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Let me know if you have any questions or need any help.

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starting today but grocery tomorrowjust tiptoing into it
interminted fasting I will start eating at 5pm
dont have too much low carb food so it may take a few days to manage

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Low glycemic fruits have less sugar in them so they don't spike your blood sugar. Berries, cherries, apples pears,grapefruit, peaches,apricots, etc. are a good example of really low ones. High ones are very sweet and often sticky like raisins, dates, prunes. There are charts online - go by glycemic load and not glycemic index. It's a huge curve and it takes a while to get up to speed.

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Wow! Thank you for all that information! I think I'm on the right track... Whew! I often have a yogurt... but thought I might need to limit it. We'll see. I prefer egg whites too. :) What is a low glycemic fruit? I won't eat cereal because of all the sugar, even in the so-called "healthy" ones.
Don't know if I've thought about uncured ham.... hmmm. I have started the intermittent fasting eating from 10-6... might have to try 10-7. Sometimes I'm not hungry within my window. :) Biggest deal for me is trying to eliminate sugar. I've been reading labels like crazy...

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I don't do percentages on my M.D.s diet. Many of us who are low carb don't as we are carb counters. I have to eat 125gms of net carbs a day or less and that is fairly liberal. It gives me lots of options. Anything under 150gms of net carbs a day is considered low carb. I don't eat a lot of carbs for breakfast as it triggers me and I space my carbs out and don't eat any without eating protein with them. My fat and protein varies. I don't worry about where they fall.

I mostly try to do clean eating to some extent. There are different concepts of what the term means. For me it means minimally processed foods, less sodium, less artificial sweeteners, and less omega 6 fatty acids. No transfat, nitrites, nitates, hormones, antibiotics, additives, chemicals, pesticides, preservatives, dyes, junk food, fast food, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, fruit juice, farm raised fish, cured meats, caffeine, MSG, alcohol, soy, gluten, foods that come in tins containing bisphenol-A, microwave popcorn that contains perfluorooctanoic acid, low fat foods, diet foods,. I like fresh grass fed meat if I can afford it, wild caught fish, organic when possible. Lots of fruits, veggies, seeds, nuts, fresh lean meat, eggs, fish, seafood, healthy fats, high quality dairy, and some legumes. Minimally processed non-glutonous grains RARELY, like quinoa.

This is a sample of my daily menu:

Breakfast - around 10:30 - 11 A.M. I don't eat a lot of carbs for breakfast because it primes me to want to eat all day.
Always - Egg whites - 4-6 depending on how hungry I am. (Dietary cholesterol is no longer limited by the American Dietetic Associations so yolks are okay to eat but I don't like them.)
Bacon - 2 strips uncured, lean, lower sodium. (No different than eating any other meat as long as it doesn't have nitrates, nitrites, tons of salt.)
A clementine or an orange
A glass of unsweetened almond milk. (Some people make their own which is really healthy)
I know some people are desperate to eat cereal and I'm not a fan but if you must then choose steel cut oats.

If I am really hungry I can also have a piece of uncured, lean, gluten-free sausage or homemade sausage I make ahead and freeze or even uncured ham but most days I only need the above. When I eat the extra food I often don't need lunch and will just have an afternoon snack.

Lunch - around 1:30 to 2P.M.
A large salad with mixed greens, lots of raw veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, green pepper, cucumber, red cabbage, green onions, olives, etc, plus 2 more cooked egg whites, and 2-4 ounces of grilled meat, some grated hard cheese, plus chia seeds unless I add those to my yogurt. I have different homemade salad dressings with vinegar and oil as a base, no sugar. More meat if I need it and a small piece of low glycemic fruit if I am not having one later as part of a snack. I drink water or decaffeinated unsweetened tea.

Sometimes I may need an afternoon snack if I'm not hungry and don't eat much.

Supper - 5 P.M.
A generous serving of turkey breast, chicken breast, lean beef, lean pork, veal, fish, seafood, etc. - 4-8 ounces before cooking
Sometimes I a serving of low glycemic veggies with a serving of a starchy veggie, such as beans, peas, sweet potatoes, winter squash, corn, beets, carrots, or rarely a serving of non- glutinous grains like quinoa. Grains are not anything I consider important or even beneficial to eat but some recipes are better with something like this. No more than one starch per meal. Usually not more than one starch a day. Usually I opt for 2 low glycemic veggies though like green beans, cauliflower, asparagus, cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, kohrlabi, rutabaga, turnips, zucchini, etc. cooked with a small amount of butter or olive oil or in homemade chicken stock. Plus a serving of fruit.

