I found out in March I have retinal damage due to high blood sugar so I had a huge wake up call. I started low carb and lost 35 pounds. I gave up all sugar, wheat, and starchy bread. I also ate next to no fruit but plenty of good veggies!
I found a low carb grocery in my area that does prepared keto meals that are just order as many as you need as often as you need (no contracts since it's just a grocery) and they deliver to your door. Real food! And the food is AMAZING! I've been doing that for two weeks now (though this weekend I ate out Fri Sat and Sun still keto though!) I have lost another 14 pounds! Holy cow... so close to 50 pounds down.
I watched my hubby and friends eat candy, chips, poutine, pancakes, and have drinks all things I would have caved in as a "just for the weekend" in all the years of all the other "diets" I didn't even have a craving! Not one! I am amazed at how easy this is, how good the food tastes, and how much I just want to keep on going.
I had heard about it and been skeptical in the past but after reading many National Institute for health articles and trying it for myself I think this will be a lifestyle for me! I have seen less people give up keto than any other "diet" and they've all loved it and been super successful!
I can't wait to lose the next 100 pounds I still have to go!
Oh I also noticed something REALLY interesting about me being at 263 now vrs me at 263 in the past. My clothes are MUCH smaller and my body appears smaller now vrs then. I'm not 100% sure why. I know keto burns fat as fuel so I can't help but wonder if in the past I lost more muscle mass from dieting but this time I have lost more fat. Muscle weighs more than fat but I am smaller... just an interesting observation!
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I do well with a balanced gram diet, so approximately 100 grams each, carbs, fat and protein a day. It makes it easy to track, is enough carbs to keep me happy and the food is tasty enough that I can lose weight.
Nobody can have it all, you can only have what you love most.
I have cut back my carbs in the last 10 days. My carbs have not been any higher than 58 g of carbs a day. Being a type 1 diabetic, the effect on my blood sugar has been fantastic. I wear a CGM and my graph is close to a straight line. Low carb dieting is NOT easy,but that straight on my blood sugar is a great reward. If my Blood Sugar starts getting I suspend my pump. I have cut back my insulin rates twice so far. I have been a type 1 for 58 years and wish I had started this a long time ago.
Thank you everyone for this wonderful thread. I am an out of control diabetic. I am reading as much I can about Low Carb woe and it does seem like it has been very successful for many. I was afraid about the monotony being a bit hard to upkeep. I was also worried about finding the right ratio. I see now that it could be trial and error. Lots of questions answered here. I need to do some cabinet cleaning now!
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I'm a T2 Diabetic and for me I find following a lower carb plan seems to help my numbers stay in check. How low is low, it's something you'll need to see what works. We are so different, but I have seen success. Currently it seems like I'm getting good mileage out of 50-60 a day, sometimes alittle higher. I am tracking so I can see what works. Stay the course.
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I've done it all. Started w W/30 (which isn't necessarily low carb), then progressed to Paleo (pretty much the same but less restrictive) and Primal (same), incorporated IF. Lost 15 lbs on W/30 and prolly another 5 after that spanning several months. Then went on Keto and blam nothing. No results of any kind, either S or NS. For months. Gradually slipped off the wagon and gained all that weight back and then some (couple of hiking injuries in a row didn't help...I was rendered sedentary for 6 months at the same time).
I have a history of eating disorders in my troubled youth, and I discovered that as I was doing these restrictive eating plans my relationship with food tanked and I was back in hyper-control mode.
So, all that put together, lchf was not a good strategy for me. I have seen LOTS of other people have fabulous long-term results, so I'm not saying I'm a standard case. Just didn't work for me.
Now I'm following more of a Mediterrranean style plan, which I love. Releasing about 1/2 pound a week -- 7 pounds since I joined Spark in June. What I find intereresting is that even though i am not watching carbs at all, I tend to always eat below 150, which in Primal is considered the max...
Also, because of injuries and illness, especially a recent hip injury (being stupid on a fence with my horse), I am yet again on exercise restriction. Doing the stretches and strengthening stuff my PT assigns plus very gentle yin and restorative yoga. Not huge calorie burners. But I still find it easy on this way of eating to stay within my range, and the weight is coming off slowly but surely.
So I guess you could say even though I'm not doing low carb intentionally, I'm having low carb success. Real food and cooking at home is my thing. That's what works for me.
