Low Carb Diet Thread

JermanatorJermanator Senior MemberPosts: 15,391 Senior Member
I have been talking about doing one of these for quite some time, so here it is. As most of you know, A) I love my food and beverages B) I am fat. I have always loved my food, but I didn't start out overweight. It was one of those 5 pounds a year things over 20+ years. And my job, it used to be where I was doing all kinds of physical work, now consists more of being chained to a computer. That said, and my genetic predisposition, I have Type II diabetes. I kept blowing off my doctor because I didn't feel like I had high sugar, but I finally broke down and bought a glucometer. That was a huge wakeup call!!! You can't lie to those things.

In an effort to keep my sugar in check, I have gone on a low carbohydrate diet. A pleasant side effect is that I have lost 35 pounds so far without starving to death and feeling hungry all the time. Between that, and mild exercise such as yard work or walking (even something silly like going to the grocery store) I have managed to keep my blood sugar in check.

In the beginning, it was meat and salads. Use a low carb dressing (ranch, Italian, and Bleu Cheese are all good) and it was pretty simple. That got boring and I started craving stuff like bread, potatoes, pasta, and sweets.

I am going to use this thread to post tips and recipes that I have discovered and I hope you share yours too.

Here are a few right off the bat....
I LOVE Reese's Peanut Butter Cups!!! They make some that are sugar free. They taste exactly like the regular ones. Through glucometer testing, I have found that eating too many will still spike my sugar, but a couple will satisfy my cravings and not do it. Werther's Original also come in sugar free. Hershey makes sugar free chocolate chips-- but again, only in moderation.

Vodka, gin, rum, whiskey and brandy are all carb free. Beer is fine in moderation. Wine? Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Merlot tend to be low carb. Something like Moscato is loaded with sugar....

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  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,391 Senior Member
    Low carb tortillas are my savior! Mission makes white and wheat-- they are both good. They taste like regular tortillas but are just a hair chewier. Sam's Club sells these ones made by Santa Fe Tortilla Co that are very good and are only 5 net carbs. I have used those tortillas for everything that I would otherwise use bread for-- mostly sandwiches.

    Pasta? I have tried and tried and have not found a whole grain pasta that will not spike my sugar. Spaghetti squash works very well. Another trick is shiritaki noodles. They are carb free. They can be chewy and rubbery, but I found that the Skinny Noodles angel hair style aren't a bad substitute for spaghetti....
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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,252 Senior Member
    Have you tried cauli rice for a rice substitute?
    Overkill is underrated.
  • Jeff in TXJeff in TX Senior Member Posts: 1,637 Senior Member
    I'm down almost 40 pounds since April. Saw a guy at the gym who lost a ton of weight. I asked him his secret. Go online and download the PDF version of Eat Fat to get Thin. It will help you lose weight, cholesterol and lower your sugar. It's changed my life and how I eat, minus the two weeks on vacation in France and Italy. Went a little over board. Or you can send me message with email and I'll send it to you.

    My routine is usually a protein shake in the morning or bacon and eggs. I eat nothing white, breads, rice, flour products or grains. Only proteins and as much green veggies as I want and little bit of fruit. I don't go hungry. My weight loss has been steady, I have another 15 to 20 to go. Hope to be there by the 1st of the year.
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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 7,140 Senior Member
    I've been seeing a nutritionist for about 1.5 years. At first to lower my BP and blood sugar! I've gone from a high of 260 to 208. My problem was poor eating habits for many years. I though just by not eating I could lose weight, not true. I would often go up to 18 hours between meals, my body would go into starvation mode and not lose weight. So now I have six, lean high protein meals every day including two protein shakes with almond milk. One drink after I swim and one right before bed so my fast between meals is shorter. BP and blood sugar are boringly normal. I also swim almost a mile every day. I've lost 10" around my middle and added 2" or more of muscle on my arms, legs, shoulders, etc.
    I've been using a few P28 high protein foods, https://www.p28foods.com/ , the bread is really good, 28 grams of protein in two slices. The rest of the stuff is so so, and pricey for what it is.
  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member Posts: 4,324 Senior Member
    BE CAREFUL WITH SUGAR FREE CANDY!!! Some use sorbitol or such which acts as a laxative and will gives you the runs.
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  • 104RFAST104RFAST Senior Member Posts: 1,271 Senior Member
    Back in August I was at 300 lbs, simply by not eating pasta,rice or bread,obviously no sweets, I'm down
    to 275 and for the most part eating normal size meals.The first month the weight just fell off,now,not so much, I'm still loosing weight but at a much slower rate. Go for it !!
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,391 Senior Member
    Have you tried cauli rice for a rice substitute?
    I have never cared for rice anyway. When we got Chinese food, I always got beef lo mein. Now I get some sort of beef/vegetable dish with the rice on the side and use the shiritaki noodles.

