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 Two-Day a Week Low Carb Plan
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SuzyQ

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Two-Day a Week Low Carb Plan - Monday, April 09, 2012 11:27 AM
Just wondering if anyone has tried lowering their carb consumption 2 days a week for weight loss?  Apparently there was a recent study that showed participants who limited carbs 2 days a week and followed a normal healthy diet the remainder of the week lost more weight than those that followed a regular 1500 calorie, 7 day a week plan.  I am a carb queen, but I think even I could handle cutting out bread, rice, pasta and root vegetables two days a week.  I don't have a significant amount of weight to lose, it's just those last few stubborn pounds so I'm thinking this might work for me.  Just wondering if anyone on our forum has had success with this.
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Re:Two-Day a Week Low Carb Plan - Monday, April 09, 2012 11:37 AM
Hi Suzy,  in addition to cutting out sat fat for lowering cholesterol,  my physician suggested cutting carbs severely  (every day!),  and that is what I have been doing.  Oh sure,  I will make a whole wheat pasta primavera on occasion,  but I will have just one serving and that's it.   No baked goods,  no rice,  white potatoes,   nothing prepared or processed.   I think that it's a good way to eat, at least for me.   I have lost pounds,  labs are very good now, and I feel really good.  Even my skin looks better.    And,  it's not that hard to do.   I am never starving or feeling that I crave something.   Best to you,  Alice
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Re:Two-Day a Week Low Carb Plan - Monday, April 09, 2012 12:32 PM
I know that I would feel too deprived on an all-out low carb plan, but I'm glad that this works for you.  Fortunately, I already have good lab #'s, so I'm not too worried about that.  I will soon be 47 and it just seems lately that no matter how much I increase my exercise, every little dietary indiscretion (a slice of birthday cake here, a dinner out there) shows up on the scale.  It seems like it gets easier and easier to gain a few and harder and harder to get it off!
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Re:Two-Day a Week Low Carb Plan - Monday, April 09, 2012 6:38 PM
I eat pretty low carb all the time. I have metabolic syndrom, so for me to keep my health in good shape, I don't eat grains, legumes, processed foods, or sweet things. I do, though, eat fat, good, real fat from natural things, like meats, coconuts, olive oil. I don't eat chemically extracted seed oils, like canola, safflower, or soy.

My health is great, my weight is just where it should be, I don't count calories, and I don't go hungry - ever, or have cravings. So it works well for my body.
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Re:Two-Day a Week Low Carb Plan - Tuesday, April 10, 2012 8:56 AM
I would say go for it. I watch my carbs too and have been losing weight steadily. I don't feel too deprived as I don't cut them out completely, just smaller portions.
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Re:Two-Day a Week Low Carb Plan - Tuesday, April 10, 2012 10:42 AM
Suzy, do a search on this forum re Dukan diet; Slinks started the thread up and refers to it as the summer diet.  Now that it is warming up here, I can see why she calls it that.  It is low carbing, but eating very selective nonstarchy veg's and very lean protein.  Yes in your 40's you will hit the wall like alot of us had re weight gain & flab.  You don' t have to do the diet, but it does work re alternating lean protein days with l/protein/veg, so just read the result.  I dropped 11lbs last year and I was thrilled it finally moved!  However, I put on over 20lbs this winter which was pretty sudden, and just had blood drawn to check everything.  In the meantime, to help myself, getting started on this diet again and noticed waistline doesn't feel as bloated.  It also requires drinking alot of water.
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Re:Two-Day a Week Low Carb Plan - Tuesday, April 10, 2012 10:59 AM
Thanks for the tip; I will definitely check this out.  I too, occasionally have problems with bloating and would love to find a solution to this problem.  I drink a fair amount of water, so upping my water intake a bit wouldn't be too difficult for me.
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Re:Two-Day a Week Low Carb Plan - Tuesday, May 08, 2012 11:43 AM
Just reporting back - I lost about 6 lbs on this plan since Easter; don't need to lose any more.  I consider this a great way to drop a few (like after the holidays) or before a big vacation or something like that.  I am a complete and total sugar addict, so I was really surprised how much my sugar cravings have diminished, even on the days that I don't go low carb.
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Re:Two-Day a Week Low Carb Plan - Tuesday, May 08, 2012 12:04 PM
Congratulations on your achievement, Suzy!
SuzyQ

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Re:Two-Day a Week Low Carb Plan - Tuesday, May 08, 2012 12:14 PM
Thanks so much!  Just relieved to find something that works for me.  I think when you get past 40 (I'm closer to 50) all the rules concerning diet, metabolism, etc. change.
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Re:Two-Day a Week Low Carb Plan - Tuesday, May 08, 2012 1:50 PM
Congrats Suzy-awesome that you find that right equation for you!  :)
 ~A moment of patience in a moment of anger saves you a hundred moments of regret.~
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Re:Two-Day a Week Low Carb Plan - Monday, May 14, 2012 4:05 PM
Congrats, Suzy!!!  I recently was reading about the 2 day a week low carb diet and thought it was something I might be able to do since I could never give up pasta or bread completely.

