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WANDERLUSTROUS's Photo WANDERLUSTROUS Posts: 482
3/15/13 10:10 A

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Thanks, all. I appreciate the advice.

Skinnikki- It's good to hear that there are others out there that stalled at the beginning. I'm proud of you for sticking with it! You're an inspiration.



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VHALKYRIE's Photo VHALKYRIE Posts: 2,015
3/15/13 9:52 A

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If I need to lose weight, I pretty much drop everything except protein and veg, excluding even nuts and dairy. In maintenance, it's ok for me to eat some carbs, starches, and fruit up to about 80-100g per day, and reintroduce cheese, yogurt and dairy, but not if I'm trying to lose. If weight loss is my goal, then it's only unprocessed protein and veg.

If things really aren't working for you, then another option is to consider restarting induction.

Edited by: VHALKYRIE at: 3/15/2013 (10:06)
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3/15/13 9:26 A

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WANDERLUSTROUS,
Been thinking about you since I read this post last night. Hang in there. Let me tell you this - stick with it. I was in a stall early on when I started Atkins again in 2009. I think I stalled for like a couple of months. I kept at it and exercised. (Hopefully you can find something you can do -strength at least) Then when it started coming off, it literally melted because I had been redefining underneath by strength and exercise. People would say to me within one week that I had lost a ton of weight. I had one man ask if I was sick because it happened so fast. It was just the reshaping due to toning and everything was working!

Don't give up. You will have to figure it out. I posted on another thread this morning that Atkins for me at 25 worked completely different then it is now. You just have to keep tweeking it to figure out what your body responds to at that stage in your life!

Good luck. Hang in there. Don't stop!



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HOUNDLOVER1's Photo HOUNDLOVER1 Posts: 7,907
3/14/13 10:19 P

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Unfortunately I have to second that, for the most part, anyhow. I did have a lot of success eliminating just carbs though, but everyone is different. Unfortunately I suspect the more ups and down cycles we have gone through with our weight the harder it is. That's why it's so important to make lifestyle changes.
Don't give up, there is a lot of support here.
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NAYPOOIE's Photo NAYPOOIE Posts: 5,843
3/14/13 7:12 P

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Eliminating one thing isn't going to show you much if you're eating more than one thing that's causing the problem.Say for example, that cheese and pepperoni are both problem areas, and cream also. You eliminate the pepperoni, the cheese and cream are still going to be a problem, and you won't see improvement. You may then erroneously conclude that pepperoni isn't a problem because eliminating it didn't fix it.

You need to do it the other way around, eliminate everything (almost) and add them back one at a time.

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3/14/13 6:40 P

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I have to eat zero carb in order to lose weight and to maintain my weight loss. So, everyone is different. No pepperoni for me, ever. Not even once a week. No dairy, maybe a tiny bit of cheese on my burgers once in a blue moon. But, that is just my reality.

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3/14/13 6:00 P

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I just learned a lot about dairy. There are two types: A1 and A2. I wrote a couple of blogs about it rcently if you want to look them up. You may want to try to limit yourself to A2 only. An easy way to do this is to use goat dairy only as this is always A2. It has to do with a genetic difference between cows but unless you know the cow has been genetically tested you don't know what kind of milk she produces.
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WANDERLUSTROUS's Photo WANDERLUSTROUS Posts: 482
3/14/13 5:51 P

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I haven't measured myself, but as I said before, my jeans and suit are just as tight as before I started.

Regarding exercise- I suffered a bad snowboarding injury right as I started a month ago, so I haven't worked out enough to warrant muscle building. My head and back have healed, so I'm going to start exercising moderately again.

I'd hate to give up dairy. I will if I have to.

I definitely get in enough fat. I don't overeat protein.

I don't eat lunch meat very often- maybe once a week. I ran out of my organic pepperoni, so I purchased a pack of the Hormel version. Either way, I only eat pepperoni 2-3 times per week.

I'll take all of this into consideration and eliminate one thing at a time and see if I observe any changes.

It may be something outside of the diet- it may be my hormones. I was just put back on thyroid medication Monday (I'm in range, but my doctor said I'm not optimal) and I was just taken off birth control pills Monday (my doctor wants to observe my hormones without the influence of birth control). Or it may not be hormones. Who knows.

It gets me angry that some people can just lose weight with balanced dieting and exercise. Others can get away with "cheating" on a low carb diet and lose weight. My body apparently needs the stars to align, world peace, and the Chicago Cubs to win a world series in order to for me to lose weight.

Thanks guys. I appreciate the suggestions. I just felt kind of bummed today-

Edited by: WANDERLUSTROUS at: 3/14/2013 (18:13)
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3/14/13 5:22 P

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If you're exercising a lot or started a strength training program, it could just be the switch from fat to muscle. Have you also been measuring yourself to see if you're losing inches instead?