I eat a snack every day at 7 P.M. I don't eat after this as I do daily intermittent fasting.

Snacks are -

My M.D. insists on me eating one yogurt every day.
An apple with peanut butter.
Peanut butter stuffed celery
Deviled Egg plus radishes (I have a thing for radishes)
Hard cheese plus radishes
A serving of low sugar dark chocolate with at least 86% cacao with 1/2 serving of peanut butter.
A 1/2 banana and 1/2 serving of peanut butter - my doctor's idea as I have problem with hypokalemia.




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I'm new to low carb... My hubby did Atkins but got bored with the food... I want to go more moderate with low carb. not keto. SO my question is, what kind of percentages are you looking at? I'm trying to do around 1200 calories and focus healthy, low carb. Anything you can share I'd love to hear. :) I'm it full blown learning mode.


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I eat potatoes and corn as the nutrients are so much better in them than bread. They are also not processed.

Losing your significant other is a really traumatic experience. When I lost my mother I had some problems which lasted for years. I needed to get rid of her things and couldn't bring myself to. Thank goodness it improved. Some of us take longer than others.

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-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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I have a milk cow so I have my own good, farm fresh milk. Luckily I have no problems with dairy. 125 grams isn't bad. Especially compared to some of the strict diets. I know most diabetic diets recommend 3 carbs per meal (45 grams) and 1 per snack (15). So that is 150 to 165, depending on whether you have 1 or 2 snacks a day. It gives me something to work at anyway. I have been trying to have either bread, or potato, or corn. That is helping.

It is hard to believe what kinds of habits we can get into. I just simply could not bring myself to cook and eat a meal for the longest time. I kept thinking about dh and how "he couldn't eat this or that" or 'this was his favorite". It has been a very difficult adjustment. But I know I have to get into control and get things lined out for my own health.

I appreciate all your help.

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Dairy is actually the only drink with calories my doctor recommends so the milk is a good choice. I am lactose intolerant so I have almond milk. I stay below 125gms of carbs a day and can eat well on that.

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I have been trying to eliminate the dew completely. I do pretty good substituting chocolate milk. At least that has some nutritional value. If I mix my own, I can control the sugar, too. Thanks for answering.

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It sounds like you have really had a tough time. I hope your life continues to improve.

Some people just cut back on carbs. Not all plans are real low carb anyway. The one I went on wasn't. The advantage of the really low carb plans is that they get rid of cravings. That may be the problem that you encounter. I would at least do away with the Mountain Dew. It really has no nutritional value whatsoever and will hurt your chances of success.

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I just rejoined this team. I have a two fold purpose in doing so.

Just over a year ago my mother was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. She has managed it well with diet---no meds. So I am always on the look out for low carb, tasty recipes. Especially one dish meals or casseroles.

Also I need to lose weight. I eat far too many carbs. I also drink way, way too much Mt. Dew. My husband developed stomach cancer and passed away a year ago on Sept. 9th. during that time I lived on Mt Dew and whatever I could grab. sometimes a peanut butter sandwich or cookies, whatever. I went weeks without a vegetable. After he died, I had a terrible time eating. I just couldn't bring myself to cook a meal.

But this summer with a garden full of fresh veggies, I am beginning to do better. I haven't arrived yet, but I am improving.

Anyway is it possible to just cut back on carbs? I know most plans have you almost eliminate them and then build back up. Any suggestions?


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I think variety is definitely the best.

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That's a good list of omega fatty acids and good sources of protein. I've heard variety is best. Thanks for your help.

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It's a difficult question to answer. There are suggested levels but it kind of varies from person to person depending on what medical conditions you have. I would not recommend eating tuna every day due to contamination but you are supposed to eat fish a couple of times a week and vary the type. Other fish sources are salmon, anchovies, mackerel, sardines, cod, flounder, bluefish, trout, halibut, bass, pollock, herring, shrimp plus walnuts, walnut oil, flax oil, flax seeds, edamame, black beans, kidney beans, winter squash. I would not recommend supplementation unless your doctor recommends it.