    Chili-- If your family is a chili with beans kind of people, just leave the beans on the side. Otherwise, go Texas style.

    Mashed potatoes? Use mashed winter squash, rutabaga, turnip, or cauliflower.

    McDonalds? Make a double-triple burger and get a side salad. I have found that I can tolerate what amounts to one hamburger/hotdog bun or a slice of bread without spiking my sugar. I get 3 McDoubles, chuck the buns for 2 of them and eat a 6 patty cheeseburger! Yes, I know it is McDonalds, but you do what you gotta do on the road away from home. 5 Guys-- get the double cheeseburger and have them use a lettuce wrap instead of a bun. Those are awesome!
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,252 Senior Member
    I take it you're avoiding beans? I use 'em in my salads. Love 'em, only have a few tablespoons of them with each salad, and they help me lose weight.

    I ask about rice because I love me some red beans and rice...
    Overkill is underrated.
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,391 Senior Member
    Baking? I have coconut and almond flour but I haven't really played with them yet. I have used Carbquik mix to make pumpkin bread and a pie crust. I have made pancakes with it too and all of it turned out great. It is expensive, but helps to keep me compliant so I am not complaining.

    https://www.amazon.com/Carbquik-Baking-Mix-lb-box/dp/B005YVU6FY
  • JKPJKP Senior Member Posts: 1,857 Senior Member
    I am down about 30 and almost at my goal. Been low carbing with probably too much Lite beer in the mix for about three months. It definitely works.

    Look up the recipe for using cauliflower as a pizza crust. Pretty good all things considered.
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,391 Senior Member
    I take it you're avoiding beans? I use 'em in my salads. Love 'em, only have a few tablespoons of them with each salad, and they help me lose weight.

    I ask about rice because I love me some red beans and rice...
    I can do beans in moderation but if I made a meal out of them, my sugar will go too high. I am not really sure what would work in a red beans and rice recipe. The cauliflower may be the solution for that.
  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member Posts: 4,324 Senior Member
    For rice try Shirataki's Miracle Rice ...
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  • AntonioAntonio Senior Member Posts: 2,369 Senior Member
    I loose 20+ pounds every pre-summer season; have to or otherwise I'll drown. One of my best friend's wife is a nutritionist who runs marathons with him, so have to be very serious about what they eat (Just returned from running in Berlin).

    According to her, alcohol is the devil, no matter what the number of calories they have, since you don't pour a single glass, drink it and that's it. She's OK if you HAVE to have a beer or two, but drinking is a no-no.

    She says everything packed and labeled fat-free isn't. If you need to eat a sweet, grab an apple or your similar fruit of choice; only one, bare and raw, with no "toppings".

    Salad dressings? some olive oil and a little vinegar or maybe lime juice, a tad of salt and that's it; anything else or coming from a bottle is fooling yourself. Fresh vegetables are your friends, but bacon, shrimps, ham and others that have pushed their way into modern salads as "extras" are not.

    Low carb diet? Try NO carb diet. She says that if you're craving for carbs, go ahead and have some, but try to cut the serving in half of what you'd consider as too little; same with sweets but only a single REASONABLE-sized serving.

