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Posted by: colojd, Tuesday, October 3, 2006, 10:37pm
I am sure this has been discussed here before. I have not been to this forum in quite a while.

Due to a very challenging year, I have gained weight and would like some advice and support from those who have used the BTD to lose weight and regain their health. I am 55, female and would like to lose about 40 pounds.

I have no major health problems, but just had my annual physical and my doctor said that some of my blood profile readings were borderline and needed improvement. I am now post menopausal, and so far no major difficulties from that.

I would like to hear from those who maybe wandered away from the diet but who got back on and saw significant results. Weight loss would be a big bonus but I also very much want to get my cholesterol and blood sugar down to a very normal range rather than at borderline.

Thanks to all.
Joyce
Posted by: KimonoKat, Tuesday, October 3, 2006, 10:50pm; Reply: 1
When I became 95-100% compliant on the Arthritis program, I noticed significant results.  My blood work also improved, too.  The only number that was still borderline was my good cholesterol....it needed to be higher.  And my weight started to go down, but only if I kept up the exercise.....I still have a problem staying focused and motivated regarding exercise.

Jump back into embracing the BTD.  Concentrate on your beneficials, trying to get as many as possible into you at each meal.

And, keep us posted as to how you are doing/progressing on your returnng journey.

Welcome back!
Posted by: colojd, Tuesday, October 3, 2006, 10:56pm; Reply: 2
Thanks for your kind note. I know once things calm down a bit that it will be easier to concentrate on improving "me" instead of all of the distractions that have been around me lately!

I know the BTD does not promote itself as a weight loss diet and perhaps that is why it is not as widely known as it should be! The fad diets get all of the publicity!

I am confident that once I get back on track that things will improve and I am so looking forward to that. Hope to also hear from some Type B's like me who have had the same journey!

Joyce
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Thursday, October 5, 2006, 9:47am; Reply: 3
Hi Joyce
Well I have lost weight on BTD but still needs to loose more - but I am getting better at it.
I have been off the track alot of times
- but I have never really stepped compleetely off the road :like eating LOTS of avoids etc - sometimes life has just been too stressfull for me to follow BTD 100 %

I´ll write along piece about what I have found out about me and loosing weight
- It is my PERSONAL experience so it might not be like this for all  B´s;
remember we are all individuals :-D -BUT I hope it can help you anyway to get back on track.

I seem to need to change my diet between the seasons- maybe because I live a place were seasons vary a lot ( so I eat different during winter months: more fat -more starches etc - but in general:

Don´t worry too much about fats from dairy, fish, neutral nuts and really dark chocolate.
When I eat to lean - I get addictive to sugar, flours and sweet drinks.

Pay attention to neutral grains and notice that spelt might be beneficial - but only as whole grain - no flour is benefical.

I have made the deal with myself that I aim at a max of 1 serving of benefical grains pr day- from monday- friday mainly as brown rice- whole spelt- millet or oats in porridge- in the weekend it can be transformed into speltcake or bread or pancake.
Why?
1) well I find it impossible to give up bread completely or for that matter cake- so I have made the deal that I can eat small amounts in the weekend- but only good stuff.I do not find it difficult to get back on track monday- but I am not an all or nothing girl so !
2) In summer- early fall I hardly eat any flour or grains- I don´t need it that much- but when it gets cold here I need them more!

Sugar is the next problem for me
Hides everywhere and if you are a nonie: a real serious problem - but also bad in everyday life for a secretor.

I use it in my weekend cake - but I have started to use more honey ( I have bees myself) and maplesirup- I need less of theese compaired to ordinary sugar.
I have started to use fruit as a sweetener as well- mashed banana sweeten a lot ! in a cake or sliced on yoghurt.

OR you could look into the alternative sweeteners like ricesirup- molasses and glycerol.

Pay attention to you proteins -many B´s need protein at every meal if they want to loose weight:

I rotate between eggs, yoghurt and cheese in the morning
beans, fish or cheese( only if not at breakfast) at lunch
Fish or meat at dinner.

My morning snack is alwys walnuts or almonds- they keep me satisfied for long time.
If I do not get enough protein - I get hungry and makes BAD choises!
Make sure you get enogh beneficial veggies. It is so easy to get too many neutrals

Mental/ practical connection:
Write down what you eat - it makes a lot of sense when you want to pay attention to your diet.
I write goals down as well- it keeps me focused on what I want to do- else I can often slip away - daydream - say tomrorrow I´ll make the right choise ! typical B´s stuff ...
BUT keeping a dairy:  screams into my face that I have made BAD choises - I hate to put down that I had a regular piece of bread or only 1 piece of fruit :-D- so after a fewdays my diet ALWAYS improve a lot !

