How Much Sugar?

Weight loss slow

  • 11 Dec 2013 1:12 AM
    Message # 1455836
    Deleted user

    My husband and I have been sugar free for about 6 months now, and things have really slowed down for us for the last 3 months.  We go up and down like the tide.  We have cut back on breakfast, had less bread for lunch, and usually have meat and vegies for tea.  Does anyone else have this problem, where weight loss just stops.  We are doing well otherwise.  We rarely crave sweet things, and would have a piece of cheese or nuts if we require a snack.  Any advice to boost our metabolism would be of help.

  • 12 Dec 2013 12:28 AM
    Reply # 1456655 on 1455836
    Have you checked your weight against an online "ideal weight" calculator, and against your own expectations?

    The important  criteria are, I think, feeling satiated after each meal  - that "couldn't eat another mouthful"  feeling], and continued weight loss or stabilization . . .  is your weight steady?

    You already seem to be following David's advice of going low-carb for a while. But perhaps you could do some online research (or buy a book)  and see just what is involved in going low-carb.

    Good luck :-)

  • 18 Dec 2013 11:35 PM
    Reply # 1460791 on 1455836
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    Thanks John,  My BMI is a bit scary.  I definitely need to lose weight.  Can you suggest a good Low carb book.  I have the books by Christine Cronau and also Sarah Wilson's book which is very similar to DG's book.  Maybe my expectations are a bit high.  I will read David's book again and see what is missing.  It is very rewarding when I weigh myself once a week and lose about 300g only to put it on next week.  One thing I did find out when speaking to my skin specialist, he said that very slow weight loss is the best way to to maintain skin tone. Thank you for your assistance, we are not alone.  Chris
  • 19 Dec 2013 12:54 AM
    Reply # 1460817 on 1455836
    Hi Chris,

    I'm no expert in this field and haven't tried going "low carb"  myself. But I was very impressed by "Waist Disposal"  by Dr John Briffa of the University College London School of medicine. See  It's male oreinted but I don't suppose that makes a lot of difference.
    Published by Hay House, ISBN 978-1-84850-115-7
    Fishpond is a good place to by books - good prices and post free.

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
  • 20 Dec 2013 5:38 PM
    Reply # 1461974 on 1455836
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    Thanks John, You are very supportive, one does not need to be an expert, sometimes general knowledge is a greater thing.  I will investigate and try and learn a little more.    Merry Christmas to you.
  • 31 Dec 2013 9:42 PM
    Reply # 1465854 on 1455836
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    We have been sugar free for about 3 months now and both loosing weight.  However, have just noticed that it has started to plateau and thought to drop carbs.  We exercise everyday, my husband more than me, but I feel confident we will continue to loose.   Have to say we both feel much, much better and find that we aren't sleepy during the day and have lots more energy.  Makes a great difference. Also, I dont feel hungry all the time, only want meals at the appropriate times.
  • 01 Jan 2014 2:02 AM
    Reply # 1465918 on 1455836
    Interesting article in todays Sydney Morning Herald:
    If you havenb't watched Porf Lustig's lecture I highly recommend it.

  • 02 Aug 2016 7:03 AM
    Reply # 4168750 on 1455836
    Deleted user

    It's a long time since this thread was last added to, but I have had a similar problem - weight loss plateauing. Earlier this year I came across the "Fast Diet" (Michael Mosely, talking about the benefits of a low calorie diet for 2 days a week). I have tried it out and find it very satisfying as it is working. I have lost 5kg since starting in about February, without plateauing yet (I need to lose about 10-15 kg overall).

    The Fast Diet solves a problem I have always had with the no fructose diet - I can fully understand how it stops weight increase through getting the hormones working as they should, but not how it results in weight loss. If the brain is so wired to ensure energy in = energy out, what is the mechanism for the brain making allowances for fat already stored so that it "allows" energy in to be less than energy out which is required to lose weight? Particularly when it doesn't even know that we consumed the fructose that got stored as fat in the first place. The Fast Diet combined with no processed fructose to my mind solves the problem, forcing the body into a situation where it uses up the stored fat.

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