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Easiest and Effective Way to See Weight Loss is to Cut the Carbs

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    Moderation works for me. I'm so sorry for people who are allergic to nuts, or shellfish, or who have other issues with food.

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    SB that's right, cutting carbs helped me! I lost the quit-smoking weight by cutting down on carbs.

    But "....replacing heavy fatty desserts with lighter healthy ones".....

    There is no such thing as dessert as part of the meal IMO. It's never something to be expected every day. If I grew up with dessert as part of each evening meal, I would be fat.

    A dessert is only an occasional treat.

    Thank goodness I didn't have to deal with dessert! Pasta, breads, cheese, mashed potatoes and pizza are hard enough to limit.

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    I like the 80/20 rule as it works and is realistic. If I know I will be in a situation where the food may not be that healthy, I make a point of eating very well a few days before that. 80/20 usually means that I can eat one so-so meal every other day. That covers most situations where I can't eat my usual home-made lower carb foods.

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    The only diet I've ever successfully lost weight on and kept it off for a while, is one high in unprocessed food. Lots of vegetables, fresh or frozen and heated. Lots of fresh fruit, like 6 servings or more a day (no fruit juice) and lots of beans. I ate very little meat or poultry and cheese only as an occasional sprinkle on vegetables. Any grains or breads were whole grain because whole grains are filling. I didn't count calories or carbs and I lost weight at a rate of about a pound and a half a week. I've never had to lose more than 25 pounds, but it's not easy to cut back when you love to eat. I think once I can get 5 or 6 days of eating healthy, it gets easier. But it's hard to get started, damn hard!

    Like Victor mentioned, the holidays make it hard to eat healthy. There are just so many heavy sugar and heavy fat things everywhere. It's hard to avoid it all. I felt like I had to walk through Sam's Club with blinders on tonite and I still ended up with a couple containers of Spiced Pumpkin Soup that have a light cream base. I justified it as healthy because it's soup, right? But really, it's food porn.

    If you have time to read read a book this time of year, this one is good: https://www.amazon.com/Salt-Sugar-Fa...Sugar+and+salt It's not a diet book by any means, but it's a real eye opener about how big food companies try to get you to eat more and more. It might make you mad enough to eat less processed food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadishRose View Post

    There is no such thing as dessert as part of the meal IMO. It's never something to be expected every day. If I grew up with dessert as part of each evening meal, I would be fat.

    A dessert is only an occasional treat.

    Thank goodness I didn't have to deal with dessert! .
    You sure didn't grow up in my family. We do love our desserts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlondieBoomer View Post

    I still ended up with a couple containers of Spiced Pumpkin Soup that have a light cream base. I justified it as healthy because it's soup, right? But really, it's food porn.
    You know, you can make a really quick, tasty pumpkin soup with no dairy (or dairy substitutes) using canned pumpkin. Just saying.

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    **bump**. For a very relivent and useful thread. No carbs! Portion control!

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    I was told by my dietician that I can eat as much meat as I want as long as I keep the carbs low each day. So I have no desserts, small amounts of rice, pasta
    and only thin bread. Only diet soda. Ginger snaps have low carbs and low sugar. So far I have lost only 2 pounds after a month.

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    A low carb, high fat diet works best for me. I know it's counter to the prevailing mantra but everybody is different.

    I can eat sausage and eggs for breakfast and I'm good for 5 hours.

    But if I eat a so called healthy breakfast of Oatmeal with raisins and a banana that has the same amount of calories as the sausage and eggs, I will be ravenously hungry in an hour or two. But everybody is different. My wife can eat the same oatmeal raisins and banana breakfast and go all the way to supper time on it.

    So I think you just have to find what works for you.

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    sorry
    Last edited by Son_of_Perdition; 05-21-2017 at 12:22 PM.

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    I am always 6 or 7 pounds over what my weight should be for my height. I do agree that cutting carbs is the way to go. Everyone talks about how not to be hungry on this or that diet. Know one has addressed my problem. I love to eat, I love to cook and I love the taste of food. Hunger has absolutely nothing to do with it. When I'm out for the day and someone suggests having dinner and they ask me if I'm hungry,It doesn't matter. I'm the first one through the door of the restaurant. I am on a gluten free diet. The doctor warned me that it is very restrictive and a challenging diet. Little did he know that in a matter of months I mastered making pizza that is to die for, cakes, cookies,biscuits and the list goes on,all with my gluten free alternatives. So what is a piggy like me suppose to do? I can't seem to stay out of the trough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Son_of_Perdition View Post
    Low carb for me, being diabetic, playing around with my menu was a never ending story. I need to eat something at least every 5 hours. Last intake is 10PM (protein & low carb fruit). I lost a bunch of weight over the last 2 years, kept my A1C normal (most current is 4.4) and have basically ignored every nutritionist's list there is. Eat a lot, I mean a lot of eggs. My LDL & HDL are normal as are my AST & ALT. My doctor just shakes his head. Get my veggies but need them cooked almost beyond recognition, raw plays hob on my digestion. Haven't had bread or pasta in 2 years, miss the pizza though. Everyone is different, so don't listen to nay sayers when you pass on the salads, but eat your beans.
    An A1C of 4.4! That's really good isn't it? I'd like to get mine down in the 5's at least. It currently runs in the low 6's and I'm in the pre-diabetic range. I'm trying the low carb way now and I'm down about 5 lbs in a month. I still have another 20 to go to get down to my high school weight which is where I'd like to be. 5 lbs a month is a slow pace but I don't mind because with low carb I'm eating as much as I want to and never feeling hungry.

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    delete
    Last edited by Son_of_Perdition; 05-22-2017 at 11:29 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Son_of_Perdition View Post
    Jul '15 mine was over 12, not good, depends on what article you read between 3.0 - 6.0 is normal. I found I can eat sweet potatoes (no reg ones, twice a week), berries in moderation, beans/beans/beans. Avocados, olives, cottage cheese, eggs, meats (red in moderation) & take 1 Tbsp of Braggs raw, unfiltered, with mother - Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water before meals, doesn't bother my counts. The vinegar helps with digestion, weight loss,,,etc. In two years I've never gotten use to the taste, good luck. My BMI is 24.6 haven't seen that number since I was 14-15. Stay away from fake butter, low fat dairy products, whole daily is better (once again in moderation) for diabetics, Plenty of coffee with half n half is my vice. I could get my BMI lower is they would let me weigh naked before 9 AM but no one wants to see that!
    That sounds a bit like the South Beach Diet which I think would work for me to maintain my weight. However to lose I need to cut carbs more like the Atkins diet. To me the South Beach is more healthy, but Atkins is probably better for getting the weight off. Not that I would follow either one to the letter.

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    sorry
    Last edited by Son_of_Perdition; 05-21-2017 at 12:22 PM.

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