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  • High Protein Low Carb...Is it working for you!

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    25 posts, 16 voices, 1507 views, started Mar 26, 2010

    Posted on Friday, March 26, 2010 by Cristina Corral




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      Hi Fab40 ladies,

      I am an advid high protein, low carb eater.  I love the fact that, for me, low carbs work well.  I have noticed that as I age, my body is much more sensitive to carbs, so I stay away from bleached flour, pasta, rice and sugars.

      Is anyone else out there doing some sort of low carb diet or lifestyle?  I would love to hear your success stories or any challenges that you face.

      What I do notice about myself is that if I engage is high carb eating, I will definitely notice that my cravings for these starches increases and soon enough my jeans will fit a little snugger.

      It works well for my and I am not limited to what I can each.  I love salads and can load them up with good carbs from rich vegis and excellent protein like salmon, turkey, chicken, etc.

      Would love to hear from you!

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          Trudy S wrote Mar 26, 2010
        • I am the same however I supplement with Isagenix high protein shakes (23 grams of protein per serving).  They are also full of the best, cleanest nutrition so I am full of energy and don’t feel deprived.  Pretty tasty too!

          I definitely notice how my body will crave the whites (most carbs are white!) if I start indulging.  However, I just increase my shake volume for a while and it all goes back to normal.



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          Rose Nino wrote Mar 26, 2010
        • I agree with you and it’s pretty much the same for me. I am just happy that I have my IsaLean shakes! It’s definitely true that a healthy body will crave healthy foods and an unhealthy body will crave unhealthy foods.  

          estaticheart



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Mar 26, 2010
        • Unfortunately, I really love carbohydrates and being Italian, it’s hard to cut back on pasta. But, even reading Christianne Northrup’s book about mid life and women’s health it’s true that we need less as we get older. If I eat too much I notice I’m bloated and I retain water.

          When my husband was in college getting his exercise science degree he ran a human performance lab and taught gross anatomy. He worked with a lot of elite athletes, testing tissue samples under various conditions. He told me that when we consume carbohydrates, as in starches, we hold 2 molecules of water to every molecule of carbohydrate. When we consume protein, we can actually release more water because of the way we use water to metabolize protein. I still love pasta but only in smallish portions now.



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          Cristina Corral wrote Mar 26, 2010
        • That’s great food for thought, Cynthia.  The 2:1 ratio is why we bloat!  I never touch pasta anymore.  It just is too filling and the after effects of the bloating are worse.

          My mother is a gourmet cook and she LOVES cooking pasta so you can imagine what I grew up with!  Oh, the days when I could eat only Pasta and bread and butter on that bread!!!tongue out



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          Dawnkaren wrote Mar 26, 2010
        • I have tried the high protein/low carb approach with some success, however it had an unpleasant side affect with me........erm...constipationohhhh  This way of eating does not agree with my digestive system.....lol

          I really like South Beach Diet (Phase 2) where I can eat healthy carbs.  I switched to 100% wholegrains, brown rice etc. and cut out all white bread, flour, sugars.

          I love wholegrain bread and feel miserable if I cut it out of my diet completely.  Maybe I’m addicted to carbs!

          Like Cynthia, I love pasta.  I feel great on small portions of good carbs.



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          Cristina Corral wrote Mar 26, 2010
        • That’s awesome.  This WW you can eat a lot more varieties than on a basic high protein, low carb diet like atkins or lindora or south beach!

          My parents did south beach and they ate gloriously because my mother is a gourmet cook and she prepared her meals beautifully.  I don’t have the same knack for cooking!frown  But whatever works, I say stick to it!



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          Vikki Hall wrote Mar 27, 2010
        • Cristina I have been a health journey for the past 2 yrs. It’s been trial and error but I keep getting closer. I mainly follow a diabetic diet but I get very cranky and sluggish if I don’t have some form of carbs. So that has been my last food frontier..... trying to switch my brain from bad carbs to good carbs. I’m still struggling but I will succeed!



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          Cristina Corral wrote Mar 27, 2010
        • Vikki, you will succeed. There are so many healthy good carbs.  Once you get the bad carbs out of your system, your brain will not be calling for them!



