Hey, where can I find out more about low carb diets?

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kellyabbot

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Posted: 05 Mar 2009, 10:20
I`d like to start a diet and I was thinking about a low carb diet, maybe Atkins. Anyone who tried the Atkins that is willing to share some advice?
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doroothywi

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Posted: 05 Mar 2009, 10:23
Hello, as far as I know, the Atkins diet is quite dangerous and many people regained weight after they stopped the diet. Personally, I haven`t tried it, but you can find important info at
http://www.projectweightloss.com/news-1-104894-Five_Misconceptions_About_Low_Carb_Diets_(I):_the_Atkins_Diet.html. Plus, I`m sure you`ll find someone who tried this diet in the community from projectweightloss.com. It`s like a MySpace for people who wanna lose weight.
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jessiemartin...

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Posted: 05 Mar 2009, 10:28
The Atkins diet? Works great. www.atkins.com
tkandag

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Posted: 05 Mar 2009, 10:32
Hey, I have done Atkins and it works very well. Currently, my mom is doing Atkins and she has lost a lot of weight in a short period of time. My thoughts on Atkins is that it's a great diet to keep a person motivated to keep dieting but not for long term. I think people have a hard time moving into different phases because they are afraid their weight loss will slow down and it will but it's supposed to. My biggest advice on this diet (which is why I could never stick to it) is that's it takes a huge amount of determination cutting carbs but if you are a meat & cheese & eggs, low carb veggies type of person - then you should do well. And, make sure you move into the next phases. If you have to stick to phase 1, I would do it no longer than a month or two and then move on. Personally if you are looking for the same type of diet, I think South Beach is way better because it's healthier and I got the same quick results that I got from Atkins. Oh & one other advice. Do not be scale happy with Atkins, I am scale happy all the time and your weight will fluctuate all the time on Atkins because depending on what you eat, bacon, pork, ham, hot dogs, etc..all loaded with sodium and will make you retain water. Good luck.
healsdata

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Posted: 07 Mar 2009, 22:22
Without going into too many specifics, I'm just going to toss out that Atkins is safe and effective. It recommends a ton of fruits and vegetables as well as healthy fats (read: all of them but trans! Saturated fat isn't the boogie man.) Like any diet, you will regain the weight if you lose 10 pounds and then revert to eating donuts, cotton candy and waffles w/ syrup. I don't think any diet protects you against that.

Any of the Atkins books (there's been at least three different waves of them) are good resources, as is Protein Power by Drs. Eades. For a free online resource, check out the Definitive Guide: The Primal Blueprint or How to Lose 20 lbs. of Fat in 30 Days… Without Doing Any Exercise.

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"There's no doubt that the Atkins diet will lower your cholesterol, weight and blood pressure and get rid of your diabetes, but then what?" asked Dr. Robert Rosati, the cardiologist who runs The Rice Diet Program Clinic, granddaddy of Durham's diet centers.

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Lainey1966

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Posted: 26 Mar 2009, 17:38
I did Atkins for 6 months. I never moved out of phase one. I worked out 3 times a day and by the end of this I lost 13 pounds. However I was crawling up the stairs at the end of the day, and felt tired all the time. The doc made me stop because he felt my kidneys were strained. I did it over the top hard core. Maybe if I had followed the plan as described and moved into the other phases it would have worked. After I left it - still barely eating carbs - gained it all back in a couple of weeks. So now I am doing a modified version - closer to South Beach. I have to watch my carbs and sugars anyway... I would say try it, but make sure you don't go overboard like I did - you body will pay the price. I lost muscle - I was not flabby before the diet - by the end of it I was flabby....
jenno

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Posted: 27 Mar 2009, 17:28
The short answer is that you can lose weight while on Atkins, but you will probably gain it back when you stop. We lose weight while on it because we get most of our calories from carbs.

But humans weren't meant to live a carb-free lifestyle. We need carbs. South Beach is a healthier version of this diet as I believe it restricts enriched/bleached carbs and simple sugars, and promotes whole grains instead. That is really the way to go.
slkwhitis

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Posted: 28 Mar 2009, 13:17
I like the South Beach diet better. It incourges low carbs and low fat. Except for the first phase, it is more like a normal we should be eating for the rest of our lives.
beets_yum

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Posted: 04 Apr 2009, 21:02
I will second jenno. You will lose weight with Atkins (and yes, it can be healthy if you are including the "allowed" veggies and not eating bacon all day. Also agree with poster that saturated fats in moderation are totally fine). It feels great to not eat sugar and bread. Some people will be tired. I had a lot of energy after the first few days.

