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Carbohydrate Addiction

Can't resist cookies? Bothered by bagels? Plagued by pasta? Fixated on flour? We know how you feel! Read on...

My CALP Experience - 1st Month 25th day

Weighed myself this morning.. but agghhh!!! the scale didn't move. It was 181lbs on 16th last week and its still 181lbs this morning (20th)! I was very dissappointed that i am not already thin (130lbs - that's my goal)... :-)

I know I am supposed to be patient (and look at the big picture) and not think of this way of eating as a diet (because i know that there is no other better way for me to lose weight aside from CALP! i know that this way of eating is for me for life and there is no other way that works for me), I can't help wishing I would lose weight more quickly!

I supposed i should be happy that my weight didn't increase and I DID fall off the bandwagon last sunday when i was at my inlaw's...hmmm, may be that was it..

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My CALP Experience

Today marks the 24th day of my CALP diet. I can't believe it's been 24 days already since Dec 28, 2009 and i had only cheated once and that was only because i was at in law's place and she had gone to all the touble to cook a wonderful meal and i didn't have the heart to dissappoint that poor dear by not eating anything!

my clothes feel looser already and i have never felf more wonderful... i feel that i am doing this for me and need not to answer to anyone as to why i am eating this way because i know that i am finally doing the right thing! Hooray for me!

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12.30.09, Low Carb Diet Journal

Tuesday, 12.29.09

CM: 2 cups of black coffee
CM: Pork chop and green beans w/vinaigrette
RM: Salad of romaine w/celery & ranch, tempura w/bell pepper, broccoli, carrot, onion, potato, shrimp, sweet potato, zucchini, and dark chocolate almond clusters

96 oz.

Option #1
GTF Chromium

Option #2
Bowflex, 20 Minute Better Body Workout, 2 sets
120# Bench Press
120# Seated Lat Rows
120# Crossover Rear Deltoid Rows
120# Biceps Curl
120# Triceps Pushdown
120# Leg Extension
120# Standing Low Back Extension
150# Seated Abdominal Crunch

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Why I eat chocolate while staying 'on plan'

Why I eat chocolate as part of my lifestyle change

I'm a chocolate addict. I've been a slave to chocolate most of my life.

Cravings for chocolate cake, cookies, ice cream, and candy have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. And I was mostly unable to control them. Until recently, that is.

My desire for sweet chocolate goodies contributed to my steady weight gain over the years. Why? Because once I gave in to my cravings, it triggered a vicious circle of sugar highs and crashing lows, followed by intense cravings for more sweets or other high-carbohydrate foods.

Why include chocolate in my new lifestyle?

I believe any diet that prohibits your favorite foods will fail. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Smaller Body Size Requires Less Food

I have lost quite a bit of weight and just now realized that I am eating too much for my new body size. My portion sizes are still what they were when I began following this program, so I have been cutting them down the last couple of days.

I have always known that eating again is as easy as grabbing another CM, but I always felt as if I needed to eat enough to hold me over until my next meal. Since I started this way of eating to lose weight and get myself into better shape, I have decided that changes need to be made. I will now be eating portions relative to my new size!

I will also be making another change to my program, since I feel as if I am in complete control of my sweet tooth now. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Results of My Nineteenth and Twentieth Months on CALP

I don't know where the time went and since I am two months behind in updating my results, I decided to combine my Nineteenth and Twentieth months in one post. We are now in the holiday season and I keep adding more things to my overwhelming list of things to do.

I began CALP to get myself into better shape and I am happy to say that it is working! I am so pleased that I decided to begin an eating program that I actually discovered was perfect for me. I am also pleased that I decided to add the option of exercise into my program a month later since it seems to be the best addition that I could have possibly made for myself.

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Obesity, Leptin Resistance, and Dietary Fructose

Why is there so much focus on dietary fructose these days? Why is it thought to be a 'bad' carbohydrate?

I found some answers while I watched an interesting lecture—Obesity: The Plague of the 21st Century—on the Research Channel.

The lecture was about body fat regulation mechanisms and how they contribute to obesity. Research indicates that the hormone Leptin is involved in body fat regulation, and that the body's fat stores can alter Leptin levels—which creates a perverse feedback loop in which body fat may act to raise your 'normal' weight set point, thus frustrating long-term efforts to reduce weight and keep it off. Researchers found that injecting Leptin into obese patients results in a dramatic return to 'normal' body fat levels.

Other interesting points mentioned:

  • Body fat is regulated by the body.
  • Studies show that low-fat, reduced calorie diets are effective for weight loss (at least for the duration of the studies); reduced carbohydrate, high-protein, low fat diets are even more effective.
  • The Minnesota Starvation Experiment conducted during WWII demonstrated strongly negative physiological and psychological effects of severe caloric restriction: reduced metabolism and obsession with food to name but a few. Starvation dieters beware!
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Results of my Eighteenth Month on CALP

I am happy that I am not a part of any weight loss contest because I would definitely lose. Others have said that because I am losing my weight at a slow, steady pace, that it will be easier to keep it off. Personally, I don't expect to have any problems keeping it off because I am not having any problems taking it off. I have found a way that I enjoy eating and I have never lost control of myself since I began following CALP.

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Results of my Seventeenth Month on CALP

It is already the end of September and I have not updated my results in a couple of months. Since my Sixteenth month was in June, I still have July and August to catch up with. I may not have been updating my monthly results but I have been keeping up with my way of eating. I made sure to weigh and measure myself at the beginning of each month and will be including those statistics at the end of each post. I feel it is important for me to keep up with my daily menus and I do try and make sure to get them published on a daily basis.

I am still happy following this way of eating. It is still hard to believe how following the guidelines of the program continues to remain easy for me. I still have a sweet tooth but the difference is that I am now in control of it.

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Cut the added sugar, says the American Heart Association

Low carbers will not be surprised to see that The American Heart Association says that added dietary sugar poses a significant health risk, especially in soft drinks.

The American Heart Association is taking aim at the nation's sweet tooth, urging consumers to significantly cut back on the amount of sugar they get from such foods as soft drinks, cookies and ice cream.

In a scientific statement issued Monday, the organization says most women should limit their sugar intake to 100 calories, or about six teaspoons, a day; for men, the recommendation is 150 calories, or nine teaspoons.

The recommendations are likely to prove challenging for many consumers to meet. Just one 12-ounce can of cola has about 130 calories, or eight teaspoons of sugar.

Data gathered during a national nutrition survey between 2001 and 2004 suggest that Americans consume on average 355 calories, or more than 22 teaspoons, of sugar a day.

Added sugars "offer no nutritional value other than calories to the diet," Dr. Johnson said. "The majority of Americans could reduce their risk of heart disease by achieving healthy weight and the evidence is fairly clear that reducing the amount of sugars can help with that."

While many studies associate increased consumption of soft drinks with higher calorie intake, weight gain and obesity, others have failed to support the connection. Similarly, research investigating added sugar's impact on blood pressure, heightened inflammation and on changes in blood fats called triglycerides is inconclusive. And there are no studies linking the recommended limits to preventing weight gain or promoting weight loss.

Link - WSJ

I find it fascinating that although the scientific evidence is unclear, the AHA has no problem issuing the recommendations. readers may be aware of claims of similar lack of hard evidence linking fat intake to heart disease. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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