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Who's joining me? Very Low Carb - Low Protein - Support Thread
Dragonfly I was restricting calories also 1500 - 1700 per day compared to my previous starvation diets which were about 1100 1200 per day but lots f salds and veggies which is not a lot of calories for me since i am pretty obese.
I started VLC again Friday
Carbs 5% or less
and the rest from Fat but not counting calories this time.
Yeah, I wouldn't count calories. The aim is to get leptin sensitive again, and I think VLC and limited protein will do this quickly. Eat a lot of fat, as much as you can. I think you'll find your weight starts going away and you won't be hungry either.
Nice article, Richard. I'll see if I can find links to the other articles I've read that about thyroid and vlc. IIRC, the thyroid will naturally down-regulate with lower carbs, but it is not pathological, contrary to all the scare stories you read here.
I was already low carb when I went vlc the first time. My only issue then was lack of energy, since I was also over-restricting calories. I suspect some folk may have this experience and think they are hypothyroid.
This time, no issues at all since I am not counting calories. I am doing a 16/8 IF to help my body drop a few last pounds. Painless and plenty of energy!
Great. Now please tell Choco to stop posting that nonsense.
I really do think that a lot of cases of "failed" VLC experiment were really people who just went too low on total calorie intake and, very understandably, felt like death on a Triscuit.
ETA: Just went back and read the article Ricard posted. Very interesting. I think we can learn a lot from our omnivorous bear cousins.
Dr Cate's theory would also explain why it seems to be the seriously hard core sugar/carb fiends that have the worst carb flu. They are like the bears she describes gorging on berries right before hibernation season. Personally I never had any carb flu but I never had much of a sweet tooth. My "vices" were always more of the greasy fried sort like onion rings.