Atkins - Starting Phase 1

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07-26-2008, 09:21 PM
I am going to start atkins Sunday July 27,08 I have about 25- 30 lbs. to lose I am 5'0 and 54 years young. I notice that there is a new edition out. Does anyone know the difference?

07-26-2008, 10:00 PM
:welcome: to 3FC and low carb!

Kim (our resident expert) will be able to tell you about any differences (if there are any) between the editions.

07-26-2008, 11:02 PM
I read somewhere (I think a Kim post?) to use 2002 or before. The new ones are trying to sell product or something.

07-27-2008, 12:43 AM
:wel3fc: & to Atkins!!

Any of the books 2002 (prior to Dr Atkins death in 2003) or sooner, are your best bet. Unfortunately, since the good Dr's death, Atkins Nutritionals Inc. has become much more interested in making money by pushing the bars & shakes and advertising them as being "appropriate for Induction" when they clearly are not. You might find it useful to read:

I also don't recommend the new Atkins website. You might want to have a look at the Veronica Atkins Foundation website:
She is proudly carrying on her husband's eating plan the way he designed it!:)

You CAN do this!!!

All the best to you!!:hug:

07-27-2008, 02:50 AM
Hello out there!
I"m 29 and am turning the big 3-0 in december
i've already lost 20 lbs on a pseudo-atkins program,:bravo: but it was really strict- just lean meats cooked in water and broccoli and apples- a little strange and hard, so i figured i would try and lose the rest on this!! i miss some fat! (well eating it, not having it on my body)
so, about me- i'm in arizona and i work in higher education
i have a great hubby who has seen me struggle with my weight after a thyroid problem- which sucks, but i've gotten over that part at least
anyway!!! so, i want to lose about 40 more lbs
i'm 6'0" tall and 210 :devil:
i want to be 170
in all reality, i want to be 140- but for now we'll stick to 170- well let's get into the 100's shall we!
So, i want to do it by december, because i refuse to spend the next couple years like i have spent these last- i was never overweight until by thyroid dysfunctioned, but i was able to actually start losing weight this year after 3 years of battling with the pills and crap!
So, i figure- perfect timing and i'm so excited- but i totally need support
Anyone around 210 wanting to get down into the 100's
Please get in touch- i need buddies and friends!!!! everyone i work with is super-skinny!!! and they eat horribly- so i need people outside my work to be friends with!!!! and i will totally email you when you need me to because i am an internet junkie- i teach college online too
Ok- so enough about me- please respond if you are interested!!! :hug:
good luck everyone
we can totally do this together!!!!!
luv, me :carrot:

07-27-2008, 02:38 PM

I'm new to 3FC too, and on induction a week tomorrow. My big thrill has been buying some Ketostix and seeing them turn a satisfying shade of fat-burning. I was afraid I've been fat too long for my body to know what to do. Yay, Body!

I'm doing a lot of reading recommended on the 3FC store pgs. Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? is really good if you are a little (or a lot) disorganized and feel overwhelmed in several life arenas. I also read 3 Fat Chicks on a Diet and found it helpful and encouraging. And I read Confessions of a Carb Queen; it was scary to see so much of myself in her and empowering to read about her successful battle with her weight.

I haven't weighed yet; I probably will do it tomorrow. I go to my dr.'s office and weigh there; I threw my own scale literally in the trash one day several years ago. I don't think I want to buy another one. I hope I'll have a loss to post online. We can do this!

07-27-2008, 02:46 PM
I do have couple of questions How do I put a weight tracker on my posts I am not every good at computer? Do I have to give up my coffee? I drink it black

07-27-2008, 03:38 PM
I posted my tracker using the Quick Links tab - edit signature - I think. Just follow the directions, step by step.

Coffee should be de-caffeninated, but I haven't made that leap yet. I'm drinking my regular coffee...I'm not sure why it's a bad thing. Jerseygirl or snapless?

07-27-2008, 07:29 PM
I get all the way up to copy and paste. I click on the user cp and I don,t see the edit signature

07-27-2008, 07:55 PM
Sorry but you cannot post a tracker until you have 20 posts and have been here 20 days. We were having spammer problems and had to put in that rule.

