Post # 1
I will be transitioning to a medication in preparation for pregnancy and am currently planning for a family. My doctor suggested to combat the weight gain side effect of this medication that I can try cutting out pasta and bread from my diet. I am prepared to do this but am wondering will this be enough to combat weight gain (other than exercise?) I once did low carb years ago but I felt sick all the time. If I cut out pasta, bread, but continue eating fruits, vegetables, chicken, fish, etc, would that potentially work? Could I still eat cereal or oatmeal?
Thanks for any advice.
Post # 2
I went gluten free a few years back and dropped some pretty significant weight. I cut out bread/pasta, but also everything else that is made from bread items (no fried foods, processed foods, cakes, brownies, cookies, crackers… etc).
With all the way things are processed these days, anything made from gluten or processed really is SOOO bad for you. Even if you weren’t trying to lose weight, I’d recommend doing gluten free anyways (or even 70% gluten free…just being aware and trying to cut out a significant portion is a great way to get started). you will FEEL so much better and LOOK so much better.
You can still eat cereal or oatmeal if you want, but the more you cut out the better your results will be.
Post # 3
I would talk to your doctor and get a recommendation for a nutritionist. There is tons of misinformation online about low/no carb and gluten diets. A nutritionist will be able to help you choose a diet that will help you loose weight while staying healthy for prepregnancy and pregnancy.
Post # 4
tksjewelry: +1, this. Definitely talk to a nutritionist before you make a drastic change to your diet.
I would think that your doctor would have told you to limit intake on certain foods, not stop it entirely. Remember that a lot of the effects shown by cutting out something could just be from being fully aware of what you’re eating and making smarter choices overall, not necessarily because you cut out bread entirely.
Post # 5
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We cut out all grains and other processed foods about 2 months ago to address some specific health issues, and I’ve lost a full dress size. Mr. LK has lost 3 inches from his waist so far. I can’t say whether cutting out processed carbs will prevent medication-induced weight gain, but it’s certainly helped us lose weight and feel better. I never realized just how much grain and other processed food we consumed. Now I eat zoodles (zucchini noodles) or spaghetti squash in place of pasta, eat a burger without the bun, make cauliflower “rice” in place of regular rice, enjoy butternut squash hash instead of cereal for breakfast, etc. It takes some getting used to, and definitely takes a more meal planning and prep/cooking work, but the results are worth it to us. We just went on vacation and felt cruddy after eating the standard american diet (even while making better choices within that diet). That confirmed, for us, that it’s the right decision for our bodies.
On another note, I did consult my GYN about my diet when I went for my annual, as we are likely TTC within the next year, and my GYN gave it the thumbs up. She said that grains are not necessary as long as I get proper carbs from fruits and veggies. And since I eat lots of a wide variety of fruits and veggies every day, I’m good to go. She noted that when I get my BFP, I should increase my carb intake to halt weightloss, and then we could figure out where to go from there.
Post # 6
If you still feel like you need to eat bread or pasta (a lot of times that’s the only things that pregnant women can eat when they feel sick) just make sure to eat whole wheat/grain. This is a good page to read about what actually qualifies for 100% whole wheat/grain and really helps. http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2010/07/29/understanding-grains-corn-wheat-multi-grain-etc/
And yes, oatmeal is still ok to eat since it’s whole grain.
Post # 7
weightwatchers152: Generally, if you cut out pasta and bread and don’t replace them with other starchy carbs, I think you’ll have some weight loss benefits. Of course, everyone’s situation is unique, but that’s what I’d generally expect to have happen.
Cutting carbs mildly like this will probably make you feel better, not worse. I know what you mean about feeling terrible when on severe carb restriction (“carb flu”) – it’s terrible! I generally eat grain free or very minimal grains but plenty of veggies and fruit and don’t have any carb flu symptoms. It actually makes my blood sugar a lot more stable so I feel better.
Post # 8
I think it really depends on the person. I don’t eat any grains (except a very small amount of rice) or legumes. I eat a super high fat diet (tons of avocados, eggs, oils, butter, meats, seafood, a very small amount of dairy). For me this works. I also work out almost every day. I know some people who feel sick on low-carb, I feel awesome, when I did low-fat I felt like I was going to pass out all the time. For me it just took trial and error to find out what made me feel good.