Low-Carb Support Thread

  1. As a low-carbohydrate dieter and recent convert to the sugar-free way of life, I thought I'd start a new support thread for those of us who are working to lose weight and improve our health by watching our carb intake. Weight Watchers has a similar thread, and while it's a wonderful support group, I don't want to co-opt their thread, plus there are major differences between the different philosophies that make it difficult to share weight-loss tips and information that don't conflict.

    You don't have to be on Atkins, South Beach or any "established" diet; I'm certainly not adhering to a particular low-carb program, although I started with the Atkins induction back in December to give myself a kick-start, and I still try to keep my carb intake under 60 grams per day. I'd like to hear the experiences and successes folks have had with the low-carb lifestyle, whether you were able to stick with it or not. I'd also like to exchange recipes and information with anyone who's interested.

    Thank you!
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   suzanne4
    I will definitely join with you. Suprisingly, I have been quite successful with this way of eating, and it has been hard. Almost no sugar free foods are availalbe over here. Finally received some sgar-free jello and puddings plus my Splenda a few weeks ago. And that has helped. Have noticed a significant drop in inches, especially around my waist. What I find that works great for me, I try to drink my "Thai" version of lemonade almost every night
    We have the smaller kafir limes over here, I use thee to four squeezed into a large mug, about 16 ounces, fill with water and add Splenda to taste, usually about three packets. It actually fills you up so you don't want to eat much in the evening or snack, plus the acidity helps slow down the digestive process. Have not had one soda or diet-soda in the past 4 to 5 months, and that also makes a difference.

    I do not stricly follow any diet, have just cut out white bread, white rice, white pasta, and sugar. The Thais incorporate rice into every meal, so at the office we make brown rice every day. I have a small amt of pasta maybe once every three weeks or so, no sugar, and a whole grain bread with creamed cheese or brie cheese when I want bread. I love carrots dipped in a bleu cheese dressing or ranch dressing as a snack, when I have to have something. Have cut out drinking any type of juice, if I can't have the whole fruit, I don't have it.

    Good luck to you, and looking forward to seeing other tips!
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    I'm with you on the whole-foods approach, Suzanne. I never drink fruit juice---way too much sugar all at once---but I love whole fruits (can't WAIT for summer!!) and eat a lot of salad greens, spinach, and green beans. I also eat small portions of nuts & seeds several times a week, which pack a good satisfying and nutritious punch for the carbohydrates. And portion control is mandatory---I used to have a HUGE appetite, but now I eat even the good stuff in moderation, and a lot of my digestive miseries (excess gas, bloating, heartburn etc.) have disappeared along with the 32# I've lost so far.
  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    I have lost 60# by low carbing,(over 2 years) but have gained back seven (the holidays got me started gaining). I can't seem to get back on track- I'm having terrible cravings.
  6. by   Jrnalist2RNinOR
    Well, I am glad you started this thread - I'll join in - I Just started low carbing again after a couple years of being off it and after about a week (i am so excited) I have lost almost 5lbs

