Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

 
Message Boards
FORUM:   SparkPeople Cafe
TOPIC:  

Atkins Diet



 
  Reply Create A New Topic
Search the
Message Boards:
Search
  I Liked This Topic Subscribe to this Discussion Share
Add This to My SparkFavorites
Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

Author: Message: Sort First Post on Top
 
ANARIE is the moderator for this forum.
 


HOUNDLOVER1
HOUNDLOVER1's Photo Posts: 7,963
3/27/14 3:28 P

HOUNDLOVER1's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I agree that the low-carb living team is great, very supportive, and I also agree that one way to deal with the low-carb flu is to increase salt intake and maybe add a magnesium supplement as well. The kidneys deal differently with salt on low-carb so we need to eat more of it unless there are severe high blood pressure issues.
Birgit

You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




 Body Fat %: 18.1
 
23.6
21.7
19.8
17.9
16


NOWYOUDIDIT
NOWYOUDIDIT's Photo SparkPoints: (31,026)
Fitness Minutes: (2,666)
Posts: 3,062
3/27/14 3:11 P

NOWYOUDIDIT's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
MODESTASHEGETS- add salt to your diet plus join the Low Carb Living Team- we can help.

Joyfully~ Eliz in Minnesota

www.theroaddownhome.blogspot.com


 current weight: 210.0 
 
230
208.75
187.5
166.25
145


DPDAVIS
SparkPoints: (92,711)
Fitness Minutes: (28,754)
Posts: 2,498
3/27/14 2:09 P

Reply
No



HOUNDLOVER1
HOUNDLOVER1's Photo Posts: 7,963
3/27/14 12:56 P

HOUNDLOVER1's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Dublinrose,
I know what you are talking about as I am a runner myself. When first starting Atkins or any low-carb diet your body needs to shift from burning sugar to burning fat as fuel, in particular for aerobic exercise. Until this fuel partitioning change is finished you will otherwise run out of glycogen and bonk. This changing over takes a little while, which means that it is necessary to stay only within the aerobic range (very easy runs) for about two weeks and also cut the length. After that you can gradually increase the intensity but it may take up to 6 weeks to get back to previous running but after that you may find big improvements you could not get before. The book that covers this best is Phil Maffetone's "Big book of Endurance Training and Racing".
Birgit

You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




 Body Fat %: 18.1
 
23.6
21.7
19.8
17.9
16


MODESTASHEGETS
MODESTASHEGETS's Photo Posts: 365
3/27/14 12:51 P

MODESTASHEGETS's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I just started this (or a modified version of this) with my boot camp. It's day four and I've had headaches and no energy and just feel poorly in general. I've heard a lot of people had something similar. The "Atkins Flu"?? Did anyone else have this issue and if so, how long did it last?



 July Minutes: 637
 
0
125
250
375
500


DUBLINROSE
DUBLINROSE's Photo Posts: 2,028
3/27/14 7:14 A

DUBLINROSE's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I tried it once but as a runner found it too restrictive, it just made me ill and my fitness really suffered. I don't think its a good idea, better to have everything in moderation.



 current weight: 164.0 
 
180
170
160
150
140


KENTUCKYORBUST
KENTUCKYORBUST's Photo SparkPoints: (2,036)
Fitness Minutes: (2,330)
Posts: 10
3/27/14 7:03 A

KENTUCKYORBUST's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
While visiting my parents, I was given the an old book of the Atkins plan. I love it! Been doing the first phase and feel great! Lost pounds and doing well. I also have tried many diets over the years and this is the first one that is easy to follow and I don't feel deprived. I would recommend this to anyone interested in a healthier life. Oh, and just an added note, I have no trouble with my intestines. Keep well and happy everyone!!!



 current weight: 143.0 
 
143
138.5
134
129.5
125


BERRY4
BERRY4's Photo SparkPoints: (132,818)
Fitness Minutes: (85,626)
Posts: 6,713
3/9/14 6:03 A

BERRY4's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
My chiropractor highly recommends it. -- Will have to wait for a less stressful time period to give it the attention it needs to implement. Still figuring out the "carb thing".
emoticon

"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."
~C. Malesherbes~

"Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts."
Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD)





 July Minutes: 0
 
0
275
550
825
1100


MJEFFERSON23
SparkPoints: (32,691)
Fitness Minutes: (16,395)
Posts: 1,280
3/8/14 8:34 P

MJEFFERSON23's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Its working better for me than regular low cal has. I'm tired in the mornings, but after breakfast I feel fine. I'm losing very well, too!

The only "diet" that works is consistency!

NTAGABSF!



 July Minutes: 0
 
0
43.75
87.5
131.25
175


NOWYOUDIDIT
NOWYOUDIDIT's Photo SparkPoints: (31,026)
Fitness Minutes: (2,666)
Posts: 3,062
3/8/14 4:44 P

NOWYOUDIDIT's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
It's the easiest life style I've ever lived. And I've tried many diets in my 38 years of dieting.

Joyfully~ Eliz in Minnesota

www.theroaddownhome.blogspot.com


 current weight: 210.0 
 
230
208.75
187.5
166.25
145


HOUNDLOVER1
HOUNDLOVER1's Photo Posts: 7,963
3/8/14 3:33 P

HOUNDLOVER1's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I guess experiences vary from person to person. For me it is the only diet that is also healthy that I can very easily stay on for the rest of my life because I never feel hungry because fat and protein make me feel full forever. The hardest part for me at first was avoiding all the visual and scent temptations from our culture in grocery stores and restaurants, but now, after 2 years this has long passed as well.
I just lowered my carb level some more down to Atkins Induction (20 greams carbs/day) and feel better than even at the more moderate 50 grams I was having before. Even my occasional cravings for fruit completely disappeared. I'm still amazed about how well this works for me.
I think our body will tell us what diet works well for us if we are just willing to try something very consistently for a month or so.
Birgit

You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




 Body Fat %: 18.1
 
23.6
21.7
19.8
17.9
16


GEVANS7
GEVANS7's Photo SparkPoints: (59,660)
Fitness Minutes: (58,136)
Posts: 1,415
3/8/14 2:36 P

GEVANS7's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
This diet does work - no doubt. But I would suggest you buy the book and really read all that goes into it. Every label must be read to keep the carbs in check. Vegetables are key and not going overboard with fat (bacon, cheesecake, etc) Done correctly and with heavy water consumption it works and is healthy. Basically, you are eliminating sugars, starches, empty calories.

However, it is a hardcore diet and hard to stay on.



 current weight: 152.0 
 
179
171.75
164.5
157.25
150


HOUNDLOVER1
HOUNDLOVER1's Photo Posts: 7,963
3/8/14 12:52 P

HOUNDLOVER1's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
To answer how it is bad for the intestines: Only if people eliminate or reduce low-carb vegetables can a low-carb/high-fat lead to constipation. We need to get our fiber from veggies so I usually have about 10 servings/day. Eating a lot of fat will also help keep things moving, so does exercise. Other than that I am not aware of any bad effect on the intestines. In fact,for people who look for paleo/low-carb to improve leaky-gut syndrome or food sensitivities going without grains, sugar and processed foods like you do on this diet may actually help a lot.
Birgit

You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




 Body Fat %: 18.1
 
23.6
21.7
19.8
17.9
16


BRIANLIEBERTH
BRIANLIEBERTH's Photo Posts: 544
3/8/14 11:44 A

BRIANLIEBERTH's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am a low carber but not necessarily Atkins or paleo. My advice is follow what the diet says. Don't get caught up in what the media says it is. Atkins is a high fat, low carb moderate protein diet.

During induction of course your net carbs will be under 20 which is not a lot. That is intended to clean out the sugar and junk. After that eat liberal amounts of non starchy vegetables and of course lots of good fat.

The media constantly tells us that low carbers eat tons and tons of meat. While we don't shy away from meat it is not staple of the diet that they make it out to be. I eat a lot of avocados. high in fiber so it helps the net carbs and lots of fat (even the spark people diet which is based on low fat high carb approves of avocados).

