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Old 08-28-2013, 02:40 PM   #1
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How long til you were 100% sure LC was the right way for you?

I posted before that I had PHENOMENAL results with my blood work after only 8 weeks. I think I am starting my 14th week tomorrow. I have a blood test scheduled for October.

Even with the results I have had, I still have a tiny bit of doubt that LC is healthy over the long term. Sure, I have read all the books, and read all the success stories here, but in my mind, right now, that is all about "everybody else." Maybe that is because I am still not really losing weight.

I still have it in my mind that I won't fully believe - 100% believe - in Low Carb until I get the results of my next blood work. Then it will be 6 months of Low Carb. If everything all looks good at that point, I think I will finally be able to free myself of the remaining doubts.
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:03 PM   #2
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I think for Me I knew LC was right for me within 2-3 weeks. My Hypoglycemia went away, heart burn got better, IBS got Way better and of course the weight loss helped too Lol
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:07 PM   #3
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The first week. I felt like crap, but my stomach looked great. And I no longer had the urge to binge and purge.
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Old 08-28-2013, 04:35 PM   #4
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Right away. I have never experienced the withdrawal symptoms many do so it happened fast.

Way back then my intro to low carb was with Protein Power & the science was explained in the Protein Power books I read. It took a leap of faith to go from low fat to high but the science supported it & I already knew low fat did not work for me long-term. There wasn't anywhere else to turn.

I did not need lab results to tell me I was doing something right. My body told me. But my labs are great. I take no prescription medications but I did not take any before I changed my diet either.
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the soldiers all thought, He is so big. We can never kill him."
David looked at the same giant and thought, "He is so big. I can't miss." ~ Russell Johnston
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:23 PM   #5
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Intellectually I knew after my initial research. Within a week of actually going low carb I confirmed it. And after two years low carb/paleo and one year officially Atkins I have no doubts.
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:26 PM   #6
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Before I started! atkins was the first and only diet i ever tried ... it became full time way of eating. Low carb really kind of incorporated all the universal truths of eating and weight loss. Also, it seemed so flexible. High fat LC, low fat LC, dairy LC, fruit and LC all while eating all the stuff I was eating anyway. And cheats weren't considered an abomination ( at least that's what I got from the book) AND eventually you possibly COULD eat the other stuff! Seemed right for me.
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:59 PM   #7
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I knew right away, day 1. My blood sugar came right into line, immediately, like it was nothing, after YEARS of horrible horrible numbers, like a1c's in the 12s, for years on end. And then, my first a1c after starting low carb was only like 3 weeks in and it was 6.6, after that I was in the 5s.

I also felt so much better immediately. I had a little carb flu for about two days, but before I was even done with that I think my heartburn was gone or much better. And I think by the end of the second day I was full of energy and felt ten years younger.

I didn't lose *any* weight by low carbing for about ten years after I first discovered it, though. That was a bummer. I really wish that I could go back and shake my 2000 self and tell her to eat less carbs! lol I was willing to go down to 20, but felt like it was unfair to ask me to do more than that even though I remember reading about a woman on these boards back then who had to go much lower, like what I'm doing now. I thought she was wrong, I guess, and that if it didn't work at 20 it wasn't gonna work at 10 or whatever. Sigh... Better late than never!
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:03 PM   #8
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I knew immediately. I felt SO much better and lost weight pretty easily. All my blood work improved and I have been eating this way for about 12 years now. I've had some stalls (thyroid issues and diabetes) over the years but got past them when I figured out what was wrong.
Dr. William Castelli, a director of the Framingham Heart Study, (the longest running heart disease study), declared: "In Framingham, Mass, the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower the person's serum cholesterol...we found that the people who ate the most cholesterol,ate the most saturated fat, ate the most calories, weighed the least, and were the most physically active"
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:29 PM   #9
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Each time I eat this way I know it's right...but due to not resolving food/emotion daemons, I just haven't stuck it out. But eating low carb I feel better! I look better, I eat better!
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:26 PM   #10
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I'd done Atkins Induction a couple of times before (like 3 years ago) but only gotten as far as 2 weeks before fooling myself into thinking that I should do low-fat or vegetarian instead, always failing miserably.

I've been on Atkins for more than a month now (with some cheating in between) but this is the first time it's really stuck. Even with cheat days, I go back naturally to this WOE. I just feel so good on it. I'm very, very proud that I finally have the maturity to accept that this is "me".


