My love-hate relationship with Atkins

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Neddyk

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Posted: 22 Apr 2010, 10:19
One day you love it another day you hate it. When you are in the first couple of weeks the weight just falls off and you think that every day will be like that and when you get to weeks 3 and 4 and 5 it messes with your mind, you stay dormate for like 4 days then you lose 4 lbs then you go up a pound and stay there for a week then you are back down again.

I hate roller coasters mind you unless I know when I am going to hit the end and get off the crazy thing and on Atkins I haven't seen the end yet but I know it will be bright. I just hit under 200lbs and I could not be happier so right now Atkins I love you but next week we might not be on speaking terms.
Neddy K.
start weight 216
goal weight 150
HERE WE GO STEELERS HERE WE GO!!!
sharidoto

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Posted: 22 Apr 2010, 10:28
MAN I SO HEAR THAT I FEEL THE SAME WAY MAKES ME CRAZY !! I EVEN WENT SO FAR AS TO QUIT FOR AWHILE AND TRY SOMETHING ELESE THIS IS MY FIRST WEEK BACK AND IM STAYING FOR THE LONG HAUL
GOOD LUCK !!
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healsdata

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Posted: 22 Apr 2010, 12:23
One thing that I've found helpful is the weight tracker over at The Hacker's Diet Online. While their recommended diet is just low-cal, their tool is pretty neat. In addition to showing what your current weight is, it also shows a trend. That way, when I hit a plateau or gain one pound, I can still see that my weight is trending down.

The author explains why this type of trend is useful to avoid exactly the frustrations you're feeling: Dexter's diet

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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)
dove2424

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Posted: 22 Apr 2010, 12:30
I have been doing Atkins for 3 weeks. I guess I should have started in OWL because I only had about 15 pounds to lose (the most stubborn ones) and in 3 weeks, I have lost a whole 2 pounds. I have sticking to the diet like crazy and I work out 7 hours a week! I am so frustrated. I don't know what to do besides keep at it. Eventually it has to get better. If I can stick to it without seeing much gratification on the scale, so can everyone!
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k8yk

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Posted: 22 Apr 2010, 12:30
I'm not on Atkins, but I think your problem is not with Atkins, but with the way the body loses weight. We all fluctuate in our weight regardless of what diet we're on. It is a simple fact of life. If it bothers you, the best solution is to weigh yourself infrequently- like once a month.

Women especially need to understand that you simply WILL NOT lose weight regularly. Hormonal cycles are extremely powerful. I find I cannot lose any weight the week of my period. But I lose extra the week after. The truth is you cannot lose 4 pounds of fat in a day. You simply CANNOT. Conversely, you cannot GAIN 4 pounds of fat in one day. The fluctuations you see are simply physiological processes- water retention, what's in your stomach or not (using the bathroom results in immediate "weight loss" but has nothing to do with the amount of fat on your body), etc. There is absolutely no way to lose weight regularly every single day, or even every week. The body will always try to find equilibrium. So what worked yesterday may not work tomorrow.

You need to look at it as a long term project. Day to day, your weight will go up and down no matter what you do. If you're doing the right things, you WILL lose weight in the long term. Trust yourself. There's no magic to it.
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Olivia70

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Posted: 13 Jan 2012, 17:12
Well said, K8yk. I couldn't agree with you more. I have to remind myself of this and you are right about weighing yourself. I prefer once a week when I'm losing, but def should not do it every day unless you can keep these thoughts in mind.
PeeFat

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Posted: 13 Jan 2012, 18:37
Atkins worked extremely well for me. Just stick with it and go through the stages properly.

I joined Fat Secret just shy of 2 years now. I have lost over 100 pounds. 80% of the weight I took off while on Atkins during the first year. The second year I was back to a mainly regular diet and I have kept all the weight off. I found out if I can keep my daily carb intake to 100 grams or less I'm golden. I swapped out my danger carbs for slow carbs like whole wheat/flax pasta, ezekiel bread, Quest bars, yams, black/kidney beans, lentils, steel cut oats.

I work out every second day and eat those carbs on workout days. I also blend in frozen mixed berries into a protein shake right after my workout. I choose berries as my fruit of choice, as well as an apples now and then.

It's been a very good learning process over th past couple years. My couple family members have witnessed my transformation and they are now following in my foot steps.

