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One thing to consider (although you're definitely underestimating the exercise) is that after a prolonged cut of carbs, when you return to it you've probably learnt a lot about portion size and inadvertently end up eating far less carbs than you ever did before. For example, whenever I have a carb up I find myself looking forward to potatoes, maybe a sweet BBQ sauce with some meat or a good lasagne. It's miles away from the bag of crisps, half a tonne of rice and bar(s) of chocolate it would have been six months ago. Thinking about the amount of pasta I might have had with a dish in the past blows my mind, that's plate-space that could be more chicken and broccoli!

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:D

Splenda is an odd one, weight for weight it's still nearly as bad as sugar (75g carbs/100g splenda) but it's 1/10th the weight, so a teaspoon of the stuff is something like 0.5g, which works for me.

No luck finding stevia extract or erythitol on the high street so far, gonna try a few specialist hippy food shops today, did manage to get xanthan gum though so a chocolate cake should be appearing shortly. ;)

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I've started putting weight on again - 4kg in two weeks - despite maintaining my lower carb diet. The only thing I've changed is that I'm going to the gym now, but I'd be surprised if I'd put on that much muscle in such a short time. I'm also massively craving sweet stuff and starchy carbs, although I'm staying strong (for now, at least).

Bah.

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I'm weighing myself at the gym before each workout, so it's at the same time give or take fifteen minutes every other day, in the same clothes (so that shouldn't make a difference) and not always after evacuation, no. But that wouldn't make 4kg difference unless something's very wrong.

I'm not actually all that bothered if I'm honest: I don't look any different, I know I'm eating healthily and I'm getting fitter. My weight's pretty irrelevant compared to that.

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I've started putting weight on again - 4kg in two weeks - despite maintaining my lower carb diet. The only thing I've changed is that I'm going to the gym now, but I'd be surprised if I'd put on that much muscle in such a short time. I'm also massively craving sweet stuff and starchy carbs, although I'm staying strong (for now, at least).

Bah.

Are you still on a fair bit of carbs? I don't know much about this stuff at all but I didn't really enjoy when I was cutting most carbs but still having, I dunno, 1g per Kg body weight per day including some bread and sugars. I remember Ramone saying he found the Paleo thing an all or nothing effect and I must say that has been my experience. When I cut out all obvious carbs except veg' it only took a week or so before I felt amazing. There's no doubt in my mind this is how the body wants to be fed. At least mine constantly says so, really loudly. Like it's an engine suddenly running on the correct fuel instead of really heavily contaminated stuff. Insulin is the key I have no doubt. I've never felt a hunger like paleo hunger. It comes, it's not unpleasant at all and it doesn't change if you ignore it which just frees you up to eat whenever you feel like it, or don't as the case may be. Basically everything Poet has been saying for ages.

I'm probably using the term Paleo improperly. I'm still a novice.

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I'll have some bread or potatoes or rice with my evening meal, but that's it. During the day I've cut it all out. I've been doing this for months now and have been losing weight (and feeling brilliant) the whole time, until the last two weeks when I've started craving bad food and putting on weight. I'll give it another couple of weeks to see if it settles down and if not I'll have to have another look.

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Yeah, that's the kind of carb level I was on and didn't really get the wow factor until I cut them out. Might be worth trying for a couple of weeks if you'd like a little experiment.

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Going to have a crack at this. Looking at the 12 points that Poet posted, starting "easy" with the first one to have no sugars or things based on flour.

That sounded easy at first, but then I thought about the number of things with flour in.

Having said that I just went to Morrison's and realised I could have things that I wouldn't usually. Namely roasted chicken bits with the skin and fat still on, 4 roasted legs for £3.20! I know they probably come from horribly mistreated chickens but if I get myself organised I can buy free range and do it myself.

I guess I could roast a beef joint at the weekend and use that through the week too. Bonus!

Oh bought a bag of pistachios as well, high in saturated fat but that's good right?

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Good luck with it, morcs. Mindy too, if she's doing it.

