When I actually describe what I eat people have no idea that it's low carb: meat, fish, fowl, lots of high fiber veggies, very little sugar or junk food. Just sounds healthy, right? I don't mention fat one way or the other, and only mention grains along the lines of "I've found that wheat gives me all kinds of problems, so I don't eat very much of it anymore." Cause as soon as I say "I follow a low carb lifestyle and virtually gave up wheat, rice, potatoes, and sugar" they wrinkle their noses and sniff.
I feel great. My health numbers rock. Beat that, low-fatters!
Thanks for the encouragement. I'm a 'hound' person too, currently have 3 adopted and 1 foster greyhound. All retired racers.
Oh, and my vegetarian insight on getting veggies when you just don't feel like it... roast em! I've also tweaked a marinara recipe to have 7.5 g of "foundation veggie" carbs per serving, for those days when munching endless salad just isn't going to happen.
I think it's so funny that people have no idea what Atkins is really about and still are convinced and acting as if Atkins is from the devil, LOL. I eat a combination of Atkins and Paleo and Paleo is also getting a similar reputation now. I suspect many people DO listen to their doctors and never question authority and that's how they get all those crazy ideas about low-carb diets. I guess low-carb is getting popular enough that I can't consider cutting edge any more, but we are definitely early adopters and some people who have been doing this for over 10 years qualify as innovators.
Welcome! You'll find many different programs here, though I suppose most of us could be said to be doing some form of Atkins OWL. Once you get to OWL and similar levels of the other main plans they tend to be pretty similar.
Just jump right in. The most consistent threads are the daily threads (a new one each day, named, quite originally, "Monday," "Tuesday," etc.) and the monthly challenge thread. The monthly challenges are not like most challenges. We sometimes set a group focus (this month it's veggies), but everyone picks the things she (or he) wants to work on. Some people pick one or two big goals, I prefer to pick a bunch of lttle habits I want to/need to work on. Then we report each day on how we are doing with goals. There's a lot of community on both the daily threads and the challenge thread. No need at all to feel lonely here. As a vegetarian, you probably have something to share with us about veggies!
I've been feeling so lonely since I plunged into low carb. People eating low fat just don't wanna hear how much weight I'm losing while stuffing my face with cheese, deviled eggs, and more cheese.
I first sparked in Nov 2010 at over 200 pounds. I lost a little weight, wandered away, gained it back, and returned in April 2012. I lost 33 pounds in about 6 months, sticking to a mostly vegan, low fat diet and exercise. I let it all go on the fritz for a bit; gained 1.5 pounds between Halloween and New Years (not bad) and then 10 pounds in the next 10 weeks. Ooops. Girl Scout cookies.
I came to low carb through a very fit and lean friend who had become a proponent. The stigma of Atkins is so strong, that she always just said "keto adaptation", and talked about the research (reading studies involving cardiac patients, diabetic patients is part of what we do for a living). When I dove in, I was just starting to read "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living". I was struggling to keep to 20g of net carbs a day, not realizing that Atkins recommends that vegetarians start at 30g. It finally clicked for me that Atkins was basically what the authors meant by "a well-formulated low carbohydrate diet".
I've been using the SparkPeople's nutrition tracker. I like the better insight into how much protein, fat, and calories I'm taking in. I've adjusted my ranges to more closely work with 70% or more of calories from fat.
I've lost 16 pounds in 7 weeks. I'd stalled, but decided to see what happened with more protein and more calories, and that's worked. Much more fun than cutting back from the 40g of carbs I'd just stepped up to!
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