Joined February 2011
Weight History

Start Weight
170.0 lb
Lost so far: 6.0 lb

Current Weight
164.0 lb
Performance: losing 0.2 lb a week

Goal Weight
125.0 lb
Still to go: 39.0 lb
I'm tired of wearing stretchy clothes because they are more 'comfortable'. They are certainly not flattering.

I know I can do it. I've done it before. In college I went from 150ish down to 125. It was great and I had a ton of energy - and I could wear whatever I wanted.

BUT... 4 years later I'm in the working world and not walking around a hilly campus with a bag of textbooks every day, or a cook to cook healthy meals for me. It will take a lot of work to get down from a high of 170, but I WILL get down to where I know I can be.

In fact I've already made the changes I need to make (watching calories, working out more often)... I just need to keep it going long enough to lose the weight.

It'll be better for my health and for my self-esteem (though not better for my wallet because I loved shopping while I was thin!).

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Low Carb diet...will this work for me?
Raven - I don't know the name of the study, but I know Gary Taubes goes into great detail in his Good Calories, Bad Calories about the studies that were done regarding lipids vs insulin.

From his website:
posted 08 Aug 2013, 13:25
What's going on?
Neptunebch wrote:
... I have always loved fish, chicken and meat so going LC has been a no brainer for me. I like going out to eat and ordering what I WANT and not what the restaurant wants me to fill up on. Give me ribs and broccoli please! I am by no means a LC prude though. I agree with your philosphy to chose the WOE that you want...

I totally agree with this approach. LC works for me because it helps me control my appetite, and as a result I end up following CICO without even trying. Without LC eating, I get cravings that are nearly impossible to withstand, and I end up eating substantially more calories than I would otherwise.

If only the two "sides" of the debate could realize that LC in itself doesn't necessarily lead to weight loss, and yet CICO doesn't stand up well to carb-induced spikes in blood sugar for some people.

We've all got similar goals and you have to do what works for you, not for the person next to you. Cool
posted 08 Aug 2013, 13:12
Low Carb diet...will this work for me?
Back to the original topic of LC eating, here's my attempt to state my case:

- When I do not eat LC (ie I eat breads, beer, pasta, rice, etc), I cannot control my appetite.
- When I do eat LC (ie chicken on salad, meat and bean chili, egg frittatas), I can control my appetite.

- If I eat carbs with breakfast, my blood sugar gets out of whack, so by 9am I'm craving a snack. If I avoid breakfast carbs, I can go until lunchtime without needing a snack.
- If I eat carbs at lunchtime, around 3pm I'm craving candy as a late afternoon snack. If I avoid carbs at lunchtime, I can make it until dinner without needing to eat.

Perhaps LC does tie into a reduction of calories consumed in a day, but that's not why I do it. In fact, I've lost 10 lbs eating low carb in the last month without even paying any attention to the amount of calories I'm consuming. I eat until I'm not hungry anymore (note: not until full, just until I'm not actively hungry), and that's enough.

I do LC because I can't easily control my appetite when I'm eating carbs, so I end up mindlessly and compulsively eating. I believe much of it ties into genetics - my mom has similar weight issues and she also only loses weight when she eats low carb. We have very different levels of activity (I exercise 3-4 times per week, she exercises 3-4 times per month), but the only thing that causes weight loss in either of us is low carb eating. Some people just seem pre-programmed to hold on to carb-induced fat.

On another note, I really like civil, interactive forums. Just because CICO works for some people and LC works for others doesn't mean either of them is right for everyone!
posted 08 Aug 2013, 12:57
Eggs and Cholesterol
I'm not qualified to answer your question about cholesterol, but given that question and the fact you want to decrease carbs, I highly recommend reading "How We Get Fat" or "Good Calories Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes (they cover the same topic but one is much shorter and the other goes into greater technical detail). My understanding is that it is not "cholesterol in = cholesterol up", that many other factors come into play. For example my dad eats lots of foods high in cholesterol, but he does not have high cholesterol levels.

If you're looking to have high protein breakfasts without too many eggs (egg yolks have almost all of the cholesterol, so you can eat egg whites without much worry - but read the ingredients before buying egg whites at the store, there's tons of stuff in them unnecessarily), I like to eat the following:
- a bean and veggie chili/stirfry with an egg on top (cooked over easy so the yolk is soft)
- salmon (smoked or fresh)
- cottage cheese or greek yogurt (still have some carbs, but are also high protein)
- egg whites cooked into a flat 'tortilla' wrapped around chicken or bacon
- egg white omelette with veggies

Hope that helped! Smile
posted 02 Aug 2013, 07:38
OUT with the OLD
"You know what they say,,,,,,,,

if it's in your closet, you WILL wear it again,,,,,,,"

Holly I agree with you 100%! That's why I've held on to one dress from my thinner days - my goal is to fit into it again (long way to go, it's a size 4 and I'm currently a 10).

Also, I really like - when you join a challenge you bet $25 (or whatever the bet amount is) that you will lose 4% of your body weight in 28 days. It's great motivation knowing if I slack off, I lose my money, but if I stay on task, I'll have more money later on to buy new clothes! Very Happy
posted 02 Aug 2013, 07:15
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