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Old 03-04-2007, 05:21 PM   #91
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I started Atkins a few weeks ago. I lost a few pounds the first week and than nothing. I did get discouraged cause I thought I was doing everything right. And when I didnt lose, like I thought I should lose, I gave up. I am determined now, especially after reading the many posts on this one, that I am not the only one whose body does this and it is normal. I just figured the diet didnt work for me. So, maybe this go around I will do better.
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Hello All,

I'm into my fourth week of Atkins, and my loss on the scale has also been minimal. However, I am noticing my clothes fitting slightly better, so that has been encouraging. I have about 100 pounds to lose, so it's difficult to stay motivated at times. What keeps me motivated are the other positive changes I've experienced, including more energy, less joint pain, clearer thinking, and best of all, having control over my sugar intake.

My advice is to give it time and focus on all of the positive changes, not just the numbers.

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Old 04-19-2007, 07:00 AM   #95
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I am with you all! I started strict Atkins again and am wanting to see that scale move! I gave up caffeine and aspartame in hopes that will speed up the process a bit. This is my 4th day and feeling no headache. All of your threads really help me and make me realize that I am not alone. I seem to be having trouble locating the ketosis strips. Have been to GNC, Rite-Aid, Walgreens & Walmart. Any suggestions? Thanks for all the support that you bring to this forum! It is great to know that I am not alone in the struggle and in the success! THANK YOU!
THEY HAVE THEY AT CVS 50/7.95 IN THE PHARMCY SECTION.
I'M AT A TOTAL STALL AND ITS SOOOO FUSTRATING AND I'M NOT IN KETOSIS AND I'VE TRIED SO HARD TO BE. I'M JUST TRYING NOT TO GIVE UP AND BE HAPPY WITH MY 10LBS
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i never did anything but gain on atkins. now i know it was too much protein for me. check out some of the writings on the subject of excess protein. i would worry less about the fat since our brain and thyroid (amoung other things) rely on it. how 'bout adequate protein and fat along w plenty of vegies?
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5lbs in 5 days. Gets rid of that water bloat really well. From there I will let ya know.
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Thanks!

I was so discouraged until I read this. I had lost 8 lbs the first week but gained 6 of them back the second. I have decided to stop weighing every day. I think It's too easy to get discouraged that way. I have to remember to think long term!

Thanks for the info!
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I have gained about 2lbs in two weeks. I am now counting calories and going to try to keep it under 2000 per day but keep the fat content up. My sugar cravings seem to be finally dieing off so that is a good sign. I am hoping that the new adjustment will work for me. I need to stay on low carb as low calorie makes me very hungry ALL the time.

If the calorie counting doesn't work then I will take a look at cutting out coffee and I also chew sugar free gum which has malitol in it. I am going to try to keep that down to a minimal amount (3-4 pcs)
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Old 04-30-2007, 06:34 AM   #100
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If the calorie counting doesn't work then I will take a look at cutting out coffee and I also chew sugar free gum which has malitol in it. I am going to try to keep that down to a minimal amount (3-4 pcs)
Keep in mind that there's a limit of 3 servings of artificial sweetener per day with Atkins, and that each piece of gum is a serving.
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Keep in mind that there's a limit of 3 servings of artificial sweetener per day with Atkins, and that each piece of gum is a serving.

WHY did I never think of this? I suppose mints are the same. I better get those little bottles of mouth wash...geeez

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Old 04-30-2007, 07:57 PM   #102
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WHY did I never think of this? I suppose mints are the same. I better get those little bottles of mouth wash...geeez

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Yes, mints are the same.

And, depending on what's in the mouth wash....
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well I'm switching to Stillmans for a few days to see if I can knock myself in to ketosis. Hopefully that will do the trick.
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Yes, mints are the same.

And, depending on what's in the mouth wash....
nice..I am just going to be stinky and offensive I guess
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nice..I am just going to be stinky and offensive I guess
Drink lots of water, brush your teeth often, chew parsley, or even mint leaves.
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can anyone explain why the artificial sweeteners are limited? I am such a sweet junkie and its my only lifeline....
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can anyone explain why the artificial sweeteners are limited? I am such a sweet junkie and its my only lifeline....
Because they keep your addiction alive.

Because they don't help you lose.

Because there's studies that show that AS has the same response in your brain as sugar does... it tells your brain that "sugar is coming"... and your brain sends out the signal to send out the insulin... spiking your blood sugar.

Because it's chemical junk.
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Just a small stall

Well, this has cheered me up somewhat. I haven't gone that long without weight loss, yet!

Still: I was losing weight nicely in week one (one kilo pretty much from the start), then stalled out and have only lost half a kilo over the next 10 days.

Today I weighed myself to find out I'd actually GAINED weight and was in despair. I understood the comment about "I felt like I wanted to cry and eat all the bread in the world."

