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frazzeled
08-15-2010, 02:40 PM
Hello. I have so many friends who have had great success with Atkins I am looking at giving it a go. I admit I have always had great success with Weight Watchers, but its just not cutting it for me anymore. I did it for 6 weeks religiously and did excercise and only lost 2 lbs.

I think I need to jump start my system. I remember back in the day, before "Low Fat" became the catch phrase we never seemed to be all that fat. Now, its an explosion.

So I am looking at starting Atkins. I would love to win 100 lbs. I would be happy to just get back to my pre pregnancy size. I have a wardrobe full of clothes that I cant wear that I refuse to get rid of. So if I get to that size I will be :carrot:

I am still trying to get my head around the Atikins. Am I understanding this correctly, you count carbs like you would count points. So I can eat anything on the phase one list as long as I can stay under the 20 net carbs? I cant get my head around eating the meat... is it as much as you feel you need? What about calories? Its so different to what I have always done.

I ordered the calorie counter book and what to buy/not to buy at the grocery store.

Wish me luck. I am going to do some more figuring out, go to the store and get going.
Wish me luck.


ghost girl
08-15-2010, 06:58 PM
Welcome and Good luck you will find alot of great people and a wealth information here.

Shells
08-15-2010, 07:09 PM
Go and get yourself the original book published by Dr. Atkins and read it cover to cover before you start. Its not just any low carb food that can be eaten in the Induction phase.

At the very least go to the Veronica Atkins site for some direction so that you are not wasting time and money on foods that are not acceptable on the list.

http://www.veronicaatkinsfoundation.org/lifestyle.htm


frazzeled
08-15-2010, 08:35 PM
Go and get yourself the original book published by Dr. Atkins and read it cover to cover before you start. Its not just any low carb food that can be eaten in the Induction phase.

At the very least go to the Veronica Atkins site for some direction so that you are not wasting time and money on foods that are not acceptable on the list.

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Good info there. Its pretty much the same as the ukatkinscom info.

I do think I am starting to get my head around it, but does seem strange that you can eat so much meat... the no no foods with fat in it.

Phase one is only two weeks. If I am losing it will motivate me so that will make it easier.
Now to get to the store.

Deena52
08-16-2010, 08:41 AM
Hi frazzeled and welcome. :wave:

Getting and reading Dr. Atkin's book is a serious must. I think I read it 10 times as soon as I got it. The main reason for this is not only to be sure you are eating the right foods (I learned I was making a few mistakes early on) but because you have to re-align your thinking...due to all the nutrition propaganda (well, *I* think it's propoganda, a good bit of it)...where fat is bad. You seriously have to reverse most of the stuff you've been told and believed for your life.

The main principles are:

*you generally eat a normal amount of protein, it's not mainly protein. It may SEEM like a lot of protein, since you no longer can eat all the junky carbs...but the reality is that it's a normal amount.
*The bulk of the diet is veggies....BUT filling because you add butter and/or cheese.
*You MUST get your fat in. Inadequate fat will slow down the weight loss.
*Basically....it's lots of veggies, normal protein, plenty of fat....and NO junky carbs.......and most carbs will come from veggies.

If you read the book and start eating while following the list...you'll get the hang of it and become an expert on it.

IMO...it's a great diet/WOE.......it's healthy, it works, you're not hungry and you feel good on it. I have to think that those who mess up or ditch it do so because they either didn't read the book so did a few things wrong and didn't lose so gave up or else absolutely refused to give up sugar, etc. Otherwise, I can't fathom why anyone would not love this diet.

deena:)

Oh....and to answer your question regarding calorie counting......No, you do not count calories...per se.....but you DO want to make sure you keep calories within fairly reasonable parameters. In other words, let's face it....you'd have trouble losing if you ate 6,000 cal/day of pure Atkin's approved foods. So yeah, you can't just eat endless and ridiculous amounts of calories and still lose. BUT...you do not count calories as a practical matter. Gone are the days where you worry when you see the calorie count of a baked chicken leg. It's protein and fat....so it's good...and eat it...even eat two....and don't even worry about the calories.

sandyfanny
08-16-2010, 12:37 PM
I agree that reading one of Atkins' pre-2002 books is a MUST and read ALL of it. I keep my copy of Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution (first copyright 1992) on my bedside table. I usually re-read a little of it every day; it keeps me on track and encourages me.

