Lisa's Success Story
Lisa wrote the following to our CS email address, and I asked her if I could share her story. She was totally awesome and agreed. Here is it is!
"I have been using the cronometer website for a few days now, and I love it. I am using it to save all the addition and converting I was doing with paper and pencil. Once I figure out how to scan nutrition panels with my iPhone, it will be even easier to track everything. The best part is the nutrition data; the vitamins, minerals, etc. It is a fun exercise to try to create a balanced diet, and it was not possible to do that the way I was previously doing with only tracking macro-nutrients and calories, so I am sure I am eating a more nutritionally balanced diet than ever before. I have been interested in healthy foods since I was a teen in the early 70s, then got on the organic bandwagon when I had my children in the 80s, then after a car accident in the late 80s I was no longer able to be physically active for three years, and everything changed for me. I had given up the idea I could ever lose weight, then about a month ago I heard of fasting, and the refrigerator/freezer concept. It made sense to me so I embarked on a weight loss goal for the first time in many many years. I saw results right away, dropped a size, feel a lot more energetic, and somehow have been able to walk even uphill without huffing and puffing so much. All this with only 6 pounds lost. I cannot wait to see how I feel after losing the 24 pounds I plan to lose. But I was spending hours a day tracking my food consumption.
I had used nutritiondata in 2010, and gave it a go the day before trying cronometer, but found it to be buggy on my devices. The website kept reloading, and it was not possible to enter a custom recipe. It lost the data every time I tried. I tried a couple more, then found Cronometer.
Cronometer has a nice interface. It's so easy, it's fun! It was possible to use it right away, and I have been gradually finding and using all the deeper features. Today I was able to set up the LCHF keto ratios I have been following for the past month. The problem I encountered is each macro (carbs, protein and fat) was labeled only by color, and it took me a few tries to figure out which color relates to each macro.
I have been reading up on Every Other Day fasting as it seems like a good way to really keep the weight off after completing the weight loss phase, although I will not have to worry about that for some time. My neighbor has had great results with an Anti-Inflammatory diet, which seems way easier than what I'm doing, and I plan to implement the basic parts of it a little later. I am using a customized approach: Banting food lists from S. Africa, keto-carb, daily IF with a minimum of 16 hours between dinner and breakfast, and 1000-1100 calories a day. It seems like a lot, but like a law enforcement officer told a friend once, "if you throw a handful of pebbles at a window, some are bound to hit it." That was a totally different context, but it applies to weight loss. I do not believe there is any one right way to do it, it is a matter of finding what works for each person. So far this is working for me. But as I said before, with cronometer, I am certain my diet more nutritionally complete than ever before. So thank you for helping me achieve my goals, and making it fun too."
We wish you continued success Lisa!
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