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Big_Slim
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Need tips for quitting carbs
So I've been trying to enter the holy Buddhist state known as ketosis but every time I try my body starts bugging out after like a day and I end up eating a big chicken finger meal or some other nonsense. Wondering if any of you baws have any tips for getting over that hump and how to get past the initial cravings in a sustainable way. Grilled chicken is good but I'm a sucker for fries. I think most Americans are addicted to sugar and carbs and we just don't realize it, and I really want to get to a low bodyfat percentage


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any of you baws have any tips for getting over that hump


I think often people go from high sugar high fat high everything to no fat no sugar anything.

My advice is to go low carb and increase your fat intake. Fat, like processed carbs, makes food taste better. You're having a burger without a bun tonight? Put half an avocado on it and your body will feel more satisfied than without that extra fat.

Don't go whole hog immediately, go a meal at a time. For example, this week im going to cut out my oatmeal/morning toast and only eat bacon and eggs. Next week i'll try to start honing in on lunch.

It's not easy, especially when the holiday's come around or you have happy hour after work
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Mingo Was His NameO
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re: Need tips for quitting carbs
Two options:

1. If you have the will power just stop. It's going to suck for about a week, but you'll get over it pretty quickly. This is what I did, and six months later I can't even drink sweet tea or stomach pizza without my gut knotting up.

2. Ease into it. Cut out the carbs from one meal each week. This will be easier on your body, but imo, it's harder to stop completely of you don't give them up.

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I think most Americans are addicted to sugar and carbs and we just don't realize it


This is true.


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re: Need tips for quitting carbs
Damn 6 months? How do you feel now relative to before the change? What's your daily food intake like?


All very good tips by the way, I've basically cut out carbs at dinner and breakfast already but lunch is my weakness every damn time. It doesn't help Baton Rouge has very limited healthy options.


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It doesn't help Baton Rouge has very limited healthy options.


Either make it at home (meal prep), or order something to pickup early in the morning first thing. Then you aren't choosing something when you're hungry. You already put your salad order in at 9am so now you are just picking it up

Everyone struggles with it. Like the above poster said I get sick when i eat pizza, but i still do it once or twice a month and pay the price


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Need tips for quitting carbs
So I've been trying to enter the holy Buddhist state known as ketosis but every time I try my body starts bugging out after like a day and I end up eating a big chicken finger meal or some other nonsense. Wondering if any of you baws have any tips for getting over that hump and how to get past the initial cravings in a sustainable way. Grilled chicken is good but I'm a sucker for fries. I think most Americans are addicted to sugar and carbs and we just don't realize it, and I really want to get to a low bodyfat percentage
Agree with the guy who said to up your fat intake. Keep heavy cream on hand and take a few swigs from that sporadically per day - it's super satisfying and filling. Ditto butter - use it copiously.


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Damn 6 months? How do you feel now relative to before the change?


Let me preface by saying I don't necessarily do keto. I don't test for ketones in my pee and probably don't eat enough fat, but I pretty much avoid carbs. With that said, I have gone from 195 to 155 since March. I feel so much better. More energy, and a big thing I've noticed is much more limber.

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What's your daily food intake like?


I eat a lot of chicken thighs with the fat trimmed off. They are much more bearable than breasts. I season them with a variety of seasonings to avoid burnout. I'll marinate them sometimes in Korean bbq or another low carb sauce every so often. To go along with meat, green non starchy veggies. Asparagus, squash, broccoli, ect.

I'll have a cheat meal probably every 10 to 14 days. That could be pizza, Canes maybe, something of that nature, but as I said I feel like crap after so I don't want anything like that for a while.

All in all, I usually eat 1200-1500 calories a day, but again I weigh only about 155 lbs. That's eating until I'm full. Of course on those cheat days it may be more, but that's fine.

777 and HFP can give you more scientific stuff. I can only really tell you what I've done. Only shop on the outside of the grocery store and bring your lunch and you'll be good.


