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I am on the Atkins diet on induction and gaining weight! Please help.
From looking at your calendar it seems as if you are eating way too much protein in a day; especially for your size. The problem with excess protein is a process in our bodies that converts excess protein to glucose. This raises your blood sugar, and you are right back where you started. In order for Atkins, or any other low carb diet to work best, you need to eat low carbs, moderate protein, (look on line to calculate the right balance of protein for your size), and the rest of your calories should come from fats like butter, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, etc. Check out Jimmy Moore's blog, Livin' La Vida Low Carb. He lost 180 lbs on Atkins, but began to slowly gain it back. Found out the problem with too much protein, and the importance of eating enough fat. Make some veggies, and put lots of butter on them. Cook your eggs in butter. Make an omelet in the morning, and put cheese in it. One other possibility is that you may have some food intolerances. Many people (some say 70%) have intolerances to dairy and eggs. If you were not eating much of these before, and now are eating them in abundance, it could be the intolerance causing the weight gain. But first, I would cut back the protein, and increase the fat. I lose weight at higher calorie levels with a low carb diet, as long as my carbs and protein are in check. And if you get enough fat, you will go longer between eating, which is beneficial to your blood sugar. Hang in there. Make some tweaks, and figure out what is best for your biology.
by yduj57 (submitted 4 years ago)
Bowel Movements
Sometimes it is not about fiber as much as it is about your biome balance. My daughter has had trouble since she was an infant. I recently had a really good probiotic from Jarrow because I was on antibiotics for 3 weeks. I suggested she try taking one each morning, because she was having lots of other digestive problems as well; gassiness, cramping, bloating, etc. It has worked better than anything else we have tried for her constipation. She is going every day, sometimes twice! She would often go 3 to 5 days, or even more. I was surprised, but then I read that if your problem is with constipation, that fiber and water actually don't help much even if that is the usual recommendation. If the balance of bacteria in the lower intestinal tract is off from the ideal, the food is not digested properly and sent along. Do you have a good health food store near you? Perhaps they can recommend a good one. Water and magnesium are helpful for the leg cramps with low carb, and the magnesium is supposed to help with b.m.'s but I have not seen that. Drinking enough water will also help keep you from getting kidney stones if you are prone to them. Good luck!
by yduj57 (submitted 4 years ago)
I Need Tips for beating sugar addiction.....
If cold turkey seems impossible, there is another way. I have gotten rid of sugar in my diet by starting with one thing; high fructose corn syrup. I decided it was the devil, and was going to destroy my health in too many ways to count. (Look for the video, Sugar:The Bitter Truth on YouTube) I had to get it out of my life. So I got rid of anything and everything that had high fructose corn syrup in it. I read every label of anything before I bought it or consumed it. What you quickly realize is the worst food has the most toxic ingredients in it. It is tough, really tough for about 4 or 5 days. But then it gets easier. After that it was a piece of cake (bad analogy!) to get rid of the rest of the sugars. I do use a little raw honey about once a month in my tea in the evening, and I eat very, very dark chocolate (85 - 90%). It has sugar in it, but not enough to spike my blood sugar, and it has great anti-inflammatory properties. BTW, just learned that cancer cells eat sugar. One more reason to avoid the demon! You can do this, and you will be glad you did.
by yduj57 (submitted 4 years ago)
My name is Sandy
C67241, I read both books. Got the Cholesterol Clarity for 99 cents, just before his new book went on sale. I wrote a review of Cholesterol Clarity, but not Ketone Clarity yet. Found the newer book to be more practical and helpful to me, but the first was good too.
by yduj57 (submitted 4 years ago)
My name is Sandy
Hi Sandy, Have you read or heard anything about very low carb diets? You may want to pick up Keto Clarity by Jimmy Moore. Just read it and he talks about how cancer cells are fed by sugars. Some people have had some success is fighting the cancer, along with other treatments of course, by eliminating refined carbs. It might be worth researching. Good luck, and will be thinking of you!
by yduj57 (submitted 4 years ago)
Idk what to do =/
Diablo is right that the best way to change your shape is resistance work. Go on Youtube, and check out HIIT workouts. They are intense, and use weights, or just body weight, and often are full body workouts that last ten to 20 minutes. You don't want to do them every day. Every other day is best. And then do something gentle like walking and stretching afterwards to bring your cortisol levels down. My understanding is that long cardio will burn more fat while you are working out, but the after effects of that burn are less than with high intensity interval work. With the interval work, studies have shown that you continue to burn fat for 48 or more hours after the workout. And you will get the toning you want. I have started a program like this about 6 weeks ago. What I love about the program I started is that rather than sticking exactly to a schedule for rest, he keeps going through the whole workout, and you rest for as long as you need to, to be able to get back into the workout with good form, when you need to (you are completely exhausted, the muscles are burning, and have nothing left). It only takes a few seconds, but you can get back in and keep going. It allows you to be in control of the process with where you are in fitness. Good luck!
by yduj57 (submitted 4 years ago)
What would you tell your 16 year old self?
