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  •  Not interested in surgery. (6+ / 0-)

    First, I've been mostly medically uninsured for the last 5 years or so, barring 5 months of insurance I was able to get through the college while taking a clinical course that required it.  Second, being 'in the field', I've read a lot about such surgeries, and the problems with patients who don't comply with post-surgery required lifestyle changes.  Seems to me I'd best be served simply figuring out lifestyle changes first, and not needing the surgery. (And btw, I'm only 5'7" or so, not particularly tall ;)

    Realistically speaking, I am NOT one of the people who have matabolic reasons to be fat.  I was simply a sucker for marketing and consumerism that led me to 'grazing' my way through bags of chips and eating too large portion sizes thanks to being trained by restaurant meals that provide as many calories as I need for a day in a single sitting.  Oh, and eating 'treats' far too often.  How is something a 'treat' if you eat it daily?  So breaking free of those bad habits is the key to unlock weight loss for me, and learning to alter my intake to turn off hunger pangs was a really helpful tool.

    I'm using 'fatsecret.com' as well, as a very useful weight loss site.  All the usual tools - recipes suited to all sorts of diets, calorie trackers of foods and energy expenditures, journaling, and all the other sorts of things found on most weight loss sites these days.  It helps keep me focused because I can see the numerical progress, even if I can't see major changes in my body shape as quickly.  (Although after the first 30, I can tell my gut doesn't protrude as much, and even is now slightly concave around the xyphoid process.)

    I started out basically eating meats and cheeses, and am slowly working low carb veggies into my diet.   Since my carb count is so low anyway, I have room to ratchet up quite a few more veggies in a day and still stay within what an Atkins person would consider an 'induction' phase.

    •  I tried that (0+ / 0-)

      and it worked for me, but not every one can tolerate it - for some people, it messes up their cardiac functions.

      (I should be eating fewer carbs because it turns to fat so damned easily in my system. I swear it's worse than eating high-fat foods. I still eat a lot of protein in comparison to carbs.)

      (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

      by PJEvans on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 07:21:39 PM PDT

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      •  There are a lot of pitfalls. (0+ / 0-)

        I was even going too low on my carb intake, didn't realize until very recently that below about 10g a day, you started up another metabolic pathway that broke down muscle cells as part of a way to make sure brain cells had the glucose they needed.  I really need to start up a multivitamin too.  I've mostly skipped them, because for folks actually getting what they need dietarily, they're just a waste of money.  But it's tougher to get everything when you've gone low calorie, low carb.

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