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4/21/13 5:12 P

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Hi and welcome!

While nearly everyone loses very well at first on LC, once you hit any kind of plateau or stall is when you become an experimental "subject". The things that allow some people to continue to lose will stall others and you just have to spend time tinkering with your food and your activity until you hit the sweet spot.

If you're feeling better and are not hungry or suffering from cravings, then you're doing alright and are on the right track.

~ Declutter my current batch of paper and clerical To-Do's by
~ Getting all my daily personal clerical upkeep tasks done in the first hour of the day and
~ Scheduling my workday workouts like I would schedule a meeting and
~ Scheduling a defined half hour for lunch, when I work/play only on personal business


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4/21/13 4:41 P

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Honestly, what you are eating looks pretty good to me.

I can only tell you my experience. I lost 130 on You on a Diet. Then maintained for 3 years, Gained 20 with peri-menopause. Lost 18 on LC. Gained when I went off over xmas. Now I've managed to lose it doing a modified Fat Fast (see thread in challenges forum). For me calories do matter and too much protein matters. With FF I'm keeping cravings and hunger at bay. The weight is coming off again after stalling for a while on plain old LC.

From your page it does look like you've lost 5 on LC, is that right? If so, you are doing ok from what I can tell. I personally think there is some variation in what LC works for you. You may need to tweak what you eat (dairy and nuts, etc), how much you eat, and percents of what you eat.

The Taubes book is a good one!

I am starting my ticker again since starting low carb....in the home strech!
You have no control over what you weigh...only what you do.
Progress NOT Perfection!


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ALPHAEVE's Photo ALPHAEVE SparkPoints: (17,288)
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4/21/13 2:33 P

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Oh, and also, here's been my typical menu so far this week. This changes depending on the day, but is more or less representative, so I'd appreciate any feedback!

Breakfast
- 2 slices nitrite free bacon
- 1 or 2 eggs
- 1 TBS of heavy cream in my coffee
- 1-2 TBS of chia seeds (5g of carbs, but also 5g of fiber - plus a little fat and protein, so I use this to keep my fiber intake up)

Lunch
- 4 oz canned Tuna with 2 TBS olive oil mayo
- 1 cup broccoli or 2 cup salad mix
- 1 TBS of chia seeds

Snacks
- Steak bites, full fat mozzerella cheese sticks, more tuna - this changes frequently from among those choices, and usually I'll also have some cucumbers or broccoli - I have 2 or 3 of these snacks throughout the day depending on when I'm hungry

Dinner
- 4-6 oz of ground beef, salmon steak, skirt steak - whatever meat I have around
- cooked in 1 TBS olive oil
- some veggie or salad mix on the side, usually with an oil based dressing or roasted in oil


- Erin

Running (and walking) my first half marathon at the end of February! I'm excited to push myself and see what I can do!


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4/21/13 2:26 P

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Thanks for the advice, and I definitely will read that book! I've done a lot of other research into it, and feel like I have a basic understanding of how it works (which - you're right - is super motivating), but I'm always looking for more evidence!

In answer to the initial question, I lost the initial 15 pounds following the Spark People plan. That weight came off in about 2 weeks, and then hasn't budged in 3 months. Furthermore, while I've been really good at resisting so far, it's been kind of miserable being plagued by food cravings and occasional hunger.

Thanks for the welcome, inspiration and advice! I'm excited to see what I can do by changing my lifestyle this way!


- Erin

Running (and walking) my first half marathon at the end of February! I'm excited to push myself and see what I can do!


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4/21/13 1:20 P

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I'm with SUZANNEYEA on this one. If you understand the basic science behind WHY it works, it makes sit a lot easier to pass up the breads and pasta. There is a lot of good, solid factual information behind the low carb diet besides that it will help you take off the weight.

If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got.


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4/21/13 9:06 A

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Firstvread Gary taubes book, why we get fat. You have to understand that calories do not matter in low carb. What you eat matters. If I ate 2000 calories of vegetables, cream, and cheese, I would gain weight. I usually eat 3000 calories of meat and fat, I do not gain. It is all about the food choices you make.
Post a typicals days menu, we can give some pointers on foods to avoid.
No processed meats.
Little cheese and dairy
Make meat the focus of your meals.
Eat enough fat

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4/21/13 8:47 A

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Welcome!
So did you lose the 15 doing LC or doing something else?

I am starting my ticker again since starting low carb....in the home strech!
You have no control over what you weigh...only what you do.
Progress NOT Perfection!


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4/21/13 3:49 A

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Welcome Erin!
Don't be discouraged too quickly. You should check your measurements as much (or more!) than your weight. That's frequently where you'll see the changes first.

Also, try to wean yourself off the calorie counting! Low carb isn't about calories. You only use that info to set your macro percentages. After that, you should focus on carbs, for the most part.

As far as loving carbs, well, I think most of us are in that category! I know I'm a total addict...I have to be very scrupulous about limiting myself. I will occasionally let my CHO grams sneak up to (and beyond, alas) 100, and then I'm done. I lose nothing. I have to stay around 70-ish to keep the pounds trickling off. But! restricted carbing does work. I am living proof - having lost about 150 pounds (so far). It's not necessarily fast, after the initial loss. But it keeps coming off, and it's not really hard to follow, except that I have such a weakness for carbs in general.

Stick with it. It will work for you - and you'll be healthier too.
Glad you're here!

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they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
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We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
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4/21/13 12:02 A

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Hi, everyone! My name is Erin and I'm from Tennessee. I'm not new to SparkPeople but I'm new to a low carb diet! I started here in January, and after losing about 15 pounds very quickly in the few few weeks, I stalled out and have not lost any more. I'm kind of a data nerd, so I've tried altering the ratios of carbs/proteins/fats in several different ways staying kind of close to Spark's recommendations, but nothing has worked. I also have a Body Media armband to track my calorie burn, so I know I've maintained around a 1000-1500 daily calorie deficit, but still, no loss.

All of that to say, while I was hesitant to go low carb because of how much I love them, I think all my data and personal experience point to the fact that this is what my body needs to lose weight! I'm on day 4 of Atkins Induction, and am excited to find a community here who understand!

I look forward to getting to know you all!

Edited by: ALPHAEVE at: 4/21/2013 (00:02)

- Erin

Running (and walking) my first half marathon at the end of February! I'm excited to push myself and see what I can do!


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