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December 13, 2011 5:55 AM
3 months of eating no grains and low carb, low sugar: (eating all natural veggies, protein and lots of good fat)

23 pounds lost- 6.5 inches from waist gone-( size 12/14 to size 8)
depression lifted (this is the most amazing side effect) sense of well being.
energy all day
stomach pain completely gone
bloating and swelling gone
PMS gone!
feeling fit- energy to work out
never hungry. no blood sugar crashes. no 3pm fatigue.
December 13, 2011 5:56 AM
Well done!!!
I eat low carbs and its no problem.
December 13, 2011 5:56 AM
amazing! what do you class as low carb? under how many grams per day? x
December 13, 2011 5:57 AM
I've been low carb since January - just upped them this last week on advice, but I feel bloated again.
Ditto on all of the benefits you listed!
December 13, 2011 5:57 AM
Would love to know how many grams per day!
Great Job BTW!
December 13, 2011 5:58 AM
Those sounds like some wonderful side effects! Nice work! smile
December 13, 2011 5:58 AM
Man that sounds like what I need!! Good question, how many net carbs do you take in?
I'm 5'9, 174lbs. Not sure what the guidelines are, I may have to do some research.
December 13, 2011 5:58 AM

amazing! what do you class as low carb? under how many grams per day? x

I would like to know this answer as well!!!
December 13, 2011 5:59 AM
I consider it around 30g.
December 13, 2011 6:01 AM
That's great, you've been working hard and it is paying off HUGE!! Glad to hear your awesome results, and that you're feeling so good!
December 13, 2011 6:05 AM
Thats great I had two friends who did the low carb diet and my friend Shawn lost 60 pounds on it in 4 months so he could join the air force and his girlfriend did it with him and lost over 40 pounds and she stopped doing it but hasn't gained it back.
December 13, 2011 6:10 AM
Great reminder and inspiration!! Good on you, and thanks for sharing!
December 13, 2011 6:13 AM
That's great! Can you give me an example of what you would typically eat? I don't really care for meat. So I have not figured out how to do low carb without the meat or with limited meat. I also do not care for fish.
December 13, 2011 6:15 AM
December 13, 2011 6:18 AM
Ive been focusing on increasing my protein while staying away from carbs... a great non-meat source of protein is cottage cheese and greek yogurt. I also supplement with EAS vanilla whey protein powder (only 130 cal or so) mixed with iced coffee - yum!
December 13, 2011 6:18 AM
That is awesome!

I had great results after about two months of eating like that but then for whatever reason I reverted back to eating bad....I need to get back to that way of eating though...besides gaining the weight back, I feel tired and depressed.
December 13, 2011 6:20 AM
good for you! I try to eat low carb about 4X week and the other 3 days eat what im in the mood for (within moderation of course) and have been able to maintain. Im doing this only for December due to holiday parties and goodies. Once january rolls around, i will be alot more stricter with what i eat.
December 13, 2011 6:20 AM
December 13, 2011 6:22 AM
Reading the tired/stomach pain/etc. symptoms on here... I still eat tons of carbs/grains, but I stopped eating wheat/gluten (turns out the pain, etc. was a food intolerance). Not dissing the low carb thing, but don't discount food allergies and intolerance. :-)
December 13, 2011 6:23 AM
Wow, that's fantastic! I have a lot of stomach issues and this is definitely incentive to stick with low carb. How low carb do you go? I generally allow carbs for breakfast only. Is that enough to get results?
December 13, 2011 6:24 AM
December 13, 2011 6:26 AM
OP more details on your diet pretty please!!!xx
December 13, 2011 6:26 AM
I have been doing low carb for about 7 weeks now and I have lost 20 pounds! I love it. It gets a bad rap from lots of people here on MFP but I have nothing but good side effects also. I was taking prescription heart burn meds everyday...I now have NO heartburn! YAY! I had irritable bowel syndrome...not anymore, my bowels are very happy! I was tired, depressed and very low energy, not anymore. I am never tired, not depressed at all and I have tons of energy, like the OP said no 3pm crash any more!
I feel great, I work out more, and I eat about 20-40 carbs a day...I do not eat the low carb candy bars or anything processed, all good low fat cheese, meats and veggies and even fruit once a week or so. I typically lose about 2-3 pounds a week, unless I really work out a lot then I will lose 4+. It is a great way of life for me. Last week I had three beers, just regular Bud Light, and was worried that I would not lose weight, and I still lost 2 pounds. It is doable and it can be a way of life.
December 13, 2011 6:31 AM
December 13, 2011 6:32 AM
That is awesome! i am trying to up my protein and i'm seeing good side effects already. way more energy the last few days, it feels great. the only thing that scares me is articles like this one:

"So think twice when you consider sacrificing the carbohydrates for a protein-dominant diet, Butterfield says. Drastically cutting carbohydrates from your diet may force your body to fight back.

She says that's because a diet in which protein makes up more than 30% of your caloric intake causes a buildup of toxic ketones. So-called ketogenic diets can thrust your kidneys into overdrive in order to flush these ketones from your body. As your kidneys rid your body of these toxic ketones, you can lose a significant amount of water, which puts you at risk of dehydration, particularly if you exercise heavily."

How do you all feel about this? I have heard mixed reviews, I am not sure what to think. is there any truth to this? I have seen this from other sources too about the kidneys. I am just not sure and I"m not a nutritionist so please let me know what you think.
Edited by MJ7910 On December 13, 2011 6:33 AM


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