Is it reasonable to expect it to take up to months to loose on Atkins?

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Posted: 09 Sep 2011, 03:17
I am not loosing am following Atkins very carefully and watching my calorie intake (so not overdoing anything)
around 1500 calories per day.

It is now 2 months that I have not lost ANY weight. Even gained for a little while.

I have read about whooshes but ususally only after not loosing for a couple of weeks.

I lost 10 pounds on induction in 2 weeks then just stopped loosing even before leaving induction. I have tweeked so many things,(ie cut out ASweetners, cut back cheese, cut out peanut butter, cut out processed meat, cook mostly all whole foods...) I wonder if I need to be patient or do something different. I would think that I would loose weight for no other reason that cutting out all sweets and starches and lowering calories.

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Posted: 09 Sep 2011, 04:23
I sent you a private message regarding this.

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Posted: 09 Sep 2011, 04:59
Look, Atkins isnt the be-all and end-all. It's actually not healthy long term either. You need to reduce your calorie intake further, but you need carbs for energy. Also, eat 5 small meals a day, not 2 or 3, and have your last meal before 6pm. No food after 6pm at all, only water, but here's a trick, if you feel hungry at say 9pm, have 4oz of low fat natural yoghurt, add some soft juicy sultanas, and sprinkle with cinnamon powder.

Eat a very mixed healthy range of foods, have small egg white omelette for breakfast, a protein bar for mid morning snack, chicken salad for lunch, ryvita and tomatoes with pepper and a small amount of mozzerella cheese for afternoon snack, and then have a small evening meal, fish or chicken or similar, with steamed vegetables, or a small jacket potato, just dont eat any sweet things like biscuits, cakes, sweets, etc. Hard, but do-able. The first thing I tell anyone who wants to lose weight? STOP DRINKING COFFEE! Drink more water if you're on higher protein, as you're kidneys are working overtime! It's that simple. Try it for a week and post up how you feel. I bet you get headaches the first couple of days. but that'll pass.

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Posted: 09 Sep 2011, 07:18
At 1500 kcal a day I do not think there is any reason to suspect the threadstarter need to reduce calories. I have no clue about atkins, I do calorie counting, it works for me, but there is no way, unless derelly is very short the kcal needs to be lower than 1500 in my opinion.

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Posted: 09 Sep 2011, 07:56
Watch your fat intake, increase your veggies as well as exercise by 15 minutes. You shoulnd't completely stall out for that long.

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Posted: 09 Sep 2011, 08:42
I don't think all the people who gave you advice so far were familiar with the Atkins diet. But be that how it may....

I think you should lose weight with it. How much do you have to lose? What is your BMI now? If you are close to a normal BMI it may be a bit tricky.

Looking at your menu I see you say you are on OWL but you are eating from all rungs already. It took me years to get to eat potato (and I still very rarely have some)
I suggest going back to rung one
Get in all your required vegetables which should at rung one probably be over 15 net carb worth (you are not close to that)
Then cut down on sweeteners. Most people will have problems with sweeteners. They are limited to three on Atkins but if you do not lose cut them out to see
Also watch dairy - there are limits on dairy and you were pushing those borders quite a bit.
Do you get in all your water.
The amount of fat and protein were good but your source of protein should be clean whole meat or fish or eggs - not cheese and peanut butter.

Hope that helps. It looks you are eating pretty healthy just tweak a bit.

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Posted: 09 Sep 2011, 09:55
fakeymcfake wrote:

ps. I don't understand why people who don't believe in/know Atkins, post on Atkins forums. :S

While this was posted in the Atkins forum, the most recent forum posts also come up on the main "community page" so it's not always immediately obvious that a particular post was posted in a specific forum.

In addition, I agree that atkins is not the be-all, end-all of diets. If a particular WOE is not working for someone, I would suggest changing your strategy. One thing that makes this site so great is the advice you can get from your fellow dieters.

derelly, I don't know much about atkins so I can't comment on your eating, but how much are you exercising?
You may need to up your exercise/cardio in order to really jump start your metabolism and burn more calories.


