Winning Low Carb Strategies: Resisting Temptation vs. Replacing

By Brian Wiley

The most recent group online coaching meeting (July 14, 2020) hosted by Dr. Tro’s Medical Weight Loss & Direct Primary care centered its discussion around resisting temptation vs. replacing and also touched on a blog post about cheating.

Dr. Tro Kalayjian, DO, and Health Coaches Amy Eiges and Brian Wiley also spent a significant portion of the call discussing the issue of straying off plan and why doing so is a bad idea for most.

The Group Coaching meetings are held every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. EDT.

The more than 50 participants on the Zoom call heard Tro, Amy and Brian give practical advice and tips, along with scientific studies that demonstrated how they can prepare their defenses to avoid going off track. They also learned about relevant studies, one from David Ludwig and another study from Japan, explaining the negative effects of high-carb meals and what they do to the body.

Tro, Amy, and Brian discussed the fact that we all deal with overeating on occasion. Brian shared his experiences with going of track with high carb meals early in his journey that he attributed to not having replacements for when cravings hit and Amy shared a recent personal story about how she almost ate an entire Lily’s chocolate bar and jar of peanut butter, showing that you can lose control even on low carb.

The following key messages were emphasized throughout the call:

  • Cheating low carb may be a helpful tool, rather than cheating high carb
  • Replace what you can’t resist
  • Regular low carb “fat bombs” and “treats and snacks” is probably not ideal for weight loss, but likely helpful during stressful times instead of high carbage
  • Periodic (a couple times a year) low-carb cheating has helped Brian stay so slim for so long

Participants had the chance to ask questions (directly on the Zoom call, in advance via email, or through Zoom chat), and Amy, Brian and Dr. Tro took turns responding. The participants and leaders shared some victories, struggles, strategies and shared great insight on their own journeys:

  • Participants were asked if they believed overindulging a little on keto treats was cheating? Almost all the hands went up, indicating that most people did consider that cheating.
  • Dr. Tro Amy and Brian explained that although most keto treats are not weight-loss foods, the adverse impact is much less then high-carb versions. so choosing them over a high-carb version could still be considered a win.
  • One of the best things you can do if you’re thinking about eating something unacceptable, is to buy yourself some time. For many people, simply buying some time is a difference maker.
  • Everyone looks at the scale as a report card, but it’s not. Your appetite is the #1 report card. Your ability to fast is the second report card. Learn about tools like drinking seltzer for volume and buying time to let satiety kick in.
  • Watch for patterns that trigger cravings or hunger, and then develop defenses because this will eventually help appetite control and make intermittent fasting (IF) easier.

The following studies were shared during the meeting:

Weight, A1c, glucose, and fasting insulin all RISE before a diagnosis of diabetes, meaning our standard diet is obesogenic and diabetogenic, a clear reason NOT to cheat (the above graphs accompany a study published on on body mass index trajectory patterns and changes in visceral fat and glucose metabolism before the onset of type 2 diabetes

July 21 Group Coaching Meeting Topic:

The topic of the July 21 meeting is Cheating Recovery: How to recover from a “cheat” meal, day, week or longer. Dr. Tro and health coaches Amy Eiges and Brian Wiley will lead the discussion.

Health Coach Amy Eiges has also written a useful blog post detailing her experiences recovering from cheat meals and cheat days.

Here’s how to join the Group Coaching Program:

You can sign up for the Group Coaching program now for just $10 per month. For a one-time cost of $150, first-time members will benefit from an introductory 1-on-1 session with a health coach, and receive a general plan and a scale. Upon signup, you will receive access to the weekly online teleconferences, and all the benefits of working with our experienced, knowledgeable, and certified group coaches.

About the Health Coaches:

Amy Eiges is a health coach and reformed chronic dieter who is passionate about helping others recover from the diet-binge-gain-shame cycle she struggled with for years. Since discovering a ketogenic and low-carb lifestyle, she has lost over 180 pounds and has both reversed pre-diabetes and resolved lifelong depression. “When I was just starting out, facing 200 pounds to lose seemed insurmountable, and the idea I would ever be where I am now was unfathomable. Know this: I am not extraordinary. I just finally got the right advice, put one foot in front of the other and didn’t look back. I know now that it can be done, but after battling this war for 40 years I had lost hope that it was really, truly possible. I am living proof that it is.”

Read more about Amy’s story and struggles with food addiction and chronic dieting (“I Am Not Broken”). She also recently wrote a blog entitled “Weathering the Perfect Storm“.

Amy was the featured guest of Episode 84 of the Low Carb MD podcast, and more recently starred in Episode 136 of The Adventures of Keto Woman, a podcast with Daisy Brackenhall.

Brian Wiley is a Certified Health Coach who has struggled with food addiction and battled with obesity for most of his life. Being advised with mainstream approaches as his solution, along with the standard, “eat less, move more” resulted in minimal, or no success with eventual regain. In 2009, he reached his highest weight of 265 pounds. His doctor advised and encouraged him to take medications after his blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol reached dangerous levels at the age of only 35.

His commitment to a low carb lifestyle resulted in a 100-pound weight loss, and he was able to reverse his abnormal health markers improving his heart health and avoiding type 2 diabetes. Brian has maintained his weight loss for the last 11 years. “I see people everyday on social media and in real life and they’re struggling. They’re going through the same struggles of food addiction, unhealthy eating patterns, and unsuccessful dieting like I did. I want to serve as an example that this approach can be successful. It is not a fad, and is a healthy long-term lifestyle solution.”

Brian is also an ACE certified personal trainer. Brian was a featured guest on Episode 29 of the Low Carb MD podcast. Recently, Brian was featured in an interview on the Diet Doctor website. The interview was a follow-up to an interview published in 2017.


Article by Brian Wiley

Brian Wiley is a Certified Health Coach who struggled to lose weight for most of his life. He attempted most of the mainstream approaches, along with the standard advice to “eat, less move more.” This advice resulted in minimal short-term success, or no success at all. Brian then adopted a low-carb lifestyle in 2009, and succeeded in losing 100 pounds. He has maintained that weight loss ever since using a low-carb ketogenic IF lifestyle. "I see people every day, both in real life and on social media, struggling, going through the same cycles of unsuccessful dieting like I did. I want to serve as an example that this approach can be successful, is not a fad, and is a healthy long-term lifestyle solution." Brian is also an ACE certified personal trainer.