Start Weight:(25 Aug 12) 276.6 lb
Current Weight:(18 Jun 13) 267.8 lb
Goal Weight:200.0 lb
following: yduj57's own diet
performance: gaining 0.1 lb a week

I am in my mid-50's, married for 20+ years, with two daughters in their late teens. I am about to go back to school next year, and very excited about it.
I have struggled with my weight on and off my whole life. I have not tried every diet out there, like some. Mostly reduced calorie, low fat, balanced approach. Weight watchers, Zone, my own variations. As I have gotten older the weight seems to go on easier and come off slower. I have also developed hypothyroidism, and a bad combination of blood lipids (low HDL and high LDL). I have eaten mostly vegetarian for the last five to ten years, due to my daughters' preferences.
May 31, 2012, made the shift to Atkins after months of struggle with trying to closely follow USDA recommendations, logging all my food, eliminating virtually all "empty" calories...and slow to no weight loss. The weight is dropping off much easier now, and I feel good. Some headaches and leg cramps at first. Rode it out, and made sure I was drinking enough fluids. Still tweaking, but I feel like this is my future direction.
My inspiration for these changes came mostly from the YouTube video by Dr. Lustig; Sugar: The Bitter Truth, and videos and books by Gary Taubes. Highly recommend "Why We Get Fat; and what to do about it" by Taubes. He also has a website, www.garytaubes.com
My most recent bloodwork has shown a nice increase in HDL, and a dramatic drop in triglycerides. Ratios are all looking much, much better. No statins for me, thank you!

FatSecret member since: 11 Jun 12

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cals: 110kcal | fat: 7.51g | carbs: 1.74g | prot: 8.55g
Egg and Bacon Breakfast Muffins
A protein packed on-the-go breakfast muffin.
cals: 302kcal | fat: 21.78g | carbs: 1.49g | prot: 24.32g
Marinated Flank Steak
Delicious (and affordable) marinated flank steak frequently used in Asian and Chinese cuisine for stir-fry's.
cals: 35kcal | fat: 0.14g | carbs: 7.43g | prot: 2.77g
Rice-like Cauliflower
A mild tasting cauliflower "rice" dish that's well worth trying.
cals: 161kcal | fat: 10.32g | carbs: 3.67g | prot: 13.42g
Quiche Muffins
Low carb and low sugar vegetable and ham quiches.
cals: 272kcal | fat: 14.56g | carbs: 3.07g | prot: 30.93g
Summer Shrimp
A quick and easy shrimp dish that's light and delicious.
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Nature vs. Nurture
Genetics matters. I live with it day in and day out. My husband and daughters are slim, and eat with abandon. My husband's pants size has not changed more than 1 size since high school. He is 59. His mother's brothers had the same build as he does. My 16 y.o. daughter is tall and very slender, and would love to gain weight, but has not been able to do so. Both of my daughters seem to have his metabolism which allows them to not have to worry about what they eat, and how it will effect their weight.

I have struggled my entire life with my weight, but even more so since my husband entered my life. I had maintained a 70 pound weight loss for nine years before I met him. Since I have lived with him, and his more reckless eating, I have been fighting with more or less success, trying to keep the weight under control. I am the only one who exercises regularly. I eat more veggies than the rest of them combined. Until I started to understand more of the science of weight loss, I felt like I was on a sinking ship. I now know how to best eat for my body's chemistry. My family of origin has a predisposition to weight gain...varying from overweight to severely obese.

This is not said as an excuse for my weight. It is an observation.

And there are studies in controlled conditions that demonstrated just what you described Paperiniko...a calorie deficit without weight loss, and no weight gain with a calorie surplus. Check out the work that Ancel Keys did with conscientious objectors during WWII. It showed that the participants bodies had a strong resistance to weight loss after the initial 10 to 12 weeks, in spite of daily exercise. There was another study that showed a resistance to weight gain in a different controlled study. Both are described in detail in Gary Taubes book, "Good Calories, Bad Calories" in Chapter 15 on Hunger.

I have often read that weight loss is 80% diet, and 20% exercise. My opinion is that it is 80% genetics....then after that, it is 80% diet, and 20% exercise. I suppose since we can't do anything to change our genetics, it is irrelevant...except so far as we compare what we are eating to those around us. Then we must embrace/accept the genetics we have, and work with the tools at our disposal to change what we can.
posted 01 Sep 2012, 20:24
How should fatsecret handle people who are using it to further anorexia?
I see from your profile that you are studying counseling. As such, I am curious to know what you think fatsecret can do to affect someone's choice to use this site in a destructive way. There are plenty of people who record their food intake, and keep it private from all but their buddies...so it makes it next to impossible to determine everyone who is in the category your describe.
I think it is sad that someone would be intentionally harming themselves this way, but can anyone realistically do anything to change their behavior through this community? Wouldn't that be something that the people in their immediate lives would be better positioned to change?
One of the positive things about fatsecret is that we can all find our own path to health and fitness. While veganism works for you, for me it would be a path of ill health. But I am not about to preach to you that you are making bad choices. They are your choices to make...as are my choices my own to make. I am sure you have approached your choices with education and observation, as have I.
The one area where I get concerned is when the participants are under 18. They often are pursuing extreme and unhealthy goals in the pursuit of weight loss, at a time that their bodies are still developing.
I don't deny the case you described is sad. But again, what would you suggest, since you did raise the question?
posted 01 Sep 2012, 10:15
protein powders
I get the Designer Whey protein powder...fairly low in carbs, and I can get it at a decent price at Trader Joe's. So far I have tried the chocolate and the French Vanilla. Both were good. My daughter tried the chocolate and liked it...she is a VERY picky eater.
posted 29 Aug 2012, 19:42
Apple Cider Vinegar doesn't play nice
Have you thought about cutting out fructose? It is processed in the liver, and one of the things it does is caused an increase in the chemical that causes gout. I have pseudo gout in my knees. Since cutting out the morning o.j., along with eliminating all sugars, my pain has dropped dramatically. This was after watching the YouTube video Sugar: The Bitter Truth, and learning about the biochemistry. The other thing that has helped my joint pain, is eliminating wheat and other grains. Listened to a podcast yesterday on Jimmy Moore's website, where they interviewed Dr. Davis who wrote Wheat Belly. He is a preventative cardiologist. He has seen incredible health improvements when people eliminate wheat. Worth a listen to...especially if the ACV is hard to stomach. I use it on my greens, like you...and on salads. But that isn't going to get the same outcome. Maybe some other foods you are consuming are the source of the inflammation, as they were with me. Worth checking out.
posted 28 Aug 2012, 06:42
Hoser is right....how many carbs is really dependent on you and your person biochemistry. And, what is most important is that you eliminate as much processed food as possible, and get most of your carbs from non-starchy veggies.
If you are wanting to try low carb there are some great books out there other than Atkins...Gary Taubes book, Why We Get Fat, Phinney and Volek Art and Science of Low Carb Eating, And Wheat Belly by Dr. Davis. Those are a few just off the top of my head. The more you learn, the more you start to find out that low carb eating has to be very personalized to your biology.
posted 27 Aug 2012, 15:45
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