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UK diet sensation and my experiment

Sunday, May 20, 2012

I am standing in line at the grocery store and an article in one of the magazines catches my eye. UK Low Carb diet just two days a week and lose more weight.

Hmmm... so I bought it because I didn't have time in line to read it.

Basically it says, in a VERY general way, to choose two days a week (doesn't specify back to back or to different days either) to keep your carbs under 50 grams. Eat sensibly the rest of the week.

SO.. I google this at home. I find MANY well-known magazines online that almost state the same article verbatim. I find this interesting. OBVIOUSLY this is a propaganda article pushed out by someone.

But for major magazines to publish it without really being thorough seriously bothers me.

I finally found a little more. On the "low carb" days you can only eat 650 calories.

UM NO I don't think so. This is KNOWN to be bad for your gall bladder. The PRO that they discuss is lowering your insulin for the month by 18% or close to that.

There were also 3 control groups. One on a normal 1500 intake, one like stated above and another that escapes me at the moment.

I am going to try two low-carb days - no processed foods, etc. BUT I am keeping my calorie range the same. Healthy fats are allowed and one piece of fruit.

I am going to do this through the month of June and report back July 1.

Just curious to see what happens. I would like to get rid of the processed foods from my kitchen but can't quite give them up 100% yet. THEN I binge.. this might ease me into that scenario.

What do you think?
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  • SWAZY33
    I like that you are doing your own research! Let us know how it works out.
    1606 days ago
    Very interesting, I'm looking forward to seeing how you like it and what your results will be.

    I've been thinking about taking 1 or 2 days a week (probably non-consecutive) and trying to eat super healthy. Will probably be on the lower end of the calorie range, but it should shake up my metabolism! :)
    1607 days ago
    Hi there! I had a nutritionist several months back recommend I cut back on carbs to jump start weight loss - it was miserable! I lost all the weight (over 40 pounds) up to that point by eating healthfully and killing processed foods - mostly whole foods and lots of water - and lots of exercise - and I never felt hungry through the entire journey.

    ...then I cut back on carbs. NIGHTMARE! I was starving to death and miserable -- then I understood the negative connotation of 'dieting'. It sucked! I was only eating good carbs - like oatmeal at breakfast, for instance..and she said to stop. After a few weeks I dumped her as my nutritionist and found another because it just wasn't working at all for me. I was sooooo hungry -- and not losing any weight anyway.

    But good luck to you -- I just think you need to eat food that your body craves for its nutritional value - and you'll be good!

    Good luck!!

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    1612 days ago
    I always worry that I can't stick with a diet like this because something always happens on the day I'm supposed to be "on."

    I remember being on a diet a LOOONNNNGGGGG time ago where you watched what you ate for 6.5 days and got to eat anything you wanted, in any quantity, for 8 hours of the 7th day.

    Yeah. Like giving one hit of crack to an addict! Never made it past the first "splurge" day.

    I will be very interested to see how things works out for you! I like how you are keeping a skeptical eye on it but are willing to give it a shot.
    1616 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/20/2012 9:27:46 PM
    Sounds interesting and I would like to know the outcome of the diet. I try on a daily basis to lower my carb intake but haven't been real successful. Keep us posted.
    1616 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    If it means two less days of processed foods then that is a good thing!
    Very interested in reading the follow-up to this experiment.

    1617 days ago
    Sounds good to me. Clean living by removing excess from food intake does mean that we don't need as much starch in our diets. So even on a vegetarian menu you still want to balance protein, carbs and fats.
    1617 days ago
    It sounds totally do-able as long as you are keeping your calorie intake healthy. I don't think it's any different than doing 2 days a week vegetarian. The point is, don't go to extremes either way! Have fun & I hope you find a routine that works for you & fits your healthy life.
    1617 days ago
    I don't know, I have not had any past luck with the low carb thing. My new health journey includes lots of fresh fruits and some of them (like mango and watermelon) have quite a few carbs in them. I wish you luck trying it and can't wait to see your results. :)
    1617 days ago
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