Joined February 2015
Weight History

Start Weight
166.0 lb
Lost so far: 22.0 lb

Current Weight
144.0 lb
Performance: gaining 0.1 lb a week

Goal Weight
140.0 lb
Still to go: 4.0 lb
I'm 54 y.o., 5'3", and a breast cancer survivor. BC treatment made me gain 40 lbs. That added with the 20 lbs gain I had had right prior to the BC diagnosis (2009) because of thyroid radioactive iodine ablation and my endocrinologist wanted me to be in a hypo-thyroid state for at least 6 months prior.

6 surgeries in 2 1/2 years and a round of chemo, combined with chronic pain due to surgeries and chemo side effects plus displaced vertebrae in my neck plus hormonal therapy made me pretty much unable to lose the weight I gained - I had actually gone up to 191 lbs. I have been disabled since January 2010. I am an ex-gymnast and a formerly VERY active person, so not being able to do much in terms of physical effort was really hard. I was able to lose some for a while by calorie intake regulation, then hit a plateau. After that I was able to maintain it, but not lose it. Even if my normal diet was pretty much raw vegetarian with eggs and cheese and fish in there.

I started Atkins on February 11 2015 with a starting weight of 179.2 - the site doesn't allow me to add things that happened before I registered. I actually started a weight loss diet based on calorie count in October, at 191 lbs. Anyway, it was really a big undertaking for me to go on Atkins, because of my normal diet - eating meat daily, and so much fat, but I gave it a shot and it worked. Now I'm more on low cal diet.

I am quite knowledgeable in terms of nutrition - before my coming to the US, in Europe I used to be an alternative therapies medical doctor, so I know heaps about medicinal plants, nutrition and all the other good stuff. There wasn't (and still isn't) a legal frame for me to practice here in the US.

Search youtube for "LCHF cooking for weight loss" and the first result will be my new channel.

dayberndt's Weight History

dayberndt's Latest Member Challenges

status: Completed
ended: 06 Jul 15
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dayberndt's Cookbook

cals: 161kcal | fat: 9.30g | carbs: 9.14g | prot: 10.77g
Rutabaga & Chicken Casserole
Great for LCHF and Atkins.
cals: 79kcal | fat: 5.84g | carbs: 12.09g | prot: 1.39g
Oat Fiber Pancake
This is a very low carb pancake that is based on oat fiber (NOT oat flour).
cals: 51kcal | fat: 4.04g | carbs: 3.28g | prot: 2.26g
Chocolate Cookies
Low carb chocolate cookies for Atkins or ketogenic diets.
cals: 128kcal | fat: 6.86g | carbs: 0.00g | prot: 15.13g
"Breaded" Chicken Shake & Bake
The chicken is much tender than prepared the traditional "breaded" way.
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dayberndt's Latest Posts

Carbs ugh
You know you can make LCHF chocolate and be able to eat it with no worries. Also, there are a few companies that make LCHF chocolate that is not even THAT expensive.
posted 27 Jan 2016, 13:53
Going Vegan/Vetetarian
I think the vegan diet can be as bad for the body as any other extreme diet. Our ancestors weren't vegan - they were omnivores. Vegetarian diet, though, is feasible. Get some eggs and diary in there and you're fine. I've been that all my life - until I got diagnosed with breast cancer - and is very feasible. Mostly raw fruits and veggies, with some boiled lentils and beans and dry peas, eggs and the occasional cheese or yogurt and you're good to go. Good luck to you.
posted 12 Sep 2015, 07:03
No Weight Lost
I usually eat under 1000 calories a day and I feel fine. Since I started the weight loss journey, my blood sugar and cholesterol are in normal range, the atherosclerosis I have in a couple of areas is almost gone, and the osteopenia (stage before osteoporosis) I had in my lower spine is gone too, my bone density is now normal. It's all in WHAT you eat and how you eat it. also, don't get discouraged. I went as long as almost a month without losing on the scale, but losing a lot in measurements - always measure your waist, hips, forearm, upper arm, thigh and calves. Went from a size 14 to a size 5. Being on Atkins, I discovered after a while that whenever I would plateau for a week, a day of "carb splurging" will kickstart my metabolism. Yes, water is very important. But by my observations and experience, SLEEP is exceptionally important too. Every time I'd sleep under 6 hours a night there would be no weight loss. Every time I slept 8 hours, it was a dramatic weight loss.
posted 24 Aug 2015, 18:07
Just diagnosed diabetic
I know a lot of people who were diagnosed with diabetes type II after becoming overweight and got completely normal after following Atkins/LCHF diets and losing weight. Myself I was on the brink of it, my cholesterol was high, now I'm normal.
posted 24 Aug 2015, 17:58
severely constipated
You can take senna. Also you can have some flax seed. The fiber content is very high, so you are left with very little net carbs. Make yourself some flax seed meal crackers. They are very easy to make and very efficient. You can look in my cook book for the recipe. I have been on induction since February, and also am on opiate pain management (which causes constipation) and I am able to not have constipation problems by making sure that I get enough fiber without screwing up the net carbs count. Also, do not forget the water intake. You need at least 6 x 8 oz of water a day (caffeinated beverages do not count towards this amount)
posted 21 Aug 2015, 15:18
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