General Diet Plans and Questions - Anyone trying the Carb Lovers Diet?

11-09-2010, 01:34 PM
This is the one put out by Health Magazine. I bought the book, but am looking for some support. They don't seem to have a Carb Lovers Forum on their site.

11-09-2010, 06:46 PM
I have seen it - just not done it. It does look interesting thought.

11-17-2010, 04:41 AM
oo, oo, how's it going?

That's the one I'm looking at to see me over the winter, when our bodies are programmed to need more carbs. It's poised in my amazon basket until I go into town this afternoon and see if I can pick it up.

I like the look of some of the recipes, and I'm at the stage of needing something like this just to change up what I've been doing and give me a renewed focus.

So ~ how's it going, and can I be in your group? :)

11-17-2010, 09:27 AM
I just discovered this book yesterday! I am wanting to get started on it, too.

I know low carb is very popular now, but I'm convinced my hunger is kept at bay better by carbs.

11-18-2010, 09:40 AM
The Cherry Ginger Scones!! Absolutely wonderful!

Still waiting for the book but the online recipes are lovely.

11-20-2010, 06:28 PM
Woohoo! Book's arrived.
Even sticking to the principles, roughly, has helped. Happy.

11-21-2010, 04:57 AM
I'm going shopping on Monday for the ingredients for a week of this. It's going to be quite a challenge, sticking to set menus but I feel I need that discipline.

Anyway, I've been eating according to the Diet's principles while I waited for the book to come, and in 4 days I've lost 2.5lbs. Obviously, part of that is having dropped my calories from 1400 to 1200, which is the level the book advises for a 7 day kick start; but I have increased my (good) carbs too, and it hasn't had the ballooning effect I might have feared. In fact, my morning ankles are the thinnest they've been for years!

Hope the other ladies who were looking at the book might join in/say how they're going? :)

11-22-2010, 04:59 AM
Can't complain about this diet so far! 3.7lbs in 5 days is pretty encouraging.

Come and join me!

11-22-2010, 07:46 PM
Wow, today I have been So Hungry! I can't remember feeling this hungry on a diet for years.
Either I will see an (even more) massive drop on the scales tomorrow, or a gain, as my body frantically hangs onto water. We'll see.

Funny, I was hungry when I got up but had a breakfast I often do, Yogurt sprinkled with ground flaxseeds and nuts, a banana.
Feeling in need of a snack, I had one of the Ginger Scones out of the Book, a huge 300 calories there.
Lunch around 1, for which I was ravenous: my own Stir-Fry Soup, followed by roast turkey and sprouts.
Dinner no later than 6. Oh yes, another from the Book: 3 crispbread, 1 hard boiled egg, 1 apple and 1 ounce cheese (I didn't have cheddar, so had 1.5 oz jarlsberg instead). I loved it.
Evening treat of coffee made 100% with lactofree semi-skimmed.
1200 calories. It's not That much less than 1400. And yet I could eat the furniture today.
Happily, my head's not hungry - it's too full of cold, throat infection etc to care - and now it's bed time. Hopefully, tomorrow will feel fuller!

11-23-2010, 05:09 AM
Wow, today I have been So Hungry! I can't remember feeling this hungry on a diet for years.
Either I will see an (even more) massive drop on the scales tomorrow, or a gain, as my body frantically hangs onto water. We'll see.

OK, so there was a third option, and that was to maintain, which is what I've done. My ankles are quite puffy, so I'm hoping they're masking a huge fat loss underneath.


11-24-2010, 05:03 PM
A bounce up today, which is absolutely my normal pattern. I may have to tinker with the calories though. Although I feel mentally magnificent, I am very, very, very hungry.

11-25-2010, 05:12 PM
Bounce back down today.
I finally felt well enough from my cold, and made space in my workday - and got a walk! Just as well, I literally had no food left in the house.
I was desperate for a salad, and ate a whole bag of mixed leaves, with some roast beef and feta cheese. Yummy. I think what I've been missing all this week is veggie bulk; with it, no problem with sticking to the 1200, which I'd like to do a bit longer, if possible.

11-26-2010, 08:57 AM
166.5 today, I'm speechless.

