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Chubz
07-06-2008, 08:50 PM
How well has this diet worked for you? How much weight have you lost and over how long of a time? Did you have to count calories? Did you exercise? Do you find it hard to stick to this diet? I know I'll miss pasta a lot, I love pasta!


JerseyGyrl
07-06-2008, 11:30 PM
I can honestly say Atkins saved my life:) When I began Atkins over 4 years ago, I was 245 lbs:o I could not walk up 3 stairs or a quarter of the way around the block without being totally out of breath. My Dad is an insulin dependant diabetic & has CHF (congestive heart failure)...I KNEW I didn't want to end up like that.

I bought Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution, I read it and I began the Atkins lifestyle on 4/13/04. It took me slightly over a year to lose over 100 lbs. I did not count calories...only carbs. I ate mainly Induction foods...lots of veggies & salads. My exercising consists mainly of walking and I am a big fan of Leslie Sansone's Walk Away The Pounds. I think I have almost all of her dvd's.

Four years later, I am still on Atkins and have maintained my weight loss:) I can honestly say I have never found Atkins difficult to stick to. There are so many wonderful recipes out there! Atkins is one of the best things I have ever done in my life! Thank you Dr. Atkins...I Love You!!!:hug:

snapless
07-06-2008, 11:58 PM
And Kim is inspiration to us all!


broadabroad
07-07-2008, 04:58 AM
She is that! As is lilybelle!

I think it would be inappropriate at this stage to call myself an Atkins Success Story, since I'm not yet half way to my goal, but further to your questions:

How well has this diet worked for you?

So far, very well indeed! I've been averaging half a stone a month - so 1-2lb a week.

How much weight have you lost and over how long of a time?
I started on January 7th this year, and so far I've lost 3 stones (42lb).

Did you have to count calories?
Nope

Did you exercise?
Not enough! I've been a bit crappy and erratic with this, but hope to get back on track over the summer, with the C25k and some weights/interval training.

Do you find it hard to stick to this diet?
No! Really no! Surprisingly no!

I know I'll miss pasta a lot, I love pasta!
Actually, you might be surprised. It did take a little while to adjust my way of thinking, because I was so conditioned to having some rice or pasta or potatoes or bread as a component of a meal. But I find lettuce is a very acceptable substitute as a base for catching sauce and so forth underneath things, and I'm quite startled that I DON'T miss bread, rice or pasta, since I used to (think that I) loved them. Turns out that it was more a matter of craving than of actually enjoying.

I do slightly miss potatoes, and also baked goods like proper chocolate chip cookies, or proper piecrust pastry. But if it's a choice between eating the chocolate chip cookies or continuing to unfat myself - really, it's a no-brainer. I'm still horrified by how fat I really am right now when I see photos my friends have taken of me lately - the thought that I was walking around 42lb fatter than this just a few months ago is frankly horrifying. I wish I hadn't let myself get into such a state in the first place, but I'm d*mned if I'm going backwards (or standing still) just for the sake of some fleeting impression of taste and texture on my tongue.

Carbs, it turns out, are THE DEVIL. For me, at any rate. I feel infinitely healthier with them cranked right down, and I'm thoroughly enjoying my food choices. Fruit tastes much sweeter and everything is more flavourful now that I've stopped cutting corners.

I hate being fat - but I can change this. I AM changing this. And it's both astonishing and intoxicating to feel yourself succeeding, and to realise that all the low-fat cheese, all the wholegrain bread, all the low-fat spreads and skimmed milk and 100% fruit juice and suchlike that I HAD been eating before in the belief that these were good choices was actually contributing to my problem.

Timlin
07-07-2008, 01:25 PM
I agree with everyone. I started in March and I've lost 25 lbs now at a rate of about 1.5 lb a week without thinking about it. I don't count calories at all. I do exercise. We walk about an hour a day and I ride my bike now that the weather is good.

You won't find you miss many things once you get going. I, and many in my family, are definitely Carb addicts and it's always good to escape something that controls your life.

I found many interesting recipes and I cook for company the same as I cook for us.......the reaction is always positive.

I intend to stay on this eating plan ..... it's very satisfying. (I did have to battle the urge to eat low fat........you cannot do ANA using low fat and that had to be worked through for me. Food is much tastier with the fat we are allowed on Atkins.)

Leenie
07-07-2008, 01:40 PM
Yep these ladies are living proof Atkins works... so it my DH ;)

Squid
07-07-2008, 03:15 PM
I'm a pastry chef with issues.

Just made waffles for the kids, corn bread for a gathering and egg salad with a side of grilled peppers and tomatoes for me.

It's nice to smell it but I have a problem once I start with the carbs. Atkins and just dropping the carbs makes a huge difference for me.

I've just started two weeks ago and have dropped about 6 lbs.
My goal is a size 8/10 by November (right now at 16/14). Sooner would be fine but later is good too.

I really do not want to become a diabetic pastry chef!

snapless
07-08-2008, 01:57 AM
I also don't believe it is right to call myself an Atkins success story...for two reasons here.

1. I'm not on Atkins, I'm on a slight variation of it written by India Knight & Neris Thomas.
2. I'm not to goal yet.

But I'll answer your questions...

How well has this diet worked for you?

Fantastically. Actually looking back at my weight loss journal I can see the days I felt bad were the days I did not stick to it (which are very few).

