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Posted: 15 Dec 2012, 02:19
Help me please. I am on atkins 15 days or more. My weight bounced. Now i gained. My body looks bloated. I watch my carbs. Now i exclude cheese. I even try to watch my calories. I excluded already salt in order to reduce water retention. I even had to take furosemide as i bloat a lot. All in all i gained weight aboat 3 kg or more. Maybe someone can helpme Sad

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Posted: 15 Dec 2012, 02:21
Stop doing Atkins and follow a small sensible balanced diet with regular exercise

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Posted: 15 Dec 2012, 07:32
It's fluid fluctuations. Normal as the weight you lost initially was mostly fluid. I hope you had a script for the lasix as it should never be taken to lose weight (unless you have been told you have a heart condition and fluid retention from that). I would look at your daily sodium intake and try to reduce that so that you are not retaining extra water. I'm not an atkins fan, more of a healthy lifestyle person, but I won't get into that!

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Posted: 15 Dec 2012, 08:27
I am doing Atkins too. It is the only diet that works for me. And I have tried quite a few. Sometimes my weight will jump up a little just before I lose again. Don't get discouraged and make sure you drink your water. That helps to flush out the weight.

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Posted: 15 Dec 2012, 11:09
If you've been on Atkins for 15 days (or more, which is it?) as you said, it appears you didn't actually start with an induction. I suggest you get serious and stop merely watching your calories and carbs. Record everything you eat so you can select the "this is exactly what I ate" option. Reset your food entry menu to display your net carbs. Take an active role and plan ahead what you are going to eat each day to stay within the induction limit of 20 net grams of carbs a day. Pick a number of calories as your target and meet that target each day for 2 weeks. Then you will be able to see whether the issue is too many calories or what.

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Posted: 15 Dec 2012, 15:34
Remember everyone is different and different things work for different people. Don't listen to people who think your style of calorie counting and exercise is wrong just because they think it is. Atkins might be right for you, re think it based on eKatherine's comments. I've never tried it so i wouldn't advise whether it is right or wrong and i can't advise whether you have started it off plan. Good luck with your journey

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Posted: 15 Dec 2012, 19:16
Well thank you all. But I count everything. That's strange but it seems to be fluid that retains because I gain weight so quickly. And that is strange as I don't eat salt already, and don't look at my sodium intake in the menu. It is not correct

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Posted: 15 Dec 2012, 22:19
I read the Atkins book and your results are expected but not everyone's experience. The first 2 weeks is mostly water water. The third and fourth week it can be expected weight gain of 2 lbs a week for 2 weeks. The body is adjusting to the fluid imbalance. After that results expected are to lose between 2-3 lbs a week consistently. Keep in mind you will hit plateaus down the road. Keep at it and you will lose.

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Posted: 16 Dec 2012, 03:00
Wanting, thanks for such a useful info

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Posted: 16 Dec 2012, 03:51
Hi lingorus Smile Just adding my two-cents worth Smile

To begin with, I would suggest that you have FatSecret calculate your RDI for calories. Unless you are working out vigorously many, many hours a day, your RDI shouldn't be 2300 calories when you weigh 121 pounds and you're trying to lose weight. I don't know your details, but I calculated the RDI for someone who is 25 years old, 5'6", 121 lbs. and is very active (highest on the scale of activity) and to maintain that weight, the RDI was 2300 calories. To lose, you would need to eat less than that, but not as low as the amount you're eating.

Looking at your Food Diary, even if your RDI was 1400, like mine, you're eating way below that on a lot of days. It isn't healthy to go below 1000 calories a day for anyone on a long-term basis. Besides that, if you're not feeding your body enough, it will hold onto everything you put in it just in order for it to function as properly as possible.

I also notice that you eat flax fairly often. I love things made with flax seed meal, but had to stop eating it because my body just wouldn't "get rid" of it lol. Even drinking 80-100+ ounces of water a day. If you've had any issues with "voiding", the flax (along with not drinking very much water) could be the culprit.

Even without eating the flax, you should drink at least half of your weight in ounces of water daily. Doing that will also help your bloating issue.

If you've decided that eating low-carb is a way of eating that you can live with, then you may need to follow a strict Induction Phase for 2 weeks. Calculate your RDI, and stay as close to it as you can, plus keep your net carb intake as close to 20 grams a day.

It's great that you've omitted salt from your daily routine Smile I stopped using regular salt several months ago after I learned that just one teaspoon of salt is equal to the maximum daily requirement of sodium (2300 mgs). Pretty much everything has some sodium in it, but adding salt from the shaker to your food will really get that sodium level up there. I do use a salt substitute, but I've found that I don't use it as often as I used regular salt.

I've eaten the low-carb way numerous times over the last 10 years (before now, always for a "quick fix", lost some weight, but didn't stick with it) and personally, I've never experienced any 2 pound gain a week for 2 weeks after the Induction Phase, nor have I heard anyone else say they experienced that. True, everyone is different, but if you're keeping your net carbs around 20 grams a day, watching your sodium level, drinking lots of water, eating more fat than protein, and also not going over your calculated RDI for calories, you should see a loss, not a gain.

Continue logging your food in the Food Diary. It will help you, and others, to figure out where the problem lies Smile

Good luck to you!
"This one step - choosing a goal and sticking to it - changes everything." - Scott Reed

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