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I'm wondering about the fatty acids. How much do we need daily? Can I just eat a can of tuna and be good for the day? emoticon

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I'm an R.N. who at one time did diet counseling. I'm glad that you found something that works really well for you. Most of us here have too. Atkins and other high fat diets are great diets and they help a lot of people but they are not for everyone. Many medical conditions preclude a high fat diet and some of us are just not cut out for it. My doctor put me on a high protein, low carb, moderate to high fat diet and it works really well for me when I'm on it. My son lost 125 pounds on it and I lost 50. According to many low carb specialists the reason most people are not losing weight on a low carb diet is that they are still eating too many carbs. I'm an active mesomorph who needs protein. When I stall or gain my doctor points out that I'm creeping up too high on carbs and when I make a correction, my problem disappears. I try to keep my carbs where I need to and the fat and protein take care of themselves.

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-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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Hi Everyone, I know I pull no weight here yet, and thought this information might be helpful.

One of the reasons you may not be losing weight is because you are eating too much protein. There are two ways to work a low carb diet, either higher protein, or higher fat. Most of us need to go the higher fat route. First, it is more satisfying with less food, and second, if you eat too much protein, your body can convert the protein to sugars for your body to burn. glucose. Its called glucogenesis. If you do some research you will see what I'm talking about. This is why most low carb diets talk about loading on the fat, it is to reduce the amount of protein you eat as well.

I keep my fat percentages between 65 - 75% and protein between 15 - 25% the rest carbs.

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Everyone is in agreement about transfat. I wish they would do away with them. I like the marbling too but not the huge globs of greasy fat. I mostly use olive oil or bacon fat and a little butter too.

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-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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Sorry, I just realized I said saturated fats. I meant to say "no TRANS fats"

I don't force myself to eat fats either. I cannot handle the big gobs of fat on a pork chops or steak or chicken.... I trim as much of it off as I can. But a nicely marbled piece of meat, I do enjoy.

I use coconut oil, butter, and bacon fat for cooking, and steer clear of vegetable oils because they are so highly processed.

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I worry about carbs too because I have to with hypoglycemia, I need to be more strict actually.

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-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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I am becoming the low carb police.
I am obsessed with low carbs!
Working hard on creating a healthy balance!
Anyone else having the same problem?

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Saturated fats are kind of controversial. There is little proof that they are a problem. Experts used to think they were but many of them now tend to lean toward processed meats being the problem and processed carbs. I tend to prefer the healthier fats too though. I don't force myself to eat any fat.

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Just make sure that the fat you do eat are good fats..... that is the thing of it. No saturated fats....

When I did Atkins the first time, I was eating very high protein, very low carb, and moderate fat. Almost 35 years later, I tried doing Atkins again, but I found the high protein was spilling over into my urine and I wasn't loosing weight anyway, so I have had to cut way back on that..... I am doing ok now but I have eliminated grains for now. Still eating carbs from veggies, and I replace Heavy Whipping Cream for most of the milk so it has a higher fat content and lower carb than regular milk....

Good luck to you, and let us know how you are doing....

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Are you tracking your food? I know that some people say that calories don't count but they do. I assume you are on Atkins. I have seen many people over eat the diet. I'm on a high protein, low carb, moderate to high fat gluten free diet. I don't eat make an effort to eat tons of fat. I decide where I want my carb intake and then I eat naturally while limiting carbs. Are you exercising? It is important too.

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-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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Hi everyone,

I am trying to figure things out. . . .on low carb, high fat why are people So excited about eating all that fat? Wouldn't it just slow down weight loss?
Have been trying to follow the plan of eating less than 20 carbs/ day. Felt I have been eating good. I have reduced cheese. Yet have only lost .5 lb in a week. That is crazy slow for a person that has 100 lbs to lose. Thoughts?

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True, and as they are usually more expensive as you often pay more for better quality that is a real plus.

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Another plus is it will go further and cost less.

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I also prefer the aged cheeses for this reason. They taste better and satisfy more so you can be happy with less. Their texture is better too.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
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The longer cheese is aged the stronger the flavor.
What that means to me is that I don't have to use as much of it to get full flavor.

