Atkins..i'm trying really trying, but if i have to eat another egg or piece of meat i'm going to bar

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vanillabeani

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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 20:51
I know induction is only two weeks, but I'm finding myself wanting to "sneak" things like a strawberry or bowl of raisin bran. Seriously- who would've thought I'd ever be craving such "bad" things. Laughing

Here's my thing... I really don't usually eat bad carbs or bad fats.. I love whole grains and healthy oil/nuts/avocados/olives along with veggies and some meat. I gained my weight after lots of fast food and sitting on my arse studying during nursing school. (yes- nursing school is bad for your health!)

I'm wondering..is there a better low carb diet I should check out that wouldn't leave me feeling like I'd rather starve or just sleep all day (fatigue anyone?)?

or should I just stick it out? I don't even know if I've lost any weight after a little over a week. I guess I should get a scale, huh? I just go by my clothing..which fits a lot more loosely now.

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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 20:56
Is there a reason you want to do a low carb diet? There are many ways to lose weight. You should choose one that's palatable to you. Why suffer unnecessarily?

To answer your question though, other low carb diets I am aware of that are less severe than Atkins are Paleo and South Beach.
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mdep1229

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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 21:00
If you usually get your carbs in the form of whole grains, veggies, fruits, etc., perhaps all you need to do is watch your portions to lose weight.

In addition to the two low carb diets Kate mentioned, it may help to check out the GI diet and Abs diet.
trill42

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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 21:00
Instead of discouraging you or trying to get you to quit, I would advise sticking it out - as the first two weeks is an adjustment period. It gets better, it really does. You should not be "suffering".
vanillabeani

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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 21:24
I won't lie..the reason the Atkins attracted me was because it advertises a rather quick weight loss up front and because it's much simpler to me than counting calories. I also really really like bacon, Lol!

I think I'm just going to tweak it to my taste and aim for feeling and being healthier and if/when the pounds come off..then that's just gravy (low carb gravy, of course) I'm not going to beat myself up over eating a strawberry Smile
pudgey911

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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 21:36
How about we just consume less calories than we expend. It's a novel idea and one, if adopted as a lifestyle we can surely maintain. I look at some of these extreme diets and say to myself, if I can't keep this up for the long haul then I will fall off and put back on a ton of weight. Does that ring a bell with anyone here? A Balanced, healthy diet, full of fruit and vegetables (preferably fresh) watching my intake of saturated fats and sugars in tandem with regular exercise both aerobic and anaerobic is something you can keep doing forever. You can have anything you want in moderation but as long as you expend more than you consume, you will keep off the weight and stay with the program. I yo-yo dieted for too long, this doesn't just work but more importantly, it's something I can live with. Good luck
vanillabeani

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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 21:43
i think that's the path i'm heading on, pudgey.. i know how to eat right..just gotta do it. and moving my butt more would be a huge help! just about finished with school in 7 weeks, so i won't have to ride the couch as much. thanks for all the input everyone.
PBelleA

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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 21:51
I have done Atkins before and lost 15lbs. However, since then I have slipped into some old eating habits and am starting over. The first week is the hardest; I had headaches and was exhausted. Stick with it and the side effects go away completely and you will feel so much better! It's tough, but worth it; atkins really does work!
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Posted: 17 Mar 2011, 22:01
@vanillabeani, I was going to mention that you CAN start Atkins in OWL, i.e. at a higher carb level, but of course that means you'd have to be willing to accept a slower weight loss & obviously that doesn't interest you. I'm a non-Atkins low-carber so there definitely are other ways to do low-carb if you want to. Regardless, you shouldn't make a final decision about any strategy for at least 3-4 weeks because you can't really be sure it's not working in less time than that.

We all want the weight to come off quickly & sometimes it will. But not always, so the most valuable tool you can have is patience.

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Posted: 18 Mar 2011, 10:18
Personally I gain a lot of weight by getting into really bad eating habits. I will eat until I'm stuffed and then when I'm not stuffed I will eat some more even if I'm not hungry. There's no way I could ever go from that condition to Atkins induction.

For me it's about getting into a good eating routine. When I focus on what I eat I cap myself at 150g carbs. It takes about two weeks until I can break myself of the cravings. I try to do the first 4 weeks at 150g and then lower it to 100g. I can easily accomplish this by eliminating the add on items like cheese, sour cream, etc to the things I already eat. I also do not eat high fat foods.

I think it's easier to gradually lower your carbs than it is to cut yourself off and then build back up.

How many times have all heard "I've done Atkins and lost XX pounds really fast but then I gained it all back."

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Posted: 18 Mar 2011, 13:30
Read up on Atkins on their site. Find out what to expect, and what you should be eating instead of bacon and eggs every day (not that you are, but you know what I mean) and get a good list of the things you *can* eat---meats, fish, veggies, good fats, etc. Or start in one of the later phases as was suggested, so that you can have some of the foods you're wanting. The first two weeks of any change are hard--but if we never tough it out, where does it leave us? Atkins isn't a quick fix--as with any lifestyle change, if you go back to your old habits, the weight will come back. I find it to be simple and satisfying, but again, it's not for everyone.

...and it's not just Atkins people that repeat the pattern of "I lost XX pounds and gained it all back"...it's WW, South Beach, HGC, Jenny Craig, Diet Workshop...the list goes on and on. If you don't change, history will repeat itself.

