Gained back all 20 lbs I had lost on Atkins! NOW WHAT?

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eKatherine

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Posted: 06 May 2013, 13:29
Sure. Take a hard, honest look at what went wrong with you and Atkins. Did you read the book? Was there something about the diet that made it especially hard for you to stick to? Did you have an on-again off-again level of commitment that encouraged you to try to on and off the diet as a matter of social convenience?

Only by understanding what went wrong for you can you design a way of eating that will work in the long run.
eKatherine

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Posted: 06 May 2013, 13:41
What could you have done differently? Would it have been possible to eat before you went so you wouldn't have been so hungry? Were there adequate and satisfying choices you could have made? Could you have chosen (or talked other people into going to) a different restaurant?

If all-you-can-eat restaurants are your weak point, they will still be a problem for you on Weight Watchers.
messamermom

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Posted: 06 May 2013, 14:29
The sugar in the BBQ sauce probably set off cravings. I'd go back and do a clean induction at 20 net carbs, 12-15 of those coming from veggies. NO SUGAR. Read the labels of everything that goes into your mouth. Mixing diet plans is never a good idea. WW tends to be low fat where Atkins is high fat. Would be difficult to combine. Check out the forums at atkins.com. There are lots more low carbers there with lots of encouragement.
Sweetalot

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Posted: 06 May 2013, 15:24
I don't know anyone that has kept the weight off after being on the Atkins plan - they have all gained their weight back. It's a temporary plan that you can't follow for the rest of your life. I lost 44 lbs. by simply monitoring the foods I eat and staying active.
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messamermom

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Posted: 06 May 2013, 15:32
When people don't do all 4 phases of Atkins, yes, they gain back any weight lost. It is a way of eating for life. Induction, which is what most people think Atkins is, is not the whole plan. Why go back to eating the same way that made you gain weight in the first place! Head on over to atkins.com and see the success stories!
ShoreGirl63

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Posted: 06 May 2013, 16:31
To be honest, I don't know anyone who kept the weight off after being on Weight Watchers either. Any diet plan will fail if you don't go through ALL the phases and STAY on maintenance. I hope you reach your goal. Good luck!
Rita41

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Posted: 06 May 2013, 17:06
Do you exercise? Doesn't have to be much just something to get moving at a consistent time every day. Just changing what or how you eat is only part of the change.
mummydee

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Posted: 06 May 2013, 18:09
and... using 'the plan' no matter what it is as an excuse for it not working is not an honest way to lose weight. If you went into a restaurant and ate something you weren't supposed to then it was you, not the diet that failed. Okay, so you did it, big deal, get back on the wagon and start again. I agree that the sugar in the sauces were what set you off on the cravings for the wrong foods. But if you say it was 'Atkins' that failed you., that's not fair, you will end up doing the same thing on any program you follow. Take control of what goes into your body and own up to your misteps. No big deal, everyone has done it, Good luck in whatever you choose.
yankgal46

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Posted: 06 May 2013, 19:10
You control yourself.You have to stay strong/focused.you have to want it bad enough that no one or nothing will get in your way of success. You can always jump back on the wagon.A slip can happen to anyone. You must get healthy for yourself and loved ones.You are the one-just you.
Lalaith

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Posted: 06 May 2013, 19:47
Hi, for what its worth, since I failed to stay on plan and failed as well. I've started over with a new mind set. Although I was not admitting it, I was feeling deprived. I was waiting for the day when I would be free again and really eat whatever I wanted to eat. My thinking was wrong. I've since learned thankfully that wheat, glutten, grains and sugar can do awful things to the body. Really! wheat and grains encapsulate the good minerals that are put in which stops our bodies from being able to absorb them. sugar is equally as bad. Now that I see these things as a poison almost, I can easily choose the vegetables and protein and water that my body needs and I'm rejoicing! I'm not trying to replace breads,pastas,potatoes and sugar any more as I continue on plan. Start reading. You can find a lot of good information online. I had lost 33 pds in three months before failing. Since I've restarted I've lost 12, over a three week period. Very glad I have this new mindset. This is not just for weight loss its for health right? Good Luck
Christy
mummydee

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Posted: 06 May 2013, 20:49
Yes!!! good on you, Health first and weight loss will follow... it is not easy but worth it, try to give up all processed foods, start with all 'white' foods, white flour , white sugar and white starch... as time goes on you won't crave or need them on a daily basis and you will be healthier and stronger to take it to the next level of eating more organic and natural foods, the ones our bodies really need to survive.
replace GMO'd food groups, such as wheat and corn with kamut and spelt if you really need pasta or bread, in moderation, it's okay. Good for you for not giving up.
ronwmiller

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Posted: 06 May 2013, 23:16
Atkins and all the other "fad" diets won't do the job in the long run; they may get you started but if you don't manage what you eat, how much you exercise and how well you sleep - changing your weight and being healthy will be very difficult.