I would tell myself that you are smart and sensible, and better looking than you think you are, but you have to start living your life according to your values, not your parents or friends. Go to art school, you don't want to study science. It is where you will thrive. Look inside for validation not outside. You have the answers that are right for you.
by yduj57 (submitted 4 years ago)
Eggs anyone?
Love them, and used to eat about 6 to 12 a week. Easily. But, I recently did an elimination test and found out I can't eat them for now. At least not often. Eggs and dairy can cause gut issues which can lead to autoimmune problems in a large portion of the population. And if you are prone to any autoimmune diseases, then you need to be careful about eating any foods that are likely to cause an intolerance too frequently. By eliminating for now, and retesting every 6 to 12 months, I will see if eventually I can eat them from time to time. I am holding onto the hope that I can. And as many already stated, the yolks are where all the good nutrition lies. For 90 calories you are get a great nutritional powerhouse!
by yduj57 (submitted 4 years ago)
Slimming power of coconut oil
It is great for cooking, because it has a better high temperature response than may other fats. Like others have said, it contains MCT (mid-chain triglycerides) which boost your fat burning. I would reinforce what others have said as well; this is not a magic elixir. You cannot eat with abandon and suddenly lose weight by adding the coconut oil. Most people who eat low carb incorporate coconut oil, coconut milk, and/or coconut cream into their diets. I add a slug of MCT oil into my morning protein shake. Used to start my morning with bulletproof coffee as John talks about, but I found out that I couldn't take the dairy anymore, and ghee does not froth up as nicely as butter.
by yduj57 (submitted 4 years ago)
Fats
BTW Corifeo, your study you cited is from 2000. Check more recent research.
by yduj57 (submitted 4 years ago)
Fats
Corifeo wrote: "carbs are coverts to a derived from of glucose will be converted into cholesterol and triglycerides, but only if you have excess calories in your system. If there are no excess calories in your system your body will simply not do this." Interesting premise. All I know is this. First, my personal experience and those around me has shown a drop in triglycerides corresponding to a drop in refined carbohydrates. Likewise my doctor has told me high triglycerides are correlated to high sugar consumption. And I have to question your premise relative to the consumption of calories. When is this magical caloric balance measured? Unless you are consuming your calories equivalent to the pace at which you burn them, which would be magical, there will always be times during the day, particular just after eating a meal, when calories in our system will exceed the need for calories at that moment. My understanding is that if we are consuming any sugars, particularly those with fructose as a component, the liver will immediately process that and create a host of troubling compounds. But, whatever. If you have the science down, good on you. I'll trust my lab results, and my doctor's information, prior to the change which resulted in the improvement. By the way, my triglycerides were 35 the last time they were measured.
by yduj57 (submitted 4 years ago)
Why would you eat nuts?
Nuts are probably cheaper per pound, and far more nutritious than any of the highly processed 100 calorie snack packs. They are real food, loaded with nutrients. And frankly, calories have less to do with weight loss than you think. I eat about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of raw tree nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, macadamia nuts) every single day. Yum. They taste good. They have lots of fiber, and I don't get hungry ten minutes later. You can pass if you want. After all, if all the calorie counters stop being afraid of nuts the price will go up. Then they might be too expensive.
by yduj57 (submitted 4 years ago)
Fats
Higher triglyceride levels are usually associated with higher consumption of sugar and/or refined carbs, or starchy, low fiber carbs. I found by increasing my consumption of saturated fats from grass fed butter, coconut oil, avocado, olive oil, and grass fed or pasture raised meats, my HDL went up. Jimmy Moore wrote a book called Cholesterol Clarity that can help you understand how to best manage the numbers for optimum health. He consulted with many, many experts in the field. The latest research is not in alignment with what the average doc will tell you, or what the average person believes. Good luck!
