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Can you recommend a low-carb diet?

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chicaguapa · 07/01/2011 12:59

Various people I know have all started having sessions with a personal trainer who's put them on a low-carb diet. And the weight is falling off them!

I would ideally like to lose about 2 stone, but am no good at diets. I've tried WW and found it worked, but then it crept back on again so all that effort was ultimately a waste of time. So I thought I might try the low-carb diet and see it it's easier to maintain after I've reached my target weight. I can't afford the personal trainer, so thought I'd try an on-line version, where I get recipes and plan my meals like you can do with WW.

Can anyone recommend one please? Thanks.

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HollyBollyBooBoo · 08/01/2011 03:32

My Mum, Dad and I went onto the South Beach Diet about 2 years ago and lost a good amount of weight, and it has stayed off.

Have a quick look at the website and then if it seems right for you then you could buy the book. This gives meal plans, recipes and exercises to do to boost the weight loss.

In all honesty just cutting out (or drastically down) on bread, potatoes, rice etc really reduces your carbs and therefore your weight.

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JanetPlanet · 08/01/2011 03:46

Don't eat anything beige. If you think about it, most foods that are bad for you are beige- cake, biscuits, pies, crisps, chips, fried foods, most things on cheap buffets, all beige!!!
Birds eye steamed veg in individual portions, throw in microwave, done in a few mins. I buy frozen fish and bake it. Doesn't take long, minimum effort. Low carb, low cal, low fat.
Grilled turkey breasts, cheaper than chicken and better for you. Brush it with a little oil and sprinkle with herbs.

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Restrainedrabbit · 08/01/2011 03:48

The GI eating system has been proven to be thenmost effective way to lose weight.

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kayah · 08/01/2011 03:51

excellent comment JanetPlanet about not eating beige food :)

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chicaguapa · 08/01/2011 10:11

I like the beige food thing too, as chocolate is brown. Grin Thanks for the info. I could just try cutting down on bread, rice etc and see how I get on.

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kayah · 08/01/2011 11:32

Weight crept back on, 'cos you got back to your old habits :)

You must make permanent changes and those have to agree with your lifestyle and preferences in food

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HollyBollyBooBoo · 08/01/2011 22:20

Actually quite easy when you put your mind to it,

Continental breakfast (any combo of eggs/vegetables/cheese/low fat meat)

Regular lunches just without the bread, i.e egg mayo in lettuce leaf wrap rather than bread,

Dinner just not pasta, substitute with veg, chilli con carne but no rice, low fat chicken curry no rice etc etc.

Agree with Kaya it is about changing habits, we just don't even buy bread or potatoes anymore and have spelt pasta once in a blue moon.

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chicaguapa · 09/01/2011 15:45

How do you fit it in around feeding a family though? I'm guessing DC need their carbs etc. We all eat as a family so this is where my greatest difficulty lies.

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HollyBollyBooBoo · 17/01/2011 03:15

Agree, the kids still need complete range of foods, so just cook carbs and give it to them.

So roast dinner, DC get roast potatoes, you don't.

Burger and chips, DC get chips, you don't and you both had a big salad.

Curry - DC have rice and a naan, you don't.

etc etc etc!!

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insertexpletive · 17/01/2011 13:25

I have lost three and a half stone using the Dukan Diet and have, so far kept it off for four months.

I am on the 'consolidation' phase at the moment which meams that more carbs are introduced, but still pretty controlled (ie, no more than 2 slices of wholemeal bread per day)

Dukan say that this phase has to last for 5 days per 1lb loss to try and 'retrain' your body, so that you do not bounce back to your original weight - will let you know if I am still on track in four months time!

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