Tell me how you have benefitted from low-carbing other than losing weight

(42 Posts)
MrsDesperado Sat 01-Jun-13 10:13:18

Lots of people low-carb for reasons other than weight loss. For example, I see lots comments about improved skin etc (In what way has your skin improved? Does it turn you into a polished goddess? <vain>)

Have you noticed any other changes/benefits/unexpected perks since doing it?

BIWI Sun 09-Jun-13 10:56:23

bigkidsdidit Yep - no thrush. I had years of suffering from it every bloody month. I came off the pill, which helped a bit, but didn't eradicate it. It makes sense, because the overgrowth of candida albicans, which is what causes the thrush, feeds off sugar and yeast.

amigababy low carbing as a veggie is harder, but not impossible. Rose Elliot has a really good cookbook - The Vegetarian Low Carb Diet Recipe Book"

meglet Sat 08-Jun-13 21:28:17

It's pretty much stopped my IBS dead in it's tracks. Before that I'd had loads of tests and tried different diets, but low carbing has really helped.

snoworneahva Sat 08-Jun-13 21:24:16

When I started low carbing 14months ago I was veggie of over 20 years - I am now a meat eater! It's doable but I didn't want to eat all the processed soy products - so for protein it was eggs and cheese...I started feeling like eating meat and that's what I ended up doing. Try to get hold of Celia Brooks Browns low carb book and there are loads of resources online - good luck!

EldritchCleavage Sat 08-Jun-13 21:13:24

Yes to better skin and slimmer face;
no post-lunch slump;
and overall, it's like pressing the reset button on dietary habits and palate-I stop craving sugar, stop eating so much generally, and have much more varied vegetables in my diet.

amigababy Sat 08-Jun-13 21:09:17

does anyone vegetarian low Carb.?

can you tell me about it please?

MacaYoniandCheese Sat 08-Jun-13 21:08:54

I'm doing paleo too; for health rather than weight loss but have lost weight anyway. My tummy is much flatter, my legs are more defined, my hair feels thicker and shinier and the near-constant thrush I suffered with for years has gone completely. I cheat a little too...cream in my coffee, yogurt occasionally and a glass of wine every night. The biggest thing is not having cravings anymore...someone on here once said that wheat is an appetite stimulant and now I really believe that. I think if you did really strict paleo or Whole 30 you'd see some pretty awesome results smile.

Themobstersknife Sat 08-Jun-13 21:04:59

Thanks both. Grrrr! Really need to sort my skin out. Its becoming so depressing. Maybe I should just try eating more healthily in the first instance.

thebestpossibletaste Sat 08-Jun-13 20:58:21

I have psoriasis and had high hopes that low carbing would help, but unfortunately it hasn't made much difference. I wish it had. However, I feel better in many other ways.

QueenofDreams Sat 08-Jun-13 20:56:18

I've heard Primal/Paleo can really help with eczema and other conditions Themobster. I've no experience with it myself though, so that's not something I can vouch for personally.

Themobstersknife Sat 08-Jun-13 20:30:58

Has anyone seen an improvement in eczema / itchy skin? I have suffered terribly since my second pregnancy and, having tried every cream on the market, I suspect I need to heal from within. However, I haven't yet heard of a diet / WOE that has made a fundamental difference.

HokeyCokeyPigInAPokey Sat 08-Jun-13 20:16:14

What Humphrey said, we have spoken about this on another thread.

The difference to my pms has been unbelievable, it's non existent now.

I feel much better, more energy, better hair, nails and skin.

bigkidsdidit Sat 08-Jun-13 20:11:05

Stop a moment - did you say no thrush, BIWI? I'm 39 weeks pg and considering low carb as soon as I've given birth. I've had thrush every single day of this pregnancy sad

Is that a common benefit f low carb?

sonu678 Sat 08-Jun-13 20:08:07

i eat better food.

QueenofDreams Sat 08-Jun-13 20:06:09

Well I haven't found it too difficult to cut the carbs. But then I guess we've always cooked from scratch, I've NEVER liked cereal (like chewing hay fgs) and so all I've really had to do is substitute the starchy part of the meal with something low carb. I'm loving it as well and I've lost about 1 stone since I started LC.

thebestpossibletaste Thu 06-Jun-13 21:27:31

That's true. So many of the recipes we've grown up with involve carbs, so it's starting from scratch, building up a new repertoire of meals to serve.

