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anothercrayo...

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Posted: 12 Feb 2013, 16:22
I just joned FS ysterday and I'm wonderng if anyone can help with my problem. For 6 weeks before Chrstmas I tried the Hcg diet (500-800 Cal./ day + injections). I w as disappointed with my 10lb loss considering they say most people loose 20-30lbs. So,after a 2 week break, (still ate 'sensibly'Wink I decided to start Adkins. I've been in induction since 3 Jan and haven't lost a single pound! I feel better and I'm not hungry all the time but I think my body is in starvation mode as a result the Hcg diet. Any ideas n how I can get my metabolism to kick back in?
BgIrn

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Posted: 12 Feb 2013, 16:31
There is almost no chance of metabolic damage with six weeks of ultra low calorie restriction.

What is your caloric intake daily?
anothercrayo...

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Posted: 12 Feb 2013, 17:17
Roughly 1200-1500 calories per day over the last over the past 5 weeks. A few days hit around 1700 but that's rare.
NCNOLE

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Posted: 12 Feb 2013, 18:17
Not starvation mode. You probably lost muscle and water weight. Your body just needs time to adjust. Sorry, I wish the FDA would go ahead and ban HCG
cerobit

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Posted: 12 Feb 2013, 19:10
exercise works.and realize we usually underestimate our Kcals in and over estimate our Kcals expended.

go work as a commercial beekeeper, or better yet as a beeks' helper. I used to work hard in the hot and humid Florida sun, in a beesuit (or two for some nasty jobs). heat exhaustion was a big deal. never failed to lose weight, and fast. In fact by July, had probs maintaining enough weight! In winter I'd easily add 2o pounds, mainly b/c i maintained the same Kcal intake.
dx w/inoperable brain tumor 9/12, so nutrition is vital. Dedicated to slaying this beast.

"Keep on swimming" Nemo
BgIrn

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Posted: 12 Feb 2013, 20:34
Pick a number and stick to it for at least three weeks (1500?). Evaluate your weight, averaging weekly. If you aren't losing, reduce your intake by a few hundred calories a day.

You have to keep track of everything you eat and drink and that means weighing and measuring.

Unfortunately, figuring out your maintenance calories (what you need to eat to neither lose nor gain) takes time, but it's the only accurate way to figure it.
liv001

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Posted: 12 Feb 2013, 21:42
Cut out Atkins bars and the nuts
That may work better.
anothercrayo...

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Posted: 12 Feb 2013, 22:27
The peanuts aren't a normal part of my diet. I was feeling a little light headed yesterday so I had a few. NANY actually suggests eating some after the first 2 wks in induction for that. The few days my cals were on the higher end was usually the result of fattier cuts of meat. I'm choosing leaner cuts now. I record everything i eat (used a different app before yesterday) and bought a good digital food scale 2 weeks ago because I thought I might not be estimating portion size correctly but still nothing. I am a BIG coffee drinker. maybe i'll try switching to half-caf. Exercise I know I need. For some background info, I lost 40 lbs 4 years ago and got to my goal weight and kept it off but I quit smoking a year ago December.... it all came back. Its frustrating. any other suggestions?
Ingria

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Posted: 12 Feb 2013, 22:35
The only advice I can give you is be patient and persistent. Some lose it fast, some lose it slow, but if you are persistent and patient you will lose it. You just lost 10 lb and you do not have that much to lose anyway. Your body needs time to adjust. Don't get discouraged.
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liv001

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Posted: 12 Feb 2013, 22:43
Have you tried those Atkins products all the time
That much sugar may stall some people
So I would try without them.

You fat is low and your protein is a bit high
I would make sure to eat about the same of amount (in grams) of protein and fat
I would not drink that shake either. I would lose with that amount of sweetner
A few people do - I am not one of them

anothercrayo...

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Posted: 12 Feb 2013, 23:31
I just started the Adkins bars and shakes and meals last week. I was out of town on business and needed some travel friendly foods. I have a few left over.
anothercrayo...

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Posted: 12 Feb 2013, 23:34
I'll try your suggestion to balance the fat and protein. I'm sure a few small tweaks is all I need - just haven't found 'em yet.
fredmugs

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Posted: 13 Feb 2013, 06:30
Soapbox time: The problem with Atkins bars is the Atkins people are misleading you at best and flat out lying to you at worst. Atkins products are sweetened with maltitol which is a sugar alcohol. The Atkins people will lead you to believe that these sugar alcohols can be subtracted the same as fiber to compute net carbs. In other words they want you to believe you body does not process these.

Nobody, and I mean nobody, outside of the Atkins community believes this.

Google maltitol and draw your own conclusions.

http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/nutrition/a/maltitol.htm


Pain is a by-product of a good time.
liv001

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Posted: 13 Feb 2013, 07:20
anothercrayon wrote:
I'll try your suggestion to balance the fat and protein. I'm sure a few small tweaks is all I need - just haven't found 'em yet.


If you want to I can check in on your journal and see if I have some hints as you go along. It will usually work as long as those rules of induction are followed.

Coming off a very calorie restricted idea often make you stall. I have seen that a few times. Normally a body goes into ketosis fairly easily but it seem to want to hang on to fat a bit more after such a restricted diet.

I would not worry about it. It should all just adjust nicely.

So clean whole foods, you allotted amount of veggies, not be afraid of fat, plenty of water, careful with sweetneners and frankenfoods
Those are the basics.
Kimberley76

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Posted: 13 Feb 2013, 07:29
Hey! Have you logged into Atkins Community yet? The people on there are a huge help as far as tweaking things to get them right for you! I've been in Induction 3 days and lost 2.5 lbs. with all the help and guidance! Don't get discouraged-keep up the great work and here's what I was told-Atkins bars and shakes 2 or less a day during Induction. Feel free to contact me and maybe take a look at my food diary. Best wishes!
Mynewhope

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Posted: 13 Feb 2013, 09:18
Are you taking vitamins? I started taking them and have alot more energy ever since ... just a thought

Congrats on quitting smoking thats definitely a step in the healthy diection!
anothercrayo...

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Posted: 13 Feb 2013, 20:56
Liv001,
Yes if you don't mire, your welcome to check my log from time to time. I'll be offline over the long weekend - headed to the sand dunes Smile. I'll fill in my log for these dates Tuesday when I'm back though.

Kimberly76,
Yes, I joined the Adkins community about a month ago but haven't posted to the forums there yet. I will try that too for more ideas.

Mynewhope,
I haven't been taking viamin. I guess thats worth a try too.

Fregmugs,
I'll avoid the adkins products for awhile and see it that helps too.

Thanks to you all!
liv001

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Posted: 15 Feb 2013, 08:02
I looked at your journal for the 13th.
The rules of induction is to eat only the food on induction. Get under 20 carbs but most of those carbs have to come from vegetables.
You need to eat well and have plenty of fat

Some of the foods you are eating are not on the list of induction
Low carb toritialla are not allowed
Soy sauce may have too much wheat in it
processed foods will have fillers liek starches and sugars
LIght mayo takes out fat and adds in corn starch (bad deal for an Atkineer)

You need to remove the illegal items and add a fair amount of fat in the diet and then you would probably good.



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