Personally I shoot for about 65% fat and less than 30-35 net carbs a day and I lose weight very well. I try to get a lot of veggies and the fiber does help me stay full as well as the fat.

Atkins stresses though to know your own body after induction. if you can lose weight on 40 net carbs eat 40. if you can lose weight on 60 net carbs, eat 60, although for most people I have heard from over 50 is more of a maintenance level. I eat more cheese than a lot of low carbers because I love it.

find what works with your likes and your lifestyle. Have fun with it. I don't find it restrictive except for the fact that I love sugar even though it is toxic. I'm sure lots of smokers will tell you they love cigarettes too.

Today's quote:
Do or do not do; there is no try

--Yoda


 Pounds lost: 58.0 
 
0
27.5
55
82.5
110


BLANI_
BLANI_'s Photo Posts: 14
3/8/14 11:21 A

BLANI_'s SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Starting a modified Atkins/Paleo diet today. I need to loose at least 30 pounds to make my doctors happy and 60 would make me happy. How is it bad for your intestines? Problems? Pain? Cramps?

~~Tina~~
Lost some, now some more to lose and a lifetime of healthy to gain. :)


 current weight: 230.0 
 
247
225.25
203.5
181.75
160


SUITABLE
SUITABLE's Photo Posts: 1,692
2/26/14 12:42 A

SUITABLE's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Works,but bad for intestines.



 current weight: 317.0 
 
320
302.5
285
267.5
250


NOWYOUDIDIT
NOWYOUDIDIT's Photo SparkPoints: (31,026)
Fitness Minutes: (2,666)
Posts: 3,062
2/26/14 12:18 A

NOWYOUDIDIT's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
For me it's not depravation. It's the only way to eat or take Metform for type 2. I eat all real food.

Joyfully~ Eliz in Minnesota

www.theroaddownhome.blogspot.com


 current weight: 210.0 
 
230
208.75
187.5
166.25
145


ETHELMERZ
SparkPoints: (77,041)
Fitness Minutes: (56,760)
Posts: 3,454
2/25/14 4:31 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Been with a group for over ten years, doing it the old way, from the original book, not with all the junk they sell on the web site. It's not any better than any other plan, because people still go off and on it at some point, and restart, etc. Deprivation is deprivation, no matter how you slice it, but do what appeals to you at the moment.

Plan for tomorrow, but enjoy the heck out of today.


0 Days until:  anniversary
 
50
37
25
12
0


SHKIRK
Posts: 877
2/25/14 3:56 P

SHKIRK's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I have not "gone on the diet" but have used the dinners for lunches. They are filling. I do not care for a lot of carbs so its and ok way to eat for me



JES818
JES818's Photo Posts: 12
2/25/14 3:42 P

JES818's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I just began phase 1 of Atkins and after the first few days of light-headedness, I have found my energy levels are actually higher than normal and my cravings are pretty much gone. The food is amazing...I think I can do this with ease. I like the phases to slowly add back a healthy range of carbs. I only use the bars, shakes and frozen meals if I'm in a rush, but I started clean eating years ago and found the transition to decrease carbs almost a form of evolution in healthy eating for me. We'll see how it goes...

Jessica Walker



"Faith never knows where it is being led, but it knows and loves the One who is leading."



 current weight: 164.4 
 
197
181.5
166
150.5
135


UMBILICAL
Posts: 11,059
1/29/14 6:40 P

UMBILICAL's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Tried it.



HOUNDLOVER1
HOUNDLOVER1's Photo Posts: 7,963
1/29/14 5:55 P

HOUNDLOVER1's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Any diet that does not work as a lifestyle diet is useless because it's effects will be undone when it is stopped. Atkins is meant as a life-style diet and doing only to lose weight is not helpful but using it for life is going to improve all health markers for most people.
Eating Atkins bars, Atkins meals and drinking Atkins shakes are not something that most people on Atkins do at all. Those were invented long after The original book was published and Dr. Atkins would turn around in his grave if he saw them. They are just another kind of processed junk that' overpriced. I would not recommend them at all.
The best way to go is lots of veggies and pasture-fed meats, dairy and eggs with some healthy oils, nuts and seeds added.
Birgit

You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




 Body Fat %: 18.1
 
23.6
21.7
19.8
17.9
16


CAJUNGANNY
CAJUNGANNY's Photo SparkPoints: (20,131)
Fitness Minutes: (11,083)
Posts: 492
1/29/14 3:09 P

CAJUNGANNY's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I only use the drinks and snack bars to supplement my diet. It really helps, low sugar high protein

Gratitude

I am grateful for of course my family and friends.
I am grateful that I have a job that I love.
I am grateful that I have money to pay my bills.
I am grateful that my health is good.
I am grateful that I have a very stong faith.


 Pounds lost: 4.0 
 
0
11.25
22.5
33.75
45


MJEAN77
MJEAN77's Photo SparkPoints: (4,155)
Fitness Minutes: (1,013)
Posts: 64
1/29/14 1:46 P

MJEAN77's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I think that just the word "diet" is something to be worried about. Any weight loss needs to be a lifestyle change. I know people that have done atkins and yes they lost weight but as soon as they went of the "diet" they gained back and then some.
But I feel that is probably true with any "diet".
I don't think that going crazy with bacon or fat is a good idea. I do tend to naturally eat mostly fruit and meat because that is what I like, I am not a big crab eater and never have been but like others have said if you take the good parts of any plan and make lifestyle changes you will see results.


I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13

The godly man may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disater is enough to overthrow the wicked
Proverbs 24:16

Is anyone crying for help? God is listening, ready to rescue you. If your heart is broken, youíll find God right there; if youíre kicked in the gut, heíll help you catch your breath. Psalm 34:17-18



 current weight: 178.4 
 
184
175.5
167
158.5
150


GEVANS7
GEVANS7's Photo SparkPoints: (59,660)
Fitness Minutes: (58,136)
Posts: 1,415
1/29/14 1:37 P

GEVANS7's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
It's a great diet for me and works. It's all about reading ALL of the facts in the books and not taking it to extremes.

As other's have said, eliminate the sugar and unhealthy carbs and it is a perfect diet. Take it to the extreme and gorge on bacon and cheesecake and it is not.



 current weight: 152.0 
 
179
171.75
164.5
157.25
150


NOWYOUDIDIT
NOWYOUDIDIT's Photo SparkPoints: (31,026)
Fitness Minutes: (2,666)
Posts: 3,062
1/29/14 1:34 P

NOWYOUDIDIT's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am this way also (not as hungry) and my humble opinion is that because my nutritional needs are being met- I'm not that hungry unless I need nourishment. Before I ate the wrong foods with poor nutrition and was hungry constantly!
So I am happy!


Joyfully~ Eliz in Minnesota

www.theroaddownhome.blogspot.com


 current weight: 210.0 
 
230
208.75
187.5
166.25
145


JAKESOMA
JAKESOMA's Photo Posts: 145
1/29/14 1:29 P

JAKESOMA's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am in my second week of Induction and find I'm not hungry at a lot of my meals. Is this common? I am struggling to eat all the veggies that I need. I am not over doing the protein maybe it is the water?


ďFaith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.Ē
Į Max Lucado, He Still Moves Stones


 Pounds lost: 12.1 
 
0
17
34
51
68


SASSYRED3233
SparkPoints: (1,365)
Fitness Minutes: (375)
Posts: 19
1/2/14 4:59 P

SASSYRED3233's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thank you Exotec! you said it all perfectly. after induction you add all those heaklthy carbs back in..... it is more about living with out sugar and processed/fried foods
it may not work for all but has worked wonders for me. I have lost weight lowered my trigs and raise my HDL


Online Now
EXOTEC
EXOTEC's Photo Posts: 2,966
12/31/13 1:14 P

EXOTEC's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I can't understand anyone who has any real concept of the lifestyle (and not just responding to common-mentality hype) considering it "unreasonable." Our endocrinologist certainly doesn't consider it so, or he wouldn't be *prescribing* (not just suggesting) reduced-carb to nearly all of his patients. I hope a specialist in metabolic function has some better passing notion of how nutrition affects our hormonal systems than various media (and some general healthcare) sources.

