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Old Fri, Jun-22-18, 20:43
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Plan: Keto + IF
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Location: Alberta, Canada
Default Did you ever try low-fat before low-carb?

Back in the 90s I was brainwashed by all the powers-that-be that low-fat was the way to lose weight, so I basically eliminated all fats from my diet for about a year.

My hair fell out.

So did you ever try low-fat before low-carb? How did it work out for you?
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Old Fri, Jun-22-18, 20:44
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Plan: Keto + IF
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Location: Alberta, Canada

BTW, in contrast, when I first did low-carb (Atkins Induction), my acne cleared up almost immediately.
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Old Fri, Jun-22-18, 23:58
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Plan: Banting
Stats: 302/187/187 Male 175cm
Progress: 100%
Location: New Zealand

Yes, and it did not go well. From the beginning of my journal:

Originally Posted by Grav
At 12 I was seeing dieticians at the local hospital regularly. I learned all about the healthy food pyramid, I was told to eat less fat, I was told to eat less everything. I was put on appetite-suppressing shakes. I was once put on a diet of nothing but crackers and cottage cheese for an entire month; when my rate of weight gain actually increased as a result of that one, I was outright accused of not sticking to the diet. Of course it had to be my fault; these were the experts in their field after all. My parents were at a loss, and I was outright miserable.

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Old Sat, Jun-23-18, 00:39
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Plan: atkins
Stats: 247/217/153 Female 5'8"
Progress: 32%
Location: Massachusetts

Oh so long ago, and nearly forgotten. Back in the late 70's, doing protein powders, with all bran shakes..... left me starving in 2 days. After a couple starts I abandoned any more attempts to diet.

THen I discovered Atkins in 2000...... and found sucess. I also eat far more varity of veg , trying new items as the markets are carrying far more options.

In a nut shell, the low fat diets caused a 20 year hiatus and porkiness. lol
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Old Sat, Jun-23-18, 05:12
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Plan: Low carb
Stats: 220/166/155 Female 5'3"
Progress: 83%

That's interesting! My hair fell out while I was losing 50 lbs on low carb, in 2008-2010.
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Old Sat, Jun-23-18, 06:09
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Plan: mostly milkfat
Stats: 190/152.4/154 Male 67inches
Progress: 104%
Location: Ontario

I did "Eat to Win" in my late teens. Wreaked havoc on my teeth, I think now likely due to low intake of some fat soluble vitamins. Also when I used to do low fat, I'd get spontaneous nosebleeds, that doesn't happen any more.
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Old Sat, Jun-23-18, 08:35
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Plan: Ketogenic (LCHFKD)
Stats: 227/186/185 Male 6' 0"
Progress: 98%
Location: Herndon, VA

Briefly long ago when I believed the medical authorities actually had some knowledge about nutrition and consumption of dietary fat, but very briefly, as I realized I didn't like any of the food I was eating without fat. I didn't challenge the low fat belief, I just realized that if I had to eat that way, I would never be satisfied. The low fat experiment last about 4 days.
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Old Fri, Jul-06-18, 23:55
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Plan: IF/Fung IDM
Stats: 375/259/175 Female 66 inches
Progress: 58%
Location: NE Florida

Back in the 80s I tried the whole low fat thing and indeed stuck with it for a whole YEAR. I lost a TON of weight. Way more than I have ever managed to lose on LC. I got down into “normal” sized clothes, not plus sized. However:
1) for that entire year I was hungry just about every waking minute of the day. I could never stop thinking about wanting food.
2) I actually had food porn dreams all the time. I would actually have dreams about eating cakes and donuts ancd ice cream-almost every night. Cravings were always intense.
3) I lost my total social life as I could not bear to watch other people eat food. And just about all social occasions involved food, so I just stopped socializing and became a hermit.
4) I had to stop having lunch with my co-workers for the same thing. I’d always be ravenous and could not stand watching skinny co-workers chowing down.

I only stuck it out as long as I did as I’d made a new year’s resolution with a co-worker who was trying to quit smoking. I vowed that as long as he stayed off cigarettes I would stay on my diet.

Except that after a year he was still not smoking, and I was getting more and more miserable with each passing day. I was majorly depressed, felt like life was not even worth living.

And finally, after a year, I snapped. Said, “Screw it! I’d rather weigh 300 pounds that live like this for one more day!” and just began eating everything in sight-so that of course eventually I was well over 300 pounds.

My co-worker never did go back to smoking though.
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Old Thu, Jul-12-18, 11:26
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Plan: Keto
Stats: 190/155/145 Female 5ft 3.5 in
Progress: 78%
Location: Kitsap County in Wa

As a matter of fact for the longest time I was petrified of fat. I was going to die of a heart attack, LOL. I was always hungry. This is so much better.
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Old Sat, Sep-01-18, 06:27
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Plan: Epi-Paleo/IF
Stats: 220/139/150 Female 67
Progress: 116%
Location: USA

I embarked on low fat/high exercise in the mid-80’s and I did stabilize my weight at size 12, which worked for me. So I thought that was THE WAY to do it.

Worked until I had an operation and was put on bed rest and there was no way I could eat low fat, which is really high carb, and NOT exercise and keep my weight stable. I put it on back on with friends.

As we now know from Mark Sission of The Daily Apple, even pro athletes who eat this way can develop diabetes, arthritis, and circulatory issues.

Glad to ditch it, resigned to being overweight, until Atkins came back, started in 2004 and never looked back! Now a size 10 and loving it!

Oh yeah; I was CONSTANTLY hungry. Rice cakes (which was like eating a picnic cooler) all the time.
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Old Mon, Sep-03-18, 00:15
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Plan: Pescatarian, Low carb
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BF:BMI 56/26/22
Progress: 85%
Location: Australia

ohhh yeahhh

Low fat diets since I was about 15yrs old if I can remember back that far hehe
Hardly satisfying, terribly hard work and all rather bland and tasteless!
In my mid 30's I discovered Dr Atkins and voila!! -- I love the low carb ways
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Old Tue, Sep-18-18, 05:02
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Plan: any and all
Stats: 115/120/115 Female 64inches
Location: Houston

I did many years ago. I was hungry all the time and I refused to eat vegetables because I couldn't put butter on them.
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Old Tue, Sep-18-18, 08:26
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Plan: Atkins
Stats: 240/201/205 Female 5 feet 11 inches
Progress: 111%
Location: USA

Low fat was considered the gold standard for staying thin and healthy as I was growing up. Low carb lurked in the shadows as an unhealthy way to lose a quick 10 pounds on demand but was not considered something to stick to. I dabbled in low carb here and there but always defaulted to the low fat, low sodium, low cholesterol mentality. I even went so far as to "McDougall" for two years. I lost 54 pounds but gained it back and then some and was always feeling hungry, bloated, lethargic, etc. I did Weight Watchers "Core" (whole foods, low fat) with similar results. I knew there had to be a better way. I read The Primal Blueprint and then re-read Atkins after many years, and the rest is history.

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Old Tue, Sep-18-18, 11:51
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Plan: Very Low Carb Paleo
Stats: 270/185/180 Male 72 inches
Progress: 94%
Location: Florida

I did Stop the Insanity by Susan Powter. High volume low fat eating. The problem was everything tasted like crap.

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Old Tue, Sep-18-18, 12:01
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Stats: 210/188/160 Female 5'4"
Progress: 44%
Location: Texas

Low fat was fake food at it's worst!!!

Low fat cheese that had the consistency of plastic...
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