Also, on my 13th day of a low carb cut. 11 lbs down so far. Clothes are already looser. No big deal in the weight room so far, but I’m sure it will come. My body hates carbs. But my brain loves them. When my system switches over to ketosis it hums like a Singer sewing machine. But boy getting there is a rough time. It’s also tough trying to get keep enough protein on board to minimize muscle loss. This diet really wipes out my appetite. I gain muscle fairly easily, but I also gain fat easily. I’ve tried other ways to cut fat but this is the only way that seems to work well for me. I first learned of it from my primary MD whom my wife was also an employee of, back in the late nineties. She said that when she was in medical school in New York back in the 70s all of the medical students were using it to lose weight fast. Thanks to Dr Atkins book. I then saw my wife lose 40lbs in 3 months by going low carb. Stayed firm too. No detectable loss of tone. And she would literally die before she hit a lick at anything resembling exercise. But she got bored with it as most low carbers do and resumed the typical American diet. Needless to say, the weight returned, plus. Fast forward a few years when I’m in nursing school. I had done the diet a few times since my wife first tried it and always dropped fat as long as I stayed with it. Even dropped 30 lbs in 4 months one time while cheating routinely. I had to write this paper at some phase of the program so I wrote it based on this subject. That’s when I discovered that the head nursing instructor was an anti low carb nazi. My paper was not graded fairly, in my opinion, therefore I spoke with said head instructor regarding the matter. It was very clear that she had many misconceptions concerning the low carb diet. So we agreed to disagree. I graduated, she is no longer affiliated with the local nursing college. Point is, the establishment as a whole has not yet wholly embraced the idea of a low carb diet as a healthy alternative to the typical American high carb lifestyle. Even very highly competent physicians that I have known are reluctant to put it out there that they believe in it. They will tell me in confidence, but it’s like they’re wary of repercussions from the establishment. Even a secondary nursing instructor came to me and confided that she went low carb occasionally to drop fat fast. A few years ago, the supermarket shelves were flooded with low carb products as the food industry rode a wave of low carb popularity. Most were of poor quality, and were not palatable. Few options survive nowadays as the industry has abandoned the concept for the most part. It is difficult to say the least, to follow the low carb lifestyle. There are so few options. But, with the right mindset, and a commitment to truly lose fat, it can be done. Eggs and meat will always be around. As well as numerous low carb vegetables. So if one truly wants to lose fat, the answer is right there. If you (and me) can handle the food boredom. Just thought I would share my experiences as diet is so much a part of bodybuilding. And I’m not saying that the low carb lifestyle works for everybody. But it actually does work, and works very well, for people of my ilk. And apparently it did also for bodybuilders of yore. Google it. It’s enlightening.