Can you do a Low Carb Diet?

@ljbinkop (744)
United States
February 10, 2009 2:28pm CST
Three out of four family members in my house went on a low carbohydrate diet last week, and it has been a rough ride for at least one of us! I have done low carb diets many times in my life to lose a few quick pounds and they always work for me and my husband, but my teenage daughter is really struggling as this is her fiorst time trying it. We let her slide on things because she really doesn't need to lose a lot of weight, but she is very health concious and wants to try. We are all exercising, too, as if we need more pain in our lives! Have you ever tried and failed at South Beach or Atkins? Have you ever succeeded? How did you do with the cravings over the first few days when bread, pasta and fruit were taken from you? I would love to hear your story!
9 responses
@emarie (5454)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I've tried...and failed. i can't help it. i love rice and pasta. but in these times for my family those are the only things i have to eat...seriously, so if i go on a low carb, i'll basically starve. the best is always just a balance of your foods. the pyramid was made for a reason so people should follow it. what you can do is reduce the type of carbs you intake...meaning whole wheat and so fourth. they're even whole wheat pasta. although...rice is rice, and my husband refuses to eat brown rice.
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@ljbinkop (744)
• United States
11 Feb 09
For me the biggest thing to give up was hoagies! I love nothing more than a WAWA hoagie, but I can give them up for a few weeks to lose a little. No diet for me is forever. I just don't think it's a healthy way to live always denying yourself. Thanks for your response!
@Barbietre (1440)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I can make lasagna without pasta, it is a matter of finding new ways of making things. I have a great recipe for italian cheesecake, which I can still eat.
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@ljbinkop (744)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I make lasagne without pasta a few different ways too. My favorite way is to use tofu instead of pasta...
@maezee (31945)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I just couldn't do it. I'm a vegetarian, and so finding things to eat that are low-carb and high in protein are more difficult than normal Atkins or low-carb dieters. I did one time try it - and my meals consisted of mostly eggs and salsa (a weird and totally unsatisfying!) combination. I think I'd rather stick to counting calories and monitoring fat & carb intake than only allowing myself a certain number of carbs a week.
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@maezee (31945)
• United States
11 Feb 09
Oops! I meant a day* not a week. :/
@ljbinkop (744)
• United States
11 Feb 09
Everyone is different to be sure, but this is NOT a diet plan for a vegitarian in my opinion. Thanks for the response!
@Barbietre (1440)
• United States
11 Feb 09
That is not really true, on my plan there are lots of vegetarians.
@Barbietre (1440)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I live a low carb life and have for 6 years. The problem is that you can not use it as a quick fix, it has to be be a way of eating for life. My Trigylcerides were 225 before going low carb, 75 after, and I eat as much fat as I want. South beach is low fat, I will not do it, Atkins is ok, but hard to keep at. I do Protein Power which is in the middle of both and much easaier to do. Here is a link to the PP forum and it will explain better than I can http://www.proteinpower.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=4
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@ljbinkop (744)
• United States
11 Feb 09
Thankls so much for this link, I had only heard of it. If it's easier than Atkins, I'll have to check it out! I could not do South Beach either, it was acctually too ridgid for me, and I don't do artificial sweeteners, which were in a lot of the recipes...
@bcote212 (1113)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I have been on Atkins in the past and it worked pretty well. The thing that i have learned while on my weight loss journey (Im still on that journey) is that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. Honestly it does not matter if you get your calories from potato chips, celery, or candy. Its all the same, and your body uses it the same. The only difference is you get a lot more celery in 100 calories than chips, or candy. Bottom line 1 pound of fat is 3500 calories. So in order to lose weight you need to burn 3500 calories more than you are consuming.
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@ljbinkop (744)
• United States
11 Feb 09
People often think that they can eat anything on Atkins or the like as long as it doesn't have carbs, but you are right and that is not true! Tou do still have to look at calories, and I burn a lot of them off by exercising! Thanks for responding!
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
11 Feb 09
I don't really diet. I tried south beach once and I did lose some pounds, but I gained them afterwards. I also cut on my carbs and I don't drink carbonated drinks. I try to have more fruits and veggies in my diet. The best diet is still the balanced diet.
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@ljbinkop (744)
• United States
11 Feb 09
This is definatly not the plan dfor everyone, but I think as long as you are in a mind frame to do what's right for you you will succeesd whether it is with Atkins., Weight Watchers or whatever. Good luck to you! Keep eating healthy and I'm sure you will reach you goals!
• United States
11 Feb 09
It was very difficult! I love chips and bread so they were the hardest to give up...also ketchup... I used Atkins to get me started and managed to stick to it for 2 weeks and lose 20 pounds...however eventually because I didnt change my lifestyle most of it came back. Now i exercise daily and count calories so that if I want a small bit of chips I can eat the 100 calorie pack. I think no diet is healthy for long term if you have to completely give something up. With my new lifestyle the weight doesnt come off as fast but it is still coming off and that is the important part. Also this way of life makes me MUCH less cranky than the atkins did! lol Good Luck!
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@ljbinkop (744)
• United States
11 Feb 09
Yeah I know! I gain back weight whe I let too many carbs back in, but to lose a few quick pounds it still works for me. Goo suggestion with the 100 calorie chips. I like them too...
@mimi602 (60)
• United States
10 Feb 09
I reached my highest weight last year(195lbs) That is pretty hard to swallow coming from 135lbs. My back hurt, I had zero energy for my two kids, and my doctor said I was pre-diabetic. Diabetes runs in my family. I had to do something. I lost 60 pounds about 6 years ago by exercising 5 days a week and cutting calories. With two kids and a bad back exercising was hard and cutting calories just didn't seem to work for me anymore. I had tried low-carb in the past and failed, but I decided to try again and I'm glad I did. Since starting low-carb 3 weeks ago I have more energy than I've ever had in almost 10 years and my wasitline has shrunk. Avoiding sweets is difficult, but I find if I allow myself a treat every now and then, I don't binge and lose control and I am still losing weight. Atkins has these advantage bars and they are so good they almost taste like candy bars. I also drink the chocolate atkins shakes. I find these two items help with the sweet cravings. Sugar-free jello with whipped cream is good too. It became easier for me after about two weeks. Tell your daughter to hang in there and good luck.
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@ljbinkop (744)
• United States
10 Feb 09
Thanks for your response and god luck to you to! It takes a lot of will power!
@moneymommy (3420)
• United States
10 Feb 09
I did the Atkins diet a few years back and I lost 30 pounds. I stuck with it and if I ever thought I wanted something sweet I would eat Sugarless whip cream with cinnamon in it. That would be my desert. I also would eat strawberries and nuts. Unfortunately I went back to eating carbs and gained the weight back. But I was able to lose 20 pounds of it from walking alone. So I think I will just stick with walking.
@ljbinkop (744)
• United States
10 Feb 09
I know that it's hard to work those carbs back in without gaining some weight back. It's hard to do this diet for the long term. I lost about 20 miself a few years back, and this time I only want to lose about ten. Walking is probably a more long term solution. Thanks for the response!
• Philippines
11 Feb 09
I could do it especially when I am really eager to lose carb. Actually,I am having a diet right now because I feel unpretty. To comfort myself I have to make sure that I am eating low fatty or carb foods.HAPPY EATING!!