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ollieangel

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Posted: 18 Feb 2012, 23:52
just starting atkins today..and in general i like this approach, but have tendency to become exhausted after a few days ..anyone know how to overcome this issue?
fatoldlady

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Posted: 19 Feb 2012, 10:30
I had the same problem on a low carb diet and after four months had to give it up. That is why it is not my diet of choice this time around. I'm sure you will be hearing from Mike as he is the resident Atkins advocate.
Vicki777

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Posted: 19 Feb 2012, 11:19
I am too beginning today. Anxious to hear any advice..
Ingria

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Posted: 19 Feb 2012, 12:05
Like with every diet, the outcome will depend on many factors.

One of the factors would be how much sugar and starches you have been eating before the start. You might experience a condition similar to what you would have if you stopped smoking or drinking coffee. It is not probably that sugar is addictive by itself but high carb diet makes release of "pleasure" chemicals in the brain easier. When you eat high carb diet or crave sugar, you are getting used to higher levels of dopamine in your brain and can star feeling bad when you lower your sugar intake. It does go away for most people. It will be the same on any diet Atkins or not if you cut sugar significantly.

Many of us have overgrowth of candida and yeast that thrive on high sugar, high carb diet. When you cut the supply they start to die, which is a very good thing. But it may cause flu like symptoms for a couple of weeks, while your body gets read of the toxins.

You start losing fat fast, fat cells is where your body stores toxins. Once they get released into the blood you will again experience flu like symptoms. How much again depend on how clean your diet was before you started. Drinking more water can help with flushing the toxins and extra ketones out of your blood stream.

On Atkins you are trying to switch your body to burning fat, vs burning only carbs. For some of us it is more difficult to do. It takes 2-3 weeks to adjust, hence the induction. How rough it will be pretty much depends on how bad your dependency on carbs is. Burning fat and proteins for fuel is normal, it is just that some of us fed our bodies so much carbs that there was no need to do it before.

You can feel less energetic on any diet. You are creating energy deficit to lose weight, of course you body resists at first. You need to lose some weight first before you can start feeling more energetic.

Please also keep in mind that while some people give up, some people feel so much better on low carbs, that they never want to go back to high carb. That is why so many people become advocates of the diet.

Very low carb are only applicable to induction. After that you can start slowly increasing the amount of carbs to the level your body can tolerate well. One of the issues is missing your favorite food, try to find new food items and recipes that you can enjoy, there are plenty.

Good luck.
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lola9882

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Posted: 19 Feb 2012, 12:25
I just started Atkins a week ago. I have to say I really didn't feel well on days 3-5. I had headaches, tiredness, body aches and moodiness. However, I could feel it getting better each day. By day 6 I was feeling great. I am on Day 8 now and have no headaches at all and my energy level is way increased to better than before I started. I am diabetic too so I was dealing with the shakes from such a change in blood sugar levels. I am experiencing BS readings now that my Dr. would be thrilled with. On my first weigh in yesterday, I lost 4 lbs, so, for me, I would say it was totally worth it.

Hope this helps and good luck!
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paperiniko

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Posted: 20 Feb 2012, 04:15
personally I think that unless one is diabetic there is no good reason for a low carb diet. It is better and easier to follow a low calories diet that allows for all nutrients including carbs. If total calories intake is the same, the results will be the same but the diet is easier especially, if you like me love your carbs



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