I must admit I struggle to think of what to cook sometimes and tend to serve the same meals each week. I'm always on the lookout for a good British low carb/no carb recipe book.

snoworneahva Thu 06-Jun-13 08:56:01

I think it's not mainstream because the thought of dropping carbs is quite a challenge for most people - they are the epitome of quick comfort food, they form the basis of many people's limited culinary repertoire and without them people feel deprived. I think it takes a while to get your head around cooking and eating without grains or a starchy component and it requires people to cook from scratch with few short cuts and for people with limited ability and interest in the kitchen that kind of diet is never going to be their first port of call. Slim fast anyone?

thebestpossibletaste Wed 05-Jun-13 23:18:26

Exactly Toomuch. I think it needs a celeb to lose lots of weight or regain health low carbing and then get it splashed all over the press.

ToomuchIsBackOnBootcamp Wed 05-Jun-13 22:44:29

op I think it's not mainstream because so far the Big Food companies haven't woken up to it as a challenge yet, and are still pushing their low fat (high sugar and additives) nonsense, including their usual pressure, er sorry sponsorship, on the medical profession/ dieticians. What would they do with all their shit in a box cereals and sugary yoghurts if we all start eating fresh meat n eggs from our local producers?!

BIWI Wed 05-Jun-13 19:20:40

No IBS
No thrush

Those two things alone - never mind the weight loss/control over my weight - keeps me mostly on the low carb wagon.

ToomuchIsBackOnBootcamp Wed 05-Jun-13 14:39:05

Much better energy, no 4 pm slump.
Better sleep.
Better skin.
Much less puffy. I never bloat or feel uncomfortable after a meal. I also look slimmer at the "same" weight iyswim, my clothes fit better as I don't have such a sticky out tummy. My whole shape has toned up, I have a more defined waist now too than I ever did at this weight on carbs.
No thinking about calories, points, sins, what can I have, starving for days to allow for a weekend binge.
Don't have those sudden mad cravings for something sweet/carby.
Much less severe PMS. Physical and emotional.

The best for me is mental, emotional. I feel "lighter" literally. My mood is much more stable, I can cope with my PND miles better than before.

It's ace. I wish more people knew about the effect sugar has on their bodies and minds.

EMUZ Sun 02-Jun-13 20:00:35

I stopped getting shaky, no sugar lows. No cravings, didn't feel hungry
More energy, slept well. I've posted this photo before but my entire shape changed as opposed to just losing weight. I did go totally Paleo though with heavy weights alongside and high intensity interval cardio
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Tigglette Sun 02-Jun-13 18:03:13

Where to start, as well as loosing a good chunk of weight, my moods are more stable, my cycle has gone from an all over the place 30 - 35 days with flooding and clotting (TMI) to a regular 28 day, minimal pain, easily managed on for the first time in my adult life. I'm not hungry between meals, am clearer headed and get lots of comments about how much brighter I look. My skins clearer and no longer dry and flaky.

Gosh I must have been a total wreck before LC, but it has worked wonders for me.

thebestpossibletaste Sun 02-Jun-13 11:44:25

I had the headache and fluey feeling for the first six days but then it went. I'm sure it was just sugar and caffeine withdrawal in my case.

FavadiCacao Sun 02-Jun-13 09:09:43

The headache never went away, if anything it became throbbing at times.
I felt as bad as when I had the real flu:very weak (I could barely walk up the stairs), sleepy, muscles ached, I couldn't concentrate and my memory was shot. I was constantly thirsty and my mouth was very dry, I used wake up 2-3 times every night either thirsty or needing a wee or both.
From a vanity point of view my nails were very brittle and my hair fell out by the handful and my eyes were puffy with dark circles (from lack of proper sleep).

Test for thyroid functions and low iron were normal. I was drinking in excess of 3L of water on top of broth and eating gelatine; everything was cooked/covered in fat.

thebestpossibletaste Sat 01-Jun-13 23:43:22

What sort of side effects, Favadi?

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