How much weight have you lost and over how long of a time?
Started May 14th, have lost 26 lbs. and 6" in my waist (I actually HAVE a waist now!) over the last 7.5 weeks.

Did you have to count calories?
Nope

Did you exercise?
Almost every day. It was really hard at first and I could barely walk for 30 minutes at a semi-brisk pace (3.2 speed) without feeling like I was going to die. Now I alternate M-W-F 1.5 hours of cardio (including jogging!) with T-Th-Sa machine weight circuit training, and mild yoga on sundays. My goals include climbing Mt Fuji before I leave Japan though, so I'm really pushing the exercise.

Do you find it hard to stick to this diet?
99% of the time no. Every once in a while I have a bad day of craving stuff I know is going to make me feel awful though. Usually I get through it by doing some other activity to take my mind off, or reminding myself repeatedly that the few moments of flavor are NOT worth the days of retribution.

I know I'll miss pasta a lot, I love pasta!
I love pasta too, but sadly, it doesn't love me. It turns into curds under the skin of my thighs and an ever-expanding waist line. So I've learned to have (and love) other things that are MUCH better for me.

Cie
10-02-2008, 01:51 PM
How well has this diet worked for you? How much weight have you lost and over how long of a time? Did you have to count calories? Did you exercise? Do you find it hard to stick to this diet? I know I'll miss pasta a lot, I love pasta!

I have used both Atkins and South Beach to lose 85 pounds. I returned to Atkins in July and am doing well. I started in 2003.

Originally did not count calories but because of my age I do now.

I exercise daily by walking the seawall here in Vancouver for 10k or six miles daily rain or shine.

Now that my cravings are under control it's not hard but when I was struggling it was disheartening.

I will not miss pasta because I have other excellent choices now. This summer I brought into my life other resources like Byron Katie to examine my thoughts and how they contribute to my gaining so much weight and keeping the cycle going.

Its the information sharing by other people's struggles like this forum that has kept me going.

Cie :cool:

shari79
11-20-2008, 10:43 PM
I can tell you for a fact that it works. I started Jan 05 and by April 05 I had lost 66lbs....Thats just 3 months!!!! I got pregant and gained the weight back, even though I knew better...but that's why I'm here now!! TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN!!
:)

Cie
11-21-2008, 12:56 PM
I can tell you for a fact that it works. I started Jan 05 and by April 05 I had lost 66lbs....Thats just 3 months!!!! I got pregant and gained the weight back, even though I knew better...but that's why I'm here now!! TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN!!
:)

Welcome back. I know you will do it. :)

MadAnne
11-28-2008, 08:43 PM
So how many calories a day? I'm 57, does that mean I should count calories?

Cie
11-29-2008, 01:31 PM
So how many calories a day? I'm 57, does that mean I should count calories?

Not sure if you are addressing me. Please use quote button if you are responding to a post. :?:

MadAnne
11-30-2008, 08:19 PM
Not sure if you are addressing me. Please use quote button if you are responding to a post. :?:

counting calories.

Cie
12-01-2008, 01:01 PM
counting calories.

Everyone is different so this is my woe. I use Atkins '72. In the book he has written on stalls and calories. Since I am over 50 I interpreted my 6 month stall from Jan. to June as my woe needing tweaking. So I began a meat and egg to first stop the cravings then moved into portion control. I keep my fat % high and do alternate weeks of 1300 calories to 1400 calories. This is my woe.
So how many calories a day? I'm 57, does that mean I should count calories?

There are no shoulds in this. My take on this is only you know if you have been on an extended stall and need to tweak your way of eating. :cool:

MadAnne
12-01-2008, 05:50 PM
Everyone is different so this is my woe. I use Atkins '72. In the book he has written on stalls and calories. Since I am over 50 I interpreted my 6 month stall from Jan. to June as my woe needing tweaking. So I began a meat and egg to first stop the cravings then moved into portion control. I keep my fat % high and do alternate weeks of 1300 calories to 1400 calories. This is my woe.


There are no shoulds in this. My take on this is only you know if you have been on an extended stall and need to tweak your way of eating. :cool:

Thanks. What you are doing is obviously working for you.

grabec
02-27-2009, 12:08 PM
I have coffee with cream in the mornings and in general stick to an Atkins plan with lots of protein but it sure doesn't seem like I am loosing the weight I think I should for as little as I am eating Discouraged.

JerseyGyrl
02-27-2009, 12:32 PM
I have coffee with cream in the mornings and in general stick to an Atkins plan with lots of protein but it sure doesn't seem like I am loosing the weight I think I should for as little as I am eating Discouraged.

Would you mind posting a typical day's menu?

J3knoll
06-20-2009, 10:04 PM
Would you mind posting a typical day's menu?

I know your question wasn't directed at me, but I'd like to share my "typical" days menu.

5 out of 7 days for breakfast and lunch I have 2 or 3 of the atkins bars, the 2.1oz versions, and 2 of the pre-made shakes (the new mocca coffee ones are great) the other 2 out of 7 I'll make an egg omelette with cheese, ham, and some salsa, and for dinner I'll have a burger (w/o bun) or some chicken, meatballs, hotdogs, and for sides I'll have a small salad w/ blue cheese dressing, spinach, green beans. Breyers makes a great sugar free ice cream that I'll have as a snack after dinner, or I'll have peanuts or peanut butter. I've been on atkins since late January this year. Since then I've lost 29 pounds and still going....though I must say up until a month or so ago the pounds were coming off at 1.6 a week, and now it's more like 1.0. But I'm still loving it...I'm never hungry/starved, and don't have to be on "special" food.

