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Week 3 - Summer Low Carb Bootcamp - When the Going Gets Unexpectedly Tough

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BIWI Sun 12-May-13 22:49:27

I'm starting this thread a little earlier than usual, as I have to be at work at dawn's crack tomorrow grin

Come and confess all on the Spreadsheet of Fabulousness

So from tomorrow, you can move on to Bootcamp Light, if you want. (Rules on the tabs on the spreadsheet). That means that you can introduce fruits (berries only) and nuts (in small quantities), as well as alcohol (albeit in moderation!)

You don't have to, if you don't want to. You could continue to do Bootcamp if it's suiting you - or do Bootcamp during the week and Bootcamp Light at the weekend. Whatever suits you.

Whatever you decide *here is something really important that you need to know about weeks 3 and 4 (and possibly 5)*:

It is very common for weight loss to stop at this point in the diet. You may even find that you gain a pound or two. DON'T PANIC! It is entirely normal. Your body is switching from carb-burning to fat-burning, and is re-adjusting to your new WOE. You have jettisoned a lot of water weight, and have emptied your glycogen stores. You will also have lost some fat. Now, your body is working on just burning fat.


Good luck for next week. As ever, post any questions on the questions thread, and keep us all updated as to what you're doing/eating.

berryfreeze Thu 16-May-13 22:35:47

Thank you BIWI, think I just needed words of reassurance, now would I still be ok with a cheesy omelette in the morning, then have no more cheese for rest of day, and is mayo(hellmans) ok, if I am a little peckish a will go and have a slice of cheese, think I will stay on bootcamp for a little longer, thank you again BIWI and everyone else on thread, mainly do lurk but very helpful reading other's comments x

JustasmallGless Thu 16-May-13 22:43:16

Evening losers

B Greek yoghurt
L leftover chicken tikka salad and mayo
D out for tea and chose chicken and bacon Caesar salad 2 glasses of red wine

Fluer Thu 16-May-13 22:54:13

salad of lettace, leaves, cucumber, peppers, spring onions with a dollop of mayo (real) and a piece of cod.
fried mushrooms in butter and 2 scrambled eggs.
That's my lot today as im not very hungry.
BIWI....if this is bootcamp......when do you do bootcamp light which you have mentioned before. Thanks smile

prettybird Thu 16-May-13 23:01:20

15th Wedding Anniversary today, so dh and I went out for a meal. 'Twas lovely - and mostly LCHF compatible: had pigeon and black pudding starter with a wee bit of apple purée for decoration and pea shoots and them for main course had rump of lamb and shredded shoulder of lamp with celeriac, purple sprouting broccoli and a few broad beans. smile All very scrummy and Boot Camp compatible smile Ignoring the glass of white wine and bottle of red wine I shared blush

CrabbyBigbottom Thu 16-May-13 23:30:17

BIWI that video was brilliant, very engaging and informative and also very funny. Dd came in and wanted to know what I was laughing at, when I told her it was a presentation on low-carbing she looked at me like this hmm

Felt like shit yeasterday with a sore gum that I've had for days that really seemed to be taking hold - pain spreading to ear and down neck, fluey feeling. Really wanted glass of wine to cheer me up but resisted urge, took a big dose of echinacea tincture and went to bed not long after dinner. Slept 12 hours and pain completely gone this morning. I certainly wouldn't have slept like that if I'd had wine.

B - smoked salmon bits in creme fraiche with roe in.
L - my usual salad, getting very slightly bored with it now!
D - black farm sausages (they're fabulous!) with roasted celriac mash and roasted broccoli.

L - usual salad; shredded pork belly, rocket, feta cheese, avocado, freshly made mayonnaise, pesto
Early D - leftover salad with some olives and gorgonzola
Supper - quarter of a camembert, baked 'til molten, with celery

Felt great today. My jeans are looser, my eyes are sparkling and clear, I've got a waist again. Another 1lb off since Tuesday.

