Sign up for Little Black Dress Low Carb Bootcamp! Week 1 starts on Monday ...

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BIWI Thu 27-Sep-12 10:46:05

Lots of people have already said they're up for this, so come and sign in on this thread, so we know who we all are! The wonderful WilleWaggleDagger has taken over the job of Spreadsheet Management, and you may find that your name is already on the Spreadsheet of Wonderfulness:

link to the spreadsheet

You will also find the rules and some important info about allowed veg on the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet.

But to give you a brief summary of things:

We start on Monday, with two strict weeks of low carbing. It's important that you are strict about it, to get your body used to it and for maximum weight loss. We are also, in these two weeks, getting our bodies to switch from burning carbohydrates to burning fat - which means you will become ketogenically adapted.

There are only 10 rules to follow, and the idea behind these is to keep Bootcamp as simple as possible. There is no need to count carbs or weigh your food (unless you particularly want to). In summary, these are:

1. Eat three, proper meals a day

2. Avoid processed food

3. Eat lots of fat

4. Make sure you are eating vegetables and salads with your food

5. Be careful about dairy (apart from butter, which is unlimited)

6. You must drink a minimum of 2 litres of water per day

7. No alcohol (Sorry - I did say it was strict!)

8. No fruit

9. No nuts/seeds

10. No sugar or artificial sweeteners

Here are the rules, with the reasons/explanations as well

One of the most important things about low carbing is preparation.

This is not an easy diet to follow if you leave you food choices until you're starving, or if you are out and about. You will quickly find that the world of on-the-go food and snacks is all about the carbohydrates! Think about what you're going to cook next week, and plan your food choices and shopping accordingly. There is no need to cook anything different for you from that which your family will be eating, although carbohydrate-centred meals (e.g. lasagne or risotto) are obviously out of the question. Focus on meals that are based around meat/fish and vegetables/salad - your family can always have potatoes with theirs, or some other form of carb.

If you're out and about, buying low carb food can be difficult. However, places like M&S Food are getting better - you can buy pre-packed cheese in individual portions, or packets of ham/chicken/prawns, for example. Olives make a great snack, and they are very low in carbs.

It's really helpful to know something about the thinking/science behind low carbing

If you can, try and do some reading up about it. Good books are:

Dr Atkins "The New Diet Revolution"
Dr Charles Clark "The New High Protein Diet"
India Knight/Neris Thomas "The Idiot Proof Diet" (there is also an IPD recipe book, which has some great recipes in it)
Dr John Briffa "Escape the Diet Trap"
Gary Taubes "The Diet Delusion"/"Why We Get Fat"

There's loads of information online, and this site is really useful

.... and obviously there will the LBD threads. We will have one weigh-in thread, and I will start a week-by-week chat thread.

DISCLAIMER

I AM NOT A DOCTOR. I AM NOT A MEDIC. I AM NOT A SCIENTIST. I AM NOT A NUTRITIONIST NOR A DIETICIAN. THE ADVICE I AM GIVING HERE IS BASED ON MY OWN UNDERSTANDING OF LOW CARBING, GLEANED FROM MY OWN READING AND EXPERIENCES OF LOW CARBING. IF YOU ARE IN ANY DOUBT AS TO WHETHER LOW CARBING IS SUITABLE FOR YOU, OR IF YOU SUFFER FROM ANY MEDICAL CONDITION OR TAKE LONG TERM MEDICATION, PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR GP BEFORE YOU START.

GreenEyesAndHam Mon 01-Oct-12 08:58:12

Morning!

Are we ready??

I could just eat some cheese on toast <craving fail> but I won't. I'm going to try to grab a cooked breakfast in the canteen later

pixiestix Mon 01-Oct-12 09:10:01

Morning!

Lovely but misguided husband brought me a big mug of sugary tea in bed this morning- I had taken a great swig before I realised. So the first food I had on the first morning of LBD was a big mouthful of sugar blush

Oh well. Onwards and downwards. Salmon and eggs for brekkie now, yum!

Morning losersgrin

Im ready!

To kick strt biit camp iv tried on a pair of jeans which were way too tight... And niw they fit! Nextstop size 10/12 plz

Breaky will be a slice if chicken :/
Lunch will be chicken thigh and salad!
Dinner will be some sort of meat with plenty of veggies!!

