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Whether you consider Atkins or other low-carb programs restrictive depends on your perspective. I find it extremely restrictive to only have cereals and breads for breakfast options. I also find fast food restrictive because it contains virtually no fruit and veggies. Low-carb programs allow a huge variety of foods, it just takes a few weeks to get used to eating them if you are used to high-carb.
So instead of breads, cereals, sugars, legumes and tropical fruit like bananas you may eat meat, dairy, fish, eggs, nuts, veggies, lower-carb fruit like berries, herbs, mushrooms, oils etc.
You will also focus on eating foods in their most natural state if possible.
Only very few people need to stay in the induction stage (under 20 grams of carbs) in the long run to maintain. And even that allows many different foods.
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For me- I lost 19 pounds and I've been stuck. I try to add a few carbs back- then I add a few too many and then I go under 20 and the cycle repeats itself. I'm not too upset because I have maintained my loss very well. But I just don't have the motivation right now to continually keep the carbs low enough to lose more. So I started walking 2 miles to boost it! :o)
It's a journey and everyone is different!
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Welcome back to the lifestyle! You say Atkins was too restrictive... what did you find restrictive about it, other than carbs? It seems to have plenty variety for me... and I have a long list of foods I can't tolerate.
Best luck in your restart!
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they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
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The Low Carb area at About.com is a very good free reference.
One great thing about low carb eating is that it doesn't necessarily require a lot of fancy cooking, although it DOES require you to eat mostly fresh, whole food. My favorite go-to lunch is chicken thighs with skin, seasoned and baked. I use a convection oven most of the year, but you can just toss them on a baking sheet, sprinkle with your favorite seasoning, and bake at 325 or 350 until they're done. They taste just as good cold as hot.
Sure, there are plenty of fancy recipes out there, but simple is good too!
As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits:
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?
Yeah, you're probably best off deciding that you're just not going to have bread, potatoes, etc for a while. You may well be able to add them back eventually, but not in the amounts you've been accustomed to. Most people can hold their ground with up to 100 net carbs, which allows a sandwich or potato, or toast with your breakfast, but carbs just can't be the bulk of your calories. And for now, they should only come from vegetables.
I strongly advise you to read the book. Not necessarily Atkins, there are a number of books you could read that would be helpful. I think we have a thread on the main forum listing references. But the main thing is, you need to understand how it works to make it work. Don't try to wing it on your own.
You have to add things back in slowly and only veggies, fruit etc. Not the breads and pastas and rice and potatoes. That will make you crave again and just go off track.
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I guess that's what I did wrong. Once I got off the induction phase, I just fell off completely and regained all that I had lost. I plan to stick to it this time and I'm hoping have this format to track my progress will help. Thanks :)
The trick with Atkins is that you have to come off the Induction and start adding things back. Eventually you'll find what you can eat and still be successful.
I tried Atrkins several years ago and lost 23 pounds and but found it too restrictive to stick to long term. I am hoping to do low-carb again but not as stringently as Atkins. I'm hoping to find helpful meal suggestions that will make this diet more livable. I have 80 pounds to lose, and I tried weight watchers 3 times in the past and was not successful because all that counting makes me crazy! I confess I am rather lazy when it comes to dieting because #1 I hate to cook and #2 I hate to spend a lot of time thinking about what I can eat. Also, the thing that I did like about Atkins is that I was never hungry. Looking forward to hearing suggestion and tips from everyone.