For those who feel it's only a temporary "fix" - yes, and so is any diet which you embrace temporarily before you return to previously unhealthy eating habits which got you into the shape you're in to begin with.

You "can't" give up some foods? okay... how 'bout somebody who "can't" give up soda? or french fries? or the weekly pastaextravaganza? Chocolate bars from the vending machine at work as a "pick-me-up", or just because they can't be resisted? specialty coffees loaded with sugars and fluff... so-called "healthy" smoothies which are similarly loaded with more sugar than many candies? Is that the fault of some diet, too? It's mentionable that the very things we crave the most are possibly the ones doing us the most harm. I wonder if those attempting to stop smoking crave cigarettes? Do you suppose alcoholics crave a drink? Should we blame them, or the addiction?

Perhaps a bit of research into the science of it might dispell some of the myths which abound around diet and nutrition in general - and that's not restricted to low-carb, although that approach seems to bring out the most uninformed opinions.

Atkins, and any LC plan, certainly isn't any kind of magic. It's not for everyone, although its basis *is* a healthy one for most anyone. Nevertheless, if it's not something you can stick with, it's certainly going to fail for you. As may ANY dietary plan you might choose and then cease to follow. But to bash it as an overall healthy lifestyle, when so many reap its benefits, is irresponsible and unfair to others who might be curious enough to explore it objectively.

I second the invitation for those who want to know how it really works in practice to visit us on any of the several low-carb forums here on SP. We welcome anyone hoping to improve their health.


Edited by: EXOTEC at: 12/31/2013 (13:17)
...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
(attributation forgotten)

We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
~Chief Seattle

We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
~C.S. Lewis


 current weight: 249.0 
 
380
322.5
265
207.5
150


NOWYOUDIDIT
NOWYOUDIDIT's Photo SparkPoints: (31,026)
Fitness Minutes: (2,666)
Posts: 3,062
12/31/13 12:51 P

NOWYOUDIDIT's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Well I do Atkins and I do eat fruit. I eat strawberries, grapes, peaches in season, blueberries, lots of fruit. I eat my fruit plain.

And after 3 months my cholesterol went down- the good cholesterol went up first time ever.

And I feel great.

I also eat tons of veggies that are low carb- cauliflower, broccoli, green peppers, cabbage etc.

I even eat wild rice and quinoa on occasion.

My protein is not my main food.

I do not consume artificial sugars or sugar. Except on a holiday- either- honey, maple syrup, molasses, coconut sugar.

My endocrinologist and cardiologist prescribe this diet for me. It's a lifestyle not a diet.

Joyfully~ Eliz in Minnesota

www.theroaddownhome.blogspot.com


 current weight: 210.0 
 
230
208.75
187.5
166.25
145


SUNSET09
SparkPoints: (184,235)
Fitness Minutes: (49,226)
Posts: 36,081
12/31/13 8:31 A

SUNSET09's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I've never tried it as I love fruit too much to give them up. I know someone who has and has gained the weight back and more! Good luck in your weight lose journey! emoticon



 
184,235 SparkPoints


TCANNO
TCANNO's Photo SparkPoints: (91,029)
Fitness Minutes: (61,518)
Posts: 16,478
12/31/13 4:48 A

TCANNO's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I only know two people who did this diet and both were ill when they came off of it. One tried to go back on and was so ill she went to the doctor and found that her cholesterol was so high that she has to stay on tablets of a high dose.

The other friend just put the weight back on. By the looks of things it seem to work for some and not for other, so you take a chance and see.

SP has worked for me.


How can you know that you can't unless you have tried and failed.

Join the 10 minute challenge and get exercising.

See what you are made of by joining the 100 day challenge.

Links on my Spark page.

Don't forget to make your workout fun so as not to get bored with it.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/wigmore/

See trevcannon.blogspot.co.uk/


 current weight: -7.0  under
 
10
5
0
-5
-10


SASSYRED3233
SparkPoints: (1,365)
Fitness Minutes: (375)
Posts: 19
12/30/13 3:00 P

SASSYRED3233's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
yes lots of good natural fats. which is what people seem to really struggle with. it has been engrained in our heads that fat is bad when you actually need it



HOUNDLOVER1
HOUNDLOVER1's Photo Posts: 7,963
12/30/13 1:15 P

HOUNDLOVER1's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
And don't forget it needs to be high-fat, coming from natural rather than processed sources. Eggs, full-fat dairy, meat from pasture-fed animals and fish etc. are good for us and will improve lipid-profiles a lot.
Birgit

You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




 Body Fat %: 18.1
 
23.6
21.7
19.8
17.9
16


SASSYRED3233
SparkPoints: (1,365)
Fitness Minutes: (375)
Posts: 19
12/30/13 12:58 P

SASSYRED3233's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I started Atkin's induction yesterday for the second time this year. The first round I loved it, lost weight (I had been stuck for 6 mnths) and felt great. Thats why I am going back to it (I allowed myself off for the holidays). I feel so much healthier & more energetic when I follow the plan. yes the first 2 weeks are hard but after that you start adding stuff back in and figure out where that "magic" carb number is.. it is a lifetime diet. For myself any simple sugar makes me crave more sugar. My goal for a healthy lifetime maintance is, protein, veggies & fruit. with the occasional splurdge. The first two weeks teach what is eally hunger and what is emotional eating



HOUNDLOVER1
HOUNDLOVER1's Photo Posts: 7,963
12/30/13 1:09 A

HOUNDLOVER1's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
For those starting low-carb, please join us on the low-carb team on Spark. There is a lot of support.
Concerning eating healthy carbs, I agree in principle that you can eat some of those, in particular vegetables are great and many people on low-carb eat far more than people on the standard American diet. But for me low-carb is for life, if I stop and increase my carbs to over 50 grams/day I lose most of the benefits. No lifestyle diet works when you stop using it.
Birgit

You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




 Body Fat %: 18.1
 
23.6
21.7
19.8
17.9
16


JOYCECAIN
JOYCECAIN's Photo SparkPoints: (59,510)
Fitness Minutes: (41,846)
Posts: 2,750
12/29/13 9:57 P

JOYCECAIN's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I tried it years ago.

"Staying Strong"


"Love"
Joycecain




 Pounds lost: 23.0 
 
0
16.25
32.5
48.75
65


AKACATE
Posts: 889
12/29/13 9:55 P

Send Private Message
Reply
I tried it years ago, and found that limiting my carbs DID make me feel better. It is not a bad way to "jump start" your weight loss, or overcome a plateau. However, limiting healthy carbs as a lifestyle change is not a good idea. I also did not like the idea of unlimited fats.

If you decide to try it, be sure to slowly reintroduce carbs into your meals. There are other "plans" that allow you fruits and veggies, and limiting grains and dairy. I actually like this idea better as it allows you to see if some of your health issues might be related to intolerances.

However, once again, living the rest of your healthy life without refined sugars - GREAT! without any carbs? Not Good.

Good luck in your journey!



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
3.75
7.5
11.25
15


LOWCARBRENEE
LOWCARBRENEE's Photo Posts: 849
12/29/13 4:04 P

LOWCARBRENEE's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I've lost 210 pounds on Atkins. Gone from 325 lbs and a size 28 to 115 and a size 1. Obviously, I love it! Oh, edited to add: Type 2 diabetes GONE. Blood sugar went from unmedicated 300 to unmedicated 75-80. Blood pressure from 140/90 to 90/60.

