Lots of disparate information was clicking into place in my head and pointing to a low carb eating plan. Juliana’s reaction to my research was precious. She commented to her dad, mama’s been reading books again… I do have a tendency to research. Nonetheless, she was game. We embarked on a low carb eating plan. After 5 days, at her next weekly weight check at the Packard program, she was down 3.5 pounds. (The first thing that happens on a low carb diet is that you dump retained water. Many people find that they feel and look less puffy and bloated eating low carb).
The Packard people were a little startled. They immediately ascribed the weight loss to Juliana exercising more, since her total of red foods was the same. The most Juliana had lost in one week up to that point was 1.5 pounds. By the calories in/calories out logic, she would have had to have burned an additional 7000 calories to explain the additional two pounds of weight loss, which she hadn’t come close to doing. 7000 calories is 10 hours of running at 10 minutes a mile. She was exercising more, but not an extra hour and a half of running every single day. I knew exercise couldn’t explain the sudden drop in weight, and had high hopes for the controlled carbohydrate eating plan.