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  • posted by  pmshrink on One week in (almost)
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    Hi Kahoolawe
    Could it be the salt you wanted? Michael says sometimes we need some salt on this diet to balance something -I can’t remember what!
    Penny

  • posted by  pmshrink on One week in (almost)
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    Hi Ddraig
    I’d definitely recommend laying off the sweeties. I’m on day 22 – I had a tiny taste of cake yesterday-a teaspoonful- overwhelmingly sweet after 3 weeks without.
    Penny

  • posted by  pmshrink on No weight loss happening?
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    Hi Hawkeye
    have a look at Jenny Ruhls book ‘low carb problems solved. ‘ very interesting.
    Constipation is normal because we ve used up the glycogen in our muscles thus reducing the water in our muscles including gut muscles. Therefore it becomes less efficient. She suggests Huge portions of green veg ( michael says half your plate and dont weigh them. I assume therefore don’t count the calories) not just dense foods like meat and cheese. Psyllium husk is also recommended. Bran. Flax seed. Magnesium. ( milk of magnesia)
    She covers all the other problems in detail too. – like weight loss stalling!
    Penny

  • posted by  RozyDozy on Slow Weight loss
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    Thank you for that advice, Penny. It is getting easier – If I can fend off a headache before it gets a grip (usually by having a drink of something) the nagging from my stomach does reduce to a manageable level! Just got to catch it in time.
    Rose

  • posted by  Hawkeye1 on No weight loss happening?
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    Hi guys, hank goodness for you and your posts! I’m just starting week 5 and after a great 2 weeks (11lbs) I have not lost anything for the last 14 days! Getting very dishearten but I think you guys are right I am so busy looking at calories and sugar I have not noticed the carbs! I have been having porridge most mornings and I think that could be overloading my carbs for the rest of the day? I am going to take it out and watch the carbs and see what happens.
    Also anyone else been horribly constipated? Just seems to have really thrown by usual system. Any ideas what I can do?
    Thanks as always for the great support.

  • posted by  pmshrink on To snack, or not to snack?
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    Hi Malkay
    Yes. On the other hand I’m such a slow loser! Day 22 I’ve lost 5 1/2lb! But 4″ off waist. Weird. That whole 5 1/2 must have come from just there.
    Penny

  • Hi Chris
    Just found your post as I have been looking at the thread on GP response elsewhere.
    We share similar characteristics (age and weight). My BMI is down to 22 (25 when I started the diet – which is slightly modified in that I eat more than 800 cals per day but only the “good foods”). I played a lot of squash years ago and maintained a weight of 10st 8lbs for over a decade until I gave up. The last few years of commuter life has pushed me into the diabetic region and it seems it will be hard to shake it off, so I intend to stick with the diet.

    As noted elsewhere we are all different and some foods work better for some than others. I find myself gradually refining my diet based on blood sugar results.
    You don’t say if you are diabetic but if your intention is to lose weight then the diet has certainly worked for me. I have lost 2 stone since starting to diet.

    You say you drink too much booze. If that is beer, then you will definitely have problems. I haven’t had any beer since starting the diet and have an occasional glass of red wine (which doesn’t seem to cause a “spike” for me.

    Good luck and let us know how you get on.

    Roger

  • posted by  Jahooly on One week in (almost)
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    Hi all my first week over too and ha e found today very difficult as craving crisps, come to bed to stop me picking …… Meatballs are delicious and so was spag bog with courgette spirals…….. Like the idea of frozen lemon slices so thanks for that one ๐Ÿ˜Š. I have e joyed most of my food this week and lost 10 lbs ….
    I bought a food journal / diary, love the apps but find writing down my feelings helps ……
    Here’s to week two

  • posted by  SamuraiB on This has to work for me
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    Sorry to hear about your headache Mrs Jaffa. Hope it’s gone tomorrow. I’ve had to log in 3 times to reply to your post – hope this appears in the right place ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  • posted by  tamznlaws on working outdoors
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    Thank you The blackspot, that’s a great idea. I don’t usually eat from catering units but, I can give it a try. I already use my fitness pal. I think the making up of a box of seasonings is great. I can keep them in my van. Thanks again

  • posted by  Reynards on working outdoors
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    You could do some no carb ploughmans, some low carb heck sausages, chicken or fish salads etc. The important thing is I believe to plan ahead and you’ll be fine.

  • posted by  Teej on Problems already
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    The maintenance then turns to 5:2 and the med diet. I haven’t really gone too far into that as had hard enough time getting my head around the 800. I did the 5:2 at the beginning of last year and it really worked. I fell off the wagon when I got the flu and never got back on, not sure why as I didn’t struggle after the first couple of weeks. Give it a go Sue, I don’t think you’ll regret it and sure you will do great!

