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I borrowed this idea from another site. :) But to be fair, it's a concept that is not new to the low carb/keto community. Atkins '72 had you shoot for your daily Protein goal and to keep your carbs (whole, non-net carbs) to about 10g or less per day (loosely). If you can't do <10g of carbs per day, then try to keep them as low as possible and definitely do NOT exceed 20g of whole non-net carbs.

So those of you who know me, know I get bored with my same ol' same ol' routine! So I felt like mixing things up and tightening up the carb wagon a bit. I'm eating a crap ton of carbs for my body (about 50-60g per day whole which comes out to about 30-40g net after Fiber subtraction). And what tends to happens when you lower your carbs is that you up dietary ketosis (aka you become a fat burning monster, especially if you've already been low carb for a while--you lose your appetite; drop Water retention; and you might just lose a couple of pounds of fat in the bargain--you also return back to easy satiety). And come on...after Fatsgiving, don't we all need to adopt a little austerity?

The rules of the game are simple:

AMAW = All meat All Week (Meet only for the week--but I'm gonna include eggs, egg whites, poultry, game, domestically and internationally produced red meats, etc, cured meats/jerky/biltong, et al, bone broths and stocks and also all seafood/fish in the meat category)

CAMAW = All cheese and Meat All Week (although personally I think it should be MACAW ;) rather than CAMAW and I'm gonna include other forms of dairy + protein supplements + non-milk dairy like almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk provided it fits into the carbs/calories scenario previously discussed, since you're already eating cheese--it just has to fit into your 10g-20g of whole carbs for the day.)

Fats = Healthy Fats as much as you want/can handle (or as little) provided you stay within your daily carb/caloric goal for the day. This would not ideally include nuts/seeds/nut butters, but again, if that is the line in the sand for you, then we'd rather you play with us for the week rather than sit it out cuz you need your mother truckin' nuts. ;) Right? Am I right? Healthy sources of fats = olive oil, evoo, evco, evpo, avocado oil, mct oil, grassfed butter, avocados, lard, tallow, schmalz (rendered chicken, duck, or goose fat), and if you choose to eat nuts/seeds/nutbutters they would also provide fat as well as protein and carbs.

Water/Liquids = 100oz or more per day

Vitamins = Of forkin' course, silly!

Coffee = yes

Tea = yes

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We'll start tomorrow, Sunday December 2, and continue through Saturday, December 8. Who's with me?

Edited by FluffyChix

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For instance, here's my individual goal for the week. I choose to do CAMAW and here are my macros for the week. Mkay?

My calorie goal is gonna be about 700cals/day.

Carbs = 9g (5%)

Protein = 79g (45%)

Fat = 39g (50%)

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This is just MY macro/caloric goal. Your goal needs to be set to meet your needs. OK? So if you workout like a beast you will need more cals, more protein, more fat, etc! Right? You may have different caloric goals--go for it! :) But I'm just a shrinky dinky old lady of 5'4" and standard build at 148lbs (about 108lbs or about 50kgs give or take of LBM). My protein prescription for my daily 1 hour of exercise that includes walking + strength training with isometric whole body movements and bands 3 days a week = LBM in kg x 1.5g/kg of LBM = 75g of protein*.

*Since I use the free MFP program, this is the best I can do to figure macros because they only allow using 5point increments to adjust your daily food goals.

Edited by FluffyChix

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Just to be clear - “all meat all week” - what role veggies? In or out (low carb veggies, obviously)...?

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13 minutes ago, Biddy zz said:

Just to be clear - “all meat all week” - what role veggies? In or out (low carb veggies, obviously)...?

Well, it's kinda like this..."Don't Ask/Don't Tell" bahahahaha! If that's what it takes to keep you with us, then I don't think that a couple of handfuls of raw spinach or super greens is gonna hairlip the Pope. But strictly speaking? There are supposed to be no veggies in AMAW and CAMAW.

But I can assure you? I WILL be using a bit of condiment here and there. Hello Vlasic Dill Relish in my tuna salad...a green onion in my egg salad. You see? And, if my ketones get too high and start sparking a cortisol dump (which has happened to me on account of my BS metabolism and hyperinsulinemia), then I WILL be grabbing a handful or two of spinach to gently bring me into a more shallow ketotic state. :D (I just probably won't broadcast it here.) :D

This is kinda doing "caveman" style or Atkins '72 style of low carb for 1 week only. Just to be cray and shake things up. I like to do that once in a while. :D

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On 12/01/2018 at 12:17, CyndieRI said:

With all that Protein and cheese - how will you poop?!?!
I was wondering the same thing!

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6 minutes ago, CyndieRI said:

With all that Protein and cheese - how will you poop?!?!

Hahaha! I honestly have no idea! I am gonna keep the cheese minimal for me. Good Lord, the carnage!!! *SOB* Here's my projected menu for tomorrow. I seem to be "ok" with tiny amounts of cottage cheese...and then the other stuff is just minimal!

I do foresee the need to up my Miralax forthwith and also to add back a full serving of my beloved whole psyllium husks. I will NOT count those mother trucking carbs though. I will invoke the Don't Ask/Don't Tell clause.

Breakfast: coffee (decaff, black)

Morning "Snack" = 2nd Brekky = Nuked Eggwich with eggs for the bun

lunch = Tuna salad with egg/cottage cheese (may have to be 2 meals to get it all in)

dinner = Grilled chicken with Avocado

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Edited by FluffyChix

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This is amazing! I love following a plan! I did really well with Atkins 6 years ago - lost 6.5 stone ... and FC you have been SO successful that I’m right behind you! 😁🤗

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Just now, Alpaca55 said:

This is amazing! I love following a plan! I did really well with Atkins 6 years ago - lost 6.5 stone ... and FC you have been SO successful that I’m right behind you! 😁🤗

Yay congrats on losing 6.5 stone!!!! Come on aboard!

But please don't hold me up as a success story. I'm just a big ol' backsliding hairy sinner trying to muddle my way through it one day at a time! But I bore easily and am alternately easily amused as you can see here! LOL. I LOVE :780_sparkling_heart: to track stuff in MFP and Excel cuz I'm a freak!

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Oops! Forgot a very important piece of my weight loss story!! I gained it all back!!! So just starting out again with the sleeve! 🤪

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I love freak trackers!!! 😊

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Just now, Alpaca55 said:

I love freak trackers!!! 😊

Me2! But maybe I just :780_sparkling_heart: all freaks cuz I am one? :D

I think God said in the Bible that "the freaks shall inherit the earth" didn't he? 🙄

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Just last night I was reading my (1992) Atkins book on Induction and I am planning to do it right after the holidays. I have never heard of the AMAW or CAMAW but it sounds promising. On induction, you are allowed 20 net grams of carbs (vegetables only) and of course Protein and fat...I will have to look on MFP at my old food logs to see how much of each I was eating. I hope this will kickstart my losing again since I have been a bit stalled for the last several weeks. With all the parties/concerts/events we are going to and having our anniversary in 2 weeks it would be impossible unlikely for me to stick with it but I will definitely follow this thread and cheer on the participants.

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I loved Atkins! I found it so easy but I think because the old versions of the diet were very rigid and for me very simple which suits me... if I’m given too much choice I just can’t manage it!

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