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6/10/13 12:55 A

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BUDGETMAW-Thanks SO much for the info! That is really encouraging!

HOUNDLOVER1-You're so right! Great info!


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6/8/13 12:17 P

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I know it's been said before, but please don't forget that weight is fairly meaningless. In fact I don't think it would hurt at all to put the scales away and just measure once a month in a few spots and take frontal and side view pics as this will tell much more about body fat rather than weight.
I am currently gaining weight and this is planned as I am gaining muscle. I know that this seems counterintuitve when you still have a lot of fat to lose but it's much more important to start good metabolic habits, which may even include adding some water weight to be well hydrated.
I recommend taking the first 3 months on low-carb to get a feel for what your body needs to feel good and energetic. The weight loss WILL be there, but as a side effect.
I'm not usually into publishing a lot of before and after pics myself but maybe it would help if we all did this more to get the focus off of pounds on the scales.
Birgit

P.S. Oops, now I really went off-topic. emoticon emoticon

Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 6/8/2013 (12:18)
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6/8/13 7:01 A

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Gemini, if you lost a pound this week you most certainly did not stall! A stall is more than four weeks with no loss of pounds or inches. A plateau is less than 4 weeks with no loss of weight. You tapered off to a healthy weight loss.

Many people "stall" after the first two or three weeks. This is so common it even has a name - Post Induction Stall. Your body has made some major changes and just needs time to adjust to it all. Don't change what you did when you were losing. Your body needs to accept that that's the way things are from now on. After a while it will accept that and let go again.

As I understand it, when you lose fat, each little fat cell gives up some of its fat. You don't lose fat cells, they just get a bit limp, like a balloon that has had some of air let out. The fat cells are fine with this for a couple of weeks, but then it hits them that they're getting mighty saggy. This is something they need to think about, so they take in water to offset any more loss of fat. This keeps them in equilibrium while they consider the whole thing. After a few weeks (usually somewhere between one and four weeks), they decide everything is fine and so they get rid of that extra water they've been holding onto. Then you are likely to have a "whoosh" or a "visit from the Whoosh Fairy." You may lose two or three pounds overnight. Then you'll go back to a normal loss of maybe a pound or two a week. Until your poor little fat cells freak out again, and hold on to some water to keep from getting any flabbier, until they decide it's all ok and you have another whoosh. Or something like that.

Is it frustrating? Absolutely! Does it mean that low carbing isn't working any more? Absolutely not! A lot of people think that this is why so many people quit eating low carb. "It works for a couple of weeks but then quits working." It doesn't quit working, it's just taking a pause to think things over. Have patience, continue doing what you were doing when it was "working," and you should get back to losing again in a few weeks. In the meantime, a pound a week is definitely not a stall!

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6/8/13 1:58 A

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I'm just now seeing these many more responses. Thanks guys for the info and suggestions. Kelp noodles sound interesting to me. Hmmm...might try those one day.

Yeah for now I am sticking to meat, eggs and veggies. I stalled this past week for some reason. Only lost a pound since Sunday. Not sure why. Of course I did mention in another thread I was having issues going to the restroom as I should. Not sure if that's it or not cuz I really wasn't doing anything different. Anywho..thanks again everyone. :)


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6/4/13 4:46 P

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I tried the shirataki noodles and didn't care for either the taste or the texture. Won't be going there again.

I did, however, find some almond-flour noodles which we love. The texture and flavor are similar enough to "real" pasta that we can't tell the difference. They're pricey...and they only come in three versions: fettucine, lasagna, and gnocchi. They're refrigerated, so you can expect that sort of cost. The ones we use are made by a company called "Cappello's." We buy them bulk online from the manufacturer, as we do for many other hard to find items (like my favorite coconut wraps! yum!).

I get our coconut oil in bulk from the manufacturer/importer, too. A brand called "Kevala." It's great stuff! I used to get it through Amazon, but if I can find it there, it's usually out of stock. Easier to just go to the direct source, IMO.

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6/4/13 3:07 P

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we just tried the kelp noodles the other night. they got a thumbs down in our house. though my dh said the dogs wouldn't even eat them. but, he was wrong, the dogs did eat them. emoticon

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6/4/13 1:07 P

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Shirataki method I use...
Drain and rinse, zap in microwave 2 min.
Drain again and zap 2 more minutes.
They are the opposite of pasta. They come wet so you are trying to get moisture out.
I like to make a Pad Thai kind of shirataki or alfredo. I bought some spinach ones that were good with the alfredo.