I have been doing low carb (50-60 daily) since the end of March. I have lost 30lbs. Weight loss has slowed but I figure slow and steady wins the race. I am ok with losing 0.5-1 lb a week. I find persistence is the key! Keep chugging away one day at a time!
I have been doing low carb high fat. It works for me. When I have done it, I have been successful. I’ve done it off and on for years and now I am on it again. I have lost 11ish pounds since I started on 7/1/19. I have a progressive disease called lipedema which is very diet and exercise resistant. Low carb high fat is the only way I have found that works for me. Karen
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Life should not be lived with the sole purpose of arriving at the grave in a perfect and well preserved body. Rather, you should skid in sideways totally used up, thoroughly worn out and loudly proclaiming, "Wow! What a ride!"
Low carb, but not Keto. I find the lower carbs, combined with low sodium and minimum processed sugar is a lifestyle I can live with for the long haul. Keto was not that for me.
I felt deprived while on Keto, but the lower carb style of eating with more Whole Foods and less processed foods is a really good way to live.
Being positive is a choice. My Mantra: “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day." Each morning seek the positive and you will have a good day. Always remember, “Your only competition is YOU.”
I eat a diet that is heavier on protein and salads and lower in carbs to meet low glycemic index goals. My carbs come mainly from fruits and less from bread or cereal or pasta, though I do eat some of all of those things as well. It works very well for me and keeps my blood sugar at healthy levels.
I have had a lot of success eating a lower carb diet over the last 10+ years.
I eat vegetables, meats, fats, some fruit and dark chocolate. Unprocessed and preservative free. And it's changed my life!
I think my diet can best be described as a High Fat/ Moderate Protein/ Lower Carb diet with a Primal/Paleo/Atkins influence. I get 90% my carbohydrates from vegetables and fruits so that in itself makes me low carb compared to the SAD. I can be anywhere from 50-150g of carbs a day depending on activity level and what's in season.
Blood sugar regulation is really important to me as diabetes runs in my family. I try to keep my blood sugar levels as low as possible. I have been able to lower my A1C eating a lower carb diet.
I am a cyclist and if I am very active I do eat more carbohydrates than when I’m sitting around. I look at it like I’ve ‘earned’ the carbohydrates with exercise. On the agenda today I am going for a long cross country mountain bike ride for 2-ish hours and then I am playing soccer this evening. So I will be eating more carbs than on a day where I sit around the house doing nothing.
Today I have eaten.
Coffee - 2 cups with 3 tbsps heavy whipping cream
Breakfast - 2 eggs (cooked in bacon fat), 1 piece of gf toast with butter, 3/4 cup yogurt with a small banana and chia seeds.
Decaf Coffee - 1 cup with 1.5 tbsps heavy whipping cream
I've lost 70 lbs. since going Keto a year ago. I'm sure I would have lost a lot more, but I've been on and off intermittently and haven't been as consistent as I should. Still, I can't complain, and since I re-committed last week, I'm down another 10 lbs. I plan to stay the course till I reach my goal this time - another 70 lbs to go. I also found I not only eventually lost my cravings, but even my appetite completely on some days, which made it possible (and easy) to practice intermittent fasting during those times I was stuck on a plateau and I needed a boost. One thing is true about Keto - you do have to plan meals and balance macros to make sure you stay in Ketosis to maximize fat burn and weight loss. Spark People is perfect for helping me track that. It's also vital to drink lots of water to help keep your system moving. Keto may not work for everyone. It can get a bit repetitive. But it's worked the best for me, and I plan to stay low carb even after I reach my goal.
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7/3/19 11:48 A
Weight Watchers had a plan several years ago called Core. Those on the plan (me) could eat rice, pasta or potatoes for one meal in the day. Bread was not considered Core so you had to count points if you ate it. I ate bread very seldom opting instead for lettuce wraps. Creamed soups were also a no no. I lost 20 pounds when on that plan and then I left the eating pattern when I left WW. I am back on that type of low carb plan and am experiencing weight loss. I don't track total carbs I may eat in a day, but find this way of eating is an easy no count way at least for me. And it is so true - it's a lifestyle...not a diet.
