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169# but I still fluctuate due to Congestive Heart Failure up to mid 170s

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Womens World Magazine featured an article on me for using prebiotic Chicory Root Fiber Powder

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Not on my bucket list but made the cover of a magazine with my weight loss using Prebiotic Chicory


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Pre-Biotic Chicory Root Fiber Powder, [white powder type] that has FOS Inulin - Just 1 tsp per day + any probiotic, fixes gut issues, helps weight loss, lowers cholesterol, good for heart and much more! I got it the day I began this journey and still take it every day.As of Dec 14 2020 I have lost over 150# so far!

So far I lost 122# and have about 40 more to go :)

Some vitamins & supplements help when combined with improved nutrition.

There is no 'magic bullet' BUT there are some supplements that do aid when combined with healthier grocery shopping choices.

Before considering a supplement, you need to get your menu in order. Bottom line whatever you decide will be based on whatever you first ingest !

Meal Substitutions: Instead of quitting or depriving yourself of a favs or **bad foods , try to substitute some or all of the **bad food, with an additional 'good food' !

Start eating the 'good' in addition to your normal eating and gradually you will abandon the **bad foods !

The more you fill in on low cal/ low carb good foods , the less you will want of whatever else you typically eat with them, so will naturally begin to wean off some of the **bad foods
[**bad =being high carb / high cal and junk foods].

Buy and use more lo carb / lo cal veggies such as :
Fresh or Frozen Broccoli - eat a 12 oz bag a day total for 4 servings of veggies, mix or match
Fresh or Frozen Cauliflower - eat a 12 oz bag a day total for 4 servings of veggies, mix or match
Fresh or Frozen Spinach - eat a 12 oz bag a day total for 4 servings of veggies, mix or match
Fresh or Frozen Brussles Sprouts- eat a 12 oz bag a day total for 4 servings of veggies, mix or match
{If you just add and use the above veggies eating at least 12 oz per day you will lose weight}

Lettuce - salads, wraps, use in place of breads crackers or pasta
Cucumbers - salads - snacks
Celery - salads - snacks - in soups
Cabbage - salads - steam fry - wraps - soups

Strawberries satisfy sweet urges ~!

Trying to eat at least 5-6 combined servings daily for Veggies & fruits and drinking 6 liters of water

Using Healthier fats : olive oil, use butter - no margarine!
Use 30g Protein Shakes for Coffee Creamer!

Using Whole Milk instead of lowfat milk in cooking~!

Increasing Proteins: Eggs , Meats, Cold Cuts, Cheeses
*Keeping hard boiled eggs on hand in fridge can be used in salads or for high protein snacks!

If you are over 30BMI - skip the nuts & grains til you are achieve your weight goal!

Not all otherwise Healthy foods are the same to use if you have a metabolism issue with carbs!

Carbonation in soda whether diet or regular causes fat cells to hold in sludge! It messes up the normal apoptosis and osmosis cycles at the cellular level.
Wean off or cut down on carbonated drinks ! The hinder weight loss~!!

Chicory Root Powder - Aids in Weight loss, prebiotic Inulin, heart, cholesterol, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, - Bought it for Arthritis but suddenly started losing weight faster!! Take with a probiotic - they work together!
I rarely use these anymore but they do work to suppress appetite when in a munchy mood :
Caralluma Fimbriata - curbs hunger taken in morning will prevent hunger urges.
Garcinia Cambogia - curbs hunger taken in morning will prevent hunger urges.

For sugar or candy cravings this helps pancreas and cuts down physical cravings for sweets. I no longer need it but did try it and it works and is good for lowering A1C for diabetics :
Chromium GTF Compounded with Yeast 200mcg 1 x a day taken with Niacin 100mg ~aids pancreas in converting carbs/fats to energy to burn when taken with Niacin to stimulate osmosis of fat cells causing a 'flush' to expel fats cholesterol and sludge from fat cells.
Must be taken together once a day. No increased value above recommended dose.

Flax Seed Oil - [omegas 3,6,9, alpha linoic acid] helps facilitate fat burning.
Probiotics - Lactobacillus & others - good for intestinal health and weight loss.

After trying numerous diets & aids, failing at all of them due to poor carb metabolism, I stopped dieting the old ways.

I now do all of the above and so far since March of this year.

So far, I have lost 139+ lbs without ever going hungry.

47# pounds came off between June 19th 2019~Aug 19 2019 after changing my grocery list and menu substitutes plus adding the chicory root powder & acidophillus once a day.

The substitutes I use are broccoli, cauliflower, spinach brussels sprouts, asparagus, which helped me wean off the breads pastas potatoes, rice and other high carb foods I used to eat regularly.

I also increased the fresh veggies and fruits (strawberries) and have cut out the beans and grains since I don't lose significant weight when using them.

I have a carb metabolism issue as evidenced by every failed diet I have ever been on!

Member Since: 12/8/2018

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My Goals:
Loose over 150 lbs in a fast and healthy way. I lost enough to get my hip replacement and shoulder surgery but still am waiting for spinal surgery
My diet has a name ! Its called Hi Protein Low Carb, like a different version and approach to [Dirty] Keto that you use macros over calories but watch both, but use more proteins as food fuel instead of fats. Its healthy and sustainable!
Its protein based emphasizing meats and low carb veggies which is what I have been doing for months~!

