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7/17/12 11:31 P

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Yeah, 19 lbs in a month is awesome! When I'm working the plan, I don't do any wheat, but that has more to do my crohn's disease. I don't particularly count carbs either, I just eat low carb foods. I also tend, this time of year to eat more paleo than atkins style low carb.

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7/17/12 5:42 P

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I try to keep my carbs as low as possible 20g a day. 19lbs in 4wks is awesome!! Do your research and learn as much as you can! I agree that reading Why We Get Fat book. I have combined Wheat Belly and Atkins to work for me. I am a sugar addict so I try to stay away from it totally because a little is never enough.

Michelle

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7/14/12 10:28 P

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Thank you for all of the input and support!. I am struggling to find my comfortable level, but I am pretty sure I will get there eventually. emoticon

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7/13/12 4:26 P

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19 pounds in 5 weeks. i don't know how you could lose faster. that's pretty emoticon and the fact that you've done 20g or less for 5 weeks is emoticon too.atkins first 2 weeks of induction is 20g or less than you add carbs after that (unless you don't want to).

i think you're doing great. keep up the good work.

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7/13/12 4:09 P

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The best plan is the plan that works for you and yours is working! Read Why We Get Fat when you get a chance.

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7/13/12 3:12 P

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If eating lots of carbs is the main reason you are heavier than you want to be, then avoiding the nasty carbs as much as possible will work for you. A small slice of toast or moderate piece of birthday cake is not going to ruin it all for you....unless you are one of the very sensitive people. Figure this out for yourself by experimenting. You do not need to follow a specific plan. Most people eventually find their own way and diverge from the strict 'plan' they started on. I have never followed a specific diet but I did read Gary Taubes and a couple of Atkins books before I started. I have since read more Gary Taubes and some Eades as well. I have learned things from these books that have helped me. I encourage you to find your own way but to also find out why those authors suggest the things that they do. Atkins generally allows different starchy things depending on what stage you are in. You are allowed to skip stages, go back to previous stages or follow stages but with your own modifications. You are allowed to basically do anything you want to do! Learn from the experts, but modify their ideas to fit your body.

Here is my list:....sugar in all forms (especially liquid ones) is bad for me. I eat sugar as little as possible and am absolutely sure it is worth it first. Birthday cake is worth it to me while sugar soda is not. Hard-core starches like white flour, rice and bananas are also pretty bad for me. I ask myself when I put one of these in my mouth if they are worth the carbs. Then there are the whole grains that are basically slow-release sugar. I avoid going crazy on these, in general, and mostly avoid them because they don't rock my world anyway. Next comes fruits and beans and milk. These are not as bad, but still very carby. Now that I am down in weight, I eat these sometimes but they are not staples. Finally are the starchy vegetables cheeses and nuts that I consider ok in moderation or as snacks. This list follows Atkins fairly closely, but not perfectly.

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7/13/12 3:09 P

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Pam, you're doing just fine! 19 pounds in 5 weeks is super. That's almost 4 pounds a week. You really can't expect to keep losing at that pace for long and stay healthy.
Personally, I don't have any set plan, just try for less than 20 carbs per day. It works for me. I lose slowly, as do most in this group.
I get most of my carbs through vegetables and some berries, I can't tell you when I last had a piece of bread, and, happily, I don't miss it anymore. My DIL is growing some wonderful fingerling potatoes in our garden, and when she harvests some, usually every 2 weeks or so, I'll have some. This Sunday, we are having a special birthday celebration, I'll fix corn-on-the-cob, and I'll have one ear. This will be my way of eating long after I've met my goal weight. I will reach it, it won't be fast, but I never want to be fat again.
If you read the posts as they come in, you'll find we share our joys and frustrations. For most of us, this is now a lifestyle to embrace, not a diet to endure until it's over.
You'll find a lot of support here.

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7/13/12 2:14 P

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I'm probably not the best to answer but I will. I tried a couple of different "plans" and have adapted to fit what I am comfortable with. I have given up sugar as much as possible but don't dig for hidden ones. I have given up grains for now. I eat tons of vegetables and some fruit. I couldn't sustain 20 carbs. I kept going off and binging. I'm trying a more moderate approach now. Most days I am at around 50 carbs or so. You seem to be doing fine! 19 lbs is 5 weeks is great!

Jane
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7/13/12 1:43 P

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I have questions....lots of them!

I have been eating low carb for about 5 weeks, and I am getting alot of mixed reviews and critisms. My plan is to eat 20 grams of carbs a day, or less. I didn't go with any other "named plan" because I didn't know which one to choose, and I didn't like the restrictions on most of them.

Is my plan effective?? Does my body know what I am eating?

For example- most days my carbs come from veggies. BUT, if I have an extremely low carb day, is it ok to use my 20 carbs on a piece of toast?? At Cracker Barrel, they have a meal that is eggs and breakfast meats and a piece of low carb whole wheat toast- 12 net carbs for the meal... Can I have that?? Or does my body recognize the bread- and mess up the whole day?? My question would also include popsicles (2 carbs), or FlatOuts (7 carbs).

Also, is it possible to be successful if I haven't chosen a specific plan, other than generic low carb? Is a 20 carb allowance reasonable and effective for weight loss?? If I continue to eat less than 20 grams of carbs a day (regardless of where the carbs came from) will I still continue to lose weight??

I have lost 19 pounds in 5 weeks, and honestly, I expected the weight loss to be faster. Sometimes I go 3-4 days without losing anything. I am wondering if the extras may be why.

I appreciate any feedback, advice, critisms, guidance, etc. THANKS!

Pam





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