You did catch my screen name, right? Hard to do do that without veins. I'm male & no, don't need cranberry juice every couple of weeks.
Do you actually want people to see your veins? I can understand wanting to lose weight or body fat, but I'll never understand the allure of veins. Unless you want to attract vampires... :lol:
I don't weigh myself so I'm just looking for other indicators
On the more practical side, when donating blood it helps if the phlebotomist doesn't need to stab you 20 times
I've found it necessary to stay pretty near the low end of carbohydrate intake
Me too - actually I seem more sensitive than you. I've tried various fruits - fresh stuff like apples, oranges & bananas, and various others - raisins, dates, and so on ... for me fruit seems to stoke my binges as much as grains.
I'll probably never again have a lot of carbs, but I do think a little would be good, if only I could get them without losing control.
I'm near zero carb most days now (with the very rare exception noted above)
my plan to find a reasonable level and type of carbs is, next time I'm at my desired weight I'll introduce only one type at a time, starting with potato, and not introducing any more for at least 2 or 3 months, to establish whether it's working.
feeling hunger a couple times a day is normal
Thanks for the input, that's what I'm hoping is happening with me. the hunger sensation is the same but it feels like I'm more in control. Won't know for sure that that's exactly what's happening (or I'm just feeling a temporary rush from this diet's new-ness) until it lasts for a couple of months.