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3/21/13 7:52 A

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You are doing a smart thing doing your research finding a plan that looks appealing to you! All low carb plans have some variation of an induction. With South Beach, it is Phase 1. Induction is restrictive, but it is essential.

Keep reading! Good luck!

Edited by: VHALKYRIE at: 3/21/2013 (08:34)
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3/20/13 11:45 P

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Am now reading the Atkins book found at the library. REALLY don't want to do a Level/phase 1.

Still eating mostly protein and veggies and feeling fine. Pants are getting looser and lost a bit of weight.

Saw the South Beach book at the library but didn't check it out.... yet.

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3/20/13 3:10 P

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I agree about the electrolytes. I find myself absolutely craving salt (sodium and potassium should be balanced) on low-carb. I can tell you the diuretic effect is absolutely true! annoyingly so, sometimes. lol

I've tried the Atkins frozen meals (only because I got that free coupon in the kit). I wasn't impressed. I can make my own easier and better tasting. The bars and snacks are only so-so, and seem to support stalls. Go figure. I do drink one of their shakes in the mornings, but only because I have a real load of meds and supplements that I take, and I need a slightly more viscous liquid to get them all down. I make shakes with coconut or almond milk and whey protein powder, too. Other than the shake, I don't have much use for any of the Atkins products. Or other so-called "diet" or low-carb bars, etc. I have occasionally used a Special K bar, which isn't too bad. But that's only a couple times a month, maybe.

You have good advice here about finding your own path. Everyone is different. You have to apply your unique needs to the various plans out there. That means doing some work to research options and basis for all those variations we see in the different "diets." You'll find what works best for you. We all have personal experience to draw from. Use us! LOL



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3/18/13 7:56 P

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Thanks VH; I'm in between docs right now. Which is actually a good thing. Plan on making an appointment in May.

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3/18/13 7:03 A

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Elisa, if you have potassium issues, it's a good idea to talk with your doctor to monitor your potassium levels while on low carb. Hopefully you have a good relationship with your doc that you can tell him/her that you'd like to do Atkins to lose weight, but you're concerned about potassium loss. I'm not sure about Atkins, but I know for sure that the Eades recommend taking a potassium supplement while on low carb anyway. I personally wouldn't take more than the over the counter doses without talking with a doc.

Edited by: VHALKYRIE at: 3/18/2013 (20:24)
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3/17/13 11:12 P

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VH: Thank you for replying. I am mightily concerned about losing potassium. A few years back Doc put me on a diuretic and my potassium got low. Been taking potassium supplements ever since. Was checked a year or two and my potassium level was fine w/ the supplements. So, not sure what to do, just take more potassium supplements????

AMANDA: Thank you for replying. I received a free Atkins packet in the mail. Tried one of their bars along w/ a different bar. Ended up w/ massive stomach pains and in bed for the day. I'm now hesitant to try any Atkins food! Don't like that they use icky sweetener in their products.

The Atkins book (old one) is at our local library. :-)

Best wishes w/ your school reunion.

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3/17/13 10:02 P

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Hi!
It's good that you are researching and seeing what different options are out there, congrats on that!
You always hear people say, "Well, I tried XYZ diet and it doesn't work."
We all have different bodies and so different things work for each of us--I'm not allergic to peanuts but you might be. You might be able to eat 10 lbs of shrimp, but your neighbor might get itchy just looking at one. Everyone REALLY is different, but luckily, there are other people like us who have things in common that do work and that is what we come here for, to share our knowledge and experiences! :)

I've tried South Beach before and lost 60 lbs. Got pregnant, gained it back.
I'm on Atkins now, one of several attempts. My problem was that when I first started it, I didn't read the original book first. Instead, I stocked up on all the new Atkins branded products.
One week later, I was very upset to see that I had barely lost a pound!
I bought all the books, read them all. Took into mind that the Atkins company is just that, a company trying to make money. The first book by the Doctor who is not trying to sell products is the best one, except just incorporate the new changes, like adding more veggies.
Anyway, I started again new when I got rid of all the Atkins junk I bought.
I only ate eggs, bacon, cheese, tuna, chicken, cucumbers, olives, steak, cheeseburgers without a bun, big salads with cheese and full-fat ranch dressing and the frozen Atkins meals (because they are just meat and veggies),drank lots of water. When I felt hungry, I ate.
After 6 days, I was down 10 lbs!
I'm going to continue this week and also start exercising, something that I wasn't doing before really. My high school reunion is this fall and I am DETERMINED to lose at least 50lbs by then!
Also, the good thing about Atkins is that I really do feel mentally better when eating this way. I actually think more clearly. I feel GREAT! Positive. Happy. Never bogged down or foggy like when you get done eating a pizza and Coke, or burger and fries or big plate of pasta. I feel free!

