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5/4/13 12:51 P

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Thanks for your reply. Valuable info.

I would be thrilled with a pound a week weight loss. I have had my scales stuck on the same number for almost 3 months now.

That's why I decided to go to low carbing as a lifestyle.

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5/4/13 12:39 P

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Congrats on your dedication to a new lifestyle! It can be a little bumpy to get started, but I think you'll see great benefits once you get through the initial stages.

I've been "low" (restricted) carb for a long time. I can't remember how much I lost initially, but the majority of my weight loss came in the first year. Since then, I've continued to lose, but the larger changes have been in health. My weight loss now is in the expected range of about a pound a week (unless I do something foolish and derail myself! LOL)

I do use the Atkins shakes. Primarily I use them in order to get my meds and supplements down in the morning; watery liquids don't quell the "queasies" as well as a slightly more viscous drink, like the Atkins. I'm also fond of whey protein drinks, and alternate them with the Atkins throughout the week. Sometimes I make those with coconut or almond milk, or a mixture of those with water.

I have had the bars and snacks, but they seem to stall me. Not only that, they aren't really that tasty. When I "need" (?) that sort of quick snack, I like the Special K bars or a granola-type bar made by Sunbelt. I rarely use either of those though. Only in some unexpected "emergency" situation. There's lots of things you can make for quick and easy snacks that are healthier and more in line with the initial stages of low-carbing.

Just keep researching and following the plan. Eventually it will become second nature - or at least you'll know when you're straying from the path! It will work for you. Have faith. And patience!

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5/4/13 10:51 A

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I didn't expect it to be that impressive, either, since paleo is low-ish carb anyway. I'd be surprised if I ever went over 75-85 carbs a day on paleo before trying Atkins Induction (that's just straight carbs, not net carbs--that total would be lower). But it really sped things up for me.



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JLKL1980's Photo JLKL1980 Posts: 1,151
5/4/13 9:53 A

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Sushi - glad to hear about your Atkins success with the Induction weight loss. That's great!

I wouldn't have thought that it would have been so dramatic because you had been on the Paleo for so long.

That certainly gives me hope.

I probably will not workout for the 1st 2 weeks of Induction because I will probably be a little tired. I heard of Atkins flu symptoms - someone told me it was toxins releasing.

Joy

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5/4/13 9:49 A

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One note: I never, ever had sugar cravings on the standard paleo diet which I suspect was because I always ate at least one piece of fruit every day (sometimes more, but I didn't go crazy with it, either). Since switching over to (paleo) Atkins Induction, my sugar cravings have been ridiculous.

Also, it took me a full two weeks to stop feeling exhausted all the time. However, I feel great now.



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5/4/13 9:44 A

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I've been Paleo for quite a while now and have lost very slowly, but steadily over the past year and a half-ish. Four weeks ago I decided to lower my carbs and do Atkins Induction (with paleo food). I lost 6 pounds the first two weeks and 10.5 total for the entire four. I have a big event coming up in four more weeks so I plan to continue with induction at least until then.





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JLKL1980's Photo JLKL1980 Posts: 1,151
5/4/13 9:27 A

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Thank you - thank you for all the great replies here on this post! Everyone had wonderful advice for me. Have decided to stay away from the bars unless an emergency comes up.
And I have my own protein powder that I love - Jay Robb brand. I guess I can use that in Induction - made with Stevia and hardly any carbs.

Love to hear about the weight loss for those who can remember how much they lost in the first 2 weeks. If I could lose 7 or 8 pounds - I would be jumping up and down so hard, you all could feel the rumble through your computers. emoticon

Thanks again everyone.

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5/4/13 7:22 A

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I am very against the bars and shakes. They are processed foods. Eat real foods. Eggs, meat, vegetables. I would hate for you to fail again, but if you eat all that processed stuff, you will fail and be even more discouraged.

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5/4/13 6:31 A

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I think it was 8 pounds the first 2 weeks. And I only eat scratch made "real" food. I'll second what everyone else is saying about planning and having a stocked supply of "green light" foods!

I am starting my ticker again since starting low carb.

You have no control over what you weigh...only what you do.
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5/3/13 8:21 P

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Yeah, ANASARI is right - we should be doing some cheering for you first!

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Woohoo! Good luck!

Another tip on the bars - ALDI now carries their own brand and they are WAY cheaper than the Atkins brand. Same basic stuff, taste just about identical. I usually keep one in my bag. A lot of times I'll have one right before I do grocery shopping so I'm less likely to make impulse purchases.

Planning ahead is your best friend. FlyLady always recommends taking 15 minutes out on a Sunday, or whenever your "down" day is, and sketch out a grocery list and rough menu for the next few days.

