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Week 2 - Autumn Low Carb Bootcamp

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BIWI Sun 15-Sep-13 23:55:36

Well! It's the first day of reckoning:

Here is the Spreadsheet of Wonderfulness

I am waving my big stick around already, because it's obvious from the most recent threads that there has been a fair amount of cheating going on.

And we have only just finished week one!

A couple of things:


This period is designed to shift you quickly into becoming ketogenically adapted, i.e. to shift your body into burning fat rather than burning carbs.

This can only happen if you consistently reduce the carbs that you are consuming

If you cheat - even if it is just the odd thing here and there - then this won't happen, and it will take you much longer to start burning (and therefore losing) fat.

These two weeks were never going to be easy. And although I wrote about them, and how you needed to plan for them, it's clear that this hasn't always been appreciated.

I do, really, understand that it is hard. Especially if low carbing is new for you. But it's designed with a purpose, and you will really see the benefit of it if you stick with it.


Please be mindful of people who are new to Bootcamp. You may know what you can/can't do in terms of carb consumption. But there has been quite a bit of posting about cheating. Even if you are doing this mindfully, please remember that you aren't supposed to be doing this in the first two weeks of Bootcamp, and it makes it really hard for those who are new to low carbing, and who might be struggling.

A bit of sensitivity is called for here.

And finally, when you get on the scales this morning/tomorrow morning, please remember that this is about you and nobody else. It isn't a competition. Some people lose weight much quicker than others.

If you have a lot of weight to lose, chances are that you will lose it quicker than if you are closer to your target. Some people will lose a shedload in week one, but then nothing in week two - whereas others will lose more modestly, but consistently, week after week. The only thing that matters is what is happening to you.

If you haven't lost much, please don't be disappointed. Make sure that you are genuinely following the rules - are you drinking enough water? Are you eating high fat? That one glass or wine, or that small piece of cake - they all add up.

And even if you have genuinely followed the rules - if you haven't seen the scales move by much - have you measured?

We are all different, and rates of loss will be different too. Just think about the food that you have been eating, and consider how this WOE compares with low calorie or low fat diets.

Changing to a low carb way of eating as compared to a low fat or low calorie diet is not an easy transition, and it is to be expected that there will be snags along the way. Hopefully the Bootcamp threads will give you the help and guidance that you need - and I hope that when you get on the scales next, your hard work will be rewarded!

Onwards and downwards

whodunnit Sun 15-Sep-13 23:58:35

Hello BIWI

Thanks for keeping us on the straight and narrow so far...or in my case not yet very narrow.....

BIWI Sun 15-Sep-13 23:59:11


BIWI Mon 16-Sep-13 00:00:01

One more thing I should have said:

Weigh yourself first thing in the morning, naked, and after you have been to the loo

If you weigh yourself later on in the day, all that you are doing is weighing yourself and everything that you have eaten and drunk.

CrabbyBigBottom Mon 16-Sep-13 00:15:50

Dammit Dunnit, I wanted to be first! grin

CrabbyBigBottom Mon 16-Sep-13 00:17:52

Wise words there BIWI!

Lifeisontheup Mon 16-Sep-13 04:25:47

Just weighed in and added to spreadsheet, 3lbs lost!!!

This is the first time on a diet I've not cheated and I'm really pleased.

Lifeisontheup Mon 16-Sep-13 04:32:43

My Dh has just weighed in and has lost 10lbs. I am very slightly jealous but he has pointed out that a) he has more to lose (was well over 17st) and b) he normally drinks loads more than I do and has had none this week.

KinkyDorito Mon 16-Sep-13 06:11:28

Morning all, good luck with second week. Marking place.

MrsHerculePoirot Mon 16-Sep-13 06:26:38

Marking place

Lavenderhoney Mon 16-Sep-13 06:41:00

I've updated the spreasdsheet and have lost nearly 2 pounds, which is less than I was expecting, especially as I have been exercising everyday and been very strict with bootcamp. I think I will up my water-I'm hoping because I had my period last week, its more water retention than anything.

