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Post: #1 Growling Stomach to Ignore or Not to Ignore , 06-27-2009 06:37 PM


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My stomach is growling. I have not eaten in 6.5 hours. Do I go get some lowcarb
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Post: #2 RE: Growling Stomach to Ignore or Not to Ignore , 06-27-2009 06:47 PM


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GREAT QUESTIONS, DoubleD and I'll share from my experience. Hunger was the #1 reason why so many diets failed me, especially the high-carb, low-fat ones that I was told were the ONLY "healthy" options to me. Not until I started livin' la vida low-carb did I find a satisfaction with the way I was eating because I almost NEVER get hungry. Why? Because I'm eating plenty of fat to fuel my body, providing adequate protein for my body to use without turning into excess glucose I don't need, and consuming very few carbohydrates.

If you are hungry, then you need to eat at least a little something like nuts or cheese to keep you satiated until your family gets home. Fighting through hunger pangs is not virtuous, so don't feel like you are doing yourself a favor by ignoring them. They happen for a reason and you should respond accordingly with appropriate foods. Otherwise, when you finally do eat, you'll likely binge by eating more than you should or something you probably don't need.

There is nothing "dangerous" about eating when you need to eat and a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb approach will keep your insulin levels from making you feel hungry so often. Hope this helps!

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Post: #3 RE: Growling Stomach to Ignore or Not to Ignore , 06-27-2009 07:49 PM


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Awesome advice Jimmy! Thank you so much for responding and for having such an incredible website in general. I really appreciate your posting of your own meals and even including pictures. That is so helpful. Also, I took your recommendation and ate some cheese which actually was perfect portion and delicious. Scared of nuts right now in day 6 of induction but hopefully soon! I need the troops to wake up and eat dinner with me before I give up and eat alone!
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Post: #4 RE: Growling Stomach to Ignore or Not to Ignore , 06-28-2009 04:48 PM


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Let us know if you have any more questions...always happy to help! Smile

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Post: #5 RE: Growling Stomach to Ignore or Not to Ignore , 06-29-2009 06:04 PM


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I just want to second the advice Jimmy already gave you. When I'm hungry and dinner is still at least an hour away, I usually grab a few nuts or a string cheese and have a little low-carb snack. I used to eat half an Atkins bar, but I don't really eat those any more (trying to stick with natural foods). Anything to stabilize my blood sugar and keep me from bingeing.
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Post: #6 RE: Growling Stomach to Ignore or Not to Ignore , 06-29-2009 06:08 PM


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(06-29-2009 06:04 PM)delmoki Wrote:  I just want to second the advice Jimmy already gave you. When I'm hungry and dinner is still at least an hour away, I usually grab a few nuts or a string cheese and have a little low-carb snack. I used to eat half an Atkins bar, but I don't really eat those any more (trying to stick with natural foods). Anything to stabilize my blood sugar and keep me from bingeing.

I think stabilizing blood sugar is key for me. I need to remember that when I start worrying that another piece of cheese will equal a pound gained that it's better than fainting-LOL-which I am prone to do (since elementary school). I can't stand that feeling of your legs being too weak to hold up your body. I need to stop trying to get to my goal weight by the end of Induction and start eating more regularly. Thanks!
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Post: #7 RE: Growling Stomach to Ignore or Not to Ignore , 06-30-2009 03:18 PM


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My stomach is growling. I have not eaten in 6.5 hours. Do I go get some lowcarb
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Post: #8 RE: Growling Stomach to Ignore or Not to Ignore , 06-30-2009 05:13 PM


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I think one of my issues is that I am not meaning to fast for that long, in fact, I hadn't even realized that I was fasting. I just don't have the cravings for the zillion carby things I would eat constantly during the days before LC, so I go too long without anything, and then I realize, owwww!, my sides feel like they are being twisted and pinched. And I know they are hunger pangs but I tried to tell myself yesterday they were pains of my stomach shrinking-LOL!-good pains! In processing what I have been writing about here, and the responses I have gotten, it is obvious to me now that I need a better eating "plan"-with times to adhere to-and I need to incorporate some supplements and some light exercise into this plan. It's really not cravings I'm ignoring that are making me such a growly gus, it is just this utter lack of energy to move even to get a piece of cheese-LOL!
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Post: #9 RE: Growling Stomach to Ignore or Not to Ignore , 06-30-2009 05:59 PM