Don't rush weight loss. You have to understand it's going to take real change and commitment. It all gets much easier over time, and becomes a regular part of life.
mptubbs

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Posted: 19 Jan 2012, 16:10
Good for you PeeFat!
I'm in the same boat you were in 2 years ago.
I'm 50 and would like to see my abs again!
I started Atkins 3 weeks ago.
debbily

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Posted: 25 Mar 2012, 10:44
Neddyk wrote:
One day you love it another day you hate it. When you are in the first couple of weeks the weight just falls off and you think that every day will be like that and when you get to weeks 3 and 4 and 5 it messes with your mind, you stay dormate for like 4 days then you lose 4 lbs then you go up a pound and stay there for a week then you are back down again.

I hate roller coasters mind you unless I know when I am going to hit the end and get off the crazy thing and on Atkins I haven't seen the end yet but I know it will be bright. I just hit under 200lbs and I could not be happier so right now Atkins I love you but next week we might not be on speaking terms.
If you have the right mindset then nothing can stop you from reaching your goals! Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels!
debbily

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Posted: 25 Mar 2012, 10:47
I found atkins and it has worked tremendously for me. It is a healthy plan that can be followed for life. I have lost 55 lbs since nov/11 and plan on losing another 10 with the stones throw challenge. Atkins has changed my life in so many positive ways. Not just the weight loss, but feeling so much healthier and full of energy! I would recommend this lifestyle to everyone! Its a lifestyle change for the better!
If you have the right mindset then nothing can stop you from reaching your goals! Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels!
Skinee

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Posted: 25 Mar 2012, 11:41
debbily wrote:
I found Atkins and it has worked tremendously for me. It is a healthy plan that can be followed for life. I have lost 55 lbs since Nov/11 and plan on losing another 10 with the stones throw challenge. Atkins has changed my life in so many positive ways. Not just the weight loss, but feeling so much healthier and full of energy! I would recommend this lifestyle to everyone! Its a lifestyle change for the better!


I want to start this diet, again. My 1 HUGE hang up is - meal planning. I like to cook, so that isn't an issue, but putting a weeks-worth meal plan on paper. Weird hang up you say? If I could just get that done, on paper, I would be grocery shopping now Laughing
asagohan

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Posted: 25 Mar 2012, 12:14
@Neddyk I'm going to put things in perspective for you, i hope.
my average weight loss per month is 2 pounds. and I have been dieting for 9 months. Every month I'm like 'Oh I lose my two pounds for the month'. My diet is not atkins but you see where I am going.

Ingria

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Posted: 25 Mar 2012, 12:20
Skinee, I think you are overdoing it. I am a perfectionist, and shop mostly once a week, and cook from scratch almost everything we eat with the exception of few adds on like Greak yogurt and almonds, but I never planed all meals for a week in advance. I just know which food items to buy, like veggies and meat, etc, and which not, like bread, pasta, sweets, etc. If you cannot move forward until you plan everything perfectly, eliminate the planning stage and just start moving forward. Then you can regroup and make adjustments as you go. Losing weight is a long term learning process, not a one time battle. Good luck.
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Diablo360x

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Posted: 29 Mar 2012, 04:24
As long as calories are in check it does not matter what your diet is like. It is all a matter of preference. What matters is a consistent calorie deficit.
Love your food or risk failure. No quick fixes, this is a lifestyle change. No extremes are needed just consistency.
Katred12

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Posted: 27 May 2012, 14:16
Diablo360x it does matter- if you aren't eating enough protein you will lose muscle, and then you have real problems. You can eat 1500 calories of Twinkies or 1500 calories of meat and veggies per day and I can tell you which will do better. Its why I like Atkins. You may not need that much protein daily for life, however Atkins teaches you to eat veggies and meat to start, and add good complex carbs as you go.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. - Mark Twain

Katred12
NCNOLE

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Posted: 27 May 2012, 14:29
As if.... I don't eat meat and I'm not losing muscle thank you very much. If I could figure out how to post pictures, I would show you my guns! Vegetarians can be muscular without consuming tons of protein.

