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  • posted by  Aliba on Not losing belly fat
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    Are you eating enough fat? Such as full fat yoghurt, coconut oil/milk, full fat cottage cheese etc? This is the only diet that has ever shifted fat off my stomach and has given me back my waist and I’m convinced it’s due to giving up all the low fat stuff including skimmed milk which I have had for years and eating more fat. I can’t remember the science but there is something about eating fat with protein that works….worth a try

  • posted by  Topdad50 on Yoghurt suggestions
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    I’m day 2 of the BSD. I read Michael Mosley’s book twice last week whilst on holiday. I’m not diabetic (that I’m aware of) but suspect I could be in the pre-diabetic zone. Has anyone found a perfect yoghurt that’s conducive with the BSD please?

  • posted by  tamznlaws on Spinach and Chickpea soup
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    If you look on google. Basically it’s just cauli, oregano and couple of eggs beaten. It makes a batter consistency. its lovely on its own or you can add veg and a little cheese and tomato to make pizza. I fooled the kids with it lol

  • posted by  Reydoncyclist on Extended exercise on 800 kcal
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    I got a very helpful reply after following the guidance offered by captainlynne. Here it is:

    Hi Reydoncyclist,

    Your body is accustomed to using carbs as an energy source. Actually it is able to use fat as an energy source but it will need time to adjust.

    If you can reduce the intensity initially while you adjust then after a few weeks you should be able to increase it again.

    In the meantime, for safety’s sake, do continue with dates and fluids, you just don’t want too higher carb intake as you won’t ever adjust.

    It’s a bit of a catch 22 as you want to exercise at the same level but, as your body is expecting carbs, it’ll suffer without them at the minute.

    Kind regards

  • posted by  Sue1234 on Starting the journey 21/02/2016
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    I am not worried about milk, I am mixing water with the semi milk to make my own “skimmed”, as the shake mixed with skimmed milk is 200 calories.

    I laughed at your tree therapy Bill. I used to go on long drives listening to loud music and singing along to it. The best time to do this was when there was a big football match on as the roads were really quiet, apart from my singing !

    Had an even more stressful day today – my oldie has to leave his Care Home – he is really happy and content where he is and the home is fantastic – but another resident winds him up and he won’t walk away. Spent the afternoon trying to find another Care Home with a vacancy, knowing that it won’t be as good as where he is now. And that is before I have to work out how to physically move him.

  • posted by  pmshrink on 6 stone to loose
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    Hi Nidge
    Sounds like you’re well organised!
    I wonder if you’re still very hungry if you’re having a bit too much carbs and not enough fat. Eat more fat!! Hard to believe but you don’t get hungry.
    Penny

  • posted by  Che_Knight on Not losing belly fat
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    Just started the book and I’m already seeing potential mistakes in the way I’m eating, particularly with what she refers to as the “ketogenic level”. I am guilty of having some very low carb days and some higher carb days. Although my carb averages look ok it’s interesting to read that this alone could be causing some issues. Fab referral.
    Thanks Penny!

  • posted by  pmshrink on Getting ready to start!
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    Hi Landrews
    Even plain natural Alpro has sugar in it! The fruit ones have a lot. Plain natural Provamel doesn’t have sugar so I’ve switched to that. I also make my own using a spoonful of goats yogurt and sugar free soya milk and s yogurt maker! Which I really like the taste of. If you decide to do that, boil the soya milk first and cool it down then add the goats yogurt and whisk it. In the morning it will be set and lovely.
    Penny

  • posted by  pmshrink on Not losing belly fat
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    Hi Che
    Hmm. Doesn’t doind too much. But maybe reduce it a bit??
    Have a look at Jenny Ruhls book ‘low carb problems solved’ ( Β£3 on kindle)
    She has lots of info, it might help.
    Penny

  • posted by  GinDibs on Question about the No Carbs Ploughmans
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    Natasha I love the beetroot falafels too! Takes ages to do though. Had the Fish pie this evening which was really nice and a big portion! I made the lamb and aubergine bakes on Sunday but wasn’t very keen on them. The skinny chilli is good though as it’s such a huge portion as it serves 8 which means I have put the other portions in plastic tubs and froze them ready for a quick evening meal when I need it.