And I second what everyone else said about double checking your diet. There's always something that will stall one person and not bother another. Try eliminating a food like dairy or processed meats and see if that helps knock something loose.

Good luck!
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VHALKYRIE's Photo VHALKYRIE Posts: 2,015
3/14/13 5:16 P

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Some people have trouble losing weight eating dairy. Dairy is good for low-carbers who are looking to increase muscle mass, but it can stall fat loss. Try cutting back the dairy for a week and see how you do.

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KITTYF54's Photo KITTYF54 Posts: 4,738
3/14/13 3:38 P

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I can never lose on lunch meats if I eat them daily. I enjoy them, but can't eat them frequently or I won't lose anything.

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WANDERLUSTROUS's Photo WANDERLUSTROUS Posts: 482
3/14/13 2:29 P

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Hi all,

Thanks for the responses. Yes, I'm in ketosis. I test nearly every morning- and the strip was only negative once. I'm on Week 5 day 2.

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NAYPOOIE's Photo NAYPOOIE Posts: 5,843
3/14/13 2:19 P

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You do seem to eat a fair amount of dairy and processed meat products. If I were you, I'd try a couple weeks with just fresh meat, eggs, induction level veggies, and water.

If that doesn't kick you loose, maybe a fat fast? Do you know if you're in ketosis? Some people are very resistant.

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3/14/13 12:44 P

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All I can offer is what's worked with others. atkins bars and shakes are atkins junk food. If you're weight isn't moving, leave those alone. drink more water. eat more fat. if you're not getting enough fat and getting all your calories from protein, this can stall you, because your body turns excess protein into carbs to store it.

nuts and dairy, even cheese and heavy cream have been known to stall those who are very insulin resistant. eat your veggies and salads with fat. preferably not soy, but that's another subject. use butter on your veggies, even on your hamburger (yummy), try olive oil on your salads, or make an italian dressing with olive oil and lemon juice. you can use coconut oil to cook lower fat cuts of meat and or eggs or dress them with mayo, or butter, or olive oil.

try to exercise some. it makes your cells less insulin resistant so you can burn the fat that's in your body. it doesn't have to be hard exercise,, just do what you can. if your mobility is limited by an injury or illness, try chair exercise or use weights or elastic bands to exercise what you can.

The closer you stick to natural foods,foods that are as close to what you would get from the wild or directly from your farm if you had one the better off you'll be. and remember Dr. Atkins said you need at least one cup of salad greens a day. I find I don't lose as well if I forget that.

and lastly, 3 weeks isn't a real long time for a plateau, some people go a lot longer, but having a plateau so soon is a concern. so keep at it, and tweak your diet and you should be fine.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all they ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6


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3/14/13 11:59 A

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I'm on month two of Atkins, and I haven't seen any change in my weight since day 10. That's 3 weeks. 98% of the time, I'm under 18 grams of carbs per day.

I hear these wonderful stories of people dropping 20 or 30 pounds in the first month. I've lost 4-5. That's great for me, so I'm trying to relish in that little victory, but I still have 60 more to go. I'm standing up at a wedding this fall, I want to finally take my honeymoon (we didn't get to have one when we got married last summer because of limited funds)... I feel like my life is on hold. I'm simply unhappy being this heavy.

I've been proactively trying to control my weight for years. I've never weighed this much. I've tried everything (Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Bistro MD, Seattle Sutton, Personal Trainers, Acupuncture, hCG, Insanity Beach Body Workouts) and the only time I lose weight is when I starve myself.

I went to an OBGYN who also has a weight clinic. She promotes low-carb eating. She said cut out artificial sugars (I barely had any before- maybe 1 can of diet soda every other day, and a serving of jello pudding made with heavy whipping cream and water every other day) and Atkins products (I literally bought one box of the peanut butter cups- that's it). She put me back on Thyroid medication for hypothyroidism (I'm within range, but not optimal according to her), suggested I change my multivitamin, put me back on probiotics, put me on a vitamin D supplement, and told me to stop taking the birth control pill. I'm going to get back to exercising regularly (I injured myself snowboarding about a month ago, and I was out of commission for a while). I'm going back to see her in 6 weeks.

Maybe it's my hormones that won't allow me to lose weight. Maybe it's some other wacky condition. Whatever it is, it's really getting me down.

I know losing weight is not easy. It just seems so impossible for me. Has anybody out there had as much trouble as I do? Did you come up with a solution?

Edited by: WANDERLUSTROUS at: 3/14/2013 (12:00)
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