07-27-2008, 08:26 PM
Thanks for the help So I guess will wait for 20 days

07-27-2008, 08:34 PM
The twenty days will pass quickly, and you'll have a nice loss to report on your tracker. Unlike me...I registered with 3FC, but then played around for two weeks before I decided to commit to losing the fat. I kept reading the posts, checking the threads, thinking about it until I actually started working the Atkin's diet. So I look like a ninny...I have a tracker and no loss to report - until maybe tomorrow. Think thin thoughts - the scale awaits me!

07-27-2008, 08:44 PM
This is day 1 so far so good I do have a little headache but I guess that will pass

07-27-2008, 09:29 PM
Coffee should be de-caffeninated, but I haven't made that leap yet. I'm drinking my regular coffee...I'm not sure why it's a bad thing. Jerseygirl or snapless?

According to what I know (and I'm not on Atkins, simply a variation of it - but Induction was identical):

1. There are carbs in caffeinated beverages. Yes, it is a very low amount but it is still there.
2. Caffeine can cause cravings for carbs (hence the coffee+donut sales). Caffeine can dramatically increase your cravings and if you do not have the ability to control those cravings you will go off plan. Most of us do not have the ability to control those cravings - that's how we got fat in the first place.
3. For diabetics especially, caffeine can cause a spike in blood sugars and decrease insulin sensitivity.

While the above does not affect everyone, it affects a significant number of people that the advice of 'no caffeine while on Induction' should apply to all.

In addition, you are trying to detox your body for those 2 weeks. You'll be able to have caffeine again (in moderate amounts) as soon as Induction is over.

07-27-2008, 09:57 PM
Good information...thank you. I can have some very powerful carb cravings; I don't need anything to intensify them. And, yes, there is that fatifying coffee and dessert thing I don't need either. Isn't fatifying a good word?

07-28-2008, 12:23 AM
So, today is day 2 on atkins! I had chicken, chicken, chicken! eggs, and chicken salad (atkins induction approved)- well i'm making it now- so i can eat it throughout the week- lots of broccoli
So, things are good ;)
I had my husband hide the scale, because i know that i will start checking it every 5 seconds that i am home and i don't want that because i will fall off!!! :mad:
Tomorrow i start my new job! All of the skinny chicks there, ugh! :devil:
But i also have an interview this week for a teaching job, which is really all i want to do anymore! i'm hoping i get that so i don't have to work in education administration anymore because it kinda sucks :?:
lots of water, water, water....lots! :cool:
i really don't know what else to tell you except for the fact that's it great to have others out there so i can control my eating habits! helps so much, thanks!
still rushing towards my goal of 40 lbs by the 1st week of december, by my 30th birthday!!!! 40 lbs, 40 lbs, ugh..sounds like alot, but in reality at least i already lost the first 20! god, that will be 60 lbs...when did i get so fat!!!
40 lbs...40 lbs....i am just hoping for these first 11 to pop off quick! so i'll be at 199- i of course will be posting, so you will be the first to know! then 29 more lbs after that.....
i want to buy a long pair of pants since i'm 6'0" tall (good grief) with a belt and tuck in a really tight t-shirt!
hopefully i won't lose my boobs!
ok- good luck to all you ladies!!! you can always private msg me, i could use all the support i can get!
take care, keep up the great work!
me :wizard:

07-28-2008, 09:09 PM
Today was day 2 for me also I had eggs with some spinach and mushroom and bacon for lunch a salad hamburger patty with cheese and for Supper a salad and a pork chop and couple slices of cheese a lots of water I did have my coffee this morning

08-01-2008, 08:10 PM
This is day 5 for me I feel a lot better today I have been so tried this week. I was working alot of OT 2-4 hrs. But this week I just couldn't do it.I am going try and get back into OT next week. I have not try the taco bake yet,but I did try the shepherd pie and it was reel good I did half the recipe just in case I didn't care for it, But as I said it was reel good. I have been really good about not getting on the scale which has been hard to do

08-03-2008, 03:55 PM
:D:D This is day 7 for me and :dance::dance: I have lost 3lbs. I am so pleased I was really hard not to weight before today :dance::D:D :dance: