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Posts: 1,892 1/14/14 8:49 A
Have things available to munch on. I always have boiled eggs, several kinds of cheese, cut up veggies, and my favorite protein shake mix on hand. I often put a little cream cheese on a piece of turkey and wrap it around a pickle. When I know I am headed for a meeting with snacks, I make a giant latte with a vanilla protein shake and coffee. If I am teaching the training and know I am not going to have time to eat, I mix an Isopure or Cryosport with a ton of ice and sip on it all day -- iI get a slow trickle of 32 or so gms of protein all day and I am not starving when I get home.
It takes time, patience and lots of reading to learn the LC lifestyle and how to listen to your body. Remember, what works for me, may not alway fit your needs. Listen to all the great advice here, be willing to learn, and most importantly, take what you need and leave the rest.
Age: 46 Height: 5'8" Highest Weight: 375
current weight: 176.2
Posts: 2,287 1/14/14 12:59 A
One nice book I've found is: "Protein Power" by Eades and Eades, ISBN 0-553-57475-2
The book suggests 0.6 grams of protein per day for each pound of lean body mass.i found my ideal weight from a chart as 150 pounds, and a reasonable fat percentage, for a man as 20%, so that means the other 80% is my ideal lean mass! about 120 pounds, so 120 times 0.6, or 72 grams of protein a day.
This is not a high protein book, but an adequate, reasonable amount.
Seriously, you should not be hungry on Atkins. I remember once, while in Atkins I was in a diner having breakfast, chewing on a piece of bacon, looking at a donut. I wanted that donut but because I was eating (eggs and bacon) I was able to avoid giving into the temptation because I was full. One wise doctor told me "I don't want to hear about willpower when you are hungry. There is no such thing." She is right.
Also, as you just started, I would avoid the prepared foods, even the Atkins stuff. Treat your 2 week induction like a detox from junk. For 2 weeks all your food will be real: meat, fish, poultry, dairy, eggs and green veggies.
Pounds lost: 11.0
Posts: 2,287 1/13/14 12:52 A
To handle the feelings of hunger eat a high fat snack, like cheese. No crackers, just cheese.
Write down what you eat and drink, and especially track the grams of carbs. A sudden switch to low carb is a shock to the system. Lots (probably ) of body fat, but you can't use it. You are hungry. In a few days to a week it gets better as your body changes to be able to access its fat stores.
Fitness Minutes: (1,847) Posts: 16 1/12/14 5:11 P
Thank you all for your input. It is greatly appreciated. I definitely need to get the book and read it. I was under the impression that eating their food was the way to go. Guess I need to start from scratch. As for the Sensa, I just saw that article yesterday. Sigh. Will use the money for something more useful next month - like a SparkPeople step tracker. Again, thank you all for being willing to point the newbie in the right direction and making me feel welcome.
Off to the bookstore...
Posts: 149 1/12/14 5:09 P
Just gonna agree with the others here who have said: stay away from the Atkins products, and READ the book. Those products are are bad news, especially if you are using them frequently. This WOE is so easy if you just stick to the basics: real food, real food and some real food.
I won't pretend to be an expert since I've started and failed more times than I want to admit, but it always comes back to the same thing: just follow the eating plan as outlined, and you will do great!
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Pounds lost: 12.2
Fitness Minutes: (5,883) Posts: 726 1/12/14 3:30 P
I have been LC living since September. (with the exception of a couple bad days) I am not hungry. I think if you eat plenty of protein, get your greens and drink your water, your appetite will decrease. It does take a few days to adjust.
I went through a short period where I bought the bars and they did two things. Stalled my weight loss and want more bars. The cleaner I eat, the better I feel, and the less I crave the garbage I used to eat.
This weekend I didn't plan ahead and got caught hungry with nothing to eat. I have had lots of carbs throughout the weekend for the first time in a long time. I feel Terrible! It is amazing how bad your body feels eating the junk I used to eat. I had no idea what I was doing to my body.
Stick with it, it gets easier.
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Pounds lost: 64.0
Posts: 5,345 1/12/14 3:17 P
It occasionally happens that I have something to say. I do get worked up when people say they're doing Atkins, and they have no idea what Atkins is really like. There's one anti-LC fool out there who really irritates me. She claims she did Atkins and was always starving and gained weight. She refuses to describe what she actually ate while "doing Atkins". I'm guessing her diet would never have been recognized by the Good Doctor.
current weight: 219.0
Posts: 520 1/12/14 3:06 P
Wow, that's the most I've ever heard Nay say!
Ditto, read the book- then start again. The meals, bars and shakes are money making products for the corporation- not the fundamentals of the program like Nutrisystem et al.
Welcome and good luck.
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current weight: 154.8
Fitness Minutes: (2,666) Posts: 2,511 1/11/14 8:23 P
Please do read the book! Once you understand the foundation, it will be much easier to follow. They give good food examples for the various stages and an organizational plan which will help you as you adapt to the lifestyle.
For me, I can't eat their prepackaged meals. I simply stall on them. Your best bet is still real whole food, in compliance with the Atkins plan. Get away from anything processed that you can. It's simply not healthy nutrition. I understand not everyone can afford or has the ability to find pastured products. But do the best you can. I still buy some grocery meats and veggies. If I buy grocery meat, I tend to buy the less fatty cuts, but only because the way the animals are finished upsets the proper fatty acid (omega) balance, which is stored in fat. If I get pastured, I get the most marbled cuts I can lay my hands on.