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6/4/13 11:12 A

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I use kelp noodles instead of a vegetable. I add tomato sauce or meat sauce on top the same way as I used to with regular pasta. Another option is to stir-fry with in kind of veggies with lots of coconut oil, and garlic, sesame, hot sauce and other Chinese or Thai seasonings. You are right that by themselves they don't taste like anything. I don't care for the texture of Shirataki noodles but the crisp texture of kelp noodles is very pleasant and not seafood smell at all.
Birgit

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6/4/13 10:02 A

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For me, the oil I use is about taste. I don't think that one type of oil is superior.

I tried shiritaki noodles, and didn't like the taste. Make sure to rinse them thoroughly if you try them, AFTER your equivalent of Induction. The problem with " noodles ", is what to put on them? They don't taste good enough to have with some vegetables alone. Something strong needs to be in there. Maybe eat it cold ( after cooking ) with olive oil, and garlic, along with some vegetables that you would put in a spaghetti salad. Try them hot, and cold, but put something strong tasting on them. They are bland. I didn't really notice any weight gain with it, but only tried them once. I really never liked potatoes, noodles, or bread, so was just trying them out to expand my diet.

I found out I am happier with just meat, eggs, veggies, and butter/oil. I just add more servings of veggies when I want more carbs, and then drop them to come back down. Every time I try to add more, I mess everything up. I finally realized that I can just eat 30-60 carbs a day, and eat the foods I love. Don't feel the need to up carbs, just for that sake. You can also slow weight loss by adding calories too.

If you try them, let us know how they turned out.

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6/3/13 7:26 P

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Coconut oil is good. You can even use it on your skin if you need or want to. Its a smooth creamy oil. I got some from walmart for like $6 but its not as smooth as what I got off amazon but it was cheaper.

This is the link to the Atkins website. even tho I dont fully do it the atkins way anymore I do still eat from the atkins food list/eat. I just count carbs different than they do.
community.atkins.com/Registration.as
px?mcid=atkhpbannerlg


Watch this about the atkins program.

us.yhs4.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?
p=dr+westman+diet&hspart=att&hsimp=yhs
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6/3/13 5:31 P

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i would probably eat shirataki noodles. the ones i buy have no net carbs. but, induction is only 2 weeks, so, one can 2 weeks without as well.
houndlover--i thought quinoa was a seed, not a grain. we do it sometimes. it's a good replacement for couscous, which is wheat.
i agree with moxie6 that with so many new foods available, they may not be included in, say, the atkins diet, because they weren't available when they published. so, in that way, you have to judge for yourself.

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6/3/13 4:24 P

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Thanks everyone! Yeah I was def leaning toward not eating them but I just wanted your thoughts. Thanks so much for all the info! :)

MOXIE6-I knew what you were saying. :) There are def a lot of things coming to the surface now that we didn't ever hear about before. Just like how low carb is now getting better exposure although there are def still many critics out there.

Edited by: GEMINIGEM6 at: 6/3/2013 (16:26)

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6/3/13 12:14 P

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Just to clarify, I wasn't saying to eat chia, flax, etc. I was just saying that there are a LOT of foods most of us hadn't even heard of a couple of years ago and there will be more coming down the pike I'm sure.....

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6/3/13 10:44 A

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Yeah, for induction I'd stay away from anything not specifically mentioned in Atkins. I tried both types of shiritaki and didn't go for either one.

Most of us here are also trying to limit soy, so try to find the type that's actually made from Japanese konjac root, not the tofu-based variety.

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6/3/13 10:11 A

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I would definitely stay away completely from quinoa as it is a grain and very high in carbs plus all the other disadvantages of grains. Flax seed is not as good a source of omega-3's as once thought and it is estrogenic like soy. Hemp is lower in carbs than grains but higher than nuts, still not the best choice. I don't know much about Chia but don't care for the taste. I know that it absorbs a ton of water.
Birgit

Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 6/3/2013 (10:12)
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6/3/13 6:53 A

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I would not have them during induction. Just meat, eggs, two cups of vegetables and one serving of cheese.

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6/3/13 6:36 A

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I would think yes ok to eat them. I would warn that there are different brands and varieties out there and there nutrition varies. Make sure to read labels. I've found a good selection at Whole Foods.

Also, there will be more and more kinds of foods coming to the forefront. Just think of the things few had knowledge of such as quinoa, hemp, chia or flax, etc..... And you'll have to make judgments for new ones as we get more access.

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6/3/13 12:46 A

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I have not tried shirataki noodles but know that kelp noodles (Seatangle brand) should be fine. Coconut oil is a healthy option for saturated fat.
Birgit


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6/3/13 12:21 A

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Are they ok during induction or no?

And what's with coconut oil? I've seen so many ppl talk about cooking with it.

Thanks. :)

And yes I've Googled both already but I want personal opinions. Thank you.


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