Edited by: LOWCARBRENEE at: 12/29/2013 (16:06)

 current weight: 114.8 
 
325
272.45
219.9
167.35
114.8


KATIEEAVES
SparkPoints: (897)
Fitness Minutes: (1,885)
Posts: 1
12/29/13 3:28 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Hi Sharonda,

I'm right there with you! Planning to start my Atkins journey on Jan. 5. Maybe we can be part of each other's support system through this - I know I'm going to need all the help I can get!
Good luck to you!
Katie



MISSJANE55
SparkPoints: (42,188)
Fitness Minutes: (31,900)
Posts: 1,252
12/29/13 12:17 P

MISSJANE55's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
good information, thanks



SHARONDA85
SHARONDA85's Photo SparkPoints: (90)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 2
12/29/13 12:11 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Hello group my name is Sharonda and I am new to sparkpeople and am about to start the atkins diet 12/30/13 I am reallh excited I went and got the necessary groceries to make this a success my first 2wks. I really want to do my very best. No more excuses! Any advice or moral support will be greatly appreciated thank you.



NOWYOUDIDIT
NOWYOUDIDIT's Photo SparkPoints: (31,026)
Fitness Minutes: (2,666)
Posts: 3,062
11/17/13 9:43 P

NOWYOUDIDIT's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Yes, I do have to give Atkins a lot credit- he did start me on my weight loss/health journey and my cravings did leave so that I could expand on my Low Carb (unique to me) lifestyle! ;o)

Joyfully~ Eliz in Minnesota

www.theroaddownhome.blogspot.com


 current weight: 210.0 
 
230
208.75
187.5
166.25
145


HOUNDLOVER1
HOUNDLOVER1's Photo Posts: 7,963
11/17/13 9:12 P

HOUNDLOVER1's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
What strikes me as interesting is that the percentage of people who follow Atkins as it is written, with under 20 grams of net carbs for the first two weeks, do extremely well long-term because they don't get hungry much after their body has switched to fat-burning mode. The reason people fail is usually because they don't follow the book.
Birgit

You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




 Body Fat %: 18.1
 
23.6
21.7
19.8
17.9
16


NOWYOUDIDIT
NOWYOUDIDIT's Photo SparkPoints: (31,026)
Fitness Minutes: (2,666)
Posts: 3,062
11/17/13 8:14 P

NOWYOUDIDIT's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I started with Atkins. My Endocrinologist and heart Dr prescribed it.

Then I was well educated by very intelligent people at SP on the Atkins-and Low Carb Teams about- Wheat Belly and Grain Brain. So I do not do "Atkins", I do a similar to Atkins because I no longer eat GMO corn, wheat or "whole" grains. I think of Atkins as the forefather to what we know now.

My diet in some ways is probably stricter than Atkins.

I also eat no sugar substitutes. I eat my carbs. And choose whole foods only. Fresh fruits and vegetables. People don't realize we can eat a lot of delicious low carb vegetables with our protein and healthy fats. And we eat fruits. My desserts are an apple or cup of berries for dessert. YUM!

My health has improved greatly. My blood tests are good! My type 2 diabetes is now under control. I have less fluid retention= less inflammation pain.

Don't beat it if you haven't tried it.



Joyfully~ Eliz in Minnesota

www.theroaddownhome.blogspot.com


 current weight: 210.0 
 
230
208.75
187.5
166.25
145


HOUNDLOVER1
HOUNDLOVER1's Photo Posts: 7,963
11/17/13 8:06 P

HOUNDLOVER1's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I guess I "miss" eating lots of chocolates every day and I miss eating junk food on occasion. But it's like saying I miss being a child and being able to play all day, it's not really relevant in my consideration if the option is feeling healthy and strong or horrible and sick. emoticon

Birgit

You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




 Body Fat %: 18.1
 
23.6
21.7
19.8
17.9
16


DANYLEIN
DANYLEIN's Photo SparkPoints: (23,286)
Fitness Minutes: (20,148)
Posts: 358
11/17/13 4:12 P

Send Private Message
Reply
I am on a version of this and I miss my rye bread and fresh fruit. Don't think it's a good idea.



 current weight: 186.0 
 
219
204.25
189.5
174.75
160


REDSPIRALWOMAN
REDSPIRALWOMAN's Photo SparkPoints: (3,572)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 100
11/17/13 3:37 P

REDSPIRALWOMAN's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I too was surprised to find that this topic was not a support for doing the Atkins diet but a place with venting opinions about it. Atkins is very effective in the short-term and long-haul IF it suits your metabolism, your body and other categories about your situation. I personally find that my whole system goes into a smooth gear, into an alignment, when I eat this way. It seems to suit all my systems. My BP and Cholesterol counts are lower. I have more energy. I don't 'energy crash' during the day. It's just all around best for me.

I followed 'advice' several times over the years that this was not a healthy approach etc etc and each time, what was touted as 'best' simply was not that for me. I always gained weight back. This time, I am really noticing how Atkins or really just HighProtein/LoCarb, is most effective for me and this time, I am embracing that attention and keeping it in the forefront. My recommendation to someone considering the HP/LC approach, is to find a Spark group or message board that is for people already eating that style and see what their experiences are.

You are an experiment of one, in a community of many.


 current weight: 148.0 
 
148
146
144
142
140


AGILEDOBE
AGILEDOBE's Photo Posts: 428
11/17/13 1:44 P

AGILEDOBE's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Very well put Erin, my feelings exactly !

DobeLady


 current weight: 176.6 
 
178
173.5
169
164.5
160


HOUNDLOVER1
HOUNDLOVER1's Photo Posts: 7,963
11/17/13 1:27 P

HOUNDLOVER1's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Erin,
very well put. emoticon

Birgit

You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




 Body Fat %: 18.1
 
23.6
21.7
19.8
17.9
16


ERIN1957
ERIN1957's Photo SparkPoints: (65,321)
Fitness Minutes: (35,043)
Posts: 7,652
11/17/13 5:30 A

ERIN1957's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
What is wrong with a diet? Nothing because it is a what we do; we eat a diet made up of foods we choose, and some of us choose certain foods because of health reasons or our choices.

Honestly take a good look at it. All phases. People that speak against it do not know it fully.
I personally do not follow it, but I do follow a clean low carb, grain free, diet.

*** EXOTEC said it best! She has her educated facts listed and spoke from that education.!!

I find it very distasteful when people talk down diet plans of another. It is a personal choice and if we are a smart dieter we do our own research and find what will work for us.
Auto-immune disease dictates to some of us on how we should eat and heal and be at our best. When eliminating reactive foods and finding what YOU need to be at your best!

If I am left with a low carb high fat diet and heal and become healthy, why would you speak against what my choices are? Fear? Why must you even talk against something? Because you feel you are superior? Oh my word, division again? That works well now doesn't it?!
I have learned many things from investigating "health plans" from all walks in life and I am smart enough to know and choose for myself for my reasons, and if it falls in an area you don't follow, why do you feel the need to attack or talk down?

I personal believe in low carb, high fat, primal plans. But to judge what I do on this plan just by these words alone is wrong. Ask me and I will tell you why and what. Don't judge anything without knowing personally and your facts.
It makes a person seem very closed minded and uneducated, or actually prejudice and lumping a person into a preconceived notion. Please don't fall into this category folks.

Spend your time educating yourself on what will work for you! Do the work, you are worth it!

Walk through your journey with a loving open heart and as well mind. Treat others as you would like to be treated.






 Pounds lost: 85.0 
 
0
25
50
75
100


EMPRESSAMQ
EMPRESSAMQ's Photo Posts: 5,009
11/17/13 5:10 A

EMPRESSAMQ's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
No, haven't done Atkins, but in the past used to eat more protein and less carbs. It doesn't suit my health needs to do that anymore but in the short term I did lose water weight.

That said, in the final analysis, for me, the calories in/calories out approach is spot on and that is how, slowly and surely over a long, long period of time, I lost major weight and kept it off.

But that is just my experience. There is no one size fits all way of eating (diet) that is right for everyone, in my opinion.

Moving in new directions.


 current weight: 119.2 
 
120.8
119.35
117.9
116.45
115


HOUNDLOVER1
HOUNDLOVER1's Photo Posts: 7,963
11/16/13 8:38 P

HOUNDLOVER1's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I love Atkins. There is nothing easier and tastier for me and nothing healthier. emoticon
After induction (the first two weeks) you get to have meat, veggies, dairy, eggs, nuts, fish, butter, moderate amounts of fruit,healthy oils like coconut and olive oil. emoticon
I'm low-carb/high-fat for life.