Exercise
- well I am lazy or  well I just don´t like organized sports.But it is hard to loose weight without exercise !
Walking is my best friend - This summer I started walking 30 min pr day
- I kind of daydream/ mediate when I do it- lately I walk almost 1 hour a day - and I can rwally see the difference!
My only problem is that I would love somebody to pull me out of the couch- my O daughter does a pretty good job - but a doggy would be nice as well-
Maybe find a friend that needs some exercise as well- it could be hiking, biking swimming or ?

and YES I have made a fresh start so many time- It is never to late to get back !
Every time I feel a bit wiser :-D

I am not sure I´ll ever be able to be a hardcore BTD ér never eating a single avoid- always getting the right amount of exercise- it is just not my style- BUT if one live a good BTD friendly everyday life -it is a good start!

Remember joy in your life

Good luck


Posted by: Janet, Thursday, October 5, 2006, 11:11am; Reply: 4
Colojd,
I'm not your blood type and I'm sure the best advice has been posted on Henriette's post.
I have been a somewhat yo-yo dieter for....well, too long. You know, do really well and then begin to slide again into things which I know are bad for me personally. I know that to start eating chocolate.....is my quickest way to gain weight, I would rather eat that than a meal!!!
I know it's stupid but we're all different. My best times of even weight has been when I just refuse to eat the stuff.

So, in the last 5 weeks I've lost 8lbs. I made myself start writing down everything that I eat during the day - I seem to need that kind of discipline. Then I use a highlighter pen for each catagory of food eaten - I use purple for 'rubbish', I aim to not use that one at all!!!
I weigh and measure myself, which is an encouragement to see the inches coming off.

I'm exactly the same age as you and admit that weight loss seems to be more of a challenge as the years pass, so needs perhaps a little more effort....but I like this saying "I'm sure you can, if you put your mind to it"!!

Keep posting on the forum for lots of support and there's also the 'Fresh Start' thread which is for members specifically trying to loose/maintain their weight.

Best wishes.
Posted by: colojd, Thursday, October 5, 2006, 2:53pm; Reply: 5
Hi Janet and Henriette and thanks for your comments.

I do think that writing down, or paying very close attention to what is consumed is a very good idea. I am sue we all would snack or nibble without really realizing how much we ate in one day! I think one thing about the B diet is that we can enjoy a wide variety of fruits and vegetables - I have been good about always eating those but now will try to eat more in the beneficial category.

Only thing that is a bit of a problem is the beneficial meats are sometimes hard to find. I have a B son and an O husband and we all like lamb, buffalo and of course beef. I know chicken is an avoid for B's - but I still eat it because otherwise I would have a pretty limited scope of meats to eat. I don't seem to have a problem but possibly it is because we limit it to organic chicken and not eat it more than once a week. I know if I eat any other type of chicken such as Tyson that has the additives, I do feel the achiness that some B's report.

I think eating seasononally also makes a lot of sense and is probably something that needs more information.

I am sure once I get back on track and away from this stressful job, then things will line up for me much better!
Joyce
Posted by: mhameline, Thursday, October 5, 2006, 2:58pm; Reply: 6
I know that chicken is one of the biggest B avoids - someone else can tell you the reasons why - but it could possibly slow weight loss if you do eat chicken.  Try subbing the chicken for turkey and you'll all be able to enjoy it.  
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, October 5, 2006, 3:07pm; Reply: 7
Janet,
congratulations on your steady weight loss!!
great job! )
Posted by: Janet, Thursday, October 5, 2006, 5:06pm; Reply: 8
Thanks Lola.
This lastest gain of several excess pounds was due to the 5 week trip to Uganda....extremely hard work and I got into lots of bad habits!!  ::)

My husband's taking me to Sevilla/Cordoba for a few days mid November, so that's really why I'm making the extra effort.
Actually, I'm only about 4lbs away from my goal now so am very pleased.  ;)
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, October 5, 2006, 5:33pm; Reply: 9
you should be!!!
well done! )
Posted by: colojd, Thursday, October 5, 2006, 6:34pm; Reply: 10
Hi mhameline:

We do all enjoy turkey. We got our first Diestle organic turkey a couple of years ago at Wild Oats for Thanksgiving and really love it so probably will continue that tradition!