Mentally/emotionally I feel so much better. Calmer, more patient with DD, more stable, positive. I had a pang today when I passed a chocolate vending machine and then I thought 'would it be worth it, blowing feeling like this for a cheap hit of shit chocolate?' The answer was no. smile

CrabbyBigbottom Thu 16-May-13 23:33:34

Oh and Happy Anniversary Badvoc and Prettybird, and Happy Birthday CiderWithBuda! smile

HeirToTheIronThrone Thu 16-May-13 23:36:02

Happy anniversary prettybird - that meal sounds lovely. For me: B - yogurt L - lunch with clients, shared olives to start then lovely salad with goats cheese and walnuts (left ALL the croutons). Weird quick dinner of a few raspberries with cream before had to dash to the cinema few of DP's Minstrels during the film then just had some yogurt mixed with peanut butter. Looking at it that's probably too much dairy but feel pleased that I turned down bread at lunch and chocolate eclairs in the office! We have to go to a funeral tomorrow so expecting a very carby buffet at the pub afterwards which will need negotiating!

milliemoomay Thu 16-May-13 23:48:20

Thanks BIWI - I'm going to try out the pork chop recipe tomorrow. Sorry it's been tough for you Calico... I'm afraid I lapsed tonight - I've been silly!

2 Chorizo burgers with boiled brussel sprouts which was fine (I checked the carb content etc)

But then I was hungry again at 10 so had another burger blush) After which I felt guilty and oddly craved something sweet although I was sooo full. So I had a handful of sugar free Werther's toffees - that's bad as it wasn't one or two but a whole bunch.

Oh well, tomorrow is another day!

changeforthebetter Fri 17-May-13 06:04:07


Soo, two Nutrigrain oatcakes and a choc chip brioche probably aren't on the allowed list blush

I have been doing well generally but had a horrible afternoon. I know all about emotional eating but "knowing" is one thing and not reaching for the carbs sometimes is hard - especially when you are caught out (brioche was literally waved in front of me)

Anyhoo, new day, new start. Will take my spinach, mushroom and broccoli frittata for lunch. Tis Friday so there will be a bit of wine with dinner wink

sammisatt Fri 17-May-13 06:30:56


Cider: I haven't worked out what happened but I think it sounds like it was your birthday so happy belated b'day from me.

B: sausages egg
L: salad leaves, olives, Parma ham, avo, cheese
D: shepherds pie with spring greens
Then I accidentally fell into a bottle of wine then had to eat some cheese too.

MaryBeardfanclub Fri 17-May-13 06:54:27

morning ladies smile

rupekt i popped to waitrose yesterday to check out some of these amazing bargains but could not find any sad guess I have not got the knack!

Ladies, can anyone recommend a lunch spot in central london? I am taking dp out for his birthday in next week and we need somewhere lchf friendly.

Celebration lunch out today with work, have ordered cesar salad with chicken.

sybilfaulty Fri 17-May-13 07:16:07

Happy birthday Cider for a couple of days ago.

Am having trouble keeping up with the thread and don't post as much as I'd like, but am sticking to the programme and feeling good. lOVE reading about everyone's food on the train home from work.

Mary - what sort of thing do you fancy? Do you have a part of London in mind? There is a really nice French place called Terroirs near Charing Cross which I love, but give me a bit more detail and I'll have another think. Website is here

BlackAffronted Fri 17-May-13 08:12:47

Morning Losers. It has taken 2 weeks, but I am back to my last bootcamp weight loss, so anything after today is extra grin Id put on about 7lb after a week totally submerged in carbs, but thats it all off again.

Making a LC adapted version of thsi for dinner, made it before and it was delicious! It was so good, I ate the leftovers for breakfast the next day after thinking about it bed all night ha ha!

sammisatt Fri 17-May-13 08:14:25

Lots of lovely places to go for lunch in London. Marylebone high street is a good place for lunch. The Providores is fab for gorgeous, quirky clean food as is kopaka in seven dials. If you want meat The Hawksmoor does the best steak in London. Expensive but they do a relatively reasonably priced lunch menu.

Tee2072 Fri 17-May-13 08:26:05

Hi guys, I hope it's okay if I stick my nose in for one second.

I can't do low carb because it makes me ill, but am trying to do lower carb.

My big problem is breakfast. I eat and then walk 3 miles round trip to take my son to school and by the time I get home I'm starved, having walked off my breakfast. So then I eat something else to gear me up for the return journey 2 hours later!