You might also find reading the "Sticky Threads" at the top of the Atkins 3FC site helpful - great information and questions answered. Also, check out JerseyGyrl's "Food on a Typical Day" post - right now it's on page 2 of the Atkins' list of postings. I have a "What's for Dinner" post that might help you put together your dinner menus.

I also find that after a two or three weeks on Atkins, I eat less in general. I'm just not as hungry as I used to be. Don't be afraid to eat when you're hungry; as long as you're on plan, you'll be fine. Take a walk, drink your water, and enjoy some really good food.

Post often. I wish you all the success you deserve; you'll always find friends and listeners here. :dizzy:

frazzeled
08-16-2010, 01:21 PM
Thanks everyone. I am really excited to get started. Tesco order in and felt greedy ordering cream and butter. I feel a bit naughty... and thats kinda fun. Will keep updates as I learn the forum too.

sandyfanny
08-16-2010, 04:46 PM
It is fun on Atkins to eat all the things we used to think were forbidden: butter, rich cheese, heavy cream...YUM! I enjoy that feeling of eating things I've denied myself in the past...as if I'm getting away with something BAD! :devil:

frazzeled
08-17-2010, 06:37 PM
Day 1 and it was easy. I have a cold so not very hungry anyways. Finding it hard to eat all the veg cause I am not hungry. Only had 4 eggs throughout day, 1 chicken breast and some edam cheese for the proteins. Some cream and splenda in my coffee and the rest some veg. Not much. Just wasnt hungry.

If very day is like this then I dont think it will be a problem. Very intersted in seeing how the two weeks go and how much i actually lose.

frazzeled
08-21-2010, 08:59 AM
Starting day 5. I weighed myself yesterday and I lost 6 lbs... I am thrilled.

I have to say, I am already bored of my food choices so going to scour recipes. Hard bit is that my hubs does most the evening meals. He is not creative. Ready meals. As I work (from home) and can not do meals its going to be a challenge.

sandyfanny
08-21-2010, 10:09 AM
Try Linda's Low Carb site for recipes and menus. All of them are not :Dfor induction, but many are or can be easily adapted.

http://genaw.com/lowcarb/

Congratulations on your loss, Frazzeled! :carrot:

frazzeled
08-21-2010, 01:54 PM
Try Linda's Low Carb site for recipes and menus. All of them are not :Dfor induction, but many are or can be easily adapted.


Congratulations on your loss, Frazzeled! :carrot:


Thanks

I think that site is fab. There is a whole induction section and found a recipe that I am doing tonight.

Momofsteel
08-21-2010, 03:20 PM
That is a great site. The deep dish pizza looks soooo good.

islandchick1
08-25-2010, 01:55 PM
Hi frazzled,
This is my second time on Atkins. I lost 60 lbs in 3 months the first time. I have been on it almost a month now this time and have lost 23 lbs. Before, I basically would eat as much of any of the allowed food as I wanted. I walked one mile a day, and exercised with free weights. THIS time, I am using portion control AND keeping my calories at 1200 per day or less. I have also started walking 2 miles per day Mon.-Fri. and 4 miles (2 in the morning and 2 in the evening -if I have the time) on Sat. and Sun. I have not started the free weights yet but wll this coming week. Basically, by watching carbs, calories, portions and exercising I have really started getting results. (dropped a pants size already). Atkins is really a good way to get the ball rolling. Much luck to you :)

islandchick1
08-25-2010, 01:59 PM
One other thing about the meal in the evening. I make my biggest meal at breakfast. I have a moderate lunch that usually includes a salad, and lean meat and have a protein based chocolate shake for my dinner(4 carbs) I have things like deviled eggs or pork rinds and homemade salsa for snacks if I think I need it.

fatmad
08-26-2010, 08:27 AM
I am doing well sticking to the induction plan in my book. I was stalled for a while, and am losing again this way.
good luck for you

Deena52
08-27-2010, 03:27 AM
Hang in there honey!

Atkins is a FABULOUS diet and works SO well if you work it! And I know you can do it!

deena:hug:

frazzeled
08-31-2010, 07:22 AM
I have to admit, I am truely amazed. Its been two weeks. I weighed the other day and I was down 9lbs. I have lost an inch off my hips and thighs and a half and inch on my waist. I have a neck again. I have cheekbones again. I have ankles again. I am holding off seeing if my wedding rings fit as I dont want to loose this high I am on and have anything bring it down. Will do in the next few days though. I am over the moon. I can not believe how fast this change has happend. Its only been two weeks.

