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3/15/13 11:17 A

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Thank you ALL!!!!! I will wait a few weeks before attempting any exercise beside walking. I an healing from a broken ankle and start PT next week.

I can't wait to start a new and completely different diet I am not use too. I will be heading to the library today.

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3/14/13 7:49 P

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I second the recommendations for the Atkins plan and the Laura Dolson website. In addition, I've posted a review in the sticky here on "Living Low Carb" by Jonny Bowden. It summarizes most of the low/restricted carb diets out there, and will help you choose the one that suits you best. It's an excellent book - I highly recommend it.

In the meantime, I think that Atkins is the simplest and best organized method to start out with. It gives just enough background for you to understand WHY you're adopting this lifestyle. You definitely need that understanding if you're going to be able to get on board and stick with it. It's a difficult transition to get your mind thinking away from all the carbs we've been dependent on for so long.

As to the exercise, if you follow the paleo people at all, they say "activity", not necessarily exercise. I'm disabled, and I've lost a truly amazing amount of weight (so far) with virtually NO exercise whatsoever. Even the activity of life in general taxes me...so don't think that has to be a central feature for the low-carb thing to work. OTOH, exercise will help you tone your muscles, and is a great mental booster. I don't promote avoiding it - just don't feel you can't succeed unless you follow the calorie counting high exercise recommendations that we continue to be bombarded with. After all, the same people promoting that also tell us that calories-in-calories-out combined with high energy exercise will do the job. If that was true, we'd be a nation of skinny minis. And you can see that simply isn't the case. Low fat, low cal, hi exercise just doesn't work. We are all examples of that failed regime.

As someone suggested, go to the Atkins site and start educating yourself. Meanwhile, see if you can fine the Bowden book and get yourself a copy of the New Atkins (or whatever plan you choose from the Bowden book). Then make some time to follow whatever links you can online. There's a lot of great information available to anyone choosing to lose and get healthy in this lifestyle. And try to start thinking of it that way right now. It's not a "diet." This is for life. A better one!

Good luck. We're all here for support and experiential advice. Use us!
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3/14/13 5:21 P

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Protein Power was the book I chose when switching to low-carb. I would highly suggest choosing one of the many low carb books out there - Protein Power, Atkins, or Primal Blueprint are all popular choices. I wouldn't try winging it - there's very specific reasons why certain foods are chosen, and others are avoided.

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3/14/13 4:39 P

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Hi! I'm new (ish) in here myself, but I've done low carb before, so maybe my pointers can be helpful. =)

The best advice I can give in addition to what everyone else has said is to make it really easy on yourself starting out. For the first couple weeks, find a meal plan and just follow it. Atkins.com will put one together for you for free. What I'd do is take their week long plan, pick out your favorite few meals, stock up on the ingredients and just eat those. After a week or two, you'll get more comfortable with whatever plan you're on and you'll be able to switch things up with confidence, but if you're anything like me, easy is the key!

And don't worry too much about exercising when you're starting out. Yeah, it's great, but your body is going to feel out of whack at first. Give yourself time to adjust, then start moving when you feel like it.

Good luck!
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3/14/13 4:21 P

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Also, to get a less commercialized overview of everything you need to know about low carb I highly recommend About.com. Laura Dolson is a very good writer, really easy to follow, and she hits all the FAQ's:

lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/lowcarb101
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LIVINMYDREAMS's Photo LIVINMYDREAMS Posts: 3,453
3/14/13 2:26 P

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I really did not exercise much at all during my 80-85 pound weight loss except a little PT from having total knee replacements. Just sayin...

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3/14/13 2:20 P

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Welcome! I agree with the advice to read - pick a low carb plan and read as much as you can - the Atkins book is a great starting place, try your library if money or shipping time is an issue. You will not be successful unless you understand the WHY of giving up grains and sugar - and how this turns on fat burning. I also suck at exercise, have no coordination whatsoever, however most everyone can walk, right? I walk every day at least 20 minutes. Start shorter if you have to, just move a little every day. Or find something, anything, that you do enjoy and keep at it. Exercise has many benefits besides weight loss.

Good luck and let us know if you have questions!

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3/14/13 2:11 P

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Eat real food, the more processed it is, the less desirable. Check out this website.

www.genaw.com/lowcarb/recipes.html

There is also a recipe forum on this team. Boredom will kill you, and there is no need for it.

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3/14/13 1:42 P

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And maybe to get started quickly go the the Atkins website. It will give you a plan to start with called induction. It will tell you what you can eat. Basically you will not want to eat any breads, rice, potatoes, beans and to start with no fruite. Also only the listed veggies, mostly green veggies. Don't get used to using their products much. You will do better without them.

www.atkins.com

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KRISTINSGOALS's Photo KRISTINSGOALS SparkPoints: (27,948)
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3/14/13 1:24 P

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I would recommend getting a Low Carb book and reading that first thing. Atkins or Protein Power are two of them out there.

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KITTIKATKITTY's Photo KITTIKATKITTY Posts: 5,108
3/14/13 1:14 P

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Okay I need serious help. I have no clue what to do on a low clarb diet. I have failed so many times at the low fat and low calorie diets so I thought I would try carbs and I know nothing and I mean nothing about the low carb diet. I am starting today 3/14/2013! Any help I would appreciate.

I have been off and on SP so I am starting again hoping to get motivation. I suck and mean suck at exercise. I am not using it as an excuse.

So I join this team and hope I can get back into the groove. Any pointers to help me start off?

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