I gave a thumbnail explanation below, but let me expand.
Low carb is obviously not just for weight loss, but for health and athletic performance as well. In the initial several days on low carb (induction level or not) most people lose a bunch of water weight and begin burning more fat for fuel, but not very efficiently. When Drs. Phinney and Volek measured athletic performance it was obvious that it tails off drastically in that first week, then slowly climbs through the next two weeks, returns to the previous normal at around three weeks, and then tends to improve at least slightly after that. So the body is obviously still undergoing metabolic changes for at least three weeks. Keeping carbs ultra low lets the body get used to this new metabolic state.
Also, some people will ONLY lose on induction levels. If they start out at a higher carb level and don't lose over the first several weeks, when the most rapid loss usually occurs anyway, they'll be more likely to throw in the towel cause "the diet doesn't work!"
So, the most insulin resistant people will probably always need to keep their carbs very low, while others can still lose at slightly higher levels.
A good (though technical) explanation is in the Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living.
welcome. It is working for you. 35 grams of carbs per day is a great target.
I'm not sure of the point of Atkin's induction phase. Very low carb at first, say 20 grams a day, then up later, around where you are. Maybe someone can explain the point of the induction phase. I'm a more generic low carb guy.
As long as you feel good and are loosing weight, then that is the best it gets.
Induction is only two weeks long, and Dr. Atkins set it up that way because it takes a lot of people at least that long to get into "nutritional ketosis", where you're burning fat as fuel and your body has gotten efficient at it. Before that point you're body is struggling between fat-burning and sugar-burning, and sometimes not doing either all that well. That's why most low carb plans advise you not to do a lot of strenuous exercise for the first couple of weeks.
If you're losing at 35g and not experiencing cravings, then you're fine. If you follow the books religiously, then on week 3 you're eating 25g, on week 4 you're at 30, and by week 5 you're up to 35g. The guideline is that as long as you're losing you're OK, but when you stall, drop down by 5g and see if things get moving again.
Welcome Cassie! You can get a lot of info from www.atkins.com about their program. I was just there looking at induction - and it is AROUND 20 (not less than 18 - nor more than 22)
I have cut out sugar & diet soda (which I had at least 3 of every day). I am not exactly doing any program right now - except limiting carbs, keeping away from sugar and bread of any kind. I DO like fruit and realize that I have to really limit that. Had a banana yesterday - before checking out the # of carbs (won't do that again any time soon!) This morning I had some plain NF Greek yogurt & added some fresh blueberries. It really does add carbs, but I think still healthy for me.
I'm going to see if I can lose weight on 50 or less carbs per day - haven't been doing it long enough to tell though (almost a week).
Good luck to you!
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Woubbie, So far I have been limiting myself to 35 carbs a day and doing well. I low the idea of LC but I'm not sure if I should do Atkins since the limit I've been going at has been working for me well and Induction is less than 20, right?
One thing we routinely recommend to newcomers is to make sure you READ THE BOOK. It doesn't matter so much WHICH plan you start out on, but make sure you follow some plan. First off, there's no point in reinventing the wheel, and second, low carb is counter-intuitive in our food culture and there's a lot of misinformation in the public's mind.
And if you try one plan and it's not quite right, we can always suggest others that might suit you better!
We're glad to have you here, too! This is a great team. Please also check into the other LC forums - most of us belong to several. The Primal, Paleo, and whole/real foods forums share many similarities with LCers too. Worth looking into.
Tracking your nutrition anywhere is the important thing. I find the SP Tracker and other nutrition resources to be very useful tools for me - but if what you're using is working for you, I say stick with it!
Please check in with us often. We'd like to share your successes, too
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Hi! My name is Cassie and I decided to start a low-carb lifestyle to lose weight and become healthy on 1/4/14. I am not tracking with SP because I have an app on my iphone I am using but I decided to come back to SP for support from others who are already living the low-carb lifestyle as well. Hope to talk to all soon! :)
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