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Old 09-01-2010, 09:18 AM   #1
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The 3rd and 4th week slow down.....

I am approaching the end of my 2 week induction. So far i have lost 8 lbs in 14 days!

I've read several people here experience a slow or no weight loss in weeks 3 and 4 and say it's because the body needs to adjust. does this happen to most everyone? Is it because most get off induction after 2 weeks, or does it also happen to those who continue induction too?

The biggest diet killer for me is when the scale doesn't move. I tend to give up. This is my last day on induction and i'm scared to move on. I feel like i need to prepare myself for the slow down.
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:25 AM   #2
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I have heard that some people slow down with weight loss and some even gain weight during the 3rd week, but that it does even out and the weight loss continues gradually.

Probably the best thing to do is take measurements instead of relying on the scale. Inches are more accurate than pounds, which can be thrown off due to hormones, water retention, etc.
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Like any change in diet, the first weight you will lose will be water weight. Especially with carbs- they tend to hold onto water, so when you drop them, you'll drop quite a bit of water. It'll taper off after the first couple of weeks. You'll still be dropping weight, but it will be actual fat rather than water weight. If you want to stay on induction for a while longer, it's perfectly fine. Once you feel in control of your eating, then you can slowly start OWL and adding in carbs. However, the point of Atkins is to learn how to add carbs in- the right way- so if you don't learn how to do it, you can actually set yourself up for failure. See what I mean? But if you want to do extended induction for like a month, there's nothing wrong with that
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how would you ever maintain a weight loss if you were demotivated when the scale didn't move? you will have to eat the right stuff and probably a good deal less of it, if you ever get to 110, and without the feedback of losing. it's better, if you can't see yourself happy eating right just because, not to try to lose, because losing and regaining is very unhealthy for you.
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It happened to me the last 2 times I did Atkins. I continued on induction for months which in retrospect was a mistake. This time I'm only going to do induction for 2 weeks and then move on to OWL.
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how would you ever maintain a weight loss if you were demotivated when the scale didn't move? you will have to eat the right stuff and probably a good deal less of it, if you ever get to 110, and without the feedback of losing. it's better, if you can't see yourself happy eating right just because, not to try to lose, because losing and regaining is very unhealthy for you.
I realize that but it's not always easy to be ok with it. I have a scale obsession. But i decided today to only check it once a week from now on, hoping that will help me combat it. And what always kills it for me is when it stops moving for about a month, i tend to loose my mind. That almost always happens to me between 3 and 5 months of dieting.
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Actually I read a study that found people who weigh themselves daily are less likely to gain weight that people who do so once a week. I can gain a lot of weight on one week of vacation if I don't watch the scale.
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Ah yes, but i'm not on vacation from this WOE yet! I just want to try it, i tend to get scale crazy.
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