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Diet and nutrition / Re: Women and Fasting
« on: August 27, 2016, 09:17:00 AM »
Now, if you want to live your life around reproductive fitness, then yes, eat more, optimize for reproduction, and have a kid every 3 years from age 15 to 50.  Not all women want to do that, though.


 
:D :D :D

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Progress Reports & Photos / Re: One Month Pics
« on: July 29, 2016, 06:59:56 AM »
One month in and I feel like this may be exactly what I needed.  Not feeling like a diet at all and am seeing great results.  So far, almost 10 pounds down and two inches off the waist.  Definitely not as tired during the day (just started noticing this last week) but still have the slight back pain.  I did notice there was no change in my waist this past week but after doing some reading, I now understand the immediate two inches was most likely water and that fat can come off different pasts of the body at different times so not discouraged at all. 

Congrats! I can totally see the difference! True, you look perfect in the 1st pic too (at least acc. to what's considered perfect look for men in Easter Europe - developed, defined, still - bigger, not small), but in the 2nd/ after pic to me personally you look healthier, as if indeed you were tad swollen before  :) Congrats once again and keep up the great work!

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Diet and nutrition / Re: Opinions on Atkins
« on: July 15, 2016, 08:50:23 PM »
(Not sure if this should go here or in another category. Apologies if so)

Hi Guys,

I was wondering what the general consensus is for Atkins? I'm not planning on going on it, but I remember it being all the rage in the 2000s (although this was only transferred to me via TV shows mentioning it!). Has it been discredited? Do people still use it? What positives and negatives should we take from it going forward if it really is "dead"?

Thanks,
Cowlean

Well, for what i know, since Atkins, of the very low carb diets that gained such popularity there was only Dukan. Dukan (named after French Dr who came up with it) is like Atkins sans fat, but with added diary. It's way harder than Atkins, btw.
Basically, if you are low-carbing, most of the differences among various ways of eating come down to differences in the fat and diary intake.
In the low carb communities Atkins is still popular (esp. the earlier/ original version which doesn't allow protein bars and alike) and it overleaps with Paleo to big extent.
Out of curiosity, what makes Dukan so hard?

It's 0 fat and no veggies during the induction (up to 10 days) and later on, every second day  :( Basically, it's non-fat meat, like chicken breasts, baked or cooked without any fat, or some non-fat fish and diary that's up to 0.2% of fat.
Dr Dukan did an interesting thing, he adapted his book for various countries, so it differs from country to country; American and Russian version are very different, where Russian is more strict (that's the one i kept because i lived in Russia at the time.)
In fact, wasn't i taking Reduxine ( legal in Eastern Europe, but for what i know banned in USA) i don't think i could have kept that diet at all.

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Diet and nutrition / Re: Opinions on Atkins
« on: July 10, 2016, 04:40:54 AM »
(Not sure if this should go here or in another category. Apologies if so)

Hi Guys,

I was wondering what the general consensus is for Atkins? I'm not planning on going on it, but I remember it being all the rage in the 2000s (although this was only transferred to me via TV shows mentioning it!). Has it been discredited? Do people still use it? What positives and negatives should we take from it going forward if it really is "dead"?

Thanks,
Cowlean

Well, for what i know, since Atkins, of the very low carb diets that gained such popularity there was only Dukan. Dukan (named after French Dr who came up with it) is like Atkins sans fat, but with added diary. It's way harder than Atkins, btw.
Basically, if you are low-carbing, most of the differences among various ways of eating come down to differences in the fat and diary intake.
In the low carb communities Atkins is still popular (esp. the earlier/ original version which doesn't allow protein bars and alike) and it overleaps with Paleo to big extent.




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Progress Reports & Photos / Re: Women, ketosis, and weight loss
« on: July 09, 2016, 02:47:43 PM »
6 months - what exercise were you doing at the same time?