However, my experience (and many others who've also done the diet have agreed with me), is that if you go off the diet and start eating carbs (and I am not talking donuts and waffles with syrup--I mean a few pieces of bread at a restaurant, for ex)--the weight come piling back on with a vengeance. It's sometimes shocking how fast the weight comes back. And it can be very discouraging.


Long term studies have shown that while Atkins dieters lose weight faster in the beginning, overall they more often gain all of the weight back.

Some interesting links:
Atkins works better for men, Mediterranean for women: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/07/16/more-evidence-that-diets-dont-work-2/
Doesn't matter which diet, as long as you reduct calories: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/25/no-winner-in-major-diet-study/
Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.
healsdata

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Posted: 05 Apr 2009, 09:50
I recommend that, if you're interested in low carb living and have concerns, you check out Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes or Fat Head by Tom Naughton. The latter is available for rent from Netflix.

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"There's no doubt that the Atkins diet will lower your cholesterol, weight and blood pressure and get rid of your diabetes, but then what?" asked Dr. Robert Rosati, the cardiologist who runs The Rice Diet Program Clinic, granddaddy of Durham's diet centers.

I guess there's really no pleasing some people. Laughing (Source: http://bit.ly/ekORk0)
briala

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Posted: 13 Apr 2009, 04:29
I did Atkins about four years ago for 9 months, and I did it again to lose weight for my wedding 2 years ago (only for about four months though). It didn't work for me because I didn't have the determination to stick with it. Like other posters have said, you have to make sure you move into the other phases (after the first two weeks, you are allowed to eat 5g more carbs per day each week - 1st two weeks 20g/day, 3rd week 25, etc, until you get to a point you're not losing weight, then you know how many carbs you should be eating each week to lose, and how many to maintain) and that the carbs you are adding are from good things like vegetables (salads are great for this I think) and even some fruit (strawberries were my favorite), and not what I would call "indulgence" items... like using your carb allotment to eat a candy bar or drink a soda or something, and then eating nothing but meat for the rest of the day. When I did Atkins the first time, I got to a size I was pretty comfortable with, though I had a few more pounds to lose, then it was the holidays, and I was working two jobs and going to school full time, and I found myself having cookies and Mc Donalds for dinner, and, surprise, surprise, I eventually found myself no longer watching my carbs, and instead gaining weight until I was right back where I started. Atkins is a lifestyle, and that's what it's meant to be. Just like you can't eat 1000 calories a day for 6 mo, lose 30 lbs, and then start eating 3000 calories a day and hope to maintain your new weight, you can't eat 45 carbs a week and then start eating 135 carbs a week and expect to maintain your new weight either. Also, make sure you take vitamins. I can only speak for the Atkins book, but I think if you follow it and really take it to heart, you'll be just fine.
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hlane7

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Posted: 13 Apr 2009, 08:55
I personally love Atkins but check out lowcarbfriends dot com for info on a ton of low carb plans. Good Luck!
"For me givin' up's way harder than tryin'."- Kanye West

I started low carb at 246 lbs in April 2007. I have lost a bulk of my weight now these last few pounds seem to be the hardest to lose!!
hlane7

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Posted: 13 Apr 2009, 09:01
I posted this info on another thread but thought it may help you too....

*Not as a rule but more of a guideline, expect to lose about 10% of the total amount of weight you need to lose during induction. EX: I started out with 100 lbs to lose; I lost 9 lbs during induction.

To maximize results I highly recommend the Atkins 72 version. You can find the book on EBay or Amazon. Read the book and follow it to a tee! Avoid processed foods, eat whole foods only, drink lots of water, and as Dr. Atkins states, exercise is a must, it’s non-negotiable.

*Atkins has worked wonderfully for me! I started 4/07 at 246; I am now down 82 lbs and 18 lbs away from goal. I am a very slow loser no matter what plan I am following.
But I love Atkins because I am not just down 82 lbs but my health (including lab tests) has improved so much. I've never felt better and have stable blood sugar for the first time in my life!!!

*As far as "stopping the diet", with Atkins there is no such thing. Atkins is a life time plan that if you follow as written it will eventually lead you to eating more carbs in the form of starchier veggies, fruits, and whole grains in maintenance. If you go back to the standard American diet of processed foods, white flour & sugar, you WILL gain the weight back...but that’s with any diet.

*Follow Dr Atkins advice by the book, including following the stages (listed below) and adding in new foods as described in the book you will have great success all the way to goal, you'll be eating a wide variety of foods and be able to maintain your loss.


Stage 1: Induction
Stage 2: Ongoing weight loss
Stage 3: Pre-maintenance
Stage 4: Maintenance

Good Luck!
"For me givin' up's way harder than tryin'."- Kanye West

I started low carb at 246 lbs in April 2007. I have lost a bulk of my weight now these last few pounds seem to be the hardest to lose!!



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