Post # 1
Hey everybody, I’ve gained a lot of weight over the winter (thanks, school and stress!) and am really needing to drop it. In the past (when I was actually HEALTHY) I did low-carb diets for about 6 months at a time and was able to maintain a really good weight for me and felt GREAT (140 lbs, 5’4). But, something slipped up and I could never get back on the wagon for the past 3 years and my weight’s been slowly but surely creeping up. College lifestyle doesn’t help either (oh, hai, ramen noodles and pizza….)
Tomorrow is 2 months away from my Boyfriend or Best Friend and my (is that correct grammar? XP) 7 year anniversary, and I decided that it would be the perfect time to start toning up and slimming down. I know that low-carbing is the way to go for me because it was the best I’ve felt and looked in my life, so that’s what I’m doing.
I’m hoping to lose 15 lbs by July 23rd. I’m currently at 180 even and in a tight size 12 (I carry my weight well…lots of muscle, but lots of fat right now too :() , so that would make it 165 lbs, which for me is about a size 10.
Eventually I want to get down to 130 lbs, which would probably be about a size 4/6 for me.
I know the first day is always the hardest, so I plan on just concentrating on not eating carbs to break the carb addiction I’ve been going through, and not counting calories at all, and just drinking a boatload of water. I might even pick up a grilled KFC double down if I feel the urge (haha…) In the past I’ve been able to eat upwards of 2000 cals/day and still lose weight low-carbing (though it tapers down to like 15-1600 once I’m really into it and not thinking about food anymore).
Anybody else low-carbing?
Post # 3
I do a no white carb diet. But i find that i get very lethargic, crabby, and sluggish if i cut out ALL carbs. I only eat whole grains at breakfast and lunch though, not with dinner. But i just had a coworker lost like, 50 pounds by going no-carb. He eats chicken sausages and stuff everyday for lunch.
Post # 4
im carb dieting and it sucks. i went a whoel 4 days “without” carbs and lost 6lbs! that was two weeks ago…i keep going back and forth.
i am going to get a bowl of cheerios….:) ha!
Post # 5
I am. I keep a food diary, take vitamin supplements, and I try to hit my recomended amount of carbs. Going completely without carbs is not good according to my dr, who put me on this diet. I’ve lost a huge chunk of weight now. It helps that they have low carb high fiber tortillas and breads that I can have.
Post # 6
I’m like Ejs, I cut out white carbs and eat whole grains only (except I treated myself today and had a homemade waffle :p). My body absolutely needs carbs to run so I eat lots of fruits and veggies all day and have oatmeal for breakfast!
Just be careful what you are eating to replace your carbs, sticking to lean meats, low fat dairy, and healthy fats. Just because you are losing weight and look good on the outside it doesn’t mean you are healthy inside. Also, if you plan on exercising at all you will need to put a few carbs in your body 🙂
Post # 7
Whoo…down 2 lbs! The first couple days were torture, but today I woke up and miraculously didn’t have any of the terrible cravings the first two days entailed. Thank goodness. Might have something to do with the heavy whipping cream I’ve got stashed in the freezer…2 carbs per 2 tbps…perfect “cheat” without realling “cheating”. hehe…I’m making burgers tonight with the Boyfriend or Best Friend..om nom nom!
Post # 8
Down a total of 5 lbs now (175). My jeans felt looser this morning. That was nice. My Boyfriend or Best Friend even commented on how I looked happy this morning 🙂
Off to the gym for my nightly workout: 30 minutes on the bike, 20 minutes on the elliptical and 20 minutes of free weights/yoga/stretching. I love being a college student and having a multi-million (billion?) dollar recreational facility availabile to me from 6:45 am – 11:00 pm everyday…
Post # 9
I’m doing South Beach right now. My favorite snack is red, yellow, and green peppers with Laughing Cow cheese. It is honestly delicious! I like South Beach because it really focuses on lean proteins and healthy fats and makes me go shopping more often so i always have tons of vegetables.
Congrats on losing the weight! But watch out for high saturated fats…
Sugar Free, Fat Free Jello pudding with a dollop of peanut butter is our dessert specialty, yum!
Post # 10
Just remember that the initial weight loss is almost all water, not fat. But a big initial loss does sound like a very encouraging way to start!
Post # 11
@cinnamon roll: I’m not so sure about that…in the past I when I have done low-carb I have steadily lost about 0.5-1 lb a day for almost a month straight…no way I have 20-30 lbs of water weight! Plus, I always make sure to drink about 1.5 gallons of water/day anyway, so I don’t think I retain a lot of water.
