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Old 05-27-2014, 11:08 AM   #1
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Cravings

I have been on this woe since February. Not much weight loss (8 lbs), but doctor says it is probably the high insulin doses I am on, and as I lower the dose as my blood sugars get better, it may help.
Anyway, my question is: when do the cravings stop??
I figured it might take awhile to stop craving the things I loved most (potatoes, pasta, bread and pizza), but this long? Is it normal to take this long? It is very hard to pass things up. Thanks.
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:23 PM   #2
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Took me abut 2 weeks doing 100% induction.
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:03 PM   #3
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Variable. . . . I kind of hate to say it, but for some people they are always lurking.
I don't crave food, but cravings for alcohol linger . . . and some peeps here say similar things about food. But even in the case of alcohol, and I assume food, cravings diminish greatly if not completely disappear. And I think for some people they do completely disappear.
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:30 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kay9 View Post
Took me abut 2 weeks doing 100% induction.
Same result here, I was very strict at following the induction rules and it helped get rid of 95% of my cravings.

(I still crave pizza every few days though....)
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Old 05-27-2014, 03:30 PM   #5
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I wonder if the insulin is causing the cravings. This WOE gets rid of my cravings most of the time, and they come roaring back when I eat something that creates an insulin response. Just a thought.
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Old 05-27-2014, 05:12 PM   #6
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I only crave when I cheat. After a week of LC clean eating, I lose the desire for "those foods" lol !
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Old 05-27-2014, 05:19 PM   #7
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I'm like Patience--I crave alcohol around 5:00 PM every day. But breads and cookies, not at all.

Edited to add: if you are using a lot of sugar substitutes it may not be helping you get past these cravings.

And mistermirror, you can make pizza without the crust, but you'll need a fork. But all the flavors are there.

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Old 05-27-2014, 05:59 PM   #8
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It will help. Insulin is a fat storage hormone so that's probably the main reason why low-carb works so well, it keeps down the insulin. But you should be able to have less insulin in your body on this diet, whether it comes from your body or shots.

The cravings are very individual. For some they go away long-term while for others they come and go.
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Old 05-27-2014, 06:44 PM   #9
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I would be willing to bet that continual high blood glucose is causing some, if not most, of your cravings.
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:10 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the great replies. I have been working on getting my blood sugars and A1C under control for some time. That is why my insulin doses are so high. My doctor and nutritionist are working on lowering my doses as my blood sugars become more maintained. I am happy to say that since I have started LCHF woe, my blood sugars are becoming more stable and staying that way, so I have been able to lower my doses by 20 units so far (I was at 100 twice a day for my long-lasting), and hoping to continue going down!
So if it is the insulin that is helping to keep these cravings up, here's to lowering the dose!
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:53 PM   #11
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I must eat VLC in order to lose my cravings. Even foods that are low carb legal can trigger cravings and subsequent binges. It stinks that my diet is so restricted, but I'll live with it for now so that I can resist binging and lose weight.
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:14 PM   #12
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I will also add that if you're eating fake sugars that they may contribute to cravings. The brain gets primed for sugar just from the taste. I've heard of several people getting sugar spikes too but that's generally from the higher GI replacements.

Still, you might want to give sugar replacements a break for a couple weeks if you use them. If it changes nothing, then add them back in.
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