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Thankyou everyone for your advice. I guess it comes down to what ever works for the individual person. I guess i get so wrapped up in a diet that i forget it really doesnt matter what i follow my head has to be right first. Thankyou everyone Tracy
Like Catiatm, I am not a fan of the low-carb approach at all. They will work as long as you stay on them, but they can do a lot of damage to your body and if you stop you will gain the weight back very quickly. Not only that, but any diet that tells you not to eat fruits seems like a very bad idea when you consider all of the nutritional benefits you get from fruit.
However, it is really important to understand that there are "good" carbs (think whole foods, whole grains, fresh fruit, etc.) and "bad" carbs (think processed foods, white flour, sugar, etc.) and do your best to eliminate or minimize the "bad" carbs in your diet.
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I take a somewhat different approach. Before I joined SP, I lost 38# doing a low-carb 1500-calorie diabetic diet (and not much exercise - THAT has changed!). I got it from my doctor, who gave it to me at my request. Diabetes runs in my family, and I thought that following a low-carb diet would be the best way to prevent and manage. I am limited to 160 (usually about 15 grams per each serving) grams of carbohydrates a day - and complex carbs go a MUCH longer way to making me feel full (i.e., whole grains). For instance, Wheat Chex has more carbs than Cheerios, but it is carbs well spent because I feel full and satisfied. My husband went on Atkins a few years ago, but when he stopped, he gained it all back and then some, so that one scares me a bit. A sister of mine did South Beach and had great success but feels very deprived of carbs (she didn't adapt as well to incorporating HEALTHY carbs!). When I told her she could slightly modify South Beach to have a treat every day or two, she took that advice and LOVES South Beach. What I love about South Beach is that it is very similar to what an endocrinologist would want for my diabetic family - and even better, South Beach was designed by a heart doctor. I think you have lots of options here. Good luck! I know you will find the best option for yourself!!
My family went on a Specific Carbohydrate Diet for about a year. Not for weight loss, but for the digestive health of our son.
No Grains, no uncultured dairy.
Weight flew off, it really helped my son in being able to digest grains now, but all the weight came right back when we stopped.
The key word here is BALANCE. You have to balance your intake of all nutrients: fruits, veggies, whole grains, and of course the all necessary proteins. Your carbs come from fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Some carbs are quick burning like in fruits and others are complex carbs which are long lasting and satiating like any variety of potatoes and whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, spelt, barley, etc. The best thing to do is have a nice mixture of all of these food groups. One neat way to do this is to plan your days like this:
2 servings of Proteins (8oz Fish, 8oz Chicken/Turkey Breast, 5 1/2 oz Beef) or (6 oz Cottage Cheese, 1 Lg Egg & 4 oz Cottage Cheese, or 3 Lg Eggs.)
4 servings of Veggies (measure 1 cup raw) before cooking
3 servings of Fruits (a handful size like a small orange or 10 grapes or 12 small strawberries)
2 servings of Starches (1/2 baked potato, 1/4 Cup cooked brown rice, 1/2 corn tortilla, i rice cake unsalted, 2 slices melba toast unseasoned, or i slice 40 calorie bread)
1 serving of fat (light mayo or margarine- 1 TBS)
If you follow this plan you will lose about 3-5 pounds per week. I did it for 11 months back 2 years ago and lost over 60 pounds. I paid over $1200 to go to this weightloss center here in Houston, Texas but at least I learned how to balance my eating and lose weight easily without deprivation!
Hope this helps.
I agree Catiatm! I went on the South Beach for a little while, and though I dropped a lot of pounds the first two weeks, when I could move fruits, veggies, and some carbs back into my diet I started to gain weight (and no, I didn't go overboard lol).
Part of what I like about what I'm doing now is that I'm focusing on not depriving myself--rather making better choices. If I want bread, it needs to be whole grain/whole wheat, spaghetti is whole wheat, etc. Especially since I'm starting a running program, I need to make sure my body is balanced with the right nutrients.
I've tried exercising on other diets before, and usually feel like a limp noodle (not in a good way). Since I've been working on this "new" approach, I'm definitely seeing massive improvement on the energy front (which is pretty big, considering that I have CFS/Fibromyalgia and PCOS--both energy sappers).
My personal mantra has become: It's all about balance! (And I think that's really what all of this is about.) :o)
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I am on the South Beach Diet. I tend to like this one because I love cheese, and I need to avoid the bad carbs for awhile. It isn't as intense as Atkins in my opinion. There are actually Teams and message boards around here you could check out. The south beach team leader is very helpful. Hope this helps!
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I am still working the details out, but I plan on doing a low-carb version that is more south beachish. i also love the low carb diet once i am into it, but can never stick to it very long. i think if i stay away from the bad carbs and concentrate on high fiber stuff-it would be a good compromise.
I'm not a fan of low-carb diets. Carbs are your main energy source, and I think it affects your workouts and energy to cut them. However, the quality of your carbs is really important. I don't eat white bread, pasta, or white rice. I eat whole wheat, oats, swede, multi-grain and so on to get complex carbs that keep me feeling full longer and maintain and avoid spiking my blood sugar.
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I just wondered if anyone has opinions on a low carb diet. I have followed one in the past and had good success however i find it extremely difficult to follow and miss my carbs when im on it. it seems to be the only way i can lose weight. i want to get serious about changing my life style and habits but i cant keep yo yoing around anyone have the same problem any ideas any solutions? thnaks tracy