During my very 1st (and longest) ketosis / Atkins i was only walking (daily for 1h at least) and swimming from time to time; i started lifting later on.
I am not sure about other ways of eating (i am new to Paleo), but Atkins, which is quite similar, works one way when you do it 1st time and then very differently next times. Ideally, one wouldn't fall off the wagon at all, but would keep the phases as Dr. Atkins had outlined them in the book, alas with my work and travelling abroad/ staying there for prolonged periods of time, it was not possible. :(

(Sorry for the late reply :( )

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Progress Reports & Photos / Re: Women, ketosis, and weight loss
« on: June 30, 2016, 02:30:08 PM »
Cavewoman, congrats on the weight loss especially considering your condition!

You can hear a lot of recommendations around the net for g of carbs to knock you out of ketosis. It seems like 50-100g is the most common recommendation, which of course you can individually evidence using ketostix.

It also appears that you can stay in ketosis by consuming your carbs with fat?

I'd be interested to know, is it good to be constantly in ketosis? i.e. for long periods at a time. Or is an intraday ketosis period more sustainable?

Thank you Cowlean!
I was in ketosis longest for 6 months (1st time when i had kept strict Atkins, long time ago) , bloodwork and all other results were great. (I had to pass full medical check up for work, and it was all good.)  :)

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Diet and nutrition / Re: Is this Paleo-friendly?
« on: June 30, 2016, 02:21:41 PM »
I am sorry it's not a good find that you thought it to be :( Look, 8.4 g of sugar, that's 2 teaspoons in 100ml, ie. 4 spoons of sugar in a glass... That's a lot of sugar.
I bought yesterday Yellow tea at a local pharmacy, it's expensive (50g - a small package is 10 euros), but you really need just 4-5 (dried) leafs for a cup, that's how i saw Chinese making it. Maybe you could try it like that, and as Cavemangreay suggest, add some honey if you like?
Btw, over here it's marketed as being very useful for weight-loss, presumably because of high content of EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate). (Not sure how effective it is, just saying ;))

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Progress Reports & Photos / Re: Nine months on Paleo = -95 lbs (NSFW)
« on: June 30, 2016, 02:06:24 PM »
Congratulations!  :)

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Diet and nutrition / Re: Vitamin D
« on: June 18, 2016, 04:54:18 AM »
In studies of Vitamin D and cancer, 400 IU per day did not discernibly decrease cancer, but 1100 IU per day did.  I've seen one article that said 10,000 IU per day was like "not quite getting a sunburn" each day.  Personally I target 4000 IU per day, but I sometimes forget.

If you are from a sunny Mediterranean country, though, and you get outside a reasonable amount, you may not need the supplement.

I think my levels are ok (recent bloodwork didn't show deficiency), but i continued taking it, i feel it does me good  :)

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Diet and nutrition / Re: Milk = bad. Yogurt?
« on: June 18, 2016, 04:51:30 AM »
Or just stick to not having yogurt, since that seems to be working well.

This. I used to make my own kefir and drink at least 1/2 liter (0.13 gallon ? ) a day. I feel better without it, in full honesty.

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Progress Reports & Photos / Re: Women, ketosis, and weight loss
« on: June 18, 2016, 04:48:37 AM »
I've found that I can stay in ketosis eating small amounts of fruit - like one apple per day, but not two, or a pound of strawberries per day.  This is more than I used to be able to eat and stay in ketosis.

I do suspect that exercise also has something to do with things.  Anaerobic exercise in particular may burn blood sugar quickly, and thus increase the tolerance for carbohydrates while remaining in ketosis.

Thank you for replying, Warren Dew! First couple of weeks i ate fruit, then kicked it out all together. I started working out again (taking it slowly after the hearth attack 3 months ago  ::) ) and while i eat way more veggies than Atkins recommend, i am in fact in ketosis (i use keto strips) and have lost 4kg so far  :)

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Introductions / Re: Detox, Sugar Ban, Almonds, GF and Hello!
« on: June 14, 2016, 02:33:22 PM »
Does anyone else have experience with Intermittent Fasting?

Some people I know (and they are of a healthy weight) eat only once a day. I really found this to be beneficial myself ... and it does give a break to the digestive system. 

I would love to hear about anyone else's experiences/ your thoughts.

Best wishes!

