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Old 02-22-2012, 16:27   #1
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Ok reading here i im told to not worry about calories unless i misunderstood it, but being a Big boy to say the least i am watching my calories eating 500 to1000 calories less per day this is what i was told mt my dietitian according to the BMR calculator, but as i said i have been told since im on a LCHF diet not to worry about calories but i still do because i can eat quite a bit if i want to, so trying to keep calories reasonable, anyway when i search BACON i get 5 different calories for it 40g is 140 calories and also 40 calories? plus 3 in between with different websites so now i have no idea how many calories BACON has, and was wondering if someone could explain.

Also i used to buy it from shops never looking at the ingredients in it if it had sugar or not, and sometimes from a guy i know Italian man who made it at home smocked salted etc but in big pieces not rashers i don't think he used sugar but he might have not sure

So one would it be correct that the home made one is a better option or not, and the calories part has me confused?

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A low-calorie diet is usually low-fat. It is not compatible with a low-carb diet, which is high in fat.

Your dietitian subscribes to the theory (and it is just that, a theory) of "calories in - calories out." But this hasn't been proved to be correct - just look at all the obese people who are "watching their calories" and eating low-fat.

This is a low-carb, high fat forum. The members here have been successful in both controlling their BGs and in losing weight by the LC/HF way of eating. Most do not count calories because that is not the way this diet works.

When the body has gone from using glucose to using fats as fuel, the fat stores are released and the person experiences loss of fat. There is no need to starve oneself by keeping calories very low (as one would do if on a low-fat diet).

Sometimes we just have to do the research and take what the "professionals" say with a grain of salt.

Read the threads on this forum about the LC/HF lifestyle - read how so many people had great success with it, and still do.


One more thing regarding "eating a lot". When you increase the fat in your diet, you become satisfied/full more quickly, and you stay satisfied for several hours. After a while on LC/HF people find they aren't eating as much because they aren't as hungry all the time.

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here's the thing - almost everything i do now to control my diabetes is NOT WHAT I WAS TOLD when i was diagnosed with diabetes. everything i learned about management of the diseases that WORKED came from stuff i found out via on-line forums - ie,, dr bernstein, and lchf.

i know its kind of shocking in the beginning. how can everything you are told be so, well, wrong?

and eating fat is good for you? that one shocked me for awhile.

so here's an idea :

pick a goal number for your a1c, and a weight loss number (ie, 10 pounds). give yourself 4 weeks of a strategy and see what happens (i picked lchf). am i getting closer to my goal a1c? am i losing weight? that was my litmus tests

so at the end of 4 weeks you can have definitive data : when i tried solution x diligently for 4 weeks, here were the results.

then you can know, with a big more certainty, what is working for you and what is not.

i know its easy to be cynical (why would medical professionals LIE TO ME, or at least NOT KNOW what works), and sometimes the only way to understand is to see how you do.

so, how do you do on low carb? or reduced calories? or whatever you are trying?

if you can think of your body and diabetes as your own personal science experiment you will be LEAPS AND BOUNDS ahead of the game over the long run.

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I don't count calories, only carbs. But that doesn't mean I eat anything I want. If I eat more than I burn off, I will gain weight. So you do have to be aware of the amount you eat. At every meal I try to have 20-28 grams of fat which is about 1-2 Tablespoons of fat, 15-20 of protein and 10-15 of carbs. No dietician would recomend that, but that is what works for me. As far as the bacon, I usually will eat 3 slices with breakfast. For the nutrition count read the back of the package. Since different bacon is sliced and processed differently the calorie counts may vary. I usually buy unsmoked, naturally cured bacon with no nitrates.

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Different cuts, different processing, different smoking (flavors added) even different base meat, pork versus turkey, all cause bacon to have different nutritional data. Best bet is to read label for each. Not much help I know, but best answer I can give.

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Thanks for the advice

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This is a low-carb, high fat forum.
While it does seem that way sometimes because of the enthusiasm those of us eating this way have, I'm reminded of Jenny Ruhl's comment in an interview that diabetes is not so much a disease as a symptom, and there can be many reasons for it. Although not common, she knows people who actually spike on fat!

We're all diabetic, but definitely not all alike.

The beauty of this forum is that while we accept and embrace lchf because it has worked for so many of us, we also acknowledge it's not the only way. It's the sharing then exploring for ourselves how various strategies work with our own body that's important.

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I too am doing lchf and still in the weight loss mode. I do not count anything except carbs. I also do not eat if I am not physically hungry. That means that most days I have 2 meals and one snack sized meal.

Just for giggles, I decided to input everything I ate for several days into an app on my phone that calculates calories, fat, etc... I wanted to see how the total calories I was eating compared to the number of calories my doctor recommended I consume on the ADA diet each day.

What I was just about spot on each day or a little under the recommened amount. The app even sent me a warning that I was not eating enough and should up my calories. LOL I think I was like 7 calories under the recommended amount.

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More than an LCHF forum, it's an "eat to your meter" forum. Every food affects each of us differently. For example, I'm super carb-sensitive, but there are some veggies I can eat that others cannot.

Many of us -- most, I believe, but definitely not all -- find that our meter leads us to LCHF. We do find it's a great place to start for new diabetics, or those who are new to control. And we harp about it a lot simply because so many medical professionals try to steer us away from it.

Back to bacon -- it's one of those items I eat, but not in huge quantities per day, much less per sitting. So, personally, I pay much more attention to how my meter reacts to it rather than the number of calories.

With bacon, as well as any other food, I do look at labels to make sure additives are minimal or, preferably, absent altogether.

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Originally Posted by VeeJay View Post
This is a low-carb, high fat forum.
BTW I'm totally open to eating carbs if you can convince me they will not make me store fat and give me heart disease, cancer, or alzheimers. Right now my belief is anti-carb, but my number one constraint is to listen to the real science.

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