Cheers! I have two boiled eggs in front of me, just realised that would make 8 eggs in 24 hours :mellow: (Made a tomato and mozarella omelette last night as well as two boiled eggs for breakfast)

I make fresh coffee every morning, I'm going to have to try cream I think....Don't know what he means by "straight up"? (or "Diesel" for that matter, that's a Crisping thing isn't it?)

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I make fresh coffee every morning, I'm going to have to try cream I think....Don't know what he means by "straight up"? (or "Diesel" for that matter, that's a Crisping thing isn't it?)

By straight up he means drinking the cream straight. Not sure about the diesel. He might be saying it's a staple of his.

Hi Kurt,

How much ml of cream would you average per day? I've been known to down a 500ml carton of double cream a couple of times per day without ill-effect :-)

KGH: That's why I call it diesel # 1, as long as you don't have casein allergy, there is no practical limit to whole cream. I can do 500ml some days no problem. If no time to prepare fatty meat, there is more cream. Cream and hard boiled eggs are my fast food.

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@Blue - personal favourites for preparing veg are:

Wilted spinach - throw it in a hot pan with a tiny bit of rock salt and garlic

Carrots - boiled and mashed, add lemon or lime juice

Sweet potato - cut into chunks, sprinkled with chilli powder and olive oil and roasted. Or boiled and mashed with chopped black olives.

creamy leeks - chop into chunks, add cream, mustard and seasoning and cook on a low heat

Aubergine - cut into slices, fry til it starts to blacken, mash and then fry with cumin, tomato, onion and green chillis for a hearty side dish

IMO Indian cuisine is the best for making veg flavoursome (particularly if like me, you can't always afford the 'best' stuff). Google vegetarian indian recipies and you will find loads of suggestions, admittedly some will need tweaking to be paleo but many are just combinations of veg, spices and fats. Aloo Gobi (curried cauliflower) is a particular favourite in our household (tho seeing as I'm not paleo it gets served up with a tasty plate of rice!)

So sorry for not replying sooner. Loved and appreciated your post. I should have been Indian I think. I love the combinations of Indian spices and I doubt I could do Paleo-style without them. I had always focussed on the meat aspect before and served with rice or breads but I tend to just shove loads of veg in with the meat now and serve as a kind of curry stew. :unsure: Equal amounts of fine green beans, cauliflower (both cooked and added at the end), baby carrots, courgette and meat and served on its own is a favourite. Lamb, shoulder chunks or mince, beef and pork mince combined and chicken thigh meat are my diesel. :D

I'm taking your advice re investigating vegetable side dishes and looking forward to adding a lot of variety by that means. Cauliflower rice is fantastic, I much prefer it to regular rice.

What the hell is diesel?

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I just cooked it, this is the new super food. I had no pesto either so chucked a couple of garlic cloves in and mashed it with butter. That plus grilled chicken thighs.

Only 3 days in and already I can't quite believe how little I'm eating. I'm one of those that is usually always hungry. As a teenager and in early 20s the amount I'd eat defied belief, and I never put on weight (not the case any more at 32). At work I always load up with food to eat throughout the day because I know I'll be hungry an hour after lunch and it'll distract me from work. I'm still doing that but I'm going home with uneaten stuff, and struggling to finish my usual sized dinner!

In fact I'm halfway through this chicken and broccoli and I'm sat here typing rather than eating, which isn't like me at all!

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Someone negged that, but it's true. I had to stop buying bread because I really struggled not to eat the entire loaf in an evening. I absolutely love bread and butter but I cannot stop eating it!

Tonight's dinner:

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Needs more fat really, to offset the 2500 calories the computer thing said I burned on the bike this morning. Am feeling quite tired. Should have looked up how to do creamed spinach.

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Bloody hell, that's quite a cycle. The first week can be quite a tough adjustment so I believe. I had reduced carbs gradually before I went all out but then I wasn't really happy until I did go all out so I don't know what the best approach is. :D

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These calorie things do seem to massively over-estimate. This one says I burned 2 days-worth of energy in a Saturday morning bike ride. Can't be right can it?

I could eat something like 8 18 McDonalds hamburgers afterwards and still be "calorie zero" :lol:

P.S. I had mashed potatoes for breakfast today, was worried I'd go nowhere if I didn't have something carborific!

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