Welcome snowwhite! I am new too  ;) IF works, i did 5:2 and IF 17h - 18h. I noticed the results pretty soon, my problem is that i tend to binge on it, so i never keot it long enough. In Europe it's quite popular since ever, it's known as "dinner cancelling". Basically, you eat lunch at 3.30pm or at 4pm (eventually until 5am) and then nada , but tea or coffee (unsweetened) until tomorrow morning. It's believed to do wonders for your levels of Human Growth Hormon. In Russia, many women don't eat after 6pm. In real life, i know many who lost significant amounts of weight that way (and kept it off.) It is socially awkward though. You'll happen to be at dinners, or even host dinners where you won't eat anything  :P Btw, those people i know, who had great results, it took them months (like 6+ months, or even 8 in one case) to get there, it's not a speedy solution, so to say.

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Diet and nutrition / Re: I'm failing, I need help
« on: June 11, 2016, 12:20:48 AM »
I've found that "recipes" in general take too much time to prepare. I quit my "love affair" with food, and the incessant need for variety, and life is much easier and time-efficient.

For breakfast, I make some kind of simple meat (bacon, sausage, pork chop, whatever) and a few eggs, all in the same skillet. Sometimes I add a piece of fruit.

For lunch and dinner, some meat/fish and a veggie. I often saute the veggie (usually leafy greens) in the fat left from the meat in the same skillet. Simple. Easy meals, little clean up. Very little time spent. I often cook extra at the same time for another meal, such as lunch the following day.

Sometimes I grill but not much more variety than that. If you can get over the SAD tradition of endless variety, cooking and shopping becomes much easier, cheaper, and more efficient.

I do more or less the same thing, and make double or triple portions when I cook. I also don't find it necessary to have lots of meals throughout the day. I may have a couple of cooked or raw eggs and a handful of nuts for breakfast, nothing for lunch(or I'll just chew on a tomato, carrot, cucumber or salad head) and then stuff my face with boiled or raw salmon/cod, sweet potato, vegetables and fruit for dinner. Before bed I chug down a glass of psyllium husk. Total cook time per day rarely exceeds 10 minutes. If I want to go all out, I'll cook some chicken or blend some eggs and bananas with nuts to make pancakes or waffles. On gym days I cheat with egg protein and bcaa. It's actually easier and quicker than eating "normal" food. My paleo cookbook is currently collecting dust.

I spend couple of hours in the kitchen every day and hours getting groceries on a weekly bases  :'( I had lived abroad for 5y and it was way easier because i could get ready low-carb stuff such as salads, row fish, even meat... Not possible where i reside permanently and no another way about it except cooking, cooking, cooking...  :-[ (I cook for my parents too and they won't eat anything that's not made from scratch, they dislike frozen food, not to mention that they won't eat anything that was in the fridge for longer than 24h  ::) It's a  healthy way of eating, but extremely time consuming (and costly too.)

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Introductions / Re: Hi there
« on: May 30, 2016, 09:42:54 AM »
Hello, I'm Gray and I'm new to the forum.

Hi, Gray! Welcome! It seems the forum isn't very active as of lately, but still, plenty of great info around and if you wonder about something, you'll probably get an answer in couple of days :)

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I know, right!

Last night I decided to have myself a little cheat meal. I had sweet potato fries with dipping sauce and then from froyo for dessert. Not only did my energy get drained but I got a nasty headache and ended up going right to bed. Stepped on the scale this morning—for fun—and I was up a pound. Mostly cause of all the water retention probably. But I have noticed that for the past few weeks of Paleo eating, my weight doesn't fluctuate in leaps and bounds like it does when I eat carbs. It is a steady decrease or relatively the same by a few points.

One night with carbs and sugar and i'm up a pound. Hahaha. I DIDN'T even enjoy it. I think it's great that Paleo eating is so satisfying that cheat meals feel gross. Never again.  NOT worth it.

True! Sorry you felt like that  :( It's my week No.3 , i am -2kg *does happy dance* Do you follow the 85:15 rule or you are going for 100% Paleo? For me, it turns out it's 85:15, not intentionally, but because i am in a crazy period and sometimes all day long away from home/ travelling/ can't bring much food with me, except for snacks. STILL, i am seeing results, and i am really happy with this way of eating  :)

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