JerseyGyrl
06-21-2009, 11:00 AM
5 out of 7 days for breakfast and lunch I have 2 or 3 of the atkins bars, the 2.1oz versions, and 2 of the pre-made shakes

Since you posted this under Atkins Diet Success Stories....I think its safe for me to assume you are doing Atkins. That being said, I realize you aren't doing Induction....but....2 or 3 Atkins bars 5 days a week for breakfast & lunch:shrug::shrug::shrug: Those bars....regardless of how Atkins Nutritionals Inc. is marketing them....were created by Dr. Atkins to be used when no other low carb food was available...in other words, emergencies. You might want to read the following article to better understand:
http://www.phlaunt.com/lowcarb/19059967.php
Atkins is a high fat, adequate protein plan encouraging real foods like meats,veggies,salads, eggs, cheese, butter etc.
Things like those horrid Atkins bars & sugar free ice cream....might be ok in an emergency or as an occasional treat...but...not on a daily basis.
All the best to you!:)

TamiL
06-21-2009, 11:29 AM
I use the bars too for breakfast and an occasional lunch. They do not affect me in a negative way. I've managed to go from 190 on February 9th to 134 today. So how it affects you is a very individual thing. Just my 2 cents.

J3knoll
06-25-2009, 08:09 PM
Since you posted this under Atkins Diet Success Stories....I think its safe for me to assume you are doing Atkins. That being said, I realize you aren't doing Induction....but....2 or 3 Atkins bars 5 days a week for breakfast & lunch:shrug::shrug::shrug: Those bars....regardless of how Atkins Nutritionals Inc. is marketing them....were created by Dr. Atkins to be used when no other low carb food was available...in other words, emergencies. You might want to read the following article to better understand:
http://www.phlaunt.com/lowcarb/19059967.php
Atkins is a high fat, adequate protein plan encouraging real foods like meats,veggies,salads, eggs, cheese, butter etc.
Things like those horrid Atkins bars & sugar free ice cream....might be ok in an emergency or as an occasional treat...but...not on a daily basis.
All the best to you!:)



I hadn't thought of it that way, meaning those bars and shakes were not for 'norm' situations. They actually taste good (to me at least), they may have changed the taste since you last tried one. Also the ice cream, at least to me, tastes exactly like the regular box of ice cream of breyers I used to buy. I do eat all those items you listed above, usually for dinner, or if on the weekend for breakfast (eggs, sausage, ham, etc). I suppose I should be crediting some of my weight loss to eating those bars and shakes only for breakfast and lunch 5 out of 7 days a week (figure thats an average of 8 carbs and 800 calories [not that we count those on atkins] for my breakfast and lunches, leaving a nice cushion of room for a good dinner.

I must say though I've seemed to stall out these last couple weeks, I've dropped about 30 pounds and still want to go for another 25 or so, and guess I need to explore more options.

Thanks again for the info :)

JerseyGyrl
06-25-2009, 09:17 PM
I hadn't thought of it that way, meaning those bars and shakes were not for 'norm' situations. They actually taste good (to me at least), they may have changed the taste since you last tried one. Also the ice cream, at least to me, tastes exactly like the regular box of ice cream of breyers I used to buy. I do eat all those items you listed above, usually for dinner, or if on the weekend for breakfast (eggs, sausage, ham, etc). I suppose I should be crediting some of my weight loss to eating those bars and shakes only for breakfast and lunch 5 out of 7 days a week (figure thats an average of 8 carbs and 800 calories [not that we count those on atkins] for my breakfast and lunches, leaving a nice cushion of room for a good dinner.



Dr. Atkins referred to those foods as "convenience foods"....something to be used when no other low carb foods are available.
All I'm trying to say is, the purpose of low carb is to rid you body of bad carbs & sugar...not to substitute 1 evil for another.
Are you counting the bars as 2 or 3 net carbs per bar as the label states? If you read that link I posted you will quickly realize those labels are very misleading.
I certainly agree with you, exploring more options sounds like a very good idea!
All the best to you!:)

J3knoll
06-26-2009, 12:31 AM
Dr. Atkins referred to those foods as "convenience foods"....something to be used when no other low carb foods are available.
All I'm trying to say is, the purpose of low carb is to rid you body of bad carbs & sugar...not to substitute 1 evil for another.
Are you counting the bars as 2 or 3 net carbs per bar as the label states? If you read that link I posted you will quickly realize those labels are very misleading.
I certainly agree with you, exploring more options sounds like a very good idea!
All the best to you!:)

Very interesting reading....thank you!

To answer your question, I was counting the 2 net carbs on the front of the label. On the back it says Total Carbs:22 Dietary Fiber:10 Sugar:1 .....so where's the other 11?? I see that this can be a reason why I finally stalled out. Perhaps my body was simply getting rid of the excessive fat/weight and now I'm simply maintaining unless I stick to an even stricter low-carb daily diet. I checked out that newsgroup and saw some good recipes. Are there any particular snacks that you like to have that you know are truly low-carb?

