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I've Only Just Begun (Again)

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I began the Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program, also known as CALP, on March 3, 2008. I read the book several years ago and was successful in losing about 50 lbs. the first time I tried it. I find it an easy program to follow and failed the first time because I was looking for a quick fix to my weight problem. I weighed myself everyday and when I did not see the scale move, I decided to change to Atkins. I believe I was able to get the scale to drop a few pounds but was unable to continue the Atkins Diet because I was missing the foods I could not live without.

I re-read the book in March and was ready to begin CALP for the second time. I had not weighed myself in a couple of years and chose not to get on a scale because I did not want to become obsessed with it. I took my measurements five days after I began CALP so I would have some sort of record to track my progress.

I have come to the conclusion that CALP is the plan for me since it is so easy to do. I follow the book when it comes to my meals, and the only measurement tool I use are my eyes. I begin every morning with two cups of black coffee and am not usually hungry until late morning or noon time. When I eat a Complementary Meal (CM), I make sure I balance my protein and vegetables with an equal amount of each. My Reward Meal (RM), always begins with a bowl of salad and then I balance my protein, vegetables, and carbohydrates with an equal amount of each. Chocolate is my carbohydrate of choice and is usually included every other day.

To be continued.......

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Lack of weight loss


Maybe you can comment upon the fact that I am following the CALP diet to a T, but am not losing weight. I've been on it for 2 weeks and the scale says I've only lost .2 lbs in 2 weeks. I just can't understand it. I am on several medications, but maybe this is not the diet for me since I'm not seeing any change in weight. It also is making me wake very early (I already have a sleep disorder), but today I woke at 2:30 a.m. Not sure what to do at this point.

Any advice? Anything would be appreciated.


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Let's figure it out!

Welcome Linda,

I am sorry you are not seeing the results you would like and I will be happy to help you in any way that I can.

My first suggestion would be to take your measurements, pay attention to how your clothes fit, and ignore the scale. This link may help:

Would you mind sharing your daily menus with me?

Are you drinking plenty of water?

Do you take your medications throughout the day or is it possible for you to take them with your reward meal? Medications can and do affect our weight so the best way to get around them would be to get yourself healthy enough to eliminate them. Wishful thinking, definitely!

When you wake up early, is it because you have to use the bathroom or because of something else?

Do you find CALP an easy program to follow?

I would hate to see you give up this wonderful way of eating because of the scale, because CALP works even though it is slow going.

So, if you are willing, let's figure it out!


Thanks for answering back.

I have chronic Lyme Disease and coinfections... am on heavy antibiotics that I cannot alter when I take them. I will be on various antibiotic regimens for the next several years. There will be no eliminating them or changing times for taking them.

What I'm doing for breakfast: bacon and eggs;
lunch: tuna salad with veggie or salad w/ dressing, brussel sprouts (or other veggie like that permitted) and a protein;
dinner: 2 cups of salad; with green bean or similars; rice and a protein, like ground turkey.

I am pretty sure I'm drinking plenty of water because of all the pills I have to take, but not measuring it. I have found that the bowels have slowed down quite a bit.

I do find this diet easy to follow, but because I also have diabetes, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia along with chronic Lyme I do have a sleep disorder and my food really affects how much sleep I get. My doctor also put me on Wellbutrin in the last few days. So I'm fighting the medication effect too.

I ordered every single book that Drs. Heller have written for weight loss, menus, life style, etc., been reading them all and I had their original book as well. So I've been trying to follow 100% what they say to do, but I find the books sadly remiss in what to do if problems arise and no weight loss. Or, it just is not working... i.e., still having food cravings. For example, can you still have a snack? I had cheese sticks initially for the first few days and I seemed to gain weight.

I wish they would go into detail with things like why you can't use commercial chicken broth as opposed to your own... what is in those products that would cause a weight gain or no loss?

Many thanks! Linda

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Diet & health


I sincerely hope that you find a diet that will help you feel better. I do not consider CALP a diet because it does not dictate what foods I eat. I follow the guidelines of the program because they work really well for me and I believe it may be because my diet of choice does not include much wheat.

Your meals look great except I would add a vegetable to your breakfast.

Since your medications are necessary and they will mess with any diet you are on, I would work on getting myself on a diet that is easy to follow and may lessen the symptoms.

There is a book that I became aware of recently called Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health, that I would suggest you read. If what I am reading is true, wheat is behind a lot of illnesses we are seeing these days.

Of course, you are in charge of your diet so I am rooting for you to get yourself into better health!


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Gluten in your medications?

This is just a wild guess, but by any chance do any of your medications contain gluten? While it seems like it wouldn't have a substantial impact, it's worth investigating, especially if you are taking many different medications on a regular basis.

Here are some links to info on drugs and gluten:

Gluten-Free Drugs
How to Protect Yourself from Hidden Gluten in Medications
Drug Manufacturers Directory

And of course, you're dealing with CFS and other problems, you may have a slow metabolism. Have you checked your thyroid function lately?

Finally, some people report weight gain and insomnia as a side effect of taking Wellbutrin. A quick search shows a number of sites describing such effects.

Lyme Disease Symptoms

Insomnia is one of the most common symptoms of Lyme Disease which is endemic to the area I live in. It is a good idea to check medications for gluten too, so good idea. I do have a slow thyroid and maybe I need to start treating again. More and more research is pointing to Lyme Disease as THE CAUSE of CFS and Fibromyalgia. It is all one disease manifesting as many diseases.

What kind of vegetable would you add to the breakfast? Peppers?

We want to continue, but I'll need to make adjustments to this. What do you do if you are still hungry 2 hours after a meal? Can you have a protein snack?

How important is it to stay away from onions? I cut them out of the diet the last week.


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One day at a time!

I hope this program works out for you. As far as I am concerned, CALP is not a diet, because we eat what we want. This program is as easy as following the three simple guidelines, every single day. It is slow, but in my opinion, the easiest program I will ever follow.

The reason I suggested you add a vegetable to your breakfast is that I have found that the combination of protein and vegetables helps to keep me satisfied longer. I have added bell peppers, broccoli, & spinach to my eggs to make them into an omelet or scramble. I have also cut up a cucumber or added green beans to my plate so I would make sure to include a lower carb vegetable in all of my meals. Your vegetable choices are up to you, so make sure to include what you like.

I was able to get myself on an eating schedule right away so I don't normally get hungry in between meals. When I feel hungry outside of my meals, I drink some water or have a cup of tea. If it is true hunger, I will eat a small snack sized meal of protein and vegetables because if I am truly hungry and wait, I eat more.

Since we are allowed to cook with onions, you do not need to cut them out. Add them to your favorite recipes and enjoy.


Great tips Teri

Thanks for helping walk me through this Teri. Linda

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About LowCarbForLife

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About me

I'm Teri and I am 54 years old. I have been fighting my weight since I was fourteen, dieting my way all the way up to 236 lbs. I started my weight loss program on March 3, 2008, and at that time I was unable to get into the largest pair of jeans I owned, size 18W. I have lost close to 100 pounds, and I now wear a size 4 jeans. My diet and exercise program have me feeling better than I could have ever imagined and I did it without starving or depriving myself in any way.

I am getting myself into better shape and my goal of becoming fit and healthy is getting closer every day.

Here's a link to my Progress Photos.

Current Diet Type
Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program (CALP)

Current Exercise Routine
Resistance/Strength Training using Bowflex, Walk Away the Pounds (WATP), & Callanetics

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