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Old 09-28-2013, 22:10   #1
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Yes I know the best way to avoid a rebound in the first place is not to have one. I allowed myself to slip up today AFTER weeks and weeks of being super good!

I went to a Mexican restaurant with hubby and LET myself have a Mexican dish that had a lot of cheese and fried batter and chili sauce. In an hour I was at 147 and 15 minutes later I was down to 137 and assumed I was just on my way down.

An hour or so after that I was feeling a tad hungry and decided to check before I ate something and was very bummed to see a 152! I am back down to 113 now btw for what its worth.
I have not been that high in so long that I cant even remember how long its been...I figured it must of been a rebound.

So i'm wondering is there a way to avoid that besides not eating that again hah but even at lower much lower numbers I do rebound but it is just never that high because I don't go that high anymore. When I started this meal I was at 85....I've decided once a week I am going to allow myself a treat but next time I hope it wont go so high...or maybe once every other week, not sure yet..


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Rebound happens every time I slip up. One carby meal tends to turn into 3-4 days of higher numbers ... and that's on insulin!

However, a couple of things do tend to mitigate my rebounds somewhat:

-- Lots of exercise before and after the meal. For me, at least, we're not talking Olympics-level; hauling stuff and long, brisk walks both work. I can do a bit more on vacations, just because they involve a lot of walking around to see the sights.

-- Spacing out the "cheats." Once a week is way too much for me, though some folks can apparently handle it. Once a month (and not every month) is more my speed ... sort of. Not at all, of course, is best ... but it's good to know what I can do on those rare occasions when I'm well and truly trapped, e.g., on an overly-eventful road trip or a prolonged visit/stay with low-fat adherents.

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really?! 3 to 4 days? wow! That sounds like a lot of work for a slip up and no wonder you don't do very often.

I think that would be a good idea to do a good workout at least before the slip up if I have another one again anytime soon. This one wasn't even planned. My hubby came home from work and we were all hungry so we all jumped in the car and off we went lol. It was fun though but yeah I don't want my numbers THAT high ever again on purpose anyways.. thanks for the idea!


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Rebound happens every time I slip up. One carby meal tends to turn into 3-4 days of higher numbers ... and that's on insulin!

However, a couple of things do tend to mitigate my rebounds somewhat:

-- Lots of exercise before and after the meal. For me, at least, we're not talking Olympics-level; hauling stuff and long, brisk walks both work. I can do a bit more on vacations, just because they involve a lot of walking around to see the sights.

-- Spacing out the "cheats." Once a week is way too much for me, though some folks can apparently handle it. Once a month (and not every month) is more my speed ... sort of. Not at all, of course, is best ... but it's good to know what I can do on those rare occasions when I'm well and truly trapped, e.g., on an overly-eventful road trip or a prolonged visit/stay with low-fat adherents.

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Mexican food = low carb wraps and big helping of chicken or steak fajita's. everything else is poison.

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Mexican food = low carb wraps and big helping of chicken or steak fajita's. everything else is poison.
Or the fajita meat on a salad and big helping of guac and sour cream.

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Yep - I used to take my own low-carb wraps (until they stopped working for me ), and now I just go without the tortillas, but I ALWAYS order extra sour cream & guacamole.



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Mexican restaurant food is easy to make LC. Just order dishes that aren't cooked with a tortilla, and if they are wrapped in one, ask that the filling be put on a plate without the tortilla. Cheese. Sour cream. Guacamole.... they are a LC-er's dream.

And... don't eat the whole thing. Take half of it home. Overeating can cause a spike that lasts a long time. At least, for me it does.

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If I am going to allow myself a lousy meal it sure is NOT going to a modified low carb or low carb at all! It will be something I am going to totally enjoy and pay the consequences for one or twice a month or maybe even every week! I am feeling that in order to maintain this life style that I have to have a bit of fun now and then. so go ahead and chew me out I know you want to but seriously I am not thee only one here who feels this way but I am not afraid anymore to allow my self a piece of happiness now and then and I know the risks and will take my chances with a free meal now and then but I was just wondering what to do about rebound and I guess exercise before and or after is thee best answer I see here so that is what I am going to do so I will have to plan my next free meal in order to do that..

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If I am going to allow myself a lousy meal it sure is NOT going to a modified low carb or low carb at all! It will be something I am going to totally enjoy and pay the consequences for one or twice a month or maybe even every week! I am feeling that in order to maintain this life style that I have to have a bit of fun now and then. so go ahead and chew me out I know you want to but seriously I am not thee only one here who feels this way but I am not afraid anymore to allow my self a piece of happiness now and then and I know the risks and will take my chances with a free meal now and then but I was just wondering what to do about rebound and I guess exercise before and or after is thee best answer I see here so that is what I am going to do so I will have to plan my next free meal in order to do that..
I guess what you could do is to go on a complete fat fast for 5 to 7 days after your free meal. As long as your BGs don't go above 200 or so, you should be safer from ketoacidosis.

Lifting weights will also help. If you are going to do this every week, walking will not be enough. And you would be weakened by the short term fat fast as it is. You won't lose weight with this, but you could at least control the after affects of a carby day.

I do feel you, puppy. I went through the same agony at first. And it was agony. It took me 7 or 8 months of cheating once a week, then once every two weeks, then 27 days, then 33 days, etc., until I got to the point where the thought of going trough carb flu accompanied by hunger got to be too much for me. A carb meal turned into a carb day, then two, then 3. It was a health nightmare for me.

But that was me. You are probably much stronger. I had the added motivation of needing to lose weight, too. Going in and out if ketosis takes 2 weeks to get rid of those glycogen stores and lose the weight. This motivated me to try to go for a month without a cheat.

But then something terrible happened. I was out of control and created some serious psychological issues concerning food. My BGs went well over 300, and I was producing ketones . I thought I was going to die. It wasn't worth it to me anymore. I had to realize that food doesn't make me happy, it keeps me alive so that I can be happy. It took me many weeks to get over that experience. That was 6 months ago. Now, I no longer feel that cheating would bring about a sense of joy and happiness. I haven't lost a real pound since then, I had to go to maintenance before I could lose those last 10 pounds. It's taken me time to get over my experience. But, I also no longer feel deprived. I no longer crave carby foods. It's a step in the right direction.

I hope this helps you, and no matter what you decide to do, you should know that you are not alone, not in your experience nor your struggle. We will be here if you do or if you don't. We get it. Truly.

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Just looking at my recent blood test, one of the things checked in the insulin resistance panel is Leptin. Just a brief look at what it was, if a high level, it indicated leptin resistance and could cause cravings. Optimal level is less than 20 ng/ml, mine was less than 2. May be why I don't have food cravings (desire to cheat).

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