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Old Thu, Jul-05-18, 00:22
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Plan: Atkins, sort of
Stats: 184/157.1/140 Female 5'6
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A propos South Beach, I bought the book by Dr Agaston and it looked as though it would be tough for me to lose weight on the post-induction phase. I never did a really clean induction on any diet including Atkins but there no denying the appetite suppressant effect of low carb which is what makes all the difference for me even if my carbs are above induction level.
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Old Thu, Jul-05-18, 08:41
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Plan: Wheat Belly
Stats: 217/192.5/175 Female 5ft 2 inches
BF:lots/lots/less
Progress: 58%
Location: USA
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Confession time: I am so far from low-carb right now it's pitiful. Time to get back to it. I don't lose, nor do I even feel good when I do this, so why do I do it? I don't know.
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Old Thu, Jul-05-18, 17:59
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Plan: semi lc- OMAD w/IF
Stats: 225/209/199 Female 66.5"
BF:workin on it
Progress: 62%
Location: Michigan
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I know how you feel Carol.
I'm back up (almost to where I started), so I'm disappointed in myself.
The plan only works when you stick with it!

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Old Fri, Jul-06-18, 00:19
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Plan: Atkins, sort of
Stats: 184/157.1/140 Female 5'6
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Progress: 61%
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I don't know if this issue will ever be truly resolved. When I see people who say they are virtually no carb and can stick to it for years I'm amazed. But for now I'm back in good place and hope to repair the damage done by carb creep. If I ever get to goal, I shall have to figure out how maintenance works! That will certainly be a challenge. By the way, black bean noodles ARE great. I had some the other day. They dont' taste of much but they have a great texture.
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Old Fri, Jul-06-18, 08:19
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Plan: Lowish carb/PPLP
Stats: 208/155/145 Female 64 inches
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I'm jumping in here. I'm pretty much maintaining my weight but really want to lose another 10 lbs. But I've been wanting to lose it for three years now. (Doc says I'm 20 lbs. overweight, but I haven't been 135 since my 30s and I'm nearly 70 now). The problem is I go super strict, lose 8 - 10 lbs. and then don't keep it off.

I think part of my problem is I eat at church twice a week and don't have any plans to end that practice. If my only high carb meals were those, I'd do fine. But it becomes a slippery slope from twice a week to other excuses to eat high carb -- like when a neighbour brings me baked goods or Blue Bell ice cream goes on sale.

So... I'm going to commit to Protein Power Life Plan and follow the steps. Which means keeping protein at around 80 gr. a day, one week at strict carb (30-40 gr. a day) and then more liberal for the transition stage (55-70 gr.carbs). I lost 50 lbs. on PP in the late 90s, and have returned to it several times so I know it's a good plan for me.
The reason I'm posting in this thread is the PP thread is completely dead. I need some support from folks who are not horrified that I eat gluten and fruit. Since Low Carb Friends forum closed down I've been struggling to find a place I might fit in. Hopefully this thread might be that place.
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Old Fri, Jul-06-18, 08:27
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Plan: Lowish carb/PPLP
Stats: 208/155/145 Female 64 inches
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For those of you struggling with weight gain/loss/gain, I'm convinced that our bodies really do have a set point that they try to stay at. But I also believe that the set point can be lowered the more faithful we are at healthy eating. I know the idea of set point is considered outdated, but as I look back over the last 20 years I notice that my weight gain is not as dramatic as it used to be. Getting under 175 and staying there was very difficult but after I maintained around 165-170 for about a year, then lost more, it appears my set point has lowered to around 155-160. I am convinced when I get to below 145 and stay there, my set point will lower even more.

So, please don't get discouraged. We are not on a diet, but a way of life, rocky as it might be.
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Old Sat, Jul-07-18, 07:10
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Plan: Wheat Belly
Stats: 217/192.5/175 Female 5ft 2 inches
BF:lots/lots/less
Progress: 58%
Location: USA
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I agree that our bodies have a set point. For the longest time my set point was 206. I would lose a bit, but as soon as I wavered I was back to 206. I wanted to get and stay below 200. Finally, I did it. I have been fluctuating in the 190s now for about a month. Up a few, down a few, but never going back over 200 or getting down into the 180s. But I know if I persevere I will do it. I don't eat sweets or junk food, but my meals are not Atkins-like low carb, just much lower carb than they used to be. Hopefully my new set-point will be in the 180s.
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Old Sun, Jul-08-18, 06:20
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Plan: Lowish carb/PPLP
Stats: 208/155/145 Female 64 inches
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Progress: 84%
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Thanks for posting, Carol. We all need the encouragement. I just wish this forum was more active. I really miss Low Carb Friends as it was very active and folks posted daily in most threads. But I'm going to stick it out here.

I'm not doing too well on the first week of PP. I do great during the day but blow it in the evenings. No weight loss, but no gain either.
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Old Mon, Jul-09-18, 04:55
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Plan: Atkins, sort of
Stats: 184/157.1/140 Female 5'6
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Progress: 61%
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Hi there. I am not planning on staying in this thread as I'm trying to get back to a somewhat stricter approach to carbs, though I am pretty sure I'm never going to go zero. However, I do think there is a very valid underlying discussion to be had. We know that the lower your carbs the easier it is to eat less and not think about food. But we start worrying about that and we think not thinking about food is somehow bad or at least boring. I suspect the reason is that there are many systems in our body to keep us alive and apart from the physical feedback mechanisms there are also other subtler things that make us want to get excited about eating (or other live-preserving activities!). You sort of need to be a monk about food. :-) I still enjoy low carb food though. You can make it more appealing with flavours and textures and challenge yourself to make gourmet meals within the parameters. That's the challenging I'm giving myself right now!!
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