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    I've done the low carb thing many times and each time I've lost weight initially then fell off for one reason or another. This time around I am committed to seeing what kind of health and vitality I can achieve and, moreover, I just don't want to eat the SAD diet anymore.

    I've been doing the no carb thing for a couple of weeks with barely a break other than a couple of beers with two soft-shell tacos one night.

    Something is different this time. I am not having that daily "my pants are even looser today than yesterday" feeling.

    The only thing that is different now than before is that after five years of hard work I have finally gotten my digestive system back to what it should be after 25 years of gut trouble. A combination of limited diet, probiotics and alot of vitamin D have all helped to fix my "leaky gut". All digestive issues are gone, anxiety is gone, energy levels are well above the chronic fatigue place I lived for years but not what I would call optimal.

    So I am confused. I am not exercising at the moment but have never needed it in the past to jump start the weight loss. I'll stick to the primal way this time no matter what but I am not understanding why I appear to be holding or possible even gaining a bit this time. (also, I'm eating less calories than usual and am not over eating and am not hungry)

  • #2
    The only thing that works for me is counting the calories and carbs, and being careful with the fats. I know many people on this blog don't have to do this, but if the weight isn't shifting, then chances are there is too much of something happening. If you have a sluggish metabolism or are insulin resistant, then it all matters.
    This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
    Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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    • #3
      you have to be active, that is...exercise. I find that when I miss/skip my exercise routine, I will gain weight and my body just doesn't feel right.
      Primal/Paleo is not for everyone, it's for those who have committed to understand.
      READ THE BOOK! ...as Robb Wolf says: "Trying to convince people to save their own ass will burn you out."

      Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, and an affront to all I stand for -- the pure enjoyment of food. Anthony Bourdain

      and yes, calories DO count my little piggies

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      • #4
        Read this: The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D. Low-carb and calories
        Ancestral Nutrition Coaching
        Pregnancy Nutrition Coaching
        Primal Pregnancy Nutrition Article

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        • #5
          PB has 10 laws. If you want to get to your ideal weight you have to observe all of them
          Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

          Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Digby View Post
            The only thing that works for me is counting the calories and carbs, and being careful with the fats. I know many people on this blog don't have to do this, but if the weight isn't shifting, then chances are there is too much of something happening. If you have a sluggish metabolism or are insulin resistant, then it all matters.
            This was my experience too. Having an extended illness like leaky gut, and the resulting fatigue matters a great deal too. This can change your hormone balance, just like insulin resistance will. I don't agree that the answer is simply to "exercise it off." Blood chemistry comes first. PB is the right choice, and if something is making it stall, investigate that in light of past medical history.

            I had major troubles finding a doc that could sort everything out, and one in 2007 found hypothyroid, adrenal fatigue (low testosterone, cortisol actually low due to fatigue), and chronic fatigue all at once. His first prescription was VLC eating, PB style, and the right hormones. It all had to work together and weight loss started right away. I tried exercising many times to speed up progress and this never worked. Blood chemistry comes first. You can figure it out and do fine. It may require a hormone doc, but you can do it. Good luck!

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            • #7
              I just went outside and pulled both quad muscles doing sprints with the kids felt good doing it too!

              I really think I need to exercise totally differently now. I am a competitive swimmer and a novice mnt and road biker but I think the sprints and the weights are going to be the only way to go until I drop the 25 pounds. I think I'll move up on the mnt bike from novice to competitive if I do lose the weight.

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              • #8
                Thanks DFH. Sounds like you understand what I went through. I see it all the time with people around me now and it's tough to reach them.

                Now that I am healthy I want to look like this Mark character who I am not entirely sure is real

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                • #9
                  Water retention

                  I thought about this alot last night. My best guess is that when my gut wasn't working properly and I had a fair amount of inflammation throughout my body that a by product of that was water retention. In the past when I would stop eating foods that caused inflammation and water retention I would probably be losing that water over a period of a few days which would show up as dramatic weight loss and looser fitting clothes. In time actual weight loss would occur at a steady rate so the weight loss would continue.

                  I'm committed. Quads hurt this morning though..

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                  • #10
                    How's your sleep? 8+ hours nightly in a dark room?
                    Nightlife ~ Chronicles of Less Urban Living, Fresh from In the Night Farm ~ Idaho's Primal Farm! http://inthenightlife.wordpress.com/

                    Latest post: Stop Being Stupid

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                    • #11
                      klawler9 - if you don't mind, I would be interested in hearing exactly how you healed your gut.
                      Astraia Maria

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by astraia.stavros View Post
                        klawler9 - if you don't mind, I would be interested in hearing exactly how you healed your gut.
                        I had terrible stomach problems, chronic fatigue etc etc....My wife was expecting twins almost 5 years ago on top of the 1 and the 3 year old we already had. I sat there on the couch literally unable to get up and help and decided I had to do something or this woman was going to effectively be a single mother.

                        I tried a detox diet first - felt better right away and realized it was what I was NOT eating that was making me feel better. I found a guy in Outside Magazine named Laurent Bannock and had him run blood, saliva and stool tests. He confirmed, among other things that I had Candida. He sent me a ton of supplements to deal with the leaky gut, the candida etc.. I had a hard time with the supplements so I didn't really follow his plan which included a strict dietary regime.

                        Gluten and casein became my number one and two targets. Didn't eat either of them for a year and felt better, lost 40 pounds too.

                        Took alot of probiotics. It helped but never got me all the way there.

                        I got roto rutered a few times (that is an experience let me tell you). The "stuff" goes through a light box. The bad bacteria and fungus shows up as a yellow color. The worms were entirely unexpected but fascinating. Not sure I recommend it but it gave me a new found respect for what is goin on in the digestive system.

                        Vitamin D seemed to finish the process for me. I actually go to the tanning booth every other week now in the non sunlight months here in Massachusetts. I am convinced that Vitamin D was the missing link although without a low gluten lifestyle, probiotics and patience I would not have gotten to where I am today.

                        Best recommendation I can give is to read Dr. Mark Hyman's book The Ultramind Solution and follow the paleo lifestyle.

                        I am only trying to lose 20 pounds so I can get into optimal shape. I am not obese at 6'1" and 208 but I'm not exactly cut either.

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                        • #13
                          I'm heavily into my second book on Adrenal Fatigue and recommend you do some reading about that. Also, there are a couple of threads happening about zero carb not necessarily being right for everyone.

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                          • #14
                            My sleep is all over the place. When I get 8 hours though I feel exhausted the next day. 8 years of babies has conditioned me to get a few hours sleep a night. It is part of the regime...to get more sleep that is.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by klawler9 View Post
                              Thanks DFH. Sounds like you understand what I went through. I see it all the time with people around me now and it's tough to reach them.

                              Now that I am healthy I want to look like this Mark character who I am not entirely sure is real
                              He's real enough to write a great pirmal book. He sure looks great for a middle aged fellow.
                              This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

                              Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
                              Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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