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Old 07-07-2014, 01:59 PM   #1
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Before discovering low-carb I thought...

Before discovering low-carb I thought...

- Agave syrup was healthy. Not just healthier than table sugar, but actual healthy. I mean they sold it in the health department after all

- That the "health candy bar" next to the regular one at my local supermarket actually had healthy options when in fact it wasn't all that healthy. (I used to fill a bag of dried bananas covered with sugary yogurt and then didn't understand why I wasn't losing weight)

Keep the ball rolling...
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:37 PM   #2
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... I thought non-fat milk in my latte was more diet-y than any other kind of milk. Now I get heavy cream or at least half-and-half in my lattes!

And what's funny is, Starbucks still has a "skinny" latte that features non-fat milk!
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:20 PM   #3
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I thought low-fat was the only way to lose weight, and low-fat made me so hungry I was ready to chew my own arm off every day by 4pm.

So I thought I could never lose weight and gave up trying for many, many years.
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:22 PM   #4
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Before discovering low-carb I thought...

- Agave syrup was healthy. Not just healthier than table sugar, but actual healthy. I mean they sold it in the health department after all

- That the "health candy bar" next to the regular one at my local supermarket actually had healthy options when in fact it wasn't all that healthy. (I used to fill a bag of dried bananas covered with sugary yogurt and then didn't understand why I wasn't losing weight)

Keep the ball rolling...
Lord, so many people excitedly ask me about agave simply because it's a buzzword right now. I don't go near it. Agreed about the low-carb bars; some of them (okay, a lot of them) are very tasty, but I don't go near them either.

Before starting Atkins, I thought that low-carb was only effective for those who are obese and/or had severe sugar cravings. That's right, I thought cutting sugar altogether would only lead to weight loss if you actively craved it all the time. I also assumed that eating random things with a lot of protein meant I was doing "low-carb."

Well, assumption is the mother of all foul-ups! I didn't lose an ounce doing the random "Low Carb My Way" thing for a month; but once I read the book & figured out what to eat, what not to eat, and most importantly why, boom, I was down a half-pound the next morning of starting actual Atkins. Then I made goal 5 months thereafter. Getting a clue paid off!
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Old 07-07-2014, 04:03 PM   #5
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Mehhh language barriers.

I didn't mean like a chocolate bar, but one of those places where you put your own candy in a bag. We call them candy bars here (direct translation). They also have a "health" one which has dried fruits and nuts covered in yogurt or chocolate. Most of the items there are high in sugar, but they call it healthy because its natural.
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:16 PM   #6
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Before low carb I always thought.....if it grows in the ground or falls off a tree it's healthy.
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:25 PM   #7
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Before low carb I thought fat made you fat and everything low fat was good for you
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:34 PM   #8
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Before LC I thought healthy foods tasted bad.
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:55 PM   #9
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Before low carb, I thought healthy meant being vegetarian and eating things like falafel and knowing that I would never be a "healthy" eater because I simply could and would not ever give up meat.

Before LC, I thought turbinado sugar WAS actually better for you (sort of like the buzz on agave).

(love the thread idea, by the way)
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:57 PM   #10
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Before LC I thought healthy foods tasted bad.
That's a good one
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:04 PM   #11
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Before LC I thought 5-6 servings of fruit in a day was healthy. Peaches, pineapple, grapes, berries, guava and mango. I ate them both solid and juiced and couldn't understand why I was not only fat but constantly hungry.

D'oh!
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:10 PM   #12
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I had to fill out an internet lifestyle evaluation to get a health club credit on my insurance plan. I just had to submit it - my credit wasn't dependent on my answers. But I still lied about diet because I don't need some dumb computer telling me I need to eat less fat and more whole grains.
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:37 PM   #13
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Before LC, I felt guilty for loving butter. And bacon. And sour cream. And cream cheese.
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:44 PM   #14
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Before LC i grazed constantly and was very seldom FULL !!
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:55 PM   #15
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Before LC, I felt guilty for loving butter. And bacon. And sour cream. And cream cheese.
OMG, Janet, that's a good one!


Before low carb:

- I didn't know how to truly enjoy food
- I didn't know how to identify TRUE hunger
- I didn't know it was perfectly fine to eat just ONE slice of pizza instead of 4 or 5

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Old 07-07-2014, 08:02 PM   #16
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Before LC, I felt guilty for loving butter. And bacon. And sour cream. And cream cheese.
Thank goodness we have seen the light!
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:16 PM   #17
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Before LC, I thought in order to lose weight, you had to be hungry all the time.
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:31 PM   #18
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Before LC, I didn't have the slightest clue that I was a carb hound, that I was actually addicted to carbs, and that they were NOT my friends.

Before LC, I was wondering down all the wrong paths, getting heavier and more unhappy with how I felt and looked. I know LC isn't for everyone, but it sure is for me!

Great thought provoking post, Mr Geiri!
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:53 PM   #19
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Before low carb, I thought you had to keep the fat at or below 30% and exercise like crazy.
Before low carb I thought margarine was 'healthier' and didn't everyone cook with vegetable oil and crisco?
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:25 AM   #20
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I thought that any fat I ate would automatically turn to fat in my body. I also thought that any diet that restricted which fruit and veggies you could eat -- or how much -- could not possibly be healthy!
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Old 07-08-2014, 07:05 PM   #21
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Before LC, I thought in order to lose weight, you had to be hungry all the time.
Yes! I also thought everything in the health food store was healthy.
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Old 07-08-2014, 07:32 PM   #22
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Yes! I also thought everything in the health food store was healthy.
OMGosh, this one still annoys me! Save me from the "healthy" food at the health food store! lol...
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:08 PM   #23
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The hot thing here right now is coconut sugar. Just like agave it's being sold as health food. Then of course you have the raisins and dried fruits... which has so much concentrated sugar you might as well buy gummy bears.
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:11 PM   #24
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Before lc I ate bread, especially whole wheat bread and i dont really even like bread. I just ate it because I thought it was healthy.
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Before low-carb, I thought I had no will-power. I felt I was fat because I couldn't control myself. Now, it is easy to control how much I eat, because of what I eat. Low carb has given me will-power (and self-esteem).
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Old 07-09-2014, 04:29 AM   #26
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Before LC I thought bagels were the healthiest breakfast (just a very small shmear of lite cream cheese) , and pasta was lunch and dinner diet food!
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:10 AM   #27
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Before low-carb, I thought I had no will-power. I felt I was fat because I couldn't control myself. Now, it is easy to control how much I eat, because of what I eat. Low carb has given me will-power (and self-esteem).
Right, werkn'it! Before LC, I thought my weight gain, and inability to lose it, was some kind of character flaw.
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:46 AM   #28
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Before LC, I believed the spiel of 'calories in/calories out' when determining weight loss/gain. I also believed that a healthy diet was high in complex carbs and low in fats.
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:49 AM   #29
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Before low carb I always thought.....if it grows in the ground or falls off a tree it's healthy.
Had to laugh at this one because our house is surrounded by old growth oak trees and the squirrels are so fat that when they run to the end of one of the branches, they fall off and hit the ground. They're a lot like cats. They kind of shake their head, look around to see if anyone is looking and then scurry off as if to say "I meant to do that". Yeah...don't see squirrel on my menu.
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That's just what cats do! I'll be watching for fat squirrels.
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