by yduj57 (submitted 4 years ago)
Nature vs. Nurture
Genetics matters. I live with it day in and day out. My husband and daughters are slim, and eat with abandon. My husband's pants size has not changed more than 1 size since high school. He is 59. His mother's brothers had the same build as he does. My 16 y.o. daughter is tall and very slender, and would love to gain weight, but has not been able to do so. Both of my daughters seem to have his metabolism which allows them to not have to worry about what they eat, and how it will effect their weight. I have struggled my entire life with my weight, but even more so since my husband entered my life. I had maintained a 70 pound weight loss for nine years before I met him. Since I have lived with him, and his more reckless eating, I have been fighting with more or less success, trying to keep the weight under control. I am the only one who exercises regularly. I eat more veggies than the rest of them combined. Until I started to understand more of the science of weight loss, I felt like I was on a sinking ship. I now know how to best eat for my body's chemistry. My family of origin has a predisposition to weight gain...varying from overweight to severely obese. This is not said as an excuse for my weight. It is an observation. And there are studies in controlled conditions that demonstrated just what you described Paperiniko...a calorie deficit without weight loss, and no weight gain with a calorie surplus. Check out the work that Ancel Keys did with conscientious objectors during WWII. It showed that the participants bodies had a strong resistance to weight loss after the initial 10 to 12 weeks, in spite of daily exercise. There was another study that showed a resistance to weight gain in a different controlled study. Both are described in detail in Gary Taubes book, "Good Calories, Bad Calories" in Chapter 15 on Hunger. I have often read that weight loss is 80% diet, and 20% exercise. My opinion is that it is 80% genetics....then after that, it is 80% diet, and 20% exercise. I suppose since we can't do anything to change our genetics, it is irrelevant...except so far as we compare what we are eating to those around us. Then we must embrace/accept the genetics we have, and work with the tools at our disposal to change what we can.
by yduj57 (submitted 5 years ago)
How should fatsecret handle people who are using it to further anorexia?
I see from your profile that you are studying counseling. As such, I am curious to know what you think fatsecret can do to affect someone's choice to use this site in a destructive way. There are plenty of people who record their food intake, and keep it private from all but their buddies...so it makes it next to impossible to determine everyone who is in the category your describe. I think it is sad that someone would be intentionally harming themselves this way, but can anyone realistically do anything to change their behavior through this community? Wouldn't that be something that the people in their immediate lives would be better positioned to change? One of the positive things about fatsecret is that we can all find our own path to health and fitness. While veganism works for you, for me it would be a path of ill health. But I am not about to preach to you that you are making bad choices. They are your choices to make...as are my choices my own to make. I am sure you have approached your choices with education and observation, as have I. The one area where I get concerned is when the participants are under 18. They often are pursuing extreme and unhealthy goals in the pursuit of weight loss, at a time that their bodies are still developing. I don't deny the case you described is sad. But again, what would you suggest, since you did raise the question?
by yduj57 (submitted 5 years ago)
protein powders
I get the Designer Whey protein powder...fairly low in carbs, and I can get it at a decent price at Trader Joe's. So far I have tried the chocolate and the French Vanilla. Both were good. My daughter tried the chocolate and liked it...she is a VERY picky eater.
by yduj57 (submitted 6 years ago)
Apple Cider Vinegar doesn't play nice
Have you thought about cutting out fructose? It is processed in the liver, and one of the things it does is caused an increase in the chemical that causes gout. I have pseudo gout in my knees. Since cutting out the morning o.j., along with eliminating all sugars, my pain has dropped dramatically. This was after watching the YouTube video Sugar: The Bitter Truth, and learning about the biochemistry. The other thing that has helped my joint pain, is eliminating wheat and other grains. Listened to a podcast yesterday on Jimmy Moore's website, where they interviewed Dr. Davis who wrote Wheat Belly. He is a preventative cardiologist. He has seen incredible health improvements when people eliminate wheat. Worth a listen to...especially if the ACV is hard to stomach. I use it on my greens, like you...and on salads. But that isn't going to get the same outcome. Maybe some other foods you are consuming are the source of the inflammation, as they were with me. Worth checking out.
by yduj57 (submitted 6 years ago)
CARBS
Hoser is right....how many carbs is really dependent on you and your person biochemistry. And, what is most important is that you eliminate as much processed food as possible, and get most of your carbs from non-starchy veggies. If you are wanting to try low carb there are some great books out there other than Atkins...Gary Taubes book, Why We Get Fat, Phinney and Volek Art and Science of Low Carb Eating, And Wheat Belly by Dr. Davis. Those are a few just off the top of my head. The more you learn, the more you start to find out that low carb eating has to be very personalized to your biology.
by yduj57 (submitted 6 years ago)
Head Cravings
I frequently substitute some great herbal tea for those occasional cravings. But noticing that the craving is not based on hunger is very valuable and important. Makes it much easier to manage.
by yduj57 (submitted 6 years ago)
What's your Danger Food?
Sweets and nuts are a no go for me. But, I also can't eat grains without a dramatic increase in joint pain. Over time, I have come to love the veggies and protein, so I can't say I feel deprived. And I do feel much, much healthier. I'll take that trade-off!
by yduj57 (submitted 6 years ago)
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