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Old 03-16-2014, 12:38 PM   #1
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don't know if I would call it a stall....but

I haven't lost any inches or pounds in a month. The scale keeps playing with 179/180. I'm eating clean. Not drinking as much water as I should be. I joined a gym (haven't worked out in 4 days.) And when I do it's cardio. Every now and then i'll eat a package of almonds. But still a MONTH?
I lost about 20 within the first month so I don't know if this is my body still playing catch up to me or if I need to start tweaking
I did have some dream fields pasta. But that was less than the serving size.
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B-coffee/hwc/string cheese or pork rinds
l- is normally some sort of protein-chicken and green beans/chicken and half an avocado/pork & broccoli/eggs and bacon/ quiche/ hamburger. ETC
D- if hungry bacon and eggs or something else low in carbs.
*I cook all my food in CO/bacon grease/butter or some fat.*

I don't pay attention to the amount of cream I use in my coffee (but I haven't since the start.) I'm not keeping track of my calories or carbs in a tracker. I was, and then I just got over it or forget.

I'm half thinking about having a *cheat meal* to give myself a clean fresh slate. I can deal with the water weight on my scale and knowing it will go away. I just want some pounds to go with it.
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Old 03-16-2014, 12:58 PM   #2
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Since you haven't been tracking anything, I'd suggest that tracking for a couple of days would be better than a 'cheat meal.' It's very common to experience 'carb/calorie creep' once we're comfortable with any plan, and Drs. Eades and Atkins both wrote that such 'creep' was the most common reason for stalls that they observed in their clinical practice.
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Old 03-17-2014, 04:32 PM   #3
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Don't know if I'd call it a stall, yet. Twenty pounds your first month is a lot. My question would be, how often do you have a girls night out? When we drink, our bodies burn the alcohol first, then the fat. Could that be part of it maybe?

Definelty track for a couple of days and see where you are. Your menu looks good, so it just may be your body catching up.
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Old 03-18-2014, 01:16 AM   #4
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Angel, first of all, well done on the 20lbs lost! That is a great achievement!

I agree: start tracking. Also, I would definitely not have a cheat meal.

Alcohol, like snowangel9 said is burned before sugar and fat. If you drink a couple of times a week, your weightloss will slow down accordingly. I had to stop drinking alcohol for now, as it stopped my weightloss (which is slooooow anyway)

Maybe start doing some weight training at the gym? It will help with the inches lost and reshape your body.

I've just started being regular with exercise, and although my weight isn't really moving very fast, I am noticing lots of inches gone! I mainly do weights with a cardio HIIT warm up. I spend only 50 minutes at the gym three times a week. (15 minutes HIIT cardio, then 30 minutes heavy weights, then 5 minutes stretching)

Anyway, I hope your weight starts moving soon again! xxx
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Old 03-18-2014, 01:36 AM   #5
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Hey Angel!! Congrats on the 20 pounds!!
Everyone has given some really good advice. I know for me, cheese and nuts stop me dead in my tracks, so I've given up those. (I don't drink, so I don't know if that would stall me...) I personal suggest keeping a really accurate Food Log -- that way you will know for sure where you maybe going off track. What version of Atkins are you doing and how many daily carbs/net carbs?

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Old 03-18-2014, 06:20 PM   #6
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Hey all. I went ahead with a cheat day. And got right back on track the very next day. Didn't see a big a big water weight gain which I was expecting.
I failed to mention that I had lost my energy also and was just tired. One of my friends pointed out that if I had low energy I wasn't burning fat anymore for fuel?

I'm just going to weigh in every day and start tracking that and then once I run out of my cream not buy any more and see if that had something to do with it. I know I should track I just never measure anything and I don't want to start. Yes, I'm complaining like a kid about having to measure and track what I eat
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Old 03-22-2014, 02:35 PM   #7
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I've found that dairy makes me stall almost completely. I can have a small bit once or twice a week, but daily? Nope. :-/ Also, make sure you're getting enough water. I find that taking a diuretic for a few days seems to help when I notice that I'm retaining water (I retain quite a bit!). Congrats on the 20 lb weight loss, btw!
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Old 03-23-2014, 03:38 AM   #8
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Hey all. I went ahead with a cheat day. And got right back on track the very next day. Didn't see a big a big water weight gain which I was expecting.
I failed to mention that I had lost my energy also and was just tired. One of my friends pointed out that if I had low energy I wasn't burning fat anymore for fuel?

I'm just going to weigh in every day and start tracking that and then once I run out of my cream not buy any more and see if that had something to do with it. I know I should track I just never measure anything and I don't want to start. Yes, I'm complaining like a kid about having to measure and track what I eat
Hey Angel -- glad you are back on this WOE. I don't do cream for my coffee since it's dairy. What I use is International Delight Caramel Liquid Coffee Creamer, Sugar-free of course. It's only 20 kcals per T and 1 carb gram.

Only problem with not being aware of what you are eating and the amounts, how will you know what really is a problem food? Just asking...

In any case, I do wish you much success in your LC WOE journey!!

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Old 03-23-2014, 05:07 AM   #9
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Hey all. I went ahead with a cheat day. And got right back on track the very next day. Didn't see a big a big water weight gain which I was expecting.
I failed to mention that I had lost my energy also and was just tired. One of my friends pointed out that if I had low energy I wasn't burning fat anymore for fuel?

I'm just going to weigh in every day and start tracking that and then once I run out of my cream not buy any more and see if that had something to do with it. I know I should track I just never measure anything and I don't want to start. Yes, I'm complaining like a kid about having to measure and track what I eat
Good that you were able to get right back on plan. Some of us would suffer induction flu again and struggle with cravings.

I wanted to comment on the idea the your low energy = not burning fat. This would be true only if you were eating too much in the way of carbs or protein. That can switch you back to glucose burning.

More likely, you were becoming adapted and that often produces fatigue and other induction flu symptoms and what is needed is to replace electrolytes (just like in the beginning). Energy will come back once the body is fully adapted.

Some people have explained that too much protein can and does take them out of ketosis and they are living on the edge and feeling bad. The trick is to limit carbs to an appropriate level and then moderate protein. All of this requires tracking.

You may not need to be in ketosis in order to lose weight but if you choose to go that way, you will not have the benefits of ketosis.
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