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Posted: 09 Sep 2011, 10:00
Atkins works best if it's followed correctly. Most people who have issues with Atkins aren't doing it right. They usually don't eat enough veggies and are eating things like the OP (popcorn & pototoes?)which really aren't part of the plan till you are in lifetime mainteance or Pre Maintenance. They usually have too many sugar free items on the menu as well.
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Posted: 09 Sep 2011, 10:17
Based on my observation of Atkins forums, it looks like Atkins is amazingly successful for many people but is also pretty unforgiving- you can get yourself in trouble pretty quickly if you let your diet slide at all and even sometimes when you're eating things that are supposed to be ok (cheese, sugar free items). Seems like you have two options- take the advice of the pros on how to clean up your eating so that you can follow the plan to the letter or try something else. If you can do what you need to to get Atkins to work for you and it's sustainable, do it. But if it's not going to be sustainable in the long run, then you might want another approach that will be easier for you to stick with- ideally, you want to find a way of eating that doesn't make you feel like you're constantly on a diet because lasting changes are a necessity if you want to be able to keep off the weight you've lost. Just my 2 cents from a non-Atkins perspective. The bottom line: if one diet worked for everyone, we wouldn't have so many different ones.
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Posted: 09 Sep 2011, 10:19
Here is something some of you may not know, it took me over 6 months to lose 25 lbs. Then I stalled out and started to eat regular food again - mistake. I am eating vegetables, but am tall and so it helps, but if one keeps doing Atkins repeatedly - many have told me this - that it's not as easy as the first time. The body adjusts to this form of weight loss easier after repeated attempts. I would not suggest eating sugary stuff either. I have been doing maintenance but need to get stricter. Exercise sure helps and I have not been doing it as I have been so busy but now realize nothing is as important as one's health - you are not going to lose fifty pounds on Atkins in three months unless your weight is extremely high and you are doing hours of exercise a day... Some people posting on here may be FRIENDS or buddies of their friends on Atkins. I am following it properly now, it's not the complete solution to weight loss - one MUST exercise and the newcomers will find after years of doing things it won't work as easy as it did the first time around... I disagree with those who say carbs are necessary - they can be eaten for a limited amount by those on maintenance. As time has gone by over the years people who have high blood sugar have been told to dramatically cut back their carb intake. Carbs are not the friend of good blood sugar, maintaining one's weight, or losing weight either. And they cause cravings so one overeats and gains rapidly. There are low carb foods and carbs aren't necessary to a high degree unless one is an athlete, this myth is beginning to be debunked and for adults who need to be maintaining their weight is best to limit carb intake...
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Posted: 09 Sep 2011, 10:21
Have you read the new Atkins book? Have you visited the Atkins site? Are you following that plan 100% to the letter? If you have answered no to any one of these questions start over - back at the beginning and go from there. As Icy pointed out most people who have problems are not following it correctly - you need to eat enough veggies, I do not do Atkins but I have read the site and the books and I think its 12-15 net carbs should be veggies - atkins ppl can correct me if I am wrong. Potatoes and Popcorn should not be consumed until you are at the end of your journey and even then its in moderation.

If you are having problems eating this way, perhaps look at other options. There are tons of different low-carb lifestyles out there (if that is what you are interested in). If you are not looking for a strict plan there are modified low-carb diets out there that many of the members are doing on their own. Do some research, talk to your doctor or a dietician.

As for the posters saying its not healthy long term, where are you getting your facts from? I know several people who have done Atkins, kept the weight off and are the healthiest they have EVER been in their lives - and majority of them are older people who have been in maintenance for quite a while. There is nothing wrong with a low carb diet - infact its proven that low-fat is by far worse for you than low-carb. Carbs are NOT essential to your daily life and you can get good carbs from veggies and fruits (which I believe is where atkins pulls most of the carbs from) You people need to do some research.

