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Old 01-02-2003, 03:43 AM   #31
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Read the book.....ALL the black parts cause it ALL pertains to you! It is vitally important to understand how a ketogenic diet works and how it affects your body.

Don't cheat. If you do, you will set your self up for a world of hurt with carb/sugar cravings, bingeing and weight gain. Cheating...even one bite....can definately be the kiss of death.

Always be prepared. Never leave food to chance.

Drink that water...yes, all of it.

Get some exercise. Doesn't really matter what, especially at first. Just do something you enjoy that makes you move your body. Even if it is just sex everday...it can be a great work out if you are an active participant. (Your partner will vote for this one )

Stick to real food. Stay away from processed low carb stuff. It's not good for you and it can stall you and/or cause weight gain.

Take your vitamins...even if it's just a multivitamin. Take one every day.

Don't weigh your self obsessively. That number will fluctuate alot, and it never tells the whole story of your progress. Pay attention to how your body feels and how your clothes fit.

Stay away from products that have aspartame (most diet sodas have this crap). It causes problems for most people.

Once you get through induction, start looking for new low carb recipes. There are some wonderful ones in the recipe room on this site. Keep your menus varied so you don't get bored.

Relax and enjoy your life. don't obsess about losing weight. You will if you stick with this. This is not a quick loss diet scam. It is a way to improve your health and lose weight. It is a design for living that will help you meet your health and weight loss goals.

Read and post often. There is a great newbie site. Ask questions (but PLEASE read the book first ). Don't be afraid to ask questions if you don't understand something. We are here to help. Every once in awhile someone will sound crabby...just shine them on! Most people here are really great and really supportive and are eager to share their experience with you.

Welcome, and good luck!!
Dr. William Castelli, a director of the Framingham Heart Study, (the longest running heart disease study), declared: "In Framingham, Mass, the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower the person's serum cholesterol...we found that the people who ate the most cholesterol,ate the most saturated fat, ate the most calories, weighed the least, and were the most physically active"
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Old 01-02-2003, 04:35 AM   #32
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Take a couple of hours one day, go to the grocery store, and just read nutritional labels. You will be amazed at what has sugar in it, and has high carbs (did you know that some brands of processed meats have as much as 5 carbs in a one ounce serving?)

You will also be surprised (pleasantly) at what things you CAN eat that you may never have thought to try before. Pickled okra is a personal favorite of mine

Also, this isn't true for everyone, but if you start to stall, try taking the limits off your low carb, high fiber veggies, like romaine lettuce, celery, broccoli, etc. Eating more of these may bring your total calorie count down, plus it will help with any constipation problems that may affect the number on the scale.

Finally, if you are craving a certain food, FIND A LOW CARB SUBSTITUTION!! It is better to eat a low carb "treat" then to fall off the wagon entirely. And rest assured, there is a satisfying, tasty low carb treat you can make for almost anything you might crave. It may not taste exactly the same, but if you give it a chance, you might find you like it even better! I think a SF cheesecake with crushed nuts for the crust beats a graham cracker crust any day!
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And now that I've gained it back, I at least know what DOESN'T work

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Old 01-02-2003, 05:31 AM   #33
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Welcome to all the newcomers!

My advice - COOK AHEAD

Get individual servings of meats and lowcarb soups prepared and frozen individually. This helps make meal planning much easier.

If you love bacon - consider lining a cookie sheet with a whole pound and broiling it for about 3 minutes. Freeze it in individual servings - then microwave it as needed.

Don't get stuck in a rut! Variety really makes a difference as time goes on. Check out the Recipe Room!
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Old 01-02-2003, 05:36 AM   #34
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It's already been said but!

1) Read the book - twice in fact
2) Drink your water - half your current weight in ounces.....it really DOES make a difference
3) Cook ahead
4) Don't count calories, at least not until induction is over, or better yet until you stop losing....use induction to adjust your body to the reduced carbs. Forget calories until you find yourself stalled
5) Remember that a STALL is defined as 4 weeks or no weight lost and no inches lost. You are not stalled if a cheat slows you down!
6) Keep in mind that if you lose a lot during induction, you might go a week or longer with no loss, as your body adjusts....don't panic, it's normal!!!
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Old 01-02-2003, 06:03 AM   #35
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Remember - a week or two without a loss is NOT a stall. It is perfectly normal. It is not necessary to start tweaking your diet - with fat fast, meat fast, reversal, Stillman, re-induction, raising carbs, lowering calories, etc. unless you go more than a month with no pounds AND no inches lost.

