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#fat2fab: Week 40 – How I Busted My Weight Loss Plateau

I’ve been banting for 41 weeks now. It’s become a completely natural and normal way of life for me. Something that just happens automatically, eating out or socializing with friends is not hard, I just make the right choices and I guess that’s what is making banting so popular, it works and it doesn’t restrict your lifestyle in anyway, you just need to make different choices but you don’t have to deprive yourself in any way.

The hardest part for most banters and I think we a lot of banters fail is that they don’t recognize what a highly addictive substance sugar is. I had a ridiculously sweet tooth. All my life. I have loved sweet things and chocolate was my absolute downfall. Where I failed so many times on previous diets and attempts at lifestyle changes was that I followed the low fat philosophy. What I did not realize is that low fat foods are packed with sugars, read food labels guys & familiarize yourself with the TWO HUNDRED AND FIFITY SEVEN different names for sugar, look at the sugar levels  which is highly addictive, which would automatically spark my sweet craving, which would make me desperate for something sweet and make all my food seem bland and not satisfying and I could only deprive myself for so long before I’d succumb to the cravings and cheat in the most spectacular ways. And all this would just constantly perpetuate my cycle of trying and failing.

Breaking my sugar addiction was probably the hardest part of switching to banting. It took a couple of weeks, during which time I could substitute my desire for something sweet with fat, which didn’t necessarily take away the craving, but it did leave me feeling satisfied until I could break the addiction. Now I NEVER crave sweet things. I haven’t eaten a chocolate in months. Not even the 90% Lindt, which is banting friendly. I don’t eat fat bombs anymore, I don’t bake banting treats anymore because I simply don’t need it. I don’t want it. I don’t crave it.

I blogged last week about how I’d been stuck on a plateau for the past month, hovering just above the 30kg loss mark. I’d drop down to 88.1kg’s, then go back up to 89kg’s, then drop down to 88.6kg’s then go back up again. I won’t lie, it was soul destroying but instead of getting in a panic and immediately looking for ways to modify my diet, which I’ve seen tons of banters to with fat fasts and egg fasts and cutting dairy etc, I just stuck it out and kept on keeping on. It was like being at war with my body but I won! This morning, I got up, did my usual morning ablutions and got on the scale and my body screamed out: “FINE! YOU WIN!” and there it was…. I’d broken through the 30kg loss mark.

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I didn’t change anything. I didn’t go on a specific fast or cleanse or start panicking about ratio’s, I didn’t cut out dairy and I carried on drinking one dry white wine spritzer every night (and a few more than that over weekends) and I broke through, I won the battle with my body!

I am beyond proud! I have 10.7kg’s to go to my first goal weight. When I get to that goal weight, I plan to continue on as a banter, in fact, I plan to eat this way for the rest of my life, it’s very important for my health and my insulin resistance that I do that. If I go below 77kg’s, then great. The lowest weight I’ve been as an adult was 67kg’s and I looked horrible! Gaunt & bony, with my ribs sticking through my back and hip bones with craters around them. It’s not a good look for me, my body wasn’t designed to look that way. I tend to lean towards a more muscular and athletic build and at 21 years old, I weighted 72kg’s and looked good. I set my current goal at 77kg’s, which would give me a normal BMI, for my age and we’ll see how I go, if I could weight what I did at 21 years old, that would be amazing, but I’m just not really sure that’s realistic!

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28 Comments

  • Reply Sherin

    YOU ARE LOOKING BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    October 16, 2014 at 10:42 am
  • Reply Carina

    you look amazing! Well done. What is your typical weekly plan? I am not sure if I shoud start but you make it look so easy!

    October 16, 2014 at 10:46 am
    • Reply Sharon

      Carina, it is easy! I don’t have a meal plan to share, but you can follow me on Instagram to get idea’s on what I eat.

      October 16, 2014 at 11:11 am
  • Reply Cindy

    YAY!! You did it! So chuffed for you!

    October 16, 2014 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Immeasurable Love

    You are looking so good! Well done. Its a huge achievement.

    October 16, 2014 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Jenny

    Well Done Sharon! Ten to go – did you ever think you would say that? I am more and more becoming aware of my very terrible sugar addiction. While I don’t want to do a banting diet, I do think I need to be more aware of the sugars that lurk – are all low fat products bad? I just find I put on weight when I eat full fat dairy – but perhaps that is because I am also eating carbs and sugar? Can you suggest any reading for me on this subject?

    October 16, 2014 at 1:03 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      Jen, read your food labels, it’s quite astounding the amount of sugar that goes into low fat products. I was quite horrified by it.
      Also, read Gary Taubes’s book Why We Get Fat, it will blow your mind!

      October 16, 2014 at 1:18 pm
      • Reply Jenny

        Thanks hon. I must learn to read food labels – I glaze over. I bit like opening an excel spreadsheet 😉

        October 16, 2014 at 2:10 pm
    • Reply Veronica Sylvia

      Just read a fantastic book by Robb Wolff, titled the Paleo Solution. This will give you a better understanding of how your body metabolises food. I am insulin resistant and have lost 18 kg’s on the LCHF diet. Paleo differs to LCHF by excluding dairy in the diet. Stick to LCHF for the weight loss then possibly maintain on Paleo.

      October 18, 2014 at 5:17 pm
  • Reply lindasjournal

    Well done!!! That is such an amazing achievement! And you are looking fabulous…..

    October 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Emy Clarke

    What an amazing achievement Sharon! Im on week three and haven’t lost much in the way of weight, but what I have noticed is that I am still losing cms. Pants and getting looser and even my wedding ring is falling off.

    October 17, 2014 at 10:12 am
    • Reply Sharon

      That’s all that really matters. Not what the scale says! Keep up the good work!

      October 17, 2014 at 10:15 am
  • Reply Wenchy

    You are fabulous! I cannot imagine going back and eating differently.

    October 18, 2014 at 8:34 am
  • Reply izethk

    You are truly an inspiration. I also started on 118kg, currently 100.7 last week 100.6 previous week 99.8……. I will also beat this little plateau. I actually thought of going on the egg fast, but after finding your blog last night, I am really reconsidering it.
    Thank you for posting your journey.

    November 7, 2014 at 11:40 am
    • Reply Sharon

      All the best! You can totally do it!

      November 10, 2014 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply Sharon

    Hi Sharon I have been following your story and have been truly inspired. I have 25 kg to lose and started banting on 6 November. The first 2 weeks I lost 2.6 and since then absolutely nothing and 0 cm!!!! I am following the green list very strictly and alternate my breakfast between big egg breakfast and yoghurt and berries. I haven’t veered from the green list and have eliminated all artificial sweeteners from my life…I’m so despondent – please could you advise me, I really enjoy this lifestyle and am finding the plan very easy but would love to see the scale move….what should I do??
    BTW you look absolutely amazing…..what an inspiration!!!!

    December 12, 2014 at 1:36 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      Try and reduce your dairy intake, often that’s one of the biggest culprits!

      December 12, 2014 at 1:38 pm

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