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?

McBalls Sat 01-Jun-13 10:17:36

Less puffy, I tend towards water retention when not low carbing and the effect on my face is not good. When I'm de-puffed I looker younger and prettier - my features, especially my eyes, ar far mor defined.
Lots of energy. Cravings gone. Brain seems quicker, I'm able to think far more clearly. Moods very stable.

MarshaBrady Sat 01-Jun-13 10:21:00

More energy, zero cravings, no focus on not eating just eating regularly and feeling satisfied.

NotSpartacus Sat 01-Jun-13 10:22:43

I used to have hormonal beakouts around my chin and when I low carb I don't.
More energy (less need to sleep)
My nails grow better

HeySoulSister Sat 01-Jun-13 13:40:13

yes better nails and skintone!!

energy and a feeling of calm...hard to explain

MrsDesperado Sat 01-Jun-13 15:35:56

This all sounds so positive!

A colleague at work has been doing it since Christmas and he no longer gets dandruff or eczema. Says it took about three months - how long did it take you to see these differences?

Just to clarify - When you say better nails do you mean stronger? And by skintone do you mean more even..?

I've always been convinced by low carbing as a healthier way to eat, and with all these additional benefits people experience it seems like a no brainer. I wonder why it's not mainstream.

kiwigirl42 Sat 01-Jun-13 15:39:41

- much reduced appetite. no longer hungry between meals

- had really reduced fibromyalgia pain within a few weeks of starting

- had definitely made me eat healthier food. I'm eating loads more vegetables than usual

HumphreyCobbler Sat 01-Jun-13 15:46:41

no bloating
no pms
regular cycle
generally happier
better skin

NotSpartacus Sat 01-Jun-13 17:31:52

Much stronger nails - they usually only grow when I am pregnant.
Regular and more textbook cycles here too (29 days down from 31-34).

snoworneahva Sat 01-Jun-13 21:49:33

No more bloating, acid indigestion and a good night's sleep, unfortunately no improvement to skin conditions.

thebestpossibletaste Sat 01-Jun-13 21:56:59

My IBS symptoms disappear when I stick to low carbing and PMT is much better and much, much shorter. My husband stopped snoring when he started eating low carb and he has snored loudly for as long as I've known him. Also his recurrent, frequent and huge mouth ulcers disappeared. Also neither of us feel lethargic or have dizzy low blood sugar feelings in between meals. In fact rarely feel hungry at all. We do eat large portions of meat and veg three times a day though.

nenevomito Sat 01-Jun-13 21:59:19

When I low carb, I don't get as bad PMT or water retention and it also stops me from being bloated and getting wind.

I feel so much better on a low carb diet, but then I forget and eat pizza grin

NotSpartacus Sat 01-Jun-13 21:59:53

Can I ask what the rest of you do for breakfast?
On a work day I have plain yogurt. This morning I had an omelette.
It's all v boring though...

thebestpossibletaste Sat 01-Jun-13 22:18:38

I have 3 rashers unsmoked bacon, fried, fried tomato and mushrooms and a fried egg every day. It keeps me full for ages and I love it! IF I get bored of that, I have scrambled egg or am omelette with bits of bacon, mushroom and red pepper in and a little grated cheese.

redwellybluewelly Sat 01-Jun-13 22:21:20

I am not LC at the moment due to pregnancy but when I do I find I have more energy, better concentration, less cravings, better skin, less.puffy all over.

Can't wait to get back to it.

nenevomito Sat 01-Jun-13 22:50:38

For breakfast, I just broke out of what is a breakfast food.

Still do omelettes, poached eggs, turkey bacon, quorn, cooked meats, cheeses and combinations of the above.

FavadiCacao Sat 01-Jun-13 23:04:10

Not sure I'm entitled to comment on a low carb thread...

I follow Paleo/primal, which as a rough guide means no grains (especially gluten containing ones), sugar or pulses; I suppose by default it means lower carbs/starches/sugars than your average/advocated diet.

I no longer suffer (4 yrs without prescriptions) asthma, ulcer, IBD or anaemia and my hay-fever is negligible (occasional dry eyes or itchy nose, nothing compare to almost house-bound!).

However, when I tried a spell of lower carb (< or = 30g/day) in order to speed up weight loss, I experience severe side effects (the most notable ones, of course, are the ones close to our vanity)

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

What sort of side effects, Favadi?

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 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.

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.

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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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.

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 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?!

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.

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 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.

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.

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

i eat better food.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

does anyone vegetarian low Carb.?

can you tell me about it please?

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.

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!

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.

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"

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