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          Karyn Olson wrote Mar 28, 2010
        • I did do the low card diet once and I lost a lot of weight...and I felt good...and I have tried it since but no luck...between trying to quit smoking again and dieting I am having a hell of time...frown



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          Cristina Corral wrote Mar 28, 2010
        • Oh, Karyn, I say quitting is far more important for you!  You go girl!!!!!heart



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          Melody2010 wrote Mar 28, 2010
        • I eat carbs, but in moderation.  I limit myself to 3-5 per main meal and 1-2 for a snack.  I try to choose whole grains, brown rice and healthier carbs rather than to cut them out.  Good luck to everyone on whatever program works best for them.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Mar 28, 2010
        • I think that women in our generation have been bombarded through out lifetime with one program after another. We’ve eaten low fat/no fat. We’ve devoured gallons of cabbage soup. We’ve eaten bowls of brown rice. We’ve eaten little caramels with appetite supressant in them. We’ve taken pills, been wrapped in gauze soaked with herbs and laid out like mummies. We’ve eaten steak, bacon and cheese until we‘re so constipated that as my friend Arlene put it - “I either need a really good dose of fiber.....or a stick of dynamite.”

          I think the diet industry preyed on us and used us as guinnea pigs. But I’m with Term. I’ve been doing this the old fashioned way with watching my overall food intake and making sure I exercise. Energy in/energy out. Take in too much for what I burn - I store extra energy as fat. Take in less than I burn - I release the extra fat storage. I think it really boils down to simple biomechanics. That’s probably why programs like weight watchers and south beach have been successful for so many people in the long run. They‘re based on solid principals.



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          Cristina Corral wrote Mar 28, 2010
        • I live by South Beach and change it up sometimes with Atkins, but I agree, the food manufacturers, diet companies have made millions and millions with all of the fad diets.  Don’t some of the commercials look so well put together, even referring to clinical studies, that I think...Only if I buy this, then my belly fat or whatever will disappear!  Since I incorporated hiking (not too much) I have found the key.



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          Coachmombabe wrote Mar 28, 2010
        • A diet primarily of veggies and fruit works best for me. that’s not to say I don’t include plenty of meat, but it’s best if my main portions are veggies.



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          Lee McCaskill wrote Mar 28, 2010
        • Has anyone done the Belly Buster Diet?  I lost 63 lbs. of the 93 I have lost on it and still do its maintenance.  It is the only diet I have ever lost on AND kept it off!  It is just what you are talking about Christina, low carb and low fat.  I am writing a book now and incorporating what I have learned over the years with tips from everyone so if all of you want to get specific on tips and help me write my book, please go to dietersden.ning.com social network and post more! It is going to be “Belly Bustin’ Tips you can use on ANY Diet” and I just finished a children’s book last year, “Do Booger’s have Calories?” (gotta get ‘em to read it somehow!)



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          Cristina Corral wrote Mar 28, 2010
        • Haven’t heard of the Belly Busters diet but will look into it.  I think people generally do the low carb thing to the extreme; wrong.  You need to have healthy carbs and fiber from vegis.  If you do not eat roughage, you will be constipated.  If you eat only high fat things like cheeses and eggs and meats, then I can see why you are getting plugged up, so to speak!

          You will lose weight like that BUT you will also have those side effects that you all have mentioned.

          If you limit your carb intake to a very low in the begining some say 20 some say 50...after a couple of weeks, you can start adding carbs in incriments of 5.  If you stop losing weight, then whatever your carb intake is at that time, that is your maximum carb allowance for you to continue to lose or maintain your weight.



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          Lee McCaskill wrote Apr 1, 2010
        • The Belly Buster Diet is very balanced and you don’t get constipated—it incorporates 15 fruits, 30 veggies, just about every lean meat and several low carb breads twice per day plus 2-5 snacks per day—you are NEVER hungry and lose, lose, lose! The herbal supplements are really great, too and very safe and the body wrap is phenomenal!  But back to it being low carb and low fat—you have to eventually add the right fats back to the diet because fats are what make the good cholesterols that make all of our hormones (this is the microbiologist in me talking).  And on the Belly Buster Maintenance plan they‘re added back in to a safe range.



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          Wookiemom09 wrote Apr 1, 2010
        • I have been cutting out the whites - white bread, sugar, rice, potatoes and adding in the whole grains and brown rice.  I try to keep those down as well and filling up on veggies and fruit.  I also noticed red meat has a way of hanging in for days so more fish and chicken.  I am so battling to get alot of weight off and slow but steady loss since Jan.  

          Great Topic!!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Apr 7, 2010
        • The past week I’ve been getting my carbohydrates primarily from fruit and veggies with a definite decrease in grain products. I feel much less bloated. I think my skin looks better, too.



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          Irina Hurme wrote Jun 7, 2010
        • I have done the same as chocolatier with same results. And lot of meat and yoghurtfor protein! Not excessly of cource, total 1600 KCal/day.



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          Irina Hurme wrote Jun 9, 2010
        • I’m interted, please do! I want much more information from actual people, not just book knowledge. heart

          So, you have my vote!heart



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