  • posted by  Che_Knight on Not losing belly fat
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    Hi Penny
    I track my food on my fitness pal and looking back, I seem to be averaging between 35-40g per day. As far as I can see, it’s mostly carbs from veg and beans/legumes and nuts. I wonder if I need to go lower? Hmmmm………I love that the diet isn’t very rigid, but sometimes it would be easier to be told exactly how many grams of carbs, fat etc!!

  • posted by  pmshrink on Starting the journey 21/02/2016
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    Hi Sue
    Welcome to the forum.
    By the way- Michael is really strongly in favour of full fat dairy products, as it’s not the fat we eat that’s the problem but the sugar. If you take the fat out of milk then it has a higher proportion of sugars. Hard to grasp he s really saying this after years of being told fat is bad but he is.
    Good luck
    Penny

  • posted by  pmshrink on Problems already
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    Hi Sue
    Don’t feel too sorry for me. I work from home and only had 4 hours work today. It just happens that I have to finish at 8.30.
    My experience and many others is once off the carbs and through the first few days hunger isn’t much of a problem. After all if you’re fat burning instead of carb burning we ve got plenty of built in fuel!
    Hope it’s going well for you.
    Penny

  • posted by  pmshrink on Not losing belly fat
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    Hi Che
    The theory is that belly fat and visceral fat reduce if your carbs are low enough. Could it be yours are not quite low enough?
    Penny

  • posted by  pmshrink on My fitness pal
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    Hi Alliebee
    There’s been a lot of discussion of this on the forums. People generally seem to think roughly 30-35% each. Which I have, put, though usually my fat intake is higher which is fine as it keeps hunger at bay.
    Penny

  • posted by  pmshrink on Getting Geard up for the Start – 1st March
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    Hi Volly
    Welcome to the forum.
    I don’t use the recipes particularly so I can’t help you with the shopping list. Depends what you like eating that’s not carbs! Lots of greens to add to your meals. Michael says don’t count them but some people do. Definitely plan your meals for the week if possible then shop from that.
    Re continuing after 8 weeks. One of our number- captain Lynn – asked the team and they said continue a few more weeks 2-3?- then go on the 5:2 or the Mediterranean diet as outlined in the book.
    After the first 2-3 days people say it’s the easiest diet they’ve ever done. Which it is. Because most people don’t feel particularly hungry after the beginning. I think because our blood sugar is more stable due to lack of carbs.
    Good luck with your start. The forums are so helpful and supportive.
    Penny

  • posted by  pmshrink on Has anyone else felt faint?
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    Hi Nic
    Re drinking enough. I draw a picture of 5 glasses and 5 cups in my notebook.
    ( water, hot water, red bush tea, herb tea- hawthorn which makes you pee a lot!- I don’t count the coffees) As I drink them throughout the day I cross them off. This adds up to 2.8 litres.
    Penny

  • posted by  SUE2000 on Problems already
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    Penny thank you getting an Avocado Thursday. Thought it might fill me up. Hungary will be my worst enemy I fear I have fish twice a week usually fish pie.I use
    weet potato always.
    Boy I feel guilty now sat nice and warm while you work till 8.30 I did in the past rotton time to finish.

  • posted by  pmshrink on Problems already
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    Hi Sue
    That breakfast sounds good as well!
    On this diet Michael is definitely not saying eat often. Maybe because it’s not a protein diet?. I’d say it’s a low carb high fat middle protein diet. The fat stops you getting hungry. That’s why a fried egg and bacon etc breakfast can work.
    Hope it all goes well for you
    Penny
    PS. I put some avocado on my shake this morning. It was so filling I only ate two thirds. Having now at 6 o’clock as a snack. I usually have home made soup at 6 as I work til 8.30.

