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Old 07-17-2013, 10:26 AM   #1
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Month in & No Weight Loss

Hi Everyone,

I'm getting discouraged. I have been doing the low carb Atkins diet for a month now (4 1/2 weeks). I use to be a rower in college but stopped in May. I still workout about 3-4 times a week (running/weight lifting). My carbs have been under 20-30 this whole time. I am a female 5'7 at 150 lbs. I am trying to get to 130. The first two weeks I dropped 5 lbs but now I am up 2 from there and stuck. I don't know what to do and feel like giving up!
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:01 AM   #2
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My opinion is just to stick with it. Some people take longer to adjust, I am one of those people. It took me about 9 weeks to start losing.

Hang in there!
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:39 AM   #3
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YOu could post a menu or two and we'll tear it apart for you.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:14 PM   #4
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Experienced supportive posters will want a whole lot more information. Such as if you've read Atkins material and are following one of those specific programs. They'll want to see a typical diet.

Age, gender, lifestyle, and medications would also help.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:29 PM   #5
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You're already at a perfectly healthy weight for your height, so that means losing additional weight will be tough. Counting carbs probably won't be enough, as you've already found. For me, losing vanity weight means:
1. weighing and recording every single little bite
2. reducing protein (to between 70 and 90 grams a day--your level may vary) and increasing fat
3. keeping carbs to below 20 and calories at about 1200 to 1500
4. getting a lot of exercise
Doing all this, I can stay at about 135 lbs and I'm 5'6". I exercise a couple hours a day, most days--road biking, mountain biking, swimming, kayaking. Of course, I'm almost 52, and post menopause it's trickier.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:51 PM   #6
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It sounds like you are very athletic and a bit taller than average for a woman. Have you had body composition testing done to see what your lean body mass is? That plus an essential amount of fat would the absolute minimum weight you should be. If you haven't been tested, it might be a hgher number than you think it should be. Not sure where you are but the university I work at has both DEXA and BOD POD equipment. Some places also do hydrostatic weighing. The DEXA is the most accurate, but the others also work well. If you are still in touch with your coach you might ask if they know where you can get it done.

Also, even if you don't lose any weight (or if it turns out you don't need to, or shouldn't) eating a well-formulated low carb diet is a healthy way to eat. You might want to check out one of the books by Drs. Steve Phinney and Jeff Volek: The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living or The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance.

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Old 07-18-2013, 07:26 PM   #7
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Hi there,

Post a menu and our "experts" will help you out; they are a great source of information and encouragement

As far as the weight goes, bodies respond differently to low carb. Keto-adaptation differs from person to person.

Keep going at it...You will see results soon.
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:53 PM   #8
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I’m 21, Female, athletic but recently got office job so less active as 2 months ago. Still work out 3-4 times a week. Only medication I take is birth control.

Here is my basic daily menu:

Breakfast

2 scrambled eggs with onion, cheese, pepper, and mushroom

Lunch

Small salad with vinaigrette dressing

Dinner

1 1/2cheeseburgers (no bun), serving of broccoli and serving of blueberries

I eat the same amount each day but with these being the basics. Sometimes dinner will be chicken, sausage or hot dogs with other veggies (celery, mushrooms, peppers, squash, or cucumber). Also, some days I have Sugar Free Jell-O or almonds. The only thing I drink all day is water. I would be interested in getting the body composition test done. I know I have weight to lose but also know I have a lot of muscle from rowing still, which could be getting in the way. I used to carb load during rowing season so eating this well for a month is very new to me and I’m surprised my body has stayed the exact same. (might as well eat some pizza and ice cream again) I use to be 130-135 before I started rowing. With muscle and fat gain I’m at 150 and have been for 2-3 years. Now that I am done rowing and not doing as intense training I wanted to start low carb.
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:11 PM   #9
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I'd tweak it by adding 4 oz serving of protein at lunch. For the short term, just to get you rolling on weight loss, I'd have a little more veggies instead of the berries. You could add the berries back in after you settle in to losing.

And the big glaring problem I see is that I'm not seeing enough fat.

Here is what I eat daily for my fats in addition to full fat meats like dark meat chicken with skin, fatty steaks and roasts, and salmon:
2-3 TBL olive oil
1-2 TBL butter
1-2 TBL full fat ranch

One day might be 1 tbl butter w/my eggs, a tbl dressing mixed w/2-3 tsp olive oil for my salad, and either a cooked veggie w/a tbl of oil or butter or another salad w/1 tbl dressing and 2-3 tsp oil.

If I notice that I didn't use 5 servings of fat each day, I'll add a tbl or two of butter to some msg-free broth and sip it--it's rich but tasty.

Also, make sure you get plenty of salt, magnesium, and potassium.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:16 PM   #10
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Onions and mushrooms have a lot of carbs. A salad is not really a lunch. You need to get your body using fat as a fuel source. But, you do not have enough fat in your food to allow that.
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:43 PM   #11
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I was terrified of fat (still am a little bit) and this is my daily fat intake in addition to the fat in the protein I take
4 TBSP of full fat dressing
2 TBSP of Mayo
1-2 TBSP of Butter or 1-2 TBSP of Ev olive oil...
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:51 PM   #12
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YOu could post a menu or two and we'll tear it apart for you.
Yeah, nothing this bunch love more than tearing apart a menu.

I mean that in a good way. Though sometimes the truth hurts. It is like a big batch of tough .
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:50 PM   #13
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Only medication I take is birth control..
Research is ambiguous on this. I concluded that my Mirena, which I had during my last attempt at weight loss, contributed to my inability to lose.

In your case, I'd be more likely to assume that it is that your body is naturally resistent because you are close to (or at) your natural body's weight.
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:50 AM   #14
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Yeah, nothing this bunch love more than tearing apart a menu.

I mean that in a good way. Though sometimes the truth hurts. It is like a big batch of tough .
I resemble that remark.

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Research is ambiguous on this. I concluded that my Mirena, which I had during my last attempt at weight loss, contributed to my inability to lose.

In your case, I'd be more likely to assume that it is that your body is naturally resistent because you are close to (or at) your natural body's weight.
I tend to agree. Sometimes we have to look at our goals to make sure they are reasonable and not a product of society's 'thin is in' thinking.
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:38 PM   #15
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I lost 10 pounds after going off oral birth control. Consider Paraguard, a copper IUD. I had a Mirena with no weight problems but others have had problems with it. As for your menu, I would starve on that. I know that wasn't a helpful statement but Lord! What is that, 750 calories? But I don't know how big your cheeseburgers are. I would throw a chicken breast on that salad but don't listen to me because I am notorious for overeating protein.

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Old 07-21-2013, 09:20 AM   #16
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I would drop the onions and the blueberries.
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:32 AM   #17
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Based on a variety of weight charts, for your age you should be roughly mid-130's...but these don't take into account your muscle...which you say you have. Muscle will weigh more than fat. So, while the scales say 150, you might have to lose muscle to get to 130.

When my sister joined the navy, the told her that at 5'0 she needed to go from 140 (her weight at that time) to about 105. <Don't quote me on the exact numbers...may be off by a couple>. She has Thompson's disease which means her muscles are firing even at rest and so she has much more muscle mass. Looks as if she works out with weights (not bulky though) and the most she did was walk around a golf course. She finally got letters from several medical experts who said that her body fat percentage was as low as was safe to go and that if she tried to reach 105, she'd have to do it by losing muscle mass...not possible with her disease.

My point being that the scale said she was overweight...when in reality she wasn't. I would do as others suggested and get a body composition test done.

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