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Does a no-carb diet work?


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I thought I'd try to get rid of a nice 3-4 lbs this week, since I know Halloween in a week's time means total bingefest. Is it OK to try a zero-carb diet for the next six days? Does it actually work?

I have a slight obsession with stepping on the scale about 6-7 times a day. It's taking an immense amount of effort, but I'm trying not to go on it till next Saturday... Damn, I hope this actually pays off.

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Fruits and vegetables are carbs - do you think it makes sense not to eat fruits and vegetables?

Don't try to lose weight fast because you plan on overeating next weekend. It's not a good cycle to get into.

Well yeah, true. I mainly meant having none of the stuff you see in the bottom of the food pyramid, though. I have a really unhealthy addiction to them.

I'm probably going to have a bag of candy and some brownies and God knows what next weekend... Halloween's a huge deal for me, so I want to eat as much as I want. ARGH. What should I do? D:

Eat normally this week.

Instead of giving up real food during the week, consider not having quite as much junk as you'd like to have on the weekend. Your body will thank you.

Well, I could try that, I suppose. Thanks.

Umm - I think the foods at the bottom of the pyramid are in the widest section (the bottom) because we are meant to eat mostly those.....

And yes, weighing yourself 6-7 times a day is an obsession, and obsessions are not usually healthy.  Maybe read some books on chronic dieting and get some perspective.  I don't say this to be mean,  but you look so young and now is the time to get a handle on this,  before it becomes more entrenched and habitual.  You can do it!!

There are different types of carbs, try cutting out SIMPLE carbs, they are the ones that burn energy quicky and then you get mood swings and feel tired again. 

COMPLEX carbs release the energy slowly so you dont get hungry, there in wholemeal stuff like brown bread and wholemeal pasta.. if you eat them types of carbs they are better, fruit and vegetables are good for you if they have carbs in or not. 

Stop weighing yourself and just do a bit more exercise this week, once you burn off the carbs you've eaten you start to burn your fat, so the fat you burn this week you can eat at halloween :D

Original Post by violetgriffin:

Umm - I think the foods at the bottom of the pyramid are in the widest section (the bottom) because we are meant to eat mostly those.....

 The foods on the bottom of the pyramid are there because the grain industry had better lobbyists.

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The weight you'll be losing will only be water weight, anyway. Carbs retain water. As soon as you get into a normal eating pattern again, you're body will seem like it's gaining weight, when in reality, it isn't. Carbs are your source of energy, not the source of evil. Have you tried moderation?

I suggest that you eat NO starchy carbs (basically all the white stuff with sugar) and no soda or salt. Even thought everyone above is correct, there is no need to get preachy. Sometimes I also have something that matters to me coming up and I want to lost the most I can in a week. Your best bet is to cut out all simple carbs, salt, stuff with added sugar, soda , alcohol, this week. Just eat really clean and light. Stick to  green veggies, lean turkey, lean chicken, fish, berries and water. If you can get used to eating this way in the long run you will be better off. Good luck!!!

No-carb diets definetely work. The only things you can eat are eggs, some vegetables, and meat. You don't even have to count calories, just eat 3-4 eggs for breakfast. Snack on raw almonds in between meals. For lunch have a big huge salad with chicken breast, and 1/2 of an avocado. For dinner have ground turkey, fish, steak, whatever meat you like with veggies without carbs! (i.e., brocolli, asparagus, salad, etc.)

My dad did this diet and dropped 40 lbs. so fast (that's all he needed to lose).

Don't do a diet just because you know you'll be binge on halloween. Just try not to be binge on halloween, just because it's halloween doesn't mean you get to eat all the candy you want. Enjoy a few pieces, but don't raid people's candy bags.

Original Post by volleyballqueen:

No-carb diets definetely work. The only things you can eat are eggs, some vegetables, and meat. You don't even have to count calories, just eat 3-4 eggs for breakfast. Snack on raw almonds in between meals. For lunch have a big huge salad with chicken breast, and 1/2 of an avocado. For dinner have ground turkey, fish, steak, whatever meat you like with veggies without carbs! (i.e., brocolli, asparagus, salad, etc.)

My dad did this diet and dropped 40 lbs. so fast (that's all he needed to lose).

Don't do a diet just because you know you'll be binge on halloween. Just try not to be binge on halloween, just because it's halloween doesn't mean you get to eat all the candy you want. Enjoy a few pieces, but don't raid people's candy bags.

 edit:  oops, cat jumped on 'puter & posted at the wrong time.  sorry. This is definitely not a no carb diet.  All veggies have carbs.  Avocado has a lot of carbs.  Look it up.

