The Low Carb Luxury Newsletter: 
Volume III / Number 03: February 8, 2002: Page 3
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      Advice Lady         

A well-known low-carber in the community answers your questions about everything from nutrition to family issues, stress, and heck — even your love life. She's been the "go to gal" for awhile now when people need a little advice. And who is she? Well, we're not telling. She remains anonymous so that she can better give very frank advice. She doesn't pull any punches. You can remain anonymous too if you want — Just think "Dear Abby" — you know, signing off like "Harried in the Workplace" or "Desperate for Carbs in Detroit". Send in your question to The Advice Lady at advicelady@lowcarbluxury.com.


                                         All That Extra Skin...

Dear Advice Lady,

Since last spring I have lost 54 pounds on a low-carb diet — Atkins. I feel 110% better with lots more energy. I have been at goal weight for about three months. I am 52 years old,
4’ 11 3/4" tall and weigh in at 115.

Everyone thinks I look wonderful until I tell them my new weight and that I wear a size 4 pants. Then they are horrified that "I am trying to starve myself." Do you know of a clever comeback?

My main reason for writing you though, is what can I do about skin that doesn't quite fit anymore. At least 80% of my loss came from my thighs, rear and stomach. So now I have a bad case of the flabbies. I assume that in time, this will get better, but can I speed it up and do anything to help in the next 3 1/2 months? We are going on a cruise in mid-April and I would love to be able to wear a bathing suit that doesn't have to cover me from my chin to my knees. Part of losing all that weight was so that I wouldn't have to do that anymore...

      Jiggley-Wiggley


Dear Jig —

Cosmetic surgery I wish that I could tell you that there was something easy you could do to get rid of the extra skin but I can't. Truth is, I will have the same problem once I hit my goal. Flabby arms are hereditary for me so if I do not want to be constantly "taking flight" with the flaps of skin on my arms, surgery is the only option. Cosmetic surgery can be helpful in removing excess skin.

You get tucks and lifts in the process. Many insurances will pay for this, as it can be considered a medical condition. If you do this, one thing to consider is donating the excess skin to a tissue bank. They always need skin to make grafts for burn victims. Don't get me wrong, exercise is great at toning up some areas but for really loose skin surgery may be your best bet.

And just ignore the people who are giving you grief or you can simply tell them that you are not starving yourself to death, rather they are eating themselves to death!!!



                                                                             The Advice Lady



                                         Carbs... Calories... Vegetables...

Dear Advice Lady,

I am new at this low carb eating. It's difficult to keep carbs low eating vegetables. How many carbs am I allowed? I am on a 1400 calorie diet.

Thank you.

      Celeste


Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution Dear Celeste —

You don't say what plan you are following, so we'll assume Atkins?

In this case, the amount of carbohydrate allowed is different for each person. To begin with, however, you should not be consuming any more than 20 grams per day during the "Induction period". After 14 days, you add back 5 carbohydrate grams per day each week — until you stop losing weight, or are no longer in ketosis. From that point, scale back at least 5 grams and see if the weight loss begins again and if ketosis is restored. The point at which you comfortably lose weight and stay in ketosis is the carb level that's best for you during "ongoing weight loss". This is sometimes referred to as your "critical carbohydrate level."

As far as your question about vegetables, it would seem you need a good carb counter book for reference. But in general, it's the non starchy (and especially the high fiber) ones that are best for low-carbers. Green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, spinach, etc are the appropriate sorts of veggies. I personally do not strictly count the amount of veggies I eat. I stick to the very low carb ones and it's never affected me, nor caused a stall. You may be different.. there are a few people that have trouble losing with too many veggies, but it's generally rare. A normal serving of (low carb) vegetables at dinner or a salad for lunch is not going to knock the average person out of ketosis. Remember, the fiber listed on the nutrition label for vegetables can be deducted from the total carb count to get the "effective carbs" which is what you'll be counting...

Bottom line is, it sounds to me like you need to read (or re-read) Dr. Atkins' book. All of this is explained in detail in there. He also explains why being on a "calorie counting" diet is not the best way to approach this particular way of eating. In the book there are sample meal plans and lists of food you can have on Induction and tips for adding the 5-carb increments after induction. So buy the book... Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution. Good luck!



                                                                             The Advice Lady





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