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ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
4/3/13 11:43 A

Have you discussed this with your doctor? Do you have a goal now and you think that carbs are hindering your weight loss? If that were true, vegetarians as a group would tend to be fatter and as a group, they tend to be slimmer. I am not suggesting vegetarianism, I am trying to see how carbs and your love for whole foods in the form of carbs is hindering your weight loss.

You were diagnosed pre-diabetic at one time and take metformin. This tells me that your doctor has more information for you on diet for weight loss. He knows your medical history. Usually, if you are doing well, a doctor will just say, 'You're doing well. Keep doing what you are doing.' If you say, 'But I'm trying to lose weight...' then they will say, 'Eat fewer calories.' At that point in the conversation, you could ask if eating carbs while you eat fewer calories is going to hinder your weight loss. Fruit and vegetables are carbs. They are also very good for you.

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
4/2/13 10:01 A

I think you have gotten a lot of great advice. I guess I am surprised that you are going over your carbs so much, because I too, love my fruit, but I sometimes have a hard time MEETING my carbs. Granted, most days I am JUST under, but I don't always make it to the minimum.

Try smoothies and salads. That is what I have for breakfast and lunch. My smoothie is fruits and spinach, and really is delicious, and my salad in the afternoon for lunch is spinach, various veggies, a lean meat of some sort or a hardboiled egg, a crumbly cheese, and if you really wanted, I am sure you could throw some fruit in there if you wanted it.

I have learned in my experience with eating healthy that I crave less things when my nutrition needs are being met, so I add a natural multivitamin. (NOT centrum or etc.) It doesn't really do much for me but "fill in the cracks" for anything that I might not be getting from my food. It isn't likely that I miss much, but I find it helps me to keep my balance and not crave things I don't actually need.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,498)
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4/2/13 9:52 A

It's difficult to give accurate advise when I can't see your nutrition tracker but I too, love my fruit. I just have 1/4 or 1/2 servings and they usually find a way into all my meals and snacks. I rarely eat a whole apple or banana. I just add a little bit to other foods. That way I can enjoy them all day long without them making up more of my daily intake than my veggies.

To reduce your overall carb intake, you can limit the less desirable carbs; refined grains or sugars. Increase your protein and/or fat intake. Of course with healthy fats. Dairy and legumes are going to have a bit of carbs in them, so make sure your protein is well balanced and includes some lean meats and eggs.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 4/2/2013 (09:53)
LISALS79 SparkPoints: (151)
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4/2/13 9:22 A

Look in to eating Primal/Paleo.
Instead of going for a sweet snack, go for something savory instead. Maybe a hard boiled egg or 2, beef jerky (with little to no added sugar). Fix a lot of bacon and eat a few slices, etc.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
4/2/13 7:13 A

good suggestions have been given by others.

Hubby notices, since taking that medication, that he can only eat limited carbs at any one sitting, without having to run to the washroom. Perhaps that's where your weight loss is coming from, which is good and bad, I'd guess.

Pairing your carb intake with proteins and fats (like nuts, for instance) may help.
Apples and nut butter, for instance, may be an option.

Make sure you're not JUST filling up on fruit (or trying to do so).
Look at diabetic suggestions, and see if you can find ideas that work for you.
From what I understand; that's the purpose of that particular medication - to combat a pre-diabetic state.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,172
4/2/13 6:53 A

I went to take a peek at your Nutrition Tracker, but you don't share it. Which is okay, but it would be easier to make specific suggestions on how to cut some carbs, if we could see what you're eating.

One thing I could suggest right off the bat-- when you eat carbs, are you pairing them with some protein and (healthy) fat? Like an apple with some almonds, for example. That'll keep you feeling satisfied longer.

If fruit is a "problem"-- like a pp suggested, a lower-carb fruit. Or even half a serving at a time. Instead of eating a whole orange now, eat half now and then eat the other half later when you have another craving. I eat (thawed) frozen berries with my breakfast. A serving is one cup, but I usually only eat 2/3 (.67) cup. Just because a "serving" is a particular size, doesn't mean we can't eat half a serving or 3/4 or whatever, to cut the carbs a bit.

SPORTYLAWGIRL SparkPoints: (11,853)
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4/1/13 10:35 P

Try replacing some fruit snacks with bell peppers. Or with lower carb fruit, like grapefruit. Also, if you eat bread, try switching to a lower carb bread that's made with sprouted grains, such as Ezekiel.

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 54,383
4/1/13 10:28 P

Looking for alternatives to the high carb foods. Look for foods with more fiber - whole fruits instead of canned or juices, wraps instead of breads - look for LATortilla Factory ones with olive oil - they have 13 grams of fiber - they are lower in the carbs that affect blood sugar. Think of alternative snacks - I too eat and PREFER fruits to most other snacks.

JENNIEQKA SparkPoints: (34,658)
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4/1/13 10:21 P

For the time I've been sparking I'd say I'm doing quite well. Many years and 40lbs ago I was diagnosed pre-diabetic and insulin resistant. I take 1000mg of Metformin twice a day and I can comfortably say it has helped my weight loss a lot. Although I stay in the calorie range for most of the time I constantly go over my carbs. They do come mainly from fruit and non-processed foods. If I could only keep them in the given range I'm sure I'd do much better, but I don't know how. Fruit craving is much greater than veggie craving and if I don't get my sugar I don't function well, I'm hungry all the time and can't even think.
Any advice????

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