Frustrated with Induction Results

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amy30

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011, 07:56
I am really getting frustrated. I have been on induction for 12 days now and I have only lost 5.6 pounds and almost all of that was in the first few days. I have been following it 100%. Have not had any of the banned foods, limited cheese, and have been exercising at least 4 days a week. I also have tested with the strips and going by that it says I'm in Ketosis. I don't record my food on Fat Secret, but have been keeping my calories within the reccomended amounts. I was wondering if anyone else has had the same experience on induction and if so did you stick with it or go back to a different diet? I haven't gained any weight back but I kind of keep boucing between 199 and 200 pounds. Any advice would be appreciated.
Veeezeee

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011, 08:02
Start tracking your food! You'll be surprised at where carbs are hidden. Are you eating all your foundation veggies every day? That's where I tend to falter.

Congrats on 5 pounds! That's great!
Vicki
bluebug

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011, 08:14
I agree with veeezee. You may be eating just a few too many carbs somewhere. Be sure to get enough protein all through the day... also, you may want to look at your daily calorie intake and possibly lower it slightly as well?
On the other hand,you may be doing everything right, sometimes it just takes patience.

5 pounds is a lot of weight to lose. Congrats! and keep up the good work!
amy30

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011, 08:36
Thank you both. I am eating my veggies. I know that normally five pounds in two weeks is good, I guess I just expected it to be more considering the number other people have lost on induction. An example of my food for yesterday is this:

Blt salad which has 1/2 cup tomato, 2 cups romaine lettuce, 2tbsp mayonnaise, and four stips of fried bacon.

Had a late lunch that was two angus patties with 3 bacon strips, avacado, one slice cheese.

Before bed I had one small tomato and 1 small piece of steak.

Lindac67241

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011, 08:47
Amy, go on a 3 day meat fast, just eating meat and drinking lots of water. This is to get you into ketosis. Then restart Induction again. Eating too much salad at one setting. 1 cup with 2 slices of tomatoes.

Also, sometimes people that eat cheese tend to lose slower. Back up off the cheese for 2 weeks, and see if the weightloss gets better.

Don't concentrate so much on what the scale says, how does your clothing feel on your body? Is it looser?

Hopes that help.

Linda
greerp

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011, 09:06
Bad advice. Do not go on a fast. Atkins is not a high protein diet.

Amy, you need to eat more. You are not eating enough. And you need way more veggies and fats. Atkins is a high fat, moderate protein, low carb diet. This is why it is important to track Net Carbs.
amy30

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011, 09:07
Hi Linda,

Yes my clothes do fit much looser. I've been able to fit into some jeans that I couldn't wear a month ago so that is a plus. I have been trying to hold on to that positive, but at some point it just seems like the scale should catch up a little too. I will try what you have suggested and see what happens. I know I sound really whiny today, but I'm not losing hope and I am proud of what I've lost so far. Thanks for the advice.
Marylouise...

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011, 09:10
Veeezee told you correctly about tracking everything, even water! You will not be able to see what you are doing right or what you are doing wrong, unless u track your intake everyday. Everyday...........every bite!!!
marylouise
diddoh

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011, 11:42
I have to agree with greerp. If you're diet calendar is correct you are eating way below what your body needs. A normal, non active, woman should not eat below 1200 calories (if you work out you need to add that into the number). If you go below that your body goes into starvation mode and starts hording your fat
michellenoel

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011, 18:52
I am learning a lot by tracking. Mayo has a lot of netCarbs - over 3 per Tbsp! I'm having to cut that out. I keep to about 1500 calories per day. Start tracking and do eat more.
Do or do not.
There is no try.
--Yoda
FrostyLady

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011, 19:41
Have you read the book???? Have you been on Atkins site???? I don't think Atkins alows 172 grams carbs a day. You say you don't eat banned foods; I don't think Atkins alows lean cuisine prepared meals on their plan!!! Take a look on Atkins site, they have a great meal plan there that I found quite easy to follow. Great recipes!!!! By the way 5.6 pound is pretty good in 12 days considering you haven't done it like it should!!!
amy30

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011, 20:53
Frosty Lady,

The food that you are seeing is from when I very first started on this site and I wasn't doing atkins at that time. I was just watching calories. I haven't been recording food since I started Atkins until today. If you want you can go look at my food for today and tell me what you think. My food for today is similar to what it's been the whole time I've been on induction.
bcbloyd

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011, 21:06
Hi Amy,

Actually real mayo is 0 carbs per Tsp, so it's fine to eat on a low carb eating plan. I've had some every day and have lost 40+ lbs on a low carb eating plan. It's Miracle Whip that isn't good, but I digress. When on Atkins, you do not have to count calories, so I'm not sure why you're concerned about that. Just read the nutritional fact labels and calculate the NET Carbs per serving, and make sure you only eat the proper "serving".