  • posted by  gateofheaven on No weight loss happening?
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    Tallyhoo and Bill. I think that each body is different. I can see the reasoning behind Dr. Mosley’s suggestion that greens not be included. However, what i found when weighing them is that yesterday I ate 71 calories worth! Since i’m working this program perhaps more tightly than most, I am actually counting the greens because i eat so much. I have kept my calories quite close to 800 every day. I also am only doing this careful a process for the first 8 weeks. After that, my doc wants me to cut back to 2 days a week. On the other 5 days, i won’t count anything (and watch portion per Dr. Mosley) so that i don’t get jaded like I have in the past when counting calories for 14 months and losing 40 pounds only to regain them. I never wanted to count calories again, lol. But here i am doing so and loving it because the quick weight loss compared to anything I’ve ever experienced is happy motivation.

    I learned early on, for me, that I had to minimize grains. No favorite porridge. But i’ll have some in a couple of weeks. Rare bread for convenience when i needed to take a meal with me.

    Last week, which was week 6 for me, I didn’t lose weight. Just kept going, trusting the process, and today the weight loss started up again.

    I am now thinking ahead to see how to implement the more free flowing regular Mediterranean diet. I’ll still have another 92 pounds to lose, πŸ™ I can see myself indulging too much! So, must think it through thoughtfully.

  • posted by  SUE2000 on Problems already
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    Penny thank you for advice must admit I usually have cheese omlette, bacon egg for breakfast or else I pick . But that sounds good I usually have my shake about 11 as my last protein diet you had to eat every 21/2_3 hours. So its going to be all change for me.

  • posted by  Bre123 on Has anyone else felt faint?
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    Indeed, that is the downside to drinking more water, although its about 120 steps round trip to the loo when I’m at work so it all adds up πŸ™‚

  • posted by  Nic2385 on Has anyone else felt faint?
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    Thanks I must drink more water, not just drink less wine! I have been drinking about 1 litre, clearly not enough. Big efforts need some careful tuning obviously. Well done on the 15lbs so far Bre123. If I can lose 4 stone I’ll be over the moon. My next thread will be about frequent loo trips no doubt πŸ˜€

  • posted by  volly14 on Getting Geard up for the Start – 1st March
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    Hi All

    getting myself ready to start on 1st March, anyone got any tips for a shopping list for Monday 29th? Very excited about getting started. I am not diabetic or pre-diabetic but I would love to loose 40 lbs Is there a limit as in can you keep going beyond the 8 weeks if you are getting on well with the weight loss? any advice is really appreciated

  • posted by  Natasha_ENFP on Question about the No Carbs Ploughmans
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    Hi Bre – yes, working full-time does take a lot of planning in advance.

    I’m getting a bit faster with the recipes. I was so slow at first as I haven’t been used to cooking this precisely, but now that I’m getting used to it and I’m cooking some of the meals more than once, I am finding that I am speeding up.
    The steak with peppercorn sauce takes me 10 minutes to prepare and cook from beginning to end, and the chicken with butter beans takes me about 15 minutes. The beetroot falafels take me ages though and are very messy, but totally worth it; I love them!

    Juggling a full-time job with the diet is no easy-feat. You are obviously very dedicated so good for you!

  • posted by  pmshrink on Problems already
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    Hi Sue
    Apples, pears, small amounts of watermelon, small orange or half a large one, strawberries, blueberries. These are ok to have. I put some of them in my morning shake every day along with greenery – black kale, lettuce, rocket etc, flax seed and psyllium husk ( both anti- constipation ) almond milk , pea protein ( from indigo nutrition on Amazon)
    Delicious! Keeps me going til lunchtime.
    Penny

  • posted by  AllieBee on My fitness pal
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    Hi
    Hoping somebody can advise.
    I have just reset my daily allowance to 800 calories on the MFP app.
    Does anybody know what % I should change Carbs, Protien and Fat to please?
    Thanks πŸ™‚

  • posted by  pmshrink on Tired all of the time
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    Hi Oscarbelle
    Have a look at Jenny Ruhls book ‘low carb problems solved’ (Β£3 on kindle)
    She goes through all the different problems including tiredness
    Penny

  • posted by  Bre123 on Question about the No Carbs Ploughmans
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    Thanks Natasha_ENFP. I find I have to plan all of my weeks meals and usually do this on a Monday morning; then I can make sure I’ve got everything in I need. I made myself a weekly planner sheet so I can record everything I have and it makes it easier to track the calories as once I’ve made something I know how many cals for what size portion – anything to make life a bit easier as I work full-time.

