(Closed) Any future brides on low carb? I need serious help!

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Congratulations on sticking to your programs, that’s a big accomplishment! I’m not on a low carb diet, but Ir ecently read about substituting pasta with spaghetti squash. It’s definitely sweeter than pasta, but it’s pretty good with sause. Good luck!

Post # 4
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Newbee

First of all, congratulations on all your weight loss success!  I know from experience that dieting and fitness is hard hard HARD, so kudos to you for being so proactive about being healthy!

On that note, fellow low-carber here!  I don’t know if cutting carbs reduces cellulite (haven’t heard that one before.)  However, I do know that some people are just more predisposed to having cellulite than others.  For example, my 5’11, 130 lb. supermodel of a cousin STILL has cellulite on her thighs, despite how thin she is.  

However, if you want to stick with a low-carb diet to help shed those last few pounds, go for it!  The only thing I will caution, however, is that low-carbing is more of a lifestyle change than a “diet” in the sense that once you start to add carbs back in, you might gain the weight back.  

A few awesome tips I have:  Buy the Atkins shakes and bars.  Low carbing is difficult, particularly at breakfast time (unless you want to eat bacon and eggs everyday!)  Keeping a few shakes in the fridge makes it easy to “grab and go” in the morning.  Stock up on lean meats, lots of green veggies and cheese.  Hard boiled eggs are also awesome.  

If you’re on day two of the low-carb, you’re in the “induction” phase, which means you should try to consume as few carbs as possible.  Try for <10.  It’s hard, but definitely kickstarts the weight loss.  Do induction for a week, two weeks is even better.  After that, you can typically bump up to 15-25 carbs a day (everyone is different so just see how your body reacts to it.)

A good way to tell if your body is positively reacting to the diet is to buy some Ketone urine strips from the pharmacy/diet section of the grocery store.  Check your urine a few times a week.  The darker the color the strip turns, the deeper you are in ketosis and the more you’re burning!  It’s definitely reaffirming to see the color change, particularly when you’ve hit a plateau and the scale isn’t moving.

Anyway, if you need any help or advice or want some yummy low carb recipes, feel free to message me!  I lost like 50 pounds doing low carb in high school (and gained most of it back in college, boooo.)  But I’m currently back on the low carb bandwagon to get more fit and healthy before our wedding rolls around in March!  I could always use another diet and fitness pal!

Hope this helps (and sorry it turned out to be such a novel!)  Good luck with everything! 🙂

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper

@Miss Armadillo:  The only thing I will caution, however, is that low-carbing is more of a lifestyle change than a “diet” in the sense that once you start to add carbs back in, you might gain the weight back.


Well said. Like any true weightloss technique it needs to be something that you are willing to consider doing pretty much forever. I have many low-carb eating friends that sadly gained all their weight back and then some after reintroducing carbs into their diet.

If you just want to shed a few pounds for the wedding this should be pretty beneficial. However, if you are thinking long term there might be other options you might want to consider first. Best of luck!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Miss Armadillo:  and 

@Treejewel19:  I agree. Great for quick, short term weight loss, but it has to be a lifestyle to be long term. 

If you want to make it a lifestyle, an Atkins-esque approach worked for me. Cut to minimal carbs, then slowly built back up until you figure out how many carbs you can eat for maintenance, versus what will make you gain weight.

How do I maintain a (mostly) LC diet? I just try to make my meals meat/veggie centric. Luckily, my hubby is totally on board (and so is our toddler!), so it’s pretty easy. If I have a craving, I try to find a sub, within reason. For instance, I’ve made lasagna subbing either zucchini or squash for pasta. I’ve made spaghetti with julienne zucchini. I’ve made “pizza” on mushrooms with the stem cut off (can you tell I like Italian food? 😉 ). 

Mostly, not buying carb centric food “cured” me of my desire for carbs. I’m not ridiculous about it- I can enjoy a split dessert when I go out to eat with hubby- but I definitely keep it out of the house.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@les105:  +1. When I stopped buying pasta and rice, my eating habits (and, susequently, my weight) changed dramatically.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Me!  I’m down 50 pounds since February.  A couple of forums that I’ve found useful: http://forum.lowcarber.org/forumdisplay.php?f=1 and http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/

Both have all kinds of tips and hints, and recipes and such.  Also, two great books are ‘Why we get fat and what to do about it’ (by gary taubes) and  ‘Wheat Belly’ (by william davis) are fantastic, and talk about the science behind low-carb, and why it really makes sense.  Both are good reads, really interesting and not dry at all.

Most of our meals are pretty normal, just minus the carbs. (Ie, where some would have, for example, chicken, baked potato and green beans, we just nix the baked potato.  And if just chicken and green beans are boring, then we add another veg.)  Mashed cauliflower is an awesome sub for mashed potatoes, and dead easy. (cook the cauli, then mash with cream cheese (half a box or a whole, depending on how much cauli), and season with salt and pepper to taste.  My husband loves it when I put some cheese on top of it and broil it for a few mins to brown it a little.

Good luck!  PM me if you want more meal ideas.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@les105:  ZUCCHINI PASTA FTW

Going back on low carb right now.  It really is fantastic, I lost weight in the past with it. I’m having a tough time sticking to it right now because I live in a country where if you don’t eat a mountain of rice, its not a real meal, but I’m trying!!

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