BTW - thank you so much for taking your time to talk to me. :)

AngelicLyna
07-29-2009, 01:57 PM
Well it's too early to say I've had "success" with the Atkins diet but I truely believe that this diet saved my life. At the beginning of this year I was very ill and by April, I couldn't even walk down the strairs. My blood sugar was high, I kept having asthma, my kidneys were showing signs of damage, I was anemic and I had problems with my thyroids. My diabetes was at it's worst even though I tested daily and I was on medication. I took 2 pills a day and 3 insulin injections. I tried working out and eatting everything sugar-free but that still didn't work for me. I was always so hungry from the insulin shots. Although I never read about the Atkins diet but somehow I decided to keep my carb count at 20g and only eatting 800 cals a day starting in June, 2 weeks later I read Dr. Atkins book because I was googling if it's fine if I only ate 20 grams of carb a day and I ran into the Atkins diet. So instead of doing my own thing, I followed the Atkins diet. With Atkins, I wasn't starving myself. By the end of June, I was no longer dependant on any of my medications, goodbye pills, goodbye insulin. I'm no longer anemic and I can walk down that stairs, not only that, I can jog for 30 mins, do 90 push ups, some yoga, 30 jumping jacks, 30 sit ups and some weight lifting WITHOUT and I do really mean it, without feeling tired as I was in April just walking down the stairs.

I am as happy as I can get with my life now due to the fact that I don't need medication, I can eat right, I can exercise daily and it's not the end of the world. Oh, I left out a few things, my hair isn't shedding anymore, it looks like my head is getting more hair also, my legs are growing hair now too, (it wasn't before, signs of nerve damage) my feet is actually soft now and since I drink sooooo much water on Atkins, my face is so clear and soft, my cheeks even looks rosy. Excuse the language but DAMN! I love this diet.

Shen
11-18-2009, 06:27 PM
I just lost 30lbs in 3 months :D I've resumed normaler eating habits, but I try to tone down the carbs and sugar, and so far my weight hasn't gone up! It looks like I've found my "zone"

jess170
11-24-2009, 05:58 PM
Hi there,

i read all your comments and wanted to introduce myself, i did Atkins 5years ago and lost 30lbs but than went back to eating normal and gained 30 + another 10lbs back. I really would like to get back on this diet because I know it works........but I tend to lose motivation just after first couple days...any tips how I can stick to it........it was way easier 5years ago but with so much negative ads and view regarding this diet makes me really confused........I start on a monday but come wed. I throw the towel thinking is it safe, is it doing me good...etc...etc...

HELP!!'

Jess170

islandchick1
08-27-2010, 11:26 PM
Several years back, I lost 60lbs in 3 months on Atkins. After I got my body back into all those cute clothes, I went right back to eating the same old way and the same old (bad) things. Guess what? Here I am starting all over again because I know this diet works! I started June 26, 2010 and have lost 25lbs to date. The difference this time is in addition to walking several miles a day, I AM using portion control and counting calories. I am keeping my calories in the 1200 or less range. Portion control was an issue for me after the first time losing. So this time, I am going to be better prepared to maintain my weight loss. My biggest meal is at breakfast, usually 3 scrambled eggs w/ 3 sausages. Lunch is usually a moderate salad with a lean meat. Dinner is a low carb protein shake. If I feel like I need a snack (which is rare), I'll eat pork rinds and homemade salsa, or a small piece of cheese, or some beef jerky. I try to keep all my snacks protein based to kill any little hunger pangs (which are really rare on Atkins). Hugs and Support to you on your journey :). The ladies here are really sweet and give some awesome advice :).

Zaftig Mama
09-21-2010, 09:11 PM
Several years back, I lost 60lbs in 3 months on Atkins. After I got my body back into all those cute clothes, I went right back to eating the same old way and the same old (bad) things. Guess what? Here I am starting all over again because I know this diet works! I started June 26, 2010 and have lost 25lbs to date. The difference this time is in addition to walking several miles a day, I AM using portion control and counting calories. I am keeping my calories in the 1200 or less range. Portion control was an issue for me after the first time losing. So this time, I am going to be better prepared to maintain my weight loss. My biggest meal is at breakfast, usually 3 scrambled eggs w/ 3 sausages. Lunch is usually a moderate salad with a lean meat. Dinner is a low carb protein shake. If I feel like I need a snack (which is rare), I'll eat pork rinds and homemade salsa, or a small piece of cheese, or some beef jerky. I try to keep all my snacks protein based to kill any little hunger pangs (which are really rare on Atkins). Hugs and Support to you on your journey :). The ladies here are really sweet and give some awesome advice :).


Congrats on the 25lbs! I have just started induction, day 2 here and I have to admit, going a bit nutty!! I want to hang in there, reading everyone's success stories is inspiring me. Best of luck to you.

DGirl150
09-21-2010, 11:21 PM
phlaunt.com/lowcarb/19059967.php
All the best to you!:)


Thank you for this link!

maggiemaye
11-10-2010, 02:18 AM
I can honestly say Atkins saved my life:) When I began Atkins over 4 years ago, I was 245 lbs:o I could not walk up 3 stairs or a quarter of the way around the block without being totally out of breath. My Dad is an insulin dependant diabetic & has CHF (congestive heart failure)...I KNEW I didn't want to end up like that.

I bought Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution, I read it and I began the Atkins lifestyle on 4/13/04. It took me slightly over a year to lose over 100 lbs. I did not count calories...only carbs. I ate mainly Induction foods...lots of veggies & salads. My exercising consists mainly of walking and I am a big fan of Leslie Sansone's Walk Away The Pounds. I think I have almost all of her dvd's.