Be back later!!

PortiaPony Mon 01-Oct-12 09:27:17

Whats the opinion on protein shakes? I have a solgar one that is low in carbs and its just an easy option on those days i need to get everyone out of the house for 7:45 and then commute for an hour - can just sip away at it. But will it hinder me?

caramelwaffle Mon 01-Oct-12 09:27:21

Good morning all.

Weighing scales kept giving different readings so I have gone with the heaviest - and it is heavy.

Some of you guys are at my goal weight already.

Am really, really not hungry and cannot face eating anything so will have fruit/herb tea until mid-morning/lunch then homemade soup and chicken.

Good luck.

BigStickBIWI Mon 01-Oct-12 09:30:23

I'd have gone with the lowest, myself!

Portia - what are the ingredients? And how many carbs?

TooImmatureTurtleDoves Mon 01-Oct-12 09:37:28

Morning all!

Already drunk me a pint of water, which is unheard of at this time of the morning. Weigh-in was bad, though - back up 2lbs since Saturday, boo!

B: Greek yoghurt (fighting off baby to actually get some - she likes yoghurt and had smeared all hers around her high chair and dropped her spoon on the dog), plus tea with full-fat milk
L: Chilli (no kidney beans), home-made guacamole, sprinkling of grated cheese and possibly sour cream
D: Chicken curry.

I have got DH signed up to Shred with me this evening, and my challenge for the day will be not eating biscuits at the bf support group this morning. I took lots of measurements this morning, too. I love the measurements now - since the beginning of June I've lost between 3 and 4 inches off every measurement (bust, waist, hips, thighs, tummy button and what I like to call my Middle Aged Spread Area - the sort of mummy tummy pouch bit).

PortiaPony Mon 01-Oct-12 09:44:13

Its this one - http://www.nutritioncentre.co.uk/p/511/Solgar-Whey-To-Go-Protein-Powder-Vanilla.html

Not really sure on the carbs
Serving Size 20 g (approx. 1 Level Scoop) - Amount Per 1 Level Scoop % Daily Value Calories 70 Calories from Fat 5 Total Fat <1 g 1%* Saturated Fat <0.5 g 2% Cholesterol 10 mg 3%* Sugars 1 g * Protein 16 g 32% Calcium† (from whey) 50 mg 5% Sodium (from whey) 75 mg 3%

CakeMeIAmYours Mon 01-Oct-12 09:45:00

Ugh, am in the depths of a 2 day hangover (yesterday a complete write-off) but am all set for a lo-carb day.

I have to confess to having a massive cup of tea this morning, but it will be my last.

Bring. It. On.

CakeMeIAmYours Mon 01-Oct-12 09:47:35

Oh, and since I've managed to put on 3lbs since first entering myself on the spreadsheet, I've updated it to reflect the true state of my lard. <<sobs>>

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Mon 01-Oct-12 09:48:10

Are we using this thread or is there a new one for kicking off?

Anyway I was 170 lbs this morning sad I am 5' 8" and a medium/athletic frame with big boobies but really not happy. Would like to be under 155.

Dr dukan said I should be 145, now that is challenging.

WineGless Mon 01-Oct-12 09:49:06

B: bacon, mushrooms, egg
L: chicken and salad with mayo
D: left over chicken stir fry

That's my food for the day. Bottle of water filled up and ready to go.....

BigStickBIWI Mon 01-Oct-12 09:58:48

Please could you all post on the new thread

OliviaPeaceAndLoveMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 01-Oct-12 09:59:01

Morning losers
I am here and READY and motivated and in fear of BIWI's big stick
Bring on the bootcamp!
Adios extra pounds
I have booked John Briffa's course at the MN academy for a week 3 boost too

BigStickBIWI Mon 01-Oct-12 09:59:11

Bugger. I put the link there, and it's just disappeared!

Here it is

Marking my place on this thread & about to fill in the spreadsheet. Will pop back to read later when I have more time smile

LittleFrieda Mon 01-Oct-12 10:28:42

Morning. Marking place for later.
<<ugh at the rain>>

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