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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 09:28
I'm about to give up....started Atkins two months ago when I quit smoking. Since then, I've gained two inches on my hips and two inches on my waist, and 10 pounds -- ALL while staying on the diet....even eliminated all sugar substitutes and caffiene.....nothing is working for me. So frustrated.

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 09:34
Sorry to hear your frustration. Have you already been logging food in and checking that you are eating 12-15 net carbs of the foundation vegetables perday and 4-6 oz of protein permeal each day? I have trouble eating the appropriate amount of protein and found that days i get in more the next morning shows a slight change down. Don't forget water water until you are floating. Keep reading the forums so many helpful people out there. Pam

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 09:42
since you only have two days to view regarding your tracking, yesterday...not so good, today, much better. You still have 3 servings of artificial sweetner... (I would try to eliminate these if at all possible), and remove one of your veggies (from lunch or dinner) and replace with a nice 2 cups of salad at BOTH lunch and dinner.

Make sure your protein is in the 6 oz range, and you won't feel a bit hungry -

And don't forget 1/2 your body weight...in water ounces! All day, every day, non-negotiable! Good Luck
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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 09:44
I'm sorry you're having so much difficulty, but congratulations on stopping smoking. That is a major, major achievement and a difficult one at that!!

MissPam has the right idea...if you can log everything it will help you spot what the problem might be. Logging can be a pain, but it's truly the only way to be sure you're "staying on the diet" as much as you think you are. It's surprising what we learn when we log, whether you've been on plan for a week, two months, or a year.

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 09:46
Those who follow Atkins correctly will lose the weight. I didn't see 2 months of entries and what I did see was not enough foundation veggies and protein and too much other junk. Go back to the basics and enter everything you put in your body and that should help. Be sure to get a minimum of 8 glass of water in addition to the other liquid intake. If you are getting too much sodium, you could be retaining water. Don't give up. Jim De

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 09:53
Paula, said everything I was going to say BUT... track your food, all of it every single day and then you might be able to see where you are having problems.

And Water... Water.. Water.. drink lots of it and drink it often. If you can get a water bottle and know how many ounces of water it holds it really helps and it is an easy way to get all your water in.

You say you want a cheeseburger but all I hear is "I need love" - a comic strip on the fridge at work.

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 10:14
I haven't been good about tracking my food, which is why I decided to start doing that yesterday. I did Atkins 10 years ago and it was the easiest lifestyle change I had ever made...I was in the best shape of my life and kept the weight off until last year when I had my first child. I gained almost 70 pounds during pregnancy!! The first 50 pounds came off no problem...it's the last 20 pounds that won't come off! I'm absolutely baffled, especially since I've been doing the Jillian Michaels workout at least 3 days a week for past month as well! I've cut out all diet soda and drink water to the point that I have "jiggle belly".

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 10:21
Good job on quitting smoking! As an x-smoker myself I know what a huge feat that is & then to make another lifestyle change with Atkins is simply amazing! Good job to you. Please give yourself the credit you deserve. I think your choice to start tracking your food will help get you on track!! When I started tracking, even though I wasn't eating white flour, sugar type carbs - I was way over in calories! Keep your "jiggle belly" full & keep going! Best of luck to you.
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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 10:24
You should be extremely proud you quit smoking. I know you're aiming to lose weight too, but being that most people that quit can gain a ton of weight, I'd say you're doing ok. I quit 5 years ago, and put on 40 - 50 lbs within the following 2 years. Also, muscle weighs more than fat, so that might be a reason the scale isn't moving. And it's good you decided to track your food. That will definitely help. Good Luck Smile
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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 10:28
Cherylann, although you did successfully do this before... from what I can tell from my own personal research - many people have slower starts the 'next' time around. (so definitely not unusual.) On top of that...often people really do forget - what is in Induction, vs. OWL or beyond... and we are creatures of habit and comfort... so giving up some things that perhaps before you did this with successfully - might not be the easiest thing for you.

