Low carbing, where to start?

(7 Posts)
MulledwineGless Fri 28-Dec-12 09:47:20

Come and join us on the lowcarb bootcamp thread - lots of support and you can ask all the questions you want.

Basically you need to break your sugar addiction and understand the science behind it as FurryDogMother said.
If you don't understand why it works you wont understand what you need to eat and why.
I have been on this way of eating since April and have felt the healthiest I have ever felt in my adult life (I'm 40 now)

In relation to your meal plan - why not have some mushrooms fried in butter with your scrambled egg or slices of courgette for breakfast?

Stick to home made soup where possible without potato - most tinned soup has high carbs as a filler.
If eating salad full fat mayo with it or a yummy dressing?

There are loads of recipes on the recipe thread here

solveproblem Thu 27-Dec-12 21:45:43

Eat more fat if you're low carbing! You need the energy and fat does not make you fat as long as it's not mixed with carbs/sugar.

Full fat milk etc is great (if you're low carbing)!

It bloody IS the carbs. Anyway - best thing you could do is read Gary Taubes 'Why We Get Fat', and understand the science behind it, then eat accordingly.

You so do NOT have to eat chicken :D What about fish, or cheese, or crustless quiche, or an omelette?

MistletoeAndMerryChristmas Thu 27-Dec-12 15:43:48

See I don't know if low carbing is for me really as I don't like meat, so I just couldn't eat chciken at every meal, I couldnt.

but im struggling to find something to suit me.

Fluffy1234 Thu 27-Dec-12 15:40:59

That sounds fine for low carbing. I found what really works is a good portion of lean protein such as chicken with every meal. You will crave carbs for a couple of weeks but the cravings will go and your appetite will shrink. I did it last year and went from 13 and a half stone to 9 stone. Now I eat all food groups but no cakes, biscuits, chocolate etc. If you do give in and have some carbs try and avoid bread as I found it the most bloating and starts the cravings up again.
Good luck.

specialsubject Thu 27-Dec-12 15:33:41

it's not the carbs, it's the fat; chips, pizza, burgers on ghastly fake buns - that's your problem. Also the mayo (v. fatty even the 'lite' versions), and the brown sauce.

cereal is fine but not the sugary rubbish you've been eating. Porridge with milk and a LITTLE bit of sweet stuff is what you want. Again - it's not the carbs, it's the fat and the crap.

yogurt is usually full of sugar and is a treat, not an every day.

40% GOOD carbs needed for your daily diet. Brown bread, pasta, rice, spuds - but not chips! oh, and not the nasty processed soup either, have some decent stuff. remember 'low-fat' usually means 'high-sugar'.

good luck.

MistletoeAndMerryChristmas Thu 27-Dec-12 14:42:00

I have some questions ...
To loose weight do you have to cut them out compeletely?

I ate alot of the, but does it mean i can't have a small baked spud if i fancy it?

Am planning on doing something like this ...

Breakfast - bowl of scrambled eggs with a splosh of brown sauce (previously would have been 2 bowls of jordans strawberry crunch cereal blush )

Lunch - home made (or tin of WW) soup. or some salad ham, boiled egg. (previously I would have this but with LOADS of bread and butter, cutting that completely - no bread at all)

Dinner - salad, veg, chicken of ham slices, maybe a boiled egg ... mostly veggies though and fish ...(previously anything with spuds, chips, garlic bread, crusty bread, pizza. burgers on buns, basically alot of carbs)

does this sound OK? ...

any ideas for snacks?

is yogurt ok?

I really dont want to get into some really specific diet where is i dont stick to ridgid guidelines then im fucked. Thats made me cave in the past.

I just want to change my eating habits.

Obviously cutting out all sweets, chocolate, crisps ect too.

is there a website i can find out easily how bad things are on Low Carb? for instance mayo? i love a dollop of extra light with salad, and the brown sauce with my eggs ... they make it bearable... and are nothing compared to 2 bowls of cereal in the big picture if you see what i mean?

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