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5/3/13 7:58 P

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Now I feel kinda badly for saying "Don't eat those!", when what you want is a little hope... I have to say, ANY start on Atkins (or anything else) is WAY better than doing nothing at all, so please don't let any well-intended advice keep you from feeling like you aren't on the right track. You are doing awesome, and we're glad to have you in the group with us, fighting the good fight! *smile* Hang in there, keep it up, and you WILL be amazed at the results from low-carb!

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5/3/13 7:54 P

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I've tried a few of those Atkins bars from time to time and they give me horrible gas pains and indigestion and all other sorts of gastric issues.

When you read the ingredients lists, there are so many chemicals and stuff in them that are unrecognizable, I just stay away from them.

If I find I'm going to be away from home and may be hungry, I keep a package (individual size) of nuts in my car (they're probably getting stale now, they've been there awhile) or I'll put a cheese stick in my purse if I'm going "out",. say to shop for the day or something. I think there a number of "real foods" which would be much better for you, regardless of what the Atkins site says.. (They're trying to sell their products.)

I also keep a container of a protein shake, such as Muscle Milk, or even an Atkins one in the trunk of my car. If I'm driving somewhere, there's always a fast food place or a gas station that has a snack/drink bar. I buy a cup of ice, pour the drink in it and in a couple minutes, I have a nice cold protein drink. (I get one with minimal carbs and no sugar)



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JLKL1980's Photo JLKL1980 Posts: 1,151
5/3/13 7:41 P

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Auntwillie - You are right about having things around that are already there to eat. I was just thinking this morning about boiling some eggs and making some deviled eggs to keep around. Also, I read in one group about making cheese crisps to replace potato chips. I made those, and they were pretty good for an evening snack.

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5/3/13 4:52 P

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I think you're right about using them with caution. I tend to save them for emergencies... like when I've gone too long without food and it's either eat the marginally healthy bar in my bag or clean out the entire inventory of the nearest Taco Bell. But only one, and I don't eat any more of them for at least the rest of the week.
Personally, I like to keep a lot of induction-friendly foods ready and close at hand. I'm a big fan of hard boiled eggs. Canned tuna or shredded chicken with extra dressing.
You'll figure out what works for you and what you can stick with for a couple of weeks.
Hang in there.


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5/3/13 4:43 P

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i was reading the ingredients in the bars the other day at london drugs. i wouldn't eat them. just my opinion.
i have done induction a couple of times and it worked splendidly. i don't know how much i lost, it was a long time ago, but, i did lose and doing atkins exactly was a terrific diet for me.

hmmm, perhaps i should do it again. what have i got to lose? oh, yeah about 50 pds! emoticon

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JLKL1980's Photo JLKL1980 Posts: 1,151
5/3/13 4:10 P

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I checked on the Atkins Website again, and they said that it's okay to have their bars and shakes during Induction. In fact, their sample menus showed them listed. But I went into one of their chat forums and found different opinions about whether to use them or not. Some people were afraid it would make them crave carbs.

So I will use them with extreme caution.

Thanks for the speedy replies - this is the best SparkTeam for support and information!

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5/3/13 3:56 P

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A word of caution about the shakes and bars. They're loaded with sugar alcohols, which some people's bodies still treat as carbs. And they're notorious for causing stalls/plateaus. Reserve them for times when you would otherwise dive headfirst into a gallon of ice cream, but proceed with caution. (Also, more than one per day has been known to cause some, er, gassiness.)

I never did true induction, just cut carbs way back, and lost about a pound a week average for the first 6 months.

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5/3/13 3:47 P

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Hey there, and congrats on taking the first steps! I lost 7 lbs the first 2 weeks in my low-200s, and my husband lost 15 lbs. So it's really good for immediate results.

One thing, though, is that I don't think the bars and shakes are for induction phase. I think they are supposed to be for later on. If you know different for sure, then I am just behind the times, but I am pretty sure that you start using those after the first two weeks. Good luck with it, and you have come to the right place for a lot of helpful people!
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5/3/13 3:39 P

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Well, lowering my carb intake hasn't worked, so I am going to bite the bullet and start with the Induction Phase of Atkins. Went out this morning after weighing and bought my Atkins bars and shakes. They were on sale, so I stocked up a bit. And I bought the Atkins Workbook at Barnes and Noble. I am fully committed now. Really starting tomorrow.

Anyway, can anyone remember how much they lost during their 1st two weeks of Induction?And were you happy with the weight loss or did you find that it was still slow weight loss for you? I would just like to know what some of your thoughts were during or after the Induction Phase.

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