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    Anyone looked at the "carb lovers' diet" yet?

    Was poking around trying to find some new ideas for how to make dinners and saw this. Didn't actually get it. Skimmed it, it appeared to be a basic reduced calorie plus exercise diet that used a lot of complex carbs with low GI as an appetite suppressant. Not sure if it's worth a second look or not. Has anyone looked it over to see if it's any good?
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    Sounds kind of like what I've been doing. My wife and I have changed our diet to low GI foods at the beginning of July. We're both down about 20 lb from where we started.

    I know we've been eating plenty of carbs...we're just picky about the type of carbs we've been eating:

    Old Food : New Food
    Russet/Red Potatoes : New Potatoes
    White Rice : Brown/Basmati Rice
    'Regular' Pasta : Whole Wheat Pasta
    White/Whole Wheat Bread : Rye Bread
    Flour/Corn Tortillas : Low Carb (high fiber) tortillas
    Sugar : Splenda
    Breakfast Cereal : Steel-Cut Oats
    and so on...

    In addition to the above, I've been eating plenty of bacon, eggs, turkey, chicken, steak, pork, cheese, yogurt, and lots and lots of fruits, veggies, nuts, & seeds from the local farmers market.
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    Interesting timing on this thread. Earlier this week I talked to an RD / CDE about nutrition for exercise and weight loss. After explaining how much I ride and the problems I've had with energy levels on rides she recommended a 2,000 calorie diet with a MINIMUM of 50% (up to 60% for the max) calories from carbs (but low GI carbs as much as possible). That works out to 250 grams of carbs per day!

    We'll see how well this works, but last's nights group ride was certainly one of my better ones. I'm in no hurry to lose weight so even if takes me 5 months to lose 10 pounds I'm OK with that...anything more is gravy.

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    Chris, I have been eating that way for last 6 months. Lost over 20 pounds but it is super slow. I'm just now getting around to adding exercise though.

    Basically I don't know how much you lose but everyone (IMO) should be avoiding simple carbs like white potato, white rice, sugar, regular pasta, white bread, etc.

    I've grown to like the whole grains and the brown rice. I try to use stevia over splenda wherever I can.

    This is in contrast to '07 where I lost 75lbs in under 3 months without exercise and eating <20g of any carbs per day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pachydermatous1 View Post
    Chris, I have been eating that way for last 6 months. Lost over 20 pounds but it is super slow. I'm just now getting around to adding exercise though.

    Basically I don't know how much you lose but everyone (IMO) should be avoiding simple carbs like white potato, white rice, sugar, regular pasta, white bread, etc.

    I've grown to like the whole grains and the brown rice. I try to use stevia over splenda wherever I can.

    This is in contrast to '07 where I lost 75lbs in under 3 months without exercise and eating <20g of any carbs per day.
    I've only been eating this way for about 6 weeks. I lost 15lb in the first 2 weeks (1lb / day average). The other 5lb came off more slowly over the past 4 weeks.

    I've done the Atkins diet before, and lost 90lb in 90 days (seriously). Unfortunately, well-meaning friends told me how bad it was for me, and convinced me to stick to a government-approved 'food pyramid' diet. In 6 or 7 years, I gained all 90lb back, and put on an extra 20 or so. High carb is very bad for me, apparently. I'm probably eating around 100-140g of carbs a day on average. I'm not really counting carbs, calories, fat, etc. Just sticking to general Low-GI guidelines.

    Try reducing the grains and starches even more, and eat more veggies, nuts, and fruit (except melons & pineapple) in their place. This may make a bid difference. It couldn't hurt to at least try it for a week or two...
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