Regarding avoids, it was my understanding that they affect your immune system and not necessarily weight. I am not advocating B's eating chicken but do know that it is very hard to avoid it if you are looking for lean meat substitutes and are beneficial or neutral.

I see you are married to a B+ so what challenges has he had following the diet?

Joyce
Posted by: mhameline, Thursday, October 5, 2006, 7:12pm; Reply: 11
Well - for me - when I have avoids that's when I have the biggest problems maintaining my weight loss - but I'm an O so it could be different for B's.  But my understanding is that avoids cause inflammation and a big part of what causes weight gain is inflammation.  

And as for my B husband chicken is truely his worst avoid.  He tries to really avoid it as much as he can because anytime he has it he feels awful - mainly with digestive problems.  So, I guess I see a B who eats chicken and I would always suggest the turkey substitute.  I have pretty much stopped buying chicken all together just because we share our meals and given how badly he does with it I just don't have it in the house much at all anymore.

Oh and I've seen discussions on the board before about how chicken is a big contributor to strokes in B's.  There's another huge reason to stay away from it.  Someone else could probably point you in the direction of where that information is located.  
Posted by: ABJoe, Thursday, October 5, 2006, 7:37pm; Reply: 12
Quoted Text
Regarding avoids, it was my understanding that they affect your immune system and not necessarily weight.


There are several reasons for avoids...  Some cause cell clumping in the blood.  Others slow digestion or elimination.  There are probably other effects as well.

The cell clumping seems like it would slow the flow of blood - causing delay in getting food, etc. to cells and waste matter away from cells, as well as increasing the chance of clotting and added waste matter to be filtered.

Slowing digestion or elimination will affect the amount of nutrition and or waste matter absorbed into the blood stream.  This can be responsible for weight gain because the body does not eliminate the waste, it is continuously reabsorbed because it is sitting for so long in the colon.  If the body has excessive waste matter in the blood, it can put it out into fatty tissue for storage until a time when elimination is functioning better.

Yes, ultimately, both of these will have affect the immune system, but the body is such a complex system, I doubt anyone knows all of the possible reactions or interactions caused by eating the wrong foods.
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, October 5, 2006, 7:46pm; Reply: 13
they cause insulin resistance, too!
Posted by: mhameline, Thursday, October 5, 2006, 7:48pm; Reply: 14
And doesn't insulin resistance also cause weight gain?
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, October 5, 2006, 7:53pm; Reply: 15
yes......fat deposits inside the cells making weight loss hard to achieve.
https://www.dadamo.com/napharm/productindex.htm
read the one on
Lectins and Weight Loss

by Dr. Greg Kelly
Posted by: Don, Thursday, October 5, 2006, 8:31pm; Reply: 16
You need to read the LR4YT book. The following is one point from a list of recommendations in the Type B - Specific Metabolic Conditions section, pages 276-280.

Quoted from LR4YT page 278-9
The Lectins in several foods inhibit absorption and metabolic efficiency for Type Bs. I have observed many Type Bs who have no trouble losing weight once they eliminate these foods: chicken, lentils, peanuts, sesame seeds, and buckwheat.
Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, October 5, 2006, 11:35pm; Reply: 17
These are some great posts, and I really appreciate the extra insight on avoids and weight loss.  I only knew that when I don't eat a compliant blood type diet, my weight AND my cholesterol will climb.

Joyce, could you get your secretor status tested?  When I thought I was a secretor, even though I was doing my best to be compliant, my weight kept creeping up.  After I found out that I'm a nonnie, and I made the appropriate changes, my weight quickly dropped by about 30 pounds over less than 3 months without dieting.

If I ate like Henriette, I would quickly gain weight, but she and I are different secretor types, even though we are both B's.  If the diet is not dropping the weight like you want, you may be a nonnie.
Posted by: resting, Friday, October 6, 2006, 12:39am; Reply: 18
Hi Joyce.

(now for a much different approach) .... I strongly tend to adapt BTD to seasonality like Henriette and since you live in Colorado, I assume seasonal variation is very in-your-face too!