Birgit

You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




 Body Fat %: 18.1
 
23.6
21.7
19.8
17.9
16


JWBRIGHTEYES
JWBRIGHTEYES's Photo Posts: 427
11/16/13 7:19 P

JWBRIGHTEYES's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
thank you for that beautiful reply to the question about Atkins. I have just restarted this plan. I am going to see it thru all 4 phases this time. I just feel so much better on a low carb diet than on any other. No migraines. No bloating or gassiness. Full. Energetic.Not deprived .



 current weight: 166.0 
 
230
210.75
191.5
172.25
153

Online Now
EXOTEC
EXOTEC's Photo Posts: 2,966
11/16/13 6:59 P

EXOTEC's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
ANY diet which you adopt for a period of time, only to reach a goal, is bound to fail.
This includes
the "common wisdom" of calories in/calories out with exercise...
"moderation"...
vegan/vegetarian...
bariatric surgery...
SP...
*starvation*...
You name it.
If you go back to your prior eating habits, NO diet is going to "work" for the rest of your life.

Atkins (and any new dietary plan) should be considered "the way I eat now." Any other perspective will eventually fail.

Atkins (just to use a name... this applies more or less equally to any carb-restricted plan) DOES have evidentiary research showing its superiority to the government-recommended diet, and low fat diets. For anyone choosing to research current science, rather than simply repeating what we've been told, it's out there.

Atkins is NOT high protein. It's low carb, *moderate* ("normal") protein, and higher healthy fats. The drastically reduced carb allowance only persists for the first 2 weeks. After that, you begin adding back healthy carbs.

Reducing carbs reduces sugars. Your body switches from burning glucose for fuel to burning ketones for fuel. This is the basis of "ketosis." Your body doesn't recognize any difference between fats you eat (good ones) and fats on your body. It burns them for fuel once you make that switch. Isn't that what you want to do? burn those fat cells? I know *I* do.

From other comments in this thread...
[EVIE4NOW] :
"...atkins is no fiber, grains or fruits and dairy, just meat and other proteins, so it puts your body into a state called ketosis. Ketosis occurs when you are not consuming necessary carbs for energy."

*** Atkins is based upon obtaining the major nutritive content of your food from veggies. Are you saying there's no fiber in veggies? That's sure a first for me. There's no admonition against fruit or dairy, unless it contains excess sugars. I eat plenty of cheese.
Ketosis occurs when you are burning fat for fuel.
And there *IS* no such thing as an "essential carb." ***

[IMELECTRIC] :
"The Atkins diet is eating alot of protein and they shun the carbs. This is not a good idea. You need carbs to cleanse your system..."

*** whaaaaa? Cleanse your system?!? Can you cite this gem, please? ***

[DARIAKAVAL] :
"Low fat, low calorie, as well as low carb diets actually have the same success rate..."

*** Low carb diets, as a weight-loss tool, have been shown in numerous instances to be more effective than low-fat or low-cal diets. ***

[SUKOTO] :
" Losing weight and keeping it off is best done through healthy lifestyle changes, not fad diets like the Atkin's diet."

*** Atkins is not a fad. Reduced carb diets been around for a great many years (since the 1800s. Do you consider these a "fad"?). These *ARE* lifestyle changes, if done properly. If not done properly, as with any diet, any conclusions or opinions on their success rate(s) are wholly invalid. ***

[ALLIE_ME] :
*** thank you for that excellent link. Itís absolutely true.
And the point isnít whether something raises your serum cholesterol; itís whether nutritional implementation can affect heart disease. TChol is nothing but a surrogate conclusion in fats research. ***

I agree that low carb is not for everyone. But to promote it as unhealthy, dangerous, unsuccessful, a fad, or deficient in essential nutrients isn't responsible either.
I'm a terrible carb addict. It can be tough to say "no" to those addictive foods. But I'd be having just as much difficulty on any other diet, because I crave carbs, and most of them are, pure and simple, fattening. Atkins has been a lifeline for me, and for many others. If it's not for you, that's fine too. But please let others make similar decisions based on fact, not dogma.



Edited by: EXOTEC at: 11/16/2013 (19:00)
...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
(attributation forgotten)

We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
~Chief Seattle

We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
~C.S. Lewis


 current weight: 249.0 
 
380
322.5
265
207.5
150


TIARFE2012
SparkPoints: (10,842)
Fitness Minutes: (5,171)
Posts: 2
11/16/13 9:02 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Thank you!



Edited by: TIARFE2012 at: 11/16/2013 (12:32)

 Pounds lost: 16.5 
 
0
12.875
25.75
38.625
51.5


RPS031764
SparkPoints: (104,398)
Fitness Minutes: (111,472)
Posts: 1,252
11/15/13 10:39 P

Send Private Message
Reply
sure



LADYCJM
LADYCJM's Photo SparkPoints: (27,835)
Fitness Minutes: (24,787)
Posts: 1,640
11/15/13 10:34 P

LADYCJM's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi, Go to community, select Spark Teams and type in Atkins. I found 4 teams. Good luck on your journey.

Edited by: LADYCJM at: 11/15/2013 (22:36)

 Pounds lost: 95.0 
 
0
23.75
47.5
71.25
95


TIARFE2012
SparkPoints: (10,842)
Fitness Minutes: (5,171)
Posts: 2
11/15/13 10:24 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Hi everyone, I am new here but have been on Spark People for years.

Is there a message board that supports the Atkins way of life without the negative comments? I'm seeing people make excuses for not staying on the diet and complaining about it being too restrictive. That is what some of us need to get the weight off. I tried Atkins about 5 years ago for about 2.5 months and lost 24 lbs easily. Unfortunately I went through a divorce and my comfort eating happened. I have learned the hard way that when I eat carbohydrates I blow up like a puffer fish! I also wanted to sleep all the time and was having difficulty staying awake at work. I'm on my 4th day of a somewhat modified Atkins plan and I have been more alert at work in years! So, I just want a safe place on SparkPeople to get support and share recipes without any negativity about the diet.



 Pounds lost: 16.5 
 
0
12.875
25.75
38.625
51.5


PACAROLSUE
PACAROLSUE's Photo SparkPoints: (4,095)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 436
6/15/13 12:37 P

Send Private Message
Reply
MarionStallings - Sounds good. I think I will try some sugar free cocoa mix. Swiss Miss makes it and I always have it on hand when I need a taste of chocolate. Might be like chocolate pudding only healthier.



JIACOLO
JIACOLO's Photo SparkPoints: (268,828)
Fitness Minutes: (116,730)
Posts: 16,258
6/14/13 11:30 P

JIACOLO's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Atkins can work short-term. But once you add back in the carbs, you may just see the weight come back.

If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

- It's Janine!


 Pounds lost: 0.0 
 
0
11.25
22.5
33.75
45


MARIANSTALLINGS
MARIANSTALLINGS's Photo SparkPoints: (3,824)
Fitness Minutes: (847)
Posts: 38
6/14/13 11:03 P

MARIANSTALLINGS's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Yeah, If you think of it as a diet instead of a lifestyle you will gain the weight back. With this eating lifestyle you have to control your carb intake forever. It's not a quick fix diet to drop a few pounds. It's about getting to know your body and what to feed it to maintain a healthy weight. Some people can eat junk and not gain 1 pound, other (like myself) can look at a slice of bread, piece of cake or nice piece of fudge and gain 10lbs just from Thinking about eating carbs. So, if you're carb sensitive then this lifestyle is for you. If you can't live without starch and carbs then you will gain the weight back once you start consuming those empty carbohydrates.

