Monday, August 21, 2006

Week Two Results

Week two of following a low-carb diet again went well. Once you're past the initial few days of getting used to less carbohydrate eating is much simpler - you eat your vegetables and salads along with whatever meats, poultry, fish or game you want. And, if you stick with it, you lose weight.

In week one, I lost an incredible ten pounds - much more than I expected, but still it was mostly water weight. As the scale continued downward this week, I debated whether to include my weight loss this week or not because it was another banner week for losing pounds - as of this morning, I've lost another five, down a total of fifteen pounds. I'm not exactly suffering the fate of the concept of the "one golden shot" as some insist happens the second or third time around.

While I have heard of, read about and received emails asking about the "one golden shot," I've never put the theory to the test. For me, it seems, it doesn't apply. Thankfully.

For others I know, it does and is a painful reminder that if you abandon a controlled-carb diet, getting back on track and back to maintenance weight can be difficult and can take longer than the first time you follow a low-carb diet. The thing to keep in mind is that it's better to stick with controlled-carb than to go back to eating as you did prior to low-carb and risk the "one golden shot" applies to you.

But, even if you are just getting back on track and find the weight loss slower the second time around, it's worth the wait to lose the weight since eating a controlled-carb diet is better for you and your health. If you are affected by the "one golden shot" do not dispair, the second or third time around may be slower for weight loss, but you will still lose the weight if you stay on track and eat well.

If re-starting is harder than you remember, there are a number of online forums where you can find support from others who are following a low-carb or controlled-carb diet:

Wrapping up week two:

Target Weight Loss Week Two: 2-pounds

Actual Weight Loss Week Two: 5-pounds

Total Weight Loss to date: 15-pounds

Remaining Weight to Lose: 5-pounds


  1. I think the "one golden shot" as you call it is a total myth. I did low-carb on 5 seperate occasions, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005 and now. Each time I tried after 1998 I would lose less and slower. In retrospect, I realize it's from being too liberal with carbs and low-carb products, even though I was falling within my alotted carb counts.

    This time I aced all that, stuck to an all-meat diet and am losing just as fast and as well as the first time in 1998. I have not eaten any vegetables, sugar, starches, or low-carb products in 6 months and I've dropped 60+ pounds.

    If you're stalled or just can't seem to lose those last 30-50 pounds I think it's because of carb intake, even if minimal at something like 20g.

    It's best to avoid ALL glucose. There is no "good" and "bad" carbs...they're all bad.

    The Zero Carb Daily

  2. Congratulations on your success! It is truly amazing to lose so fast in 2 weeks. And your menu is fabulous. I am wondering if you have addressed the issue of menopausal women and weight loss? It seems that the "one golden shot" theory may apply to them. I am finding it nearly impossible to lose at this age. Another reason to get it off(the fat!) and keep it off. Thanks.