Four years later, I am still on Atkins and have maintained my weight loss:) I can honestly say I have never found Atkins difficult to stick to. There are so many wonderful recipes out there! Atkins is one of the best things I have ever done in my life! Thank you Dr. Atkins...I Love You!!!:hug:

What an inspiration you are....congratulations on your success!

gusferlus
01-16-2011, 08:52 PM
Hi all, I'm a newbie :) (hope i'm putting this in the right place!!). A week ago i started on a high protien zero carb diet of eggs, red and white meats, bacon sausages and mushrooms NOTHING ELSE. I always used to love my carbs especially white bread and pasta etc and i also was drinking 10-12 mugs of coffee per day with semi skimmed milk and 1 spoon of sugar!! Since starting my new diet i have religously taken up the active sports program on the playstation console and also a little weight lifting every day just for 15-20 minutes or so. At the start of the diet i have also gone down to only 1 coffee in a morning (same ingredients as before) and 6-8 pints of water per day!
My meals stay the same every day for breakfast (2 boiled eggs and mushrooms) dinner is a piece of meat and 2 poached eggs and mushrooms and tea/supper is a couple of slices of bacon and a few sausages with mushrooms! :D In my first week i have lost 8lbs! My start weight was 238lb last monday and i am now 230lbs!! :D :D My goal is to get down to 190lb by july 7th when my wife, children and i go to egypt for 3 weeks:)
My question is....If i was to stick to this strict regime would i lose the same kinds of weight week in week out? or would it stabalize??

Thank you for comments/advice in advance, Andrew ;)

abluvion
01-17-2011, 10:35 AM
Hi Andrew, a couple things:

1) You aren't on a no carb diet, you are eating mushrooms! Mushrooms have carbs :)
2) Are you trying to follow Atkins? If so, your vegetable intake needs to reach 3 cups per day of acceptable vegetables.
3) No, your weight loss will not remain that fast. The first week on a low-carb diet is mostly water. The second week you will see it slow down... Then even more weeks 3-4 as your body continued to try to figure out what you're doing to it! By week 5 or so, your weight loss *should* resume an okay pace of 2lb or so per week. This is a general pattern, not everyone follows it, but it's good to keep your expectations reasonable.

Finally, it's a good idea to think about lessening your dietary restrictions over time, to make it more sustainable. You can't live on four foods. You need variety for nutrients and fiber and sanity :) That is why if you are following Atkins, after the first two weeks you gradually add back in other food groups including dairy, nuts, and berries, while still losing. Something to think about, anyway! Good luck!

amosnmarie165
01-31-2011, 11:49 PM
Atkins worked for me 6 years ago I had my dd and after she was 3 months I started atkins and lost 50 lbs by her birthday.

Tho Im here again I have had two more children since my dd and i gained 40 with my third child lost 15 lbs and gained another 40 and lost 18 of that so here I am now that things have settled down with life so I can focus on me again!!

Shrinkmfs
02-16-2011, 09:37 AM
I can definitely say that low carbing works-I started at 172 and now am down to 148 as of today. I also exercise alot. I find the success stories and helpful advice from other members a tremendous help!! My goal is to get down to 135. I am 5' 3" tall and 61 years old. I hope this post helps motivate someone else as I had tried getting back on Wt. Watchers, and other plans-but the carbs were killers for me.

kristta12
04-19-2011, 07:01 PM
Hello! My name is Kristine. Age 21.
My Atkins diet results: Lost 48.4 lbs (22 kg).
Now my Body Mass Index, BMI is 21.!

I wanted to ask you all for something - Can You write a story about your Atkins success for my Website?

roobear
06-25-2011, 05:04 PM
She is that! As is lilybelle!

I think it would be inappropriate at this stage to call myself an Atkins Success Story, since I'm not yet half way to my goal, but further to your questions:

How well has this diet worked for you?

So far, very well indeed! I've been averaging half a stone a month - so 1-2lb a week.

How much weight have you lost and over how long of a time?
I started on January 7th this year, and so far I've lost 3 stones (42lb).


I hate being fat - but I can change this. I AM changing this. And it's both astonishing and intoxicating to feel yourself succeeding, and to realise that all the low-fat cheese, all the wholegrain bread, all the low-fat spreads and skimmed milk and 100% fruit juice and suchlike that I HAD been eating before in the belief that these were good choices was actually contributing to my problem.

Wowee, if I can do this and lose weight as quickly as you I can be at my goal by Christmas, Now that is a huge incentive for me. Thank you very much, I needed that boost.

Deblynn
07-19-2011, 10:49 AM
I'm loving the success stories! They really help for those of us just starting out.
Thanks to all who have posted!

minoja75
10-14-2011, 02:50 PM
I had tried Atkins many years ago but forgot how well it worked for me...now I have been on it for a little over 2 weeks and down 16 pounds! I love all the food I can eat and can't imagine going off this plan! I haven't started my fitness plan yet but am working my way towards it...way too long as a couch potato, my body just about gave up on me. Good luck to all of you on your weight loss adventure!

StephanieM
01-30-2012, 04:07 PM
I did Atkins for about a month back in 2010. I lost about 14 lbs in that month, I stalled for one week after two weeks of induction when I tried to move onto OWL and started using the Atkins bars for snacks.

