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Carb face and low carbing without losing weight.

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mugggletoeandwine · 02/12/2010 18:26

I have a puffy face, it's very round and a bit global, always has been, but I do think it's sort of puffy sometimes.
I don't need to lose weight at all (5'2, 7st 6), but I'm wondering now if I'm perhaps sensitive to carbs and this is playing a part in it?

I have brittle asthma and have cut out wheat and dairy to help this, but am thinking about cutting out carbs.

Is this possible without losing weight, and is it healthy to do so?

Is it all meat and eggs?
I like them well enough but love my veg.
I'm a great cook so am happy to tackle new recipes, and I have DD, age 9 to feed too.

Any help, Cysty? would be great.

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mugggletoeandwine · 02/12/2010 18:28

That would be Custy, not Cysty.

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BoysAreLikeDogs · 02/12/2010 18:30

do you take steroids for the asthma (prednislone)

Limez · 02/12/2010 18:32

Your best bet is not to cut carbs altogether (though not sure anyone ever does that) but to get your carbs from healthier sources, ie veg rather than starch, wheat etc.

So yes, get rid (or substantially cut down on, if your intake is high) potatoes, rice and bread.

It can be an extremely healthy way of eating. People will fret and tell you you MUST eat carbs and that you're being terribly unhealthy - but they usually are a bit ignorant about carbs and dont realise that you can still get them in a healthier form in all vegetables.

mugggletoeandwine · 02/12/2010 18:34

Not at the moment.

I have taken them for longish periods twice this year, and yes, they did make my face worse but it's passed that now.
I do have a round face, it's the shape and nothing I can do about it, but I've noticed, and I learned this from being on steroids that it's often quite puffy, in a steroidy way.

I'm beginning to think this is due to carbs.

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Jumpty · 02/12/2010 19:08

For the past three years I haven't eaten grains, sugar or potatoes (ie no wheat, rice, sugar) except for maybe once a month (chips or chocolate) or birthday cake. I'm maintaining a stable weight and my previously puffy face is not puffy (still round shaped but I have cheekbones and a jaw which were gone for years). I eat loads of veggies but my rule of thumb is only to eat veggies that you can eat raw (although I cook them).

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BoysAreLikeDogs · 02/12/2010 22:39

I'm not sure about ability to diet but certainly prednislone side effects include weight gain and the horribly-named 'moon-face'


mugggletoeandwine · 03/12/2010 09:31

Yes, the doctor called me moon face and laughed at meSad
It increases your appetite which may make dieting hard.

I might give it a go then.
So long as I can eat veg it'll be OK.
What about sweeteners? I don't have a sweet tooth and rarely eat cakes or chocolate, but I do take half a sugar in my tea and I drink lots, about ten cups a day.

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BoysAreLikeDogs · 03/12/2010 11:45

oh awful Dr Angry

splenda is the best sweetener imo

mugggletoeandwine · 03/12/2010 12:16

He was an arse. I've changed Specialists now to one who actually does something other than comment on my fat face and make things up to write on my notes. (He wrote that I don't take my inhalers properly, based on asking me if I did, and me saying yes, and then demonstrating to the nurse that I doHmm) Wanker.

I'll get some Splenda and give it a go then.
I hate having a round face, it makes me look big and though it does go smaller, only if I'm underweight and bony everywhere else which is not what I want.

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