I have lost 50 pounds since I started the Oil-Change Diet. That is 1/3 of my current weight or 1/4 of my initial weight. At 153 pounds I am no longer overweight, my BMI is now below 25. I was initially very surprised by the 15 pound weight loss in just 3 weeks when I started this diet. That was the same time period that I was able to get off of the 5 prescriptions I was on–a total of 9 pills a day. Those prescriptions were for arthritis, (etadolac), blood pressure (hctz), heart rhythm (toperol), pain (gabapentin), and cholesterol (lipitor). I was measuring my blood pressure and I would cut my medication in half when my systolic and diastolic pressure was at least 5 pressure units below the upper limits my doctor had given me (140/85). It took about a week on the diet before I cut my blood pressure and hearth rhythm medications in half and then another week I was able to cut them again. After about 2 weeks I cut my arthritis medication in half as well as the pain medication. By the end of three weeks I quit all the medications I had been taking except the 81 mg aspirin, which I still take.
Based on what I had read about the effects of omega-6, I had hoped that reducing my ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 would help with my blood pressure and arthritic pain. I was totally surprised that eliminating all the major sources of omega-6 had eliminated my need for all of my blood pressure/heart rhythm and arthritis/pain medication, I was even more surprised at the weight loss–15 pounds in just 3 weeks. Clearly that could not be from calorie restriction and it certainly was not due to exercise as my activity level was unchanged. That initial loss was from reduced swelling and fluid retention that was part of the physiological response to the high levels of omega-6 that had been in my diet.
The additional 35 pounds I have lost came slowly, 2 to 3 pounds a month at the start and only a pound or 2 a month in the past 6 months. It is not like I had not tried to lose weight before. I had been trying for at least 20 years with short term losses that were quickly regained as I added a pound or 2 a year. What is different now is the fact that I do not have that need to feel stuffed before I quit eating. I had been guessing that that might have been due to changes in serotonin levels or receptors, but I found an article that actually points to a different reason. Omega-6 fats are used to create endocannabanoid hormones and these marijuana like hormones, like marijuana, stimulate our appetite and make us overeat.
Unlike the initial 15 pounds, I have been trying to lose these last 35 pounds. I weigh my self every day and while my weight fluctuates 3 to 4 pounds over a week, when I see it increasing, I make sure I choose lower calorie foods for a few days. I reduce my intake of cheese and increase my intake of low calories foods like salads, veggies and egg beaters. I never go hungry, if I get hungry I eat. I always have breakfast, lunch, dinner and a dessert a couple hours after dinner. I generally have at least one snack a day in the afternoon, but sometimes have a snack mid morning as well. Primary snacks are fruit, sometimes with cheese, but sometimes it is cheese with omega-3 crackers or pretzel chips. I also use fresh coconut and occasionally have a chocolate-coconut chia bar that I make as a snack.
I try to eat seafood several times a week and I cook with very little fat–coconut oil or real butter. I eat some meat, mainly chicken and pork, but I keep the portions small (3 to 4 oz). I try to keep the grain based carbohydrates low–very little pasta, rice or bread. We get most of our carbs from fruits and veggies. We do eat out and have pizza occasionally–a really cheesy calorie dense pizza with bacon, chicken and lots of cheese, but now I don’t find it that hard to stop at 1 or 2 slices instead of 4. We do eat-out at restaurants, but I try to order seafood that is grilled or prepared with very little fat. Our desserts are usually strawberries or blueberries and whipped cream–real whipped cream–not a bad way to end the day!!