@sarahsd: I LOVE sugar free pudding..but peanut butter I can only handle about 1 tsp before the tast just goes bad for me. Same with diet sodas…the first couple sips are awesome, but then it starts tasting weird.
Post # 12
I’m glad that you’re seeing results… may I just advise gently that a “diet” in which you change your style of eating for a period of time; will be effective for that period of time only. If you aren’t making an overall lifestyle change to break bad habits you’ve formed, then any weight you lose as a result of this diet is going to come back.
In my experience, the only way to solidly lose weight and keep it off while remaining healthy is to eat clean, non-processed whole foods. Vegetables, fruits, whole grains. Lean protein with every meal. Small meals.
That means no breakfast, lunch, dinner, but a series of bigger snacks throughout the day. I call it grazing.
Heavy exercise on no carbohydrates is really not good for you… cutting out processed carbs like white bread, crackers, white pasta, white rice, white buns, cakes, cookies, pies; is a great idea. You body doesn’t want those things. But you DO need whole grain bread like Ezekial Bread, whole grain pasta, brown rice, etc. You need whole grains to survive and be healthy.
Post # 13
i’ve lost 15 lbs. (and gained some serious toneage) this year so far from changing my eating habits (no diets – just focus on LOW carbs, high protein) and working out (hellooo Jillian Michaels)! Having a “diet mentality” doesn’t work for me.. i needed to change my lifestyle! Now, it’s easy to make those healtier choices, but i still enjoy chocolate and fried foods occasionally, just in moderation.
Post # 14
Hm..low carb isn’t a “diet” though..it IS a lifestyle change. Like I mentioned in my first post, I would do it for 6 mos at a time, then have a really big “cheat” week, then get back on. It is a lie that your body *needs* any sort of carbs to be healthy. Your body needs carbs if it wants to store fat for a coming hardship…well, since in today’s day and age that’s not really necessary, neither are the carbs.
Down another 1.5 lbs. 173.5 as of this morning…well, afternoon, technically. Slept till noon 🙂 Yay, Saturdays!
Yesterday I ate:
2 hot dogs with 1 piece of mozzarella melted on top
1 large romaine lettuce salad with garlic ceasar dressing, spinach, and shredded provolone
1/4 cup frozen heavy whipping cream as dessert
various snackage of hard salami and turkey breast lunchmeat
2 string cheeses
And I was NEVER hungry; in fact I had made 3 hot dogs but stopped after the 2nd because I was too full. That NEVER happens..I usually clean the plate.
Post # 15
I’m afraid your take on carbohydrates is really not accurate. I’m not trying to be argumentative, but you NEED carbohydrates to maintain energy to perform any physical activity, as well as to maintain organ function.
I don’t think I can convince you otherwise, but unfortunately, you are dieting. Unless this is a form of eating you plan on keeping for the long term, this is in fact, a diet…and from the meals you just detailed, I wouldn’t call it an advisable one to keep on for very long.
You’re basically subsisting on processed dairy, fat, and low grade protein. Eating a diet high in fats will in fact make you feel full, that’s one bonus. The downside is that your heart and liver don’t necessarily like it, and without whole grains and fiber to move that fat along your bloodstream….well. It’s just no bueno.
Like I said earlier, cutting processed carbohydrates is a great idea. White anything is just like pouring sugar down your throat. But whole grains are great for you, and honestly a diet high in fiber and whole grains is a diet proven to aid in weight management.
Post # 16
@fiya: I appreciate your POV, even though I do not share it. The brain is the only tissue that requires straight glucose for energy, and when there is no glucose present, the process of ketosis begins to make glucose from fat (to put it succinctly..much more complicated than that, obvs) to provide fuel for it. As long as you drink enough water, the rest of the body does just fine.
And, again, this is NOT a diet. This is a way of eating that I have followed for years in the past…taking a break every 6-8 months for 1 week to “enjoy” some of the “regular” foods people eat is just a bonus I give myself, much like somebody eating a low-calorie, high-fiber lifestyle would allow themselves to eat, say, a piece of cake at the end of the week as a “reward”. The way that ketosis works, doing that every week would seriously screw with the way low-carb helps you lose weight, so I just forego it for 6 mos and then let loose for a week.
Down only -.25 lb since the bf and I went to Cheesecake Factory. Had a burger and a side salad; didn’t eat the bun so it was super messy..oh but so yummy XD