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Nd - 24 Hours Off - How Bad An Idea?

Discussion in 'Low Calorie Diets' started by rdw480, Jul 7, 2018.

  1. rdw480

    rdw480 Type 2 · Newbie

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    I'm currently just finishing week 3 and realistically will probably stay on the ND for 12 or 13 weeks. At the start I thought I'd do 8 weeks and then move to low carb, but realistically I'll need at least another month or so to hit a BMI of less than 25.

    My concern is that after week 8, I've got a night away that I cant avoid and will involve an evening meal, breakfast etc that will be outside the ND rules. I'll be able to make decent choices so I can eat reasonably sensible things and avoid alcohol, but even so 800cals will be impossible for a couple of days.

    Its an important occasion, so avoiding or not participating isnt an option.

    Question is, how big a problem is this going to cause for the diets effectiveness? (beyond needing to add a few days on the other end to make up for the extra calories)
     
  2. zand

    zand Type 2 · Expert

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    It could actually help with weight loss in that you might confuse your body into thinking the starvation is over. Who knows until you try it?! If it helps, I would do what you plan to do, just be as sensible as you reasonably can for a couple of days and then get back to it. Enjoy the couple of days off:)
     
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  3. Pipp

    Pipp Type 2 · Expert
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    A break after 8 weeks is no bad idea, @rdw480 . In fact, as @zand has mentioned, it could help to have a week or so break. It will help if you can avoid carb based foods, or at least introduce them slowly. Ideally, if you have been using meal replacement shakes, also reintroduce solid food gradually, starting first day with one meal of vegetables plus a protein serving; second day 2 meals with veg and protein; don't be afraid of adding fats. Remember to keep testing BG levels. If possible have eggs for breakfast, add bacon sausage etc if it is something you would normally eat. Having the break from ND is good training for you as to future eating regime after you have completed your ND calorie restrictio phase. Good luck, and enjoy the social event without feeling guilty or stressed.
     
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  4. Mbaker

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

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    If It were me I would still be smart, i.e participate with smaller portions, may be steal some exercise outside of the socialising - I'm a bit extreme however. You are obviously motivated as 8 weeks @ 800 cals is amazing.
     
  5. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    The evening meal I can understand but breakfast? You can presumably just have coffee or tea without having to eat anything? Or maybe not..
     
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    Scimama Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    There are generally lots of choice for low carb meat eaters, breakfast of bacon and eggs, just skip the toast, juice and cereals. If there isnt any option, stick to coffee and have a fast :)
    Dinner stick with meat, fish options skip the carbs and ask for side salad.
     
  7. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    The OP is following the Newcastle Diet so not low carb but very low calorie.
     
  8. Pipp

    Pipp Type 2 · Expert
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    OP sure is currently on ND, but considering a break after 8 weeks. Also, has expressed an interest in low carb. As it is important to have a follow on plan after the calorie restricted phase, then trying low carb in the interim is not such a bad idea. Also, transitioning from ND, the medics monitoring me advised very gradual introduction of carbs, testing BG as I did to make sure I knew my limit.
    In this instance, I believe the advice to @rdw480 to restrict carbs during break from ND is sound.
     
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  9. Scimama

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

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    :facepalm: ooops - my misunderstanding sorry OP
     
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  10. rdw480

    rdw480 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Thanks everyone for your advice. I'm currently staying low carb as well a following the ND calorie limits and hope to carry on after ND with low carb.
     
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