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Posted by: Sharyl (Guest), Wednesday, September 6, 2006, 4:27pm
This is a new lifestyle change for me.  I have started the program about one week ago and I have a few concerns that hopefully someone can help me with.  Five years ago I started the Atkins diet and in the following two years lost 155 lbs.  I have been maintaining that loss for the last three years.  I do tend to go up and down about 10 pounds a lot.  Being a blood type A I should not be eating all the meats that I have consumed over the last years, that is okay by me as I am very tired of that much meat.  I have an extremely slow metabolism and gain weight very quickly. By converting to a mostly vegetarian diet I am concerned about the amount of fruit, beans and grains that I should eat. I am afraid that If I eat the recommended amounts I will gain weight.  I really do not want to start with a weight gain and work back by the process of elimination. Is there a guideline that I should start with for weight loss. I have been drinking 2 cups of organic unsweetened soy milk for over two years now and have not had to take any thyroid medication since shortly after I started.  How much soy should I have in one day?  Looking forward to some replies, I have a feeling that I will have a lot of questions over the next while.
Posted by: ISA-MANUELA (Guest), Wednesday, September 6, 2006, 5:03pm; Reply: 1
heellöö and welcome on board ;)
The most important in your case too is: get your secretortest done...this is the keyword here and then go onto the diet as you want it, what you are mentioning might be that you are a nonnie as
very,very important to know this at the very early beginning:D Perhaps wasn't that bad for you if you are one of us, the Royals ;D :D  to eat that amounts of meat- so you can slow down but still on certain meats for the next time??) ::) ...We will see what your result might be....once more welcome :D
Posted by: IsisDC (Guest), Wednesday, September 6, 2006, 5:06pm; Reply: 2
Welcome to the BTD Sharyl!

The one thing that has me so mad about Atkins is how he has damaged society's view on some very healthy foods in place of fatty meats.

I was never on Atkins, but I was on an almost veggie version of it with an over load of fish, eggs, and dairy and I GAINED weight and felt sick and tired.

Those beneficial grains, fruits and legumes are so good for us A's, we need them, try not to be afraid of them anymore, they are your friends  :D

I started out my diet by following the menu in "Cook Right 4 Your Type" to help me get into the "swing" of things.

As your energy goes up, your ability to be more active will really help you with your weight concerns.

Good luck and welcome aboard  ;D
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, September 6, 2006, 5:28pm; Reply: 3
are you following the guidelines from any of the books?
the quantities are given, for each food group per week or per day.......
Posted by: Alia Vo, Wednesday, September 6, 2006, 8:48pm; Reply: 4
Hi Sharyl,

Welcome to the forums.

I would encourage you to peruse the portion/frequency food guidelines in one of the ER books, ER4YT or LR4YT would be nice books to start with.  You can follow the protein recommendations for blood type A's as found in the Fish, Meat, Beans and Legumes, Milk and Dairy, and Nuts and Seeds categories.  Although the basis of the 'A' foods is mostly plant based, there is plenty of options for animal flesh products, so you do not have to give up eating meat if you do not wish to.

Since you stated that weight loss is your present goal, I would encourage you to stick to the portion/frequency recommendations, and also to incorprate the exercise recommendations for blood type A's.  To lose weight, a combination of eating compliantly (focus on eating mostly beneficials) and exercising will secure success.  

Best wishes to you.


Posted by: Susana, Wednesday, September 6, 2006, 8:48pm; Reply: 5
Hi Sharyl,


Tomatilla has the key: Secretor Test.

The fact you feel so good on Atkins makes me believe you are non-secretor. If so, you will have to consume more protein and less legumes and grains.

I would test myself inmediately!

I would recomend you follow the non-secretor version of BTD till you have your results. And start adding the carbs slowly, very slowly as you advanced in Atkins to maintenence eg. 5grms per week.

Best wishes. This is truly a wonderful way of life.


PS. Follow the exercise recomendations for your type. very important as well.
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, September 6, 2006, 11:40pm; Reply: 6
also the A 1 or A2 issue.......
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