I think many people get impatient and as soon as they go a week or two without a loss they think it's a plateau and they have to change something. This WOE works. Just stick with the plan and you will lose weight. It is normal for your body to take a rest from losing pounds, especially after the rapid loss on Induction.
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Old 01-02-2003, 06:29 AM   #36
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1. Never compare yourself with others. Everyone is different physiologically, and you may not lose weight as rapidly as someone with similar stats. Also, emulating someones menu (someone that lost a lot of weight quickly), may not be the correct variation of fats/proteins/carbs for you.

2. Focus on what you CAN eat, and don't worry about the things you can't.

3. Exercise in any shape or form will help you. Even walking in place for a few minutes in your living room is beneficial.

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Old 01-02-2003, 04:22 PM   #37
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Patience, Patience, Patience!

You didn't gain the weight in a week and you won't lose it in a week.

This WOL works. Just follow the book and be patient!

Plus, don't believe everything you read about the Playground. We're really a nice bunch!
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Old 01-03-2003, 02:21 AM   #38
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I'd like to thank the poster for the link to ******.com. Awesome resource for tracking your daily activities. I just spent an hour inputting everything I could think of that would have impact on my progress.
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Old 01-04-2003, 03:51 AM   #39
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Here's the "mistakes" I have made and have found out and corrected for. I have learned from them... and hopefully they will be helpful for those new to this way of eating.

1) Do the math on the labels - especially for "low carb" products. I have a glycemic reaction to malitol and glycerine. If it creates calories... it needs to be counted. I therefore compute the calories from fat (grams of fat times 9), then add the calories from protein (grams of protein times 4) and then subtract this total from the total calories per serving... leaving the remaining calories that must be coming from CARBS. Divide this total by 4 and you have the REAL carb count per serving for this product. So...doing this.... an Atkins Advantage Bar (chocolate peanut butter bar) has 14 CARBS! not a net of 2 grams as indicated on the label. Until I am on maintenance... I can't afford to waste 14 grams of carbs on just one small item. I know that I have a reaction to them - not only because when I am using them do I stall - but also I recently went on a long cross country airplane trip... and used an Atkins Advantage bar to substitute for the HORRIBLE options I had in the airports and on the plane... as soon as I returned to my normal way of eating (true low carb)... I had a horrible carb withdrawal headache experience.

2) Occassional sugar free treats are okay - so long as they are not daily and I include ALL the carbs contained there in (see 1. above). I do better if I stay away from them... but I can still lose with an occassional legal treat... and heck... I want to enjoy eating so I do permit this - but only about twice per week - usually on the weekend.

3) HIDDEN carbs. I now use ****** religiously. It serves two purposes... awareness of what I am eating and forces me to plan... and ... I truly see what my calories, fat, and CARBS are for each day. I tell the truth there... good or bad... and I know what the results are. I used to think eggs were 0 carbs, cream was 0 carbs, cheese was 0 carbs,... had no idea my 10 or 12 cups of coffee had carbs... you see the picture here. I have since cut my coffe down to 1 very large mug in the morning... and I account for all the "other" carbs. Huge difference... and was probably the most effective adjustment I have made to my WOE that got me back to losing.

4) Supplements. Invest in really good quality supplements and take them religiously. I take Atkins Basic #3, Atkins Essential Oils... and if I were to go simple with supplements... this would be my minimum. However, I also take L-Carnitine, Chromium Picolinate, C0Q10, Tyrosine, and a calcium supplement. It's alot of pills - but I spread them out throughout the day - and I noticed another leap in loss since I began that regimen.

5) Don't fall prey to our old low fat thinking. I upped my fat intake as a total percentage of what I was eating - and I again lost more weight. I also feel more satisfied when eating more fat and thus actually eat less of the other items.

6) Be mindful of calories. I can lose weight on much more calories with this WOE than I ever could on a low fat - calorie restricted diet - but it is not without some limit. I find I lose BEST if I keep my calories around 1,300 (2 lbs a week average). I can lose well on a 1,500 a day (1 lb a week average). I lose VERY SLOWLY on 1,600 a day (1/2 lb or less per week average). I maintain at 2,000 (no weight loss - but no gain either). If you can get away with not monitoring your calories... more power to you. For me, I slow to a stop if I don't because I can eat like a farmhand whether I am hungry or not.

7) Keep learning. This is a personal journey for each of us. Our "machines" are all wired differently... and we have to find what works for us. I have come to view this as an experiment... try something... evaluate the results... and then act according to that new information.

