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Old 01-19-2014, 01:06 PM   #1
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maintaining weight after exiting ketosis

New to this whole zero carb thing. I havent chose a specific diet. Just wanted to lose some extra pounds. Im 5' 10'' usually go about 195lbs. Started the zero carb 2 weeks ago. I eat nothing but meat cheese and veggies. Its been rough but I have stayed disciplined. I just took my first cheat day this saturday and pretty much had what ever I wanted. My concern is over the 2 weeks I lost 11 lbs which felt pretty good. Cheat day put me back up 5lbs. Which sucks but not a huge problem. Im not that out of shape just want to be able to maintain. Obviously I cant eat whatever I want but would like to hear some ideads as to maintain weight after all the hard work put in. I dont plan to.stay zero carb forever just till I reach my goal of 165lbs. Any help would be appreciated. Is my zero carb plan too strict as it is. I did stay in ketosis for almost 2 weeks straight without fail according to test strips.?
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Old 01-19-2014, 01:17 PM   #2
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First of all, you're not eating zero carb. Cheese has a small amount of carbs, and veggies all have carbs. Period.

I hope you decide to read at least one book, so you can understand why eating low carb (which is what you're eating) works. Reading a book will also help you formulate a plan for maintenance. This is not something that you should be winging. That's why so many people complain that "people just gain the weight back!" Yes, that's true, if they don't have a plan for maintenance.

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Hi meatncheese and welcome! If you're eating veggies, then you aren't zero carb, but low carb. Veggies do have carbs. Even cheese has 1 carb per ounce. It sounds like you're doing great with low carb, and it's working well for you!

Low carb is like any other way of eating, once you go back to your old ways, you get your old results, meaning that the weight comes back on, so that's why it's important to pick a plan that you can live with for life.

In his book Dr. Atkins laid out a very clearly plan for Ongoing Weight Loss, and maintenance. Basically, you add back in carbs (in the form of veggies, some fruits, etc), very slowly until you get to the point where you aren't losing any more. That will be your maintenance level of carbs. And, of course, different carbs will have a different effect on your body. It's all trial and error.

But you want to be sure that this is the way to want to eat for life. Otherwise it's just another diet that you lose weight on, go back to your old ways, and gain the weight back. We've all been there, and it pretty much sucks. LOL. So choose a plan that works for you long term.
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Old 01-19-2014, 01:23 PM   #4
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LOL Ntombi, I think we were posting at the same time and said basically the same thing!
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Not being defensive I have read a lot about what im doing and can honestly say I dont totally understand the whole chemical process but do understand the principal. Ill try to be more specific with my word choices low carb, zero carb. To re define my question which was I have no problem with eating healthy and look forward to it. At the same time I do enjoy a variety of foods as most. Im pretty active as a carpenter so I dont usually gain a whole lot of weight. Just looking for ideas or plans that I can.look into to maintain with more freedoms. And I will definetely take the advice of looking into the atkins maintenance plans.
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Look through the plans here and elsewhere. They all have a maintenance component. It may be as simple as being "carb conscious" for you to maintain well, but you may need something a bit more structured.

And we're being sticklers for the terms, because there are people who eat zero carb, meaning they eat meat only, and then there are people who think they're eating zero carbs, but don't really understand that all veggies and dairy have carbs, so we try to make sure to be clear when helping people.
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Old 01-19-2014, 01:48 PM   #8
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No problem I appreciate the help.
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Check out the JUDDD section of this board. Alternate day dieting is great for some people. My DH and I have been maintaining a large weight loss for two years eating this way, and it's extremely enjoyable.
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New to this whole zero carb thing. I havent chose a specific diet. Just wanted to lose some extra pounds. Im 5' 10'' usually go about 195lbs. Started the zero carb 2 weeks ago. I eat nothing but meat cheese and veggies. Its been rough but I have stayed disciplined. I just took my first cheat day this saturday and pretty much had what ever I wanted.
Unless you're counting calories, you're probably eating higher calorie on low carb and losing than you would on a traditional diet. By cheating, you're effectively no longer doing low carb...even with one meal. It does make a difference.

I'm not sure what the 'took my first cheat day' means. If you're planning on regular cheats, my suggestion is to do something other than low carb.

The way you transition off of low carb back to a higher carb WOE, is to count calories. You will not be able to eat as much as you can low carb. You may see an initial weight gain (usually water weight) but it should even out within a week or two.

People who say they gain weight when they go off low carb. Yeah...go off any 'diet' and you'll gain weight.
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