Losing weight from a scientific point of view isn't all that difficult (Calories in vs Calories out); it's the social and human factors that make it difficult. If you don't change the habits that go you to this point then no diet will help.

Start small - lose 5 pounds, set a specific goal (timeframe) and measure yourself often. There are many tracking programs out there. One I like is www.urgravity.com. You set your goals and it tracks all of your vitals.

I've lost 45+ pounds and it wasn't that difficult once I started setting goals and measuring.

messamermom

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Posted: 07 May 2013, 14:07
http://www.atkins.com/Library/Truths---Myths.aspx See #7
mummydee

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Posted: 08 May 2013, 08:52
Why don't you try doing the healthy choices , eliminating all white, no sugars, starches or flours,(or try all processed foods) for a week, log in all your foods and weight and see how you feel and what happens,try to keep each day basically the same calorie count.
SkinnyCity

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Posted: 08 May 2013, 15:03
I have had success with weight watchers but both times I stopped because I found it problematic for me on a personal level. However, it sounds like you know how to control yourself, it's just that once you realized you'd been missing out on certain things you couldn't stop eating them. With WW you do have the option of pretty much eating whatever you want as long as you plan and budget for it (of course the focus is on eating healthy!). I find it can be a very helpful way to become more mindful of what you're eating and what works for you. Plus if you exercise you earn points and can eat more!
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Theo166

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Posted: 08 May 2013, 17:26
I'm thinking what you've proven is your addiction to sugar. Atkins might be better for you because it squeezes out all the bad sugar. On WW, you are more likely to have sugar, and relapse. It takes many tries to quit bad habits, like smoking etc.

DON'T give up.
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eKatherine

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Posted: 08 May 2013, 18:49
ronwmiller wrote:
Atkins and all the other "fad" diets won't do the job in the long run; they may get you started but if you don't manage what you eat, how much you exercise and how well you sleep - changing your weight and being healthy will be very difficult.


You have an odd definition of "fad". The Atkins diet has been around longer than half the people on the site have been alive. That means that it doesn't fit any definition of a "fad".
NCNOLE

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Posted: 08 May 2013, 18:50
Can I play devil's advocate? Do you honestly think you can avoid sugar forever? At least with WW, you can learn from your mistakes. If you fall of the wagon and have a binge or over do it and you are not on atkins, then you just start fresh the next meal or the next day. You learn that this is just part of life and that it will happen. It happens to everyone. Accepting that, then you have to learn how to put it behind you and move on - otherwise the perpetual yo-yoing begins. You fall off the wagon- stay off the wagon- and gain weight until you decide to get back on "x" program. Why not learn how to deal with the situations that cause you to go off the plan? By allowing yourself whatever sugar foods you ban while on atkins, you learn how to enjoy them in moderation and then avoid the pitfalls that occur when you get knocked out of ketosis. And you don't ever have to get back on a plan if you just follow a healthy lifestyle that doesn't restrict so much. So much restriction is hard for anyone to follow forever. Just my thoughts.
ronwmiller

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Posted: 09 May 2013, 00:49
eKatherine wrote:
ronwmiller wrote:
Atkins and all the other "fad" diets won't do the job in the long run; they may get you started but if you don't manage what you eat, how much you exercise and how well you sleep - changing your weight and being healthy will be very difficult.


You have an odd definition of "fad". The Atkins diet has been around longer than half the people on the site have been alive. That means that it doesn't fit any definition of a "fad".


eKatherine, No disrespect intended if you use it, sell it.

Medical Studies show that Atkins isn't a long term solution because it works on deprivation of parts of your diet. These medical studies show that deprivation diets can't be maintained as life long maintenance diets. Yes, I believe the Atkins site will probably list this as a "myth" but I'd rather find evidence elsewhere than the place that created the diet.

Btw, nice pic. Smile
Rita41

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Posted: 09 May 2013, 06:47
I did Atkins ...yes it worked but as soon as you go out and have a crouton you blow up like a puffer fish. Having to back to square one is demoralizing at best. I agree with NCNOLE. I also didn't see how eating all that saturated fat was going to be good for me in the long run and other than protein what real nutritional value is animal meat? I then tried Dukan...lost 25 lbs in 7 weeks but definitely didn't like how I was feeling...something just wasn't right.

Avoiding high carb highly nutritious foods like beans, legumes, banana's...carrots and fruit for heavens sake just became too much for me. I couldn't see myself giving them up forever. Then I read the "china study"....what an eye opener...I now eat mostly vegetarian (more like vegan) 5-6 days a week. Best change I've made. But that is just my humble opinion. I'm still having great weight loss by the way but feel way better.



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