My Program:
12 oz bag of frozen veggies each day alternating : BROCCOLI , CAULIFLOWER, SPINACH and/or Lettuce
12 oz meat - chicken , beef or pork
3-4 slices cheese - American white or yellow, mozzarella, muenster , swiss or whatever
1-3 Tbs unsweetened butter
spices lots of calorie/carb free spices!
Chicory Root Powder 1 scoop added to water or anything else!

Personal Information:
Have had trouble losing weight since I was struck by a car. Now sedentary and regained most of the weight I lost in 2004
Need a hip replacement and spinal surgery but have to lose 100 lbs first.
Been struggling up and down 20 l bs all year.
Weaned off diet soda and bread/pastas
Eating more green veggies.
Taking safe supplements
Started Chicory Root recently and its helping me drop weight fast.
Achieved weight loss goal and had total hip replacement in Jan, so now continuing downward til I reach 155

Other Information:
I do 8-12oz lean meats or fish + 12oz of more of low carb bag of frozen veggies daily -[ keto friendly] - broccoli, cauliflower. spinach, brussels sprouts, asparagus etc optionally with either butter or cheese sauces mixed using greek yogurt &
I try to eat up to 12 oz of meat a day with some fish or eggs weekly, mostly hard boiled and chopped up with salad but sometimes like a small omelet with cheese
I drink at between 4-6 liters of water daily including a pot of coffee or tea [black or green tea] using Equate 30g Protein High Performance Shakes as coffee creamer.
I switched to Pyure brand Stevia blend as a sweetener. [this type of Stevia doesnt have that bad aftertaste]
I mix and match these foods with spices and bits of onions peppers mushrooms sometimes so far all satisfying and most importantly helping a healthier lifestyle while losing weight..

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    Reached 150# loss mark~!
    Still fluctuate several pounds but now its all real.
    I am wearing size 6 compared to size 32
    I have 35# excess skin but it flattens out with shapewear
    I can bend over and not black out
    I can do my own house work and projects
    Still losing weight but feeling so much better!
    117 days ago
    Hi Ave, emoticon

    I'm so glad you are back on SP. It sounds like you have had a rough but productive year. Congratulation on your 139 lbs. loss of weight and being able to have your shoulder and hip replacement surgeries. You must have been in a tremendous amount of pain and probably still are. I'm so proud of and for you. What a journey you have been on. You are a beautiful woman, you look wonderful for what you have been through.

    I too started my health and weight loss journey last year, Oct. 2019. Up until that date I had given up on dieting and exercise and was eating what ever I wanted (everything bad for me and very little good for me). Like you, years before (1997) I had lost 50 lbs. on the Atkins diet and lost focus and gained it all back. So I tried for many years+ to go back to the Atkins diet to no avail. I just could not get my mind set back. My A1C was 8.5 and I was starting to have some of the systems that a diabetic gets like tingling in my feet and others. I had stopped taking metformin a long time ago. (I had never liked taking any kind of medication). I can be very Stubborn.

    Any way, on that date Oct. 26, 2019 something clicked in me and I went to my kitchen and proceeded to throw away all items that had Sugar in them and then all bread, potatoes, pasta, rice, and processed foods etc. any thing that turned to Sugar in my body. Then I went to the grocery store and bought real food. Proteins, Vegetables, and Good fats. I had been watching Dr. Bergs videos and gotten his acceptable food list and had it with me. (I have that list in a thread called "Dr. Berg’s Healthy Ketosis™ Acceptable Foods List" on the Team "Keto - Intermittent Fasting & Dr. Berg's Videos", anyone can copy it and print it to take to the store with them).

    My main Goal was to get healthy by getting my blood sugar under control. My morning BS tests were between 250 & 300 and within 10 days I had gotten it down between 100 & 120 and as a side effect I had lost about 8 lbs. My weight had topped out at 207 and I'm 5 foot 5 inches tall. That's all it took, just 10 days and I have stayed with it for over a year. It is now my way of life, forever. I received a Glowing Message from my Doctor on my blood work and weight loss. I am now at 162.4 lbs. it took me about 10 months to lose 45 lbs., my Goal is 135.0 lbs., So, I have 27.4 pounds to reach that Goal. But, my main Goal was getting my blood sugar under control and that was done in 10 days. I'm no longer a Type 2 diabetic.

    My doctor said,
    I want to congratulate you on the enormous success demonstrated by these labs. You are no longer showing any evidence of diabetes, elevated liver enzymes, or elevated triglycerides. Your electrolytes, kidney function, and blood count also looked great. Your thyroid is in control.

    Please keep up your success and do not revert back to the diet that caused all the problems.

    Please review the labs and let me know if you have any questions.

    Regards, Dr. Tarpley

    Yes, you are very welcome to join any of the teams I lead. There is one in particular that is a very active team called "Intermittent Fasting" with only 135 members. The members are on different diet plans but, mostly Keto and they all are doing Intermittent Fasting. You would like it if you want an active team.

    The other 3 teams are not as active but I keep trying to get them going.
    They are called :
    "Keto - Intermittent Fasting & Dr. Berg's Videos" with 49 members,
    "WOMEN ~ BABY BOOMERS (1946.to.1964)" with 31 members, and
    "Fort Worth Texas & Surrounding Smaller Towns" with 20,716 members.

    You are welcome to join any of them you would like. Just go to my SP page and click on the teams and look around to see what they are about and when you decide just click to join. I'm looking forward to having you with us.

    emoticon (((Hugs))) Bobbie
    242 days ago

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