Joined June 2012
Weight History

Start Weight
172.0 lb
Lost so far: 21.8 lb

Current Weight
193.8 lb
Performance: gaining 0.1 lb a week

Goal Weight
175.0 lb
Still to go: 18.8 lb
Type II diabetic since 1994. Weighed 255# in November 2011, just before my gall bladder quit on me. Lost 35# by restricting carbohydrates in the 5 months after my gall bladder surgery. Started Atkins in June 2012 to get some order in my diet and to try to stabilize my blood sugars, which had continued to fluctuate despite my self regulated restricted carb diet.

Three months into Atkins I had lost another 22#. Blood sugars are much better regulated now that I am consistently on low carbs. Also, have reduced my insulin requirement by appx 1/2. I credit Dr. Bernstein's writings for turning me around and Dr. Atkins for showing me the way.

One year on Atkins and I had reached my initial goal weight of 187#. I lost 35# on Atkins for a total of 70# lost since my highest in November 2011.

In September of 2013 I started the Paleo Blueprint as proposed by Mark Sisson. I was down into the 180's and wanted to get on a lifelong system of eating, exercising, and living that was healthy and sustainable. Paleo is all of that and more.

In February 2014 I started eating the SANE lifestyle, as in Jonathan Bailor's book, "The Calorie Myth." this method of eating follows most of the tenants of Paleo, but simplifies it by simply saying to cut out starches and sugars, then eat copious quantities of low glycemic veggies, get plenty of high quality protein and substitute high nutrition fats wherever possible. No counting calories is necessary.

Since March of 2014, my weight has stabilized in the 165 - 170 lb range (-90lbs). I can't ever remember being that low except maybe just after graduation from Basic Training. Size 32 trousers are loose on me and need a belt to stay up. I feel great and have a huge amount of energy and stamina. My daily insulin requirements are ~1/4 of what they were in 2011. I am off all my cholesterol, blood pressure, heart, asthma, and allergy meds. My blood test results continue to show excellent health.

cpmodem's Weight History

cpmodem's Latest Member Challenges

  H2O Challenge: 64 oz a Day Keeps the Fat Away!
status: Completed
ended: 23 Jul 12
view progress


last weighin: losing 0.7 lb a week Down
last weighin: losing 1.4 lb a week Down
only visible to followers
cag eng
only visible to followers

cpmodem's Cookbook

cals: 164kcal | fat: 11.71g | carbs: 13.96g | prot: 4.40g
Garlic Artichoke
How to cook and eat tasty artichokes.
view complete cookbook

cpmodem's Latest Posts

Weight loss is stalling. What do I do?
Solid advice above on the need to cut out processed foods. Most folks won't do well trying to lose body fat while still eating all those unnatural food additives. Your body doesn't know what to do with them so they cause inflammation, water retention, and body fat storage.

I might add that consuming more carbohydrates than your body can burn will result in the excess being stored as body fat. Also, the high insulin that must be produced by your pancreas to cover the blood sugar rises gradually causes insulin resistance and more insulin needs and increased fat storage. The more fat stored (especially visceral fat) causes inflammation throughout your body. Excess body fat also leads to leptin resistance, which leads to constant hunger and more fat storage. A nasty roller coaster to get off of without drastically reducing carbohydrates.