    She's must be good if she's been able to tame his chocolate-loving not-so-moderate drinking husband into an amateur athlete, and slim me into my desired weight (180-ish lbs) summer after summers since the mid-'00s. Also makes emphasis in constant aerobic exercise, not to the point of turning it into a drag, but at least a daily, serious routine of real workout, like riding a bike, running, swimming, etc. (Not golfing, bowling or such).
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 7,140 Senior Member
    I forgot to say congrats, Germ!!
    I'm not a big egg eater, for breakfast I often have oatmeal. I also make oatmeal pancakes. Two cups of oatmeal in the food processer to grind it as fine as possible, add one cup whole wheat flour, two eggs, vanilla, cinnamon to taste, baking powder to make them rise, 1 cup apple sauce. Start with one cup warm water to activate the BP, let sit about 30 min. Add more water to desired consistency.
    I also make French toast from Ezikeal raison bread. http://www.foodforlife.com/
    Of course use sugar free syrup!
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,391 Senior Member
    You do have a good point with the beans-- maybe I am just eating too damn much of them at a sitting (I love beans!)

    More pasta-- This stuff is pretty good. They use chickpea flour to make their pasta. Not really low carb, but back to that bean thing-- it has half the carbs of pasta and a low glycemic index. They taste fairly close to regular noodles. The texture? Like regular noodles but a bit more mushy. I only use these to make macaroni and cheese...
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    I might try using them for a macaroni salad some time.
  • roadkingroadking Senior Member Posts: 3,056 Senior Member
    And I complain that I can't gain weight...sheesh!

    :jester:

    Best of luck to you.
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  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    Guys, I'm holding fast at 185.

    But I was on the way to 200. So far all I've had to do was cut out sweet drinks. I'll have one diet Mt. Dew in the morning for caffeine, then flavor packets on water the rest of the day. As a result I'm drinking a lot more because I can't just drink water.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,000 Senior Member
    Good luck with that.

    Coconut Flour is somewhat high in saturated fat.
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  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,391 Senior Member
    Buffco wrote: »
    Guys, I'm holding fast at 185.

    But I was on the way to 200. So far all I've had to do was cut out sweet drinks. I'll have one diet Mt. Dew in the morning for caffeine, then flavor packets on water the rest of the day. As a result I'm drinking a lot more because I can't just drink water.
    Back in the day when I was younger I worked in restaurants. Of course, I got to have all the free pop I wanted. By switching from Coke to Diet Coke I dropped 20 pounds without even trying. I wished that would work now. I gave up Diet Coke a few years back for a much healthier and cheaper unsweetened iced tea. For some of you guys like Buffy and a younger me, cutting the sweet drinks may be all you need to bring your weight back in line.

    Today's older Jerm? It took 20+ years to put the weight on and I do not expect to take it all off in a couple of months, but in another year or two I hope to get down to a very sexy 240 pounds. I peaked out at 365 back in January. Down to 330 now. The short term goal is to hit 300 pounds. That whole diabetes thing is a huge wakeup call. It is one thing being a fat ass, it is entirely another being a fat ass riding around in a scooter with a leg chopped off-- and that was where I was heading if I kept ignoring it. If I get down to 240, most likely the diabetes will be gone and stay gone. Even then though, I am betting the days of eating half a box of Oreos will still be over.
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Counting carbs/portions/content helped me go from 208 down to 180 and then when Mrs Chief got sick before passing and after I went down to 168 at one time. Now at 174 and want to get up to 180 or so.

    Been drinking an Equate Plus (like Boost) daily with 350 calories/13 grams protein/50 carbs/26 vitamins and have gained a few pounds back.