I'll do yesterday's menu as an example, in case someone spots something I've missed. My carb counts are from the USDA food calculator and you can see I'm focused on gaining those carbs from vegetables with the treat of the roasted onion to keep me from feeling deprived. I really can't see that eating tablespoons of heavy cream to top up the count to 20 can possibly make sense.

Beverages: 2 liters still water and then 1.5 liters iced tea (home made from green tea leaves and fresh mint with a little bit of sweetex mixed in. I'll drop the sweetex I guess. *frown*

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2 scrambled eggs: 2.6
and cheddar cheese: 0

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fillet steak: 0
fried in butter: 0
with 1 clove garlic: .5
roasted asparagus: .8

white squash slices: 3% ... probably 1.5 each
grilled with olive oil: 0
with 20g goats cheese: .1

dinner:
grilled chicken: 0
2 teaspoons mustard: .5
1/2 onion: 6
sausages: 0
chard: 2

12 olives @ .2 per olive: 2.4

total carbs: 15.9

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Old 05-08-2007, 07:06 AM   #109
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. the last time i did atkins induction I never measured my veggies what i ate and was losing a lb a day for a month and slower but i stood basicily on Induction for 6 months with a few extra carbs.and lost! why not now?
Joy, I've got the same problem. I lost 50 pounds a few years ago and it was SO EASY!

Now, I've been forced to actually USE ****** and I'm going to buy a food scale to make sure I get the amounts accurate. ugh.
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Old 05-16-2007, 05:00 AM   #110
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i also did Atkins years ago. and i know from the pasted i cant have whip cream and s/f jello... i will stall or gain, i also had a friend that was doing it at the same time, and she was just getting so upset she wasn't losing only to find out she was doing the s/f jello and whip cream every other night, she stopped. and boom.
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I have cut out the sf jello, whipped cream, dry wine, I dont use bars or shakes... I've even started taking lengthy walks several times per week which I have never done before. Still nothing! Its insane. My body is so stubborn.
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Old 05-20-2007, 04:33 PM   #112
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yes, I keep thinking it will all just break through as time goes on I guess. I am about a month in and I really only lost that first week. I have played with my calories, menus etc. but I am not really going up or down so I am just going to assume my body is trying to figure out what to do...lol
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Maybe a good thing would be to stop counting cals because i see a lot of people here that are counting the cals and there total is way to low.
You have to switch of the calorie switch in your head because if you don't you put your body in defense because it gets not enough to function normally.
Just count you CARBS...
Then drink enough water because this is also a very important issue and i know people that are saying they drink enough but when you ask they only drink 1 liter so really force yourself in drinking water.
And ofcourse enough fibres will help.
This is my opinion and it works for me.
I wish you the best of luck.
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Old 05-23-2007, 01:37 PM   #114
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Reading this thread has helped me gain a perspective of patience.

I really appreciate everyone sharing so much of their own experiences.
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Old 05-23-2007, 06:57 PM   #115
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Maybe a good thing would be to stop counting cals because i see a lot of people here that are counting the cals and there total is way to low.
You have to switch of the calorie switch in your head because if you don't you put your body in defense because it gets not enough to function normally.
Just count you CARBS...
Then drink enough water because this is also a very important issue and i know people that are saying they drink enough but when you ask they only drink 1 liter so really force yourself in drinking water.
And ofcourse enough fibres will help.
This is my opinion and it works for me.
I wish you the best of luck.
Thanks much. All very good ideas and I sometimes I slack on the water and fiber thing. I am holding strong and just building into the fact that I feel good about my food choices and feel great weight or not.
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Old 05-24-2007, 12:41 AM   #116
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Thanks much. All very good ideas and I sometimes I slack on the water and fiber thing. I am holding strong and just building into the fact that I feel good about my food choices and feel great weight or not.
You can also ad that you look very good
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Problems with Induction

I am also on induction and can't seem to get to the deep purple stage and this morning I weighed and GAINED. How the heck did that happen? Only thing I have noticed is I have to stay around 15 grams of carbs or I lose nothing. One question about vit and supplements. Can you take TOO many supplements? I am starting to take a ultra mega vit. that has hugs doses of everything in it plus a cal/mag supplement, 1/3 of a pill DHEA, and because of the CLA/GLA that is talked about so much on this site I thought I would give it a try but my doses aren't going to match up to what I am suppose to have. The Tonilin (sp?) comes in 1000 mg pills. I am supposed to have 3400 so I will have to increase that to 4000 daily. So how do I balance that out with the 500 mg per pill of the borage oil? I am also going to start taking a fish oil supplement (do I really need it?) and a L-Carnitine (because of what was in Dr.Atkins and do I really need that?). Okay, so maybe I have lots of questions. Please someone help me figure out what I need to take so I don't stall on my weight loss.
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I'm having all sorts of trouble with induction myself. I am following to the letter. I have even started hiking several times per week which I thought would turn the tides.. it hasnt yet - Atkins has always been great for me for maintaining but I cannot lose no matter what the program.
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