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Old 02-27-2018, 21:25   #1
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Looked at all - keto looked the most promising but seems like more complicated than the others and I am afraid I wouldn't stick to it. Atkins worries me because it eventually adds carbs back, etc.

My decision - try low carb Paleo and drop my daily carbs down to <50g. Pretty simple to follow, and still only have to count carbs (which I do anyway). Tried it for a week -
- lost 7 pounds
- my average BG dropped from 160 to <96!
- Sugar no longer even looks good any more. Big change from the constant cravings from prior.
- Feel full most of the time.
- My dawn phenomenon issue has dropped from 135 to < 110.

Did go through a bit of the "low carb flu" for a few days, but it passed quickly. Dull headed, energy way down, etc. But now feel much better than before I started it.

YMMV. Just thought I would share an experience.

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Well, that's a great report. So glad you found the way of eating that suits you.

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For those starting out lowering carbs, you will likely eliminate eating processed, boxed, ready to eat foods. Many of those are loaded with salt and suddenly your electrolyte balance changes. It is said you can take the rough edges off of the low carb / Atkins flu by being a little more liberal with the salt shaker or salt grinder. I have switched from regular salt to course pink Himalayan sea salt that I grind to the degree of fineness I want.

Oh, and congrats by the way.

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For those starting out lowering carbs, you will likely eliminate eating processed, boxed, ready to eat foods. Many of those are loaded with salt and suddenly your electrolyte balance changes. It is said you can take the rough edges off of the low carb / Atkins flu by being a little more liberal with the salt shaker or salt grinder. I have switched from regular salt to course pink Himalayan sea salt that I grind to the degree of fineness I want.

Oh, and congrats by the way.
Yes, and even if you eat no less salt, you actually NEED more once you stop eating so many carbs. High-carb diets cause water retention and sodium gets retained along with it. Those initial 5 - 7 pounds that many people lose VERY quickly on low-carb are almost all water. So, once water retention is addressed by low-carb you will need to eat more salt than previously.

Nearly all "Atkins Flu", it seems is in reality low sodium.

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Looked at all - keto looked the most promising but seems like more complicated than the others and I am afraid I wouldn't stick to it. Atkins worries me because it eventually adds carbs back, etc.

My decision - try low carb Paleo and drop my daily carbs down to <50g. Pretty simple to follow, and still only have to count carbs (which I do anyway). Tried it for a week -
- lost 7 pounds
- my average BG dropped from 160 to <96!
- Sugar no longer even looks good any more. Big change from the constant cravings from prior.
- Feel full most of the time.
- My dawn phenomenon issue has dropped from 135 to < 110.

Did go through a bit of the "low carb flu" for a few days, but it passed quickly. Dull headed, energy way down, etc. But now feel much better than before I started it.

YMMV. Just thought I would share an experience.
Hi dberk, my nephew is on the Paleo diet, and he dropped a lot of weight as well.

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Started the Keto Diet a couple of weeks ago. The worst thing is the serious dry mouth and I'm not sure what it's actually associated with. Some imply it could be my metformin.

Anyway,

I've lost about 20 lbs in those two weeks (had them to spare.)

I've been a believer in the concepts behind Keto Diet for years, but not willing to start it. Converting the body over to burn fat has always made sense to me. Keeping it there is tricky, I've heard. But some groups have come up with supplements to help. I haven't tried those yet.

My morning phenomenon put my BG at about 220mg every morning, granted that I took all of my meds and insulin the night before.

That has come down to about 140mg, without any insulin, but still taking 2000 metformin, 300 invokana.

I was taking about 80-100 units of 70/30 a day and have stopped, even though my BG might be considered a little high. I'm hoping it will slowing work it's self down.

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I've been going the Keto route.

I've been doing it about a month......weening myself off of everything not on the Keto menu.

During the past month I have cheated some. I can give up a lot of things, but giving up cake is the most difficult. I've also had a couple of burgers, which I don't usually eat, but I've been very stressed at work, and figured burgers would be better than a pound of chocolate. LOL

I've made two Keto stews so far and cut out all the bread and grain stuff. I've lost 4 pounds. And thats without exercising.

Once I get the cake cut out and find some more Keto options I can easily make, I will be doing this the rest of 2018 and see how much weight I can lose.

I am going to try and make some Keto bread soon, and see how that turns out, as I do like sandwiches. I've also found a recipe for Keto chicken and dumplings, which I've been wanting badly recently. So that will probably be my next Keto thing I will make for lunch for a week.

I'm pretty good with making one big pot of something and eating it all week, but I get burned out on it by the end of the week, so the next time I make something it has to be different.

I like chili, and from the recipes I've seen so far, my chili recipe I usually make will work, as long as I don't put beans in it. I love kidney beans in my chili, so I'm thinking of substituting mushrooms instead of beans.

But so far I'm shocked I've actually LOST some weight! Even if I don't lose more than one pound a week, I think I will manage to lose at least 40-50 pounds by the end of the year!

And it's really not as hard as I thought it would be either. I mean, I like a lot of the keto food groups already, it was just a matter of cutting out the starch and sugar factors and replacing them with something else.

But I'm extremely happy that it looks like I might be able to finally lose weight on the small changes I'm making in the food I eat.

And my blood sugar dropped 20 points the first week I was eating that Keto stew. It's dropped 30 points this week, eating the other stew I made.

I've also noticed this week I was feeling like I was on fire, although I'm not sick. I know there can be some effects of cutting out all the starches, but this fire feeling wasn't on the list.

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