Considering Switching to Low-Carb Diet

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hollipop

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Posted: 13 Aug 2012, 20:01
Okay, so I have read several articles lately that have said for my body type I should try going low carb. I have fought doing so for a while because I really like my carbs. However, the article I read tonight was about a John Hopkins study that stated combining low-carb with walking caused a 29% increase in fat burning versus just low-fat with walking. It gave some great tips, and said to eat no more than 1600 calories a day and a max of 70g of carbs. Then get in 20-30 minutes of moderate walking with some light toning exercises each day. The results sounded great, but probably aren't typical (60 pounds in 5 months). Even if it doesn't work that awesome, I thought it would be worth a try.
However, I'm looking for some advice on what to eat/not eat. I know grains and potatoes are out. However, what about fruits and veggies? Which are good? I have heard people talk about starches, but am unsure what qualifies. Any advice is greatly appreciated. I will go grocery shopping tomorrow night to start the diet on Wednesday. Thanks so much!! Smile
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jsfantome

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Posted: 14 Aug 2012, 07:37
hollipop- I am not suggesting that you have to 'do' atkins...but their website is full of good information regarding low carb...and it's free. (atkins.com) They have some do's and don'ts, and some low carb food lists on both the phase I and II (induction and ongoing weightloss phases). Reviewing these suggestions might be very helpful to you.

In general - lots of veggies are allowed and encouraged. (with very few exceptions, like white potatoes and corn - due to their high carb/natural conversion to sugar content).

Some fruits - with varying serving sizes - with some exceptions.

In a very broad sense - when you read about 'eating low carb' - they are generally referring to eliminating processed foods, and sugars. Bread, pasta, desserts, candy, pastries, crackers, etc... read the labels!!! Better yet...eat things that don't have labels!!!

It shouldn't be too hard to get under 50g's / carbs per day and no more than 1600 calories - just by eating lean protein, healthy fats and great healthy carbs!!! (just get rid of the other stuff in your eating habits - and make your very most favored items become a rare treat instead of the norm.)

Good luck!!!
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hollipop

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Posted: 14 Aug 2012, 07:42
This helps alot! Thanks so much, I will definitely check out the website.
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BeaugezD

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Posted: 14 Aug 2012, 08:00
BTW/You will feel better on a low carb diet, and be prepared to go through carb withdrawals. Atkins.com has a lot of answers as far as carb counts and how to deal with withdrawals. Wishing you the best of luck....I love my low carb lifestyle!!! I am 50 years old and feel better than I have in 15 years!!!



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