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Old 03-03-2010, 10:11 AM   #41
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For folks over 50 with total cholesterol below 180:

Do you really worry that much about fluctuations below that number? It's a pretty darn good number unless you are being treated for heart disease with a specifically lower target. It seems like the component numbers HDL and LDL and their ratio would be the key things to monitor when your diet changes.

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Old 03-08-2010, 02:05 PM   #42
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A slice of whole wheat bread with ICBINBL and homemade jam, and 12-16 oz of nonfat milk
Our church has just introduced a new weight loss product. It's a communion wafer called ICBINJ - "I can't Believe It's Not Jesus"
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I plan to keep carbs low. I'm going to do more research to make sure I'm not just a fad-diet wacko. Just from the standpoint of avoiding diabetes, keeping carbs low makes sense to me.

DW misses the carbs more than I did. Last night she prepared the bread machine so that this morning at 6 AM a loaf of bread was available for her to celebrate the end of six months of low carb. However, she plans to keep carbs somewhat low (e.g. quarter serving of rice with meal).
This seems to be not only a low carb diet, but also a very low calorie diet, particularly for someone who is as active as you are. I am quite active, but likely less so than you are, and also I am older than you and about the same size and build.

For example, my smallest breakfast might be 3 thick slices of Whole Foods pepper bacon, two eggs with cheese, a couple tablespoons of peanut or almond butter and maybe a few segments of grapefruit.

This lasts me usually 4 hours or so, and then I am ready to eat again. On a "diet" like this, I neither gain nor lose weight. My lunch and dinner are proportional, usually 1/2 poound or so of fresh meat or fish, and a large amount of low carb vegetable. (Spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, salad, etc.)

I drink a little, usually wine, sometimes booze but never beer. When I snack it is mostly almonds, pork rinds and cheese. I have no idea how many calories I eat per day, but I know it is less than prior to my beginning low carb 13 years ago.

After going low carb I quickly lost 15 pounds, from a 33 down to a 31" waist, and really have stayed about the same both as to weight and shape ever since.

I read recently that there is a genetic marker for those who respond well to low carb diets, vs. those who may be better off on a low fat diet. Since I could not follow low fat anyway, I didn't really mark the citation or even evaluate how sound I thought that it was.

There is some good Swedish research on a relatively unwesternized group called the Kitavans. I believe the researcher is Staffan Lindeberg. Anyway, these people are very healthy on a diet high in carbs of the roots and shoots variety.

I loved my winter squash, but they kill my blood sugars so I gave them up. We used to buy out a farmer's end of season squashes for 3 cents a pound, I'd get maybe 150 pounds, and give a little away but mostly my family and I ate the rest over the winter. Love those Hubbards and turbans, and their beautiful colors.

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Our church has just introduced a new weight loss product. It's a communion wafer called ICBINJ - "I can't Believe It's Not Jesus"
I am so stealing this comment.
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You are very welcome - I heard it from The Vicar of Dibley herself
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I switched to a low-carb way of eating about 6 weeks ago, after reading Johnny Bowden's book "Living the Low Carb Life" (great book, by the way). He reviews several of the low-carb plans that are out there and gives you his opinion/rating of each of them. Anyway, after really watching carbs for the last 6 weeks, and also generally avoiding any food out of a box or a can (with a few exceptions, tuna being one), I am impressed with the results. I dropped about 15 lbs in the first 3 weeks (went from 173 to 158), with virtually all of that coming off of my gut (was able to tighten up the belt a notch). The really big change, though is in my blood pressure. Prior to going low-carb, my BP was consistently around 138/90, and sometimes over 140/90 - never could get it much lower than that, despite quite a bit of exercise. After a month on the low-carb plan, by BP is now never higher than 124/82, and yesterday it was 115/75. I am VERY pleased about that, as I have no desire to go on BP medication.

I have a big vegetable garden, so most of my meals these last 6 weeks have consisted of fresh garden veggies, plus some kind of meat or fish. Lots of garden salads. I do not eat processed meats at all (bacon, sausage, lunchmeat), as I don't want all the nitrates and salt that come along with processed meats. I eat a fair amount of salmon, chicken, beef, venison (we hunt deer), and fish that we catch around here. I do eat cheese, but don't drink milk. I do eat a lot of nuts (walnuts, almonds especially). I usually have a few small pieces of dark chocolate after a meal. I do drink red wine and beer.......haven't really cut back on either of those. My resting pulse rate is around 64, which I guess is pretty good (I am 55 years old). I do take a 2-mile walk with the dog each morning, plus mow my own grass with a push mower (big yard), work in the garden, etc..

At any rate, I'm pleased with the BP and weight results (and I feel really good), so I plan to stick with this. I basically eat as much as I want......don't feel hungry at all. The one thing I REALLY missed the first week or so was tortilla chips....used to eat them all the time, often in the evening as a snack. No more chips, and now I don't miss them at all. If I am hungry in the evening, I have a handful of nuts. No pasta, no bread, and I don't miss those now either.

