Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Induction is probably the most difficult time in beginning a LCWOL (Low Carb Way Of Life). The first couple of days will be a breeze as you go noshing on all the meat you wish to your hearts desire. The EL-BEES will seemingly melt off. A friend of mine recently lost 10 HER first week.

I think most people who followed Atkins will concur that after day 3 the pain begins. Not actuall pain in most cases, but the withdrawl symptoms from you addiction to carbohydrate. It is real. Some people - as myself- even went through flu-like symptoms. Headaches, body aches, congestion, even sometimes fever. It is very important to stick it out through this. It seems like a test and one that you must pass to kick your addiction to carbs.

When I got cravings during this period I would have a bit of low carb chocolate to stave off the craving and then eat some bacon or a bit of cheese. This really helped keep those urges at bay.

The goal at this time is to get your body into lipolysis- "Fat Burning". Our body has 3 fules for energy- Alchol, Carbohydrate, or Fat. Your body will choose to burn alcohol first, then carbs, then fat. By keeping the carb intake low the body will have no choice but to switch to burning fat. Burning fat produces "ketones" which put us in a state Dr. Atkins called Ketosis. It is important to note that Ketosis is NOT ketacidosis. Ketoacidosis is a condition in out of control diabetics where they are passing ketones, yet still have a sky-high blood sugar. NOT GOOD! Ketosis, on the other hand is where we want to be. It means we are burning fat for energy and our body is releasing our fat stores.

This why it is important to NOT break down and eat what we aren't supposed to.  You can't really turn this switch on and off. And we don't want to go backwards.

You can test yourself for ketones by purchasing "Ketostrips" or "Lipolysis testing" strips at your local pharmacy. They are a bit pricey though, so use them sparingly. Have a high fat meal and the next time you pee after that- test for ketones. The slightest bit of purple means you are on your way to losing weight and better health!

Friday, November 5, 2010


2000- 325 lbs.

Christmas 2009- 275lbs (That is my nephew.)

My Birthday- July 16,2010 - 211lbs.


Tom Naughton - Please watch:

It's Not A Diet- It's Lifestyle.

Carbohydrate Restriction is not a diet- it's a lifestyle. Can you read the Atkins book and drop 20-30 lbs.? Sure- but you will gain it right back. In this age of Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, and Metabolic Syndromes you MUST change your eating habits.

A friend of mine, who is a Medic, just posted on his Facebook today that today was the first time his Blood Sugar had been under 300 (!!!!!!) in months. Really? REALLY?? How is this acceptable? How do you NOT know that you need to change what you eat? How do you excuse THAT away?

If you suffer from any of the three diagnoses above- you suffer from all of them. See, Diabetes is a Metabolic Syndrome. Insulin Resistance leads to Diabetes. A+B=C.

You must commit yourself to this lifestyle. There is no cheating. You can't just have a some sugar. In other words- if it's your birthday, you can not excuse away having cake. You cannot only Low-Carb during the week and have what you want on the weekends because you defeat the whole purpose of getting into Ketosis. (Ketosis is the stage where you are burning fat for energy. Ketosis is a by-product of fat burning.)

I am going to post a link to a lecture given by Tom Naughton where he explains how our metabolism works and how the government screwed us up over the bad science that led us to low fat.

Also- if I am all over the place or don't seem to be "on target", it's because I am still getting use to this thing. Thanks for hanging in there with me.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

About this Blog

The name: I called this blog "No Potatoes. No Toast." because on the rare occasion I go to the diner, that's how I order my breakfast. I thought it was fitting. Not to mention most of the other Low Carb-isms were taken when I did a search. This is by no means to take away from one of my other favorite blogs- Dana Carpender's "Hold The Toast", and if she asked me- I would change the name if she felt it wasn't ok.

Recipe's: I'm not big on them. I will share one's that I find on other blogs- but I am most definitely NOT a cookbook writer. A lot of people ask me 'Well, what do you eat?" I try to explain, but I'm not very good at it. LOL I will try to explain it in future blog postings.

I will also share news, studies, and other blog posts about nutrition, pharmaceuticals, the medical community, thyroid disease, vitamins & supplements. I also will turn topics to whatever may be weighing on my mind at that time. I will try to cover ALL Carb restricted diets- but I am most familiar with Atkins.

I just want to spread the information- and maybe... JUST MAYBE, we can change the way we eat- one person at a time.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010


January 4th I began my reinduction. It was time to put forth everything I knew. I did things a little different this time. LIMIT FRANKENFOODS! Frankenfoods are commercial products re-formulated for a Low Carb lifestyle. They were VERY popular my first time around but most are gone now. I only use 2 now- Breyer's Carb Smart Ice Cream and Atkins Shakes. I use each ONLY once or twice a week.
You can see my losses here. After the first 2 weeks- I was right back in the groove. The weight was coming off. Clothes were getting loose, energy was returning. I was feeling great!

Since Januaryt 4th, I have lost 75 lbs. (I weigh in today- but later.) At 197, I weigh less now than I ever have in my adult life, maybe since high school. I am off diabetes meds. I have cut my Lipitor to 10mg and my numbers are coming in line.

I decided to start a blog to share my story.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Beginning - Part 2

I'm not sure WHEN or HOW it all started to unravel, but at the end of last year (2009) I woke up one day and found myself feeling like crap again. I thought it may have been from the pictures that that I saw from a High School Reunion- " I look friggin huge!" I thought. I got on the scale and was SHOCKED that I weighed 272 lbs. I realized that NONE of the clothes I had bought when I lost weight fit anymore. What a waste! I packed them all up and gave them away. Then the more I thought about it- the more pissed I got!

How could I do this to myself?! After everything I had learned and preached and screamed to anyone who would listen about how we had all been mislead about nutririon. Were lied to about Low-Fat. How fat is NOT bad for you. How the HELL did I find myself here- AGAIN!


The Beginning - Part 1

I was a mess. I was in my late twenties, on diabetes meds, morbidly obese, and a young father of 2 boys. I had no energy and was moody as hell. That was back in 2001. I knew I had to do something.

In years past I tried everything there was: Weight Watchers, Nutri-System (when they acually had stores!), Jenny Craig, Richard Simmons, Cabbage Soup, etc. The most I lost was 25-30 lbs. but I was always hungry and I would soon just go right back to what I was eating.

January 2001 - I was then 325 lbs. at 5'-9" and in 4x clothing. I was miserable. It was nothing for me to eat a 2lb bag of M&M's in an evening of watching TV. I went to a WWE event with a friend of mine who had been losing weight. He told me how all he ate was meat and lost a bunch of pounds. I was interested. That day he gave me the book. It was Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution. That night I began to read the book. The more I read- the more I realized that Dr. Atkins was talking about me or rather, TO me. I decided that THIS was what I had to do. I began the day after the Super Bowl- a Monday. I started induction, lost 40 lbs., began working out, and taking vitamins. I joined several Low Carb Bulletin Boards and subscribed to many Low Carb Blogs. By November of 2003 I had lost 100 lbs. I weighed 225 lbs. I felt great! I was eating more veggies than I ever had in my adult life! I was on a roll.

During my weighloss it was discovered that I also suffered from a Thyroid disorder called Hashimoto's Disease. It's an auto-immune disease that primarily affects women. How lucky am I?! Got started on treatment and away I went. My weight leveled off at 230-235 and stayed there for the next 3 years.

I'm not sure WHEN it started or HOW it started- but my eating began too lag. I would eat low carb for the majority of the week and then "cheat" on the weekends. There is no doubt- you cannot "cheat" in this lifestyle. That is one way to get heavy- quick!