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9/4/13 11:35 A

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Thanks everyone for the warm welcome and the tips. I am going to go more good fat SLOWLY and go less carbs along with it. Since I have been doing my own LC long enough, I am not worried about the calories any longer because they have been right around 1000/day, more often lower and I haven't had any problems with that, so I guess I can ignore it.

The suggestions are great and I am looking forward to my new attitude and new road to travel on my LC journey. I have until September 26th to see a change in my weight as that's the day I go to the doctor for the regular quarterly checkups and blood work. I am almost considered non diabetic now so looking forward to getting off the meds, but still keeping up with the exercise and the low carb lifestyle with a new mission.

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9/2/13 7:58 P

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emoticon Welcome, Ghost. I'm glad to see that you're open minded enough to give us a try.

My cardiac doctor was the one who recommended low carb for me, due to my cholesterol and glucose test results.

When I stick with the program, my health and my blood work improve greatly. He recommended that I consume between 30g and 60g of carbs a day - with most days being at the lower end of the scale.

I wish you well on your journey. Everyone on this team has been wonderfully supportive of my efforts.

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9/2/13 4:16 P

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emoticon Welcome GHOST! Glad to see you here!
And thanks, Eliz for inviting her!

I agree, LC is typically less than 50g. There is some website somewhere which states a "sweet spot" for weight loss on LC of about 70 g per day. I find if I let myself creep up to (or, gods forbid) over 100 g, I stop losing and may even begin to regain.

When you drop carb calories, you have to replace with SOMEthing. Usually that's fats (healthy ones). The general recommendation is about 60+ % of your daily calories to come from fats. If you have troubles with fat, perhaps because of the gallbladder, try increasing slowly. I can't manage too much protein (and LC isn't high protein, anyway, despite rumors to the contrary). Besides, if you overeat in protein calories, it ends up getting converted to glucose in your liver anyway. Not much gain there. Otherwise, just eat real food and avoid all the processed things. And if there's anything labeled low fat-no-fat-reduced fat in your house, get rid of it! LOL Most of the time, when they remove the fat, they add in things that are far worse for you than the fat ever was.

I see you're diabetic, which means you're going to have to calculate your meals differently. You'll need to arrange your calorie-grams per meal, rather than per day. I think none of us count calories -- we focus mostly on carbs. But however you do it, please make sure to run your plan by your endocrinologist (or whoever is managing your diabetes). My husband is T2D also, and is doing well managing his symptoms with this diet (it was prescribed by our endocrinologist). You just shouldn't jump on it without making sure it fits in the treatment plan you're on.

It's a great lifestyle once you get adjusted to it - mentally and dietarily. Read all you can about the science and the basis. It will help you get onboard and be able to maintain. I always recommend Atkins because it has that info, and also has a good structure to follow. That's important until you learn how to direct it to your own personal needs.

I'm so glad you found us! I hope you'll keep posting and let us know how your transition goes. We love new folks! Please lean on us while you get oriented!


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9/2/13 11:44 A

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Since going low Carb, I bought a ski boat with what I don't spend on medications anymore.

I have my gall bladder, but my mom had hers removed a few years ago. High fat doesn't bother her a bit -- a cucumber or an orange causes severe pain.

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9/1/13 9:45 A

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I had my gallbladdrer removed. I eat high fat, lots of people do.

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9/1/13 1:50 A

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Welcome to the team. I have heard from several people who eat high fat after having their gall bladder removed. It may be helpful to increase fat gradually, I don't know much about this. Maybe google low-carb and gallbaldder and see what info you can find.
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9/1/13 1:26 A

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Hi FLORIDAGHOST,
I too am a type 2 diabetic, on metformin or equivalent for 10 years. When I switched to low carb I was able (with my doctor's OK) to stop taking the meds. I have the glucose monitoring stuff so I knew for sure that things were OK.

However, as others have posted, low carb is probably in the 20 to 60 gram a day range. It is a bit tough at first, because you need to find a whole new repertoire of things to eat. Eating carbs gets an insulin response to lower your blood sugar and store away the carbs as body fat which also locks up existing fat. You'll actually get hungry and probably eat more carbs before your body fat has a chance of being unlocked. So if you want to loose weight and keep your body fat available, eat low carb.

Dietary fat is great as it doesn't impact your blood sugar, same for protein.

So if you keep your carbs to a maximum of about 50 grams a day, and your calories under about 1600 a day you will loose weight the easiest.

Best wishes,
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Eliz - that's great! I'm sure she'll be a great addition to our team.

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8/30/13 5:11 P

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Hi! Floridaghost! I see you are in the right place :o) (((HUG)))
Hey everybody- I invited Floridaghost to our amazing team! :o)
I would not be as successful as I have been without this fantastic SP team!
Thanx everybody!!