I do feel lighter though, which is good!

first week over and it wasn't so bad, although Dh is quite bemused by my not having winesmile the dc haven't noticed at all, as I serve them first at the table and they tuck in and dont notice i skip the spuds. just cook less lovely roast potatoes etc as then I am not tempted to have any, and there are no left overs to nibble at.

when does the uber bootcamp start? I am going to do that this timesmile bit nervous about it, but its only 3 days, is that right?smile

Purple2012 Mon 16-Sep-13 06:43:57

A bit gutted. 1lb off this week but I only gave up diet coke for the last 3 days of that feels like longer

I haven't cheated on the food. I was having flaxseed muffins at breakfast but was told flax can stall weight loss so haven't had them for 4 days.

I have been drinking a LOT of water over the last few days so kind of hoping that's why the loss isnt more and I will get a whoosh of weight loss in the next couple of weeks. Only 3 weeks until my holiday and I want to get 4.4lb off by then to reach my holiday goal weight. After that I will still have a stone to lose but being realistic about the holiday goal. I do feel slimmer though so that's good

ImATotJeSuisUneTot Mon 16-Sep-13 06:45:08

Morning all! <marks place>

Another 1lb off this week, very pleased. grin

Ohfuckohfuckofuck Mon 16-Sep-13 06:53:54

4lbs off grin hooray. So that's 8lb over 3 weeks & I'm still adjusting. In the last week I learned that I need to eat more fat and add salt.

Thank you for the support and wise words BiWi.

bigkidsdidit Mon 16-Sep-13 06:56:57

I've lost 1lb.

I was a bit disappointed, but I had two glasses of wine, almonds until I realised they were only for veggies, and possibly not enough water and too much caffeine. I am taking this as good lessons learned and aiming for a perfect week!

Even so - I've had the most delicious week's food, Brie omelettes, roast chicken where I ate all the skin etc and I still lost a pound! Not a bad way of living!

halfthesize Mon 16-Sep-13 07:03:08

brew morning all and thanks BIWI for all the support.
well done/good luck everyone for todays weigh in.
I have lost 2lbs which considering I'm half way through totm I am very pleasedwink

MrsSnuffleupagus Mon 16-Sep-13 07:07:16

OMG!!!! I have just stepped on the scales and lost....8lb!!!!! shock shock grin grin I know, I know it's probably mostly water but it's certainly motivating! grin

So lesson for this week is I think I still need to eat more in general, lunchtimes are my biggest issue mainly due to poor planning, but I'm off to the supermarket this morning so will stock up on things to make a few batches of soup I think. Also I need to cut down on the tea. That's my biggest struggle.

Happy weighing losers grin

charlie7 Mon 16-Sep-13 07:12:31

I've lost 5lbs which I'm really pleased about. I can't keep up with the thread (just started working again this week- struggling for time) but it really helps having the support and knowing others are doing this! Thank you for the guidance BIWI! Let's hope I can keep it going for another week!

sybilfaulty Mon 16-Sep-13 07:15:25

Thanks for the thread BIWI. 4lb off for me today. Really pleased.

Good luck everyone

charlie7 Mon 16-Sep-13 07:18:19

Oh and I've added my weight to spreadsheet but it's not updated how much I've lost altogether? I wonder of it's because I'm doing this on my phone?

Torrorosso Mon 16-Sep-13 07:27:06

2lb off which I am delighted with. smileI don't have much to lose and at the start struggled to get my head around eating so much fat - I wasn't convinced it would work for me.

My skin is better than it's ever been too.

Preparation is the key - I have made sure I take lunch to work with me every day and have a fridge full of the right foods.

Sainsburys sell little packs of dry olives which are handy to carry around as snacks (though I've only needed them once).

MrsMaryCooper Mon 16-Sep-13 07:28:37

The same weight but waist emerging!

NewStartNewStory Mon 16-Sep-13 07:29:37

Oh bother, meant to weigh this morning but i have just remembered and i have already drunk 1 ltr of water and eaten a BAB. So will have to weight tomo.

Oh and the consensus is contact lens weigh less then glasses, just to help shift those extra pounds like wink

SteppingOnLego Mon 16-Sep-13 07:34:11

Really pleased to have lost 3lb despite eating a bit of apple crumble on Saturday (felt obliged). Have stuck to it apart from that though and not finding it too hard. Spurring me on to keep going with it. I have also had to tighten the belt on my work trousers by a hole!

emblosion Mon 16-Sep-13 07:34:11

Morning all, 5lb off for me :-) will update spreadsheet when I'm on the laptop :-)

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