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Posted: 09 Sep 2011, 10:35
Pixie 12-15 net carbs is correct. I also agree with gnat, if you cannot be vigilate in your eating patterns, Atkins is NOT for you. However I have to disagree with Glenn on the "doing it too much and your body gets used to it" I'm not sure how much is too much by Glenns estimation, but I've done Atkins more than once (I only gained back because I foolishly stopped eating low carb) and This is my 3rd go round, and I don't find it any more difficult to lose weight this time as I did the first time when I was much younger. With that said, that applies to ME and my experience, maybe others have problems after doing Atkins more than once, I did not.
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Posted: 09 Sep 2011, 10:41
There's nothing wrong with staying in induction longer than 2 weeks, especially if you've got a lot of weight to lose & you had success with it. And I disagree with not eating after 6 pm. It just doesn't make sense to me to fast for 12 hours (or more) if you want to stimulate your metabolism to burn fat. I always eat something before bed, & my favorite bedtime snack is high protein/fat & low carb. It never fails to control my appetite & I don't wake up starving, either. Who wants to go to bed hungry?

As others have mentioned, read your Atkins book again & back down to a lower rung if you want to get things going again. Increasing/changing up your exercise is also an option if you don't want to change how you're eating. If done correctly, it's a very effective method for losing fat but it's not for everybody. Only you can make the decision if you should switch to another program, but I don't think you should do that before giving induction another go.
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Posted: 09 Sep 2011, 11:30
To icymaiden, some of us have been on here years, four for me next month - I was off for months but came back. Many, many people over the years complained about maybe the fifth time or sixth - etc. some people it's sooner where Atkins weight loss is not as rapid as the first time. Just some thoughts about what I have seen with so many dieters on here over the years - the site has almost all new people from 3 years ago. One guy was on here for years, then in February disappeared, he was on here so much - dozens of buddies too. One thing about the site you will get lots of viewpoints from many people. And most of your buddies are not likely to be on here in a few years either, they find twitter, etc.
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Posted: 09 Sep 2011, 11:37
I don't know anything about Adkins so I won't even begin to try to comment on the diet aspect of this post but are you exercising at all? Perhaps that is what may be causing your stall?
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Posted: 09 Sep 2011, 11:45
Glenn 3 times is it for me. I don't want to be the yoyo dieter. I never will let myself get that far gone again. I can't imagine doing Atkins 6 times. We know it works, we just have to be vigilent in keeping doing it after the weight is gone.
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Posted: 09 Sep 2011, 15:41
Icymaiden - I agree with you this is my fourth attempt at sticking to it I think, I lapsed for months - over 200 gms of carbs a day so the weight creeped up gradually, I know this works and need to stick to it, I am on psych meds that cause weight gain and high cholesterol, etc. Anyway, Atkins does work. I am being careful not to go over 2,000 calories a day. I take potassium and magnesium too to prevent leg and foot cramps. Powerade Zero can help with that but can get costly if you drink it a few times a day - it is like Gatorade w/o sugar. I have the book and am eating vegetables. I know how to do this right - got down in time from nearly 260 to below 195 - some years in there I wasn't doing it right, but everyone can learn. Now when I go out I get a salad - or if I go to Arby's for example will eat the meat w/o the bread. I don't like sugary things much - and must be careful not to eat snack food, sometimes I crave pretzels. Once I lose the weight this time I will buy the low-carb bread and pasta for maintenance. I need to read the book over, but know the basics well. Don't cheat - people say you can - it just stalls things for too long and to my knowledge does NOT kickstart anything despite the rumors...
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Posted: 11 Sep 2011, 02:39
Thank you everyone for your input. It is very helpful to get so many ideas and opinions. Good luck to everyone.

Basically I am understanding that not loosing for so long really should not be a stall or plateau so I need to make changes instead of waiting it out. That is one of the things I really wanted to know.

I know enough about Atkins to know that it IS healthy long term and that any diet that is focused on loosing weight will not be "as healthy and rounded" and the maintenance version.

I have read (and reread) and book and been on the Atkins site which are both great sources of info.

And the potato and popcorn (just for info) were not meant to be "on plan" I just put them on my log because that was what I ate that day. A one time deal.

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Posted: 12 Sep 2011, 08:00
I am going back to induction with nuts to see where I went wrong. I hope this will get me back on track.

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Posted: 12 Sep 2011, 13:16
with or without? you are really not supposed to have nuts in Induction.


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