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Old 02-03-2013, 05:48 AM   #1
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Ok so I'm pretty frustrated right now! I've been on Atkins now for a solid month and I've only lost 7 pounds (171 to 164). I'm in pretty good shape and yesterday I did a 30 mile bike ride and burned 1700 calories. Ayways I gained a pound this morning which means I lost nothing this week. The past two days I've done something related to a strength workout so I'm wondering if I'm gaining muscle? I really love Atkins because it's the one diet tags works but I'm so frustrated that I can't get into the 150's! I'd love to hear from some of you that work out intensely and what your weight loss was like as well as some of you who lost slowly. Also I'm still on induction abnd think I need to stay here for awhile. Thanks guys!

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Old 02-03-2013, 06:08 AM   #2
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More than likely your muscles are holding on to water from the long bike ride. Instead of focusing on the scale, try to evaluate how you feel on this way of eating. If you are feeling better then that's reason enough to stick with it. Excessive exercise will slow the scale down.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:13 AM   #3
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Yep i'm betting those muscles are holding on to that water to recover from the 30 mile ride. Muscle weighs more then fat so when you're building muscle you're not going to see a big (or any) change on the Scale But will probably see a change in inches
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:13 AM   #4
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Thanks so much. The truth is there are so many reasons Atkins has been amazing... The biggest is that I've kicked my sugar addiction. I will try to leave the scale alone for awhile and focus on the positive things!
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:55 AM   #5
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The past two days I've done something related to a strength workout so I'm wondering if I'm gaining muscle?
Along with tracking your weight, you could also keep an eye on body fat percentage. That way, if you're stalling weight-wise (and feeling frustrated), you might notice that what's really happening is a slow conversion of fat to lean/muscle.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:05 AM   #6
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Make sure to measure I have had months that I only lost 1-2 pounds but 5-6 inches-which really makes a difference in cloths!!
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:22 AM   #7
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If you are going to do a lot of exercise you really need to measure so the scale doesn't mess with your mind too much.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:53 AM   #8
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I've been struggling with the same thing-1-2 lb gains after intense workouts. But I love them I even took two weeks off, but missed it too much. I second the idea off measurements. I've definitely lost inches and and my clothes continue to fit better. I also would suggest weighing weekly instead of daily. I keep my scale in my trunk (junk in my trunk?!) and only let my trainer weigh me Sunday mornings. She made me do this. Otherwise I semi-obsess.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:09 AM   #9
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I don't think you have any reason to complain. It doesn't all happen overnight.
  • Your weight loss is in the healthy range - but you should not judge progress by the scale. It only shows total weight at any given moment.
  • Take measurements. Shrinking measurements show fat loss. The more places you measure the more you will see you have lost.
  • Just workout. Forget the "calories burned." There are no machines or calculations that are accurate.
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:34 PM   #10
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Along with tracking your weight, you could also keep an eye on body fat percentage. That way, if you're stalling weight-wise (and feeling frustrated), you might notice that what's really happening is a slow conversion of fat to lean/muscle.
+1 on that. You can get a free body fat caliper from netrition when you order more than $75 worth of stuff.

You can also estimate body fat with waist, neck, and other measurements:

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Old 02-03-2013, 12:49 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the support and great advice!
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:56 PM   #12
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I am a cyclist, too. I agree with the above statements My stats have been slow, too, I started at 161-163 Jan 10 and have been at 155-156 for the last 2 weeks. I have been trying to do things to let go of the water, but I basically refuse to give up coffee and 1 diet soda per day, so I'm pretty sure that's holding me back. I'm sure it will eventually go! Last year, I remember closer to my goal weight (around the same place I am now), I would not lose for an entire month, and then lose 4 lbs all at once. This is explained well in several low carb books and basically, your body keeps retaining more water to take the place of the missing fat. Water takes up less space, but weighs more than fat. The only way to get rid of it is that eventually, over time, your body will realize that you do not need to hold onto it and you will lose a few lbs at once. I am going to start, right now, to make a better effort to drink more water, because that helps, too.
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:43 PM   #13
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Ya I drink bulletproof coffee in the morning and have a diet soda as well; not giving that up! I really enjoy my workouts and especially the cycling! I will keep doing what I'm doing and drink more water!
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:46 PM   #14
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I tried an experiment. I haven't been working out over the past 6 months. I started Atkins six months ago and have lost 65 pounds with minimal exercise. I wanted to prove to myself that I wasn't fat because I was lazy and not working out hard enough. Well, at this point I think I have proven I was fat because of too many carbs. While I would never say that working out isn't beneficial, its merits as a weight loss tool might be overrated.

I am now working out because I want to be toned and strong. I love working out and always have. I was just tired of people saying only if I did more cardio or had more intensity. I was a wrestler and football player my whole life, I know what intense workouts are.

Just sharing a story. Maybe cut back the workouts a little until you body gets used to the new way of eating and maybe it will shed some pounds.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:05 PM   #15
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Thanks... I wondered about taking it easy n the workouts for awhile but I really enjoyit!
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:43 PM   #16
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Thanks... I wondered about taking it easy n the workouts for awhile but I really enjoyit!
If you enjoy it, don't stop. Have fun. Remember also, you are drinking a lot of water. I drink 128 ounces a day which if you weight the water, it would be over 7 pounds. If your body retains the water, you can show gains.

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Old 02-04-2013, 07:24 PM   #17
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I need to drink more water... I drink about 72 oz daily now... How much do you suggest I drink?
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:36 AM   #18
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I need to drink more water... I drink about 72 oz daily now... How much do you suggest I drink?
There is a lots of controversy on this subject. There is a thread about it going right now. I follow the 1 ounce for every two pounds of weight theory up to a maximum of 128 ounces. So for you, that would be 81 ounces. So you aren't too far off.
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