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11/2/09 1:54 P

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Ok, /I/ feel better about it now. LOL!

It's a tough call - you want to follow the plan, but you also need to give your body what it needs. Maybe this week cut back/go easier on the workouts, and then kick it next week when your food/carbs increase.

And honestly, adjust to your personal activity level. In the Atkins plan, they recommend a low level of activity, which may work fine if you're following that plan. If you're doing more/higher intensity, you need more fast acting carbs at least before & after your workout.

As for fruit, add them in at the beginning of the day?

Just thoughts.

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11/2/09 1:50 P

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I hate low carb diets. I didn't last long on atkin's or south beach. However, I can do anything for a week (this is what I'm telling myself). After the first week it rotates through low, moderate and high carb days. I don't think the low carb days are as low as the initial faze; at least I hope not. I don't mind eating a lot of salad for a week but eventually I'm going to want something else.

My biggest downfall is fruit. I just love fruit. I also love carb foods like sweet potatoes, brown rice and whole wheat bread. Next week I can eat some of them. I don't feel hungry but I worry about my calorie count because I tend to exercise quite a bit and still want the energy to do my workouts.

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11/2/09 1:17 P

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Dawn - Interesting.

I should have said before that I honestly don't know enough about the plan to speak intelligently to it.

The biggest thing for you to mindful of (which I'm sure you know) is how you feel during the process: do you feel satisfied after eating? How is your mental focus and energy at different points during the day? How is your activity/performance - better/worse?

When you a drastic decrease in any macro nutrient like that, it's going to make things wonky, so your energy and what will probably be lower than normal.

My thinking, if you're starting to get hungry/chew your arm off/total brain fog, slip a medium sized salad w/some cukes & 1/2 a tomato into your day w/oil & vinegar. That will only add about 5-10 fiberous carbs (so really only 3-6 carbs if you deduct the fiber count) and will aslo help, um, move things along. ;)

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11/2/09 1:04 P

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Nope fiber doesn't count. It is only for 1 week to empty the glycogen stores.

My biggest problem right now is calories. Yesterday my spark calorie count was about 1100 and today will be about the same. Its hard to eat more without eating more carbs unless I down some chicken breasts or something.

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11/2/09 11:28 A

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I'm with Jewels - 20 is way low, but also depends on the length of time you stay there, your goals, and how the numbers change the subsequent weeks.

Also, does the carb count deduct fiber? If a veggie has 10g of carbs, but 4g of fiber, the ammount of carbs that actually has any metabolic impact is only 6g.

Most programs that cut your carbs way low for a long period of time deplete the glucose stores in your body (hence the brain fog - the brain is a glucose machine). Yes your body turns to alternate forms of fuel (aka fat) to create more, but it's not as efficent (ie your brain isn't as happy with that source as it is from food).

It also can trigger mad cravings because your body is trying to force you to give it what it needs/wants.

The beauty of cycling is you keep your carb count lower for a few days, relying primarily on veggies (& the occassional fruit & grain) for your carbs, then you throw in a high carb/high grain day to replenish the bodies stores, stoke the fire a bit, then drop the carbs back down.

It also helps you function in the 'real world' without going /too/ crazy. :)

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11/2/09 9:37 A

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Under 20 grams of carbs a day seems very low. But that is JMO.

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11/2/09 9:14 A

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Has anyone else tried this program? I read an article about it and bought the book off amazon. I've now read enough to start week one. Week one is a low carb week; under 20 grams.

I started yesterday and my count was 19 carbs and sparks count was 20 grams. After the first week of low carb I start the carb cycling. I've tried just about every diet under the sun and this is my very last try. I will follow the plan exactly and hopefully it will be the answer I've been seeking.

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