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About the fat issue, I have read that after being on low fat nutrition for quite a while and then eating more fat that is what can cause gallstones. It's not really the fat's fault. I would just try to work my way up a little at a time on the fat intake. And then, I am reading a book about fatty liver and some of us need to clear that up before going overboard on adding too much fat. (I apparently, have lots of issues to clear up before I can really lose the kind of weight I want to.) But I am really becoming well-read about nutrition.

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8/30/13 4:33 P

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Welcome!

Atkins induction is 20 grams of carbs...here is a link of things allowed in induction if you are going to start on Atkins:

www.atkins.com/Program/Phase-1/What-
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Are you saying that fat causes digestive issues for you? Is this because of the gall bladder removal? If so, then I'm not sure what to tell you regarding that...our bodies do need fat and I would think if you go extremely low fat you may have some symptoms such as hair loss. But everyone is different and it does take some experimenting.

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emoticon Ghost! What a neat name.

Most of us here are trying to stay at 50 grams of carbs and below.

I started out Atkins and after a month, my hypglycemic episodes stopped. Very nice for me. I am Prediabetic and trying to turn things around before next checkup. Lowcarbing is a lifestyle for most of us here.

Check out the links to the right of this page for nutritional calculators. Also, read, read, read articles and books on low carb nutrition. Read some of our older posts, and you will find a wealth of info and tips. Check out the book reviews.

And just keep hanging in with us and letting us know how we can help you.

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8/30/13 2:23 P

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SIMPLEMAW - Interesting idea of the fat eating. I gave up fat - well attempted to - at doctor's orders just before gall bladder (GB) surgar 2 months ago (end of June) and I have tried to not eat fat because the fat I do eat (everything has some fat in it - it seems) has caused me grief so I'm on as low fat as I can get.

The interesting thing is that as soon as I lowered my fat to as little as possible I started lowing weight like crazy. I lost 9 pounds in a week. A week after getting home from the hospital I gained it back but was told it was a meds issue. Now I just yoyo back and forth on those 9 pounds. Would like to definately lose the 9 and then about 35 more pounds to get to my goal.

What would you suggest for a goal on carbs? Yesterday I did 98 but I don't like going less than 1000 calories and that was almost 1000 calories, too. I know most don't bother with calories when they are doing carbs, but I need to stay at 1000 calories, too. Do you think I am basically doing Atkins (My DH says I am) with what I am eating now or are there other things I am not seeing? Everything I am doing is self-taught and has worked for me in the past. If I need to make a huge change, not sure I can do a huge change but I can at least, and will, try small changes and see how they work for me. If they work, I'll stick with them. If not, I'll go back to what I know worked and try harder. I know I was much more strict before than I am now and that might be my issue.

Thanks for the welcome and the info. I'll give it a try.

Have a great one!

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8/30/13 11:24 A

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Welcome, Ghost! Most of us eat a lot fewer carbs than you do. And most of us do it by adding lots of fat to our diets. Hard to fathom, I know, but eating fat really does help you lose fat, and it helps stabilize your blood sugar, too. At least, it does if you don't eat carbs to go with it!

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8/30/13 8:11 A

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I am new to this team, been in SP almost since it's conception. I've lost 45 pounds and then regained 5 and played yoyo with that 5 pounds for months, which might actually be years. I'm tired of yoyoing.

I have a sweet tooth that just will not shut up. I used Splenda for a long time, then switched to Truvia and because of cost, decided to stop using all artificial sweeteners, but there are foods I can't stand because they are far too bitter without some sugar. So I'm going back to Truvia in order to survive, actually. I am going back to Truvia because it will help me fight the sweet tooth much better as right now, I'm losing that battle, which probably accounts for the yoyoing and negative weight loss.

I eat veges and chicken almost exclusively because I don't like the stuff I don't eat, like red meat. I do not eat processed foods as I am a firm believer they are not healthy.

I have an aversion to tracking my food, but I keep working on it, which is why I joined the team challenge to track the food 7 days a week.

I do lots of exercise in order to keep the blood sugar levels (BSLs) down as I have Diabetes 2 (D2) and while I may not be able to rid myself of the D2, I can control it a lot easier and live a lot longer by doing the exercises. And I hate exercising. Trying to change my mind to loving it is difficult for sure.

Anyway, I was invited to join this team and easily accepted. I am looking for help on the Atkins plan as I've read the book, not sure how many times but more than once, and never figured out how to get into the plan so never really started. Looking for help on the how tos of the plan.

I've been sticking to 30 carbs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and 15 carbs for 2 snacks a day to keep myself on 130 carbs or less a day and my BSLs in a nice rolling ocean. This morning, my BSL was a little high, but the day before it was way too low. Yesterday, I didn't exercise because of too many things ALLOWED to cram themselves in front of the exercise plan. Today, looks like another one of those days, but I am fighting to get out there and do what I know I need to do.

This is me. I'm here. I need help. I'm looking for an active team and like to get involved and encourage others, too.

Have a great one!

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