Maybe the hunger earlier in the week was to do with being unwell? Don't know. I certainly didn't yesterday/don't today feel anything like stuffed or even full but I don't feel the terrible cavernousness. On again.

11-27-2010, 01:37 PM
Same again today. Hunger has not been an issue today at all. I wonder why. Maybe I was using a lot of calories fighting my cold for the rest of the week? Not sure.

11-30-2010, 09:43 AM
Really settled into this now. I've done 13 days, and lost 5lbs in that time, which is pretty darned impressive, given that I'd already lost 45, it's not first-time weight.
I'll stick with this for a while.

12-04-2010, 05:48 AM
I'm still claiming this diet, although technically, I suppose I'm more just using the principles, rather than the recipes. I'm trying to economize and eat what I've got, thus freeing up space and a bit of cash for Christmas food, when I feed the family.
I suppose the biggest principle is the 1200 calories. The book says for 7 days, I chose to do it for 30, partly due to a misunderstanding, I thought it was a 30 dayX1200 plan in the book. but I'm also making sure I get bread or rice or pasta or potato or oats carbs at every meal. Sometimes, if I haven't planned very well, I may still be physically hungry between meals (I find it quite hard to get a snack in as well as 3 carb meals) but mentally, I'm still absolutely satisfied. I believe that's because of the mood enhancing qualities of good carbs.

6.7lbs in 17 days is a great appetite suppressant too!

12-07-2010, 02:04 AM
I'm doing this diet now because some of my friends were the guinea pigs and had good results. I haven't been on a diet in 2 years, and that was a terrible experience with Medi-Fast, at which I swore off anything that was not real, fresh food.

I was disappointed with my first week's meager weight loss of .8 pounds. I've also been hungry a lot, and it's hard for me to get used to the concept-- not of some carbs being acceptable-- but of things like potatoes and especially potato chips being part of a healthy diet.

I have not adhered to the diet to the letter, but it does represent a significant shift in my eating. Mostly because I am choosing what to cook and not DH. :) Plus, the recipes are all short and easy, which is nice.

I'm going to try to give it the 12 weeks and see how I do. My first mini-goal is to get under 200 lbs and start couch to 5 k.

Keep me up to date with your progress!


12-07-2010, 09:18 AM
:waves: Hi Bunny! Glad to have some company. If you're making the recipes, you're doing better than me, my kitchen is a bit chaotic at the moment, and I'm trying to eat up what I've got to make space for Christmas, but still sticking to the principles. We'll see.

Let me know how you go on!

12-15-2010, 03:53 AM
Still sticking with this WoE, it's really helping my mood as well as my weightloss.
Bunny? How's it going for you?

12-15-2010, 11:44 PM
I"m very glad to see someone that is giving the "Carb Lovers Diet" a try. I purchased the book about a month ago. Most of the recipes didn't seem plausible to me because my husband wouldn't eat them.

I will read through it again, and post here if I plan to go along with it.
Keep up with the wonderful updates! They are really motivating.

12-16-2010, 03:57 PM
Hi Jewel!

Oh, shame but I understand you can't be making 2 separate meals.
Hey! I've found a plus to singledom! :wink:

I'm not making many of the recipes at the moment - I've been concentrating on eating up what's in the house to make space for cooking for Christmas - but I'm trying to add the 'resistant starches' into as many meals as I can; and I've increased my % of carbs to 40+%, so I'm telling myself I'm at least following the principles. TBH, I think a lot of it boils down to an old-fashioned balanced diet.

Anyway, done 30 days of it at the 1200 calorie level, and lost 9lbs, so I'm quite pleased.
I'd like to think I could do another 9 in the next 30 - I'm going on holiday in 34 days' time - but I plan to slowly get back to 1400, so it's not so likely. The 1200 I've found a bit of a strain - no hiding place.

01-03-2011, 11:42 AM
Hi Rosinanate!

I am awaiting this book at the moment and wondering how you are doing now. How hard was it getting through the holidays?

I will join in if others are here and able to hang in there!

01-06-2011, 03:16 AM
Any others still doing this? I'm interested in getting more information? Does anyone have a food list? I haven't bought the book but would be interested to know what you can eat. Do you get so many servings of each specific type of food per day?