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LOW CARB SUCCESS STORIES

Discussion in 'Low-carb Diet Forum' started by fergus, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. kittypoker

    kittypoker Friend · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the link. This, in conjunction with http://www.zoeharcombe.com/the-knowledge/we-have-got-cholesterol-completely-wrong/ convinces me that, as a woman in the mid-60's, high cholesterol is a benevolent state for staying in a reasonable physical condition and reducing the possibility of dementia and other chronic diseases of 'old age'. No guarantees, of course, as other forces can come into play, but we do what we can considering our very different body chemistries.

    Back to the point, I started LCHF in May last year, max of 20g carbs, lost 5 stone by mid-December then decided to dial back a bit to see if I could maintain it. Never done that before, in 40 years of HCLF. It worked. I'm fine with 80g, even 100g of carbs as long as sugar and refined carbs are kept way down. TBH, I'd lost my taste for them anyway so it wasn't exactly a hardship. :D

    I'm going to have a go at losing the last 1.5 stone after Easter by going keto again, with the help of my newly-acquired dog. He needs exercise, not a lot as he's a rescue ex-racing Greyhound, but my exercise has quadrupled or more since adopting my lovely boy.
     
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  2. PNJB

    PNJB Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I struggled at the start of my LCHF regimen, but was fortunate to get in contact with Bluetit1802, who guided my daily targets with massive results, including low cholesterol 3.6 and Bh1Ac down from 55 to 42 and a 45 lb weight loss. May I suggest you drop her a private message, and see if she can hone your regimen to garner further results? I found her to be very approachable and very amenable.
     
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  3. Ann1982

    Ann1982 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you I will give that a go when time permits.
     
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    PNJB Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    No time like the present! (That's my quota of positive motivation for the day) :)
     
  5. geefull

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

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    Having read the most recent success story posts here and remembering how the posts on this thread inspired me to try low carb healthy fat I felt I should do an update of my progress so far.

    It's still a work in progress but both I and the diabetic nurse are happy at the moment.

    9 month diabetic nurse appt. was on 7th March 2017
    weight 104.3Kg
    HbA1c result 29 (blood taken 23/02/17)
    next appt to be booked for bloods etc. end August
    and nurse visit early Sept.

    My diabetic nurse says my T2 is considered 'resolved' (I pointed out that I'd prefer it should be considered as 'in remission' or 'currently under control' - apparently practice manager has designated my T2 'resolved' because I have had two good range HbA1c's in a row).
    I've requested that she check whether I will still be called for annual eye checks, I wouldn't want to miss those.

    I'm still pretty careful about what I eat because I still have more weight to lose.

    My motivation for posting today is that I have, for the first time in my last 25 years, gone under 100Kg. in weight. I thank all of you here for your friendly help, support and inspiration, I couldn't have got this far without the very supportive Mr G, diabetes.co.uk and all of you :joyful:
     
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  6. PNJB

    PNJB Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    So pleased with your positive inspiration to both established and newly diagnosed diabetics. Well done!
     
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  7. kittypoker

    kittypoker Friend · Well-Known Member

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    You've done absolutely brilliantly, an inspiring post. Very, very well done!

    Topping 100kg was a serious wake-up call for me - I was too heavy to safely sit in the garden chairs we'd just bought and weighed 20kg more than Mr K, who was seriously worried about my health. I'd probably been around 115kg for over 5 years before facing the scales.

    Low carbing works, thank everything, and is sustainable. Carry on, my dear. You're doing so very well. :)
     
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  8. jackthelad69

    jackthelad69 Type 2 · Member

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    I have been a T2 diabetic for 20+ years and have also been a yo-yo dieter,taking weight off and putting it back on again,on a low fat diet.I decided to try LCHF 4 months ago and I have became an avid believer that it really works.

    January 2017 - HBA1C 57 Weight 102 kgs Total Cholesterol 3.1 HDL 1.2 ( On a statin) BP 120/70
    April 2017 - HBA1C 42 Weight 87 kgs Total Cholesterol 6.2 HDL 1.6 (Without statin) BP 114/60
    I am delighted,as is my DN,whom I discovered also has a Low Carb diet!!
    This is the best thing that I have ever done for my diabetes and I intend it to be a permanent lifestyle change. Thanks to diabetes.co.uk and the members for the inspiration and encouragement
     
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  9. PNJB

    PNJB Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I applaud your success, and totally support the sentiments you have expressed. Your positivity matches my own that the LCHF diet is a life changer and cannot be identified enough to all willing to give it a try. Superbly well done JTL! We salute you!
     
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    jonbvn Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    What an inspirational story. Thank you for sharing. When I recently went below 100 kg for the first time in 20 years it too felt like an important milestone. Well done you!
     
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  11. Prem51

    Prem51 Type 2 · Expert

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    Great reductions in HbA1c and weight in only 16 weeks @jackthelad69, Well done! Keep up the good work and you should be in the non-diabetic range at your next hbA1c test. :)
     
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  12. TooManyCrisps

    TooManyCrisps Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I was diagnosed at the start of 2016 with an HBA1C of 97. I discussed options with my GP, including metformin, but felt that i really wanted to try to resol e this myself if possible. It semed stupid to start on medication before trying diet, exercise etc.

    I joined this forum and read up about LCHF. In January 2016 i started eating low carb. I live with a husbsnd and two teenage sons and so i just eat what they eat minus the carbs. I work full time so fitting in exercise during the day is a challenge, but i started to go to the gym every night, previously i only went a couple of times a week.

