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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

MsIngaFewmarbles Mon 16-Sep-13 07:34:43

No loss for me as BIWI predicted as I'm on my third week, however I have lost 5cm from my waist and 6cm around my tummy this week smile

Well done everyone smile

Ohfuckohfuckofuck Mon 16-Sep-13 07:41:58

My only, solitary complaint so far is that my hair is too silky! I kind of relied on the thatch effect to give it some volume, so now it's kind of smooth and glossy & sits too close to my head. I'll live grin

I had a lovely time yesterday predicting my future losses. I allowed for a probably very pessimistic rate of slow down & a few potential stalls. I found this to be useful when I successfully (in the shortish term) did ww years ago. Looking at my calendar and seeing that I was behind where I'd predicted gave me a kick up the bum. Seeing I was ahead gave me a buzz.

Anyway, I calculate that I could have a total of 2st off by Christmas & another 2 1/2 st off by next July. I'm trying to be realistic. If I got to that, I'd be the lightest in adult life and the thought thrills me that I could buy some lovely size 10 jeans on my birthday next year.

I feel so confident and positive that I can do this as I'm just not feeling deprived at all.

<happy sigh> uncommon for me on a rainy Monday.

Cherrypi Mon 16-Sep-13 07:46:10

Yes 3.75lbs off. Very pleased. Went to the cinema last night and just had an americano instead of half a giant popcorn and half a huge Pepsi max and you know what it was fine. I didn't feel deprived and didn't come home on a sugar low with kernels in my cleavage. smile

StuntNun Mon 16-Sep-13 07:48:31

Two pounds off - well one really because I gained a pound just before the start of Bootcamp. I've been LCing for 12 weeks though so I won't be losing any water weight at this point. More importantly though - one inch off my waist, I'm going to have to put another hole in my belt. grin grin

CiderwithBuda Mon 16-Sep-13 07:53:36

Charlie - willie cleverly does that bit I think. You just enter your weekly weight.

Well I weighed (after a pee and a poo! - sorry if TMI). 7lbs off! Very very very pleased. I have never lost that in one week before. But I did stick to it completely. No cheats planned or otherwise. No alcohol. Possibly not enough water and def too much tea so that is challenge for this week.

So that is August's damage gone. Now for July's holiday damage!

Those who struggled last week - it does work. But you can't cheat. It is an unforgiving way of eating and the odd glass of wine or piece of cake might not derail you on other diets but definitely will on this. Bootcamp is only two weeks but it is a tough two weeks. Hence the name bootcamp! Plan, plan, plan. It def helps. Check out the recipe thread. Eat enough food. Eat enough fat. Drink the water. And then drink some more water!

I'll get off my soapbox now! smile

Oh - for those who struggle with lunches - most supermarkets do pots of sandwich fillers - I try to have a pot of egg mayonnaise and a cheese one in the fridge. I find them useful for a quick lunch or breakfast. They are nice spread on slices of ham or beef or turkey and rolled up. I have a lot of salads but vary what goes in. Always a huge pile of leaves, a few chopped cherry toms, chopped cucumber. Then sometime chicken, avocado, chopped grilled peppers in oil from the deli section.. Then I add some Delouis mayonnaise which I add olive oil to and shake well to make a runnier dressing. Or smoked salmon bits or mackerel or tuna with wasabi mayonnaise. Or an old fashioned "Chef's salad" with chopped ham and hard boiled eggs. I also love the little cherry peppers stuffed with ricotta that I know both Sainsburys and M&S do. They are spicy though! I sometimes have three of those with my salad as I find they make it really tasty.

Purple2012 Mon 16-Sep-13 08:04:34

A bit tmi but since I stopped eating flaxseed muffins I haven't been to the loo. I have always had this problem and I was wondering would it be ok to take flaxseed oil capsules or peppermint oil capsules to help me go? I don't want to take them unless I have to but I think I'm getting to a point where I may need to and I don't really want to take laxatives.

loopyloou Mon 16-Sep-13 08:08:19

Well, I've just added my new weight to the spreadsheet - hope it's worked. Down 3 lbs, so I'm happy with that. Also 1 inch off my waist and bum!

Well done to everyone smile

FluffyMitchell Mon 16-Sep-13 08:18:09

Hurray, 4lbs off! Am so happy as I struggled with temptation yesterday. Feel motivated to keep going now. It's been great getting ideas and support here. smile

WillieWaggledagger Mon 16-Sep-13 08:21:21

well done everyone who's made it to week two!

i haven't lost anything as i have my period, which always makes me stay the same.

Pagwatch Mon 16-Sep-13 08:25:42

Hooray. Managed the first week
Feeling more energetic, way less dull and sluggish (not withstanding the hell that was Sunday morning)
Lost over 3lbs so that's good too, although fitting into a skirt tht was tight last week was even better.
Well done everyone flowers

daisychicken Mon 16-Sep-13 08:28:35

Just marking my place, off to school now so back later!

captainmummy Mon 16-Sep-13 08:29:05

Well dione everyone! It's so great to hear your whoops of joy !

