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Old 04-28-2006, 10:28 AM   #1
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Hi everyone. I have been checking out your threads and recipes and man you low carb people really know how to eat rich food lol. Sounds delicious. Even soup recipes. What do you do for crackers? Anyway Ive been thinking lowcarb for a long long time, but I know there is a detox period and I hate that so I have decided to do it slowly. Like go lowcarb for breakfast and then lowcarb for lunch and so on and so forth until I get use to eating this way. I really believe it is the shock to the body from eating lots of carbs and then go so low in carbs that it causes weakness and headaches. I never have a headache and going to try and keep it that way if I can. Anyway my problem is this. I had a check up a few weeks ago and everything was ok, but my total cholesterol was high and my HDL or the bad stuff was high and Ive been watching fats, but I have heard people on lowcarb diets have their cholesterol drop drastically after this way of eating. Is this so? I have like 3 months to get my cholesterol down or Im gonna be put on medications and I hate that. All I know, WW, eating lowfat and counting calories DOES not work for me, so lowcarbing might. I am hoping..barb
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..I don't know anything about the cholesterol. I've heard it has helped some people. But, I don't know anybody personally... I'm sure someone hear can help.
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Hi Barb, and WELCOME

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What do you do for crackers?
I make my own using almond flour, they taste a lot like wheat thins.

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so I have decided to do it slowly. Like go lowcarb for breakfast and then lowcarb for lunch and so on and so forth until I get use to eating this way.
Try using www.FitDay.com to track what you eat, it's free and O, so cool. , Restricting carbs for two meals and then eat a ton at one meal will cause your blood sugar to spike and drop and make you feel bad. Rather than do that, can I suggest that you cut your carbs to between 50-60, and spread them evenly through the day? Also, be sure that ALL the carbs you eat are good carbs. Veggies, eggs, cheese, etc., no sugar, flour, pasta, potatoes, etc. I think this will work much better for you, and you will lose weight.

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I had a check up a few weeks ago and everything was ok, but my total cholesterol was high and my HDL or the bad stuff was high and Ive been watching fats, but I have heard people on lowcarb diets have their cholesterol drop drastically after this way of eating. Is this so?
Yes, it was in my case. I was not high when I started, but it's low now - my total is 140 and my triglycerides are 57. It may take longer than 3 months to show the difference though, particularly if you aren't following Atkins to the letter.

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All I know, WW, eating lowfat and counting calories DOES not work for me, so lowcarbing might.
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Old 04-28-2006, 05:41 PM   #9
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Welcome Barb! I've lost a lot of weight doing this plan and you can too. I don't know about the cholesterol because mine has always been low, but I have heard it helps.

I would recommend you just jump in and do it rather than trying to wean yourself off. You may have a few problems days -- but I never did. And you will find if you go slow at it, your problem days will last for a longer period of time.
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Old 04-28-2006, 08:14 PM   #11
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Hi Barb, Welcome. I agree with the above advice. I'd just jump in and do it. I did not have any horrible side effects the first few days. My only problem was being a little grouchy for a few days, but that happens to me, no matter what food plan I choose. Atkins has worked great for me and I have no complaints. Good Luck.
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Old 04-28-2006, 09:46 PM   #12
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Hello there! Just jump into the 'diet' or also known as a lifestyle change. Your body will thank you for it. I hope to make this a more permanent thing for me this round. I had a good loss the last time, and was very impressed with certain health issues subsiding. Mainly my reflux.
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Old 04-30-2006, 01:53 PM   #13
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Yes it will lower cholesterol. Particularly it lowers triglycerides. Mine was 500 or so when I wasn't dieting at all, then after Atkins it was down to about 70 or so. Low fat didn't change it by much, but low carb did.
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