For most of the fall eat root veggies, few compliant grains, flax, chia, or hemp seeds; compliant nuts especially walnuts and almonds; a little turkey and salmon - sockeye; and much ghee yogurt or sour-milk.  
For the transition to winter - I assume also, that you can get hold of meats that are rather rare in other locales ... like wild venison, perhaps bear ... focus on these + little/no fruit will soon take you into a mild ketosis.
For winter follow lifestyle adaptations in 'Lights Out' TS Wiley Take cod liver oil/vitamin D3 if you live at high elevation.  A magnetic mattress at http://www.magneticosleep.com/ should help for energy.  For losing fat + increasing body heat: supplement with fish oil + calcium pyruvate + L-carnitine/acetyl-L-carnitine
If joint pain: http://www.allergies-asthma-sinus-relief.org/products/serralone.php


John
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Friday, October 6, 2006, 7:39am; Reply: 19
Yes I agree with John
- I have always wondered why I didn´t feel like eating fruit except a bit of dry fruit in the winter -I know now why !
I have often tried to explain to my friend in California why my lifestyle is so different during the year. She had only visited during summermonths - where we eat lots of veggies, fish, dairydishes- stay up late: sun gets uo around 3.30 - and down at 11 - so it is no wonder one feel alive and extravert ;-D
Last year she came in november and suddenly our candlelight, sundays spent on the couch made sense for her.
Now in the beginning of octobre I feel more tired - but havn´t yet changed my life to wintermode.
I get up at 6- but sun is first up around 7.30- and is down already around 7- so the day is so much shorter.
Sometimes around 9 I am just so tired - and in wintertime I would go to bed around 9- 9.30- but I am still mentally on sommermode ;-D

B´s and meat !
Well I live with an O - and the B meat is hard to get, expensive and really not my favorite so my meat is more the O stuff ; veal, beef and turkey- sometimes I can afford venison and lamb - but sadly not often enough !
I think like this rather neutral protein than no protein !
BUT never ever chicken- get it out of you life now !
I might be provoking some but
Chicken is WAY worse for a B than organic pork !!!!!!

Victoria
would you share a typically day ?
I wonder - how different a typically day for you are compaired to mine ?
It could be educational for B types who doesn´t yet know their secretorstatus!
Posted by: Victoria, Friday, October 6, 2006, 4:11pm; Reply: 20
Hi Henriette!  Here in Oregon, we are experiencing a shift in the seasons also, and longer dark.  By the time mid-December reaches us, it will be getting dark by 5 pm, so people spend the entire evening in the dark and get up while it is still dark.

Some differences in my diet and yours are:
I am almost grain-free.  No flour at all.  No gluten.  I have a rice cake everyday;  that's the only grain, unless flax would be considered a grain.
I eat less dairy, and no cow dairy at all.
No sugar, honey, maple syrup, only a small amount of blackstrap molasses.

Typical day:

Wake up and have a big glass of water with my herbal supplements.
After my shower, I make fresh vegetable juice.

About 1/2 hour later,

Breakfast:  16 oz. Power Drink (I'll provide recipe in later today if you want it.)
After breakfast, a big mug of Genmaicha tea.

2 or 3 hours later:

Another 16 oz Power Drink
After "brunch", another cup of green tea or Dandelion Root tea

Around 3 p.m., my main meal of the day, which I call "dinner":

approx. 1/3 pound of meat, usually lamb, either ground or chops.  Lately it's been ground for economy!  :-)  Sometimes it will be fish, such as cod or halibut.  Occasionally, beef.  All my meats are baked or sauteed with ghee, seasoned with onion, garlic, herbs, no breading or frying.
A couple of cups of vegetables, mostly beneficial.  These will vary, and I usually do some type of olive oil drizzle on them.  A tiny pinch of good quality sea salt.
A couple of figs or small handful of grapes.

My evening meal is around 6:30 p.m.:

baked sweet potato with ghee
1/3 pound wild salmon or sardines
a lightly toasted rice cake topped with 1/2 and 1/2 raw almond butter and chopped walnuts, drizzled with a few drops blackstrap molasses.

That's my own delicious day!  :-)
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Friday, October 6, 2006, 4:21pm; Reply: 21
Thanks Victoria -:K) sure it is different - but no that much......

Yesterday was a pretty typical day for me

6 o clock
black tea ,
2 small soft boiled eggs,pink grape , 1 rice cake
probiotics

10 o clock coffee with milk, large pear, handfull fresh walnuts - yum ....

