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m49er

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 18:26
I started on Tues. and have lost 4.0 lbs. already. I have been eating eggs meat lettuce and string cheese mainly. Here is where I was at today.
Carbohydrate (7%)
Fat (57%)
Protein (36%)

Is this ok or do I need to change something?
dramadr

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 18:28
Eggs and meat are a huge source of protein, so it doesn't surprise me that it takes up that large a percentage of your diet.

2lbs per day is awesome! I only weigh once a week so I have to wait until Monday to find out how much I have lost this week.
Nimm

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 18:47
In the absence of existing kidney damage, there isn't evidence that a lot of protein is harmful, and high protein diets have many benefits.

Having said that, basing your diet around macronutrient percentages rather than absolute amounts is not ideal. As long as you're getting sufficient dietary fat - roughly at least .4 grams per pound of your weight - then having that much protein isn't obviously problematic. However, it's what you're not eating that will be a problem. A diverse array of whole foods - including, particularly, fruits and vegetables - is probably the best way to ensure that you aren't deficient in any important nutrients - vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and Omega 3 fatty acids. If you're eating mainly eggs, meat, lettuce, and string cheese, that's not a bad start, but you are almost certainly guaranteeing some deficiencies over the long term.
Helewis

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 19:36
Great response, Nimm. Thanks for posting
Nimm

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 19:46
Thanks Helewis. I didn't notice this was an Atkins topic, though - so if I said anything inconsistent with the Atkins protocol, that's now it was intended (although to the extent that Atkins is incompatible with that advice, I'd take issue with it...)
Helewis

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 19:57
I'm not on Atkins either. Jus thought it was a good response.
jowe65

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 20:30
It looks like you need to eat a lot more vegetables and add in some more fat. Atkins isn't high protein it's high fat. You need to make sure you're getting your 12 to 15 net carbs of vegetables too. Usually it works out to about 60-65% fat, 25-30% protein and the rest 5 to 10% in carbs.
dramadr

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 20:42
Have you read the book on it? "The NEW Diet Revolution" is written by Dr. Atkins himself and is the authoritative source for information concerning the diet. Most of the information that you need can be found there.

Since you are only on your 2nd day, you are in the induction phase. The most restrictive phase of the diet designed to get your body quickly into ketosis. The diet will be unbalanced with a lot of fat and protein and very few carbs. As you progress through the phases, the diet will become more balanced.
Ingria

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 21:00
Please keep in mind that on any low carb diet you first deplete your body of glycogen (about 1 lb), and at least 3 lb of water that your body stores together with the glycogen. Hence initial fast weight loss. That would account for at least half of the 10 lb you intend to lose. This water weight will return as soon as you pass induction or stop dieting. That is why low carb diets work much better when you need to lose a lot of weight, or as a long term solution. This is not to discourage you, but to make a point that if you intend to lose 10 lb of fat, you have to account for initial water weight loss, and ensure that you get rid of fat as well.
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PeeFat

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 21:56
Above poster correct. First 2 weeks expect to lose a substantial amount of water weight caused by sugar storage in your body. When sugar is stored in your body it holds some water it will need when it is called upon buy the body to be used for fuel.

I'd try to back off the cheese for a couple weeks and use olive oil in its place as much as you can before using butter or real mayonnaise.

I'd also add a large assortment of veggies. Maximize your macro nutrient intake.

Don't forget Atkins folks have to drink their water not only for the usual benefits but also to keep the kindeys flushed of toxic ketones. Ketones are a waste product the liver produces after burning fat cells for fuel.

Try to eat small meals every 3 hours with some protein at each meal. That will hug your thyroid so it produces hormone t3 which sends a message to the body it's happy with steady fuel supply go ahead and burn off stored fat cells at leasuer.

Try to get in at least 25-30 grams of protein as soon as you can after you wake up.

There are also some important supplements you might want to research more for yourself.

Omega 3 fish oils
Vitamin B100 complex
vitamin C, D, E, A
potassium (fixes leg cramps)
magnesium
calcium

Hope this info can aid you in some way.
m49er

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 23:48
Thank you for the advise! Especially about flushing the ketones from the kidneys..I only have one so I have to take care of it! I haven't read the new book its on its way. The old book said you couldn't eat many veggies and have basically no sugar. Are you allowed some sugar on induction or are you suppose to stay at zero?
SusanScheepe...

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Posted: 05 Jan 2012, 23:58
No extreme protein diet works well in the long run - it's hard to maintain. Balance is vital - the correct amount of Carbs, (good) fats and protein. Our bodies need carbs and good fats to function properly and to promote healthy wieghtloss.
dawn297

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Posted: 08 Jan 2012, 15:09
Susan, this isnt actually just a high protein diet. Its a high fat, mod. protein, low carb diet which advices to eat plenty of veggies.
Besides you're confusing Atkins diet for induction, the first and most restricted phase. In fact a lot of people end up eating a large ammount of healthy carbs on later phases.

M49er, you definitely can't have sugar at all. If you have a sweet tooth, try stevia or splenda, but use very little. Atkins teaches you how to eat healthy not how to replace sugars for artificial ones!
The new and improved book - which you should definitely read, states that you can have on induction 20 net carbs a day, out of which you must have 12-15 net carbs from veggies. For more info check the atkins website or better yet read the book.



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