Cauliflower rice is my go-to favorite. I buy frozen cauliflower (much less work than regular and easier to keep around). Couple of sprays of olive oil (ends up being 3-4 g), diced whole onion, let that cook until it browns/ caramelizes, then add some fresh ginger, saute for a few minutes. Cauliflower can go right in the food processor frozen, or can be rinsed in warmer water for 30 seconds then added... whir until riced, add to onion ginger and cook until the moisture is significantly reduced. Salt to taste. Half a cup serving for 35 calories.
I'm not exactly trying to do low carb, but most days I end up coming in very low at the end of my range, somewhere between 135- 160 g of carbs. I grew up eating a protein a starch and a vegetable but nowadays my starches are more likely to be another vegetable, a black bean pasta, or a very high-quality carb like sweet potato or quinoa. I do think this way of eating has helped me stay within calorie range... I've lost ~20 lbs without a lot of drama this way.
Like others on this thread I don't bother with low-carb products. It's much cheaper and more sustainable to eat real food, not too much, mostly plants (Michael Pollan) and find ways to season your veggies that appeal to your tastes. I heard about nutritional yeast on this board and it's been a game changer for me - I put it on everything!
Yes, I used The Master Key for Curing Diabetes and I lost 65lbs. I lowered my A1C from 10.2 to 5.7. I don't eat sugar, grains or dairy. It is based on cutting foods out that cause inflammation in the body. I eat lower carb fruits and use stevia instead of sugar.
current weight: 120.0
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6/24/19 9:37 A
Yes! Keto/Atkins has helped me lose 25lbs since I started in mid-March. I thought I’d never be able to do without carbs and sugar since being diagnosed with pre-diabetes but I don’t have any cravings and when I do eat regular bread etc. I feel bloated and uncomfortable. Also increasing exercise really helps. I walk briskly 5 days a week for 30-45 minutes.
"Another one is: Eat real food; don't waste your money on items touted as being "low carb" breads or baked goods, bars, etc. If you read the ingredients most of them can't even be pronounced." - Message Posted by: BLESSOME - 6/19/2019
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever exercises faith in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
current weight: 108.0
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6/20/19 7:02 P
As for "tips", the best thing that I can tell you is to spend a bit of time analyzing your own flavour and food preferences, what times of day you prefer what types of foods (when you prefer "sweet" to when you prefer "savoury"), and what your own health goals are. By keeping to your own preferences in flavours and timing, you are far more likely to be satisfied and be able to stick with it for the long-term.
I also strongly suggest that you first focus on finding a couple of simple meals that you really like, that are really easy for you to put together, and that you can have on "stand-by" for the days that are just too busy for anything but "tried and true". Those are the days where lots of us fall back on our "old normal" purely because we don't have the mental or physical or emotional energy to do something new or different. Having some freezer meals made up, or some really easy options that you know that you love, will let you get through those crazy busy days with your "new normal" and not a lot of extra stress and effort.
When it comes to your preferences in flavours and timing, an example would be if you like a "sweet" breakfast, then switching to bacon and eggs likely isn't going to leave you satisfied. Instead, you could choose a plain omelet and top it with some almond butter and berries and either some plain Greek yogurt or some unsweetened whipped cream (add in some cinnamon and vanilla for more "sweet"). For a satisfying "sweet" snack, look at recipes using avocado and chia and flaxseed to make "puddings", or whip together some plain Greek yogurt with avocado and plain cocoa powder and use it to top an almond flour "waffle" or as a dip with some almond flour "crackers".
If you have always felt that dinner isn't complete without a "starch", then suddenly dropping all potatoes / breads / pasta and expecting to be satisfied isn't likely to work. Start experimenting with lower carb options such as roasted radishes or turnips or rutabaga fries as your "starch" - or use a spiralizer to make vegetable "noodles" - or try out some of the lower carb "bread" recipes.
Look at various oils for different flavourings (I'm a huge fan of toasted sesame oil - drizzling it on top or mixing it in), and definitely check out low carb vegetarian sites for some fabulous recipes that use more nuts, seeds, and plant fats --- which can give you some much-needed variety in your meals.
Realistically, if you approach it with a sense of adventure and the idea of exploring to find new foods that you truly love --- and match that with satisfying your own flavour preferences and timing --- then you are far more likely to stay with it because you WANT to. It is the changes that make us happier that we keep, so focus on finding options that you look forward to having.
Sir Terry Pratchett: "Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."