ss_blog_claim=ded1032afe4804d8c786343d92d4da42 Low Carb Weigh Of Life: July 2007

Monday, July 30, 2007

25 Pounds Lost...

It's official, it's been exactly 1 month and 3 days since I have been on the diet with no cheats and I have now lost exactly 25 pounds. I just truly can't believe how easy it has been. I still feel like I can go out with my friends and enjoy dinner and a couple of lite beers, and not feel like I cheated. I took a picture at work today and because I am wearing an all black suit you can't really see a big difference, but I will try to take another one tomorrow. My pants are definitely looser, I had to go to Wal-green's last night and left without putting my belt on so I was constantly hitching up my pants the entire time that I was in the store. It was totally annoying, but so worth it.

I will update with new progress pics tomorrow.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Today I started Kimkins Boot Camp

Today, I started Boot Camp and my goal is to lose 10 pounds between today and August 5th. I really think I can do it, so I'm going to give it all I've got. The hardest thing for me will be the required 30 minutes of exercise, but I will definitely try my best to accomplish this even if I have to break into down into 2 to 3 short exercise sessions. Wish me luck!

Here's a neat little article that I found on Yahoo News about another benefit of a low carb diet

By Kathleen Doheny
HealthDay Reporter Fri Jul 20, 11:45 PM ET

FRIDAY, July 20 (HealthDay News) -- A low-carbohydrate diet helps people with a condition called metabolic syndrome, a collection of serious risk factors found in some obese individuals.

Now, a new study confirms the diet is effective against the syndrome, and the researchers think they've discovered how it works.

Eating a low-carb diet improves the hormonal signaling involved in obesity and improves the sense of fullness, allowing weight loss, according to study leader Matthew R. Hayes, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

"There is this strong interest in the field in carb-restricted diets in the treatment of obesity," said Hayes, who conducted the research while a doctoral student at Pennsylvania State University. "That [interest] comes from a number of controlled clinical trials that demonstrate overweight or obese people, maintained on low-carb diets, are successful if they adhere to the diet."

"It's definitely a hot debate in the field," Hayes added, whether the diets work. "We wanted to look at not only if it worked but how."

People with metabolic syndrome struggle with excessive abdominal fat; low levels of HDL -- good -- cholesterol; and insulin resistance or glucose intolerance, in which the body doesn't properly use insulin or blood sugar. Metabolic syndrome raises the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems, according to the American Heart Association.

Hayes and his colleagues studied 20 men and women with metabolic syndrome, instructing them to follow a low-carb diet similar to the popular South Beach Diet. For phase one, which lasted two weeks, the study participants were told to get 10 percent of their calories from carbohydrates. For phase 2, which lasted the remaining 10 weeks of the study, they were told to eat up to 27 percent carbs.

"The subjects did lose weight, and they lost total body fat. Their weight was a little over 200 pounds when the study started. By the end of the study, the subjects weighed about 193, 194. They lost close to 10 pounds during the three-month study."

And, Hayes said, "By the end of the study, about 50 percent no longer had metabolic syndrome."

The study participants didn't follow the diets strictly, he found. "Phase one intake was 25 percent [carbohydrates], on average," he said, rather than the 10 percent recommended. "Phase two carb intake was 35 percent," he said, although 27 percent was recommended. But it was a reduction from the participants' pre-study diet, which included 47 percent of calories from carbohydrates, he said.

To find out why the weight declined, Hayes' team did hormone assays, measuring fasting and post-meal blood levels of hormones associated with appetite and food intake, such as insulin, leptin and cholecystokinin (CCK).

"We found some changes in hormone levels," he said. "We saw a decrease in insulin, a decrease in leptin levels by the end of phase one. It was fast."

"By the end of phase 2, the insulin levels had crept up toward baseline; the leptin levels also rose, but it did not come back to the levels at baseline," Hayes said.

"These alternations in hormone levels acting together help reduce the amount of food consumed," he said. "There's a synergy. Based on the literature already out there, we are speculating that this synergy of hormones may be the mechanism explaining why people are satisfied with less food and [the low-carb diet] results in weight loss."

However, Hayes emphasized that the study, published in the August issue of The Journal of Nutrition, was small and preliminary, and more research is needed.

Connie Diekman, director of university nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis and president of the American Dietetic Association, also urged caution when interpreting the study findings. "The study is small in size, and the population is not extremely diverse," she said, although she thinks the study design was good.

"The study was focused on metabolic syndrome, so the outcomes may not be transferable to people who are overweight but do not have the syndrome, since the cause of the syndrome is still not clear," Diekman said.

More information

To learn more about metabolic syndrome, visit the American Heart Association.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Missing: 20 Pounds and 1 Dress Size YEAH!

I finally broke through to my 20 pound mini goal and in the process went down one whole dress size. All of my friends and co-workers are commenting every day on the changes. It's truly a great feeling. I wanted to share my favorite recipe with you. I have made the egg muffins several times since starting the diet and they are truly a great item for snacking. The ones I made yesterday had a little bit of bacon in them. Yummy.

Egg Muffin
Description: These keep well in the fridge, and are great on the go. Anything you add will increase calories/carbs/fats, depending on what you add.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350. Scramble 12 eggs in a large bowl. Add salt & pepper to taste. Pour into a greased muffin cup, filling about 3/4 full. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Makes 18 muffins.
Notes: 75 calories, 1 carb, 4 gm Protein, 116 mg Sodium, and 135 mg Cholesterol per serving. High in Vitamin A, and B Complex


Sunday, July 15, 2007

3 weeks down and 17 pounds lost

My weight loss is going really good. I hit a bit of a stall this week, due in part to what Kimkins members refer to as the need for a big whoosh. It seems that the fat has to have time to break down before it can be removed. Well, this morning the scale finally moved again and I couldn't be happier. With 17 pounds gone, I feel better and my clothes fit looser.

Last week, I decided that I was going to try to get active and start walking at least 4 times a week. I went out and bought some new Nike Shox tennis shoes, they are very expensive but obviously worth the price. I have always been a Nike girl, so when I went to the store I had my Nike Air on and I tried the two shoes side by side. There is a huge difference, and the Nike Shox actually made me feel like I have a bounce in my step.

I have really been experimenting with some of the recipes in Recipe Box, and found that some of the things are so easy to do and taste delicious. I love the Egg Muffins.

Well, I will update later in the week. I will probably be taking some new pics this week, so I can't wait to see the results.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Kimkins is the Hottest New Celebrity Diet!

Kimkins has become extremely popular among celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Beyonce, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.

Its fast weight loss is the perfect solution for anyone needing to lose weight in a hurry and without having to exercise.

Very low carb diets such as Kimkins have natural appetite suppression if followed properly and can be extremely effective as a quick weight loss solution.

Summer's almost here! Graduation, weddings, beach picnics! Kimkins is less fat than Atkins and less carbs than South Beach -- a huge plus for really fast loss!

Commit to the Kimkins diet for three months and see what it can do for you. You've nothing to lose but weight!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Day Nine of My Weight Loss Journey

I have been using FitDay to log in all of my food and activity since I started, and I wanted to post a link to my journal so that you can see the types of food and calorie counts that I eating.

I started on K/E today, which is a much lower carb than Kimkins. I wanted to try to speed up my weight loss even though I am still losing at least a pound a day on Kimkins.

One of the things that I found out today was that there are these great Sugar Free Popsicles that have only 4 carbs. If you really start craving something sweet, you can eat one of them and they kill the craving.