One of the very few things we have complete control over is what we put in our mouths. Unless someone hogs us down, pries open our jaws and force feeds us, we have total and complete control of our eating.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:58 PM   #11
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Atkins is the only diet I've ever tried. I was convinced it was right for me before I started in 2002, but I took longer to understand all the health benefits, and believe ketosis was the healthiest state for me long-term.
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bought scale 9-7-02: 318/259.6/180?

Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (and other conditions) Summer 2005 after years of misdiagnoses--> food plan went out the window!
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:14 AM   #12
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Despite the fact that I did Atkins successfully in 2000 (to 2003) ... lost all my weight and maintained, I was still not 100% convinced it was healthy. Duh...???

After about 3 months in this time, I can say I was 100% convinced it is the absolute right way for me. I would put this down to the availability of information and the understanding of the science and a book written by Gary Taubes (Good Calories/Bad Calories) that explained how the conventional wisdom has gone so wrong.

Almost 4 yrs. later, I am even more sure and I continue to read, listen and evaluate the emerging info.
Original start - Feb. 2000 180/125

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Old 08-30-2013, 03:29 PM   #13
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I knew Atkins was right after reading his book. So many of the "before" cases he spoke of sounded like me. I committed fully to the two week Induction, doing it as a trial as he suggested, and I felt so much better and was enjoying the food so much I never looked back.
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Old 08-30-2013, 03:32 PM   #14
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I knew very quickly. My depression cleared up, allergies virtually gone, skin cleared up, mood improved, slept better, cravings vanished and... my teeth stopped hurting.
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:39 PM   #15
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I'm into my second week and still don't know. This is a trial for 3 months then I get my blood work done again. It was awful last time so the retest will tell.

In general I feel better. Despite having to lose almost 100 lbs I've yet to lose any. That's disappointing, but mainly this is a WOE I'm trialing for the health benefits.

The OP's blood work results are very encouraging to me.
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:12 AM   #16
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I agree with everone here. I have tried many diets...looking for health.

I never feel good on any of them, except when I'm LCing. So I'm going with my gut feelings. (and my BS, IBS, and just feeling good.)

Good luck. If you ever doubt LC, just read here. Or I listen to podcast. And every time I know the boards are right, and the podcast are right.

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Old 08-31-2013, 08:29 AM   #17
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So I'm going with my gut feelings. (and my BS, IBS, and just feeling good.)
Literally, huh?
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:49 AM   #18
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Not until I got to goal and maintained for a while. I need a diet that lets me get to goal while being healthy. I would have stopped and found something else if I had stalled and stayed fat. I hated being overweight.

I always knew that the food was healthy because I was raised on full fat dairy, vegetables, fruits, eggs, meat, etc. I also stick to about 95% whole foods like eggs, different cuts of meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, etc and leave out all the processed low carb junk.

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Old 08-31-2013, 08:51 AM   #19
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For me it was the first time that I decided to take a break and enjoy the Holidays. I went back to work the Monday after Christmas feeling as if I had been hit by a truck.
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:25 PM   #20
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Realizing how different my body composition is when im not LC was a rude awakening.

I feel soooooo much better after returning to low carb.

My low moods went away almost immediately. I will never stray from low carb again.

I am a much happier and healthier person with low carb!!
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Old 09-02-2013, 06:19 AM   #21
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So I'm going with my gut feelings. (and my BS, IBS, and just feeling good.)

Literally, huh?
LOL I just saw this, didn't realize how I put it
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:22 AM   #22
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Right away! I started with a moderate low-carb approach for blood sugar issues, and my readings and overall sense of well being improved as I continued lowering carbs until I got to 30-40 grams daily, where I remain today. Have never felt better, and BG are now consistently normal. I'm fairly confident I'll be VLC for life
Nothing tastes as good as being fit and healthy feels!
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:34 AM   #23
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When I read the book!

I knew the instant I read The New Diet Revolution. I recognized a lot of myself in there. I missed the part about eating till satisfied, not full and stalled 70 lbs in to my initial loss. I got that right and between that and some pretty heavy weightlifting I was doing at the time peeled off another 18 lbs in two weeks.

This is my THIRD time doing Atkins and I really want this WOE to stick this time. I've read all the stuff about why to pass on cardio (I never knew it could cause TSH problems!) and focus on heavy lifting and I started today. Nice to be done at the gym in 45 mins or so and I must say, it gives me quite the sense of accomplishment. That's not to say I won't do cardio if I feel like it, but I know my body benefits from just walking too. I have a heart rate monitor, so I can make sure I'm not walking too slow.
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