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Exercises / Stronglifts 5x5
« Last post by ItsAllLove on July 16, 2016, 06:12:28 AM »
Anyone else trying this workout? It's all lifting, with the focus on a weight lifting novice getting stronger. I've done a few of the workouts and I'm very sore!
Diet and nutrition / Re: Opinions on Atkins
« Last post by cavewoman123 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"?


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.
Diet and nutrition / Re: Any good Paleo Cookbooks/Recipe Collections?
« Last post by cavemangray on July 15, 2016, 04:39:11 PM »
There are so many good cookbooks and websites (free recipes) out there. Here's a list of a few of the more popular paleo sites:


Paleo Grubs has a good cookbook out there and so does paleohacks. Amazon will give you all of the cookbooks in the world and the Ultimatepaleoguide has a meal plan program that you can sign up for. There are so many options. Do a quick google search and you'll find everything that you need. Lastly, I publish free recipes on my blog as well. Just find what works for you and most importantly have fun exploring paleo cooking and eating.

Good Luck,

Diet and nutrition / Re: Hack my Blood Work
« Last post by Warren Dew on July 15, 2016, 04:04:20 PM »
I'm sure my symptoms don't rise to the level of clinical toxicity.  I'd still rather not have even slightly achy kidneys when I wake up.  2000 IU should be plenty to get most of the cancer prevention benefit, so there's a wide range to work with.  I'll report back in a few weeks.

Lymphocytes are immune system related - white blood cells - and I suspect the vitamin C might help there as well as with the uric acid.
Diet and nutrition / Re: Opinions on Atkins
« Last post by BobbyT on July 15, 2016, 07:17:18 AM »
I'm certainly no expert, but I seem to recall it falling out of favor because as soon as you stopped the diet you would balloon back up and sometimes even heavier than you were. I feel like it's been written off as a fad diet.
Diet and nutrition / Any good Paleo Cookbooks/Recipe Collections?
« Last post by BobbyT on July 15, 2016, 06:42:57 AM »
Hey all,

I'm still new to the diet/lifestyle so I'm trying to feel out what my options are foodwise and finding simple recipes that taste good. My sister loaned me her copy of Beachbody's Fixate cookbook ( which has some really delicious stuff in it, but variety is the spice of life right?

What are your favorite Paleo meals to cook?
Diet and nutrition / Re: Non Dairy Substitutes
« Last post by BobbyT on July 15, 2016, 06:38:49 AM »
As far as ice cream and using it as a cheat; why not make your own. I make a simple banana green tea ice cream as a frozen treat. Here's the recipe:
2 Bananas
1 1/2 cup Full Fat Coconut Milk
2 tsp Organic Matcha Powder
1 tbsp Raw Honey or Maple Syrup
2 Vanilla Beans or 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Freeze the bananas overnight. Then put everything in the blender and blend until smooth. You can serve immediately or store in the freezer for later.

You can make this a Banana ice cream by eliminating the matcha and adding chocolate chips (maybe Enjoy Life brand)

My point being that you can have ice cream, and making it yourself is quite easy and you control the quality of ingredients. Lastly, there are a ton of simple ice cream recipes out there. Just google it.

Thanks for the tip! Will absolutely be trying this. Thanks everyone else for the feedback, I appreciate the help and lack of judgements!
Diet and nutrition / Re: Hack my Blood Work
« Last post by cowlean on July 14, 2016, 01:53:30 PM »
That article said roughly 50000 IU would be required for toxicity though? Sounds pretty reasonable that I won't get to that level ;)

So the report also showed high lymphocytes. Is this immune system related or more due to high fat consumption (lymphatic system)?
Progress Reports & Photos / Re: First Two Weeks Progress!
« Last post by jmoore312 on July 14, 2016, 08:03:18 AM »
Thanks, Warren.  I've noticed that in the past so I'm not expecting similar results.  I think I may wait to weigh after another two weeks.  Keep you posted!
From my experience, paleo works because it gets your hunger mechanism to work properly (you feel full at the right time). With certain processed foods there's a delayed response or maybe a person can override the hunger mechanism with these foods because they taste so good.

But basically I agree that paleo helps get a person to their natural weight because of its effect on hunger.
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