    So good luck Jerm and I hope you keep yer blood sugar under control and lose the weight you want to. Just gotta stick with it and then you get used to it and it gets easier as time passes.
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    And I reckon if you lose to your goals....................cpj will have to find another Sweet Soft Spot to use for a rifle rest :jester:
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,391 Senior Member
    I am all ass, so you will still have 240 pounds of it to work with if I reach my eventual goal.
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Reese's pieces in the orange bag, like M&Ms but filled with peanut butter only has 25 carbs per a 51 piece serving. But has 21 g sugar. Heck at 20-30 I'm tired of them already.
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Heck peanut butter alone ain't got many carbs what 6g per 2 tablespoons and low sugar 6 or so.
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,739 Senior Member
    Big Chief wrote: »
    Counting carbs/portions/content helped me go from 208 down to 180 and then when Mrs Chief got sick before passing and after I went down to 168 at one time. Now at 174 and want to get up to 180 or so.

    Been drinking an Equate Plus (like Boost) daily with 350 calories/13 grams protein/50 carbs/26 vitamins and have gained a few pounds back.

    So good luck Jerm and I hope you keep yer blood sugar under control and lose the weight you want to. Just gotta stick with it and then you get used to it and it gets easier as time passes.

    I did the low carb thing about ten years ago and was in pretty good shape but gained the 30lbs back within a year of stopping the diet.
    One of my low carb recipes that was pretty popular was fried chicken breaded with crushed up pork rinds with a little parmesan cheese mixed in. There's a little bit of fat in there but very few carbs.
    snake284 wrote: »
    For my point of view, cpj is a lot like me
    .
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 9,615 Senior Member
    I just broke into the 230's......... It's hard to get any exercise working 6:00am to 4:30pm (6:00-Noon on Saturdays), standing most of the time. I just want to get off of my feet when I get home. When I walk the dog, he is super slow. So no burning calories then.....

    I am down to one 7.5oz can of Dew at lunch time and one glass of Kool-aide at dinner..
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  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 8,828 Senior Member
    If you enjoy pasta, but don't like the carbs, look on your grocer's top shelf for Dreamfields Pasta. It only slightly more expensive, but the carbs are locked. It is designed for diabetics so its healthier and actually tastes good.
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  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 1,852 Senior Member
    Diver43 wrote: »
    If you enjoy pasta, but don't like the carbs, look on your grocer's top shelf for Dreamfields Pasta. It only slightly more expensive, but the carbs are locked. It is designed for diabetics so its healthier and actually tastes good.


    https://www.dietdoctor.com/fraud-settlement-for-low-carb-pasta-maker-8-million

    My father is diabetic so I googled Dreamfield's to see if I could find it locally. I found the link I posted above. Basically it is no different than regular pasta. They were sued and they settled for $8M.

    Diver, I'm sorry. I wasn't setting out to prove you wrong. I sure was hoping it was legit. My dad has problems controlling his blood sugar.
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,391 Senior Member
    Dill pickles and pickled okra have few or no carbs. Heinz has a sugar free ketchup that tastes just like regular ketchup. If you use Miracle Whip, switch to mayonnaise (mayo is carb free). Switch your sweet pickle relish to dill relish. Mustard has no carbs. Sauerkraut and sausage is about as low carb as you can get for a dinner entree. Nacho chips-- if I stick to the recommended 1oz serving size, I am good to go. Pork rinds are carb free. A serving of sweet corn doesn't seem to bother me either.

    How does everyone deal with the rest of the household? At my house, there is me, Mrs. Jerm and two teenagers. If we are having spaghetti, I heat up my substitute pasta for me. When I make a pot of vegetable beef soup, I used to add noodles. Now I use cabbage and nobody seems to miss the noodles. When we have bratwurst, hot dogs, burgers, or whatever I substitute the low carb tortillas for bread/buns. For a regular meat/starch/vegetable type of dinner (like a steak, baked potato, and spinach) I make it a point to eat a tossed salad and skip the potato.

    When they want to order pizza, I get a salad or eat leftovers.
  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,739 Senior Member
    When I was on the diet, I went to the Adkins website and downloaded a list of foods and the amount of carbs they contained. It was handy in thinking up and modifying recipes.
    snake284 wrote: »
    For my point of view, cpj is a lot like me
    .
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