13 o clock
water, salad with broccoli, red pepper, romaine-3 oz  cold turkey breast - oliveoil and lemonjuice.

16 oc
stewed apples and plums  with a bit of full fat yoghurt ( 2 tbl )
Green tea

19 oc
4 oz cod baked in oven - with sweet potatoes, green beans- ghee to the potatoes- and homemade mayonaise

21 1 glass of milk and a banana

When I eat fish I alwys get so hungry ... normally I wouldn´t eat that late.

And I had more dairy than normal. but I normally change some of the cheese serving into yoghurt.

Well I think it is my good scandinavian roots that makes cows milk fine with me.


Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, October 7, 2006, 12:23am; Reply: 22
That's pretty compatible with the way I eat, Henriette.  Except that I don't drink the black tea, and also I think that sometimes you really enjoy your baking, which I don't do anymore!  :-)
Posted by: yaeli, Saturday, October 7, 2006, 8:53am; Reply: 23
Quoted from Victoria
Breakfast:  16 oz. Power Drink (I'll provide recipe in later today if you want it.)

Yes, Victoria, will you please... ? just whenever, at your convenience. Victoria's delicious Power Drink!
O, joia!!...  :)

Looking forward,
Thanks
yael

Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, October 7, 2006, 5:40pm; Reply: 24
Here's my Power Drink recipe!  Be forewarned.  It's suitable for type B's, so other bloodtypes need to adjust accordingly.  :-)  I make a lot because it's for both my daughter and myself.

For approx. 5 cups :

1 1/2 C juice (check your food list for beneficials)  I use Concord Grape, or Cranberry/grape blend.
1/2 C fresh or frozen fruit (use beneficials when you can) I use blueberries and cherries.
1 banana

2 Tb flax seeds freshly ground, or frozen ground flax.  After grinding, it's about 3 Tb.
2 Tb. nutritional yeast
2 Tb. green powder, such as Harmonia.  I'm currently using Greener Grasses CLICK.
1 rounded Tb. lecithin granules CLICK.  I like this brand because it's non-genetically modified, and is powdered instead of granules.
1 tsp. Chlorella CLICK
2 tsp. ProBerry syrup from NAP CLICK
1 rounded Tb. ARA6 from the NAP store CLICK
3 Cups homemade goat's milk Yogurt.  

Blend to taste.  I blend mine a long time because I like it thick and creamy-smooth, like a milkshake.  Some people like theirs blended lightly so that the fruit is still chunky.

For those blood types that don't eat dairy, I suggest substituting for the yogurt, a good protein powder, such as NAP formula for your blood type, or a good soy, rice and/or egg white protein powder.  Here a link to a good egg white formula.  CLICK

Or, you can add nut butters, or a chuck of Chevrie (goat cheese).
I try and use my Power Drink as an opportunity to get some extra beneficials in my diet, and since I'm not a snacker, this also gives me a chance to get some great fruits.

Posted by: Lola, Saturday, October 7, 2006, 11:33pm; Reply: 25
Victoria,
that was quite a recipe, with links and all!!!  
thanks!
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, October 8, 2006, 12:03am; Reply: 26
Quoted from lola
Victoria,
that was quite a recipe, with links and all!!!  
thanks!


It must have been obvious that it is one of my favorite meals of the day.  My Power Drink is not your average "smoothie"!

;D
Posted by: yaeli, Sunday, October 8, 2006, 12:42am; Reply: 27
Quoted from Victoria
It must have been obvious that it is one of my favorite meals of the day.  My Power Drink is not your average "smoothie"!


Oh, yes! It's a guide to me. You always are. Thank you!

Yael  :)

Posted by: Lola, Sunday, October 8, 2006, 1:04am; Reply: 28
nutritious all the way! )
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, October 8, 2006, 5:34am; Reply: 29
If anyone adapts this to your own bloodtypes, I hope you will share with us your private recipes.  

Many people do better with a liquid meal for breakfast, but that doesn't mean it needs to be haphazard.  I think it's possible to drink a "light" and easily digestable meal that is still rich in nutrients and provides a good source of protein.  With this approach to my breakfast, I'm never tempted to skip breakfast.  I'm not a solid food eater in the morning, and if I didn't have an alternative, I would end up starting my day with just a cup of tea.  That would be a big mistake.
Posted by: yaeli, Sunday, October 8, 2006, 12:31pm; Reply: 30
What I drink in the morning these days is 1 tbl flax seed oil with 150cc (my small glass) diluted unsweetened pomegranate extract.  This is instead the 1 tbl olive oil I used to take with fresh orange juice before BTD. As the weather is cooling down at this time, I also prepare green tea, but in weekdays I just take few sips.

