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ghost girl
08-15-2010, 08:21 PM
Well I got on the scale this morning and I have lost 2pounds this week, I have stuck to the plan and been walking.
I feel like it should have been more. But a 2 pound loss is far better than a gain.
Should I be doing more?
I did use more Splenda this week, could it be that?


sandyfanny
08-15-2010, 08:36 PM
We'd like a 5 pound loss every week, but a 2 pound loss is reasonable. Most people, even on Atkins, don't seem to post more than a 2 or 3 pound loss every week after their initial two weeks. I don't think our bodies are going to let go of more; remember our metabolism has been out of whack for a long time for many of us. And everyone doesn't lose even that 2 or 3 pounds each week. I lost 2 pounds one week, squeezed out a pound the next week, then lost four pounds in a week. But I sure don't expect 4 pounds this week too.

From what more experienced Atkins' eaters say, Splenda can be a problem. I've reduced the amount of Splenda I use by cutting out artificially sweetened drinks of all kinds in favor of water, but I'm using it to keep my sweet tooth in check. I could be keeping the sweet tooth alive, though; my body probably reads Splenda as "sugar."

I don't know; I'm no expert. Maybe JerseyGyrl can comment. You can email her directly or private message her if you click on her name and go to her profile page...but tell me what she says! I want to lose lots of weight fast too!

applelady
08-15-2010, 08:55 PM
2 pounds is great. Keeping within that weekly range (1 to 2 lbs) means you're making lifestyle changes you'll be able to live with. In return it means you will have much more success keeping the weight loss off.


ghost girl
08-16-2010, 04:14 AM
Thanks sandy and Apple.

Hey Sandy how was you trip?

ghost girl
08-16-2010, 04:25 AM
I tried to message Jersey gryl, the system will not let me yet.

JerseyGyrl
08-16-2010, 07:23 AM
I tried to message Jersey gryl, the system will not let me yet.

Hi Ghost Girl:)
Would you mind posting a typical day's menu including how much water you're drinking?

sandyfanny
08-16-2010, 07:44 AM
My trip to Charleston was great, and I stayed out of trouble (except for that glass of Prosecco). My daughters are doing fine, and we had time to just hang out and relax as well as meet friends for a drink (mine was diet coke with lime). Thanks for asking!

I posted my restaurant choices and my efforts to stay on plan on "What's for Dinner" if you're interested.

This week it's back to school on Thursday. Yikes! I'm thinking that I'm going to go ahead and buy myself a little refrigerator for my classroom to make it easier for me to take healthy food to school. There's NOTHING in that building that is remotely Atkins friendly except bottled water.

Deena52
08-16-2010, 10:08 AM
Hey ghost girl! :)

Lots of good comments here. One of the best things you can do is what Kim suggested. Give a run-down of your daily diet for the past few days....what you've eaten....so it can be assessed. As long as you're eating correctly, you should not have to worry what the scale says on any given week.

I'm also assuming that you were expecting more than 2 lbs. because most people lose larger amounts the first week or so when first starting a diet? (assuming that because 2 lbs/week would be good if one is well into the diet...any diet) Because Atkins is a metabolic diet...instead of a calorie-counting one....your body will show some unusual water fluctuations....through the entire diet, in fact. What typically happens with other diets won't necessarily happen the same way it does with other diets.
I'd say that with Atkins, you have to go by monthly numbers and that anything more frequent will be very fluctuating. Seen from a wider perspective, as long as you're trending downward, you're doing fine. Also, go more by how you're clothes are fitting than the scale number on any given day.

deena:)

Added: Also...I absolutely did have to limit my Splenda in order to lose. More than about 3 packs a day would stop the ketosis and get me nowhere.

fatmad
08-16-2010, 10:44 AM
Yes, when I start my induction next week I think limiting the splenda will be a goal for me. I don't think I have really gotten over my sugar addiction, have just replaced it with splenda. I bet if I really add it up, and include my daily schwepps ginger ale, I am getting more than 3 packets a day, and maybe have to give that up to get loss again.
I have stayed steady at 171, didn't gain on holidays in spite of a couple of foodie events, and couldn't exercise much due to a back injury. SO I will have to be content with that for now, and will be determined in induction next week!

Deena52
08-16-2010, 11:27 AM
OK....I'm just making an educated guess here......but I think that the main problem with the Splenda is the things they have to add to it (mainly maltodextrin) to make it in powdered form.....not the actual liquid pure Splenda.

Turns out that each packet has half a Gram of carb in it due to the maltodextrin.....which is actually a form of real sugar, to boot. The FDA rules apparently let them say that something has zero/0 carbs IF it is less than 1 Gm. per serving. But it's VERY misleading and those half grams add up real fast if you use enough of them.....especially during Atkins induction.

BUT....they only use the liquid Splenda in the diet soda, the diet jello, the diet syrups, etc....so those are not nearly as problematic as the powdered packets since they don't include the maltodextrin.