Try to eat complex carbs; whole grain pasta, brown rice, whole grain bread (not the enriched crap), at least 25 grams of fiber a day, and lots of healthy protein and hopefully your cravings will start to go away. As for Halloween, it's okay to have a treat here and there; I like the fun sized pieces of candy because it keeps my junk eating to a minimum. There are certian ranges of food that is for optimum health that is studied by nutritionists which is 45-65% of cals from carbs, 10-35% from protein, and 20-35% from fat. This means to choose the right foods; not refined/ enriched carbs, lean meats, and good fats. Fiber, vegetables, lactose, fructose (fruits), all come from carbs and are all great sources of energy! Whole grains are excellent; people should mostly consume whole grains; refined/ enriched grains are crap and are not good for people.

I hope this helps!

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Original Post by volleyballqueen:

No-carb diets definetely work. The only things you can eat are eggs, some vegetables, and meat. You don't even have to count calories, just eat 3-4 eggs for breakfast. Snack on raw almonds in between meals. For lunch have a big huge salad with chicken breast, and 1/2 of an avocado. For dinner have ground turkey, fish, steak, whatever meat you like with veggies without carbs! (i.e., brocolli, asparagus, salad, etc.)

My dad did this diet and dropped 40 lbs. so fast (that's all he needed to lose).

Don't do a diet just because you know you'll be binge on halloween. Just try not to be binge on halloween, just because it's halloween doesn't mean you get to eat all the candy you want. Enjoy a few pieces, but don't raid people's candy bags.

 edit:  oops, cat jumped on 'puter & posted at the wrong time.  sorry. This is definitely not a no carb diet.  All veggies have carbs.  Avocado has a lot of carbs.  Look it up.

 Yeah, 'no carb' diets are sort of imaginary. Nuts and vegetables and fruits such as avocado do contain carbs.

Avocados are high in fiber though, so you do deduct those from the total carb count, which brings it down quite a bit.

I do low carb, and eat nuts, seeds, avocados etc very often, but you have to watch the amounts of carbs in all these items if you're trying for a specific number each day.

 

You know, I've always been really doubtful about low-carb, but my sister and mom have been doing it lately and it seems to be working for them. However, my sister was actually told by a doctor to limit her carb intake due to a medical issue. They're both following Atkins, which actually tells you to eat veggies and whole grains. You subtract the fiber from the total carbs to get the net carbs, and that's what you count. So veggies end up being super low in net carbs. You're supposed to get a certain percentage of whatever carbs you do eat from veggies.

My sister has been losing weight at a pretty remarkable rate. She is a bit heavier though, so its easier for her to lose weight. She is currently in Stage 1 which has you eating 20 g net carbs a day, and then you increase that slowly as you go through the stages.

So, don't eat 0 carbs. Eat low carbs, and make sure you get plenty of veggies. I don't think it's going to hurt you to try it for a week. However, when I tried doing this for a day I felt really sick, like my blood sugar was low. I was shaky and felt like I was going to pass out. If you feel like this DON'T continue. Everybody's body is different. Some people get good results, some people feel like they're going to die. Don't do anything that doesn't feel healthy.

Original Post by danaofdoom:

You know, I've always been really doubtful about low-carb, but my sister and mom have been doing it lately and it seems to be working for them. However, my sister was actually told by a doctor to limit her carb intake due to a medical issue. They're both following Atkins, which actually tells you to eat veggies and whole grains. You subtract the fiber from the total carbs to get the net carbs, and that's what you count. So veggies end up being super low in net carbs. You're supposed to get a certain percentage of whatever carbs you do eat from veggies.

My sister has been losing weight at a pretty remarkable rate. She is a bit heavier though, so its easier for her to lose weight. She is currently in Stage 1 which has you eating 20 g net carbs a day, and then you increase that slowly as you go through the stages.

So, don't eat 0 carbs. Eat low carbs, and make sure you get plenty of veggies. I don't think it's going to hurt you to try it for a week. However, when I tried doing this for a day I felt really sick, like my blood sugar was low. I was shaky and felt like I was going to pass out. If you feel like this DON'T continue. Everybody's body is different. Some people get good results, some people feel like they're going to die. Don't do anything that doesn't feel healthy.

I've mentioned this several times before, but..

When you do something low carb, like Atkins, you're cutting out lots of bread and sugars that can easily take up a large portion of your calories for the day (and maybe make you go over). When you cut out carbs, what do you eat more of? Protein and fat. Since protein, and to a slightly lesser extend fat, are very satiating, you find yourself not eating as much (because you stay full longer), and "magically" start losing weight.

you're just cutting down on carbs (easy to eat calories often times) and replacing them with more satiating calories. Theres no magic to it, it just helps some people create a calorie deficit easier.

