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4/8/09 11:09 A

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I decided to go with Atkins rather than heavily modifying that other plan. After sticking to 20 net carbs for 2-3 weeks, I will increase them, perhaps alternating higher and lower carb days.

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4/2/09 3:51 P

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I just started with an online trainer and I am now doing 3 days low carb at 1200 and 1 day high carb at 1600 calories. All days are 50% protein, 30% carbs, 20% fat. So far so good!


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4/2/09 10:33 A

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Thank you, MEB0810 for the information! I am going to do a 2 week low-carb/carb cycling diet. What I go to after that may be determined by how well I like it.

Up to this point, I have been trying to stick to a balanced diet of various calorie levels, depending on how motivated I was or whose book I was reading (it ranged between 1200 and 1800). I eat pretty healthy by most standards -- lots of lean protein, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and whole grains. However, I do not find that it helps much with appetite control. Regardless of what and when I eat, I will be hungry if I eat less than 1700. Giving into hunger, and worse, emotional eating, has repeatedly derailed my weightloss efforts.

I overate several of the past few days, which has me freaking out about regaining the weight I've lost, so I'm looking to do a more extreme short term program to get me back on track. I decided to do a modified form of the 2 week program in Gina Lombardi's book, "Deadline Fitness." It is very low calorie and has you eating lean protein and vegetables on "down" days and adds a small amount of fruit, grains, or starchy vegetable on the "up" days. It is virtually fat-free but I have decided to make sure I eat a small amount of healthy fats as I think that would be healthier. I have also decided to avoid grains for the next two weeks and only allow fruit or starchy vegetables on the up days. I will try to stick to 1000 calories a day, but may raise that if I feel too comatose. I am hoping that won't negatively impact my metabolism if I only do it for 2 weeks.

I keep reading about models and actresses who lose weight on low-carb diets. I hope that it helps me. Most of all, I hope that it lessens how hungry I get when I reduce calories. That alone would be worth it.

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