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Old 10-03-2010, 11:53 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Ok, so I have been from doing the whole foods thing, to going raw, and then I did the juice fasting, the colon cleanse, and then the the Belly Fat Cure and then I did VLC (Very Low Carb... aka Atkins...) and now I am dabbling in ZERO carbs!!! Whew!!

Through my experience I have lost almost 20 lbs in about 8 weeks.

So right now, I like doing 0 carbs with a bit of VLC mixed in which I guess is carb cycling!

I have cut out eating all grains, sugars, all beans and dairy except for some veggies, heavy creams and hard cheeses. I still drink coffee, but no sodas except for Zevia.

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Old 10-04-2010, 08:25 AM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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You seem to have done everything except for the most effective and important - well rounded and proper NUTRITION and exercise.

Why not these two?
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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You seem to have done everything except for the most effective and important - well rounded and proper NUTRITION and exercise.

Why not these two?
You beat me to it!

To the OP, what will you do when your body just can't sustain the 0 carb diet? It should be about getting healthy and not losing as much weight as possible in the shortest period of time. The longer it takes to lose the weight the longer it will stay off.
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Portland, TX. (next to Corpus Christi)
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Mugsy, the MAIN ENERGY trio your body uses are CALORIES, CARBS, and FAT. If you knock out any of those things completely, your body goes into "starvation mode", meaning that while you lose weight, you start to lose other functions because your body cannot sustain itself correctly. Then, when you finally do get back to eating carbs to any degree, your body will instantly store it, and you will GAIN ALL YOUR WEIGHT BACK, plus some.

Eat in moderation, and like Lao says, eat a BALANCED diet. Lean up on your Calories/Carbs/Fat. Your body will adjust to it. Also, EXERCISE, and include some WEIGHTS in it to maintain a correct METABOLISM.

Incidentally, the words I have in capital letters are things you really need to research to correct the way you are trying to lose weight.


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Old 10-04-2010, 01:22 PM
 
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hi mugsy- I am a believer in LOW CARB diets i have lost 30lbs and have kept it off for over 5years now- I dont suggest 0 carbs- but if you limit yourself between 10-20gr of carbs a day then you still get your balanced nutrition- as we know meat, fish and eggs are basically all 0grams of carb so those I eat unlimitted,Now you do need some veggies to balance it out- i ALWAYS KEEP AWAY from: potatoes, peas, carrots, beets and other high starchy ones- I use 20g of carbs per day with the following of these varieties: Spinach (made with either butter or olive oil, garlic) - Broccoli (made the same way OR with melted cheddar)- Salads made with FULL FAT dressing normally either blue cheese or ranch I add some cucumber take 3 cherry tomatoes and dice em up etc, mushrooms, squash, cabbage, hot peppers -I NEVER eat white rice or white bread- now that I am on the maintaining part I eat dream fields pasta every now and then and brown rice every now and then as well
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Old 10-05-2010, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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You seem to have done everything except for the most effective and important - well rounded and proper NUTRITION and exercise.

Why not these two?
This. Times 1000.

Congrats OP on losing 20lbs in 8 weeks. As soon as you start eating normally again, you'll gain all of it back plus some. The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to get off the couch, get your body moving, and eat right.

You need carbs. Eat them.
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Old 10-05-2010, 08:29 PM
 
Location: NW. MO.
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I did the low carb diet and then I did the lower fat diet with complex carbs. More weight came off and stayed off on the lower fat and complex carb way of eating.

I agree with the other posters, a no carb diet is NOT the way to go.
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Old 10-06-2010, 11:21 AM
 
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I've had great success on the all carb diet. I just eat 2 pieces of toast a day and the weight just melts off.
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Old 10-06-2010, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Portland, TX. (next to Corpus Christi)
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I've had great success on the all carb diet. I just eat 2 pieces of toast a day and the weight just melts off.
LOL, TXRunner!
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Old 10-07-2010, 04:05 AM
 
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first off its totally impossible to do zero carbs. There are a trace to .09 carbs in everything we eat but under a certain amount no need to print of nutritonal label. So techically if you add up what you think may be zero carbs actually turns out to be about 10 -15 a day. This is still extreme. However I am a HUGE believer in a diet that is low carb and or as the op calls it zero carbs. Carbs are the only one macro nutrient the body DOES NOT NEED TO SURVIVE. Your body will turn fat into glucose and voila!! Its not dangerous, infact very healthy. I did a very low carb diet for 3 years without cheating and blood numbers were great!! Doctor could not believe how my good cholesterol was so high! I had plenty of energy and felt great. I am all for it, you will live longer and never have to worry about diabetes. There is no proof that saturated fat causes heart disease too!! Yes yes the media and brainwashing scares people to death. Go to the forum low carb friends and read the media and print article sections. read the whole forum its a great place and real science not junk.
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