Another new "food" is the grape seed oil I use after the morning shower as I learned from you Victoria. It's so invigorating and I think relaxing at the same time. I suddenly breathe and smile and feel like a new person when coming out of the shower, ready to go out and start the day.

Throughout winter time I take in the morning 12cc elderberry extract for prophylaxis. I also buy frozen wheat grass juice in small 30cc plastic boxes, which I thaw during the night and drink in the morning, but I don't take it regularly. When I've finished what there's in the freezer, I 'forget about it' for a while until next purchase. The best would be to buy a special juicer and order a weekly supply of wheat grass.

I like to eat the proteins freshly made and warm from the oven or pot (fish) or pan (omlette)... What I don't eat at home I finish off at work, usually no later than 10 am... and leave the veggies, beet root, sesame butter, lettuce and walnuts for later in the day.



Posted by: Lola, Sunday, October 8, 2006, 4:40pm; Reply: 31
yael,
I add a hint of lavender to the oil, it soothes marvelously and also gives the oil a nice aroma.
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Monday, October 9, 2006, 8:54am; Reply: 32
Thanks Victoria - it looks like something I would like to have for breakfast in the summertime- or in the afternoon all year round. I often find that I lack soemthing in the afternoon- that would be a real pick me up :-D
Yep I enjoy my baking ;-D glad that I´m not a nonnie O.......
Posted by: 1507 (Guest), Monday, October 9, 2006, 2:57pm; Reply: 33
Can those of you who have been following BTD for a long time tell me your experience with the weight issue? After the initial loss of weight, were you able to maintain at a good weight by continuing to eat compliantly? I lost approx. 30 lbs. before starting BTD, due to stomach problems. I don't need to lose more, but I also don't want to gain weight back. I think I am "just right." Can I expect to stay at this weight? It seems like there's an awful lot of oil used by Type As.

My husband, who has been eating compliantly for the most part at home says he has noticed a difference in the fit of his clothes but hasn't gotten on a scale yet. He needs to lose weight (which is how I got him to try this with me).
Posted by: Lola, Monday, October 9, 2006, 3:02pm; Reply: 34
BTD stabilizes your body at all levels.
you can design it individually to fit your needs.
Posted by: ISA-MANUELA (Guest), Monday, October 9, 2006, 3:11pm; Reply: 35
::) ;D here I am completely with Lola, but malheureusement...I gained...instead the oposite :'(  >:( :( :P :B :-/
Posted by: Lola, Monday, October 9, 2006, 3:20pm; Reply: 36
as a general rule, those who do not follow the frequency guidelines given of the different food groups, gain weight if they happen to have a slow metabolism.
Posted by: Alia Vo, Monday, October 9, 2006, 4:32pm; Reply: 37
Hi Deborah,

When you lost your initial 30 lbs, were you following the portion/frequency guidelines in ER or LR?  Perhaps staying on the lower end of these numbers would help; I encourage to experiment with these guidelines.  If you feel the oil portions are too high, adjust to your own needs.  

Exercise plays an important role in maintaining and/or losing weight, as well.  Even if we only ate beneficial and neutral foods, we need to expendite calories to lose weight.  I believe eating right for our bodies makes the process of weight management healthy and long-term; you can always cater the food plans and food choices to your own individual goals/objectives.

Best wishes to you.

Alia
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, October 9, 2006, 4:39pm; Reply: 38
Along the lines of what Lola said, often people are so happy, and feel so good, eating the foods that agree with their blood types, that they overeat (in their enthusiasm and relief).

Just because a food is beneficial doesn't mean that it can be eaten in unlimited quantities (unless it is something like bene vegetables).  Just be aware.

I lost around 30 pounds when starting on the non-secretor diet (I didn't lose any weight on the B secretor diet).  That was 4 1/2 years ago, and I have re-gained 6 of those pounds and stabilized at close to my ideal weight.  If I stop exercising or start "snacking", my weight will start to creep up again.  So responsible and informed behavior is necessary for me.
Posted by: Dr. D, Monday, October 9, 2006, 7:22pm; Reply: 39
The trick is to lose fat and water, but grow muscle. Sometimes that makes the scale appear as if nothing much is happening, although clothes 'fit' better.