Pushing forward...bound and determined!


 current weight: 235.0 
 
259
224.25
189.5
154.75
120


MATTHEW0498
MATTHEW0498's Photo SparkPoints: (31,267)
Fitness Minutes: (18,507)
Posts: 1,377
6/14/13 11:48 A

MATTHEW0498's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I never tried it but know a few people that did, all of them gained the weight back.



 current weight: 121.0 
 
143
137.5
132
126.5
121


MARIANSTALLINGS
MARIANSTALLINGS's Photo SparkPoints: (3,824)
Fitness Minutes: (847)
Posts: 38
6/14/13 9:41 A

MARIANSTALLINGS's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I also tried it with some cocoa and splenda! That was very good for a chocolaty treat! I mixed the cocoa with a little hot water to get it to dissolve, then added the splenda, poured it over the yogurt and mixed it well...it was good....I guess you could use any sugar free syrup to add flavor to the yogurt but I didn't have any syrup so I just improvised.

Pushing forward...bound and determined!


 current weight: 235.0 
 
259
224.25
189.5
154.75
120


PACAROLSUE
PACAROLSUE's Photo SparkPoints: (4,095)
Fitness Minutes: (0)
Posts: 436
6/14/13 8:36 A

Send Private Message
Reply
I also buy that FAGE greek yogurt. I usually buy a little carton of Light & Fit flavored yogurt and add a little bit each time I eat the FAGE. I also buy a pkg of powdered dill dip and add a bit to the yogurt to use as dip with veggies. And sometimes I just eat the Fage plain!



SIMPLERICH
SIMPLERICH's Photo SparkPoints: (52,034)
Fitness Minutes: (65,639)
Posts: 57
6/14/13 8:16 A

SIMPLERICH's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Just bought some of that greek yogurt, same place too!
Was wondering what to DO with it now.
I'll give this a try.



 current weight: 178.8 
 
203
193.5
184
174.5
165


-SHAWN-
-SHAWN-'s Photo Posts: 25,246
5/14/13 5:01 A

Send Private Message
Reply


MARIANSTALLINGS
MARIANSTALLINGS's Photo SparkPoints: (3,824)
Fitness Minutes: (847)
Posts: 38
5/11/13 5:43 P

MARIANSTALLINGS's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
This Sounds Sooooo Good! Gotta Try Them!

Cheesy Cauliflower Patties = NOM NOM NOM!!!!!
1 head cauliflower
2 large eggs
1/2 c cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 c panko
1/2 t cayenne pepper (more of less to taste)
salt
olive oil

Cut cauliflower into florets & cook in boiling water until tender about 10 minutes. Drain. Mash the cauliflower while still warm. Stir cheese, eggs, panko, cayenne & salt to taste.

Coat the bottom of a griddle or skillet with olive oil over medium-high heat. Form the cauliflower mixture into patties about 3 inches across. Cook until golden brown & set, about 3 minutes per side. Keep each batch warm in the oven while you cook the rest.

Pushing forward...bound and determined!


 current weight: 235.0 
 
259
224.25
189.5
154.75
120


MARIANSTALLINGS
MARIANSTALLINGS's Photo SparkPoints: (3,824)
Fitness Minutes: (847)
Posts: 38
5/10/13 2:18 P

MARIANSTALLINGS's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Great Friday All!

Well, tried something new today. Had 1/2 cup of Fage (fa-yeh) 0% greek yogurt (from Aldi) with a few sprinkles of Fit&Active Iced Tea Peach mix (from Aldi) and a tablespoon of sunflower seeds (Pete's Market)....5.5 carbs and satisfying when you want a creamy treat.

Pushing forward...bound and determined!


 current weight: 235.0 
 
259
224.25
189.5
154.75
120


LIMIT81
LIMIT81's Photo Posts: 332
5/3/13 9:00 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Woo Hoo... Good morning and Happy Friday all.

I am on my way to better health and fitness.


 current weight: 140.0 
 
144
141.75
139.5
137.25
135


MARIANSTALLINGS
MARIANSTALLINGS's Photo SparkPoints: (3,824)
Fitness Minutes: (847)
Posts: 38
5/2/13 10:42 P

MARIANSTALLINGS's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon emoticon emoticon ...Congrats on your weight loss! Keep it going!

Pushing forward...bound and determined!


 current weight: 235.0 
 
259
224.25
189.5
154.75
120


ONLINEASLLOU
ONLINEASLLOU's Photo SparkPoints: (44,488)
Fitness Minutes: (31,806)
Posts: 3,615
5/2/13 10:03 P

ONLINEASLLOU's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm not one to follow a recipe exactly ... so when I developed Type II diabetes (5.5 years ago) and needed to get serious about my eating habits and weight, I read up on low carb lifestyles and made my own plan. I went very low carb for a few minutes and then gradually transitioned to a low-to-moderate carb lifestyle that I plan to stay on for the rest of my life. I keep my carb intake between 100 and 150 -- try to stay closer to 100 than 150 -- a little on the low side, but not extremely low.

I have had my triumphs and set-backs as I have faced other illnesses and injuries these past 5.5 years. But just this past week, my doctor officially changed my diagnosis form "diabetes" to "insulin resistence." I have never taken meds for my diabetes and have been so successful in managing it with diet and exercie alone that I am no longer considered diabetic.

I have also lost 50 pounds (will change my icon as soon as I lose another pound and KEEP it off) ... and have been able to decrease my blood pressure meds ... and my cholesterol numbers are much better.

So yes, the low to moderate carb lifestyle has definitely been a great thing in my life.

"Aim for progression, not perfection." -- SP Coach Nancy

"There is hope for me. There is hope for all of us." -- llou


 current weight: 157.4 
 
203
186
169
152
135


JIACOLO
JIACOLO's Photo SparkPoints: (268,828)
Fitness Minutes: (116,730)
Posts: 16,258
5/2/13 9:21 P

JIACOLO's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
When you do Atkins as it is intended, you can lose a good amount of weight. However, going back to old eating habits after the initial loss will just about guarantee your weight will return. Atkins is a way of eating....not a miracle. It does have it's drawbacks. And it can be difficult to maintain. Planning is key!

If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

- It's Janine!


 Pounds lost: 0.0 
 
0
11.25
22.5
33.75
45


MARIANSTALLINGS
MARIANSTALLINGS's Photo SparkPoints: (3,824)
Fitness Minutes: (847)
Posts: 38
5/2/13 9:15 P

MARIANSTALLINGS's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi.....
I, as well as others, treated Atkins as a "Diet" so we used it earlier in our lives to lose the weight we needed to lose and then said to ourselves..."Great!, I can now go and eat whatever I want"...conveniently forgetting that eating that way is what led us to the plan in the first place. Throughout the book and the website, Atkins is taught as a "lifestyle". but once we get past the "Induction" (cleansing) and "OWL" (Ongoing Weight Loss) phases of the plan, most people stop following the plan. You lose weight fast on these 2 phases so usually at the end of them you've lost all the weight you need to lose and you don't finish reading the book and/or moving on to the last 2 phases! The last 2 phases are what help you to maintain your weight loss permanently, so in some respect they are the most important of phases. Unfortunately, we "repeat Atkiners", didn't learn how to maintain because our vanity and eagerness for success caused us to mistakenly believe that we didn't need to complete the process because we must have learned all we needed to learn because...well....we lost the weight! This of course is not the case as we learned how to eat to lose but not how to eat to maintain and now, we've mismanaged our eating habits to the point of needing to revisit the plan and hopefully, complete all phases of the plan so we can keep it off! Hope this wasn't too long of an answer......

Pushing forward...bound and determined!


 current weight: 235.0 
 
259
224.25
189.5
154.75
120


LADYSTARWIND
LADYSTARWIND's Photo SparkPoints: (19,777)
Fitness Minutes: (15,878)
Posts: 1,132
5/2/13 8:38 P

LADYSTARWIND's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
This was an interesting "read" for me... I've never done Atkins, although I did work with a dietician and lost ~ 30 pounds. So I can understand a lot of what is being said. With not quite 10 of that back after 6+ years & menopause, here I am at Spark.... :)

What struck me most though is how many posters here are stating: "When I first did Atkins....40 pounds", and "now I have that much more to lose again"...(and some indicate its their third time even!) Why, if its as "sustainable" and "great" as several posters indicate...are there SO MANY who gained back the original 40 pounds plus some??!! A few folks with medical issues I could understand......