I am looking forward to my next blood test to see what my cholesterol/HDL/LDL/triglyceride numbers are. Cholesterol was 220 prior to going on the low-carb plan (and HDL/LDL/triglycerides were not too good either), which is probably the thing that got me to do some research on low carbs, and eventually read Bowden's book.
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The one thing I REALLY missed the first week or so was tortilla chips....used to eat them all the time, often in the evening as a snack.
Congratulations on your great results. I ahve been low carb for 13 years now, and would never go back. If you still might enjoy a crunchy snack, look at pork rinds, or chicharrones. If you look around you can find pretty low salt varieties, and in fact if you can find a Mexican carnicería you can get them with no salt at all.

Very delicious, and 0 carbs.

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I am glad to see that others on this board are also doing the low carb way of living (WOL). I hate to call it a diet since it should be a WOL for those of us who do not process carbs very well. I have been off and on Atkins, South Beach and now Protien Power over the last 10 years since cutting carbs is the only way that I can lose weight. Actually I have to stay under 20 grams of carbs a day to lose weight, once I sneak up to about 35 carbs I just maintain. As long as I am under 20 grams I am not hungry at all, usually I just eat breakfast and dinner. I also have lots of energy even though I am eating about 1200 calories a day. I do not like fish so it is egg beaters and sausage for breakfast and a grilled chicken salad for dinner. Yes I know, really boring. I don't seem to mind until the first slip up and then its back to no energy, craving carbs and an immediate 5 lb. water weight gain. I have been back doing this for about 3 months now and have lost 20 lbs., from 225 to 205 and need to go to about 175. I figured this may be my last chance since I am 58 and weight loss sure gets harder. Currently I have a desk job, but as soon as I retire sometime in the next 6 months exercise will be added.
Ha I have to admire you for staying with this WOL for 13 years, I hope that I can stay on it as well.
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Believe me, I do love the taste of bacon, but after reading the results of a recent study about processed meats ( Processed Meats Increase Heart Disease, Diabetes and Cancer Risk - Technorati Lifestyle, I decided to give it up, along with other processed meats.
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Believe me, I do love the taste of bacon, but after reading the results of a recent study about processed meats ( Processed Meats Increase Heart Disease, Diabetes and Cancer Risk - Technorati Lifestyle, I decided to give it up, along with other processed meats.
Yeah, well. I can read, too. I'll see your bet:

Eat bacon, it's good for you and America!

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In related news, bacon is good for you!

Bon Apetit has included it in their list of "10 Surprising Health Foods."

According to a new book out called Fat by Jennifer McLagan, bacon's fat is a lot like that of olive oil: "45 percent of the fat in bacon is monounsaturated, the good-for-you fat that can help lower bad cholesterol levels. Better still, bacon's monounsaturated fat turns out to be oleic acid, the same fat found in olive oil. So that means that some could argue that bacon is about half as good for you as olive oil and about 100 times more delicious."
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Not Only Is Bacon Healthy, It Saves Lives.

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This whole time, we (and I’m speaking for the medical community here) thought nitrites – well, nitrates – were toxic. Ultimately, they may prove to be carcinogenic, but at least they are good for your heart. Cancer, cardiovascular concerns: you have to make a choice. I suggest emailing this to your doctor. Although, this is likely to be redundant because I’m fairly certain he already subscribes to Healthbolt for all his health and wellness information.
Let me Google that for you:
bacon +"good for you" - Google Search
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I have been back on a low-carb diet for three months now; reached a milestone in my weight-loss goal this AM (no, I'm not going to share it- yet...)

It has been easier this time around, there are a lot more low-carb foods available now that actually taste good. When I did this diet about ten years ago, I lost weight but constantly craved pasta, potatoes, etc. I've found that Dixie Diner Mashers and Dreamfields Pasta have kept that from happening this time around, so I'm still on the wagon.

Bacon is definitely low-carb, and it appears, good for you, too!(whodathunkit?- but I read it on the internet so it must be true...)

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YUM! BACON!!

I have been low carbing it for 2 years & love it. Lost 35 lbs & kept them off. I am rarely hungry or thinking of food. Primarily eat meat, eggs, nuts, cheese, cream & green vegies. I seem to have lost interest in the food & just snack as needed, don't miss carbs at all.
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I have been low carbing for four months . I've lost 14 pounds total . First seven were just by adding the gym second seven were low carb . The first few weeks I really craved carbs but rarely now . I do occasionally eat carbs but nothing like I was . I have so much more energy and just generally feel better .
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I eat bacon almost every morning, and I view it as healthy, but it's still difficult to see it that way. We buy the Safeway (Supermarket brand) low sodium version, which also has no sugar in it.

Here's a more direct link to the study:

http://circ.ahajournals.org/cgi/cont...A.109.924977v1

Note that the conclusion of the article that references that study is absolutely unwarranted. That is, there was an association shown between processed meat consumption and disease, with no causality demonstrated. It could be that people with unhealthy lifestyles tend to consume more processed meat. It could be that people who eat more hot dogs, eat more hot dog buns. The lifestyles or the buns could be the cause off the diseases.
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No carbs, the results are in ====>

Drew Carey's Major Weightloss - ABC News
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Here's an even better before and after comparison.
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Looks like Drew's not even half the comedian he used to be...

Of course his occupation has had a number of high-profile deaths to help supply the survivors with motivation.
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