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Postby miss-_jay » Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:49 pm

Thats right- im a self confessed carb-o-holic!
I get home from work and eat amaybe 2-3 slices of vegemite toast, then a few more slices of bread and butter for dinner, plus any other carbs in between including sneaky handfuls of pizza shapes!
Just embarked on a serious challenge to loose seven kilograms in ten weeks-and thought the best place to start would be to cut out bread and sugar, and hopefully break my carb addiction!
Has anyone else tried this? I have before and FAILED dissmally-any tips?
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Re: carboholic

Postby Butterfly_Dawn » Sat Sep 06, 2008 6:35 pm

My tip would be not to cut it out completely all in one go. Going cold turkey can be a big challenge. Perhaps try changing the bread to a nice chunky loaf of say a wholemeal or grain sourdough. Better for you and less muck and you eat less of it (trust me). Also has more fibre and nutritional value.

If you do go cold turkey, be prepared for cravings and a BIG sugar crash in the first day or so. Who would believe carbohydrates could be so addictive? What's probably maintaining your simple carb eating is you get a big sugar hit when you eat it, but then your pancreas goes "woah, who hit me?!" and pumps out a heck of a lo of insulin. Then your blood sugr levels drop like a lead baloon and you feel grumpy and tired. Off you go to the cupboard for a pick me up, simple carbs look good when low on blood sugar. Up we go again. And then down.

(I'm pretty sure I have that right. Dr Mandie can correct me if not.)

But each time you do that cycle, you end up further down. And it's not really good for the ol pancreas (and no-one wants diabetes type II). The more wholegrain/wholemeal your bread, the more complex (low GI) carbohydrates are in there - better for blood sugar levels and your pancreas.
35kg lost. (November 2005 - October 2006)
15kg gained again (as at October 2010).
Back to the drawing board - Let's do this thing!

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Re: carboholic

Postby Rosie Peters » Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:05 pm

True, simple carbs like sugar and highly processed white flour are going to give you energy highs and lows and cravings.

Complex carbs as BD says are better and digested slower. (If your bread is the pulpy white stuff, it's doing very little for you energy or nutrition wise - try to wean yourself off it and onto multigrain, wheat or wholegrain stuff that fills you up and tastes rotten with vegemite!)

Make sure you eat a good breakfast within an hour of waking up - complex carbs, mainly unsaturated fats and lean protein. Have a fruit or protein-based snack within 3 hours of breakfast and a decent lunch, then another healthy snack mid afternoon and a small evening meal. Eating small(ish) regular meals throughout the day will keep you fuller longer and reduce your cravings. :)

You need to break the habit of getting home and eating vegemite toast, maybe by getting home, closing your eyes as you go past the kitchen and getting your walking shoes on. Leave the house and distract yourself with some exercise till the craving passes.
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Re: carboholic

Postby miss-_jay » Tue Sep 09, 2008 5:02 pm

did it again today...this time with chips-even worse! argh seomtimes i have a bad day like today and feel ill never get there :(
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