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Downunder on the Newcastle Diet- Results and Progress

Discussion in 'Low Calorie Diets' started by muzza3, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. muzza3

    muzza3 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Chook
    I started taking Metamucill capsules today which I have just looked at and contain 100% psyillium husk. It seems to be having an impact. I appreciate your thoughts and always like to get feedback. Hopefully can get thru the next two weeks and I am still deciding where to take my diet then
    Cheers
     
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    muzza3 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi EdMac

    I don't think you are imagining it. I certainly feel better (other than the constipation). I think the eyes for me are a good indicator that my blood is flowing and probably the first one I notice. I tested but didn't record so I was able to go thru the meter to check back. I think the fact that I started so overweight and was able to pick up on exercise (walking mainly) so quickly also made a difference plus my diet was HUGE in Carbs
     
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    Hi All,

    Just found this thread and seen @EdMac 's comments about wanting to feel full, and other people's comments about constipation.

    @Chook 's psyllium husks are the best option I have ever found, and they can kill both birds with one stone if you buy then as a loose powder.

    They have no calories (I think), and no flavour since they are indigestible fibre. You just tip a teasp or so into a cup of liquid, wait till they gloop up, and drink. Then drink another glass of water.

    They make the liquid go thick, to a milkshake texture, and can be added to diet shakes, hot drinks, soups and stews. And they definitely give that filled-up feeling.

    But start with only one teasp a day, and work up - if you need to. Otherwise the bathroom results can be a little full on.

    - oh, and there is one brand, Lepicol, that has probiotics added, which is another bonus, when on a reduced calorie diet.
     
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    muzza3 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    muzza3 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi All

    No FBG today as my Meter had a flat battery but a 5.0 at this evening which is not too shabby. You will be happy to know that the Dam has burst and the constipation eased. It had interrupted my exercise and concentration over the last few days which may explain a plateau in weight loss for a couple of days and I will be interested to see the impact over the rest of the week

    It is interesting that the shakes I use Optifast have their own recommended diet which is a duplicate of the Newcastle Diet (without food) even down to the steamed vegetables each night. They recommend the diet for twelve weeks and then have a 3 staged transition away from the diet and towards maintenance. I am looking at my options moving forward and have been getting some great feedback from members which I really welcome

    I am sure that the simplicity of the Shakes and Vegetables is easier for me as I am no cook and can do this without upsetting the rest of the household (particularly she who must be obeyed)
     
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    Chook Type 2 · Expert

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    If you are comfortable with it then possibly your best bet would be to come off the diet very slowly? First replace one shake with food and when you are comfortable with that then replace another. Or even carry on with the shakes and have a bigger evening meal? Just a thought.

    I can fully recommend a low carb way of life but I don't enjoy it with lots of fat so I do a medium fat version and on my days off work I also have fasting days when I skip breakfast and lunch and have a 500 to 600 calorie dinner. I know fasting isn't for everyone though.
     
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    muzza3 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I think it is a really great thought and one I can cope with quite easily. It makes a lot of sense to transition that way and monitor weight and BG to refine. The fasting could follow later when the shakes disappear. Thanks
     
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    muzza3 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    BFG 4.9 this morning.

    Coming to the end of week 7. and cracked thru a plateau with weightloss this morning (I actually record the weekly result each Sunday) but was very happy.

    Pretty much decided (following good advice from many on here) that following the diet I am going to remain on shakes Breakfast and Lunch but add on evening meals at 600cals (low Carb) for two weeks and monitor BG and Weight(Total 1000cal). Ill then respond to those results. If all is well will look at adding Breakfast in the following fortnight(1400 cals) and Lunch a fortnight after that taking me to 1800cals per day in six weeks, The idea will be to hold at 1800 cals. If weight loss stops or increases occur then I will introduce two fasting days per week (600cals) and see how that impacts.