The appropriate diet for you type will tend to do that better than just about any other.
Posted by: ISA-MANUELA (Guest), Monday, October 9, 2006, 7:52pm; Reply: 40
:o:B:o:B ::) yup :-/ ya right :B
Posted by: 774 (Guest), Monday, October 9, 2006, 8:57pm; Reply: 41
In my case I've noticed (after loosing 90 pounds) that I am able to keep my weight pretty stable. Even when I jump off BTD every now and then, I still maintain the same weight. Now I still have some weight to loose and I am starting on that now, but it's nice to know that when I reached my ideal weight (I want to loose 20 -30 pounds still) I will be able to keep it by just eating normal and that "pampering" myself once and a while will not make my weight jump up and down like a jojo.

I am building a lot of muscle at the moment, because just recently I put on a jeans two sizes smaller, but the scale is not budging. I am staying steady at the same weight for the past 4 weeks. But I am not worried about this. It will go down and the fact that my clothes are getting looser is a good sign.
Posted by: crkcrk (Guest), Monday, October 9, 2006, 11:43pm; Reply: 42
i actualy gained weight,  though i am not totaly compliant , but the good thing is my cholesterol leavels all dropped and became better. i was never high colesterol but while i was on atkins over 2years ago my bad cholesterol had gone up(even though i had lost weight while on atkins).
Posted by: Drea, Monday, October 9, 2006, 11:43pm; Reply: 43
Quoted from Sandraruba
I am building a lot of muscle at the moment, because just recently I put on a jeans two sizes smaller, but the scale is not budging. I am staying steady at the same weight for the past 4 weeks. But I am not worried about this. It will go down and the fact that my clothes are getting looser is a good sign.


What have you been doing, excersing-wise, that you've been putting on muscle? I'm always interested to know these things  ;D.
Posted by: geminisue, Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 1:05am; Reply: 44
Great Job Sandra! Keep it going!
Posted by: colojd, Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 1:31am; Reply: 45
Going back several comments, yes I am planning to get my secretor status tested. I have a strong hunch that I am a non secretor, just based on the foods that agree with me more on the B list.

I did have a question that I don't fully understand - why is spelt grain Ok but not the flour. We get organic spelt berries and bought a grinder and make it into a flour so we can use it to make our own bread. I don't understand why the flour would not be good for us?

Joyce
Posted by: Don, Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 2:24am; Reply: 46
I believe the spelt flour/product TYPEbase entry refers to white spelt flour and the spelt entry is for whole spelt. The whole grain is better for you.

In the case of wheat it is opposite of this. Whole wheat is worse than white wheat.
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 2:32am; Reply: 47
what made you think that?
http://www.dadamo.com/typebase4/depictor5.pl?395
spelt is fine
Posted by: 774 (Guest), Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 1:26pm; Reply: 48
Quoted from outdoordrea


What have you been doing, excersing-wise, that you've been putting on muscle? I'm always interested to know these things  ;D.



I told my doctor that I wanted to gain muscle in a sensible way so he referred me to a physical therapist. He showed me exercises for my stomach, legs, arms with and without weights, and for the last two weeks I have been walking up 570 stairs (we have an elevation here on Aruba that has 570 stairs going straight up, it's great for exercising) and down. That will build up muscles in your legs, calves and buttocks.
And I've started on mountain biking in the weekend and I alternate it with exercises for my stomach and my arms.
Posted by: Jane, Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 1:36pm; Reply: 49
That's fantastic Sandra!  I know you must be feeling great and very proud of yourself!
Jane
Posted by: 1507 (Guest), Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 4:21pm; Reply: 50
Thanks, everyone. I actually lost the 30 lbs. before BTD, due to diarrhea and just plain not eating cuz I knew it would make me sick. That's why I'm concerned about gaining weight now that I'm able to eat without getting sick. It seems like staying reasonably compliant should not cause that to happen, since I'm mostly eating lean meats (fish, turkey, chicken) and lots of veggies and fruits. I do exercise daily with my dogs but need to get back to doing some strength training. Sounds like it's up to me to make sure I use the calories I take in.
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 10:17pm; Reply: 51
To ease your own mind, Rottlady, think about how you ate when you weighed more than you wanted to weigh.  Try and get a feel for what it was that caused you to pack on the weight.  Notice how your eating habits are different (or similiar) now, and try to see the areas that you have flexibility and where you don't.
Posted by: italybound, Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 1:52pm; Reply: 52
rottlady, you might want to get your secretor status checked. this will enable you to target more accurately what you are trying to achieve. :-) notice Victoria said she lost no weight on the sec diet, but once she found out her sec status and switched over to nonnie, lost 30 lbs. I believe this is what Dr D is talking about when he says:
Quoted from drd
The appropriate diet for your type will tend to do that better than just about any other.

