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low carb anyone?

Discussion in 'Hobbies and special interests' started by kelpguy, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. kelpguy

    kelpguy DI Senior Member

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    anyone on the group eating a low carbohydrate diet???
    i've been dabbling in it for awhile and would like to meet up with others and ''chew the fat.''
     
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    Darran_Stanners DI Junior Member

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    What are you hoping to gain (excuse the pun), from this approach, what is your number one reason ?
    there are other methods to try and would be less taxing or stressful on the body especially in this climate, I will be leaving again on Sunday for 5 months, so could not join a group per say
     
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    Calorie for calorie there is no long term benefit to low carb vs low fat diets (but diets high in dietary fat are harder to maintain due to there being 9 calories per gram of fat and only 4 calories per gram of carbohydrates and protein, leaving you able to eat less food...also fat is digested faster than the other two macros, making you hungry more often).

    Running a caloric deficit (around 40/20/40 for the 3 macros and accurately tracking your food intake) and low intensity cardio is the best, and healthiest way to lose weight. I have dropped 20kg with "flexible dieting" (I hate the word diet, it is just proper eating) and exercise over the last 4 months. I eat a whole lot of carbs.
     
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    kelpguy DI Senior Member

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    i don't have any health issues that i'm aware of and i don't need to lose weight but i feel i could use a tune-up. i'm not low carb yet and don't know how low carb i'll go. so far, i've cut back on my carb intake 75% or more and i feel like i need to up my protein/fat intake considerably but i'm giving my digestive system time to adapt.

    what are you referring to by ''other methods to try''?

    and what would be ''less taxing or stressful on the body''?

    when 1st trying out the diet, i had a problem with heat but it seems to be less of a problem as time passes. i've come across several filipinos on low card discussion groups and youtube and they haven't mentioned having issues with heat, of course, this is their natural climate and i'm from 45˚ north.

    my energy is also down a bit but that should go up as i increase fat.

    how about you, are you doing low carb?
     
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    It's now called Keto diet - good fats - olive oil raw - Coconut oil for cooking - meats - No sugar at all.
     
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    Low carb and the keto diet (previously known as the Adkins diet) are not necessarily the same thing. Keto may help with short term weight loss but in the long term it is no better than any other "diet". It is very difficult to maintain as well, which makes it a sh*t diet IMO. The best diet is one you can adopt and stick to long term. Having to avoid 90% of foods, as the keto diet requires, is unrealistic and impossible to maintain except for the most dedicated and self disciplined...which the vast majority of people aren't.
     
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    I could not imagine being on a low carb diet living in PI. Honestly, out of all the places, this is probably the hardest lol. Rice for breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner.. nonstop.
     
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    If your goal is to loose weight, it's quiet simple to achieve.

    From my point of view the key isn't a particular diet, but being more active, for instance by doing sports.

    Firce your body 2 or 3 times a week, reduce alcohol consumption and don't fill your plate 3 times in a row. That's it.

    By doing so you will loose weight and have an overall better life quality. Regardless whether you use low carb or whatsoever.
     
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    It's hilarious how they keep coming up with these new "diets" with new names that are really the same thing has before as Rye mentioned about the Keto = Atkins.

    Why people need to buy into gimmicks, fads, and trends to motivate themselves is beyond me. Maybe laziness? Which leads to my main point.

    Most people are overweight due to lack of activity. Laziness and lack of physical activity is really a snowballing effect. The less active you are, the less active you will be going forward. Your body needs to keep moving to stay in shape.

    So exercise even 3 times a week and eat reasonable amounts of food that is moderate in fat/carbs and other stuff that is "bad" for you. It's ok to have an unhealthy meal once in a while.
    The way I've always told my peers on this subject is, eating pizza 2 to 4 times a month is as detrimental to your diet, as going to the gym 2 to 4 times a month is good for your health.
     
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    I agree with some of this but I personally don't like that haphazard approach. Most people don't know how most foods break down, what their caloric/macro/nutritional values actually are (I was one of these people) or how many calories are actually burned during exercise...and I'd bet most people don't even know how to properly check their weight.

    In your first couple months of trying to lose weight you should be entering everything that goes into your body into a tracker (or doing accurate meal planning) so that you can learn how many calories/macros/nutrients are in different foods. You should weigh yourself every day at the same time (first thing in the morning) in the same environment under the same circumstances (same scale, after you use the CR, before you eat food/drink water/exercise, etc) and then average those out every week and go with that weekly average to see if you have lost or gained weight, this is the only way you can find out your true BMR/TDEE and see exactly how many calories you need to lose, maintain or gain weight. You should also be tracking your exercise routines.

    Yes, as you said, you need to eat healthy/responsibly and exercise, but you also need to know exactly how much to eat and exercise and what exercises are best for losing weight (weights, if possible, HIIT, if possible, or walking, which most can do) and which ones are the worst (jogging/steady state moderate cardio). Everyone's needs are going to be different based off of all sorts of factors and simple/generic advice is not going to help many people. Below is an example of how I go about it. Note: my goal is no longer weight loss, it is body composition (low body fat percentage, high lean muscle mass)
    Weekly Tracking:
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    Daily Tracking:
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    Exercise Tracking:
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