  • posted by  Natasha_ENFP on Question about the No Carbs Ploughmans
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    Hey Bre123

    Well done you for preparing in advance!

    I had an evening out with friends last week and took my Ploughmans lunch with me in a little plastic box. I hid it in my bag and excused myself a couple of times so that I could eat! Sounds very ‘secret eater’ lol. I then had dinner when I got home.

    Hope you have a nice evening!

  • posted by  Bre123 on Tired all of the time
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    I’m ok during the day but once it gets to 9 pm I’m exhausted. It feels like I’ve used up all of my energy allowance for that day so I’m assuming it’s just down to the reduced calorie intake.
    All I can suggest is drinking more water (that really does help), make sure you are eating the 800 cals and try to do some exercise as I feel more energised once I have and more tired if I don’t do my daily workout.
    Hope that helps.
    Bre123

  • posted by  Bre123 on Question about the No Carbs Ploughmans
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    I’m busy tonight so I’ve weighed out 40g of cheese and 3 oatcakes for my dinner – it looks so pitiful but I can eat and run. I miss cheese although I do try to have the occasional bit (that’s all it is when you add up the calories lol).

  • posted by  OscarBelle on Tired all of the time
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    I’m on week 2, day 3 of the 800 plan. I am using the recipies in the book, am past the “hungry stage” and I’m losing weight which is great however I feel exhausted all of the time. I’m not diabetic but have a sibling with type 2 and have a lot of weigh to lose. Is anyone else feeling like this? Suggestions?

  • posted by  Eureka on Food : Truth or Scare. New series BBC 1
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    Hi Janet1973

    You welcome. Just watched it myself. Now the truth is out there in TV land & everyone should be aware that a Low Carb Mediterranean diet could reverse Diabetes. Hope everyone watches at least today’s program , it’s worth it

    Good luck
    Eureka

  • posted by  Bre123 on Has anyone else felt faint?
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    Hi Nic
    I have felt lightheaded on a couple of occasions and felt really faint one morning before I had my breakfast as I was pottering around the kitchen – as soon as I had something to eat and drink I felt ok. The advice to drink lots of water is good, I drink about 2-3 ltrs a day even though sometimes it’s a real struggle as I really want a cup of tea!
    I’m in week 5 and have so far lost 15 lb (I’ve got 4 stone to loose in total so I was hoping for more but it is the quickest I’ve ever lost weight). Other than feeling lightheaded a couple of times I had horrible headaches on day 3 which thankfully have completely gone since. My only other complaint is that I feel cold all of the time which is the opposite of how I usually feel, but I can suffer it for the weight loss lol.
    Keep up the good work.
    Bre123

  • posted by  pmshrink on Feeling depressed one week into the BSD
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    Hi Natasha
    I think keep some of the fat on. We ve been so brain washed to not eat it but now we know it’s sugar not fat that messes us up.
    It stops you getting hungry
    Penny

  • posted by  Natasha_ENFP on CrabCakes Recipe – am I doing something wrong?
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    Hello all,

    I was really looking forward to making the crab cakes and envisioned something totally different to what I produced last night – even though I followed the recipe and cooking instructions to the letter.

    One thing I noticed was the juice of half a lemon was way too much. The outcome was that my crab cakes totally fell apart and ended up as a crab salad, as the mixture was too wet to form into crab cakes.

    It was a disaster.

    I was wondering whether I was doing anything wrong. Has anyone tried making the crab cakes successfully?