Group Forum: Getting Frustrated on Phase 2

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gone2thek9s

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Posted: 30 Apr 2013, 21:51
I started phase 2 about two weeks ago and ever since, either my carbs or my calories have been out of whack and I'm gaining weight again. Sad I still have a considerable amount of weight to lose, but after over two months of induction, I wanted to try branching out and add new foods (mainly nuts and berries). Now I'm thinking going on to phase 2 might have been a mistake. Should I go back to induction, or can I just make some simple adjustments and keep going with phase 2?
"I have been up against tough competition all my life.
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Carb Tracker...

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Posted: 01 May 2013, 12:13
You're doing it wrong. (see my head bobbling and my tongue hanging out and my eyes goin' 'round n 'round)

Everyone else can disagree if they like. I'm and OLD Atkins girl, not a New Diet Revolution chick. So.No.Chocolate.Cake.PERIOD. Honestly the Atkins bars are probably to blame, but nowhere nowhere does it say to add in chocolate cake!! You need to add your carbs back via some guidance (think Atkins pyramid). I think vegetables come in Phase 2 yes? Regardless, it'd be better to add back pasta than sugar. <Shrugging> but, I'm just one person, maybe someone else will have a better idea.
At this point, I would probably start over with induction for a week or two until I got a better handle on it. Whatever it is, I hope you figure it out quickly. I would hate to see you disillusioned. You're over a third of the way there. Hang in there!

Remember,
"Nothing happens in this life that cannot be fixed, forgotten or forgiven." Gina
gone2thek9s

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Posted: 01 May 2013, 21:30
Ok, admittedly the chocolate cake was a moment of weakness and I know that was a mistake. I'm talking about the other days when I was well behaved and still had either high carbs and/or high calories. I agree, I do want to get a handle on this. I've come too far to lose it all now. Thank you Carb Tracker! Smile
"I have been up against tough competition all my life.
I wouldn't know how to get along without it."
Walt Disney
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Posted: 02 May 2013, 22:53
Smile Okay, I did go back and look again. One thing I see totally out of kilter is the fat to protein ratio. Some days you are way too high in protein. I think the carb counts are too high also. I'd REALLY adjust that ratio. I see more carbs on your log than I can have in maintenance but hey, you've been losing so that carb numbers must be good for you. Take a look at my diet calendar and look at my fat/protein ratios.
Another thing I didn't even consider earlier was WATER. Do you drink 64 ounces a day? Lack of water can often be the culprit.
So..don't give up, the answer is here somewhere!
Gina

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"Nothing happens in this life that cannot be fixed, forgotten or forgiven." Gina
RedHolly

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Posted: 02 May 2013, 23:25
I agree with Gina. And as long as you stay diligent and committed (with no chocolate cake) you should see weight drop. Water, tracking, up the fat ratio higher versus carbs... then see how you do. Also, as you move to another phase in Atkins, the best bet is to add one new item at a time, see how your body reacts to it, then add another item. One at a time, day by day. It is a slow and steady process to ensure there isn't too much all at once, so you have more control over the increased carb intake. Good luck!
RedHolly

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Posted: 02 May 2013, 23:28
By the way... kudos to you for being honest with yourself, and logging the chocolate cake. We don't mean to punish you even more for what you already feel guilty about. I appreciate that you are logging it all, good and bad. That is accountability at its best!
Sunkeeper

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Posted: 03 May 2013, 05:13
Forget the chocolate cake, what's past is done, you can't unring a bell. Phase 2 of Atkins is adding in 5 more carbs PER WEEK! This allows you to see what you can tolerate while still losing weight. Your carb count is just way to high, way to high. I think it'd be hard for someone in maintenance to even stay at their goal with that many, your recording 50+ per day where you shouldn't be more than 30 if it's week 2. Sorry, you've got to bring that number down a whole lot yet if you want to continue. It's also recommended you add in more vegetables and then the nuts and fruit once you see where you can comfortably sit as far as carb intake.

I think you've jumped off the deep end thinking phase 2 is a free for all which isn't going to help you in the long run. It's a gradual change over, everything must be done slowly, very very slowly while your body adjusts to the changes. It might be best at this point to go back to induction for a week until you have all this under control again then add in 5 carbs at a time per week. Once your at a stall or even gaining you'll have to pull them back some until you reach the stage of losing at a consistent rate again.

You've done so well up till now, get the carbs and the calories down a bunch, get back on track and zoom through the rest of it. It's a whole new learning curve which takes time, don't be hard on yourself, read up as much as you can on the different phases and be ready to enjoy some things you've been missing. You'll be so glad you did.

Good luck, you should be proud of yourself for what you've accomplished so far, keep up that great work to get you to the end.

gone2thek9s

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Posted: 03 May 2013, 18:48
Thank you all, I appreciate the helpful advice! Water is one thing that has not been a problem. I don't log it, but I do go through at least 6, 16.9 oz bottles of water a day. Sunkeeper, I did feel like I jumped off the deep end and it was either sink or swim. I will do as you all said and go back to induction to get myself straight, focus on my fats over carbs and proteins and work my way back to phase 2 at a slow and steady pace. It's a big help having people here who know what they're doing! Smile
"I have been up against tough competition all my life.
I wouldn't know how to get along without it."
Walt Disney
gone2thek9s

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Posted: 03 May 2013, 18:52
Thank you RedHolly for the kudos. One thing I have made sure to do is log everything. I do understand you weren't trying to punish me for the slip up. I appreciate you all understanding and your willingness to help me get back on track. Smile
"I have been up against tough competition all my life.
I wouldn't know how to get along without it."
Walt Disney