So now over induction. I have pretty much cut coffee out of my diet except maybe a cup of decalf espresso and cream. I am enjoying having my roobios tea, especially the one with vanilla. I think I was truely addicted to coffee. I am rarely hungry.

So now I need to figure out my next steps and start adding a bit more to this diet.

Plus, my sister is going to start. I sent her a before and after shot. She can tell my face is thinner already.

SissieSue
08-31-2010, 02:44 PM
Frazzled -- I'm right there with you. I'm only on Day 4 of induction, but already I feel so. much. better! I've been sleeping better than I have in long time, and I'm WAYYYYY less puffy. What surprises me most is how GOOD I feel -- less stressed, less irritable, etc. :spin:Who would have thought?

What are you going to add into your diet next? Once my two weeks are up, I'm thinking that I might add more veggies . . .

frazzeled
09-02-2010, 07:45 AM
I need to add more carbs, I havent been getting enough. I know that for sure. I try and have a veggie platter in the evening to snack on... its my danger zone time... but I am not all that hungry most of the time.

I lost another 2lbs. I am down 11Lbs totals. Long way to go, but I am jazzed for this jumpstart. Its really motivated me to stay on this.

fatmad
09-02-2010, 08:40 AM
I am not getting the big losses like you, but did rev it up a bit, and after just losing 2 pounds a month for 9 months, losing 3 in 10 days seems pretty wonderful. Absolutely no ketones in my urine tho. Not a one.
go figure. Fasting blood sugars down to non-diabetic ranges. thats a great NSV

SilverLife
09-09-2010, 03:07 PM
Frazzeled, congratulations on your success! :)

kellyd23
09-13-2010, 10:20 PM
Hi frazzeled and welcome. :wave:

Getting and reading Dr. Atkin's book is a serious must. I think I read it 10 times as soon as I got it. The main reason for this is not only to be sure you are eating the right foods (I learned I was making a few mistakes early on) but because you have to re-align your thinking...due to all the nutrition propaganda (well, *I* think it's propoganda, a good bit of it)...where fat is bad. You seriously have to reverse most of the stuff you've been told and believed for your life.

The main principles are:

*you generally eat a normal amount of protein, it's not mainly protein. It may SEEM like a lot of protein, since you no longer can eat all the junky carbs...but the reality is that it's a normal amount.
*The bulk of the diet is veggies....BUT filling because you add butter and/or cheese.
*You MUST get your fat in. Inadequate fat will slow down the weight loss.
*Basically....it's lots of veggies, normal protein, plenty of fat....and NO junky carbs.......and most carbs will come from veggies.

If you read the book and start eating while following the list...you'll get the hang of it and become an expert on it.

IMO...it's a great diet/WOE.......it's healthy, it works, you're not hungry and you feel good on it. I have to think that those who mess up or ditch it do so because they either didn't read the book so did a few things wrong and didn't lose so gave up or else absolutely refused to give up sugar, etc. Otherwise, I can't fathom why anyone would not love this diet.

deena:)

Oh....and to answer your question regarding calorie counting......No, you do not count calories...per se.....but you DO want to make sure you keep calories within fairly reasonable parameters. In other words, let's face it....you'd have trouble losing if you ate 6,000 cal/day of pure Atkin's approved foods. So yeah, you can't just eat endless and ridiculous amounts of calories and still lose. BUT...you do not count calories as a practical matter. Gone are the days where you worry when you see the calorie count of a baked chicken leg. It's protein and fat....so it's good...and eat it...even eat two....and don't even worry about the calories.

DON'T FORGET TO EAT THE SKIN:D

frazzeled
09-14-2010, 12:29 PM
Well I have reached my first mini goal. I have lost a stone... aka 14lbs. :carrot: I feel so much better for it. Next mini goal is to be down 20lbs. I am doing really well with the day to day living on Atkins too. I am able to cope, even when we go out. I am so pleased with how it works and the fat that seems to be falling away. :D

SilverLife
09-14-2010, 12:33 PM
Frazzeled, congratulations! That is thrilling. Here's to your next success! :)