I do agree with those who said you really must track everything you eat at every meal every day, especially during induction. I'm looking at your Food Diary, which (1) indicates by an asterisk that only "Some of what you ate" is recorded on each day's entry (2) not every day is recorded and (3) at least at the beginning, you were no where near the recommended start of only 20 NET Carbs per day. Looking at your own entries, the NET Carb totals are as follows beginning on June 2nd:
2nd = 143.95
3rd = 65.82
(no entries 4th-6th)
7th = 163.82
8th = 207.00
9th = 139.62
10th= 109.44
11th= 91.64
12th= 164.80
13th= 163.82
14th= 93.32
15th= 3.54
16th= 13.14
(no entries 17th-23rd)
24th= 2.67 (only snack recorded)
(no entries 25th-26th)
27th= 10.23

So based on your own diary entries, we can see that you're eating food too high in carbs. Like someone else mentioned, those Lean Cuisine meals are NOT low carb meals. And if those diary entires are actually only "partial records", it could be safe to conclude you are eating WAY more than the recommended amount during the Induction Phase. I suggest that if you want to follow a low carb eating plan (which I do highly recommend, because when followed properly it does work tremendously) that you begin by visiting the Atkins site and reading up on what you should be tracking and how. Begin entering everything you eat at every meal every day and learn how to calculate net carbs (Total Carbs - Dietary Fiber & Sugar Alcohols, if any = Net Carbs). Don't worry about calories or anything but NET Carbs, and keep those between 18 and 25 each day for two straight weeks. You don't want to drop too low, which could slow your metabolism, and too high keeps you from losing to your fullest potential. Joining Atkins.com (which is free) earns you a booklet they'll mail to you for free that has common foods and their net carbs. Watch your portions, too.

You can do it; it just takes discipline, commitment, and some practice until it becomes second nature. But it's a lot easier than counting calories!

I wish you all the best on your weight loss efforts. Don't lose faith; you can succeed if you're determined to not give up!
Fast Food Junkie - turned - Atkins Aficionado.
Beginning Weight: 200 lbs - 01/11/11
Goal Weight: 145 - Achieved 09/18/11
*Surprise! Pregnancy Interruption in 2012*
Restarting Weight: 176 lbs - 02/03/13
Final Goal: Maintain Range of Weight in 140s
Babsio

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011, 21:11
Amy---the weight will catch up but in the mean time enjoy the fact you must be losing inches! You might want to take some measurements then in a couple weeks take them again. You will see improvement! So many people do not support the ketosis strips but there is no doubt those are a great way to check up to see if you're staying within the correct number of carbs to lose weight. They're motivating for me. One of the best things I did was to buy a small digital scale on Amazon so my recordings are more accurate. Sounds tedius but once you get in the habit it isn't a big deal to weigh and record. Good luck!
Babsio

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011, 21:15
The small scale is to weigh the food!
bcbloyd

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011, 21:17
Okay, just saw youre response which you must've posted while I was writing that review of your diary. Smile Just looking at the 27th entry... you didn't get enough carbs to eat. 10.23 NET Carbs, if that is all you ate today is not enough. You need to keep it as close to 20 as possible. Too low on carbs could slow your metabolism which would of course have a negative effect on weight loss. I'm thinking however, unless you only drank water or diet soda, you might've gotten more carbs via drinks, but none of your drinks were recorded, so I'm not sure. Don't forget...to get an accurant accounting you need to tally everything you consume, even if that's a glass of water, a packet of splenda added to tea, or a lemon wedge. Every little thing.

Of course, like the other poster said, any loss is worth celebrating, so keep focused, stay the course, and the weight loss will happen. Smile
Fast Food Junkie - turned - Atkins Aficionado.
Beginning Weight: 200 lbs - 01/11/11
Goal Weight: 145 - Achieved 09/18/11
*Surprise! Pregnancy Interruption in 2012*
Restarting Weight: 176 lbs - 02/03/13
Final Goal: Maintain Range of Weight in 140s
liv001

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011, 21:26
Amy your menu is looking pretty good - maybe a few more veggies

What do you drink?

You have been losing weight. Not everyone see huge challenges in induction. If you were already dieting when starting induction you did not have any water weight to drop
nutsey1

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011, 21:27
Amy, just a couple quick comments in regards to the example meals you posted: Bacon can be a problem food for some people. If you're eating it regularly, you may want to eliminate it and see if things improve. Also, do make sure that you are eating enough fats as too few can slow things down. As for the carb counts, your 1/2 cup of tomato would be 8.5 carbs - which in perspective, is almost half your daily allowance on induction. If you're careful with your carb counts, then you should be ok with that though. Again, don't know what you're overall food intake is looking like, just wanted to drop some suggestions. 5.6 pounds is still good progress. Smile
amy30

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011, 22:54
Thank you all for the great encouragement and tips. I was so depressed this morning, but now I am more determined than ever! I bought the new atkins book today and so far i love it. It is really dumbed down enough for people like me who get lost in all the medical jargon! I will keep tracking my food from now on and even add water. Water is all that I drink though. Thanks to all!!
Lindac67241

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Posted: 28 Jun 2011, 08:17
Amy,

Take it one day at a time and 1 meal at a timeIdea . Remember that you did not gain the weight overnight and that you will not lose it over night.

Give yourself small goals like 8 lbs for the month of July, August, Sept, etc. If you can reach those goals, you are way ahead of the game (not only did you lose 8 lbs, but look at all the inches you've lost).

When the scale does not move for more than 4 weeksMad , you are in a true plateau. Other than that, it's your body's way of telling you,Doubt
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"I have to get use to the new weight, and once I can maintain it for awhile, I will start losing again."
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Just know that, you should not totally depend on the scaleCrying or Very sad . Sometimes you are just losing fat all around the body.Laughing Start taking your measurement every month so you can see how much you are really losing inch wise.Shock

Arrow Overall, you have gotten some really good advice from the majority of the ladies. Don't over-think it, or you will fail. But FAILURE is not in our vocabulary.

LindaSmile

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