Tuesday, May 07, 2013
I Started Atkins on April 12th and in the past 3 weeks I have lost 14 lbs.
I was stuck at 8 lbs. lost and then added supplements that help burn fat, namely, L-Carnitine, L-Glutamine, CoQ10, and fiber. Since then, I've lost another 6 lbs. and am stuck again.
Perhaps a body can only lose so much at a time before readjusting itself. It seems to me that when I did Atkins the first time, it was such a breeze and the pounds melted. I lost 30 lbs my first month back then, and then 10 lbs. a month after that for the next two months. I know I'm also getting older and I'm certain that my body has a slower metabolism as well.
I'm getting frustrated at the stalls. It seems I go good for a week, stall a week, then lose a week, then stall another week, or so it's gone so far since I started Atkins. I guess I will see if this continues to be a pattern. I wish I could weigh myself once per week, but that makes me nervous.
I am losing inches. So far I've lost 2" off my waist alone, another 2" on my hips. This is a good thing, considering it's only been 3 weeks. I think I need to keep things in perspective instead of getting frustrated when I stall for several days.
I did some more reading today on forum boards and have found a couple more tips on low-carb eating lifestyle. I learned that maybe my caloric intake is too small, as it's usually right around 1,000 calories (not that I am trying to keep them that low, it just happens because I'm full). I also learned that my protein should be >100g, and my charts show that I've been at about 60 - 70 typically, and finally, my carbs should be limited to 5 - 10%, which hasn't been much of a problem, except that the tracker on SP shows even the carbs that don't count on Atkins, such as dietary fiber. Or maybe I just need to cut those carbs down as well.
I've been in straight ketosis (mid-purple to dark-purple) ever since day 3 of starting Atkins. So, I know I am doing something right. I just wish weight loss could be regular - but who knows, maybe it's too early to notice MY pattern. Overall, I don't think I can complain about losing 14 lbs. in 3 weeks, considering that on most diets losing 10 lbs./month is doing extremely well.
Time to keep plugging away...