I'm glad you asked the question as I believe many people will benefit. I never did induction when I started, in fact did not do Atkins, just low-carb, about 50-60 grams of carbs/day, unlimited fat, moderate protein. It lowered my A1c levels from 5.9 to 5.7 and I am hoping to lower them further. Even lowering carb levels only to 100 grams/day is huge progress compared to the SAD (standard American diet) crap that often has 300 + grams/day. But in your situation where you need to get results pretty quickly I would say the lower you can keep your carbs the better. I would try to completely eliminate all sugar (or sugar substitutes, which can still spike insulin levels), all grains, all beans, all starches (potato, tapioca, rice etc.) and almost all fruit (with the exception of very small amounts of berries or some lemon).
I would also keep protein at a moderate level and not limit fat intake at all to make sure you are never hungry and therefore tempted to eat carbs other than veggies. Even with veggies I would be careful with anything sweet-tasting like carrots, peas, squash etc.
Stick to the leafy greens, cabbages, mushrooms, onions.
Also have dairy either in the form of butter or fermented (plain, full-fat yogurt, kefir) to avoid lactose (milk sugar).
Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 4/29/2013 (14:19)
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