    Oh! had two glasses of red wine this evening (no cheese biscuits chips or nuts) with visitors from Victoria and my wife at Old Parliament House in the old senators courtyard. Beautiful weather 29C seated on the lawns with great conversations. I'll see how the wine impacts
     
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    muzza3 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    BFG 5.4 this morning (must have been the red-wine) last night

    Week 7 Weigh in tomorrow

    Pretty boring day today not a lot of energy and being the weekend I have a lot more time to contemplate. I think one area I have not done much with on the diet is Meditation or Mindfulness. I have dabbled a few times but not very successfully but have read and heard that it is great for stress etc and can help with BG levels by reducing stress. I think I will have a go at this this week

    I am so bored with the Diet but 8 days to go and I will start to modify it as discussed in my last post
     
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    muzza3 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Happy Sunday All

    Just Completed week seven of the 8 week Newcastle Diet

    This weeks results
    Weight Loss 4.6lbs
    FBG Today 5.1
    Weekly BG range 4.2 - 6.9 (all tests not just fasting)
    This weeks average 5.2 (all tests not just fasting)
    BMI 31.4

    Overall Weight loss 32 lbs or 14.5kg
    BMI 36.4 - 31.4

    I am really happy to drop the 4.6 lb this week as it has been the hardest week on the diet for me. Constipation early in the week and a couple of days with no weight-loss saw me getting frustrated and BG a little up for the week. so some changes for this week
    • Adding Pysllium Fibre to my daily supplement to keep regular
    • Changing up my 30 minute walks to intervals of 3 minutes alternatively strolling/fast walk (Actually started this mid week following a post by @Bebo321)
    • Joined Head space and doing their daily mindfulness/meditation sessions (10 minutes a day and free)
    Looking forward this week to
    • cracking 200lbs (Not being a 200lb Gorilla any longer)
    • cracking 90kgs (being in the 80's is big to me)
    • cracking 14 stone (13 stone something sound so much better)
    • A BFG of 3.9 (wouldn't that be lovely)
    These sort of milestones along the way have really helped me keep on track.

    Thanks again for all the advice and support.
     
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    You have all done very well.

    Long term will be your real test.

    I am still doing no major carbs years on and I think learning to cook with nut flours is the key to my success.

    It "aint" that hard to learn and you do not have to go hungry ever again.
     
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    muzza3 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Forge
    You are right the next 6 months are crucial otherwise it just becomes a YO YO diet
     
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    muzza3 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    A lovely monday evening
    BFG Today 5.2

    Also got fitted properly for both a pair of Runners and a pair of work shoes. I was impressed they asked about diabetes and took a lot of time measuring my feet, watching me walk and fitting the shoes. I tried eight pairs. It cost me a bundle but they are the most comfortable shoes I have ever had.

    Hoping for a solid last week of the diet and excited about entering the next stage of my journey
     
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    muzza3 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Tuesday Night and alls well

    BFG Today 4.6

    Achieved quite a bit today and have noticed that I am starting to get around to things that I had been putting off. Could be due to the BG drops and weightloss at least I hope so.

    I know it is wrong but I have a deal with myself that if I crack 90kg I get to have a Sausage and Egg Sandwich and I am nearly there

    Maybe Thursday
     
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    Chook Type 2 · Expert

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    I'll keep my fingers crossed that you get to enjoy that sausage and egg sandwich very soon.
     
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    muzza3 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Wednesday Evening and only 4 days left on the ND
    BFG Today 4.7

    Cracked the 200lb mark this morning which was really satisfying but not enough to win the Sausage and Egg sandwich (breaking 90kg .5kg to go) maybe Friday

    She who must be obeyed is heading off to Cairns tomorrow to help our daughter select a wedding dress and finalise other wedding stuff. That means I'm free and easy so I can see myself having a free run of the kitchen and scoffing a few Optifast shakes when no-one is looking
     
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    Congrats Muzza! Hope you enjoyed that sandwich friend. :) Just a few more days of Optifast.
     
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    muzza3 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Borzoi

    Haven't got that sandwich yet .2kg to go. Its been a fantastic experience and will post final results on Sunday and do tHbA1c tests next week. I'm sure you can appreciate the follow on from ND has become critical and will probably need as much if not more attention than the ND
     
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    Well done to you both guys, great achievements. Really impressive results. Good luck with transitioning to a less restrictive diet and let us know how it goes.
     
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    muzza3 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi EdMac
    Congratulations on the -6
    I have been having one of those plateaus this week so I may crack it for the Sausage Butty (Runny) tomorrow morning. Pretty much same options as you guys tomato sauce, HP or BBQ Sauce.
    I agree I have been tossing up on delaying the test for four weeks and I think I might be good advice. I have had a great run with the readings but that also happened when I was first diagnosed and I took it very seriously
    Thanks for your support. And the next couple of months are going to be just as important as the last.
     
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