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Posted: 19 Mar 2011, 17:32
I honestly believe these diets, Atkins etc, are dangerous. I truly believed in them too for a while, I couldn't believe I could eat all this great stuff and lose weight at the same time, until I started to get kidney stones (kidney problems are a known side effect of high protein diets) and then I found that I missed certain foods and ended up craving them and then ultimately eating them again. Of course back came the weight too.

I am mostly vegetarian now, because I believe that good eating habits are not just about portion control and moderation, although obviously that is HUGE, but it's also about quality nutrition and I think we all know that virtually all of the vitamins and minerals our bodies need are in the phytochemicals found in fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes etc and NOT in meats. One can make an argument for vitamin B12 but not a whole lot else. So for me I needed to get off these fad diets, because ultimately they don't work because you simply can't adopt them as a lifestyle. Eventually you want some carbs and you pile the weight back on. They also don't work because they are unhealthy. Incidentally, I threw away my Lipitor as the change in my diet NATURALLY reduced my cholesterol from a stubborn 255 to a steady 160. My doctor was bowled over.

We need to find a way to lose the weight by adopting a new way of eating, moderation, lots of exercise, a balanced healthy NUTRITIOUS diet and making all the right choices. We KNOW what to do, there aren't any shortcuts. It's always a challenge; our diets shouldn't be something we "go on" but a lifestyle choice we make that we can maintain for the long run and keeps us healthy and well.

Calories in, calories out, good nutrition, plenty of exercise, everything in moderation. It's easy really it's us that make it difficult.

Just my 2 cents worth. Good luck everyone ...
mybigfat72

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Posted: 19 Mar 2011, 19:34
Way to go sweetie girl - you tell them! If people lost weight and regained it they did not follow Atkins. If you follow Atkins correctly you learn your carb level for maintaining your weight and you will not regain it. Just like with any way of eating if you clean up your act and then return to your old bad habits you will return to your old weight. Pick up a book about the Atkins lifestyle or read Gary Taubes "Why We Get Fat". Educate yourself - Atkins is not about eating a high protein diet but rather a high fat diet. Your caloric intake should be 60-65% fat, 25-30% protein, and 10% carbs. It is also about eating the right kind of carbs - mostly veggies and some fruit not prepackaged crap that we call food. I have just recently started Atkins in January and have lost 25lbs with out feeling deprived or hungry. If you are feeling a little weak or having headaches drink some broth it will replace the sodium you are losing with all the trips to the bath room cuz if you are doing Atkins correctly you should be drinking a ton of water and making a lot of trips to the toilet. Atkins is not a diet it is a way of life.
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alisha6502

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Posted: 20 Mar 2011, 04:59
vanillabeani i lasted only 4 days on atkins and i gave up and had a bowl of cheerios i LOVE eggs but the thought of have another egg for breakfast was too much lol. I agree with some of the other posts... i think the key is a healthy lifestyle focusing on balance and moderation which is what im working towards now. Each of us is different so i hope you find what's best for you good luck!!!
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Posted: 20 Mar 2011, 11:14
You are going to do great. Sometimes it's a matter of just accepting the reality of our problem. Good luck on your journey.
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TSCG

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Posted: 20 Mar 2011, 11:50
Your sugar cravings should go away quickly. You don't have to eat eggs or meat. Vegans and vegetarians can also do Atkins they just don't start at phase 1. Not everyone will lose 15lbs in two weeks. As with any diet plan promising quick weight loss, it says "results not typical." As for feeling tired, this also happens on other diets in the beginning, you should drink chicken or beef broth (2 cups a day) in the first two weeks. This too will pass. It doesn't sound like you've read the new Atkins book. I carry mine everywhere as a reference. You know you can also eat half an avocado a day in induction? It is best to cook with olive oil. Which it sounds like you already do.

Atkins is a lifestyle not a diet. It may take you a while to learn the ropes.

Good luck!

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Posted: 20 Mar 2011, 11:57
sweetiegirl and mybigfat 72. Rock on! The media hates Atkins and yet my diabetic father was also put on Atkins by his doctor. Once again, people that think it's a protein diet have never read the book. I've lost 20 lb thus far. I'm eating 6 cups of salad veggies and 2 cups of cook veggies a day. For those that think it's a protein diet.
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Posted: 20 Mar 2011, 11:58
BTW, Atkins has been around 40 years...not a fad.
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Posted: 20 Mar 2011, 12:23
There is no one size fits all when it comes to dieting. I love eating low carb, but it isn't for everyone. You have to find something you can do forever. Atkins, and any other diet, is not something you do for 6 weeks then go back to your old way of eating. It's a lifestyle change and commitment, and you have to be educated. Atkins isn't just eating eggs and meat, it also includes a variety of vegetables and eventually nuts, fruits and grains.

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Posted: 20 Mar 2011, 12:27
Why do people think Atkins is a high protein diet???? It's not. It's high fat. I've been doing atkins for 7 months, down 71 pounds, cholesterol is down to 185, blood pressure normal, and have no kidney stones.

I'm 38, male, eat 2300 calories a day, and am never hungry or have cravings. It works for me because I learned and followed the rules. Now I'm reaping the benefits of it.



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