  • posted by  theblackspot on working outdoors
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    You could try taking a box of seasonings oil & vinegar and some bags of leaves then buying hog roast, or sausage, bison burger or whatever looks least processed and most like real food, ditching the cheap white bun and having it with your salad.
    Use an app like my fitness pal to guestimate the calories in your meaty feast and adjust accordingly.
    Good luck and stick with it, after all, salad and grilled meat? Can’t be bad!

  • posted by  Janet1973 on coucous?
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    Couscous is made from wheat flour and is therefore a carb. I don’t think there are any recipes in the book using couscous so I have taken that to mean it is not encouraged. However, the book doesn’t ban anything as such, it just encourages low consumption of carbs and sugar. If you can manage without it, great but if you really do want to eat it, count the calories and perhaps bear the carb count in mind and don’t have it too often.

  • posted by  theblackspot on coucous?
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    With loads of parsley, lemon zest and juice, a bit of chili and a glug of olive oil and it’s good. S&p too.

  • posted by  theblackspot on coucous?
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    Mainly couscous is a type of white flour pasta, so I’m sticking clear of it personally.
    Bulgar wheat is similarly easy to make and convenient, but totally whole grain and low gi/gl.
    I’ve been at it only one week, but felt good on the food, by virtually ignoring cars all together and eating vegie with nice fats and protein in limited amounts.
    Good luck to you whatever you decide.

  • posted by  SUE2000 on Problems already
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    Trouble is after 8 week you have to keep it up where I go really wrong but thank you encouragement is always helpful. If diets working you’ll loose inches I did on last one.

  • posted by  tamznlaws on coucous?
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    I doubt it it’s a carb. Quinoa is, which is like a couscous consistency, high in calories but it’s a protein if eaten in moderation.

  • posted by  feverdiva on coucous?
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    Hola, does anyone know if couscous can be eaten on this diet? I looked it up and it seems to be low GL, just wanted to check O:-)

  • posted by  tamznlaws on working outdoors
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    Has anyone got any ideas of what I could eat at the weekend. I work at shows and exhibitions. This weekend I’m at a Tractor show in Malvern. I usually take stodgy food to fill me up and keep me warm. The days are very long and I sleep in marquee. I do have access to a stove. But during the day I won’t have time. It’s breakfast and lunch I’m more concerned about as I can cook dinner once the marquee is closed. Ps it’s only my first week

  • posted by  AllieBee on Starting tomorrow!
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    Hi I have had a good first day. I had yogurt and apple for breakie, the pepper with jewelled feta for lunch (so filling) and the foil steamed fish for dinner. It was delicious but am used to having huge dinner portions. Am having some hunger pangs now so am going to bed to read and take my mind off it. My fitness pal just gave me a telling off lol! It said I have not eaten enough calories today ๐Ÿ™‚

  • posted by  Teej on Problems already
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    I had chicken stir fry for tea and just had a tablespoon of light soy sauce instead of our usual sauce. I was blown away by how much carb is in those sauces. I have counted calories when I have been on diets before so this is a real eye opener to me. I hadn’t thought about the jelly so will have to have a look at that. I have a really bad sweet tooth but am really surprised at how little I have been craving over the last two days, just waiting for it to kick in! I am drinking far more than I usually do as I can see from the other posts that it has a real effect on the symptoms. I don’t get thirsty so forget to drink regularly. I am thinking that it is just 8 weeks of my life and the motivation is to be healthy rather than diet to be slim (which I am never going to be!).

  • posted by  Janet1973 on Spinach and Chickpea soup
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    I made cauliflower mash for the first time tonight. Just beautiful! And surprisingly similar to potato mash. I have a feeling I’m going to be eating a lot of cauliflower from now on!

  • posted by  Mrsjaffa13 on This has to work for me
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    Welcome samurai , I’m on day 4, but today woke up with awful headache and shaky so think I might not have been eating quite enough. Luckily was working at home so split my 800 over the day with little and often and plenty of water and feel better tonight. I had to take some paracetamol for the headache but hoping tomorrow will feel better and work thro it. ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿค•

  • posted by  SUE2000 on Problems already
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    I’m was wondering if we could incorporate green lentils or buckwheat things like or does that totally alter diet. Tried similar diet before Scandinavian diet but doing it all the time proved hard because of limited foods. I just ran out of ideas eventually. Think you must be good cook of which I admit I’m not!!! Never have liked cooking.

  • posted by  Debsym62 on Problems already
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    My evening meals do included spices, herbs and garlic which is why I didn’the mention them. Lots of steamed fish with ginger and garlic. Chicken in various way, cauliflower mash and spiralized veg. I do enjoy cauliflower rice as well. My husband also adapts the hairy bikers diet meals for us picking out meals that contain the right amount of calories. We have all the hairy dieters cookbooks and haven’the had a meal we didn’the like.

  • posted by  SUE2000 on Problems already
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    Hi Teej I found this with last diet I tried I just could ent keep it up. I use no sugar jelly a lot when dieting to curb cravings too. I decided stir fry might be a way forward for me because I’m really bad at counting carbs. I usually had salad at night Tuna in my case because I’m diabetic and don’t use drugs to control it I use diet.

