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2/25/13 2:19 P

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2/25/13 11:55 A

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Brigit, I'm also around 30 grams of carbs, but I'm eating sugar substitutes. I keep reading I might be sabotaging myself...
My body fat has dropped from an initial 30.9 to 26.9, and I've lost inches... just feel like I've been stuck between 137 and 141 for a really long time.

I've been hovering at 1200 calories, but now know I need to bump them up... I started yesterday, so we'll how that does after a month or so.

Thank you so much!

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2/25/13 11:50 A

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I doubt I'm the right weight yet; I'm short (5'4") and medium bones... so my goal weight is set at 126. You're right, it's not the weight, but the end goal of how I look and feel... and I am losing inches (sllllooowwwlllyyyy)

On your advice, I'll add calories... hopefully things will move off this plateau soon. Thank you!

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2/23/13 8:39 P

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I was at 205-207 for a couple of years just before I had the kids and lo and behold, that's been my range for about a year now. Looking at the fat fast too, but not just yet. Have a couple more tweaks to make first.

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2/23/13 11:24 A

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That must be what is happening to me. I have been around 239 since Christmas...still mostly eat on track.Thinking about a fat fast.

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2/22/13 7:53 P

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As I have lost, anytime I hit a weight I had maintained for a while on the way up, I stalled at -- sometimes for months -- 230 was my worst - I had maintained within 10 lbs for 7-8 yearson the way up, then several months on the way down, and it seemed that for a couple of years all my body wanted to do was get back to that weight, and I could maintain it without much effort. After 6-8 ,months, I started losing again.

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2/22/13 12:14 P

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Increasing calories and fat helps a lot of people. Counter-intuitive, I know, but it does work for some people some of the time. Or, as others have said, you may just be at the right weight for you. Or you may just need to give it lots of time. Dr. Atkins said that it's not a stall unless it's been more than a month with no loss of pounds or inches. (Have you measured yourself recently? Maybe you're still losing inches?) And I would imagine that it might be even longer for those last few pounds. Finally, you may find that you continue to lose inches or to rearrange inches as your body settles into it's new weight. And after all, as long as you are at a healthy weight, does it really matter whether you lose those last 10 pounds if your body is in the shape you want it?

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2/22/13 11:39 A

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I have several thoughts as well as I'm dealing with the same process of finding out if I can lose a few more pounds. And I realized quite a while ago (but keep forgetting at times) that I only want to lose body fat, but want to gain muscle.
So with that in mind, this is what seems to work for me:
I cut out almost all sugar AND SUGAR SUBSTITUTES. I still have small amounts of dark chocolate (1/2 oz. of 85% dark) or a few chocolate-covered almonds and a little fruit (half an apple or some berries). This puts my carb levels around 30 grams. I also eat a lot more than you do, about 2000 calories, about 80% fat, 5% carbs and about 80 grams of protein. I'm 5'7" and 49 years old, so adjust for your height and weight.
The fat fast did not help me lose body fat, only weight so I won't try that again but it might work well for people who are stuck at higher levels.
At my last check at doctor's office my weight was up 3 lbs. but my lean muscle mass increased by 2 lbs., water weight increased by 2 lbs. and body fat % went down from 23 to 22%, all over the course of about 6 weeks. The water gain was a positive, not a negative, because I increased my salt consumption to where I don't get muscle cramps any more.
So I would say ignore the weight on the scales, increase your calories to where your body can actually grow muscle and watch the fat (slowly) go down. If your calories or your protein are too low your body needs to cannibalize muscle in one place to use the protein in another.

Birgit

Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 2/22/2013 (11:43)
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2/22/13 10:57 A

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The last 10 pounds seem to be the hardest for everybody. It probably is a matter of what we PREFER to weigh versus what our bodies NEED to weigh.

Having said that, Atkins recommended a fat fast for pushing you off a plateau. 90% of calories from fat and only 1000 calories per day for 3 to 5 days.

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2/22/13 9:25 A

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I have a couple of opinions. One is that Atkins is a hormone diet in that it deals with insulin production. So, it may be that you're body's natural preferred weight is where your at. I have read that since natural body weight is different for everyone then it may be natural for some to wear a few pounds more than others for this particular stage of life.

But, if it's not where you want to be than I would say just hang in there. Go back on induction and get exercise every day. I find that weight loss comes in spurts. I will have a week or two of rapid weight loss and then nothing for a week or two when nothing has changed in my diet or exercise. Also, you may have had some carbs sneaking into your diet. That's super easy to do. My wife and I snack on beef jerky and depending on which brand you use the carbs numbers are all over the chart. It's easy to go over your magic number in a day and not even know it.

When my weight loss stops for a while I usually hit the reset button and go back to the simple foods that I know have no carbs to speak of. Also, about four or five days a week I walk for several miles and throwin some running. Then I will get on the total gym. That seems to accelerate weight loss but, I keep in mind that weight loss is primarily done with diet rather than exercise. Exercise will burn off a few carbs but, it can only do so much.

Also, I sometimes recreationally snack. Yea, the snacks are low carb but, carbs add up. If I simply don't eat when I'm not really hungry that goes a long way towards losing weight. My wife is better at not eating when she's not really hungry than I am. If I'm watching TV and the pork rinds are near by I'll eat a few. Being human is what it is..

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2/22/13 9:08 A

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I had a stall that hung on for several months. It was only when I *increased* my caloric intake (a thing I don't even count!) that the loss restarted. You might try adding more fat, too. That helps me when I start to slow down. I've heard others mention the "eat more" concept, too. It goes against all common sense...but then...

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2/22/13 8:45 A

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So, I suspect I know what's going on, but I'm rather hopeful someone has an insight I hadn't thought of.

I've been on Atkins since September, and lost 20 pounds and 4 body fat percentile points, putting me (finally) at a healthy range for a woman. I've got ten pounds to go, and haven't moved in a month. My percentages are right, I'm staying around 30 carbs from veggies, I'm getting weights and cardio in 5 days a week, and hovering right around 1200 - 1350 calories a day. No sugars, except aspartame and truvia... I don't have cravings or feel hungry...

I've missed the modest goal I set for myself, and need advice... thanks in advance!


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