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06-19-2007, 09:25 PM
I have been eating one or two of the atkins chocolate chip bars a day and for dinner I have like chicken or steak. I have been losing a lot of weight using this tactic, but everyone is critisizing me saying that I am starving myself and that I am going to get sick. I feel fine, in fact I have more energy now then ever.

Do you think they are right? Should I stop being so strict? What is your advice? I find I don't really get hungry anymore and have to kind of force myself to even eat the bars. However, I am losing weight again after a stall and I feel great.

06-19-2007, 09:50 PM
Hi Rikku, Congrats on the weight loss. I dont think the bars are a very healthy option long term. You may have a hard time when you reach maintenance and have to eat real food again. On the otherhand I never pay much attention to what other people say, you should be doing what you think is best for you.

06-19-2007, 10:04 PM
Clarify, please-- Are you eating the Atkins bars and steaks in addition to other healthy foods, or is that all you're eating?

06-19-2007, 10:23 PM
Thats all I am eating, like yesterday I went to the movies and ate some popcorn so I only ate that and one atkins bar.

06-19-2007, 10:31 PM
Then yes, it's not a healthy way to lose weight.

06-19-2007, 10:46 PM
I would agree, you need a variety of plant foods in your diet. You may be getting enough calories, but certainly not enough variety. I would think at a minimum, several "colors" of vegetables, and citrus fruit. Some essential nutrients are available in supplements, and it wouldn't hurt to take a daily vitamin if you aren't already, but there are a lot of nutrients that are still only found in real food. Vitamin deficiencies can take weeks or months to develop, so feeling fine now isn't the best judge.

06-20-2007, 12:37 AM
I was under the impression that you cant eat any fruit on Atkins? I thought they contained too much sugars as well as even some vegetables.

06-20-2007, 01:16 AM
Are you still on induction? My plan is less strict, so my Atkins knowledge is a little rusty. After induction, aren't some fruits like berries ok. I was thinking a citrus fruit for vitamin C, but I believe strawberries and bell pepper are high in vitamin C, too. I remember there were quite a few veggies allowed on Atkins. I know two good general rules with veggies is to eat as many colors as possible, and the darker the veggie the higher the nutrients.

Laura G
06-20-2007, 02:50 AM
I've been looking at those Atkins bars - sometimes I just really want a "chocolate" fix - but the carbs on the package are around 19-25. Induction only allows 20. Can I eat them or what?

06-20-2007, 10:18 AM

I don't eat much either. I usually only eat lunch and I make it whatever I want. I TRY to stay away from bread and I DON'T eat red meat. When I get hungry throughout the rest of the day, I drink juice or water.

I've lost quite a bit of weight and when people ask me how I've done it and I tell them details instead of just saying, "eating less" they always have an opinon.

This is the only diet that I have been able to stick with that I created for myself and I am actually losing WEIGHT!!! I don't feel deprived because when I do eat my one meal a day it's what I want. There is a lot of restricting involved but I feel great and I look great!!!

I say, do what you feel comfortable doing, no one knows what it's like to be RIKKU but RIKKU!

06-20-2007, 10:47 AM
I don't think the quantity of food or even frequency of meals is the issue. There just isn't any way to get a balanced diet eating only 2 foods, even if the bars are fortified with vitamins and minerals. Eating like this for a few days isn't likely to be a problem, but vitamin deficiencies can happen even if you're taking a multivitamin. Last year I had a vitamin D deficiency, and had no idea. I was more tired than usual and was getting leg cramps, but since I have fibromyalgia, I just assumed I was flaring. I was taking a multivitamin, but not drinking much milk.

06-20-2007, 10:51 AM
Rikku, you may be losing a lot of weight only eating Atkins bars & meat however, if you want that weight loss to be permanent, learning to eat healthy for life is essential. Consuming only Atkins bars & meat is not something you can do long term. If you are interested in doing Atkins the way it was written, you may want to read Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution.

Laura, as far as your question regarding the Atkins bars...simply put, NO. I know Atkins Nutritionals promotes them being "appropriate" for Induction however, they contain ingredients (soy, milk, peanuts) that are NOT on the acceptable foods list. They also state on the front label 2 net carbs. They claim they do not contain sugar alcohols. For example, the chocolate peanut butter flavor are 22 carbs, if you deduct the 10 grms fiber...that comes to 12 net carbs. The label says 2 net carbs. They are deducting for glycerin. Incidentally, glycerin IS a sugar alcohol!! They have been known to stall many people. Personally, I would stay clear of them on Induction unless it is an emergency and you have nothing else low carb available to eat.

All the best to you both!!


06-20-2007, 11:08 AM
At risk of sounding like your mother, I'm going to have to suggest eating vegetables and whatever Atkins-friendly fruits you can have.

Laura G
06-20-2007, 11:48 PM
Jersey Girl - Thanks for setting me straight. I'm glad I've avoided them so far - it's a little sad though, I was really hoping for a chocolate fix. Any ideas?

06-20-2007, 11:52 PM
Dont you get the shakes from not eating? I am trying to diet but if I dont eat enough I get the shakes.

06-21-2007, 08:06 AM
Jersey Girl - Thanks for setting me straight. I'm glad I've avoided them so far - it's a little sad though, I was really hoping for a chocolate fix. Any ideas?

Laura,you can mix a little cream cheese with some unsweetened cocoa powder and a little DaVinci's sugar free syrup (I like the vanilla, toasted hazelnut or the english toffee). Its pretty Induction friendly...although, I learned I can't eat cream cheese very stalls me. You can do this by whipping up some heavy cream and using that in place of the cream cheese.

Laura G
06-21-2007, 02:27 PM
Jersey Girl - Thank you so much! That sounds like a great idea. I don't know what DaVinci's syrup is though - I haven't seen it in any grocery stores up here in Canada. However, I think I have an idea for a substitute.
Oh, when will they come out with sugar free Nutella? Maybe I should patent it. :lol3:

06-21-2007, 03:29 PM
I don't know what DaVinci's syrup is though - I haven't seen it in any grocery stores up here in Canada:

Laura - you might want to check out There are lots of great flavors too. The only ones I've tried are the vanilla, toasted hazelnut & english toffee.

06-21-2007, 07:30 PM
I got the walden farms cholate syrup from netrition it is realy good.

07-03-2007, 05:12 AM

You most def need to be eating more than that. Especially vegetables. Try at least one veggie to start out. However, I noticed that for me when I was eating more veggies than I should have I was not loosing at all. I had to cut down on the veggies and I did start loosing. But you definitely need to start adding variety.