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Old 04-13-2014, 02:44 PM   #11
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Have you been diagnosed with diabetes (by a qualified physician/specialist doctor at the hospital)?

Have you been put on this diet on your doctor's recommendation or are you "self-medicating" because you have read a (possibly inaccurately researched) article on-line?

If you are self-medicating and partaking of a very strict no carbohydrate diet should I assume you are eating no fruit and no vegetables? Why do you think this is healthy?

You are probably "cheating" on your diet because you are hungry and because you are short of essential elements of your diet due to your restricted intake of food. It's actually very unhealthy to completely eliminate whole food groups from your diet unless you have been properly diagnosed with a medical condition (and by that I do not mean something suggested by some quack on the internet).

If you are only trying to lose weight why not try a scheme such as "Slimming World" (there are others), which is based on consuming a balanced, healthy diet with everything in moderation? Very restricted diets don't work in the long run for the very simple reason that they are restricted
I second what MadCook has said.

About diabetes----- Unless you're genetically liable for it the best way to try and prevent diabetes is to control your weight, exercise moderately, eat a healthy, well-rounded diet, don't smoke and abstain from alcohol.

Cutting out grains does NOT make for a healthy diet. Cutting out any of the food groups does not make for a healthy diet.

If you want to believe in something Dr. Oz says:

"A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine determined that more than 90 percent of type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented by lifestyle changes. The disease is often triggered by poor diet and inactivity"

How to Prevent Diabetes - Dr. Oz's Diabetes Prevention Plan

Of course then he goes into how to use HIS plan to achieve that. But here, at DC, you'll get it free!

If you're not familiar with the basic food groups (ones people should eat almost daily) read this:

Nutrition for Everyone: Basics: Food Groups | DNPAO | CDC

You can start eating normally, feel better, maybe lose some weight if you need to and stay healthy. And a few 'cheats' with a doughnut isn't going to do you any harm at all. You may not even want to 'cheat' if you're feeling full.

Good luck.
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Old 04-13-2014, 04:58 PM   #12
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Carbohydrates
Carbs are not unique to grains.
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:19 PM   #13
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BTW, it was a Dr. Oz segment that got me to try eating my big meal for breakfast. I'm hooked on breakfast...
It's like the old saying "Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper"
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:27 AM   #14
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I'm on a no sugar no grain diet. No bread, rice, potatoes, and pasta allowed. Its sort of like the Atkins diet. Its really hard. I keep cheating on my diet. I really like sugar donuts from the vending machine. DoctorOz says we are addicted to sugar.
Anyways I'm looking for high protein, no carb recipes. I'm tired of Atkin's TV dinners.-- Michelle.

PS. Ezekiel bread is OK. And I'm trying to prevent diabetes. I took the test 3 times and no diabetes.
This is how I try and eat, with no diabetes present.
This is how I lose weight fast.
This is how I feel better.
I try to cut carbs at every meal, every day as much as possible.

I have never tried an Atkins meal, even though his theory is sound and I follow his advice. In fact, it is my opinion that the Atkins diet is the very best way to lose weight and to lose weight quickly.

One of my favorite low carb dinners is veggie omelets and crispy bacon.
The veggies have carbs, but they are very good for you. So, this meal is IMO a low carb, but healthy meal.
Skip the toast and you have a meal you can make yourself.
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Old 04-14-2014, 04:36 PM   #15
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Any diet that deprives you of an entire food group is destined to fail. If you want to lose weight safely, write down everything you eat for an entire week, and I do mean everything; meals, snacks, candy, chewing gum, chewing on a pencil, whatever. Include the quantity, be it by volume or by weight. Then sit down and calculate the calories of everything you ate every day. That information is easily found on the internet.

Next, create a meal plan based on what you are already eating that provides between 1200 and 1600 calories a day. Each meal should include 4 ounces of protein, 1 cup of vegetables, and 1/2 cup of carbohydrates (for your edification, corn and peas are carbohydrates, so 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes and 1 cup of whole kernel corn are three carbohydrate sides, not one carb side and one vegetable side). You can have as much salad as you want, but limit the vinaigrette or dressing to 2 Tbs.

Next, create an exercise plan, and include both aerobic (at least 30 minutes of cardio every day) and anaerobic (resistance weight training every other day) exercises. I guarantee you will lose 1 to 2 lbs every week until you reach your target weight. Once you achieve your target weight, it's time to determine the maximum number of calories you should consume to maintain that weight. It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change.
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Any diet that deprives you of an entire food group is destined to fail. If you want to lose weight safely, write down everything you eat for an entire week, and I do mean everything; meals, snacks, candy, chewing gum, chewing on a pencil, whatever. Include the quantity, be it by volume or by weight. Then sit down and calculate the calories of everything you ate every day. That information is easily found on the internet.
Excellent suggestion. I did this for a while; I used FitDay, which has hundreds of foods already entered. That makes it really easy to list the foods you've eaten and see the calories, protein, carbs, and other nutrients.

FitDay - Free Weight Loss and Diet Journal
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