SO! Sorry to talk your ear off, but just wanted to share what I've found on one of the "options" out there.

Good luck to you, in whatever you choose. You can do it!!! :)





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3/17/13 4:10 P

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Hi, there! Welcome!

I follow Protein Power myself. I was so enthusiastic about it that I bought a couple of their cookbooks. To be honest, I'm not really thrilled about the recipes myself - lol!

I find eating whole protein and veggies work best for me. I actually eat more lean meats than most low carbers, but I am a petite person, and the Eades recommended it (in the book "30 Day Low Carb Solution"). My margins are a bit narrower than the average person. If I eat too much fat, then I burn less body fat, but I still eat way more fat than my high carb days. I just don't buy low fat or non fat stuff anymore. We are all n=1 experiments. Try the standard way first, and if it needs tweaking, adjust later.

Sodium and potassium will have to be replenished while on low carb, especially if you get ketosis rolling. It has a powerful diuretic effect on these minerals, so it is important to keep up, unless you have some special needs with kidney impairment.

Good luck! Look forward to hearing about your progress!

Edited by: VHALKYRIE at: 3/17/2013 (16:28)
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ELISADENK's Photo ELISADENK Posts: 7,334
3/17/13 12:08 A

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I'm finding that the recipes in Protein Power sound... hmmmm... disgusting....LOL

I don't do much dairy AND I don't do much sodium so the idea of eating ham, bacon, cream etc, soooo doesn't appeal to me.

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3/17/13 12:07 A

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Picking the right plan for you and sticking with it is definitely the key to success. There's a good book to guide you by Jonny Bowden called "Living Low Carb," I think. It rates all the various plans out there. I've got a review posted SOMEwhere, here or on the Wheat Belly forum. It's worth checking out, at least via your library.

Low/restricted carbing works for lots of people and lots of intents. Atkins is well organized and easy to follow, with some good background to help you reorient your thinking. I've heard good things about Protein Power, too.

Try not to fall for the "low fat" promoters. When you reduce carbs, you replace with fats (healthy fats). Too much protein converts to glucose anyway, which defeats your purpose! So don't be shopping for those "lean meats" and boneless/skinless things. Veggies are great. Meats are great. Make sure you're getting enough fats to help curb the hungries and kill those cravings.

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3/17/13 12:00 A

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Hi and welcome! Glad that you're doing some research on the different plans and methods out there. Nearly everyone on this team would tell you that picking a plan and sticking to it for awhile gives you the best chance of success. Over time you'll start to find what works for you and what's most doable.

Grains give a LOT of people problems! It's just so much easier to cut them out entirely and replace them with veggies.

If you do Protein Power make sure to head to the Eades' blog. Lots of very good info there!



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3/16/13 11:44 P

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Hi,

I've been a Sparkie for a few years now. I am also a Co-Leader for a women's medical Spark Team. We did a challenge called, "Eating a rainbow". I discovered then, that eating lots of veggies was a good way to go.

Later, I read, "Protein Power" which reminded me of the Somersize eating plan I did years ago.

So far, I haven't decided which eating plan to follow. Still doing research. However, I am eating mostly protein and veggies, a bit of Ezekiel bread. I'm finding that my pants are getting a bit loser. :-) I'm also discovering that I am relieved to not have to deal w/ gluten issues and trying to figure out gluten-free carbs, etc.

When I go shopping, it is mostly for lean proteins and veggies!! (I get enough Vit C through a nutritional shake I daily take.)

So any, help, suggestions, tips are appreciated.

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