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Posts: 1,523 8/28/13 10:44 P
Hi Sharon, I totally agree with the number of grams of carbs that Steamy posted.
I started out with insulin resistance, then became a type 2 diabetic for 10 years, and on the maximum dose of metformin in the last year or two. I was able to loose weight even though I was much more than insulin resistant and low carbs is the absolute key.
Eating carbs and having insulin floating around locks up your own body fat because your body is trying to rescue you from high blood sugar by using insulin to store the sugar and carbs away as body fat.
Only when insulin is in not around can you efficiently use your own reserves of body, and that takes about a week or two, with the first few days being the toughest.
Fitness Minutes: (3,720) Posts: 1,151 8/27/13 3:40 P
Steamy and Sharon!
Sharon - I am having a difficult time losing as much weight as I think I should. I am insulin resistant. I used to have hypoglycemic episodes, but after a month of lowcarbing, it is not an issue for me anymore. That alone is an improvement. I have been more impressed with my inch loss. I am so glad that I took my measurements before starting lowcarb. That keeps me motivated more than the scale does. And this team keeps me going also. It's a very supportive and knowledgeable team.
You can find books at the library about insulin resistance. (The people who are just having an awful time losing.) Also, under our team's book reviews are some good books to read.
Let us know how we can help you.
George S. Patton-You're never beaten until you admit it.
Pounds lost: 6.4
Fitness Minutes: (3,861) Posts: 313 8/26/13 9:08 P
My doctor suggested 20g-30g of carbs for the first 2 weeks, then between 30g-50g until my blood work levels out.
I've forgotten what SP recommends - but I know it was way to high for what my doc recommended.
As for sticking with the LC lifestyle - that's also why I'm here.
Pounds lost: 2.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,900) Posts: 1,600 8/26/13 8:51 P
Fitness Minutes: (60,736) Posts: 11,559 8/26/13 8:33 P
I'm new to this team, and have been mulling the idea of cutting my carbs for about a month or so. I was successful losing about 20 pounds last year only to gain it back. I cut my own carb target in half from what SP Nutritional guidelines recommended for me, and it made no difference. Now I have cut it two more times, but am having a hard time staying within all my ranges. I'm hoping to get guidance and support here so that I can begin to whittle myself down. Thank you in advance for your wisdom and support.
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Fitness Minutes: (3,861) Posts: 313 8/26/13 11:24 A
Pounds lost: 2.0
Fitness Minutes: (7,550) Posts: 3,450 8/25/13 3:59 P
Hi Steamy. Welcome to the team. You picked one of the best teams to join. I can say that firsrthand. Look at my ticker and see where I started back in May. The ppl on this team have a lot to do w/ why I've been successful b/c they were always there when I needed advice or had questions. I know you are going to succeed! Get ready! :)
"It is never too late to be what you might have been." George Eliot
current weight: 188.4
Fitness Minutes: (3,861) Posts: 313 8/25/13 2:37 P
Gary Taubbs' "Why We Get Fat" is the book my doctor gave me when I started low carb. The book is well researched and resourced.
Pounds lost: 2.0
Posts: 4,334 8/24/13 3:07 P
Read Gary Taubes Why We Get Fat.
Posts: 1,523 8/23/13 11:46 P
It works like this:
1. Eat carbs, whether sweet (e.g.sugar) or not (e.g. Potatoes) and your blood sugar goes up 2. High blood sugar is bad so you body produces insulin as part of the process to lower you blood sugar. It is involved with storing away the excess blood sugar in body fat for later use. 3. When insulin is higher you are in storage mode and it is almost impossible to use your body fat since you are busy storing.
So eating carbs will lock up your body fat. You'll even get hungry and eat more carbs rather than use your own reserves, its just easier in the short term.
I agree with NOWYOUDIDIT, read your labels and find nutritional information on things. Get your carbs under 100 grams per day. You'll figure out what you can eat and stay under this. Once you get there lower your daily allotment of carbs, probably down to 60 grams or so.
At this point you won't have a strong insulin response, and your own body fat will be available.
Fitness Minutes: (1,900) Posts: 1,600 8/23/13 10:09 P
Lulu! Do you have his book? You should check out lots of LC books at the library, I say that from experience because I've bought a few and been given a few and I end up tossing the ones I don't need. I am doing Atkins Induction 0-20 carbs. Atkins Induction is the least complicated. I started out doing about 100 carbs and whittled my way down. Quitting Wheat (read Wheat Belly) helped a lot! I joined in May and it took me this long to get my stride! You could practice now until Sept. Check the recipes section!
Fitness Minutes: (1,359) Posts: 21 8/23/13 8:24 P
hi looking to learn what has worked and what has not. I am so confused with food I don't know what to do. fixin to try atkins diet on sep 05 getting information to help me get started.
thanks to God I will not fail
current weight: 193.0
Fitness Minutes: (3,861) Posts: 313 8/23/13 10:21 A
I'm looking forward to learning a lot from all of you.
Pounds lost: 2.0
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Posts: 6,515 8/23/13 2:26 A
Welcome from me as well. I have had ups and downs getting tempted with carbs and my blood work shows it. I'm low-carb for life (except for short-term occasional slip-ups). Great to have you join in. Birgit
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Body Fat %: 19.6
Posts: 1,523 8/23/13 1:30 A
STEAMY17, I started low carb a little over a year ago. My intention was to loose some body fat, hen go back to how things used to be.
An early side effect was that my blood sugar was under control. After 10 years of it being not so good with medication. Being free of my diabetes medication after so long has given me the motivation to stay low carb forever.
In the last year the range of what I eat has expanded quite a bit.
Being involved in a virtual group like this will give you ideas on what to eat, and can help you stay honest to yourself.
Fitness Minutes: (1,900) Posts: 1,600 8/22/13 4:16 P
Steamy! My cardio, diabetes and reg Doc all recommended the LC way. I would have quit here long ago if it weren't for the SP! I only joined in May, but it never takes me long to quit anything! LOL! This time it's for life! I know with the tremendous SP support- I/We can do it!!
This is the right place to be! You've already seen LC works. Now it's just a matter of sticking with it.
We love new members, and we're eager to share our experiences. Please feel free to ask any questions or for whatever kind of support you need! Meanwhile, keep researching on your own into the lifestyle. That will be your best motivation for staying on your plan. It's so good to hear your doctor recommended it and will support your efforts! Some of them still just "don't get it!"
Great to have you here. Please drop by and add your voice to the forum often!
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current weight: 226.0
Posts: 351 8/22/13 3:50 P
Hi Steamy! You'll like this group- they're great. Loads of tips from some very knowledgeble members and full of encouragement. Jump right in and participate!
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current weight: 156.2
Fitness Minutes: (3,861) Posts: 313 8/22/13 3:38 P
I started the low carb lifestyle based on a suggestion from my cardiac wellness physician. He provided me with literature and studies showing that I could improve my blood work, get my glucose under control and loss weight with this eating plan.
I did great for about 4 months - and lost 22 pounds. But then, I fell back into the "I want to eat whatever I want" mode. It was intense and pathetic - and lasted for about 2 1/2 months. I gained back 10 pounds, and my blood work plummeted.
So, I've been back on track for a few days now. I signed up with Sparkpeople months ago to give myself a place to record my exercise and track my carbs. However, I didn't sign up for any teams.
Maybe, with the help of some virtual friends, I'll be able to stick to the program a wee bit better.
Hope to see you about the site.
Pounds lost: 2.0
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