  • posted by  Teej on Problems already
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    Hi Sue. I look forward to the replies to your post as I am another ‘one’! I struggled when I read the book as there are lots of recipes that I looked at and thought ‘well I don’t like this and I wouldn’t eat that’. I started on Sunday and, having read other posts, I have just tried to keep low on my carbs and around 800 calories. I have been using myfitnesspal to record my food so it shows the carbs (hoping to keep between 50 & 80). I am not sure if I am eating enough fat but have incorporated a bit of cheese with a prawn salad and cooking my scrambled eggs in butter. Debsym62, what are you doing about evening meals?

  • posted by  Debsym62 on My first day !
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    Good luck, hope you get on well. I am on week six now and have found it great, somewhere along the line my usual demons have been kicked in to touch.

  • posted by  Debsym62 on Problems already
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    I don’t see why you can’t do this without the herbs and spices. I have yogurt and blueberries for break fast then peanut butter, cream cheese and celery for lunch. You could pick and choose what you eat really.

  • posted by  GinDibs on Starting tomorrow!
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    Hi I started on 15 Feb and have lost 7 pounds so far…… I had a small hiccup on Fri eve at a family get together, there was food everywhere!!! Managed to resist all the really bad stuff but did eat a few lumps of cheese with grapes. Also have been craving chocolate a bit (my downfall) as I had some dark choc on Sat as I made the skinny chilli which has it as an ingredient so ate the leftover bit. Going to keep on going but I am going to Vienna Friday to Mon and am a bit worried about what to eat!

  • posted by  Aly on Starting tomorrow!
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    Tried two days last week and found it too hard. Have spent time looking at recipes and made my shopping list for tomorrow. Will try again. I find it difficult being vegetarian as I get so hungry. It scares me to think of doing without carbs!

  • posted by  SUE2000 on Problems already
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    Oh dear just finished reading book will read again to really take in. But know I’m awkward but I don’t eat herbs spices ever. Hate them. A lot of the recipes I’m going to struggle with. Is this the only ones we’ve got? Or are their more somewhere else?
    I know there’s always one!!!!.

  • posted by  Vivaciousviv on My first day !
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    This is my first day on the BSD and I am committed to sticking with it even though I could fancy a nice G & T !
    I love all the positive comments on here and all the support you give each other. I love the recipes and have planned meals for the rest of the week, so wish me luck.

  • posted by  Janet1973 on Starting tomorrow!
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    I started off this year on weight watchers and lost three pounds in two weeks (I thought I should be grateful for anything in a downwards direction!) and then stopped counting points. But I was more hungry doing that diet than I have been in my ten days on this diet so far. And yet, I was probably on twice as many calories, but most of my food then was carbs, especially pasta and potatoes.

  • posted by  tamznlaws on Spinach and Chickpea soup
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    I made this out of the book for my first days dinner. It is absolutely beautiful. Just wanted to tell someone lol It got tastier and tastier the further down the bowl I got.

  • posted by  Janet1973 on Alternatives to fizzy pop
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    How is it going JennieS? You’re two weeks in so how have you found things? Are you managing to plan your meals? And how are you finding keeping up with work at the same time?

    I’ve had a few days this second week where I haven’t lost any weight but I think I have got to the bottom of that now that I’ve realised that, yes, olive oil has calories, quite a lot of calories! I’m thinking of going down the route of getting my fats from actual foods, ie, avocado, yoghurt, etc as they seem like better value to me. But I think I’m back on track now with a little loss this morning.

    I’m feeling pretty darn virtuous today. I’m having part two of the aubergine bake for tea which I made yesterday. That’s a really great recipe! I have done half an hour’s trampet rebounding which I haven’t done in ages. And I have prepared all my meals for tomorrow as I am going to be in Nottingham all day on a training course. Lunch will be provided but I don’t want to risk a diet catastrophe so I bought a snazzy little lunch box with loads of compartments (any excuse to go shopping) and I have boiled an egg, cut up some avacado, chopped some tomatoes and cucumber and added some sweetcorn. The last compartment is full of strawberries. I’ve got a slimfast shake for breakfast for 206 calories as I will be travelling at breakfast time. And then I plan to have veggie sausages and cauli mash for tea, I have made the mash already, hence my euphoric comment earlier.

    Normally I would dread eating at training days but this time I feel like I have total control and there is no reason why I would need to deviate from the diet. Just hope they don’t have chocolate cake for dessert!

  • posted by  SamuraiB on This has to work for me
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    Hi all
    Lovely to read about how well people are doing. This is my first day and I’m so surprised by how satisfied I am having only eaten 800 calories. Beetroot hummus is lovely. See how I go tomorrow.

    Did try to get started on Saturday but I kept obsessing about the calories! It’s a lot easier being at work!