something in your post caught my eye: You say that you have been eating low carb for months, with little weight-loss success, and that you went grocery shopping today and got whole low carb foods.
Are you by chance purchasing processed foods that are advertised as being "low-carb"? If that's the case, there could be your problem. The Atkins protocol works if you stick to "real" foods, like meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and low-carb vegetables.
Most of the so-called "low-carb" foods sold in stores are not low-carb at all, and that includes many of the Atkins-brand products, as well. They show up as "low-carb" through some fancy math that calculates "net carbs", which is fine for vegetables, but does not make sense in processed foods.
Edited by: MONADM1 at: 2/11/2013 (23:16)
Highest weight ever: 220 pounds. Followed the IP protocol from June to December 2012 and lost 58 pounds.
In Maintenance mode since January 2013. Have been able to maintain a lot of my weight loss, but regained about 20 pounds over 2 years
Welcome Heidi! You are in the right place for support and finding great tips. You can always ask questions and someone will jump in there with the answers. And YES, you can do this. I have been a carboholic for a long time, lost on this before, and gained it back - but i'm here to try it again. I feel much better physically, and better about myself when i am not eating carbs, so why don't just quit eating carbs. They are adictive for me, and I think being on this site will help a lot. Good luck, and welcome! WE've all been where you are, and we all struggle, and hopefully end up coming back here to start again. With me, it will be a lifelong struggle, but somehow it helps to know that other people struggle with the same thing and I am not alone.
Welcome! This is a great and helpful team. Take the advice. It is so important. As Woubie said, don't get hungry and eat plenty of fat!
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All good advice here! Atkins is the gold standard for weight loss because it's like an allergy "elimination" diet. You test each new food that you add back to your diet to make sure it doesn't stall you or cause cravings. If you've done it before then you probably already have an idea of where some of your trouble spots are and can try to avoid them this go-round.
The most overlooked pieces of advice this team routinely gives out is, first, to eat enough to not be hungry, and second, EAT MOAR FATZ! Invest in some coconut oil and stick it in or on everything you can stand it on!
For some of us almost any carbs, maybe apart from vegetables are very addictive. The worst are usually wheat and other grains and of course anything with sugar, often even fruit. I would suggest cutting those out completely for sure. The cravings will probably lessen or even go away within a week of doing this as long as you eat lots of fat and moderate protein. Birgit
Heidi and MAW- I can easily gain 30 pounds in a couple months just like you guys. You are NOT alone! Welcome Heidi. We all have struggles, it helps many of us to vent and recharge here on the threads. I had a horrible eating weekend and am trying to refocus TODAY. There is a daily thread many of us check in on- join us!!!
Have you read an Atkins book? It works for most people if they do it as specified, but a lot of people try to do their own version which doesn't work so well. Particularly if they try to do low fat/ low calorie.
Do it as in the book, and then if that doesn't work after a couple weeks, try tweaking it. Lots of experience and advice available on this team.
Hi Heidivee, Regardless of where you are starting which I started at 208 and learned to be happy not about my weight but about how blessed I am. I found low carb and hardly any processed food is the way to go. I couldn't stay faithful to the induction and also besides eating low carb and watch my portions, I am do Intermettient Fasting as well. That is a whole another ball game. So, my best advice is to love yourself along this journey otherwise you will use food as an emotional way of living. I also started walking on my treadmill everyday since July 4th and even when I was very sick, only got in maybe 2 minutes still didn't stop my long streak. If you only do 10 minutes, that is great. I got up to 90 minutes a day and have cut back to around 60 minutes. Also I found "The Spark" also a great book to read. Hope you will stop getting down on yourself and start living right where you are and enjoy it even more has you get healthier.
LOVE from Above, Georgie
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Remember that you can eat as much as you want these first couple of week, as long as it doesn't have carbs. So plan on large portions of high fat meat and poultry, and be sure to eat the fat and the skin! Also have hard boiled eggs ready for snacking. Instead of trying to find low carb versions of your high carb binge foods, try new things. Breakfast doesn't have to be toast or cereal, or even eggs. Leftovers are great for breakfast. Hard boiled eggs with mayo are good for snacks, and so are leftover meats. A big hunk of meat and a big salad are good for lunch or supper. So are homemade soups. Whatever you do, don't let yourself get hungry!
(It's not at all nice of me, I know, but I have to admit I was kind of glad to see that you gained 30 pounds in a couple of months! I do the same thing when I'm not eating proper low carb food, and I thought I was the only one. Seems like most people complain about gaining 5 pounds or so, and I thought there must be something wrong with me. Thanks for being so honest about your experience.)
First off welcome. Just about all of us could have written the same story you have posted. Secondly....time to stop beating yourself up. You know that is Not going to do a bit of good, if it did I would weight 80 pounds by now. So today is a new day, a clean slate if you will. You have food, and an elliptical on its way. Take each day as it comes, and give yourself time. We are here if you need us.
"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do!"
I was doing low carb for months and was luck if a lost a pound every two weeks. i got disgruntled and started eating junk food again. then i started eating tons of junk food. I gained 30 pounds in the couple of months I wasn't eating low carb because i had no control over my eating at all. now, i cry every day and my scale went over 200. I went grocery shopping and got whole low carb foods and i even bought a used elliptical machine off of craigslist. I am miserable in my own skin and have nearly given up all hope of ever losing weight again, but i'm going to try atkins again, this time with no funky foods, It was so easy to gain that weight, but i have my doubts I'll be able to get it back off. I need support in addition to protocol so here I am. I was an alcoholic who quit drinking cold turkey with no suppoprt and quite successfully, but I'm a food addict and I can't seem to win this battle. any carb, even healthy ones, causes me to tailspin out of control into this eating frenzy. I can't wait for the couple of days to pass and the food cravings to go away. well, that's my story.
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