Welcome. You sound like a Brit. Did I get that right? I, too, caution against a low carb diet. I tried the Atkins diet twice and had some side effects. I got severe headaches. Couldn't stay on it. You'll also read about people getting fecal impactions. Not enough fiber in a low carb diet. Gross, eh? But, you don't feel hunger.
SparkPeople has at least one article on low carb diets. If you stay away from sugar, and white breads, rices, and pastas and eat whole grain products instead, you won't feel as hungry. Stay away from products that contain high fructose corn syrup, too, if you want to curb hunger. Also, eating small meals six times per day helps a lot of people with hunger issues.
The Nutrition Tracker is what insures that I stay within my caloric guidelines.
Again, welcome. I think you will really enjoy the site.
Best of luck with your goals! I know a lot of people have luck with jump starting their weight loss on a low carb diet, but I'm going to caution you to think about what happens when you're tired of "dieting" and have to reintroduce carbs into what you're eating. I think you need to focus on changing your relationship to carbs. Greatly reduce the refined sugar and flour, but keep reasonable portions of the whole grains, beans, fruits and veggies that provide fuel, fiber and vitamins for your body. That's something you can live with for the long haul.
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Hi everyone Really glad to be here,and really need to lose weight as i have a wedding to go to in August,plus i am miserable with myself,I want to do a low carb diet as i feel this will do me good.I am going to start tommorrow.I am 54 years old and i am very happily married but been going through a very stressful time as my hubby has been in hospital really ill and has a long way to go in getting back to his fit self.We are in our second marriage and we have 7 children beetween us but we are one big happy most of the time family. tedflower
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