So what do you eat in the morning? Something that will process slower so I don't have to do that mid morning feed!

BIWI Fri 17-May-13 08:34:46


2 Chorizo burgers with boiled brussel sprouts which was fine (I checked the carb content etc)

Well, firstly, where was your breakfast?! The first rule of Bootcamp is that you have to eat three meals a day. This is to keep your blood sugar levels stable, which will also stop you getting hungry

And how many carbs in the burgers - you say you checked them, but how many?

And how much fat? Did you put butter on your sprouts?

But then I was hungry again at 10 so had another burger

Nothing wrong with eating if you're hungry! This WOE is absolutely not about depriving yourself! But you were hungry because you didn't have breakfast and you hadn't eaten enough fat.

After which I felt guilty and oddly craved something sweet although I was sooo full. So I had a handful of sugar free Werther's toffees - that's bad as it wasn't one or two but a whole bunch.

Again, you're not following Bootcamp rules! No artificial sweeteners The reason for this is two-fold - we are trying to break that addiction to things sweet - you have just given into the craving, which will prolong it. And second, we are aiming to eat natural and unprocessed foods.

Overall, you didn't really lapse that badly - at least you didn't do a face plant into the biscuit tin! But you really do need to follow Bootcamp rules for best results.

BIWI Fri 17-May-13 08:35:41

What else did you eat yesterday, millie?

BIWI Fri 17-May-13 08:36:33

When you say it makes you ill, Tee, what do you mean?

And what are you currently eating for breakfast?

BIWI Fri 17-May-13 08:37:36

Heir please don't tell me you really did eat those Minstrels?! hmm

BIWI Fri 17-May-13 08:39:08

Fluer You can move onto Bootcamp Light after completing two weeks of Bootcamp. The rules are on the Spreadsheet (look at the tabs at the bottom).

Essentially you are allowed to introduce some fruit - berries only please - and nuts, and alcohol (in moderation).

If Bootcamp suits you, you can stay on this for as long as you like. Or you can do a hybrid - Bootcamp during the week, Bootcamp Light at the weekend.

Tee2072 Fri 17-May-13 08:41:11

I get a migraine, BIWI, if I don't eat enough carbs. And fat, actually. Also, I'm diabetic so I have to keep everything in balance anyway.

I currently eat cereal for breakfast, Shreddies, which is in no way low carb! As I age, my insulin resistance is changing so I am working on the way I eat so I can fight against them putting me on insulin! My last blood results were horrible, despite the fact that I haven't changed my eating, because my stupid endo told me I didn't need to test my blood any more, since I'm on tablets, so I wasn't aware my body wasn't processing carbs as efficiently as it had been. I am, as I'm sure you can imagine, going to be having words with him!

Anyway, Low Carb is not only not good for me personally, it's actually not recommended for diabetics. A complete balanced diet, including regular levels of carbs, is what nutritionists instruct you to do.

captainmummy Fri 17-May-13 08:41:50

After which I felt guilty and oddly craved something sweet although I was sooo full. Milliemoomay - that is the sugar addiction calling! You haven't cracked it yet - and you won;t if you keep giving in. HOnestly, next time, either ignore if you can, or go for something like liquorice tea, which is oddly sweet but LC. Or go and clean your teeth - it makes it easier to not want anything more.

BIWI Fri 17-May-13 08:45:07

Tee - that advice for diabetics is rather controversial - some would now advise a low carb diet rather than regular carbs!

However, I'm not a medic/diabetic specialist so I won't advise you to change what you're doing.

But I would suggest that you consider switching to something like eggs in the morning - so high protein and fat. How about scrambled eggs on a piece of (buttered) wholemeal toast? That will be much more satiating for you and should help to keep your blood sugar levels stable for longer. (And please don't tell me you're drinking fruit juice ...?)

captainmummy Fri 17-May-13 08:47:07

Xposts with you BIWI
Tee - I actually think the advice given to diabetics is almost criminally wrong. Shreddies (and high carb) will raise your blood sugars hugely,and then crash it. Low -carb doesn;t do that, it levels your blood sugars out beautifully. There are lots of Diabetics on this WOE

BIWI Fri 17-May-13 08:47:22

Tee - are you type 1 or type 2? Sorry, I should have asked you that.

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