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The longer a cheese is aged, the more expensive it is, and the lower the carb count it has. Fresh cheeses have more carbs and serving sizes matter. An ounce of cream cheese only has a gm of carbs but most people eat more than an ounce. The same with cottage cheese. No one eats an ounce. A half a cup of cottage cheese has 5gms of carbs.That's not a lot but if you are on Atkins induction it is a fourth of your daily carbs. The same with nuts.



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Well cheese is low carb, but it has enough fat to be high calorie, and that would stall weight loss, carbs or no carbs. Nuts are typically low carb (5 grams per 100 or so) but again high calorie. Cashews, the ones I really love, are 30% carbs, higher than mashed potatoes.

That it why it is so important to weigh and track what you eat and drink (calories, grams of carbs, fat, protein). Suddenly you find out that ....

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Thanks a lot, I will try to track my calories, though I don't think I am getting too little at all... Yes, it couldn't be because of grains or fruits because I'm not having any, and the veggies I eat are all low carb too.... maybe I should look into the possibility of cheese / nuts as a trigger.

Oh goodness.... I know I should stay away from coffee but I just don't know how to stop the habit because I am really addicted to caffeine, I get serious headaches if I don't have coffee.... I can't really afford to go through a week of serious withdrawal symptoms to get over my addiction because I'm pretty sure it would adversely affect my work....

Thanks for all the advise, I will definitely keep it in mind and try to make more of an effort about tracking my calories and making sure to have appropriate snacks on hand.

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You really need to check on your calories. You may not be getting enough. Females need a minimum of 1200 calories a day unless they are under 5 feet. Triggers are some kind of carbs. Cheese and nuts trigger some people. Grains are the chief culprit but if you are on Atkins you are not eating those. Fruits and high glycemic veggies also cause triggers but then on Atkins that is limited so it should not be a problem either.

Atkins did not recommend caffeine. It makes your blood sugar unstable and that could be the cause of your fatigue.

When you get that tired at work you probably need a protein/fat snack.

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Sorry but I don't normally fill in my food tracker, I know I should get in the habit. I am following Atkins (more or less), aiming to consume a maximum of 30g nett carbs per day. I don't count my calories. I eat three meals a day plus snacks.... the snacks I eat are compliant with LCHF principles (e.g. cheese, cucumber, cocktail tomatoes, egg muffins, biltong - which is more or less like beef jerky I think, etc...) I drink a lot of water (I'm pretty sure I exceed 2L most days), I exercise 3 times per week with a personal trainer and try to squeeze in an extra session or two on my own most weeks as well. Maybe I don't get enough sleep... I should try to be more consistent but I don't always manage to get to bed at the same time.... What are the known triggers that you mentioned? I know I need to limit my caffeine intake but sometimes it's the only thing I can think of to try and stay awake at work because I am sooooo tired I can barely keep my eyes open emoticon

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Without being able to see your food tracker it's difficult for me to access what your problem might be. You should be feeling more energetic after the first week or so. What low carb plan are your following? How many calories are you eating? How many carbs? Are you eating something that is a known trigger? Eating 3 meals a day and healthy snacks? How much exercise are you getting? Are you drinking enough water?

Everyone is supposed to get a minimum of 7 hours sleep a day and most experts recommend 8.

The coffee could actually be contributing to your problems.

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Hi there

I heard that following a low carb diet would make me feel more energetic (or less lethargic, at least) but after about 6 weeks of LCHF eating I still feel exhausted most of the time. I don't think I get too little sleep, really.... how much sleep am I supposed to get? Any suggestions to boost my energy levels? I am dealing with it in the worst possible way - by drinking too much coffee emoticon

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You are welcome. We all need to learn as much as we can so we can make the decisions that are right for ourselves.

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Thanks for your prompt answer! That helps me lots!

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Great!
Thanks SO much! That clears it up a bit. I've always been curious.

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Ketosis occurs when the body doesn't have carbs to burn for fuel so it burns fat. It produces ketones in the process and they can be detected in urine. Most people who have done Atkins for a while don't need the sticks because they can tell when they are in ketosis. Often you have bad breath. It kind of smells like nail polish to many people.