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Hmmm... I wonder if you have a meter and check your blood sugar levels. The fainting almost sounds like it could be hypoglycemia. Have you been tested?
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Post: #10 RE: Growling Stomach to Ignore or Not to Ignore , 06-30-2009 06:13 PM


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Hey Denise! No, I don't have a meter and have not been tested to my knowledge but I do wonder about this condition. Meaning when I go into my Endocrinologist I know they take a lot of blood, but he has only ever mentioned my thyroid levels when he calls with results. I do know that my half-brother had a hypoglycemic issue and my father and stepmother said once he got it under control, he was a different kid. I am curious myself. Do you know off hand what would it mean in regards to my LC eating? Just eat more regularly?
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Post: #11 RE: Growling Stomach to Ignore or Not to Ignore , 06-30-2009 06:30 PM


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I really don't know that much about hypoglycemia, just that blood sugar drops too low in some people. I have heard that a higher protein diet can help, also smaller, more frequent meals. I know there are others here who know a lot more about it than I do, and there is a thread here about Reactive Hypoglycemia which is very interesting.
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Post: #12 RE: Growling Stomach to Ignore or Not to Ignore , 06-30-2009 06:59 PM


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I will do a search for that thread. Thanks!
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Post: #13 RE: Growling Stomach to Ignore or Not to Ignore , 07-01-2009 11:45 AM


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6.5 hours is a long time to go in my opinion. I would try to mix in a light snack like Jimmy mentioned of nuts, cheese, etc. so you don't find yourself with a rumbly tumbly as Winnie the Pooh would say.

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Post: #14 RE: Growling Stomach to Ignore or Not to Ignore , 07-01-2009 01:13 PM


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One of Dr. Atkins hard and fast rules was to NEVER go more than 6 waking hours without eating.

On LC, I can and frequently do. But at the risk of eating everything in sight if I do cross that line of being too hungry - which at 6 hours, could be anywhere down the road and I don't know I'm hitting the wall until it's too late sometimes. To be safe, I would definately recommend sticking to his 6 hour rule.
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Post: #15 RE: Growling Stomach to Ignore or Not to Ignore , 07-01-2009 02:14 PM


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I come into work at 6am, so my lunch is at 10am. I get home around 4 and dinner usually ready at 5pm. So I'm sort of stuck waiting around 7 hours between lunch and dinner. This puts a serious damper on my ability to make proper choices when get home, or on my way home. I find myself over-eating nuts or still being hungry after dinner. If you can find a way to get a good snack, I'd definitely consider it.

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Post: #16 RE: Growling Stomach to Ignore or Not to Ignore , 07-01-2009 02:50 PM


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Everybody is different. I just have not been able to make snacks work. Those bars and shakes just make me hungrier, and cheese and nuts have the same effect. By the time I've eaten enough of a snack that I'm satisfied, it's turned into a meal. I've also found that I'm more comfortable just being a little hungry and waiting until my next meal than trying to snack. I know what Atkins says, but a lot of the time either I'm not hungry enough to eat after only 6 hours, or I don't have the opportunity--my work schedule isn't that accommodating. Before I went Very Low Carb I was a lot hungrier--now I have no trouble going 14-16 hours between meals, and it makes my weight loss work. After reading the Intermittent Fasting threads I understood that it's ok to not eat every 2 or 3 or 4 or whatever hours. You have to find what works for you.

That being said, bacon is a great snack.
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Post: #17 RE: Growling Stomach to Ignore or Not to Ignore , 07-01-2009 02:55 PM


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LOL - I find if I eat more than 2 or 3 slices of bacon in a day, I won't lose any weight. I assume it's the calorie count, but not sure.
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Post: #18 RE: Growling Stomach to Ignore or Not to Ignore , 07-01-2009 02:58 PM


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On the other hand, bacon as a snack is probably a great choice. Anything high fat helps hold you over longer. Atkins recommended cream cheese - I find it works well for me as a snack that's satisfying and keeps hunger away.
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Post: #19 RE: Growling Stomach to Ignore or Not to Ignore , 07-01-2009 03:08 PM


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Cream cheese is really good on bacon.
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Post: #20 RE: Growling Stomach to Ignore or Not to Ignore , 07-01-2009 03:09 PM


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(07-01-2009 02:55 PM)darwinlily Wrote:  LOL - I find if I eat more than 2 or 3 slices of bacon in a day, I won't lose any weight. I assume it's the calorie count, but not sure.

I'm willing to bet it's the salt content. You probably retain water when you eat it.
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