If it's not too much trouble, could you just briefly detail what you eat on the low carb days and then how many carbs you add on the other days.  I would just like to get a few ideas to get me started.  TIA
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Re:Two-Day a Week Low Carb Plan - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 11:42 AM
I believe the "official" number of carbs that you are supposed to consume on low carb days is around 50 grams.  I don't count carbs, so all I've really done on the low carb days is cut out bread, pasta, rice, cereal/oatmeal and any root/starchy vegetables like potatoes, carrots, beans, etc.  I'm not a purist, so I haven't really paid particular attention to things with sugar in them like salad dressings and other condiments or fruit (which would have a higher carb count) so I'm sure that I am over the 50 gram mark, but I know that I am consuming less carbs than I normally would. 

A typical "low carb/lower carb" day for me would include egg beaters with a soy sausage patty and usually a small amount of fresh fruit for breakfast, an apple with cashew butter and skim milk for a snack, a big salad with either tuna/deli meat with some low fat cheese and a hard boiled egg for lunch, greek yogurt with fruit and a few almonds mid-afternoon, and a protein shake for dinner.  No sweet treats on these days.  On the other days you are just supposed to eat as you normally would (assuming that you normally eat pretty healthy). 

My exercise plan has been on point for a long time, however I have really struggled to get my eating in line.  It's like I need a go-to plan for dinner, since I'm tired and hungry when I get in and I just want to know ahead of time what I'm supposed to eat, not trying to figure it out when I'm starving (a recipe for disaster).  Here is what I have been doing for the remainder of the week on my own:  "Meatless Mondays" (maybe a meatless frozen dinner for lunch and something with beans for dinner).  Tues & Thurs I do the protein shakes for dinner. "Wildcard Wednesdays" - whatever, just watch portion sizes.  Fish Fridays.  Weekends are free (but not a free-for-all!)

Hope this helps!
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Re:Two-Day a Week Low Carb Plan - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 3:35 PM
Yes, that was very helpful, Suzy.  Thank you so much for taking the time to share that with me.  I was kind of doing something similar last month and did lose a few lbs.  I just have to keep at it :-)
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Re:Two-Day a Week Low Carb Plan - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 5:12 PM
One thing I forgot to mention - I'm pretty sure that I am consuming lower calories overall on the low carb days.  I have heard that intermittently raising and lowering your caloric intake (which keeps the body guessing) prevents you from holding onto weight.  The theory is that your body doesn't go into "starvation mode" where it wants to hold onto every last calorie, thereby slowing metabolism.  I believe that Bob Harper is a proponent of this.

Best of luck in your quest!!
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Re:Two-Day a Week Low Carb Plan - Friday, May 18, 2012 3:14 PM
Thank you so much!  Does Bob have a book?  I think I'll go on amazon and check.  You've been so helpful.  I so appreciate it.
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Re:Two-Day a Week Low Carb Plan - Monday, May 21, 2012 8:40 AM
He does have a new book out (The Skinny Rules) but I have not read it.  I'm pretty sure I read the "calorie confusion" excerpt from it somewhere.  It does make sense.
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Re:Two-Day a Week Low Carb Plan - Saturday, May 26, 2012 4:46 PM
Hi Suzy,

I also read the study about the efficacy of cutting carbs 2/week and agree. Cutting carbs also affects your insulin level and keeps your cravings at bay. My sister, in her 50s lost 15lbs by simply cutting her bread, pasta, and carbs. I've been trying to cut my carbs, and substituting my cravings with better alternatives. 

And, I recently came up with a yogurt ice cream recipe for the summer, one that's high in protein, and perfect for diabetics or those trying to control their insulin level. I have this ice cream every night - it's my healthy non fat low sugar high protein treat. 

Here's the recipe http://www.allbarre.com/greek-yogurt-high-protein-ice-cream/ It's incredibly good, and it's good for you! It contains agave nectar and 23 grams of protein from the greek yogurt. Give it a try!
Check out my website at AllBarre.com for information about barre exercises.
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Re:Two-Day a Week Low Carb Plan - Thursday, June 14, 2012 10:28 AM
I just re-started Dukan on 6/4, so far have lost 4.5lbs.  However, last night I did have plain pasta with spices only.  This a.m., my pants do feel tighter around the waist.  Its funny you mentioned this theory by Bob Harper of alternating/tricking your body re caloric/carb intake.  I was just thinking this recently as my son has that kind of luck with it.  If you are supposed to trick your body with different types of workouts, then why wouldn't you address food the same way.  At least in a way that  coincides or compliments you workout goals.
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Re:Two-Day a Week Low Carb Plan - Thursday, July 05, 2012 11:36 AM
I suggest you read a fantastic book called The Glycemic Load Diet by Dr. Rob Thompson. The gist of it is that you cut out or severely decrease consumption of fast-release carbs: bread and flour products, rice, potatoes, pasta. The book is so well written, easy to understand, and it makes so much sense! Following this eating plan, I'm eating great and am NOT on a "diet." I've also switched from step aerobics and floor cardio to serious interval training ala The FIRM and Michelle Dozois's Cardio Peak workouts. I've gone from 138 lbs. to 121. It has been SO easy to eat right.
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