You ordered the "Spark Solution" book. Have you gotten it yet? I'm a little uncomfortable with the "two week jumpstart" idea, but it DOES tell you how to get started in a way that you can sustain. They sort of trick you into starting good habits by making you think "It's just two weeks; I can do that," and then you realize it's so easy that there's no reason not to keep going.
Low carb works IF it's also low calorie. My mother, who is type 2 diabetic, does low-carb periodically, and when she's on it, she loses weight. She thinks it's because it's low carb, but I tracked her calories when she was on it, and she was eating about 1000 calories because all the food she likes is forbidden! (She's in her 70s and not very tall, so 1000 calories is fairly safe for her.) But because all the food she likes is forbidden, she can't (or at least doesn't) stay on it for more than a few weeks at a time.
What matters is reducing calories while still getting sufficient nutrients. It doesn't really matter how you get there; if low-carb makes it easier for you to control calories, then go low-carb. I find that I'm the opposite; I lose weight best when I'm getting about 70% of my calories from carbs and less than 15% from fat. But that's because I don't feel satisfied without carbs. I can eat whole wheat pasta with veggies and sauce, and feel like I've had a good solid meal. If I have the same number of calories from steak or tuna or chicken, I still "need" some bread or potatoes or something or I don't feel like I've really eaten. Most people are somewhere in the middle-- that's why we talk about a "balanced" diet.
Basically, for this to work in the long term, you have to figure out what combination of foods works for you as an individual. Look at what calorie limit SparkPeople recommends for you, make different types of meal plans that add up to that number of calories, try them, and see how you feel. Most of the people who are successful long-term end up finding healthier versions of the foods they already eat, the slowly add in new healthy foods, rather than completely changing everything all at once.
Low carb does not always mean weight loss. If you are consuming too many calories, you can gain weight on low carb. Have you been tracking your food intake? How many calories are you consuming daily?
If you make your nutrition tracker public, I maybe able to give more tips. Let me know if you need the steps to do this.
Becky SP Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
5/6/13 7:02 P
Just how fast is this "very fast gain"?
If 6# literally piled on overnight, chances are it isn't a gain at all, just a normal fluctuation in water retention. It is very difficult to attribute blame for a "gain" that comes on fast....
If it's been piling on a half pound here, a half pound there, with the scale trending up over a period of weeks, then yeah, you've probably got a legit gain going on. But the reason for it is likely to be "too many calories in vs calories expended." You can overeat on ANY eating regimine, low fat, low carb, vegetarian, gluten-free - any of these have the potential to be helpful OR harmful to our efforts.
Are you weighing and measuring your portions? Do you know how many calories you are taking in each day? Is it more or less than your Spark suggested range?
Are you unhappy and/or bored with your low-carb choices, which is setting you up for periods of "not wanting to do it today" or "cheating" or "binging" or other over-indulgences?
If you don't like "low carb" - pick foods that you do like. And then implement regular weighing/measuring/journalling and exercise good portion control. If you do this, it won't matter if you're low-carbing, high-carbing, paleoing, or whatever.
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5/6/13 6:49 P
Guess the low carb thing isnt for me. Gained 6 lbs very fast on low carb. Feeling fed up and dont know what to do next. I keep yo yo-ing. I know I definitely need to get off my butt and excersise. Im working on that. But the low carb thing isnt working out. Feeling frustrated. Any advice? Melanie