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Zoe       zoe2zoo@aol.com 4-2-2002 11:29 AM
I don't know how I could do this low-carb thing! I love potatoes (any way, shape or form), wild rice, yellow rice, fried rice! and bread??? All deli types such as Black, Pumperknickel, Onion, Potatoe (see?), 7-Grain.... the list is endless.
What would you recommend? WILLPOWER? I have none!! :(
LindaJ       4-5-2002 1:07 PM
I always liked all those things, too ... but I've decided I like being 25 pounds lighter better! Now that I am close to maintenance, I have added back some fruits and the occasional slice of whole grain bread at breakfast on the weekend. I might have a little rice when we go out for sushi once in a while but that's about it. It's definitely a lifestyle change.
Nina       information@locarbdiner.com 4-13-2002 6:08 PM
The hardest hurdle for me was not having toast with my bacon and eggs. Rice is also nearly impossible - how does one eat Thai food without it? For me, the key was discovering how much better I felt when I didn't eat carbs. After going "cold turkey" for a time, I found that if I ate more than about 20 grams of carbs in a day I would feel angry and intolerant. I would get a very short fuse and I offend the folks who are closest to me. This always seems to hit me on the second day after eating too many carbs, and it takes about three days to recover. After having gone through this cycle about 20 times, I finally gave up the bread and the potatoes and the rice and the pasta pretty much for good. Happily, I have added some bread back in because we now make a delicious low carb bread in our bread machine.

Another clue is to get focused on the wonderful things you can eat rather than thinking about the things you can't. Meat and cheese and eggs and butter and cream and fresh salads! Plus, the wonderful sweets and snacks we sell!
Zoe       zoe2zoo@aol.com 4-15-2002 10:33 AM
What about having enough energy in your day? Carbs are suppose to give us our energy. So how much carbs do you allow in this diet? We should have a certain amount our body needs! What do you recommend?
Nina       information@locarbdiner.com 5-6-2002 3:19 PM

Our bodies have two sources of fuel for energy - carbohydrates and fats. Unfortunately, the carbs are burned first, so as long as there are carbs to burn, the fat will just accumulate! So the idea for low carb dieting is to minimize our carb intake so that our bodies will start burning fat instead!

Atkins low-carb dieters start out by staying under 20 carbs per day for two weeks. This is called the "induction" phase, and it is important for getting the process going. After that, we start experimenting by adding in a few more carbs to see how many we can add and still be losing weight. Later, when we've reached our goal weight, we experimentally add in a few more carbs to see what level will maintain our current weight without adding the pounds back on. The number of carbs for "maintenance" is different for each person, but is usually around 40 carbs per day.

This is just the very beginning of the information that you need to understand in order to do low carb dieting correctly. You really must read more about it. There are many different versions of high-protein, low carbohydrate dieting; we have included many links to information websites on our "Neighbors" page. For example, the Atkins website, www.atkinscenter.com, is packed with fascinating reading. One of the best primers is Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution, which is available here at the LoCarbDiner. Or, if you are like me and just cannot find time to read, you can get the Dr. Atkins book on cassette tape through www.amazon.com.

zoe       Zoe2zoo@aol.com 5-13-2002 12:54 PM
Thank you All very much for the advice and information. I will try the Dr.Atkins Diet and see what happens next. I'll keep you posted.
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Ruth       7-9-2002 10:59 PM
I lost 30+ pounds with a combination of Low Carb and Turbo Protein Diet. With Turbo-Protein (Almased) I lost 11 lbs in 2 weeks and have kept it off. It "reset" my metabolism.

Low fat doesn't work. There are also health risks associated with low fat intake. You need fat to lose weight.

The New York Times had an article this past Sunday on Atkins. The link is: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/07/magazine/07FAT.html?ex=1027150443&ei=1&en=f8683e6ec6a3a319

Check it out!
Nina       information@locarbdiner.com 7-18-2002 8:46 PM

Are you still thinking of trying a low carb diet? The best way to learn about this diet is to read Dr. Atkins' book, The New Diet Revolution. You can also read all about it at www.atkinscenter.com.

Basically, you start out by eating almost zero carbs for a two week period we call "induction." During this time, eat lots of meat, chicken, eggs, cheese, fish, salad, and fresh vegetables. and drink lots of water. Don't eat any sugar desserts, fruit, fruit juice, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, yogurt, corn, and other starchy things. Don't try to eat "low fat" during Induction. After Induction, you can start adding in just a few more carbs -- and you can start enjoying the many tasty products available at the LoCarbDiner! But PLEASE read about the diet and learn how to read food labels first.

Best wishes,
Nina and Ruth
Marsha       mhgellar 8-15-2002 8:34 PM
the amazing thing that happens when you eliminate carbs is that you don't crave them, only when you eat carbs do you want more.
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