Low carb...............high protein diet

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  • bluesapphire

    I lost 30 lbs. on a modified South Beach-type diet. Then I plateued. I'm not considered overweight anymore but I'm not as tiny as I want to be or used to be. So I'm not satisfied.

    Then I started running every day. First for 30 minutes, now for 60. I did this for 8 weeks straight and didn't change my eating. Therefore, I should have lost weight, right? Wrong. Not a lb.

    So I went back to running 30 and now I do stair-stepper for another 30. Have I lost weight this month? Nope. My booty looks pretty tight and round though!

    In addition to the cardio, I do weight lifting for about 20-30 minutes 3 times/week. An example of what I do is: 3 sets of 20 reps of chest press @ 70 lbs., same for lateral pull-downs, 3 sets of 15 reps @ 50 lbs. for butterflies, etc. I always do 3 sets but I vary the exercise.

    They say muscle weighs more than fat. But research shows that a 200 lb. man will gain 6 lbs. of muscle but it will take him 6 MONTHS to do it!!! So no way I've put on that much muscle!!!

    I'm beginning to think my body just wants to weight what it weighs. I'm enjoying the workouts so I'll keep going. But the dieting is for the birds!

    Unless, someone out there has something good to offer me. I'm desperate. About to give up!

  • reneeisorym

    I like the 3 hour diet.

    If you weigh 100-150, you would eat:

    200 calories for breakfast, 100 snack, 400 lunch, 100 snack, 400 dinner, 50 treat

    All three hours apart. It works and its EASY . . It actually will fit into your normal eating habits so you don't feel deprived. You don't feel like cheating either. Your 400 calorie meals have to be balance with a certain combo of lots of veggies, some bread and a small portion of meat.

  • J-ex-W

    Vitty--- First I want to say that I pay attention to this stuff not for weight loss reasons but for nutrition and mental clarity's sake. [high metabolism with reactive hypoglycemia and ADHD--both require high protein/ low carb intake]

    Are you making sure your grains say 100% whole grain (not just 'whole grain')? If it doesn't say 100% on the package, you're getting *some* whole grain mixed with a lot of processed grain--less protein and less fiber as a result, by comparison, and less filling/ satisfying too.

    Also...a carb is a carb is a carb. Are you counting your vegetables/ nuts/ cheese/ milk as part of your carb intake, too? The REAL breakdown is this: If it's not a MEAT, it's at least a partialcarb--period. Be sure to check total carbs on anything that didn't used to swim, flap, oink, or say moo (including milk and cheese). This includes also legumes and veg's.... [Also remember, corn and potatoes are NOT veg's...they are GRAINS--and are processed by the body as such.]

    This brings us to the next breakdown: Does it count as a good carb or a bad carb? Veg.'s, herbs, spices, 100% whole grains, and whole fruits---good. Processed or refined anything---you know the rest. Even the fruits need to be looked at closely for their glycemic index to figure out their best placement in the whole day's picture of nutrition/ carb intake. (Timing of intake of medium-to-high-glycemic foods can affect the body's ability to metabolize efficiently, too.)

    The more nutrients/ calories/ protein earlier in the day the better: The body's ability to metabolize typically starts winding down post 6pm, generally speaking. Concentrate on getting the most nutrients/ protein/ calories in you during the first half of the day, for maximum 'burning' efficiency (and energy output efficiency, for that matter). Giving your body what it needs FIRST (starting earliest in the day) will take the edge off inappropriate compensatory carb cravings as well. Renee is right, too, about spacing small amounts of intake 2-3 hrs. apart all throughout the day, to keep hunger , blood sugar, and energy levels stabilized.

    Are you making sure to get enough high fiber, high protein, and high GOOD FATS in you, early in the day especially? It's not just about protein vs. carb. Having high fiber and high good fats makes all the difference in the world to keeping appetite controls in check. (Good fats = fatty fishes, omega 3's, nuts, flaxseed oil, avacado, eg.)

    Sorry if I'm telling you stuff you already know...but I always feel like nutrition specifics and balance needs to be stressed, any time diet is being discussed. Hope any of this is helpful to you. Good luck!!


  • restrangled

    I gained weight on Atkins....I thought it was pretty extreme to cut out fruit for the first couple of weeks but followed it to a tee.

    Needless to say I was furious!

    I think men do much better with this diet than women. I have found that if I don't eat anything "white" that includes potatoes, rice, bread, sugar, I do ok.

    My biggest weight loss was when I cut fat to 10% of my diet back in my 30's along with walking and weight training on my own.

    I was normally about a size 8 to 10 but got down to size 2 at 5'8". It held for a long time but not forever. I am too heavy now, but plan on going back to the low fat, not low carb diet.

    Every one's metabolism and blood sugar is different. You must decide for your self.


  • darth frosty
    darth frosty

    Here is the key to any low carb diet. Learn how different carbs effect your body. For the first two weeks you should limit carb intake to about 20-30 grams of carb a day. A typical slice of bread can have 15-20 grams of carb per slice. You can have fruit just watch out for those super high in sugar content. The main carbs you want to really eliminate are the sugar, white flour and pasta carbs at first. Once you get thru the initial 2 week's, gradually reintroduce carbs. Here is where you see how different carbs effect your body.

    Lean meats fish and vegetable are your friends on a low carb diet. Foods that are high in fiber and green and leafy are good. If it has the word berry in it, it is a safe fruit.

  • MsMcDucket

    I'm a diabetic and I can tell you that low carbin' will make it so that I don't have to take insulin or anything. I've managed to gain back 36 lbs since my mother's illness and death, and all of the stuff that I went through/and still going through with my husband's health. I need to lose that weight because I'm back on insulin.

    Vitty you just may inspire me to get up and try! I've been a nervous wreck and a slug during all this drama! I had a made a diet for myself consisting of yogurt, apples, popcorn, and soup in the evening. It worked when I was on it. If I wanted something sweet it had to eat yogurt or an apple; if I wanted something salty it had to be popcorn; and for the carnivore in me, if I wanted something meaty tasting it had to be soup/stew. The soup couldn't be over 300 calories.

    I don't know if I want to go back on this one are go back on the protein diet. I'll be eating an apple while I'm ruminating on the pro's and con's!

  • BrentR

    People with type O blood will do better on high protien/low carb diets. My wife and I both lost weight on it and felt better. People get into trouble when they do not drink enough water and take the right supplements while doing it. People with A and AB blood types can actually gain weight from it.

    The blood type diet is by far the best info I have read and practiced for health and weight management. We are all different and blood type plays a major role in how our metabolism and digestion takes place. Ever wonder why some people can eat beans w/o producing any toxic emmisions and others can't? Blood type. It is a facinating book and you will get alot of revelations about yourself as you read it.

    A friend of mine is a naturepath and the blood type diet is actually part of the training at Bastyr University.

  • What-A-Coincidence

    the hell with diets ... eat healthy, excersice and have lots of sex.

  • PEC

    Diets don't work, when you go off the diet, you will gain it all back and more.

    If you want permanent weight loss, you need to change your lifestyle. Start by eating a balanced diet, just cut your portions in half, when you stop losing (if you are not to your goal weight) cut your portions in half again, repeat this until you reach your goal weight. When you reach your goal weight, just keep eating that way for the rest of you life. This is not a diet, it is a new healthier lifestyle.

    I have been heavy all of my life and thought I would never lose the weight. Today at 45, I weigh less than I did when I was 18, I have lost over 50 lbs. My goal is to get down to the size I was at 13. For the first time in my life that goal is in sight.


  • misanthropic
    the hell with diets ... eat healthy, excersice and have lots of sex.

    Amen to that ;)

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