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Hi, is it important to count calories when doing ultra low carbing? I've tried ultra low carbing <20g per day but found myself to be overeating on proteins and fats... Picked up 5 kilos in a matter of 6-7 weeks! What can I do? I just crave food all the time. I'm type 2 with blood sugar reasonably under control without medicine. Seldom higher than 7- 8. Previously I tried low fat low carb low protein diet - mainly vegetarian and lots of raw food and lost weight. I'm heavily overweight though
 

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No calorie counting for me . . . I just watch carbs. Would you want to tell us specifically what you're eating? It's pretty rare that your cravings haven't subsided once you got past the first few days of low carbing.
 

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Thanks for the reply. I've basically tried Atkins Induction.... Mainly meat, cream, eggs, butter, cheese. I especially crave fatty lamb meat. Have only eaten very little red meat the last 3 years. Initially thought that it is a temporary craving but it doesn't go away. Too afraid now to continue with low carb diet because of the weight gain.
 

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How much protein are you eating? Dr. Bernstein recommends cutting protein if you're still gaining weight on a low-carb diet.
 

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I don't specifically count calories but I am able to stay at my goal weight on low carb. If you are gaining I would look specifically at what you're eating, especially cheese and nuts. They can pack on calories pretty quick. Also I found since adding Coconut Oil to my diet it has sped up my metabolism and helped me stay at my goal weight of under 120.
 
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Welcome, Francois! :welcome:

One of our low-carbing Forum folk, Beefy, wrote this most excellent post on weight loss:

Beefy's Guide to Weight Loss

For me the missing element is exercise, and the complicating factors are the fact that it's those last stubborn pounds, and insulin. I'm getting better with the exercise. Really!
 

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Thanks for all the replies. I think in the end I'll have to create a calory deficit no matter what diet I follow. I eat a lot of protein and fats and I get very little exercise.
 

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*waves from Perth Australia* Hi and welcome Francois and thank you for asking this question

I don't specifically count calories but I am able to stay at my goal weight on low carb. If you are gaining I would look specifically at what you're eating, especially cheese and nuts. They can pack on calories pretty quick. Also I found since adding Coconut Oil to my diet it has sped up my metabolism and helped me stay at my goal weight of under 120.
wow...I did buy some coconut oil I have to keep it near the stove so I dont forget to use it
 

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Hi d33na... and other members as well - Waves from South Africa! I'm really thankful for this site and all the friendly assistance from all. Sometimes it is hard to suffer in silence and it is good to see all the support here. It gives one courage to continue the 'struggle' and to stay positive. Much appreciated!

Back to diet - i've followed a low carb, low fat, low protein diet for 3 years and lost 27 kilos but gained 10kg lately, most of that whilst doing low carb. I managed quite well on my previous diet but it is difficult to follow...mainly plant based and raw foods. My sugar control was excellent. I'm considering to go back to this diet but for the time being I'm enjoying the high protein and fats... Perhaps too much!
 
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