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1/20/14 9:03 P

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Good point, Woubbie. I plan on talking to my Dr. very soon and I think I'm going to start carrying my BP cuff everywhere with me. LOL

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1/20/14 9:56 A

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Good point, Birgit!

CASS, make sure you and your doctor monitor any medications you're currently on very carefully. A lot of people on blood pressure meds, for instance, end up with low blood pressure because their diet is now lowering their blood pressure naturally and the meds are overkill.

As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits:
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?


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1/20/14 12:09 A

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Woubbie,
I'm glad you mentioned the dehydration possibility. That's the most likely explanation.
I suspect the metformin may not be necessary for too much longer.
Best of luck with that.
Birgit

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1/19/14 10:01 P

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Thank you so much, Woubbie. :) I really am feeling a whole lot better (and better about myself, too!) My doctor is a sensible guy and I know he probably really wouldn't tell me not to do something that is helping me lose weight and not be fatigued, but it's just a fear I have I guess. LOL That's what I get from hearing all kinds of bad things about Atkins throughout the years I guess.


(My mom-in-law works with Dr. Bailes in Hutington, WV and he's on Jimmy Moore's list. He recommends it for kids. I was so surprised when she told me that but I loved it at the same time!)

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1/19/14 9:58 P

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Yup, that makes total sense.

If your doctor balks, you can refer him to several excellent resources:

"The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living" by Phinney and Volek
"Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It" by Taubes
"Death by Food Pyramid" by Minger

All three of those are non-diet books; all three focus on the science supporting low carb as a healthy lifestyle.

Many doctors will not go against the conventional wisdom of low fat low calorie Eat Less, Move More. If that's the case, you can try Jimmy Moore's Low Carb Doctors list:

lowcarbdoctors.blogspot.com

Edited by: WOUBBIE at: 1/19/2014 (21:59)
As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits:
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?


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1/19/14 9:52 P

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May be TMI but I just started my period... that explains failure to drop any pounds again yet and retention of some water and probably some of the dehydration? :-/ At least I've figured out my mystery I think. LOL

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1/19/14 9:30 P

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Also, I am on a diuretic. I have an appointment coming up with my doctor and I'm going to talk to him about weaning me off of my diuretic. I am mostly on this medication because of swelling but also because of some blood pressure issues. I plan to tell him about my dietary changes. I really doubt it but I am afraid he won't want me to do low carb. Has anyone ever had a Dr. tell them not to low-carb?

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1/19/14 9:25 P

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Don't mean to worry anyone. I could be dehydrated. I am on several medications (Metformin & Actos for insulin resistance) and I guess those could have an impact on the level of ketones I'm putting out. I am moving my carbs back up to around 30 a day and am going to slowly work them back up to around 45-50.

This morning I did another ketone strip and I was on the light level (first color deviation from normal)

Thank you guys so much for your input.

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1/19/14 12:20 P

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Well, it could also mean you're a little dehydrated. My strips NEVER read more than pale pink unless I hadn't had enough water that day.

As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits:
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?


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1/19/14 12:03 P

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Now you got me worried. The ketone strips from Walmart that I use (ReliOn brand) have a moderate reading at 40 mg/dL. This is far too high for nutritional ketosis, which is rarely over 5 and usually between 0.5 and 4 for most people.
Readings much higher are a sign of ketoacidosis and uncontrolled diabetes. Make sure you retest and if it is that high again please immediately contact a doctor. Don't mean to worry you but this is NOT normal or desired and it is not the result of low-carb eating but of having out of control blood sugars.
If anyone has time to put up a link and supply more info that would be great. I'm short on time right now.
Birgit
P.S. Also make sure that you read the strip after 15 seconds, not later. It could be that there is a problem with the strips but have never seen that before.

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1/19/14 2:10 A

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Thanks so much for the replies, ladies. I tried to "dr. google" the answer to this and was driving myself crazy. I'm glad I just decided to come here. I should have known that a lot of people here would have an answer for me.

I feel so much better now. emoticon

I bought some ketone testing strips while I was at Walmart this evening and tested and I'm in the "Moderate" range so I'm happy with that and it was definitely reassuring to see the results of a ketone test. :)

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1/19/14 1:05 A

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Everyone responds differently as they adopt the low carb lifestyle. I lost in stair steps -- Last a bit quickly, then slow down or plateau, then lose quickly again. During the times I was 'flatlined' I lost inches. It takes a little time to figure out your personal pattern.

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Cassie. I noticed the same thing myself. However, I started at 20 g a day. Very slow progress, then quite by accident I added a few carbs and the weight started coming off rather easily. So now I've found my happy zone of around 30 - 40 net carbs per day for weight loss and up tp 50 - 60 net carbs for maintenance.

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1/18/14 9:54 P

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I second what Woubbie said.

You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

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1/18/14 9:49 P

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Normal.

There's a lot of different things that could be going on, but most of them involve water. The big loss the first week is largely water, along with a lot of sodium. Over time, though, some of that water comes back, usually by the third week or so.

Also, fat cells apparently will temporarily fill with water for a while when you're losing a lot of fat. Eventually they will ditch the water again, and you'll get what we refer to around here as a WHOOSH!

A much more effective means of measuring your progress is to take measurements, pick some "measuring clothes" to try on, or take pictures and compare them. Or measure your body fat percentage, though I haven't found a home monitor that's all that reliable.

As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits:
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?


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1/18/14 9:37 P

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Hi guys! Hoping for some guidance or reassurance. I started low carbing on January 4th and set my limit at 50mg per day and lost 11.4lbs the first week and 4lbs the second week. In the middle of the second week I decided that I would try to stay under 20g carbs per day after reading about the benefits of Atkins Induction phase. Now I'm standing still. Could it be that decreasing my carbs has made me plateau or is it just normal to hit a plateau after 2 weeks?

Thanks in advance for any help!

Cassie

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