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I only suffered those cravings for a week or so, and those first two they were INTENSE. I wanted something sweet so bad every afternoon. I found these Blue Diamond brand almonds that had coconut flavor in them that somewhat satisfied the sweet craving. That and water helped. 8 months later I rarely if ever get a sweet craving and french fries make me feel awful now so they're not worth it.

Humans are absolutely addicted to sugar/carbs.

I've also tweaked a low carb, high fat/protein smoothie I make every morning for breakfast. I rarely get hungry for lunch after drinking it and usually just eat some cheese and almonds for lunch. Breakfast was the hardest meal for me to eliminate carbs.
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I've also tweaked a low carb, high fat/protein smoothie I make every morning for breakfast.


details?


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re: Need tips for quitting carbs
Keep your focus on the prize. I had to realize that I enjoy feeling great all day every day more than the short term joy of a delicious carb loaded meal.

I never thought I could ever do it, but after that first hell week, it got easier. After about 3 weeks, it was easy and hard to describe how the cravings just stopped, but they did. I'm 7 weeks in and feel better than I have in years.

When you want to snack early on, eat bacon, pork skins, macadamia nuts, cheese, and take potassium and magnesium supplements or pink sea salt, along with plenty of water.


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The Spleen
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re: Need tips for quitting carbs
Ice - small handful
Low Carb/high protein powder(I like Quest Vanilla Milkshake) - one scoop
Almond Milk(unsweetened vanilla) - don't measure, but probably about 1/2 cup?
Flax seeds(high in carbs, but it's all dietary fiber so no net carbs) - 2 big spoonfuls
Whole milk greek yogurt - 1 big spoonful
Almond butter or peanut butter - 1 moderate spoonful. Too much overpowers the flavor I've found.

Blend it all up


Small disclaimer that I don't follow a strict keto diet. The yogurt and nut butter both have a fair amount of carbs in them, so true ketoers will crap on it. But it works for me.


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re: Need tips for quitting carbs
You don't need to go low carb to get to a low bf% just to be clear. I personally do better on lower carb but it's not needed.

As far as quiting....well you just have to do it. Best thing to do is just lower carbs for a few weeks having one cheat meal on the weekends. Do this for 3-4 weeks while also cutting down on any preservatives and really focusing on quality food over quantity. After 4 weeks go full Keto getting about 60% of your calories from fat.

But best way to quit, and I hate to put it this away, is stop being a bitch about it


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Drink lots of water.


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re: Need tips for quitting carbs
Hardest carbs for me to quit would be beer


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re: Need tips for quitting carbs
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stop being a bitch about it


Classy


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re: Need tips for quitting carbs
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a big chicken finger meal


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but I'm a sucker for fries.



do you cook at all or just eat fast food?


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re: Need tips for quitting carbs
Biggest tip I can give you is that you have to realize this is a life habit change. With anything, you can't just jump right in and be successful. You have to work from the bottom. The bottom here is to just reduce the number of carbs. Later on do a cycle of no carbs to get into ketosis when you stall on losing weights. Don't be so strict that no matter what you do you will fall.

When I did keto and had the most success is when I did "keto." I didn't measure ketones, I just followed the guidelines to a keto diet. I didn't stress over having a little carbs because that would lead me to binging.
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re: Need tips for quitting carbs
I eat the same lunch everyday. Precooked chicken and broccoli. Some Italian dressing. Skip breakfast. I will snack on a banana or nuts mid afternoon. At night I eat meat and veggies. Nut butters for a snack.


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Haha it's not that I don't understand, it's not easy. We all have an inner fat kid in us and I have him big time, but in the end you just have to do it. I really don't understand how else to put it other than you have to just suck it up and man up.
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You are putting it bluntly.

In a nicer way, if you want to look and feel better you need to sacrifice a bit. Walk down the street today and look at people. Overweight, limping, hunched over, sick etc. it may or may not be you today, but anything you can do to prevent that you should try.

My dad lost his toe because he got addicted to orangina or whatever and developed diabetes without knowing. Sugar is the enemy


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