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Re: Alan S., Please Help!

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Posted by Alan S. on November 29, 2000 at 23:22:15:

In Reply to: Re: Alan S., Please Help! posted by Gert on November 29, 2000 at 16:24:00:

: : Alan and Ray, Thanks so much for your help. Your is the Atkins Diet, High Protein.Low Carb or Sommers' diet?
: It is confusing to me which is which and I am thinking they are all alot alike.
: I have a question. Are you supposed to stay completely and totally away from sweets and carbs? I mean, please explain to me what happens to the system if you eat correctly all day except for say a piece of bread. Does this negate everything you have done up to that point or does it just make things slow down?
: Also, did you have trouble getting off carbs? I did fine Monday - all day - until I got home and then I just went crazy eating CHOs! Should I taper off?
: I really think this would help me as I could live on carbohydrates - my ideal meal is pinto beans, macaroni and cheese and cornbread! HELP ME!!
: Gert

All of the low carb diets are basically the same. I tend to follow my own version of it which is kind of a blend of Dr. Atkins and Protein Power. For me, I had to go cold turkey with the carbs. I can't eat just one cookie, if I start, I will eat the whole bag. So, I treat carbs as if I were addicted to them, and I think I kinda am. No sweets, breads, potatoes, pasta, beans, etc. Period. There is the rare occasion that I will eat a meal with carbs in it like if I'm on a date or something. If I do eat any carbs, I make sure that there is plenty of fat and protein with the meal (the fat and protein tend to delay and reduce the insulin spike). But I know the consequences when I eat those carbs, and that will be a weight gain of 2-4 pounds that will take the next 2-3 days of strict low carb to get off (most if not all of the gain is water and glycogen). I've pretty much lost all that I need to lose and am more or less in maintenance now, so this isn't a big deal for me. As far as eating one slice of bread per day, the result varies from person to person. I all depends on how your body responds to the carbs, i.e. how much insulin gets released. Some people can probably still lose and eat a little carbs, but I couldn't. Another problem is that eating just a few carbs tends to fuel those carb cravings and you end up either hungry or eating more carbs. Alan S.

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