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Posted: 28 Jun 2013, 12:01
I have been doing Nutritional Ketosis for 7 months now and I love it. It is the only thing I have found that works for me. I still have around 20 lbs to lose but the best part is, this is a WOE I can actually stick to.
We started a message board for NK (Nutritional Ketosis).
We are basing our WOE from the Book, The Art and Science of Low Carb Living.
Come by and see what you think. It is a great place to get support and advice. We share recipes and some of us post daily menus and macros. We would love for more people to join in.
Mary in LA

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Posted: 28 Jun 2013, 12:17
Wow, sounds really interesting! I'm doing a modification of 5+2, so I will check out the book. Best of luck to you, and congratulations!

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Posted: 28 Jun 2013, 12:19
Thanks Mary.Smile
What is 5+2. I haven't heard of that one. How is it going for you?
Mary in LA

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Posted: 28 Jun 2013, 14:57
Hi! The 5+2 diet is an intermittent fasting diet. It involves eating only 500 calories a day on two days of the week, then eating "normally" (but sensibly) the rest of the week. Good ol' Wikipedia has a good description of it.

The advantages for me are (1) no "forbidden" foods; (2) it's easy to remember.

The major mod I've made to the 5+2 diet came from a book called "Man 2.0: Engineering the Alpha", which also has intermittent fasting, but done slightly differently. It's meant for men, but even so, I learned a great technique from it: Compressing your "eating window", i.e. eating all your food within 8 hours.
I used to snack all day, thinking that eating many small meals was the way to lose weight. Well, that may work for some folks, but it didn't work for me.
The compressed eating window is giving me great results -- after being stalled for years, I dropped 15 pounds in a month! I don't know if I can keep up that pace of weight loss, but I can easily keep up this way of eating. All I do is wait until 12:00 noon before I start taking in calories, and make sure I'm done eating by 8:00pm. I worked up to it -- I started by waiting till 10:00am for my first calories of the day, then 10:15, then 10:30, and so on.

Now I know that for some folks, skipping breakfast is heresy! Smile But it's working for me. I start my morning with black coffee or tea or water -- nothing that has calories -- and I pack my lunch for work, usually with last night's leftovers or something simple like boiled eggs, canned soup, canned fruit, etc.

"Engineering the Alpha" advocates eliminating refined carbs entirely for the first two weeks. I haven't quite done that, but I've cut my carbs back and boosted my daily protein intake. Beef jerky and whey protein help me a lot. The book also requires (requires!) a "cheat day" once a week. Twist my arm -- make me eat ice cream! Smile
Hope this helps!

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Posted: 28 Jun 2013, 18:13
Thanks, it did help.
I am so glad you have found something that is working for you. WOWZ! 15 lbs in a month is amazing!
You are on fire!

I know several people that do IF so hey ya gotta do what works for you.
Skipping breakfast really helps some people.
WOOT WOOT on the 15 lbs!

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