    Its such a huge accomplishment for me - the cravings have been really bad though since we have so many carbs around and since my hubby is still eating them in front of me...he tries not to though (what a sweetie)
  7. by   sphinx
    I started South Beach after Christmas.....I'd already lost a *significant* amount of weight over the past 2 years>first on weight watchers, then by merely eating healthy (salads, fruits and veg, very little sweets). I didn't gain any back, but as I neared my goal I hit a plateau. Around Christmas, my eating habits went downhill and I went carb crazy.......sweets galore, and of course my biggest downfall-bread. Over the past 2 years I'd been avoiding breads and pasta except in small portions on occasion, but I got out of control. I got to a point where I felt literally like I couldn't stop! When I heard about South Beach, it made a lot of sense. After phase 1, the diet is very close to the way I'd been eating since I'd stopped weight watchers......not so much low carb, but good carb, good fat. Yes, it's low carb in a lot of ways, but it doesn't have you counting carbs, etc. The first 2 weeks however is pretty strict in what you can't eat, and while it was difficult, it really banished those cravings. After the first 4-5 days I no longer felt like eating 4 slices of bread when I came home. I didn't feel like a huge plate of spagetti was the best comfort food on the planet. The hardest part was no fruit and no yogurt. Now I have 1 fruit a day on most days and usually one yogurt a day (not always). The hard part is I just started a new job at a different home care agency instructing the field staff on the new point of care computer charting......the decision was made to have lunch ordered in *every day*!!!!! They've gotten a variety of stuff, but a couple days a week it is sandwiches. And cookies. I've learned to bring my salad anyway, but when this wonderful (and free) food is sitting right in front of you, it's hard to resist.....and I'll be doing these classes back to back through the end of June. Eek!
  8. by   UGAmomX3
    Hi! My hubbie and I have been on some form or other of Atkins since last June. I've lost 30# and he's lost 35#. We've found that as Dr. A. said it can become a way of life. If we eat bread at all, it's the Nature's Own Lo Carb(7gm). Our favorite dessert is SF Jello with a glob of Rediwhip.
    Mjlrn97 - I thought I was the only who was "cured" of my belly problems by the diet! Over two years I have had X-rays, IVP's, 2 CAT scans for abdominal pain (one trip to the ER...hubbie freaked and was sure I was dying) I got several diagnoses..IBS, gall bladder, and a shrug..here's some Malox.(that was helpful)After I had been on Atkins a month or two it occured to me that my belly was not hurting, belching or any other unpleasantries. I wonder if I have a glutten allergy. I've since heard some people do.
    Sphinx - have you seen the Dannon lo-carb (3 gm) yogart? It's..different..but it's not bad. Good for that little something in the middle of the afternoon.
    Just finished writing a paper for a class on Atkins. There's a lot of info out there..so many misconceptions!!
    Gotta go cook my yummie breakfast...sans bisquits and grits, but I won't miss them!! Mary
  9. by   lucianne
    I'm in. I've been low-carbing since last June and have lost between about 35 pounds. Just this past week I was seduced by Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies, though. This thread is a good reminder that I can and will get back on track (and no more Famous Amos in the house!).

    I've tried the lo-carb Dannon and it's OK.

    I'm very bad about exercise. I'm going to have to find a way to do 15 minutes here and there as my schedule is so busy right now.
    luci
  10. by   VivaLasViejas
    Welcome, everybody!!

    I always get a kick out of the way low-carb dieting is described as a "fad".......the diet has been around, in one form or another, for over 30 years. I remember my mother trying Atkins when it first came out around 1970, and it was the only diet she was ever able to stick to long enough to lose all the weight (about 60#). She kept it off, too........she just stayed on maintenance and kept a food diary for the rest of her life.

    Of course, like everyone else I was on & off the low-fat bandwagon for many years......starving to death and wondering why I couldn't stay with it for longer than a few months. I still think it's better to keep overall fat consumption down, but most of the fat I eat now is the "good" kind found in fatty fish, nuts and seeds. I still eat red meat once in a while (it's rib-eye steak tonight! ) but I eat far more fish and poultry than anything else. I rarely fry foods anymore.........it's supposed to be more or less OK on Atkins, but there's no need to fry things when they taste so much better grilled, broiled, roasted, or baked. (Yes, I do use some butter for flavor, but it doesn't take a lot.) My big splurge is popcorn: every couple of weeks or so, I'll make a big batch of the stuff the old-fashioned way---in oil on top of the stove, with lots of salt and butter---and share it with my family so I don't eat all of it. Yum!
  11. by   suzeeq
    I agree that this is the best @diet@. AND IT GETS RID OF YOUR FLATULENCE!
    Quote from mjlrn97
    As a low-carbohydrate dieter and recent convert to the sugar-free way of life, I thought I'd start a new support thread for those of us who are working to lose weight and improve our health by watching our carb intake. Weight Watchers has a similar thread, and while it's a wonderful support group, I don't want to co-opt their thread, plus there are major differences between the different philosophies that make it difficult to share weight-loss tips and information that don't conflict.