The reason people are successful with atkins is not b/c they are cutting out carbs - it's because they are just swapping the bad carbs for the good carbs that come from veggies. Plain and simple, anyone who used to eat a bunch of junk carbs (cereal, pasta, bread, cookies, cake....) and then stops eating those and starts eating more veggies will lose weight.
Katred12

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Posted: 27 May 2012, 14:42
Yes, but I bet you don't live on Twinkies either. We have never eaten a lot of junk carbs, we make most everything from scratch. My weight problem took me 30 years to get. I'm also celiac so I don't eat much junk at all.
I saw my son, 20 years old, lose 40 pounds( gained from illness) and gain a great deal of muscle as he worked out 3-5 times a week, and that kid would eat a POUND of meat in a sitting. I don't know how long it took you to get your guns, he did it in 4 months. It's documented, he was doing it as a project as well as getting in shape. He's Paleo now. Any bodybuilder will tell you they build more muscle with protein. Muscle milk. Remember Rocky drinking down 4 raw eggs before he ran in the morning?
You do eat protein, if you eat beans and corn together for example they make up complete protein. You eat soy and unless you're vegan, you eat eggs and dairy. Atkins can be done vegetarian easily.
Also as an example: China. My daughter just got back from a month long trip there, her and her friend, who is not that tall TOWERED over 90% of them. Ask yourself why the Chinese people are so small and skinny. You might equate that with healthy but that's not what they are. They are small and skinny, not that healthy. I have to say she also lost 10 pounds there, but she was also walking 6-8 hours a day.
From the Stanford study:
The Stanford study placed 311 overweight, premenopausal women with similar body statistics on one of four diets: Atkins (very low-carb), the Zone (low-carb), the LEARN diet (low-fat, national guidelines) and the Ornish diet (very low-fat). At six months, the 70-some women on the Atkins diet were way ahead of the other women in weight loss.
Women who followed the Atkins plan had a significant drop in triglycerides, one of the unhealthful blood fats linked to a higher risk of heart disease. Their blood pressure also dropped the most of the four groups, a finding that the researchers think may relate to their slightly greater weight loss. Those in the Atkins group also experienced the largest increase in high-density lipoprotein (HDL), a protective type of cholesterol.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. - Mark Twain

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Katred12

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Posted: 28 May 2012, 10:29
Ha Ha : speaking of Twinkies, I came across this, I bet he felt like caca when he was doing this:
Nutrition professor Mark Haub of Kansas State University proved that weight loss came down to calories in versus calories out when he lost 27 pounds on a diet of nothing but Twinkies, sugary cereal, cookies and Doritos. However, a new study shows that to lose weight more efficiently, cutting carbs is a better strategy.
The new study, presented at the American Cancer Research Society meeting on December 8, found that a low carb diet, even just two days a week, was more effective than a low calorie diet to lose weight and lower insulin. Michelle Harvie, a dietician at University Hospital in England, tracked 115 overweight women. They were separated into three groups and asked to follow either a low calorie, low carb diet for two days per week, a low-carb diet for two days per week, or a low calorie diet every day. She then tracked their progress four months later.
After the four months, not only had more women dropped out of the seven-day-a-week diet group than the other two groups, but they had lost less weight than the other two groups. On average, the low calorie diet group lost five pounds versus nine pounds with the other two low carb groups.
Low carb diets also had another benefit for women. It significantly lowered their insulin levels (by 18 percent as opposed to only four percent for the low calorie group). Lowering insulin is an effective preventative measure for breast cancer.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. - Mark Twain

Katred12
tlegerski

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Posted: 28 May 2012, 11:24
I love hearing about how low carb is the way to go (with studies to prove it) thankyou for sharing. Smile
ScienceLee

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Posted: 28 May 2012, 21:31
I am very wary of Atkins. There are many anacdotal stories, as well as some research, suggesting that zero carb diet is unbalanced and unhealthy. I remember that when asked on her weight/diet Jessica Simpson also used to say in intefviews that Atkins caused her to develop an intense, unnatural craving to carbs that brought about an eating disorder.

That having said, when I followed Atkins (many years ago) I saw great result. I lost steadily and quickly. Nevertheless, it seems to me that the only way to preserve an Atkins weight loss is to continue eating protein and zero carbs for life. which is hard (if not impossible)

I was surprised to learb that PeeFat had lost on Atkins and was able to keep it off by going back to a regular diet.
Is it really possible?



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