(Closed) Going Low Carb – Advice?

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Just don’t buy carbs.  We buy only brown rice, whole wheat bread, and whole wheat pasta.  Plus, we only do 1-2 servings per day.  Other than that, I don’t count carbs in fruit or vegetables because your body does not process those the same way it processes the bread and pasta.  Also, I try not to serve carbs at night and instead serve a side of steamed broccoli or frozen veggie mix.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I would say to pay more attention to the amount of sugar and sodium in your foods.  Most people don’t realize that both are additives in pretty much everything.  Once I started tracking my sugar and sodium intake through MFP, I was shocked.  Now I pay a lot more attention and I am able to control my weight better.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Fat is your friend. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

When you’re craving pasta, try spaghetti squash with your favorite sauce. It’s easy to make in the microwave – just cut the squash in half, place down on a plate with some water, and cook for 10-15 minutes on high depending on the size of the squash. When it is cooked, you shred the insides with a fork and they form pasta like noodles that are great with a tomato, pesto, or cream based sauce. Just be prepared to be hungry later because there are not a lot of calories in it.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

If you do it short term and not as a lifestyle change, you will just gain it right back.  Have you tried intervals training?  Weightlifting made the biggest difference for me in the longrun.  Lift heavy!

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Low carb definitely works for me!  I’m just starting another 2-week Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet today.  Lots of veggies, lean meat, low-fat dairy, some beans & legumes – no fruit, no bread/rice/pasta, no added sugar as an ingredient in anything, no alcohol.

I eat a lot of lettuce wraps in the place of sandwiches.  Buy a big head of romaine and grill some marinated chicken breasts or lean steaks.  You can eat a couple lettuce wraps with sliced grilled meat and veggies (bell peppers, spinach, bean sprouts, etc) for lunch and it’s really satisfying!

Read labels for the sugar content – added sugar is in SO many things.

Besides that, I eat eggs/egg whites, string cheese, plain yogurt with sugar-free syrup added, steamed veggies, stirfry with lean meat & veggies, baked salmon fillets, etc.  We also make fake lasagna with sliced zuccini, sauce, low-fat ricotta, veggies, and low-fat mozz.  It’s SO good!

@beachbride1216: I don’t think that’s automatically true.  If you eat pretty healthily in general but do a low-carb kick for a few weeks, it can help you drop a couple pounds permanently (in my experience).
 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Are you going low carb just as a diet for weight loss or is it an intended lifestyle change? I ask because I think the advice would be different. I’ve done Adkins in the past with good success but it was not something that I could have continued forever.

I now live a low carb lifestyle due to a surgical procedure that I had back in December. The procedure was planned so I was able to prepare myself for the change. My best advice is to gradually decrease your carb intake. This is the opposite of how Adkins tells you to start. Carb withdrawl can be brutal so people tend to have more success when they give their body a chance to adapt rather than just go cold turkey. Start simple. Reduce your bread and pasta intake, move on the refined sugars, etc until you’ve eliminated them completely or as close to completely as your goal is (I’m low carb not no-carb). In the meantime, while you’re still eating carbs, try to ensure that you’re eating high quality, whole grain, unenriched carbs.

I agree with PP about not counting the carbs fruits and veggies. You’re not doing yourself any favors with elminating those long term.

My other suggestion is to not fall into the trap where you feel like you have to have a hunk of meat at every meal. Protein is super important and most of us know you can get it in more places than just slabs of beef or chicken but its a easy routine to fall into. Change things up frequently shrimp, fish, beans, eggs, etc so you don’t get bored and associate low carb with boring.

As for recipes, here’s my best one. It’s not a meal but rather salad dressing. You can use it on salads, with chicken, pork, anything!

Healthier Ranch Dressing

  • 1 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt

  • 1 packet dry ranch dressing mix

  • 1/2 cup reduced fat milk (more or less depending on how thick/thin you prefer it to be)

Whisk all ingredients together and let chill for at least 2 hours before servings

Entire recipe makes 4 servings

Serving size is about 1/3 cup

Each serving = 2 Points +

PER SERVING: 87 calories; 1g fat; 7g carbohydrates; 11g protein; 0g fiber

Good luck!!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I don’t know about low carb for a lifestyle, but when I wanted to drop some quick pounds before the wedding, I did low carb for almost 2 months. I knew it wasn’t a lifestyle change, but it worked for a short turn around. 

Here are some of my favorite things I ate while on a low carb diet (and yes, fat is your friend, I felt weak when I only ate lean meats.)  

Breakfast: almost anything: eggs, bacon, ham, even sausage. 

Snacks: lots of hard boiled eggs, turkey sausage with apples, string cheese, veggies, turkey lunch meat with cheese, sugar free jello.  

Dinner: I would make grilled chicken or steaks and top it with all kinds of sauces like queso, spinich and artichoke dip, salsa, etc. 

lettuce wraps

and my favorite thing to eat on low carb: all kinds of BBQ! with a side of pickles. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee

@lolot:  The fake lasagna is brilliant! Sounds so much easier than having to prepare the noodles anyway. 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

What exactly are you planning to eat/not eat? Like to me, low carb does not include bread and rice like PPs have mentioned, and I don’t eat fruit because it can really spike your blood sugar, causing weight gain. I’ve done a variety of different “diets” though for health, not weight loss (but some have helped me lose when I needed to). 

Right now my diet isn’t truly low carb because I eat brown rice, gf oats, millet, etc. But the key is to have small portions when you have those carbs. Eat plenty of fat, but don’t go overboard. If you specify what you are planning to eat, I may have some recipes. Most of my favorite low carb recipes are primal/paleo, and marks daily apple is one of the best websites with recipes. 

Also, I have found eating a lot of carbs in the morning sets me up to be hungry all day. Start with plenty of protein/fat at breakfast and then have some carbs like brown rice at lunch if you’re including them. Dinners should ideally be lighter than lunches with less starches because your body has more digestive energy earlier in the day. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

beware saturated fat and cholesterol

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