View Full Version : Which ones should i take??
14-11-2002, 04:40 PM
Hey guys, Ive been on atkins for about 8 weeks, but havent really seen any results (lost 3kgs in 2 weeks, but now back to original weight!), although i do admit to cheating at least 3 times! anyway, i stay under 20 g a day and exercise at my fat burn heart rate for an hour a day.
I currently take:
*2 chelated potassiums (natures own) which has 495g of potassium amino acid chelate with 100mg equiv.potassium
*2 (natures own) GTF chromiums with 50mcg og chromium each.
*and 2 (microgenics) calcium complex with minerals. This includes 251mg calcium, 243mg of magnesium and 326.5 micrograms of magnesium
I also have a container of (natures own) L-glutamine which has 500mg of lglutamine per tablet. Is it really worth taking these for cravings? and how many should i have? Im usually ok with cravings until i see my fiance on weekends, and that is when i always wanted to cheat! so i thought i might take some just on the wekends. Will it work?
So that is what I am taking. Is there anything else i should be adding? Doses i should be changing? Is the chromium really necesary?
Id appreciate all the help i can get, because ive never taken supplements before, and dont have i clue what im doing! LOL!
Im considering trying the durathon because of the bad results ive ben having. What doseage do i have to have of these?
Id really appreciate your help! Thanks!
I'd be taking some vitamin c as well. are you having flax?
14-11-2002, 06:07 PM
I don't know what point it is taking those chromium tablets, I take a 400mcg tablet and other people take a 200 mcg tab twice a day.
You should also be taking a multi vitamin and mineral tablet.
I don't know if the L-Glutamine in small doses is worth it for cravings, anyone use it for cravings?
You might need to look at the powders and taking more a day, but you'll want to check with Rossana and Jesper on the doses. I'm only just starting to read up on it myself.
I'm actually taking 30mg a day divided in 6 doses to help with the candida but you won't want as much as me.
2x 20ml of flax a day should help you too, but include that in your calorie intake.
If your stalled your going to have to keep from cheating on the weekends and see whats stalling you.
Durathon is whats on the pack, 2 capsules each morning.
14-11-2002, 11:40 PM
L-carnitine and L-glutamine dos nothing for cravings. For L-glutamine to be effective (to repair muscle and flush the kidney's) you need to take 15g per day, spread evenly throughout the day.
Personally, I notice a big difference between a cheap brand like Nature's Own and for example MRM.
16-11-2002, 08:25 PM
Ive been visiting the lowcarber forums at forums.lowcarber.org for ages, and EVERYONE says to use LGlutamine for cravings! Arghh so this isnt true? i spent like $ 50 on a bottle lol. SO what can be taken for sugar cravings then?
Thanks for the replies btw!
16-11-2002, 08:28 PM
Oh, and....why should I take vitamin C? I do have some, but the only ones i could find were the sugarless chewable ones.....is there anything wrong with these....?Theyre artificially sweetened, except they are way sweet!
16-11-2002, 08:33 PM
You should take Vitamin C because it is a vitamin and a powerful anti-oxidant!
If you find that L-GLutamine works as an appetite suppressant by all means use it. The power of the mind is very strong. I just cannot see how it physiologically could reduce hunger. And I take 50g per day myself and I have never experienced reduced hunger feelings.
16-11-2002, 10:15 PM
Originally posted by carly4282
SO what can be taken for sugar cravings then?
Chromium is a cost effective supplement that assists with sugar cravings. It is an essential trace element vital to carbohydrate metabolism and the maintenance of insulin sensitivity. It regulates blood sugar and works with insulin to encourage your body to take glucose into its cells to be burnt as energy.
When there is a deficiency of this element, you often find insuline resistance, hyperinsulinaemia and high blood sugar. Atkins is quotes as saying that more than 90% of all Americans are deficient. Sadly it is these people who need it the most.
When your body is low in chromium, your craving for sugar grows. But the more sugar you eat, the more you deplete your chromium stores.
By reducing your sugar cravings, it makes it easier to stick to low carb eating plans but studies have also shown that:
* it helps to prevent the loss of lean muscle tissue if you do intentionally cut back on calories
* it enhances the calorie burning results of exercise
* has been viewed as indispensable for controlling non-insulin dependant diabetes (Type II)
* scientists have discovered that high blood sugar also causes cell damage and it appears to be a major factor in aging... chromium's ability to manage blood sugar is essential here.
Daily doses vary but are commonly between 400 - 600 mcg (micrograms) and we recommend dividing them into two doses: one in the morning and one at around 2-3pm to stave off the afternoon sugar cravings that make you wander towards the vending machines, biscuit tin or milk bar!!
16-11-2002, 10:22 PM
That is such a good reply Rossana, you should put it in it's own thread and sticky it so it does'nt get lost! :D
Every low carber should be taking Chromium, and it's so cheap.
18-11-2002, 08:45 PM
:rolleyes: how to work out sticky's!! ;)
18-11-2002, 08:51 PM
HaHa!! maybe you could staple it up there with the flaxseed thread;)
18-11-2002, 09:43 PM
Woot figured it out!
Whilst viewing the thread, look down the bottom and you'll see a scroll bar called Admin Options : Thread options, click on that and select stick/unstick thread and then click on the 'GO' button beside the scroll bar
18-11-2002, 10:20 PM
Thanks Sheree! hehehe - I bet you pull apart household equipment to see how it works!! ;)
I have been doing some forum housekeeping :D and now I've got a few sticky's to put up! cheers!
18-11-2002, 11:31 PM
Hehe thats what I did with my first computer :)
Hi, yet another query about which supplement to use. So far on this WOE I've lost around 7 kgs of post-pregnancy weight and I'm currently 51kg (I'm short) but I'm finding it hard to budge thoes last couple of stubborn kgs.
I'm staying around 20g carbs a day and 1400 cals. I'm not doing any workouts as such but I am doing about 1 hours brisk walking pushing a pram a day and I'm also a busy, energised person with a pretty fast metabolism.
Today I was talked into buying some L-Cartinine. I was after Durathon but they didn't have any. Will L-Cartinine do anything for me? I haven't opened the bottle yet so hopefully I could return it if something else would be better cause it's pretty expensive and I'd hate to waste it.
I'd really appreciate your advice, chip xx
06-01-2003, 06:12 PM
My dearest Chip
I wish that I could help you with this question....I really don't know. I have been taking the durathon for a while and I really think that it helps me but I am not sure about the L-Cartinine. Someone here will definately be able to help you out with it though....Don't open them just yet....patience my dear friend, I reckon that you will have your answer today....
06-01-2003, 06:34 PM
Have you read this thread Chip?
06-01-2003, 06:52 PM
And this one
Thanks Max and RBB, yes I have had a look at the information on this site about L-Carnitine and it does seem like a good supplement for some people, particularly if you excersise a lot which I don't really, so that's why I'm thinking I should probably take it back and order some Durathon instead. Just thought I'd try to get the definitive answer here first. :) chip xx
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