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BRENNA84 SparkPoints: (54,504)
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9/16/13 2:01 P

thank you so much. this is true. I think i confuse myself by reading too much and reading what works for others.

thank you so much for the reminder!


RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
9/16/13 1:02 P

my fat tends to increase as my carb drop, and vice versa. If you are eating moderate carb, then you would be at moderate fat intake, not full fat. I use olive oil. Coconut oil is just a fad, in style now, but olive oil works for me, so I use it.

I consume about 90 grams of carbs a day, and most of that is oatmeal, so not as low carb as I was before. I still eat chicken thighs a lot, but don't eat the skin. You don't need to be super low fat, but fat shouldn't be consumed just to get a higher fat percentage. You will get plenty of fat with any meat, eggs, or cheese you consume. Use olive oil when you need to.

If carbs don't cause you any cravings, then put them into your diet, and just make sure to split them evenly, so you don't spike your blood sugars. Stop listening to what works for others, and just find what works for you, and repeat over, and over. It will work week after week. You can eat a lot of variety with 150 grams of carbs, so enjoy. Your diet should be a bunch of delicious dishes that add up to the levels of macros that work for you, not some patchwork set of rules to get to X amount of this or that.

Their are other factors, like glycemic index, with fiber helping also, so total carbs is just a general idea of what will work for you. Calories still matter, as well as the quality of the carbs, fats, and protein. We all question what has worked for us, and stray off the path once in a while because of something we heard. Just get back to what worked in the past, and you will be fine.

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9/15/13 2:36 A

thank you so much

its been such a long journy

and HAVE come pretty far, and so much farther to go too

thanx emoticon

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,100)
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9/14/13 6:30 P

hi-5. I think every step forward deserves to be acknowledged.

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9/14/13 4:25 P

well I am switching back to low fat dairy

no nut butters

slowly decrease my carbs, I think I'm underestimating what I eat lol

i think too much information also did me wrong

i can only do so many changes at one time.

so . . . . for right now, my major change is to NOT eat white bread/potatoes/noodles/rice 90% of the time.

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9/14/13 8:17 A

I would urge you to reconsider saturated fats. Coconut oil is actually a medium chain triglyceride, a special type of saturated fat, and breaks down differently in the body. Best of luck to you; I think you're going to see great things with these healthy changes you're making. :) I really believe in lowcarb/ natural personally. Are you able to keep moving/active?

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 9/14/2013 (08:32)
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9/13/13 3:59 P

well for me, this is lower carb lol

and I have switched to half and half

will consider switching to sweet butter

and nice to know that coconut oil doesnt work as well for others

saturated fat and all these nut butters lol

olive oil has always worked well for me, i think I'll go back to it.


EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
9/13/13 11:11 A

well... I checked your Tracker, and you really can't call it "low carb" when you're getting 150g per day. I see you're eating a lot of starchy veggies, too... I know that stalls *me*, at least (although I love them). And I can't say it's having any effect on your weight loss attempts, but that "spread" instead of butter isn't the best choice you could make, either.

Overall, though, each of us has to find our own balance. If something was working well for you, keep on it. If you're going to opt for low carb, be sure it truly IS low carb, not just a feint in that general direction. What I've read (and try, sometimes successfully, to follow) is that the "sweet spot" for weight loss on LC is around 70 g of carbs per day. About half of what your Tracker lists.

Just keep working on what works for you. Don't obsess!

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,213
9/13/13 10:04 A

I would give up the artificial creamer also...I believe the trans fats have been linked to heart disease .. .. I stay away from hydrogenating vegetable oils as well. I don't care what anyone says about the benefits of coconut oil...I limit saturated fat and find coconut oil of no benefit for me as I believe they increase inflammation, aches and pains...and I believe the best kind of fats are unsaturated fats, which can be found in oils like olive oil, nuts and seeds.

9/13/13 8:43 A

I've looked at your tracker and all in all you seem to be eating a healthy diet. If I could change anything it would be to cut the artificial creamer and the buttery spread.

I agree with Michelle stick with what was working for you.

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9/13/13 2:17 A

Eat some damn pizza. Eat it with dipping sauce. Eat it and think about what a good resume you will have once your steamy pizza slice is done.

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9/13/13 1:59 A

I would resume what was working for you and remove the coconut oil; it is known for stalling many people out.

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9/13/13 1:05 A

yes that is true, although I have noticed I tend to do better with the recommendations for women with pcos. so that much is good.

and yes, I actually think I gain weight when cooking with coconut oil, but am fine with olive oil

9/12/13 8:20 P

Sorry to hear your frustration.
Looks like you have received some inaccurate (not research based) suggestions for losing weight. And this is giving you problems---and too many calories.
The internet can be filled with myths!

There is no research to support the use of coconut oil and full fat dairy for weight loss.
Recommendations are to use lower fat foods and keep fats/oils to a minimum amount.

Your SP Registered Dietitian

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9/12/13 3:44 P

okay thanx. I'll be going back to 2 eggs, then, low-fat dairy, and for now, only one piece of ezekiel toast a day

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9/12/13 3:40 P

As someone on here said, "We all are an experiment of one." Do what works, feels right, and is something you can maintain.

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9/12/13 3:38 P

Yes! Your body is unique and you need to do what works for YOU not others! (:

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9/12/13 3:32 P

I was doing good and losing weight just by cutting out all bread, white potatoes/rice/noodles and having low-fat diary products.

then I added in coconut oil, full fat dairy, more protein, even less carbs and I'm gaining weight


it seems that everything thats SUPPOSED to work with low carb doesn't work for MY body. should I go back to what was working for ME? And forget the hardcore low carbers advice?

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