Wishing you all success.
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Old 01-05-2003, 02:18 PM   #40
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Old 01-05-2003, 10:14 PM   #41
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Lots of great advice already, but I wanted to add this....
It seems a lot of people start to lose their willpower when the scale won't budge for whatever reason, even if they're being good. This just happens from time to time. Don't be discouraged, you will start losing again. I've had many stops and starts along the way so far. The first time it happened, I overate. Once I started losing again, I realized that everybody here was right, and I was able to get back on track. So stick with it, and you will be so confident and happy in the end!
Another potential problem-causer is dieting for a long time...it's grueling, creating a calorie deficit for months on end. After about 4 months on Atkins, even though I was doing really well, I felt a little "burnt out". Then Christmas came, and I was home for the holidays and ate some carby stuff, and more calories than I would have normally. After 2 weeks of that (I didn't eat so much as to gain, though!), I now feel as refreshed and ready to go as I did at the beginning. Just something to think about...If I had come home and weighed myself at 10 pounds heavier, I would probably be an entirely different story. I just went right back to super-strict eating and have lost 4 pounds in 3 days. Learn how to play with your body and get it to do what you want it to!!
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Old 01-06-2003, 10:32 AM   #42
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The only thing I thought to add to add this wonderful advice is:

Learn to reward yourself with something other than food.

Best of luck and welcome to the boards!!!
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Old 01-06-2003, 04:55 PM   #43
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Remember, this is a "Way of Life," NOT a "Diet."

You will have to make this a lifestyle change, not something you do just to drop a few pounds. Alot of people fail with this WOE because after they lose the weight they wanted, they go back to eating all the processed high carb things that got them fat in the first place, and than blame "Atkins" for not working for them! These people are the ones who are NOT committed to making this a COMPLETE lifestyle.

You will have to totally rethink the way you look at food. Alot of traditionally "good" foods are actually quite "bad" for those of us LCing.

Finally, if you LOVE food, and I sure do... , this WOL is fantastic! I can't believe all the great tasting foods that are completely "legal" with this WOL. When I started this WOL in August 2002, I retaught myself how to cook utilizing LC foods. Variety IS the spice of life, NOBODY should go through life eating cheese wedges, eggs, and cold turkey everyday....RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH all the LC cooking sites that are available on the web...you will be AMAZED at all the options available to us.

Wishing you all success in your journey through this WOL!

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Old 01-07-2003, 08:27 AM   #44
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Don't sabotage yourself by:

1) Focusing on the total number of pounds you have to lose. It can seem so overwhelming that you might be tempted to say "Oh what's the use? I'll never get there." Instead, just focus on losing one pound. And then another, and then another. And allow yourself to feel proud of each and every one.

2) Getting too gung-ho with an all-or-nothing approach. If you really want to make this a way of life, you have to know yourself and do what's reasonable for YOU. For example, you'll read about lots of people who drink bazillions of ounces of water a day. That's wonderful if you can do it, but if the very thought of it makes you gag, don't make a bazillion ounces your immediate goal. Instead, just make sure you get the 64 ounces in every day. Once you've got that mastered you can decide whether you want to add more.

Same with exercise. Some people exercise 2 or 3 hours a day. But if you're a lifelong couch potato and know there's no way in heck you could ever maintain that kind of exercise schedule, don't put the pressure on yourself to do it! You'll just end up giving up. Instead, pick one reasonable thing and do it every day, even if it's just walking for a few minutes. As time goes by and your weight drops and you're feeling better, you may find that you have a real desire to do more.
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5.5 years later, 10/09
Oof!! Regained 150
New Goal: to get a grip!

We don't have 100 pounds to lose. We just have one pound to lose... and then another... and another.
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Old 01-08-2003, 07:56 PM   #45
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My tips for successful low carb eating:

1. Water as much as you can drink and then more!
2. If you fall off the wagon, get right back on the same day, don't wait.
3. Experiment with recipes to keep from getting bored.
4. Make your house Low Carb friendly. Get rid of the things you can't have. That way you can't be tempted if you're having a craving or a bad day.
5. Use this board (and others like it) for support, inspiration, tips, recipes, etc.
Old 01-11-2003, 03:50 AM   #46
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What works best for me personally is eliminating extras like sugar-free JELL-O, low-carb bars, excessive aspartame - all the "legal" things that tend to slow things down. Many can have these foods & lose regularly; however, for some, they can be serious saboteurs.

I find that I feel the most lithe & fit when I keep my diet the cleanest!

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