It takes a week, or a bit more for the body chemistry to switch from carb centred mode to fat mode, so expect some difficulty in the first days, but every day gets easier. - - - - - - Let me also introduce myself. I did the "Ideal Protein" (I.P.) diet about a year ago for about 5 months, then transitioned to low carb with grocery store foods. After 8 months of low carb maintanence I'm currently on I.P. again to try to loose my last 15 or so pounds.
I'm a type 2 diabetic, but off my medication as long as I eat low carb.
Welcome! you've made a great start. Keep researching - it will help you stay your resolve when you hit a "bump." We all go there, but knowing why you're doing what you're doing will help you pick back up and go on. There's a sticky here for book reviews. Check out any of the ones which appeal to you.
Don't forget about the Nutrition Tracker here, either. It's a great tool. Between the support forums and that, and your dedication to your new healthy lifestyle, you can hardly go wrong!
Looking forward to seeing you around the boards! ~v~
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It sounds like you're on the right track - living low carb does require a little research for it to make sense, and Gary Taubes' book is a great beginning. He's responsible for bringing quite a number of us here!
The best thing you can do to help yourself stay on program is to post or blog every day and stay accountable. It's a carby world out there and many times you won't get much support.
This is a marathon, not a sprint.
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My name is Sarah. I'm new to this team and to low carb eating. I've tried Spark before but never was able to succeed with the reduced cal/starvation diets. I've tried Paleo/low carb "diets" before and they are amazing for me. So I'm going to try again.
I've read "Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It" by Gary Taubes. I really liked how he put the information and it all made complete sense to me as well. I'm hoping that this team will help me stay on track and help with the 'problems' of going carb free. I know it's gonna be hard once I go pretty much 100% carb free (I have a bag of carrots I'm finishing first) but I know I can do it.
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