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aaron326

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Posted: 18 May 2011, 09:53
so im still losing... about 2-3lbs a week. i have alot to lose so that is normal... but i was thinking about carb-cycling.

i was able to lose faster when i was younger... for the obvious reasons but i also wasnt as strict as i am now.

just wondering if anyone is doing this?

does it help?
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paigesgrandm...

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Posted: 18 May 2011, 10:54
Not sure what you mean by carb-cycling. I have been know to take a day off once in a while if the losses stop. Or even to move to weight watchers (yes I admit it) for a week or two if the weight loss stops. But always come back to Atkins. So now you all know my deep, dark secret.
kstubblefiel...

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Posted: 18 May 2011, 10:56
I am carb cycling, & it depends on what you mean by "does it help." Does it help you do what? If you're trying to lose faster then I couldn't tell you. I'm losing slower than you are.

The specifics of what you end up doing should depend on what your goals are. I have specific goals that are not limited to weight loss, so the details of my program may not work for you. If you have questions about something in particular I'm happy to answer them.
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kokusho

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Posted: 18 May 2011, 11:46
Switching from atkins to Carb cycling is beneficial in three ways that I can think of:

1. If you're doing a weight lifting regiment the carb up day will replenish the glycogen in your muscles and will also help boost muscle growth.
2. If you're worried about getting too insulin sensitive due to a prolonged time of eating low carb, the one carb up day a week will lessen that side effect slightly.
3. If you're miserable on atkins because you can't have your sweets and you want that one day a week to go to town on fruit and candy (any low fat carbs).

Aside from that though, I would stick to what's working. Your weight loss would probably slow a little if you switched.
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gkcfm95

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Posted: 18 May 2011, 18:58
2-3 pounds is completely normal, and congrats! if you loose too much too fast then you are likely also loosing muscle, and you don't want that. I think the "suggested" is 1-2 pounds a week.

I have loosley been following Atkins for a few months and started carb-cycling this week. I can't really give any results since I've only been doing it a few days. But I will say this, when I weighed myself Sunday I was 232.4 and I made this my high carb day. Out of curiosity I'm weighing myself every morning. Monday I weighed 234.8, I knew this would be more because of the glycogen and water change. Tuesday I weighed 230.6 and today was 228.2. I'm also drinking 3 quarts of water each day. I doubt I can maintain this much of a weight loss, but I figure it's worth trying.
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AmethystM

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Posted: 18 May 2011, 20:15
2-3 pounds a week is a healthy rate of weight loss. You might want to try cutting back on the cheese and introducing some vegetables into your meals. I think I saw a bit of lettuce in 3 or 4 days. Atkins has a foundation of veggies. Try getting 12-15 NC in veggies a day.
Comfortable at this size/weight (I really don't want to buy size 0 jeans).

It's not about "weight" or the number on the scale. It's about lean muscle mass and body fat percentage.
At 125 I was a size 8 (after I lost 100+ pounds over 1.5 years).
At 135 I was a size 6 (maintained for several years) and over 28% body fat. I had 97 pounds of lean muscle mass and felt skinny fat.
Now at 140 I am a size 2 and have the smallest measurements I've ever had since I started taking them around the age of 18. I'm at 25% body fat and 107 pounds of lean muscle mass!! I'm no She-Hulk, either.

Don't tell me you aren't losing "weight." That doesn't tell me anything. Tell me how much fat you've lost and how much lean body mass you've gained. Here's a good start to estimate: http://www.scientificpsychic.com/fitness/diet.html




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