Actually fat is fairly satiating, like protein, and most people become obese from eating processed carbs. I can illustrate this to you best by having you picture sitting down at a table where on the left is a stick of butter and on the right is an equal amount of calories in carbs like soda, bread, potatoes, corn. You will easily be able to eat 800 calories of carbs but won't be able to finish your stick of butter. You will gag on it. LOL.

You can have the skin on the chicken with Atkins but not necessarily the breading. LOL. It has to be low carb breading.

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Very interesting.

Here's a question I've been curious about:
What, exactly, is ketosis? I've read about members checking 'urine sticks' to see if they're 'in ketosis'.

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To tell you the truth, there's ones on Atkins here on SP, that say that any fat in no problem. One asked me why I feared eating fat. I said that that's how I got fat to begin with. Well, I'll have to look at Atkins once again and consider and then sometime change over to SB, because it seems to fit me more. I know that SB discourages eating the skin on chicken,e tc., but I was told that with Atkins, that the more the merrier. Ya, so that's why I've been so confused. They said that the more fat you eat, the more you'll lose. Oh well, I'll just try to do my best and see. Thanks for telling me all you have.

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Actually you are not required to eat a lot of butter and fatty meats on Atkins and can actually concentrate on liberally eating other kinds of fats if you want to but it still is a high fat/low carb diet. The carb limit is very low in induction and that discourages a lot of people. You can have 2 cups of greens and a cup of very low glycemic veggies every day. There is a variety of veggies but usually only berries for fruit and cream for dairy. I've never done Atkins but I do feel it is a great diet and it will really take weight off quickly. A lot of people start out on Atkins and then switch to some other diet when the weight loss slows. People who do Atkins lose a lot more weight initially than people on other diets but at around the year point the other diets catch up. To me it's just a matter of preference. Atkins is a healthy diet and I consider Robert Atkins a genius and one of the most influential diet doctors of our time. Ketosis is not a problem in my opinion. It is not related to diabetic ketoacidosis. You will not be in the range of ketosis on South Beach.

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Ok thanks for that. I do really like SB and am trying to figure it out before starting, so that's I was wondering. I appreciate you helping me so much!! I'm thinking of staying away from Atkins because of how they insist you eat tons of fat, including butter, fatty meats including the marrow. It makes my tummy not feel very good, just thinking about it. I can handle butter at moderate amts., just not the overboard amt. Also, I kind've fear Ketosis because of already having some health issues. What are your thoughts on Ketosis? We don't target that with SB, do we?

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Did you decide to do the South Beach diet? South Beach and most low carb and lower carb diets don't set fat grams. We limit ourselves to healthy carbs where we fall in the correct parameter for it. Fat gms will vary but on South Beach they often fall into the"normal" high range. We don't fear healthy fats - it isn't what causes heart disease. Unhealthy carbs are. Avoid transfat and you will be fine.

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Here's another question for you.....what do we set our fat grams to be? I know that we're not maybe what SP puts us at. Can you help?

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Ok thanks a bunch!

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Most of us don't use the sparkpeople recommendations. It's too many carbs for most of us. Sparkpeople doesn't support lower carb diets. I have seen many people over eat a lower carb diet. My recommendations would be to eat between 1200 and 1400 calories a day and keep your net carbs below 150gms at the most. Most of us are way below that.

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Do we set our nutritional tracker to how SP sets it then? I thought that it was mainly counting our carbs.

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You can always have more veggies too if you are on South beach or more beans but keep in mind that calories do count on any diet contrary to what some say.

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Thanks, I appreciate you telling me that.

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Yes, I do. When you cut back on carbs you either have to increase fat and/or protein. I do both because I'm on my M.D.s own modified lower carb diet and the structure is a little different than most lower carb diets as it is designed specifically to prevent hypoglycemia. It's very complicated. LOL. But most people eat their 3 ounces of meat and if they need more they add an ounce or 2 more. That usually satisfies me. I would not eat a 16 ounce t-bone but you should eat enough to satisfy you within reason. Meat is very filling and people eat a lot less than what they think that can of it.

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I see that some people are eating a lot more protein than the 3 oz. at each meal. I think that I will have to too, with getting more filled. Do you too, Tish?

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You are welcome. Let me know if you need any help.

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