I do truly believe that 5yrs,10 yrs, or more makes a Physical Difference in our Metabolism, which will account for some weight gain. And, age does change how we respond to carbs--after all, there are very few Type II Diabetes folks under the age of 40! But I still don't understand how anyone can say a diet "works" if MANY users gain back 40 pounds!! It obviously didn't teach a successful maintenance plan nor how to adapt to growing older. I think many folks can sustain a "reduced" carb (80-140g as opposed to a "low" carb of 20g...)

I'll stick with Spark ,Thank You!! (Which by the way is almost identical to my dietician's plans!) Good Luck folks!!



"Its not the Mountain ahead that wears you out, but the grain of sand in your shoe..."


 Pounds lost: 0.7 
 
0
2.5
5
7.5
10


MARIANSTALLINGS
MARIANSTALLINGS's Photo SparkPoints: (3,824)
Fitness Minutes: (847)
Posts: 38
5/2/13 7:52 P

MARIANSTALLINGS's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Water Weight Gain...ARRRGGGGHHHH!
"Well even though I drank my fill of water (18/8oz) I didn't start early enough in the day, it got really hot here and I swelled up like a balloon on Tuesday. Wednesday I decided to start drinking as soon as I woke up and I didn't eat Bacon (salty) for breakfast as I did on Tuesday. This seemed to help but I was still slightly swollen from the day before. Today, I woke up completely un-swollen and I started drinking my water first thing and skipped the bacon again but I did eat my mixed nuts (thought the mixed nuts may have caused my swelling at first, because I just added them to my meal plan). It's now evening, and still NO SWELLING! YAY.....lesson learned no bacon for breakfast this summer and start guzzling water as soon as I get up!" emoticon emoticon emoticon

Pushing forward...bound and determined!


 current weight: 235.0 
 
259
224.25
189.5
154.75
120


LIMIT81
LIMIT81's Photo Posts: 332
4/29/13 8:23 A

Send Private Message
Reply
As with any diet, you have to change your way of eating. Also this is a lifestyle change. You are also able to add carbs back into your life but in small increments. If you see that you start to put on a few pounds then you cut back on your carbs until you start losing again. "White" foods should not be consumed by anyone anyway. They aren't healthy for you.
You are very welcome Mariann.

I am on my way to better health and fitness.


 current weight: 140.0 
 
144
141.75
139.5
137.25
135


GOODEBEME
Posts: 315
4/29/13 7:42 A

GOODEBEME's SparkPage
Reply
go for it



BLUENOSE63
SparkPoints: (95,897)
Fitness Minutes: (74,165)
Posts: 2,905
4/29/13 7:41 A

BLUENOSE63's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
As stated by the previous poster.....if you are prepared to eat the Atkins way (high protein, lots of meat and very low carb) for the rest of your life then go for it.



 July Minutes: 0
 
0
500
1000
1500
2000


ETHELMERZ
SparkPoints: (77,041)
Fitness Minutes: (56,760)
Posts: 3,454
4/28/13 11:14 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Any diet is great, IF you can stay on it for the rest of your life...............and therein lies the rub, I know more people who used to do Atkins than who do it now. They reached a point of not being satisfied, 3000 recipes, and still not satisfied. It happens, that is why we have these web sites, after all.

Plan for tomorrow, but enjoy the heck out of today.


0 Days until:  anniversary
 
50
37
25
12
0


MARIANSTALLINGS
MARIANSTALLINGS's Photo SparkPoints: (3,824)
Fitness Minutes: (847)
Posts: 38
4/28/13 10:31 P

MARIANSTALLINGS's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks!


Pushing forward...bound and determined!


 current weight: 235.0 
 
259
224.25
189.5
154.75
120


LIMIT81
LIMIT81's Photo Posts: 332
4/28/13 10:24 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Marian this is the way it comes up on U Tube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ4LE2Bn-2k

The Chicken Enchilada Paillard is the best. My husband went nuts. I am making it for my family dinner tomorrow night too.

I am on my way to better health and fitness.


 current weight: 140.0 
 
144
141.75
139.5
137.25
135


UMBILICAL
Posts: 11,059
4/28/13 10:01 P

UMBILICAL's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Years ago



MARIANSTALLINGS
MARIANSTALLINGS's Photo SparkPoints: (3,824)
Fitness Minutes: (847)
Posts: 38
4/28/13 9:50 P

MARIANSTALLINGS's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm checking youtube now...I'm stumped for dinner.

Pushing forward...bound and determined!


 current weight: 235.0 
 
259
224.25
189.5
154.75
120


LIMIT81
LIMIT81's Photo Posts: 332
4/28/13 9:36 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Awesome success stories ladies. I found on U Tube that if you type in Low Carb Recipes, you would be amazed at how many recipes come up. I have been cooking them and so far they have all been wonderful. I don't eat anything but chicken so I am pretty limited on my proteins as far as meat goes. There is this one guy on there that I have found to be the best. He also puts IF after certain recipes. These recipes are Induction Friendly. Check it out....

I am on my way to better health and fitness.


 current weight: 140.0 
 
144
141.75
139.5
137.25
135


NSPIXIE
NSPIXIE's Photo SparkPoints: (44,880)
Fitness Minutes: (21,370)
Posts: 1,786
4/28/13 4:29 P

NSPIXIE's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I have successfully used Atkins twice, once in my 20's when I lost 40 pounds and kept it off. By the way, I did transition into the maintenance phases that allow vegetables and other healthy foods.

My second time was two kids later, when I lost 45 pounds, and kept it off for a number of years until I started having health issues and discovered I was hypothyroid.

For whatever reason, after I started Synthroid, Atkins no longer worked for me like it did in the past. After trying many different things, I eventually found the South Beach Diet with which I lost over 60 pounds and kept it off for over 6 years. The main difference is that South Beach tries to limit the amount of saturated and/or unhealthy fats you eat and doesn't restrict the healthy veggies. It does ax the white carbs (which for most of us is a good thing).

After the weight loss, my doctor told me I had the blood work of a 17 year old, so I'm thinking that neither South Beach or Atkins was damaging (or at least not following the actual progressive eating pattern). Then again, I'm a person who likes vegetables and doesn't pile bacon, cream and butter on everything. So that probably makes a difference.



 July Minutes: 0
 
0
300
600
900
1200


MARIANSTALLINGS
MARIANSTALLINGS's Photo SparkPoints: (3,824)
Fitness Minutes: (847)
Posts: 38
4/28/13 4:17 P

MARIANSTALLINGS's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Very true! I thought I couldn't live without certain foods but there are sooo many substitute foods nowadays you can pretty much treat yourself on occasion to just about anything. I absolutely cannot have sugar in my diet. This doesn't include a slight amount, my body can tolerate the sugars in ketchup and bbq sauce but I can't do candy and I love candy! But there is sugar free candy and just as long as I don't abuse it, I can eat a piece of candy or a sugar free candy bar on occasion. Bread I thought I couldn't live without but after losing my burning, itching skin because of swelling due to so much retained water, I decided that I can either live with bloated painful skin or do without bread....so, bread is gone. I can have it on occasion but I can't have it everyday 3 meals a day. You just have to find what works for you and if it works, stick with it.