I thought it was OWL that stalled me, but it was after that I realised it was the bars that had done it. Once I cut them out I kept losing.

The reason I stopped is I felt good about how I looked and my husband and I (we were just engaged at the time) decided we wanted to get married in 3 months and then move to a new city and then start trying to start a family. We got married in January, moved in February, and I found out I was pregnant in April.

Now I've had my baby a month ago today and I'm ready to get back on track :)

minoja75
01-30-2012, 07:42 PM
Hi StephanieM! I am so glad you posted a response today...it has been a while since I have been to the site and have fallen way off track and probably would still be avoiding it if I hadn't gotten an email from 3FC about a response to this thread. I think I have let myself off the hook long enough.

I love Atkins, I was also using the bars...quite often actually and think that's why I hit a plateau as well. They made it so easy to make me think I was on the right track but at the same time halted my weight loss almost completely after the initial water weight was gone. I am so ready to get back on track too and think this time I will do it without them. I am afraid of OWL since it also slowed my weight loss down but will probably put it off for a while...maybe until I am about 20-30% to my goal.

Good luck to you!!

StephanieM
01-30-2012, 09:00 PM
I'm glad you are wanting to get back on track! I have a large amount to lose and I want to get started ASAP so I can get back to that awesome weight I was at. I like Atkins too, I didn't feel hungry and the weight just melted off when I had stalled from just calorie counting and weight lifting.

Good luck to you as well! I hope more people become active in this part of the forum, seems like there are a lot less people then when I was on over a year ago.

cardem
02-15-2012, 05:49 AM
Hi ladies - these success stories are brilliant and the support I also need.

I done Atkins about 8 years ago and lost 16lb in the 1st 2 weeks and then with the help of exercise and portion control lost a further 25lb over 3 months and felt great. Managed to keep the weight off for quite a while aswell.

Now I've had another baby and have piled the weight back on and need to lose 70lbs so have today started Atkins and the comments here have totally inspired me.

Thanks and good luck everyone

minoja75
03-08-2012, 02:26 AM
Trying to pull myself back onto the wagon...the more weight I have to lose the less motivation I seem to have to do it! Today I am hoping to start fresh, painted motivational quotes on my bedroom walls and trying to focus...Atkins will definitely be my partner of choice...now I just need to focus on my goal.

Buckaustink
03-12-2012, 01:38 PM
Trying to pull myself back onto the wagon...the more weight I have to lose the less motivation I seem to have to do it! Today I am hoping to start fresh, painted motivational quotes on my bedroom walls and trying to focus...Atkins will definitely be my partner of choice...now I just need to focus on my goal.

I know exactly how you feel. I can't tell you the number of times I have restarted. But I recommitted four weeks ago and have lost 11 lbs...still hard not cheating but every day is a new day.>Good luck

minoja75
03-16-2012, 09:55 PM
Buckaustink-congrats on your 11 lb loss! Luckily I haven't had the urge to cheat yet but I started only a week and a half ago so I am preparing to stand up to myself when I do start feeling weak.

Good luck to you!

smalltownok
07-20-2012, 11:33 PM
I lost almost 60 lbs 11 years ago (doing Atkis) and have kept it off for the most part. I've only gone up 8 lbs.. but I know it's time to start watching things again. It took me 8 months and I was very "religious" about watching my diet. I felt good and ate like a queen! I would recommend Atkins to anyone wanting a diet that works pretty quickly with the bonus of having foods that you would never consider diet foods.

mrhianne37
08-09-2012, 02:15 PM
i think atkins is GREAT i started july 24th this year and since then i have dropped 11 lbs.. i cheated last sunday so decided not to weigh in until this comming sunday :( but i got back on the right track, also a warning! the day after you cheat is dreadful i felt aweful sick and on the toilet alll day ugh not worth it!! i currently dont exercise but will start soon. at first it is a bit hard to stick to but every time i had a craving to eat fatty food i would just eat some meat. The cravings went away in a couple of days and it wasnt that hard. being around delicious home made food at a family function is what got me :(

somethingnew
12-30-2012, 02:40 PM
testing

Enjah
01-10-2013, 02:21 PM
I have used Atkins as a guide for my WOE. Right now I am very happy with my weight loss using low carbohydrate. I have read all the Atkins books.

I am 66, and I am finding counting calories useful as long as I make sure that I have the proportions of macronutrients right for me:
5-10% carbs
25% protein
65-75% fat

Enjah
01-10-2013, 02:26 PM
I just wanted to add that at this age (66) it took me a year to lose 43.4 pounds.

Dr. Atkins did tell us that as we age our metabolism slows and we can't expect weight to roll off like magic in later years. I walk a lot, do yoga a few times a week, and watch my portions. I use a diet journal (myfitnesspal) recommended by a friend who is on IP.

kayin
01-27-2013, 05:43 AM
I have lost 50 lbs on Atkins 3 times! It took me about 4 to 5 months each time. I excercised about 1 to 2 hours daily and I am guilty of counting calories, although I'm not doing that this time around because before I would end up going too low on calories (obsessing etc.) I only gain the weight back not because of the diet but because I am an emotional eater and start binging on comfort foods if my psych meds aren't optimal. But, now they are great so I'm starting up again at my highest weight ever. I'm hoping to lose over 100 lbs.

amgirl1
01-27-2013, 07:02 PM
I have never done the Atkins diet but have joined the online community yesterday. I am 23 and trying to lose 48 lbs about. I did herbal magic years ago but it was impossible to live by. This is much easier. I have tried to lose weight on my own just have a hard time. I really enjoyed reading the success stories and they have helped to motivate me!!! Good Luck!

