Have you ever been on a low-carb diet?

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I did one.  It was really hard and I lost 50 lbs, but still needed to lose more.  I think it would work well if you only needed to do it for 3-4 months.  Personally I found it unsustainable.  It’s also really hard on your body.  I was allowed 700 calories of protein a day, and 2 servings of vegetables and a healthy fat.  It’s really hard to eat that little.  I was hungry and miserable A LOT.  I am now doing a more weight watchers like program that teaches better eating habits, and I am limiting my grains, but not my fruits or vegetables.  True low carb severely limits fruits and you only get 2 servings of veggies a day.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

And to get yourself in ketosis for the first week it’s protein only.  Not even vegetables.  That part SUCKS.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

In that case, trying to cut out most grains and sugars should help.  Vegetables are your friend, and fruit has a lot of good nutrients in it as well!  One of the things I’ve heard is to try and have a colorful plate.  Vary your fruits and veggies so you eat lots of different colors.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

nanoinfinity:  I did South Beach (low carb/low fat) and went from 190 pounds to 128. It was the best thing I ever did…the first two weeks were hell, but they were rewarded with a big weight loss and a much less puffy tummy. After that, weight loss was slower but still went great and I felt much better eating that way. It does get boring. I did miss spoons and bowls, but it worked. I would not do it as a crash diet as it is truly a lifestyle change and you will go right back up if you do it then stop. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

nanoinfinity:  i’m trying a program right now called “carb nite.” You eat 30g of carbs/day, and 1 day per week, between 5pm-9pm, eat lots of carbs. Gives your metabolism a good boost once per week. The 30g of carbs i eat mainly come from veggies, sometimes a low carb tortilla here & there. I went to a dietician last week and she suggested i add a grain to my breakfast. So now im eating more like 60g of carbs per day (still really low). I do well w losing doing this when i stick to the low carb on teh weekend. I’m working on being completely honest and accountable with myself when it comes to what i am actually eating. i mindlessly eat a lot, which is my biggest issue.

Google ‘carb nite for women’ for more tips!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

nanoinfinity:  Check out the 17 day diet. We just completed cycle one and each lost 8 pounds. I was hoping for more (because I found it hard to stick to but thats only because my diet was MADE of carbs and sugar beforehand and I am vegetarian)! It has worked for a lot of people at my office and it’s decently fast. You could do cycle one and part of cycle two before your wedding!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

nanoinfinity:  I have and still am. 150 lbs lost so far and still going. It is VERY sustainable. The thing is with anything is making a lifestyle change or any diet you do the weight will come back. 

Ive been doing Atkins/low carb for about 2 years now. It is not restrictive like what Maggiemae was doing. Oh lawd, I wouldn’t survive on that either. 

I do focus on more natural foods, less processed, try to have a good protein, veggie and fat at every meal. When you restrict carbs, you want to increase you fat intake for your fuel source. Your body naturally wants to burn carbs first, then fats, then proteins. If you don’t have enough fats when restricting carbs, your body will turn to protein and or your muscles to get the fuel. 

I’ve learned over the years what works for me. Protein, veggie at fat at every meal.Too much dairy makes me stall (cheese, cream, sour cream). I do have 2 tbsp cream in my coffee every morning and limit to 1 oz cheese. Or eggs and bacon on weekends. I usually have a big piece of frittata every morning that I make on Sunday nights (eggs, sausage, pancetta, spinach, mushrooms, onions). Lunch is usually salads with chicken, blue cheese dressing or oil/vinegar. Dinners are protein and veggies Wwth a fat (mayo/real butter). 

After 2 weeks, add in 1-2 oz a day of low carb berries, so you don’t go without fruit. Work your way up the low carb ladder as its called in Atkins. I love the New Atkins For A New You book. It’s not as restriction as people think and not the old way that the media pushes. Lots of veggies. watch your protein. Too much will turn to glycogen and store as fat. 

the first week is the hardest as your body converts to fat burning using up your stored carbs (glycogen) usually days 1-4. If tired, drink up a cup or two of full sodium broth a day. It will help replace lost electrolytes. Low carb is infamous for being a diuretic, so don’t worry about salt intake.  After the first week, you will get a rush of energy that stays once in ketosis which is what you want.

once you move up you can make breads, crackers, etc with almond flour, coconut flour, flax meal, etc. sooooo many great recipes out there. You just have to look. There is a replacement for everything!!!

you sleep better, have more energy, think clearer, I love it. I got FI to switch from his low calorie and he’s lost fat/gained muscle.  

Let me know if you have any questions, I can help!! 

Post # 10
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Newbee

I tried to do the South Beach diet, but after four days on phase 1 I was so weak feeling, had migraines, and felt flui-ish…most people said those symptoms are normal when you start a low-carb diet, but I couldn’t deal with it. 🙁

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m on a generic ketogenic diet (less than 20 net carbs a day) and have been on it for months.  I find it to be extraordinarily easy, which is not to say that I don’t want to cheat but it’s so much easier than counting points or specific calorie amounts.  I use MFP to track and, at this point, I generally need to force myself to eat MORE to make 1200 calories.  I also do not eat “back” my exercise calories, so I generally “net” about 500 calories a day after my workouts.

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My metabolism is fine, I don’t feel sick and I know it’s good for my health.  I guess I also “intermittent fast” as some people call it, as I generally don’t eat until about 3pm, and I stop eating at 9pm. That schedule is not because I try to do it that way, I just don’t usually get hungry until the afternoon.  I do drink a cup of coffee with heavy cream in the AM, but I usually have to remind myself to eat in the afternoon.

The first 3 days on a keto diet can be a bit rough, but once you’re over the hump it’s very easy. I couldn’t do paleo because I neeeeeed my dairy!

 

 

 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I commend you on your way to a healthier lifestyle! And I’m glad that you’ve been doing it for a while cuz if you had said that you were gonna start now (1 month before your wedding) I would’ve totally told you not to place added stress on your organism right now. I’d say it mostly cuz when I went on a low carb diet I became a rabid bitch from hell cuz who knew I was emotionally dependant on carbs?! If I had done that one month before my wedding I would’ve become a raging t-Rex sized bridezilla. 😉

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My doctor likes low carb diet. He suggested paleohacks.Com. He send me all sorts of recipes and eating hints from there. I’ve not made the jump yet but my doctor is mostly carb free. He is 50 and looks incredible. He has specialties in sports medicine and endocrinology so he knows his stuff. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

anukk:  that is VERY common when you cut carbs. Every low carb diet talks about the keto/atkins/low carb flu in the first week. That is just your body burning the stored carbs and converting to fat burning. This IS the hardest part to get through. I find its typically days 2-4 when starting, once you get past this, you will no longer  have cravings and have more energy. 

This is where it is important to keep the fat intake and get plenty if sodium. 

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