    I've now lost 2 stone and my BMI is 23. I did lose a little more but I've put a few pounds on so need to be careful about the fat content of meals and portion size for a bit. Ideally id like my BMI to be 21.

    My latest HBA1C test was 37.

    I know everyone is different, but I am so glad I tried LCHF eating rather than taking medication.

    The one thing that was so important in this was buying a meter, taking readings begore and after every meal, and writing down exactly what i ate. That way i could work out what spiked me and what didn't. I can't imagine being able to get the same control without close monitoring.
     
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    Oldvatr Type 2 · Expert

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    Well done with your success. i have one Q to ask - How much is your family involved in your task?

    I note you are working your planning around your family i,e, same meal but not taking the carbs, I started like that and hit the usual Eatwell / LF buffers and arguments with family members, But I decided to involve them fully in my planning, and introduced them to an LC Xmas fare. They are not carb restricted, but they have to add the carbs to what is now my living style,So the core of every meal or snack is LC based, and then their pots are added if needed. Quite quickly they all found things like LC Pizza and LC lasagne to be preferred to the carb counterparts, and now they join in with meal planning with their own suggestions for LC fare, They have seen what it did to my waistline, and my bgl, so now there is no longer the LF arguments.
    My wife still buys her cream cakes and donuts, but even so she has silently lost more than a stone without trying. I find we can have carby treats in the larder, and coz I feel sated on LCHF I can resist the crisps now, For me the turning point came when I shared my test results with them and shared a couple of LCHF videos.

    So now its my snacks and LC goodies, my special bread, my sweetpots, my cream that goes missing from the larder, and their crisps and biscuits have a much longer 'shelf life' now, The others in the house have completely switched to sweetners, wholemeal flour, cauli, whole fat milk, and olive and coconut oil. Bye Bye Eatwell.

    So you may find you may be able to shift the emphasis from meals being Their meals to them becoming Your meals, and the carbies in you family may actually find they prefer the new lifestyle. Mine have been converted for nearly 2 years now.
     
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    jackthelad69 Type 2 · Member

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    Thanks PNJB. Onwards and upwards!! Or onwards and downwards in my case.Lol.
     
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    MsMelis Type 2 · Member

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    I am over the moon at the moment! I found this site and all the information about low carb dieting after a very poor HbA1c testing in January. It was up to 70.5 and my GP put me on yet another drug, Forxiga, and began talking about insulin therapy. However, I didn't add it to my existing drug plan of Metformin and Januvia. Instead I decided to try low carb and upping my exercise. I completed the 10 week low carb course and read David Gavan's book and followed the recommendations. I bought a pedometer and hit 10,000 steps a day. Had another HbA1c test last Wednesday and the doctor emailed the results to me today. My HbA1c is down to 42.1, just a hair above normal for non diabetics. I could see it down in the meter readings but still that's a lot. My GP called it "near miraculous". It really worked.
     
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    Prem51 Type 2 · Expert

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  17. Art Of Flowers

    Art Of Flowers I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have lost about 10Kg since diagnosis with type 2 last October. I now weigh less than I did back in 1996. I started to cut out food containing sugar such as breakfast cereals and then in December I saw a video by Sarah Hallberg which inspired me to look at the LCHF diet. Sarah's video explained that carbohydrates raise blood glucose and excess glucose is stored as fat. Eating low carb allows the body to burn off fat in a process called ketosis. As you lower your intake of carbs you need to compensate by eating more fat in your diet as an alternate fuel which does not spike blood sugars.

    In the past I have tried to diet, but always put the weigh back on. With LCHF losing weight has been effortless and have not put it back on again. I found intermittent fasting also helps lose weight and lower blood sugar.

    I cut out bread from the start, eating salad for lunch instead. I swapped breakfast cereal first for ready brek, then porridge and finally to a cheese omelette as I found porridge raised my blood sugars to over 10. I stopped eating chips and phased out eating baked potatoes. My consumption of rice was reduced and now I eat cauliflower rice instead. Instead of pasta I now eat spiralized courgette. I have reduced the amount of fruit I eat and now only eat strawberries and cream. I used to drink orange juice, but stopped that as it has a lot of sugar. I now eat a lot more avacodos and nuts (walnuts are a good source of omega 3).

    My fasting blood sugars have come down from 13 at diagnosis to about 5.5 now and my HbA1C has dropped from 99 to 44. I have reduced Metformin from two to one 500 Mg pill a day. I intend to stop Metformin once my HbA1C gets below 42 into the non-diabetic range. When I was taking two Metformin the lowest glucose reading I has was 6.2 and I was concerned that going to one a day may raise blood sugar, but I have cut out more carbs since then and the glucose reading now are lower, typically in the 5s.
     
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  18. MsMelis

    MsMelis Type 2 · Member

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    Thank you! I can see from your signature line you've also been on a successful journey.
     
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  19. TooManyCrisps

    TooManyCrisps Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations. You must feel very pleased
     
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  20. TooManyCrisps

    TooManyCrisps Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I hadn't thought of that approach! I'm. Not sure it would work in our family in that my husband is very thin, runs a lot and needs a lot of carbs, as does our 18 year old son who is extremely sporty. So they have a lot of pasta-based meals and jacket potatoes etc which they love. I guess I would feel guilty about making them switch to low carb when they don't need to, and in fact I think they would struggle hugely with a lack of carbs.

    Luckily, I don't have a sweet tooth so it's ok that they have biscuits etc in the cupboards. Our son does have a thing for crumpets with peanut butter and the smell is do heavenly that I am.tempted by those - but luckily I resist! It sounds as though you have got your family better trained.
     
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