On the oils, please do adjust if you feel it necessary, as Alia Vo says, but please try to use your benneficial oils. :-)

I lost 8 lbs when I started, tho I didn't really think I needed to lose. Guess my body thought differently.

Isa my dearle, ahhhheemmmmmm, is the cafe your problem?  :) ;) :P ;D :K)   I know it's hard to give up isn't it. Still a problem here too, but only about once a week.  ::)  does that count? LOL

Quoted from Sandra_Aruba
just recently I put on a jeans two sizes smaller


I'm so jealous!  :'(   Happy for you, tho. :-)   I should've lost some weight over this past 4 mths, but nope. I should have the tightest legs and butt muscles in Southeast Ill as many times as I've been up and down the ladder. But nope.  Hopefully when I get my hormones all where they should be, I'll start to see some change.
Posted by: 1507 (Guest), Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 2:22pm; Reply: 53
Just read an article in today's paper that they are finding that some people don't lose weight no matter which diet they follow or how religiously they stick to it and that has to do with their body chemistry.

Most of my weight loss was due to stomach problems due to stress over my daughter's illness, but as my stomach has shrunk I definitely eat smaller portions. And my BTD foods are primarily fruits and veggies and lean proteins, so I'm hoping that will keep me feeling better and keep me thin.

I think I will check into my secretor status. I haven't done so yet because I didn't think it would really make a big difference in what I eat.
Posted by: italybound, Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 2:29pm; Reply: 54
Quoted from rottlady
Just read an article in today's paper that they are finding that some people don't lose weight no matter which diet they follow or how religiously they stick to it and that has to do with their body chemistry.
I think I will check into my secretor status. I haven't done so yet because I didn't think it would really make a big difference in what I eat.


rottlady, one thing you have to bear in mind when reading those articles, is they're once again a one size fits all statement. :-(      Body chem may play a small role, but from what I've experience, eating for your BT makes a huge dif.  Knowing your sec status will help alot as well.  foods and portions are different.
Let us know how you're doing w/ this in the future. While you're waiting for your sec status results, maybe you could try eating a nonnie diet and see if your weight budges. :-)  also you may see changes in how you feel.
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 4:50pm; Reply: 55
There seems to be more of a difference in acceptable foods between the secretor types for A's than other types.  At least that's what a number of A's have posted on this forum.  
Posted by: italybound, Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 4:52pm; Reply: 56
Quoted from Victoria
There seems to be more of a difference in acceptable foods between the secretor types for A's than other types.  At least that's what a number of A's have posted on this forum.  


if so, then all the better for rottlady to know her sec status, eh? :-)   hurry rottlady, run, run, run to the mailbox w/ that spit test. :-)
Posted by: Joy, Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 6:03pm; Reply: 57
Sandra,

How often do you do the 570 stairs?  That sounds like great muscle building exercise.

If I had something like that in Florida for exercise (there's not much elevation here of any kind)
I'd certainly hope there would be something to see once I got upto the top because I'd be catching my wind for a while.  Good thing the trip down is always easier.

I can certainly make better use of my YMCA membership, I know.


Joy
Posted by: 774 (Guest), Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 8:00pm; Reply: 58
I go four to five times in the week. This week I've gone every day. Going again this afternoon after work en this weekend we are biking again. Yesterday I managed to go up again 400 stairs, so almost two times!  :D Yes, very proud of myself!
Oh and this morning the scale said I lost 1 kilo (2 pounds). Weeeeee!!! ;D

Quoted from Joy
Sandra,

How often do you do the 570 stairs?  That sounds like great muscle building exercise.

If I had something like that in Florida for exercise (there's not much elevation here of any kind)
I'd certainly hope there would be something to see once I got upto the top because I'd be catching my wind for a while.  Good thing the trip down is always easier.

I can certainly make better use of my YMCA membership, I know.


Joy


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