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Only thing to add to this is the last 10 lbs (whether it be the only 10 you need to lose) is the hardest to come off. It is "easier" to lose the first 40 versus the last 10. Add to the fact that just because YOU want to lose 10 doesn't necessarily mean your body agrees. This is when you have to beat the body into submission via increased exercise, watching every morsel you eat, etc.
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Men almost always lose weight easier than women because they have more muscle mass and better metabolisms.
16 pounds in 2 months is fantastic. She is doing well and needs to stop comparing her weight loss to others. It's counterproductive.
The closer you get to goal the harder it usually is to lose and once you have reached menopause or you have health problems like metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, hypothyroidism , etc., weight loss become even more challenging.
Eating healthy has more benefits than just weight loss and they both are experiencing these benefits.
And calories really do count. The reason people lose on low carb is because they are satisfied and eating less, including calories.
Exercise is important and many people over a certain age have to do both diet and exercise. No matter what your physical limitations there are exercises you can do. My mother and grandmother were both handicapped and they accomplished amazing things. People in this group and sparkfriends of mine who are handicapped have done the same. I won't name any names but you know who you are. LOL. There is a chair exercise group on sparkpeople. I started out in a wheelchair in 2007 and am walking 15,000 steps a day now. Where there is a will there is a way.
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I liked reading the Atkins success stories I thought that they were inspiring. I lost 100lbs in a year and 5 months and as long as I stuck with my way of eating I kept getting smaller.
I wish at the time I had known about spark and had the support that is here.
Low carb has tons of nay sayers and not to many people that believe in it.
Oh, and my weight has stayed off since 2004.
The friend with only 10 lbs. just turned 55 and is going through menopause, so I think you're right. Previously, she would just rev up her physical activities to keep fit, but has suffered with pulled tendons, had major surgery, and now more complications. She's had great metabolism, but is really frustrated with being unable to exercise and having to watch what she's eating.
She said she does feel better over all, but really wants to see weight loss.
For the record, I didn't "talk" either of them into trying low carb, but I'm glad they're seeing the light of making healthier choices.
Thanks so much!
Sounds like your one friend, who has lost 16 pounds, is doing great! The other only has 10 pounds to lose and depending on her age and how closely she is following I think it'll come off more slowly. With my last 10, I'd really need to stay on induction in order to lose it. I am 52 and when I was younger and doing Atkins the weight just fell off. Now it is a bit tougher! :-)
Best wishes to both,
It almost sounds like the two who are not making any progress are not following the plan correctly. They still should watch calories - If I remember Atkins correctly, you can't eat 4,000 calories of streak every day and expect to loose. I am on SB (sort of) and even with a few boo boos (pizza one day and a bag of Gardettos on another) I am losing 2 pounds a week so far.
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I've been doing low carb -- mostly Atkins -- for about two years now and have lost approx. 50 lbs. Great! But now I have friends who want to lose and are starting Atkins, but are getting frustrated because they aren't losing as fast as the book makes them think they will. One friend, C, has been trying for about 2.5 months and has lost 16 lbs. I tell her she's losing and not gaining which is what counts. She has about 50+ to lose, is doing Atkins w/her husband, and of course, he's losing like crazy!! My other friend, S, only has 10 lbs. to lose, has been doing Atkins for 3 weeks and so far, nothing. She says she's following the diet, but not losing weight or inches!! Her husband is also doing Atkins with her and has lost 12 lbs.
Has anyone else had success dealing with friends who want all the answers -- now!! : ) I suggest they go to the different web sites, read the books, etc., but I'm looking for anyone with ideas to help them. Thanks!