DO *NOT* stint on fats. Saturated (animal) fats and things like coconut oil or regular olive oil are good for you. Ditto real, whole butter and other dairy. No low fat/reduced fat/no fat anything! Eat the chicken with its skin on -- dark meat when you can get it!
Atkins, and LC in general, should not leave you hungry. This is one of the main advantages of adopting the lifestyle. If you're eating a proper nutritional profile, your body will eventually (usually sooner rather than later) cease to nag you for more food, and you'll naturally begin to eat less. If you cut out foods not intended to be cut, though (like healthy fats and good carbs), that isn't going to happen. Don't try to "out-think" it.
You know there is no "magic bullet." There's nothing you're going to take that's going to do the work of reducing weight and getting healthier for you. Sensa™, in my thoughts, is about as good as the phen-fen (however it's spelled) of years past. How is that good? maybe it produces some poundage lost... but you haven't learned a thing by that method in how to manage and maintain healthy nutrition. Quicker results? maybe. But it takes a while to replace old, bad habits. The real way, the healthy way, takes a bit longer. *Good*. That gives you time to establish healthier eating habits. Please get away from artificial crutches like Sensa™ or any other diet "aid.' Atkins/LC will work for you. Honest.
And please don't let your furbaby see you eyeing him/her with "that look" on your face! LOL They're carnivores too! you might have to search for him/her under your bed! hehehe
Edited by: EXOTEC at: 1/11/2014 (16:33)
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current weight: 215.0
Fitness Minutes: (20,548) Posts: 2,273 1/11/14 2:34 P
Or go to Atkins.com...tons of info there. If you are hungry eat more protein...I say skip the Atkins meals, cook your own stuff, salads, protein, fresh vegt Keep it simple at first until you get bored, then see if you can try some recipes..if you are like me,.you want to lose in a hurry at first...THIS WILL WORK! And you shouldn't be hungry!! m
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current weight: 207.0
Posts: 18 1/11/14 2:18 P
Hi Lisa, I'm new here (AGAIN) too - and have to feel may way back INTO LC living.
A while ago I decided it was time to give up sugar - and then a few days ago I stumbled onto a website of a lady who follows LC and has posted many videos about LC eating and some of the benefits she has seen in her life.
One of the recipes she shows is a low carb alternative to macaroni & cheese, and all of a sudden I could have KILLED for macNcheese! LOL So I made that with our supper last night & my husband LOVED it! I won't say "loved" for me because nothing can substitute for macNcheese - but it definitely was delicious! Made with cauliflower.
There are several other low carb recipes here as well - and I will be trying them also! Here's the website: http://www.makeitfunanditwillgetdone.com/recipes/ (don't know how to make this appear as a link - so you can copy and paste the address in your web browser)
Try some of these recipes and let me know your favorites!
Good luck! I'm sure everyone here will be of great help!
Edited by: 2MONKEYCOCONUT at: 1/11/2014 (14:21)
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Fitness Minutes: (15,458) Posts: 3,903 1/11/14 1:51 P
Eat real food. And eat when you're hungry. Low Carb is not about deprivation, it's about eating food that nourishes your body.
Every thing the low fat low calorie diet industry tells you is pretty much wrong for most people, otherwise it would work. What low carb high fat tells you is that food is what builds and maintains the tissues in your body and gives you energy, so eat when you're hungry.
Next month take the 59 bucks and go buy yourself some grass-fed beef, organic coffee, and a mountain of organic salad!
Hope you don't think we're being snarky, but so many people think that Atkins is bacon, butter, Shakes, and Atkins Bars. Not so at all. And you'll drop weight much faster if you eat real food than any of the Atkins stuff, especially the bars.
Don't eat your cat, eat LIKE your cat, only with way more greens than his occasional grass-chomping!
Edited by: WOUBBIE at: 1/11/2014 (14:00)
I decided to LOSE weight and now my pants are LOOSE.
The EFFECT did not AFFECT my desire to LOSE more.
current weight: 198.0
Posts: 5,345 1/11/14 1:46 P
OK, go read an Atkins book. You should never be "starving". He says straight out, if you're hungry, eat. Atkins is not a calorie-restricted diet. Your calories will decrease naturally as you adjust to it. You should not be hungry.
It is also not a low fat diet. You may think it will work better if you cut fat too, but it won't. Eat the fat that comes naturally with your food (chicken skin, full fat cheese, etc.), and don't be afraid to up the flavor by adding butter or olive oil. I know you've been told for years that fat will clog your arteries and kill you, but that just isn't true with low carb.
And I reiterate, READ THE BOOK.
current weight: 219.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,847) Posts: 16 1/11/14 1:32 P
Hello, my name is Lisa. I'm from Texas. This is my third day on Atkins backed up with Sensa. I'm using two of the frozen meals a day, plus a 3-4 net carb breakfast. I've lost 2.8 pounds in two days. But it's SO challenging right now. I feel like I'm starving about half the time. Last night, even the cat started to look tasty.
Any tips on handling the feelings of deprivation and hunger? Tell me this will pass, right?
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