Years ago I also did Atkins. You tend to lose a lot of water at first. Because you're losing so much water, it's easy to put it back on if you over indulge in the wrong kinds of foods or if it's your time of the month. My advice to you is that Atkins does not work long term. There is a big lesson to learn in Atkins about getting your blood sugar under control, however there is no getting around the fact that it is still calories in calories out.
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Hi, Mychal !
First off, one thing you have to understand is that this is NOT the Biggest Loser. You will not see losses day after day after day like that. In general, a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds. So, there will be weeks you lose and weeks you don't. There may even be weeks when you GAIN ! That doesn't mean you've done something wrong.
As other folks have already noted, in order for a person to truly gain 3 pounds of fat, that person needs to eat an extra 10,500 calories on top of their normal intake. I'm sure you didn't eat close to 12,000+ calories in two days. However, you may be retaining water. Water has weight and as a result can easily cause the scale to go up even if you do everything else right.
Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope. it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days. I can easily "gain" 3-4 pounds in a day ! Is that a fat gain ? Nope, that too is nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.
So, don't assume you must be doing something wrong because the weight isn't magically dropping off. That's not how good health works. Remember, you didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. Slow and easy really does win this race.
My advice is to not tie your emotions to the scale. You really won't see a dramatic change in the scale in so short a time. If you do see a big jump up or down in a day, it's nothing more than a fluctuation in your water.
A couple of things. A pound of fat equals 3500 calories - so to lose a pound, we have to create a deficit of that many calories and to gain a pound we have to eat over and above our maintenance range. That simple fact really helps when you see major fluctuations from day-to-day. 200 calories over your Spark range puts you in "maintenance" range. So you gained 3 pounds - water weight, not fat. Some of that 8 pounds you lost would also be water weight. Our bodies hold on to water for many reasons, they're funny that way. I was always a once a day weigher. Lately, I've switched to once a week and it seems to bring me a little more sanity.
3 days of not seeing a weight loss is not a plateau. A plateau is a few weeks of not seeing a loss. I only say this because we put added pressure on ourselves when we think we've plateaued and freak out a little. Spend a little time on the panic boards and you'll see many of us do all the "right" things and the scale doesn't move. Again, our bodies are funny - they work how they want to and no matter how much we will them to lose weight - they'll do it when they want to. That doesn't mean we don't do all we can to make that happen - eat well, exercise, get sleep, etc - but we can only control what we do...not what our bodies decide to do with all those healthy habits.
No need to go low carb to lose weight. Follow the Spark recommendations and make some healthy choices. I see success all the time (I've lost over 60 pounds) by people following Spark. What is also nice is that it teaches us that we can have anything in moderation and if we know that - we're more likely to keep the weight off in the long run. No need for restricting things.
Congrats on stopping your mini binge last night - that's a great non-scale victory. Celebrate those when the scale isn't doing what you want it to do!!
I really think Atkins is the worst. Yea, it gets the weight off quickly but it is completely unsustainable and unenjoyable. I was delighted to see on Sparkpeople how many carbs I could eat and still lose weight. Carbs aren't the enemy- Diets are!
Your weight can fluctuate up to 4 or 5 pounds over the course of a day. If the daily fluctuations frustrate you, try to only weigh yourself once a week. Definitely take measurements as well. That's a great way to really track success. Also, I have always gained weight back FAST once going off Atkins, so that could be some of the issue. Stick to your calorie/fat ranges, continue to get some exercise, and the scale will start to go back down.
Edited by: JENMC14 at: 8/5/2011 (05:24)
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HeLP! I had been following Atkins ( for the most part, my carbs were higher then 20) and lost 8 pounds, then I hit a plateau for 3 days and stayed at 207. At that point I decided to eat normal food, but what my calories and Tuesday morning had finally broke the plateau and lost some another pound. Yesterday I had a mini binge, but only went over my calories by about 200. Today I have gained back 3 pounds! HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE!? I am frustrated and aggravated. I hurt my back on Tuesday afternoon and can't move as quickly as I usually do, but aside from yesterdays mini binge ( mini because after I ate the junk and dinner, I realized what was happening and stopped) I have been doing really well with my eating. Now what? Need advice please. Mychal
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