Thanks, everyone, this was really helpful. I'll try to take in all the info. Yeah, I'm gonna be eating veggies, of course, and meat (though I don't do red meat). But basically I'm allowing myself everything non-carby that I want, as long as I don't have white bread/pasta or anything. I read somewhere you can get over an addiction in about two weeks, and I know I have an immense carb addiction. Seriously, some days I'll come home and have half a pack of pasta in one go without anything else. That's kind of gross. So yeah, if I stick this out for two weeks, more or less, I hope to overcome my appalling carb addiction.

What ajaro said does make sense -- I feel completely stuffed after eating 7 oz of salmon, but five slices of bread only fills me up for an hour or so. So it's true that eating more substantial food definitely makes you feel less hungry.

I think you guys definitely have a point -- I should probably take it easy on Sunday. I don't want to wake up on Nov. 1st and curse my bloated stomach, lol. So yeah, I'll just have a moderate amount of candy. I'll certainly try not to raid anyone's candy bag! :DD

Original Post by ajaro:

Original Post by danaofdoom:

You know, I've always been really doubtful about low-carb, but my sister and mom have been doing it lately and it seems to be working for them. However, my sister was actually told by a doctor to limit her carb intake due to a medical issue. They're both following Atkins, which actually tells you to eat veggies and whole grains. You subtract the fiber from the total carbs to get the net carbs, and that's what you count. So veggies end up being super low in net carbs. You're supposed to get a certain percentage of whatever carbs you do eat from veggies.

My sister has been losing weight at a pretty remarkable rate. She is a bit heavier though, so its easier for her to lose weight. She is currently in Stage 1 which has you eating 20 g net carbs a day, and then you increase that slowly as you go through the stages.

So, don't eat 0 carbs. Eat low carbs, and make sure you get plenty of veggies. I don't think it's going to hurt you to try it for a week. However, when I tried doing this for a day I felt really sick, like my blood sugar was low. I was shaky and felt like I was going to pass out. If you feel like this DON'T continue. Everybody's body is different. Some people get good results, some people feel like they're going to die. Don't do anything that doesn't feel healthy.

I've mentioned this several times before, but..

When you do something low carb, like Atkins, you're cutting out lots of bread and sugars that can easily take up a large portion of your calories for the day (and maybe make you go over). When you cut out carbs, what do you eat more of? Protein and fat. Since protein, and to a slightly lesser extend fat, are very satiating, you find yourself not eating as much (because you stay full longer), and "magically" start losing weight.

you're just cutting down on carbs (easy to eat calories often times) and replacing them with more satiating calories. Theres no magic to it, it just helps some people create a calorie deficit easier.

I agree. I've said this to my mom and sister a zillion times but they don't really listen. But whatever, it's working for them and that's what matters.

floggingsully- its true that politics has a LOT to do with governmental food recommendations,  but my point was that it is basically accepted that complex carbohydrates are necessary to human life.  You've got three main nutrient groups --  fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.  Our brains run on SUGAR ONLY (which our bodies have broken down from complex-  to the simple-carbohydrates).

The OP asked if a NO-carb diet was OK. It is not.

Now, a person can argue about which carbohydrates to eat (and they will argue!),  but as to whether we should eat any at all.... that's been settled for millennia....

On a side-note,  it takes only a 10 minute internet search to come up with many scientifically validated benefits to eating whole grains (just one type of carbohydrate),  and we are all capable of doing that ourselves.  It's just common-sense really.

So everybody -- eat your oatmeal/whole wheat/quinoa/barley/kamut/spelt/ brown rice/triticale/millet/sorghum, etc., etc., etc., ETC.

 

 

I am not even going to post the countless studies I have read regarding efficacy and health benefits of a low carb lifestyle. If you are interested, you can look around.

I cut out most of my carbs and dropped 25lbs in 3 months without monitoring calories at all. There are many studies that show calories in do not equal calories out. This has been a hot topic for me lately

Original Post by violetgriffin:

floggingsully- its true that politics has a LOT to do with governmental food recommendations,  but my point was that it is basically accepted that complex carbohydrates are necessary to human life.  You've got three main nutrient groups --  fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.  Our brains run on SUGAR ONLY (which our bodies have broken down from complex-  to the simple-carbohydrates).

Actually, the brain can also run on ketone bodies (which are produced during fat metabolism). Plus, the body can generate its own glucose from protein, in a process called gluconeogenesis. Technically, eating carbohydrates is not necessary to fuel the brain.

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