What a cruel joke! I have been able to keep things in check with diet (eating very little and being hungry a lot) and exercise (going to the gym or walking everyday), but I finally realized that I did it all wrong.
Believe or not, turns out that there is very little evidence that exercising is going to keep you slim, and that eating very little (and being hungry all the time) is a good way to keep your weight in check. When you exercise, you end up eating more and gain weight. When you eat very little, your metabolism goes to hell, and when you eat more again (you will!), you gain the weight all back, and then some. It is a cruel endless cycle.
USDA nutritional guidelines that have become mantra and "common knowledge", are also all wrong. Like the "food pyramid", or "My Plate" like it is called today, are a bad joke based on many assumptions, and an incredible history of poor studies, ignored studies, and a propagation of myths and rumors.
Don't believe me! You should not. But, if you do your research like Gary Taubes did in his many books, you'll find that high-carb and low-fat diets simply do NOT work, and worse they are outright dangerous! In fact, they are most likely responsible for the epidemic of obesity, heart problems, and diabetes that afflicts so many people today.
I won't try to summarize the reasoning behind my statements because the subject is complex and I have no credibility nor enough knowledge (yet) to do justice to the topic. I do, however, urge you to read a book titled "Why We Get Fat" by Gary Taubes. The book goes through his extensive research and reasoning behind it, and it will blow! your! mind! If you want to go even deeper, you can also attempt to read "Good Calories, Bad Calories", also by Gary Taubes, where the subject is exposed in even greater details. This last one is a big and very dense book, so be prepared.
Once I become aware that the high-carb low-fat diet that I was following was literally killing me, I become interested in the keto metabolic state, and switched to a low-carb, moderate-protein and high-fat diet. This "keto lifestyle" is explained in great details, and with fantastic clarity, in "Keto Clarity" by Jimmy Moore. This is turning out to be an absolutely fantastic choice for me. I feel great, I am never hungry, and I eat like a king! Yep! I am a happy man. At the same time, believe it or not, I am losing a bunch of weight (1 lb per day average), my blood test numbers have never been this perfect, and I feel super energized all day! My doctor was shocked, and I am too!
I will be posting about this topic extensively, as I am absolutely thrilled by this discovery.