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Old 07-18-2015, 04:48   #1
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Hi, I've used atkins diet to lower weight and to control BS and getting great result. I've stopped cus i was not able able to maintain it. Unfortunately my BS has gone crazy again and as much as I try to ignore it it's not going away!

My question is:
1. How many of you have maintained this lifestyle for a long time 5 years plus?
2. Are you healthy and full of energy and looking good?

I'm sorry if this question has been asked and answered but I'm really desperate. I've ignore my condition (was 15mmol and it has progressed!!!) for 3 years and did a short month long stint of atkin and managed to bring my BS to a healthy 5.8 mmol.

Please advise me. I think complication are coming!

I'm starting to panic and having anxiety attacks.

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I've done it or 5 years but I've sh0rted it for fats and paid for it. I am trying to up my fats and gaining more energy. BS stays in line,but energy flags.



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Like Pat, I have followed the LCHF way of eating for exactly 5 years. My blood sugar is in the normal range - at all times. My blood pressure has reduced from just short of hypertensive to low normal. My dental condition needed work just after diagnosis. Since then, no issues there either.

In energy terms, my test is the handling of our wood supply that we use for winter fuel. Before my change, a one hour session with the saw left me a grey, exhausted dish rag and tidying up had to wait for a half hour before I could even think about it. Now, I cut at something approaching twice the speed and the yard is left clean and tidy after my session leaving me ready for my cup of tea and another go if the boss would let me.

I can't conceive of changing back to a high carbohydrate diet even if I weren't diabetic. And yes, I think I look better now than I did 5 years back. (more importantly, so does my wife )

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wait the minutes Mr John... what't that wood you were referring to? hahaha... is that what I think everyman is thinking about about every 10 minutes?

I'm thinking I will be going back to the gym and lifting weight!
Pat, you said your energy flags? I remembered when I was on Atkin I felt terrible! I was weak and I look like a hallow grey ghost!!!
But I've never gotten to more than a month or two....

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Each summer we receive a delivery of 20 cubic meters of wood for the following winter's fuel. The wood comes in logs 1 meter long. Our stove takes pieces of 33 centimeters so someone has to take each log and cut it into three pieces. 20 cubic meters comes to somewhere around 1,600 logs, and the 4,800 pieces then have to be stacked nicely out of the weather. It can be hard work

When you switch to low carb, high fat your body gets upset. Its first line fuel - glucose - suddenly isn't there.

After a couple of weeks (without cheating), it gets the idea that fats are actually a better source and once it starts burning that - you will see a jump in energy. Cheat and you wind your body back to square one and get nothing of value out of the exercise.
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Not quite 5 years (4+). I too used Atkins Induction/PhaseI for lowering BG and it worked very well. But it was rather limiting. Then I found this forum and was introduced to LC/HIGH-fat and that made all the difference in the world.

LCHF, if you are eating enough fat to make it HIGH fat, is very satisfying and is sustainable over the long haul. Like any major change in lifestyle, it takes time to develop a habit. Stick to this way of eating for several months so that you give yourself a chance to start feeling better and see continuous improvement in BG.

This forum is a great place to gain motivation and to keep motivated. Stick with us and we'll help you over the bumps in the road. We all have the same goal - controlling our diabetes and avoiding diabetes complications. You'll be in good company.

Note: I have flagging energy, but its related to other issues, not my way of eating. I envy those who are healthier than I am who have that coveted increased energy on LCHF that is common to this lifestyle.

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Had I stayed on the LCHF diet when I was first diagnosed, I would be well over 5 years on this woe. Instead, I avoided some high carb foods but ate others and my numbers are now high and I am back to gaining control of my diabetes.

The question should not be if this woe is sustainable in the long run, but making a personal choice to stay in control and in doing so continuing to choose a LCHF diet.

I would give anything to be in control now with low numbers. Instead I am regaining control and finding satisfaction in bringing my results down with readings that still too high but lowering over time.
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My energy flags but mostly from other causes but I am trying to up my fats to see if that will help me some. Sorry I misled you about that! This works well. I hope you decide to join us!




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Not quite 5 years (4+). I too used Atkins Induction/PhaseI for lowering BG and it worked very well. But it was rather limiting. Then I found this forum and was introduced to LC/HIGH-fat and that made all the difference in the world.

LCHF, if you are eating enough fat to make it HIGH fat, is very satisfying and is sustainable over the long haul. Like any major change in lifestyle, it takes time to develop a habit. Stick to this way of eating for several months so that you give yourself a chance to start feeling better and see continuous improvement in BG.

This forum is a great place to gain motivation and to keep motivated. Stick with us and we'll help you over the bumps in the road. We all have the same goal - controlling our diabetes and avoiding diabetes complications. You'll be in good company.

Note: I have flagging energy, but its related to other issues, not my way of eating. I envy those who are healthier than I am who have that coveted increased energy on LCHF that is common to this lifestyle.
Thanks for replying, I need all the encouragement I can get! Was just wondering what do you mean by upping the Fats? You mean take meat with visible fats? Or do you mean taking spoon full of say coconut oil etc? I am very familiar with atkin.

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Yes is the short answer...all of the above! You will be amazed at your cholesterol numbers after a couple of months. Don't be afraid of them.




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