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Getting off

Discussion in 'Low Calorie Diets' started by Hareph, Jan 29, 2018.

  1. Hareph

    Hareph Type 2 · Member

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    I've googled but nothing has struck me so far. I thought I'd ask.

    After a "you're now diabetic" 76mmol/L HbA1c warning at an annual checkup I'm two weeks into 800cal;20g carbs a day with a vitamin and mineral supplement and it's fine so far. Once I get my BMI down from 30 to 23 I'm not sure how to get off the regime when my target BMI is reached.

    Do I increase calories to maintain that BMI but keep the carbs at 20g?

    Or do I just limit the calories and ignore the ingredients?

    I bought a blood glucose monitor this week and all the readings on waking are 5.x so I assume I'm going to bring the HbA1c reading into an acceptable range when I next get tested in March. If that's a result of the 20g carb restriction, must I keep to it indefinitely?
     
  2. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I use Atkins New Diet Revolution and find that my weightloss and blood glucose levels are not interdependent - I can eat more carbs and keep my BG levels normal after over a year from diagnosis, but I can't eat more carbs and keep my weight constant or reducing. Perhaps if you look at the four stages of the Atkins diet it will give you ideas to try out for maintaining weight.
     
  3. Hareph

    Hareph Type 2 · Member

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    Thank you Resurgam, I've now read the Wikipedia page for background.

    The Atkins website seems to want payment to unlock its support and I'm not sure I want a prescriptive diet at all. I'm an amateur, not a hobbyist. My impression is that once I'm stable I should get away from ketosis, but I definitely intend continuing my food log to monitor myself. What percentage of carbohydrate should I aim for at that stage? Or should it be a fixed carbohydrate weight a day regardless of calories?
     
  4. Hareph

    Hareph Type 2 · Member

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    I'm 4 weeks into this moderate ketosis plan. My nutrition report says my average over the period is 61g Protein, 29g Net Carbs and 44g Fat. My average weight was 86kg, and the target protein I've aimed for is 0.8g per kg which is 68g so I'm slightly under but not by a significant amount. Balancing protein while under ketosis is a matter of adding white fish daily until the required dose is reached.

    As far as I'm aware, only the net carbohydrate figure affects whether one's going to be in ketosis or not. I'm doing it on 30g a day, I don't know whether I could increase that carb allowance but I'm happy to stay at or under it.

    As far as getting off the weight-reduction diet goes, switching to a maintenance diet after reaching the target requires an activity-based bodyweight-based calorie intake with adequate vitamin and mineral support. It doesn't require ketosis, though some people do, but it does require the continued use of a food diary such as cronometer.

    I did this whimsical spreadsheet showing how many years it's been since I last weighed as little as each milestone. At the moment I'm on track but there's a long way to go.
     

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    bamba Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Sorry I did not see yuor question - the answer is, I'm afraid - it depends. There are so many factors, and so many variables that I just keep the carbs to what I know has my BG level under control, and add other foods depending on what my weight is doing. Routine seems to be the key to stability.
     
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