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8/13/12 5:32 A

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Welcome to the team! I don't worry about the fat number or the fat in foods. My test results are great. So if you have good test results don't worry about fat.



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8/7/12 7:17 A

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I absolutely do watch the fat....to make sure I'm getting 100g+ a day! It took me a while to get my head around it too, but now I'm even LOOKING for ways to add fat! I made a big pie the other day to have for my lunches for the week, and realised it didn't have nearly enough fat in it...so I went and poured in 150g heavy cream! Yum!

I'm so glad you've read Gary Taubes' book; it's been the eye opener for me. Looking forward to seeing you around here. Good luck emoticon

SIMPLEMAW Posts: 4,139
7/23/12 7:40 P

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As Woubbie said, it's important to pay attention to the fat - or you probably won't be getting enough! Same with calories. Especially when I first started, I wasn't eating enough. When people stall or plateau and want help, the most common advice (after making sure you aren't accidentally eating more carbs than you think, and/or the wrong carbs) is to increase the fat and the calories.

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7/23/12 3:49 P

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CD7204509 Posts: 1,954
7/23/12 3:05 P

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Welcome. My cholesterol and triglycerides improved when I started low-carb. It seems counter-intuitive, but it works. I've never been a fan of butter - do use it occasionally, but I do like olive & canola oil, and I get other fats from nuts & nut butters,and avocados.

Eating more protein and more fat keeps you satisfied longer, and helps to prevent cravings. So it can help you to eat less calories if you want to keep track of calories.

For some people, any carbs are trigger foods and/or can stall weight loss. Others do well on a healthy carb (whole grains) program like South Beach. You'll experiment and find what works for you.

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7/23/12 1:58 P

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Welcome,
I agree that for many people it helps to follow one program for a while (while reading up on others). Low-carb programs all differ and some work better for each person than another but all are much better than the typical American diet of 300 grams/carbs or more a day.
If you like a less structured approach and don't want to count carbs you can just skip all grains, legumes and tropical fruit and focus on meats, dairy, eggs, veggies, low-sugar fruit, nuts and seeds. You'll find many new, yummy foods you'll come to love.
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7/23/12 1:46 P

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LOL! Yes, we do pay attention - most of us learn that we're not eating ENOUGH fat! It's a steep learning curve, since it goes totally against the common wisdom (the same common wisdom that seems to have encouraged us to get fat!)

Gary Taubes' book is a real lifesaver and you'll find LOTS of fans here! I would strongly recommend that you do some additional reading as soon as you can and choose a formal low carb plan to start out with. Atkins, Protein Power, Primal Blueprint, South Beach, and more - they'll give you the structure to follow while you're detoxing from sugar and starch. A lot of folks here start out on one plan and then jump to another as they find what works for them.

So, hi and welcome and don't hesitate to post if you need some help or support!

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7/23/12 1:20 P

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Hi everyone!

I am returning to SparkPeople after a short hiatus. I was following a reduced-calorie diet (which worked for a while). Then, I ran into some "speed bumps" & stopped bothering. I'm not going to stay there, though. I have too much to live for to just ignore my health problems. I'm finding that a reduced calorie diet is just really difficult to stick to for me. I also recently read Gary Taubes' "Why we get fat & what to do about it". It was a great book & I'm encouraged to try the low-carb way. For now, I'm planning to track my food on SP & pay attention to carbs rather than calories. This is my first day & it is already difficult. I knew it would be, though. I'm pretty much addicted to refined carbs & sugar.

Quick question for those of you with experience. Do you pay attention to the grams of fat that you are consuming? It is really hard to tell myself that fat & cholesterol grams aren't the thing to pay attention to...

Thanks!

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