    You don't have to be on Atkins, South Beach or any "established" diet; I'm certainly not adhering to a particular low-carb program, although I started with the Atkins induction back in December to give myself a kick-start, and I still try to keep my carb intake under 60 grams per day. I'd like to hear the experiences and successes folks have had with the low-carb lifestyle, whether you were able to stick with it or not. I'd also like to exchange recipes and information with anyone who's interested.

    Thank you!
  12. by   Anniekins
    I started a "Low Carb Diet" about 2 weeks ago. I LOVE working out, and follow a healthy diet as is, but looking to drop 10 or so pounds. All of the low carb options out there are great....the low carb bread, and I personally think the dannon low carb creamy vanilla is better than the regular yogert!!!

    I noticed that eating low carb has made me less "tired"! Carbs tired me out!!!
    Some challenges I have, is candy......so high and carbs, and I just love it! Jellybeans and such.
    I also used to eat oatmeal for breakfast every day. What type of quick breakfasts do you all eat??? Also, do you all consider fruit to be high carbohydrate fruit??? Just wondering!!!! Thanks, Annie
  13. by   Jrnalist2RNinOR
    These are some of the things I will eat for breakfast (and I am in induction)

    I will have eggs (boiled, fried, omelet)

    I got these carb bars at costco that are yummy and satisfy my chocolate cravings

    I have jello (or for dessert)

    and when I am off induction I am looking forward to having some berries with heavy cream and a little splenda on it - mmmm

    I also have some carb free sausage (watch for corn syrup) or ham or bacon
  14. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from Anniekins
    I started a "Low Carb Diet" about 2 weeks ago. I LOVE working out, and follow a healthy diet as is, but looking to drop 10 or so pounds. All of the low carb options out there are great....the low carb bread, and I personally think the dannon low carb creamy vanilla is better than the regular yogert!!!

    I noticed that eating low carb has made me less "tired"! Carbs tired me out!!!
    Some challenges I have, is candy......so high and carbs, and I just love it! Jellybeans and such.
    I also used to eat oatmeal for breakfast every day. What type of quick breakfasts do you all eat??? Also, do you all consider fruit to be high carbohydrate fruit??? Just wondering!!!! Thanks, Annie
    Hi Annie!

    Good for you! I know what you mean about jellybeans.......it kills me to look at all the Easter candy in the stores these days and know I can't have any of it. Guess I'll have to get over it though, because it's not worth feeling like death warmed over after I consume stuff like that.

    I have to confess, I don't eat breakfast........working 3-11 and rarely getting to sleep before 2 AM, I usually sleep till 9 or 10 AM and am never hungry when I get up. It's around noon or 1 PM when I have my first meal of the day, which is whatever lunch material I happen to have around. Never have been much of a breakfast eater in the first place........I found that I got hungrier, earlier, when I ate something in the morning! Then I take my dinner to work (staying out of the hospital cafeteria saves big $$, not to mention calories & carbs) and eat around 7:30 PM.

    I usually have a small snack later in the evening, around 10 PM when I sit down to chart. I used to have a terrible time with hunger when I got off work, and would eat a whole meal when I got home around midnight.....not good. That late-evening snack has helped me sleep better, since it keeps me from being up half the night either starving or trying to cope with the indigestion I get whenever I lie down too soon after eating. It also helps keep my metabolism revved up; otherwise, I'd be going some 18 hours without food, and not only is that enervating, my body goes into starvation mode and hangs onto every bit of fat it can! In fact, my weight loss has picked up since I started doing this.

    I think I mentioned elsewhere that I do eat fruit (no fruit juice); it's worth the carbohydrates, and in moderation it certainly won't hurt you. Again, portion control is the key to all of this.........too much of ANYTHING is bad for you!

    Hope this is helpful to you, Annie.......it's not medical advice, of course, just things I'm learning as I go along.

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