Oh....and one can actually buy liquid Splenda off the internet. I think the site is called Sweetsfree or something like that.

deena:)

LTs girl
08-16-2010, 01:14 PM
You can also buy it on amazon.com. I bought ez sweetz and it is great (I use it in my coffee). I also buy the sugar free iced tea from wal-mart.

sandyfanny
08-16-2010, 01:22 PM
Ditto. Lots of good ideas, good information, and encouraging comments. I'll have to try using the liquid Splenda form. Thanks, everyone.

ghost girl
08-16-2010, 03:52 PM
Hey Thanks to all for alot of great info.

ghost girl
08-16-2010, 04:10 PM
Hello Jersey Gyrl

Yesterday

AM - 2 cheese sticks
20 oz tea with 2 packs splenda
Later bottle water 16 oz
Mid day - 2 cups green salad with cheese and chicken
16 0z water
Dinner- 4oz chicken breast
2 cups green beans with butter
Ice tea 2 spenda packs
later 16 oz water

I lost 2 pounds and 2 inches this week, but I feel like it shoud have been more, I stick to the plan.
This is about what I eat every day. It don't change much.
Snacks 2 cheese sticks and water 16oz
I stay thirsty so I always have ice tea or water I drink alot.

sandyfanny
08-16-2010, 05:37 PM
Are you hungry? You don't seem to be eating very much. I think two pounds is really good and two inches is WONDERFUL.

JerseyGyrl
08-16-2010, 06:33 PM
Hello Jersey Gyrl

Yesterday

AM - 2 cheese sticks
20 oz tea with 2 packs splenda
Later bottle water 16 oz
Mid day - 2 cups green salad with cheese and chicken
16 0z water
Dinner- 4oz chicken breast
2 cups green beans with butter
Ice tea 2 spenda packs
later 16 oz water

I lost 2 pounds and 2 inches this week, but I feel like it shoud have been more, I stick to the plan.
This is about what I eat every day. It don't change much.
Snacks 2 cheese sticks and water 16oz
I stay thirsty so I always have ice tea or water I drink alot.

Hi Ghost Girl:)

Looking over your menu, I'm going to be real honest, in my opinion, you need more FAT! Many have the misconception Atkins is a high protein plan when in reality, Atkins is a high fat plan.

Do you like eggs? Eggs cooked in butter, omelets or hard boiled eggs make a great breakfast! Add a few links of breakfast sausage or a few slices of bacon:drool:
Use oil & vinegar on your salad or a creamy ranch or bleu cheese or ceasar dressing. You can even add some sliced hard oil egg & some bacon to your salad to add more fat. You might also want to consider some raw veggies in your salad from the acceptable foods list. On Induction, you should be getting 12-15 of your 20 carbs for the day from veggies & salads. You may want to consider a small salad with your dinner in addition to the green beans you're already eating.
When you say "cheese sticks", I'm going to assume you're referring to string cheese. Each stick is 1 oz., the limit for cheese on Induction is 3-4 ozs. If you're having 2 in the morning and another 2 as snacks, you've reached the limit for the day. Cheese is a known common "staller" (for me included).....so, you may want to limit cheese.
Splenda should be limited to 3 packets per day. Splenda, although prefered on Atkins, does cause stalling in some people.
I hope this is helpful to you.
Don't beat yourself up over losing 2 lbs or 2 inches....you are doing just great!!!:carrot:
It's basically trial & error to find what works for you....and trust me, with time, patience and persistance, you will:)

All the best to you!!!:hug:

ghost girl
08-17-2010, 03:11 AM
Thank you so much for the good information, I am not a morning person (Years of working third shift) so when I wake i feel like I need something
Usually One string cheese does the trick along with my tea.
I am not at all an egg eater, But I love Bacon.
Lets see how next week goes, I will try your suggestions Again Thanks so much. You guys have no idea
how much you are helping me.
Sandy no I am not at all hungry anymore, In fact it seems like I have reduced the portion size and the amount consumed.

Deena52
08-17-2010, 11:03 AM
ghost girl~
The two fats that seemed to speed up my weight loss the most were butter and mayonnaise. Try to put as much butter and/or mayo on things you like that you can put them on...or in.....chicken/tuna salad...egg salad if you can manage the eggs in it..and toss some bacon in the egg salad too....veggies with lots and lots of butter, fish with butter slathered all over it. I always use butter...none of the other things with the chemicals in them.
As long as I made sure to eat a nice substantial amount of butter and/or mayo daily....the loss went well. Hehe....I've heard of people dipping hotdogs in mayo to get the fat in.....but you do have to get your fat in there to keep the loss up. Jersey Girl is right on the money with that.

deena :)

sandyfanny
08-17-2010, 11:36 AM
My favorite quick fat/protein snack: 2 all beef Hebrew National franks broiled. Dip in a mixture of grainy mustard and mayonnaise. YUM!

Deena52
08-17-2010, 11:57 AM
You know, one thing I could never figure out was why, if even one grain of sugar in things would mess up my ketosis.......that I seemed to be able to eat mayo with sugar listed in the ingredients and also things like hotdogs that had verboten sugary-type preservatives in them. They never seemed to negatively affect the ketosis/loss for some darn reason.
I could never figure out the physiologic logic of this.

I did mainly go out of state to get this Duke's mayo that had no sugar in it.....but when I did use the ones with sugar, like Hellmann's, I had no problem with that either.

The one stall item that threw me was that some were sensitive to the mushrooms and could be stalled by them. I never had a problem with mushrooms....and in fact, loved to saute a whole batch of sliced mushrooms and sprinkle cheese on them...yum.

deena:)

sandyfanny
08-17-2010, 12:44 PM
Duke's Mayonnaise is THE mayonnaise of southern cooking!

ghost girl
08-18-2010, 03:51 AM
Sandy I didn't even think about the all beef franks, good tip.
Thanks again ladies.