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Old 04-11-2013, 11:07   #11
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Thank you for all your help. I did try Atkins in the past--but then wound up so tired of eating meat and veggies all the time. Does this LCHF really work? How many of you are on it and do you feel good or crappy on it? Just curious!
It has worked for thousands. It is tricky, though and there are many ways to go wrong and miss the benefit. The hardest thing is getting over 50 years of brainwashing that fats (especially saturated, especially "animal") are bad for us. They aren't. Quite the opposite, ESPECIALLY for us diabetics with impaired glucose metabolism (the only alternative energy source to fats).

Even after three years of doing this, I STILL feel a twinge of doubt and/or guilt when I EAT the fat from the edge of my steak or put a quarter cup of heavy cream in my double espresso. This backdrop from all these scare tactics makes it easy to write the whole thing off after an initial bad experience. What is far more likely is that you've done something wrong without knowing it.

There are a handful of doctors around the world who have been treating their patients, including many diabetics, with LC/HF for about a decade. I have seen two of them in separate interviews get asked, "In all those years, did you see ANY exceptions? Were there any patients for whom this diet just didn't work?" In each case, the doctor pondered the question for a minute and then answered, "No."

If you cut glucose sources and don't replace them with fats, you have an energy deficit no matter how many leaves you eat. This compounded by the fact that as a diabetic our bodies are not that good at handling glucose, anyway. The result are predictable and that is what you have experienced.

As for heart (lipid) numbers, for nearly everyone on this diet they improve dramatically, especially the ones most viewed to be actually relevant in the most recent research (HINT: NOT total LDL!).

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Thank you for all your help. I did try Atkins in the past--but then wound up so tired of eating meat and veggies all the time. Does this LCHF really work?
Many people thought that if they reduced carbs, they could increase proteins and keep fats low. And the diet is quite boring that way. However, it was not meant to be low-fat. Fats are "free" foods and should be increased when carbs are lowered. In this way you gain control over your BG and don't "starve".

For a diabetic, increasing proteins is counterproductive in that all that excess protein is convered to glycogen and stored in our liver - and eventually dumped into the bloodstream, thereby raise BG. So, for us, lots of meat is not the solution.

Go to to the diet subforum here and take a look at the three sticky threads, "What's for... breakfast... lunch... dinner?" to get a good idea of how to incorporate healthy fats into your meals. Just melting butter and cheese over vegetables is a quick and easy way - and far from boring. Eat bacon and eggs. Hot drinks with added real cream. The possibilities are unlimited.

Keep the carbs low and proteins moderate... and eat a lot of fat, the healthy saturated fats (and olive and coconut oils).

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How many of you are on it and do you feel good or crappy on it? Just curious!
There is a possibility that for the first few days (no longer than a week) of eating low-carb that you will feel fatigued and out of sorts. Some have called this "Atkins Flu". If you reduce carbs more slowly over a period of a week or two, this usually doesn't happen. If you do feel "off" at first, sometimes it helps to have more salt because you have most likely reduced salt intake along with the carbs.

If you tough it out, you will be rewarded with feeling so much better than you have in a long time - and with renewed energy.

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It sure does! My profile should tell you that. I'm still eating that way. The others don't work for me.
That's awesome! Have you lost weight too? I did have one dr tell me to only eat meat and as many veggies as I wanted and to stay away from everything else, but then another dr told me that would be bad for me so I couldn't decide what to do. Either way, I'm not losing weight by eating 30g of carbs--in fact, my blood sugar does spike and stay there, like 200 or 150 etc... I figure, if I get down about 60 lbs, then I can slowly add some things back to my diet, like whole grain rice or an orange here or there. I also have Nash--fatty liver disease, thanks to this diabetes stuff and my digestive system is all messed up. That's anothe reason I wanted to avoid the fats--but it if it helps me lose weight then I'm all for it.

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That's awesome! And I'm only 38, so I want to nip this diabetes stuff in the bud before it kills me! Thank you! Is there any way anyone would give me a sample of their daily diet for a day. Like, tell me what you eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner snacks etc... so I can get an idea of how you eat! Thank you!

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That's awesome! And I'm only 38, so I want to nip this diabetes stuff in the bud before it kills me! Thank you! Is there any way anyone would give me a sample of their daily diet for a day. Like, tell me what you eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner snacks etc... so I can get an idea of how you eat! Thank you!
In the category Diet and Nutrition, there are three separate threads: What's for breakfast, What's for lunch and What's for dinner? They are great places to see what others eat and to get ideas for your own meals.

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That's awesome! And I'm only 38, so I want to nip this diabetes stuff in the bud before it kills me! Thank you! Is there any way anyone would give me a sample of their daily diet for a day. Like, tell me what you eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner snacks etc... so I can get an idea of how you eat! Thank you!
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