Have you lost weight on Atkins without exercise?

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cobby

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 11:21
I'm just curious...wondering if anyone following Atkins has actually lost weight without exercise? What kinds of differences have you noticed with and without it?
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beware5289

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 11:27
Yes I have, in 45 days I've lost 18. The first 17 came off in 32 days. Now it's at a stand still. It's very hard for me to stick too. I am not a big lover of meat. I crave sweets alot. I stick to the plan, and when I do I am so full all the time I have to force myself to eat. So I have not been getting enough carbs, calories or fats. My body thinks it's starving and stop burning fat. I need to learn to eat smaller portions several times a day. On Atkins I could eat once a day and not be hungry. It is something you have to train your body to do and I am having difficulty doing. I added a few more carbs and calories yesterday and dropped a pound overnight. I find Atkins very hard to do. It's not that I'm not determined, but you need to like/enjoy fish, chicken etc. and I don't.
k8yk

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 11:37
If I may just give you a little non-Atkins advice:

I don't care what diet you're following, if you lose weight without exercise, you sell yourself short. I know we all think weight loss as losing pounds- but really what you want to do is lose fat and retain or build muscle. If you just focus on losing pounds, you can end up weighing a lot less but you won't look or feel your best. If you exercise, you can literally transform your body's shape. I always tell people- diet determines how many pounds you lose, and exercise determines which pounds. I speak from personal experience having lost this same 100+ pounds in the past without exercise and now with exercise, there is no comparison.

Also, as a person who does have a lot of weight to lose, there is always the issue of the dreaded "loose skin" and one of the most common pieces of advice for avoiding that is to exercise throughout your weight loss, especially strength training. Now this definitely doesn't have to mean joining a gym. You should try to find an activity that appeals to you that you can commit to. Even if it's just walking, it's better than nothing.

Exercise is very unappealing and difficult when you are out of shape and overweight. But if you can just motivate yourself to do it, it will pay off in a big, big way.
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cobby

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 11:47
Thanks, I appreciate the info. I know I need exercise, and I need to throw in some strength training. Walking is definitely better than sitting on my couch all night. I plan on trying to keep that up. Especially now that spring is coming....whenever it's not raining, I'll take the dog for a long walk. Hopefully it will also show on the scale...since that's the ultimate motivator when you've been overweight your entire life, is to see numbers fall instead of climb.
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jsfantome

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 12:06
Judging by your comments ... you may want to look at just eliminating the worst carb offenders and transition to something more paletteable to you (sp??). Perhaps Atkins is just too strict for your preferences and tastes...?

just a thought.

oh, and yeah, everything Kate said! LOL!!!
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cobby

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 12:25
I don't eat any carbs though that I'm not supposed to, so I'm not sure what you mean by that Smile I'm not sure what comments you're talking about? Atkins is good for me so far. And, I was just asking people's opinions on their own weight loss with and without exercise. But I definitely appreciate the info!!
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kyleVA

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 13:59
I agree that it is hard sometimes to get enough calories/fat on Atkins because the fat makes you feel full...deviled eggs and Laughing cow wedges are good snacks that have fat and calories and low carbs...really, you have to go through the lists of permitted foods and try some new things to stave off the boredom. RE: exercise, I feel as if I lose either way, but when you haven't exercise in a long time (ie, I did nautilus yesterday for the first time in a month or so), then I get so sore that I resist going back to the gym to get more sore...it's a battle. But I agree that over all, it doesn't necessarily help the scales but it does help how you feel if you find the kind of exercise you like. I'm currently doing Yoga and I love it. IT strengthens and lengthens...and I love to dance and do so with friends during lessons and other times...so you really have to search out something that floats your boat! When you feel stronger AND lose a few pounds you feel OH SO GOOD! I don't yet...because these last ten pounds to lose are going to be a bi$ch!
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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 14:49
cobby -- I wanted to answer your question from my experience (I have my weight and stuff private on here because I am 4 months pregnant so... I am on a maintenance phase and it wouldn't be terribly helpful to anyone Smile
So... Nearly 3 years ago at 250lbs when I started Atkins I decided to just do the eating part - since that is what I needed to focus on. I did not do ANY routine exercise for the first 4 months. I would take a walk if I felt like it (but a pleasure-smell the roses-walk), do my regular household chores and such but nothing to sweat. I felt great and then when I was able to loose 40lbs in 4 months I was then at a weight that I was ready to add excercise. THEN I found out I was pregnant with #3. So I would "just walk" -- this time for a bit of a sweat but nothing major. After the baby I again in 4 months lost 40 lbs and then lost another 20 over the next 4 months. I have C-sections so those 1st 4 months were again just by eating right and NOT exercising. (I am not an advocate of not being physically active - I am just answering your question Very Happy )So -- over about the last year I have been involved in Zumba, Long fast walks, bike-riding with my kiddos, etc. I have enjoyed adding physical activities that I enjoy and making this great life change. I look forward to loosing any babyweight after this one too (and this is the LAST time) Smile Hope that helps and feel free to message me if you need any further insite. Cheers to you on your journey.
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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 16:12
cobby, congrats and busting thru that barrier into the 2's! WELCOME to the 200s!! Exercising will help immensely - even if it is just light exercise like walking for 30-45 minutes three times a week. It will increase your metabolism and speed up the weightloss. Best wishes on your continued success!! Smile
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jsfantome

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 16:31
Cobby- I'm so sorry... I must have scrolled up and saw the 2nd post from 'beware' and she talks about not really liking the Atkins plan too much... that's what my comments were in reference to... my bad!