Personally, I would go back to one of the books, or the free Atkins.com website and do a little review. Wrap your mind around starting this thing FRESH...and then work thru 2 full weeks of a clean induction period.

Every day, come here and log your food ( even enter it before you eat...so you can see where you stand, and if you need to make any adjustments ahead of time)

Track your water

And I really believe you can do this, and be success at it... and I sure hope over the coming weeks and months you will stay around and get to know all of us... there is a lot of great support and encouragement on this site! It will definitely be a boost when you need it most!
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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 10:41
I wouldn't put the blame on Atkins. You can follow the rules 100% and still gain weight if you have recently quit smoking. Many believe you gain weight because you substitute food for smokes. This can be true. However you can NOT cheat and still gain weight.

Google Weight gain after quitting smoking.

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 10:49
Thanks everyone!! Smile

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 10:53
Way to go on two months smoke free. I passed the 10 year mark last year without a cigarette, and there are still days when it's a tickle in the back of my mind. Keep it up.

As the poster above me stated, there may be something to the connection between quitting and your weight gain. Of course, everyone knows that people gain weight when they quit, but not everyone knows why.

Nicotine the drug may have a slimming impact on brain chemistry. And it's been shown in study after study that the actual physical act of smoking a normal amount burns as many calories as a daily 30 minute cardiovascular workout. The "rush" you feel (or may not feel after years of smoking, but it's still there) is your heart rate accelerating and your body revving up. These tiny spikes one after the other through the day can account for a LOT of calories.

When you quit smoking, your body is suddenly faced with a loss of activity, a loss of the chemical effects of nicotine, and its preset notion of your "ideal" weight gets thrown out of whack. Your body's trying to hit a new equilibrium.

If you want to have something approaching the calorie burn you were enjoying while smoking, you'll have to add 30 minutes a day of heart rate increasing exercise to whatever regimen you're currently following. Since that's not even possible for some (especially if you're already exercising religiously), it may just be that what you THOUGHT was your heavy weight, the weight you wanted to slim down from, now isn't, and you may need to let your body normalize and go from there. The good news is that if this is the reason for your weight gain, it probably means it will plateau at some point. You're clearly not engaged in behavior that should continue to enlarge you once you hit your new equilibrium. The trick will be, once you've stopped, reversing the trend and going down from there.

Give it a few more months, maybe even get off strict Atkins and just eat very sensibly, until you've peaked. That's my idea, anyway. =)

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 11:46
Just some anecdotal evidence re: smoking (non-atkins):
I quit smoking 1/1/2010 and kept losing weight with no issue because I also took up running Smile I have read that smoking can burn up to 100 calories a day over what you normally would burn because it is a stimulant. 100 calories isn't very much. You can make that up quite easily through exercise.

The psychological issues caused by giving up the addiction to nicotine often result in over-eating. Religiously recording everything you eat will let you know if you're over-eating. If you don't record it, there's no way of knowing.

Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for you. So even if it did mean gaining a few pounds, it's worth it. Congratulations!
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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 15:31
I do know for some people when they quit smoking food smells better and tastes better which causes them to eat more because the smoke no longer interferes with the senses. Just keep logging your food and maybe refresh yourself on the books like it was suggested. And keep working out. Also get tape measurments as muscle takes up less room then fat but weighs more.

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 15:50
I quit smoking Feb. 2, 2008 as I was rushed to the hospital dying...literally dying. I stayed in a coma for nearly months. The day I got home, my husband took his last smoke. We have not smoked since.
My eating changed because I was such a chip person-always eating chips. Now I don't like chips-none that I liked, tea was all I drank and now I can't stand it. My husband and I gained weight, but his senses didn't seem to change.
Good Luck and Keep your head up.

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 19:12
I quit smoking 31 Jan 2010 - so a little over two months ago - and see no reason why it would make me gain weight. Weight gain after quitting smoking is entirely psychological because everyone says that's what 'should' happen.

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