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Old 04-22-2014, 17:09   #1
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Please do not regard that as a stupid question. I was watching a video on LCHF and they defined it as a lifestyle instead of a diet. How so?

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Diets (by my definition) are a method to lose weight and are usually temporary. Lifestyle is a broader change of patterns that are adopted and put into place permanently.

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Yes lchf is a lifestyle. We like to describe it as a WOE ( way of eating) rather than a diet as most people think of a diet as a way to lose weight and then go back to eating like they did before. If you want to control your diabetes with diet and lchf works for you, which it does for most, you need to commit to making this a lifetime way of eating. One of the dangers of going lchf is doing it for a short time and then going back to eating the SAD that causes so many problems, especially for diabetics. It has been shown that people who dabble in lchf and then go back to eating the SAD eat way more fat than they used to and high carbs ( Jenny Ruhl, Diet 101) which becomes a problem. I never plan to go back to eating like I did before, ever.

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It is my lifestyle. I can't eat the way I always did and expect to not be on drugs. Besides, after nearly 4 years, I have adapted to it and like it.




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I think the difference is that we all accept that our bodied are intolerant to carbs. As WW said, folks try to go back and their pancreas' say "What the heck?! I can't eat this stuff!" and the bad numbers return. So, I will add that TRUE lifestyles mean acceptance.

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I call it a WOL (way of living or way of life). Or WOE.

'Diet' used to mean something very close to WOE or WOL. But these days 'diet' tends to be a temporary change done only to accomplish a goal. Since my goal is to live a long and healthy life, the time most people think of 'dieting' is way to short for my plans.

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I'm new to the LC/HF way of eating, too, Dan. My old way of eating brought me an abnormal a1c of 6.1. If I go back to eating that way, I will continue to have an a1c of 6.1 or possibly higher and may suffer the consequences of diabetes complications, right? The only thing I can control is my diet and exercise.

There may be other ways to lower blood sugar. I do not want to take drugs, though! Until I find them, pizza and ice cream are off my menu, at least for a while.

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It is my lifestyle. I can't eat the way I always did and expect to not be on drugs. Besides, after nearly 4 years, I have adapted to it and like it.
Im with Pat- I really like it...and I feel SO much better. I was always sluggish on carbs- I now have a lot of energy. Just thought that was how I was supposed to feel.

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More energy has been the most amazing thing. It was Easter supper last night so I allowed myself carbs (Mom's homemade pie). At bedtime I had *such* stomach pain from gas, and this morning I feel so tired. It's a very good reminder of my "carb allergy".

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Since eating is essential to life and something most of us do several times a day, eating in a particular way almost by default becomes a life style.

Most of us on this forum use a LCHF WOE as a form of therapy for Diabetes. It allows us to keep our blood sugar in control along with providing a whole host of other health benefits. One drawback is you almost have to do more cooking than you might otherwise do. There aren't any pre-made ultra low carb meals available at the grocery store. When you add up all the time in your life that is devoted to cooking, testing, eating, and finding low carb ingredients and recipes LCHF definately becomes a lifestyle.

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