Purple - this WOE does mean that there is less 'waste' to be got rid off, IYSWIM, (a piece of cheese will leave nothing whereas a slice of wholemeal bread will leave lots ...) so there are often stories of being 'constipated' when in fact it is only that you don't have so much bulking your bowel out (!) - i went from daily, to about 2-3 times a week blush. If it really is a problem (ie you are bloated, it's hard to 'go' and you are straining,) then physalis husks (health shops) are often recommended on here - but usually if you are eating (lubricating) fat and drinking loads, you are 'within normal parametres' by only going every few days.
Well done on the weightloss BTW

starrystarryknut Mon 16-Sep-13 08:35:34

6 pounds grin

Have managed to get through week without slipping once (except for 1 glass prosecco to celebrate DD new job). Looks like it paid off. I've definitely toned up as well. I've been combining the WOE with exercise (this is VERY unusual for me!), so every day I do something, be it walking (I'm doing Joanna Hall Walkactive), cycling, zumba, whatever. But the rule is I have to do something everyday.

Ewan thanks for that spinach pie recipe. That looks a winner and would be good cold in a lunch box too.

Auntie Maggie why don't you try tofu for your lunches, if you don't like steak or tuna. You need to buy firm tofu from an Asian supermarket, but if you get the firm variety, you can slice it, dust it in various spices, and fry it till it browns on both sides. Let cool, then put a slice in your lunchbox with some salad veg and a splash of soy sauce or chilli sauce. It's very low carb and tasty. Tofu is not just some weird meat substitute for vegetarians - it's delicious and versatile (am not employed by international tofu marketing agency!!)

Feeling very inspired to keep going.

Purple2012 Mon 16-Sep-13 08:43:34

Thanks captainmummy I don't feel bloated or that I am constipated. I am used to going a couple of times a week so as it is normal I won't worry about it.

Roobot Mon 16-Sep-13 08:45:59

Everyone seems to be doing brilliantly grin
I still can't quite get over the fact that I appear to have lost <whispers> a stone. I got on my scales a few times this morning to check that... I suspect that will lead to a minimal loss next week as I have just got my period, and well, I can't lose that every week, eh...

googoogoggles Mon 16-Sep-13 08:46:37

Thanks for thread and words of wisdom BIWI
I've lost 5llbs this week! Yay!
(NOTE: first week back on Bootcamp and I'm a lardy arse with around 2 stone to shift)
So that means I'm back to where I was at the end of the last Bootcamp (if only I'd kept going...)
Still, a good start and I'm determined to be strict this week – planning meals and trying really hard to drink enough water.
I think the physical craving to eat carbs has now passed (meaning I don't get drawn to that tempting, sugary smell of cakes/pastries) so I wasn't bothered about not having a slab of chocolate cake that DD baked last night). BUT eating when I'm bored or a bit emotional or fed up is a whole other matter... For example, I opened the fridge at around 10.30 last night thinking I could just eat a little something, even though I wasn't hungry... Gave myself a talking to and had a mug of herbal tea instead. What do the rest of you do if you get those sort of non-hungry late night cravings?

bettybigballs Mon 16-Sep-13 08:49:02

3lbs off for me, really pleased. Have also gone through food diary to suss out any carb creep an just to remind myself what delicious food I'm eating. Motivates me when I'm being contrary about not eating bread!

Today's food:

B: egg and ham muffin
L: tuna mayo with cucumber and lettuce
D: leftover beef stew with buttery cabbage mash and cabbage

Happy Monday and here's to a great week.

googoogoggles Mon 16-Sep-13 08:50:36

Well done everyone for losses by the way – and well done to those who have stuck to it even if they've not had a weight loss show up on the scales because it will if you keep going as I know from last BC!

Ekduo Mon 16-Sep-13 08:50:58

Lost 2lbs - but definitely losing weight from waist line. We're all low carbing - even the cats!

cathyandclaire Mon 16-Sep-13 08:53:09

Purple I use Psyllium husks and they do the trick for me smile

4.5lb off here <does small dance on kitchen table> I am genuinely staggered as I've been low carbing for a year and don't have loads to lose, it just goes to show how much my carbs had crept up and how a strict week can really work even for old-timers.

Well done to all the losers whether it's pounds or inches, off to snarf some scrambled eggs and bacon.

Whippoorwhill Mon 16-Sep-13 08:58:57

Just weighed and I'm down by 2 pounds which I'm really pleased with. I've been low carbing for a year and a half now, dropping just over 3 stone but the dreaded carb creep has been taking it's toll and I hadn't lost anything for 4 months.

BIWI Mon 16-Sep-13 08:59:56

Yay! It's lovely to hear all this! Well done. flowers

HighJinx Mon 16-Sep-13 09:00:22

Hooray 3lbs off and feeling much less bloated.
I am trying lots of new recipes to keep myself motivated.
Well done everyone thanks

AmayaBuzzbee Mon 16-Sep-13 09:00:41

Purple - I think the coconut oil in my coffee sorts me out on that front :-)

Nearly 3lbs loss which I am really pleased about! I don't have a huge amount to lose, so expected to go slower. I can see my shape changing/emerging, which is lovely! smile

silverangel Mon 16-Sep-13 09:24:47

I can't get on the spreadsheet but am 10lb down overall since starting two weeks ago - although 2.8lb up since I last weighed myself on Friday when I ate half a mars bar and had a few glasses of vino on Saturday night.

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