As for the exercise part... I exercised a LOT before I started atkins, so I basically scaled it back to something I could live w/ within my own schedule, about 3-4 times a week... walking and some weights to build muscle and tone it up! Hope that helps...
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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 16:32
Cobby - thanks for asking the question. I have been a walker for years-had to stop right around the holidays due to plantar fasciitis(sp?). I have had a slow go of it losing weight. Cannot wait to get back out there. will also find some "plan b" things to do as Spring comes.
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ChrisSmithWe...

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 17:20
I will go on losing weight with exercise. Exercise can improves your mood, combats chronic diseases and helps you manage your weight.
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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 17:26
I truly believe there is SOMETHING everyone can do. There are people at my gym in wheelchairs and other who are morbidly obese and can only do the hand bike- so that's what they do. Unless you are a quadriplegic, there's some way you can exercise Smile No excuses!
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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 18:36
I have lost 16 pounds since early feb, my start weight is from the day I started with FS not the day I started cutting back carbs. I have started little things like parking further away from the door at school and work. I have taken a few walks around my neighborhood but nothing major. I think as the weight falls off I will get more and more into exercise. The book says you can do the program with or without and expect to loose weight, I am sure you would if you didn't exercise at all. But why get more mobile with less weight hanging from your bones and sit around? Smile I want to be out there enjoying my life!
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Posted: 10 Mar 2011, 17:32
While doing Atkins, know that they recommend you do not exercise during Induction. (Atkins Induction is not the same as what FatSecret calls Induction. I'm talking your first two to three weeks of starting Atkins) Then when you do start exercising start something slow and easy and work your way up.

Now nutrients wise, make sure you are getting plenty of salt, either from table salt you cook with or drinking chicken broth. Also make sure you get your potassium, calcium and magnesium in vitamin supplements with absolutely no iron in them. These are needed for possible muscle cramps due to what you're not getting in the daily foods ya put in your mouth. As with any exercise drink plenty of water, a good equation is one ounce a day for every two pounds body weight.

And now to actually answer your question ;^ )

I did not start working out until about 10 pounds lost ago or about 60 down. That's starting Atkins in April, starting the work outs in about February. And since I have started working out, the weight loss is 'very' slow even though I am not seeing the muscle percentage go up very quickly at all. This may just be because I am pretty close to my end goal fat percent, simple coincidence, Atkins way of eating burning muscle or just too many Carbsmart ice cream bars, I don't know, this is new to me and I'm learning as I go.

And as fine print always goes, talk to your Dr. about it. Mine is very excited and behind me all the way on Atkins even if I don't work out. As she puts it, because I have already planned on following the phases correctly if I exercise or not. ~tig

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Posted: 14 Mar 2011, 15:44
I've been following atkins for 4 months now, and i managed to lose 39 pounds without exercising. but i do move alot because of the burst of energy ATKINS is giving me, i left alot of things at work, i walk alot as well, i make it a point to park my car far away from the my building to walk, i also always take the stairs instead of the elevator, i do the little things that i manage to in the time i have, but i totally believe exercise is important. and i'm waiting for the right time to join a gym and build my muscle, but i'm waiting to reach my first goal to do that Smile
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Posted: 14 Mar 2011, 16:58
K8 is right. You've got to build some muscle. I always say why get skinny if all you are is skinny fat? That's relly gross and unhealthy. Working out helps maintain mood and hormones, and really helps when we get older for things like muscle strength, bone health, flexibility, and coordination (as in not falling down and breaking your hip). If all people worry about is losing weight instead of getting healthy, then they are missing the real point.

Beware - you don't have to like fish or chicken or any meat on Atkins. Pick up "New Atkins for a New You." There is an entire vegetarian section!
Comfortable at this size/weight (I really don't want to buy size 0 jeans).

It's not about "weight" or the number on the scale. It's about lean muscle mass and body fat percentage.
At 125 I was a size 8 (after I lost 100+ pounds over 1.5 years).
At 135 I was a size 6 (maintained for several years) and over 28% body fat. I had 97 pounds of lean muscle mass and felt skinny fat.
Now at 140 I am a size 2 and have the smallest measurements I've ever had since I started taking them around the age of 18. I'm at 25% body fat and 107 pounds of lean muscle mass!! I'm no She-Hulk, either.

Don't tell me you aren't losing "weight." That doesn't tell me anything. Tell me how much fat you've lost and how much lean body mass you've gained. Here's a good start to estimate: http://www.scientificpsychic.com/fitness/diet.html
jo60

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Posted: 30 Mar 2011, 06:13
My interpretation of Atkins is that you should not START an excercise program if you are not used to it..reason..it may be too difficult/overwhelming and you may give up/quit.
You also do not have to start Atkins in induction..that is one option.
I beleive the reasoning is to give yourself time to adjust to one thing at atime.
If you are already doing some excercise there is no problem with continuing..even in induction.

Cireena I would call that excercise although not a formal type..just like me I have a pedometer and I count steps..that is a good part..basically walking and walking is excercise.
I lost 2 inches off waist in 6 weeks and no induction..just cut out grains, breads, chocolate, junk, and high carbs etcc.

I recommend a pedometer and step counting to anyone having a hard time getting active..the steps really do add up!


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Rob Sweetgall of Creative Walking, Inc. points to the Harvard Alumni Study that showed walking even 1 mile a day reduced death rates. The most benefit came at approximately 6000 steps per day. For most people, that is the equivalent of walking for an hour a day. These can be accumulated steps throughout the day rather than one long walk.
10,000 Steps for Weight Management
Many people already get in 3000 or more steps just with daily activity, and are still gaining unwanted weight. To burn off extra calories for weight loss, walk 10,000 steps per day most days of the week.
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