Pushing forward...bound and determined!


 current weight: 235.0 
 
259
224.25
189.5
154.75
120


MILLIE5522
MILLIE5522's Photo SparkPoints: (42,000)
Fitness Minutes: (17,420)
Posts: 1,343
4/28/13 3:50 P

MILLIE5522's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Right from the start I asked myself could I live without .....(insert desired food) for the rest of my life and if the answer was no then I included it in my "diet". I know that Atkins works for losing weight but I suspect that once that diet is over the weight will come back on because you haven't learned how to deal with "normal" eating which we all need to learn if we are going to keep the weight off. I am now on my 8 month of maintenance and I am still learning but the important thing is I am maintaining for the first time in my adult life. I took a long time to lose the weight but while on that journey I learned about myself and my relationship with food. I learned why I overate (rarely due to hunger) and I have learned to accept imperfection and it is a sheer stubborn "never going to give up attitude" which will get everyone there in the end.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hph
otos-ak-ash3/544942_10151092251777551_
1895510514_n.jpg


 current weight: 129.5 
 
135
132.5
130
127.5
125


MARIANSTALLINGS
MARIANSTALLINGS's Photo SparkPoints: (3,824)
Fitness Minutes: (847)
Posts: 38
4/28/13 3:47 P

MARIANSTALLINGS's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
You can do it.....I'm the worst carboholic ever!...I was the type who would have pancakes for breakast, pizza or a restaurant style big bread sandwich (hoagie, sub, italian beef) for lunch and spaghetti or mac n cheese for dinner! Then after that...chocolate cake, doughnut or cookies for dessert...and lets not forget the candy snacks! I learned that (thru trial and error and the atkins site that protein and fat keeps those cravings in check....I am the first to admit it's hard! But if u gather a few tricks before u start, u can make it through induction. I used bacon and boiled eggs to stave off cravings....I took bacon and boiled eggs to work and made sure i had a salad nearby for my lunch. Whenever I got a craving I took a bite of bacon and maybe an egg if I needed it and I was fine. If I made it thru to lunch (I always at lunch late) I would put the remainder of the bacon and boiled egg on my salad and have a great lunch! It worked for me! I'm sure you can come up with things that work for you, some people eat the atkins bars when they get a craving. The ones I bought tasted sooo good that I think they may make the cravings worse in some people. I know they do the trick for me during TOM, but I try not to rely on them daily. You should give it another try. I feel great and even if I never lose another pound, I love the way I feel now.

Pushing forward...bound and determined!


 current weight: 235.0 
 
259
224.25
189.5
154.75
120


GAILRUU
GAILRUU's Photo Posts: 9,887
4/28/13 2:27 P

GAILRUU's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I tried it for a while but after a week I would have killed for a slice of bread. I guess it isn't for me.



 current weight: 185.4 
 
185.4
174.3
163.2
152.1
141


MARIANSTALLINGS
MARIANSTALLINGS's Photo SparkPoints: (3,824)
Fitness Minutes: (847)
Posts: 38
4/28/13 1:33 P

MARIANSTALLINGS's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
4 more lbs down....I didnt lose any inches in the parts of my body that i measure so I'm thinking I should start measuring more parts..lol. Not knowing where I lost the weight is driving me nuts! Congrats Limit on your 1/2 inch! emoticon emoticon

Edited by: MARIANSTALLINGS at: 4/28/2013 (13:34)
Pushing forward...bound and determined!


 current weight: 235.0 
 
259
224.25
189.5
154.75
120


LIMIT81
LIMIT81's Photo Posts: 332
4/28/13 10:59 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Another 1/2 inch lost this week.... emoticon emoticon

I am on my way to better health and fitness.


 current weight: 140.0 
 
144
141.75
139.5
137.25
135


LIMIT81
LIMIT81's Photo Posts: 332
4/25/13 11:15 A

Send Private Message
Reply
BEY220-Tell your man congrats on the weight loss. That is awesome.
MARIANSTALLINGS-Woohoo for you. I love carbs too, so I know what you're talking about. You do have to look at it though as a lifestyle change and not a diet. They have got so many recipes out there that are delicious that you feel like you're cheating. This is my second go round with it. I tried it back in 2001 and went from 180 to 123. I fianlly stabilized my weight at 130 and was very happy with it. After about 3 years, I started to not really pay attention to all the junk I was putting back into my body, and I jumped up to 155. I have been able to get all but 15 of those pounds off. I have now been doing Atkins for 1 week and lost 3 pounds this past week. I have made it to 141. I am so happy and I feel so darn good. Pleaase keep me posted on how you guys are doing.

I am on my way to better health and fitness.


 current weight: 140.0 
 
144
141.75
139.5
137.25
135


MARIANSTALLINGS
MARIANSTALLINGS's Photo SparkPoints: (3,824)
Fitness Minutes: (847)
Posts: 38
4/24/13 5:20 P

MARIANSTALLINGS's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I LOVE this diet. It's not for everyone but it is certainly what I needed to become healthy. I LUV CARBS! I am such a carboholic it's not funny. If it's bread, cookies, pasta, cakes, candy, Icecream...I'm all in! But my body suffers from it! I swell up like a balloon. My ankles swell, my feet swell to the point I can't even put on my shoes, knees swell and it hurts to walk. My fingers, my face, and my legs swell so badly that my skin stings! The Atkins diet helped me recognize that it was carb intolerance that was ruining my body and sabotaging my weight loss! I love veggies and fruit. I love to eat healthy but I also like my junk. When I calorie count, I can easily eat my junk and those breads and cookies just as long as I stayed within my calories. When I watch my fat, I can easily get fat free junk. When I watch my sugar I can easily get sugar free junk. The only way of eating that reduced my body swelling is watching my carbs. I stick to 20 carbs per day and I have not had any swelling in 7 weeks....and I'm losing fat. I'm down 28lbs so far and I'm not hungry, I'm not deprived. I eat all types of veggies which I love anyway and different types of proteins and healthy fats. The lifestyle isn't about eating eggs and bacon everyday. You can have those things without guilt because it's not a fat reducing diet but it's not the whole of the plan. The lifestyle is a great way to figure out if your body is sensitive to carbs like mine.

I made a mistake in thinking this was a diet the first time I tried it. I had the same problems and they did go away after I started the plan and I lost the weight I wanted and was very happy with the plan. I stepped away from the plan after I lost the weight because I mistook the "lifestyle" for a diet so I of course stopped when I met my goal. Not realizing that my body doesn't appreciate carbs as much as I do, I began adding my old staples in little by little until I tricked myself into believing I could eat what I wanted just as long as I counted calories and kept my body moving. This was not the case for me and the weight crept back up until I was just depressed and out of control.

After trying many "diets", I decided to go back to square one and get back to the plan that originally worked for me and I now realize I must stick to this lifestyle if I want to be healthy. It didn't click before. I now know that I CANNOT eat a large amount of carbs and my body doesn't respond well to sugar. So this way of eating is sooo much more rewarding than any slice of cake or bread I could ever eat (except maybe german chocolate.... emoticon. I prefer my not swollen, not stinging, not painful body over a tasty carby treat. I can't go back to the way I was and this lifestyle has allowed me to understand that I just wasn't listening to my body. I did what I was told and followed all the healthy eating plans and none of them eliminated carbs. I thought it was me and in a sense, it was. My body was telling me I was carb intolerant and I was telling it to shut up and eat cake because I'm within my calories....lol. Now I know better and I hope anyone who has a notion will give this lifestyle a try! Eventually, once I figured out how to eat, I did add Cheesecake (chocolate) back into my plan and it was divine! You can eat a lot of things on this plan that may be a big no-no on other diets, but I guarantee you won't miss what is taken away on this plan, at least not after the first week! If you get past that week, you're home free for the most part.

I'm sorry this was soooooo long...couldn't stop typing!

Pushing forward...bound and determined!


 current weight: 235.0 
 
259
224.25
189.5
154.75
120


I_HEART_MY_FAM
I_HEART_MY_FAM's Photo Posts: 1,809
4/24/13 12:01 P

Send Private Message
Reply
I find this diet unreasonable.



BEY220
BEY220's Photo Posts: 5,007
4/24/13 10:10 A

BEY220's SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
My fiance just started this Diet a couple of weeks ago when people at his company started up the "Biggest Loser" challenge. He has already lost 25 lbs! He said the first week was tough, having all those carbs and sugars leave your body but now he's adjusted. He has now started to incorporate a bit of cardio and weights but has yet to break the 300 barrier (he was 327). I'm excited for him! If he wins not only will he be in better health but he could take home $500!



 
Page: 1 of (2)   [ 1 ] 2 next page > last »
Search  

I Liked This Topic Subscribe to this Discussion Share
Add This to My SparkFavorites
Report Innappropriate Post


Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=1&imparent=27536178

Review our Community Guidelines



 
Diet Resources: soy silk | soy isoflavones | super soy