It can be done. I've done it, and if I can, you can. I was a major carbo-holic, and HFLC was they only way I could get 'er done. Everyone is different, of course, so I encourage you to try different things to see what works for you.
posted 26 May 2014, 10:16
The general rule is to stay away from the Atkins packaged foods while on induction. I'd stay away forever, since they were my downfall while trying to lose on Atkins. Your chocolate snack would be a no no on Induction, also. The idea of induction is to clean out the cravings and PB and Truvia both have ingredients that will sabotage your clean up. Try to stay with as "clean" a foods as you possibly can. Once you purge your system and get your body adjusted to burning the "alternate fuel" fat, the weight should start dropping. Everyone is different, so you may have to tweak things a bit to get the bio-machine running as it was designed. I know that until I started weighing EVERYTHING I consumed (except water), I didn't make any headway on Atkins. Once I committed totally to the program, everything fell into place. I lost 40# in the first 3 months and transitioned into OWL, etc for the next 20#. Finally, I shifted to Paleo for the last 20# for a total of 80# since on FS (95# if you count what I lost wingin' it on my own pre-Atkins). Biggest tips that I could give about losing on Atkins is to stay away from packaged foods, cereal grains, & sugar. Also, keep your protein intake reasonable. I found ~1g protein per kg of body weight per day worked best for me. Eating more protein than your body can use will increase body fat, and at some point, increase cravings. Eat plenty of fat as long as they are the "good fats" Stay away from highly processed seed and bean oils (high in omega-6)& trans fats. Try to get pasture raised and fed animal proteins, wild caught cold water fish. Anything that raises your insulin level/needs and/or causes inflammation will sabotage you. Good luck.
posted 25 May 2014, 22:53
Whenever we take in processed foods, starches, sugars the pancreas will excrete insulin to get it out of the blood stream. If we eat too much starch (ie: more than it takes to replenish our glycogen stores) the rest is turned to fat. Do this for long enough and it causes metabolic dysfunction. This dysfunction causes us to crave more starches (sugars) and an endless loop is created.

Reducing starches, especially the refined/processed ones are an easy way to break the vicious circle. If a strict no processed food diet is followed for a few weeks (like Atkins's Induction), we can break the cravings and get on the road to better health. Just think real whole unprocessed foods. That's the key.
posted 11 May 2014, 18:42
You may have an allergy to certain nuts. I know walnuts do the same for me, so I limit them to 1 oz at a time/day. Other nuts and seeds are no problem (for me) so I use them to fulfill most of my good fats and fiber needs. Chia, Hemp, and ground flax are exceptionally nutritious and high in fiber. I mix them with nearly everything.
posted 29 Apr 2014, 13:43
Trying to find success
Type II for 20 years myself. On insulin for 16 of those. I lost 80lbs on LCHF and have kept it off, despite adding carbs in the form of low starch veggies. I cut my insulin requirements to 1/4 of what it was at my all time high. I found that cutting out all sugar and starchy foods was what worked for me. It was hard at first due to the addictive qualities of these foods, but eventually,the cravings went away and it is no problem anymore. I found that I couldn't follow any diet plan without writing everything down. It is very easy to over eat or eat the wrong things when you don't keep a diary. At least that is my experience.

Insulin causes fat to be stored, this is true, but for a diabetic, sooner or later taking it is a fact of life. The best control (therefore the least complications) can be achieved with multiple daily injections of long lasting and quick acting insulins. You can still lose fat while taking insulin, but you must continually strive to reduce the amount you use. Of course BGs must be maintained as close to normal as possible so LCHF is really the only way for a diabetic to get good results. By HFLC I mean in the under 30g/day range.

When the excess fat is lost, insulin resistance will decrease, total daily insulin will decrease, and losing fat will become easier. It took a year of close adherence to measuring, weighing, and tracking everything I ate, but now I am in the best shape of my life and have bountiful energy. It was worth the effort, and I only wish I had known when I was younger, how bad the Standard American Diet (SAD) was and how wrong the Gov't was with its so called Food Pyramid.

May I suggest reading Dr. Bernstein's books and listening to his monthly podcast for info on what a diabetic needs to do to deal with his or her disease. He is a bit fanatical in his regimen, but his results are undeniable. I use him as a base and modify his plan to suit my situation. Everyone is different, and should experiment to discover what foods do what to their BG's and overall health. Knowledge is power.
posted 17 Mar 2014, 14:38
view all cpmodem's posts

Other Related Links


The Paleo Diet

cpmodem's Recent Food & Exercise

cpmodem's Groups

Yes... I have Diabetes
This group is for anyone who is in some way affected by Diabetes. Past, Present, or Future... You or a loved one! Come join!

Doing Atkins the RIGHT way
Come in and learn about a healthy way to lose weight and keep it off!! Learn about Atkins the right way.

Daily Nutrient
Daily Nutrient is a simple Android app for FatSecret users to track nutrient intake and compare with USDA Food Guide.