Bigbunz
03-11-2013, 07:47 PM
I need some inspiring success stories, I have been off and on I lost 26 pounds on the Atkins before on October 2012 to Janice 2013 I gained it all back with Holidays. I have to lose 100 pounds. I just cannot seem to get back on without cheating. So all stories are encouragement. Thanks.:D:D

wannaskipandlaugh
03-11-2013, 09:13 PM
:welcome2: Bigbunz :) Oh gosh.. you losing that 26 lbs was a success. I know that they did not stay off.... but you know how to do it. Atkins is a way of eating. Just gotta stick to the low carbs and I know that Sunny has brought up an old thread that had recipes on it (below); so if you get bored with what you are eating.. there might be some ideas in that thread.

I started 1/6/13 (my 6 or 7th and LAST time starting) and have lost 23 lbs and feel SOOOOOO much better. The first time (28 years ago) I did lose 50+ lbs and was feeling terrific, then got sidetracked by my stressful job. I took a backseat to my job. NEVER Again. Remember YOU ARE the MOST IMPORTANT PERSON TO YOURSELF! Now we wanna see some lower numbers from you! :) (I don't mean to be pushy). Join our Race to lose 5lb challenge. That will start you!

Just remember you can do it. Just believe it!

janie275
03-16-2013, 08:16 PM
High Jerseygyrl. I have been reading alot of the posts that you have done and I appreciate your sincere honesty. I am 55 and remember doing atkins back in the 70's when I wasn't even fat and losing a lot of weight. since then I have battled with an addiction to sugar. Anytime I am lonely angry bitter happy, I turn to sugar. I had a lap band put on but I just ate around it and never lost weight. I was hurting at the portol so my doctor removed it. I am now on atkins again since Feb 13 and I lost a lot of weight the first two weeks but nothing since then. I am peeing on sticks and they turn purple at night, but from what I read that could be because of fat I am eating. I have a lot of questions and would love to converse with you about them. I am going to buy the 72 book and see if they answer my questions. I felt like a lone ranger doing this all alone, so I feel better today knowing someone like you has been successful and really kept it off. I have to lose at least 100 pounds from my starting weight, which seems impossible. But I don't feel like I am deprived or on a diet, I am not hungry like I used to just think about eating all the time and was stuffing food in my mouth but it didn't satisfy me. So even though I am not losing weight, I don't want to eat bad cause then I know I will just be hungry. Thanks for the encouragement. Janie275, thats what i used to weigh before lap band.

kayin
04-01-2013, 08:52 PM
Well it's been 45 days since I started atkins and I have lost 30 pounds. I think that's quite a successful result.
Will update when I finish losing the first 100lbs!

Edit: have lost 70 lbs in 5 months. Am very happy with the results.

janie275
04-02-2013, 12:01 AM
Wow congratulations well done how many grams a day?

kayin
04-02-2013, 08:12 PM
about 20 net carbs a day, and I don't eat the bars or anything.

Timlin
11-09-2013, 08:45 AM
Janey if you cannot find the '72 publication remember that Dr. Atkins continued to publish books himself until (the last one) 2002. As long as you don't buy a book published beyond 2002 you are getting the real deal from THE MAN!! You're doing great and I enjoyed reading your post.

Timlin
11-09-2013, 08:58 AM
about 20 net carbs a day, and I don't eat the bars or anything.

Hi all, I'm a newbie :) (hope i'm putting this in the right place!!). A week ago i started on a high protien zero carb diet of eggs, red and white meats, bacon sausages and mushrooms NOTHING ELSE. I always used to love my carbs especially white bread and pasta etc and i also was drinking 10-12 mugs of coffee per day with semi skimmed milk and 1 spoon of sugar!! Since starting my new diet i have religously taken up the active sports program on the playstation console and also a little weight lifting every day just for 15-20 minutes or so. At the start of the diet i have also gone down to only 1 coffee in a morning (same ingredients as before) and 6-8 pints of water per day!
My meals stay the same every day for breakfast (2 boiled eggs and mushrooms) dinner is a piece of meat and 2 poached eggs and mushrooms and tea/supper is a couple of slices of bacon and a few sausages with mushrooms! :D In my first week i have lost 8lbs! My start weight was 238lb last monday and i am now 230lbs!! :D :D My goal is to get down to 190lb by july 7th when my wife, children and i go to egypt for 3 weeks:)
My question is....If i was to stick to this strict regime would i lose the same kinds of weight week in week out? or would it stabalize??

Thank you for comments/advice in advance, Andrew ;)

I don't think Dr Atkins would argue with your choices. His original plan had very little veggies in it but he found many couldn't stick to such a restricted plan so he added the veggies to make it easier for them. If you can do this strict form I'm sure it will be okay. If you start to think you'd like variety go to http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/ and find amazing recipes to carry you along.

Men lose easier than women and young people lose easier than older folks...........I was 64 years old when I started this program and I was losing 1/2 to a full pound every day for a very long time. Almost every morning when I would get on the scale I would be down some amount......and even a small movement down is encouraging.

I suspect if you stay on the program and you're honest with yourself so you don't hide cheating from yourself...........you will be very happy with the results showing on your scale and you will feel wonderful when you head off on vacation.

momof3inTX
01-02-2014, 07:48 PM
I can honestly say Atkins saved my life:) When I began Atkins over 4 years ago, I was 245 lbs:o I could not walk up 3 stairs or a quarter of the way around the block without being totally out of breath. My Dad is an insulin dependant diabetic & has CHF (congestive heart failure)...I KNEW I didn't want to end up like that.

I bought Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution, I read it and I began the Atkins lifestyle on 4/13/04. It took me slightly over a year to lose over 100 lbs. I did not count calories...only carbs. I ate mainly Induction foods...lots of veggies & salads. My exercising consists mainly of walking and I am a big fan of Leslie Sansone's Walk Away The Pounds. I think I have almost all of her dvd's.

Four years later, I am still on Atkins and have maintained my weight loss:) I can honestly say I have never found Atkins difficult to stick to. There are so many wonderful recipes out there! Atkins is one of the best things I have ever done in my life! Thank you Dr. Atkins...I Love You!!!:hug:

I know this post is from 2008 but I'm just now joining this site and the Atkins way of life (I'm careful to call it a 'diet'). This is very inspirational as I get down on myself and discouraged very easily. I've packed on pounds ever since my first pregnancy 8, nearly 9 years ago and I'm just ready for a change.

My mother has insulin dependent diabetes and SO many more health problems and I just see where I'm heading in the next years. I have always had hypoglycemia and it's gotten increasingly worse in the past few months.

Thank you for your post, I am hoping to find lots of info and encouragement here!! :carrot:

aspenemry
01-18-2014, 09:55 PM
I find this whole thread very helpful! I am embarking on losing some holiday weight and a few pounds that I had left to lose before the holidays. I am going to do the atkins way of life as well because I have noticed how much carbs affect me. Looking forward to seeing how it goes and appreciated the posts about stalls later on....

RubyJan
02-05-2014, 05:41 AM
Well, twelve years ago I went on Atkins and loved it, and lost 35 pounds. Now its time to give myself one more chance to be glamorous and gorgeous before the last dingle of doom. I am not going to do anything about my face -- Idon't mind the way it is aging (I am about to be 62) -- but I know that being 5ft2 andweighing in at 190 pounds ain't helping me look my best. So today is two 2, andIam excited and happy -- had grilled shrimp and calimari yesterday and grilled salmon and salad for dinner... my mood is already lifting from just knowing that I am atarting to FINALLY do something about myself! Hooray!

I just saw that I joined this forum in 2007 -- gosh, it seems so long ago -- I don't even remember tryingagain ....Anyway, here is to a new start in 20141

HCB2014
03-21-2014, 05:02 PM
I have been on Atkins for awhile I used to way 600 pounds I'm down to 350. In. I have lost 250 pounds and a some more to go.

newme12
03-22-2014, 03:51 PM
I have been on Atkins for awhile I used to way 600 pounds I'm down to 350. In. I have lost 250 pounds and a some more to go.

Wow that is awesome!! We would love to have you join us in the challeges!

wannaskipandlaugh
06-05-2014, 08:52 AM
I started this journey with Atkins (other times in the past) on 1/6/2013. Just started without any hoopla in my life.. just started and 1 year and 5 months later I am DOWN 100 LBS! I would have been here much sooner if I didn't stop for some food lessons along the way (days and sometimes weeks of plan).. But I needed those lessons and without them and without YOU WONDERFUL PEOPLE!!! I would not have made it to losing 100 lbs! I am pinching myself that I lost this much!! When I first started I had hoped I could get at least 20 lbs off... but I just continued. After this length of time it is now a GOOD HABIT ... this way of eating and I feel Great! I truly do feel great... Clear Mind (since day 2), Better Functioning Body and the best thing... Is I don't feel like a failure anymore! My sound mind is in charge of my body! SO THRILLED! 100 lbs down and am down to 219....

dmurphy48
06-05-2014, 11:34 AM
I started back on Adkins Monday June 2nd. I am very excited to lose as much as I can before my river cruise in France in July of next year. Any help and suggestions are welcome!:carrot:

Changed 1
11-01-2014, 10:35 PM
My weightloss therapist says no one can make Atkins a lifestyle and that is why she wants me to choose another way to loose weight; such as low calorie. Do people make Atkins a lifestyle? Can people stick to this 10 or 15 or even 20 years?

JerseyGyrl
11-02-2014, 07:28 AM
My weightloss therapist says no one can make Atkins a lifestyle and that is why she wants me to choose another way to lose weight; such as low calorie. Do people make Atkins a lifestyle? Can people stick to this 10 or 15 or even 20 years?

I'm here to tell you your "weightloss therapist" is incorrect. I have been on Atkins 10 and a half years. I began in April 2004, lost 100 lbs. in a little over a year and have maintained since. It is a lifestyle!:)

Changed 1
11-03-2014, 08:32 AM
Thank you JerseyGyrl. I will remember you when I talk with her this week. I just joined a couple of days ago and just started Atkins yesterday. I am sure I will be on here a lot getting support.

TheSatinPumpkin
11-21-2014, 01:08 PM
Read the whatever book version you plan to follow and then re-read... Welcome and best wishes on your WOE.

Been following DANDR for 1 year, 2 months, 25 days and have lost 231lbs.