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Linsy
11-16-2010, 01:00 AM
It was fantastic at first, who wouldn't love being able to eat fried eggs? Cheese? Bacon? Sausage? And lose weight? Count me in!

Then week 3...Oh joy, more eggs. Every day. Another hamburger patty, another piece of chicken, another taco salad.

Month 2...Too much butter makes me feel sick and I've never liked mayonnaise anyway.

Month 3...I've lost 30 pounds but my weight loss is stalling because I'm uninterested in the food and I've started eating too much cheese (more than we're allowed to eat). I crave OATMEAL...yes, oatmeal. I want a sweet crisp apple. I love whole wheat rice and pasta, yogurt, nuts, crisp salads, and fruit are some of my favorite things. I have trouble eating veggies on any plan, and it doesn't help when the kind of vegetables I can eat are limited. Most of them I don't even enjoy eating.

If I moved past Induction and got into OWL (on-going weight loss), I would be able to add berries, nuts, and a few other foods. Apparently it will cause me to lose weight slower. However, it's recommended that someone who has a lot of weight to lose stays on Induction for a while...so, that's not really an option.

There's another problem...I can't just "switch" diets. I wish I had stuck with calorie counting instead so I had more variety. If I switch from low-carb and start counting calories instead, I'm going to gain weight immediately because of adding in carbs.

I'm going to stay on-plan, of course, because my weight is more important...but how am I going to do this for months? On Atkins, you literally can't start eating apples or oatmeal until pre-maintenance...which is 10 pounds before goal. Blah.


pipernoswiper
11-16-2010, 01:17 AM
not much help, but here is a :hug:

ChicoryCat
11-16-2010, 01:26 AM
I didn't care for Atkins - it's hard to believe it's okay to eat all that fatty meat. I am following South Beach, which is a little gentler in its approach and it seems a little more sensible.

I know what you're saying, though, about missing the enjoyment of carbs. I remind myself that this super low carb stuff is temporary and I will enjoy small portions of those foods again later, but for now I just want to feel more fit.

I eat a lot of vegetables in large portions, like steamed broccoli with lemon and salt and large salads with meat in them. Check out the South Beach book. You could probably switch over without losing much ground. However, you will still be very low carb for a while longer if you stick with their Phase 1 for two weeks as suggested.

Plain peppermint tea is a nice distraction from cravings, by the way.


ChicoryCat
11-16-2010, 01:30 AM
On Atkins can you eat things with tomato sauce? I like to make Italian low-carb food, like portobella mushrooms baked with pizza filling. That is a nice change of pace. And meatloaf (breadless) with spicy pizza-spiced tomato sauce.

Nola Celeste
11-16-2010, 01:38 AM
I feel your pain; Atkins worked wonderfully for me in the weight loss department, but both my body and my brain vehemently disagreed with the plan. I had similar troubles in the late 80s with low-fat, high-carb plans. When I did the Cambridge liquid diet plan, it was so low in sodium and so relentlessly sweet that I found myself obsessing about eating iodized salt straight from the shaker like a deer at a salt-lick. I lost 30 pounds on it, but I wouldn't put my worst enemy through the misery that the plan was for me.

Apparently some people just aren't meant to be more focused eaters; I guess I'm a broad-spectrum grazer. Maybe you are too?

If a plan isn't something you can live with in the long term, maybe there are ways to tailor it to yourself and make it a plan that you do enjoy. You've done really well on Atkins and it wouldn't make sense to leave it for a passing oatmeal jones, but if you find yourself so preoccupied with fantasies of "forbidden," but healthy foods like apples and berries that you're white-knuckling your way through every day, it might be time to try tweaking the plan.

What's keeping you from moving away from induction and into ongoing weight loss after three months? Is there a particular weight or time at which you're planning to move into OWL?

Linsy
11-16-2010, 02:19 AM
Induction can be followed safely for up to 6 months, so I wanted to stay on it for 6 months and then move to OWL. I don't necessarily HATE it, but I do feel very limited with my options. I almost feel like the food is too rich. It's recommended to eat a lot of fat though so there's not really a way to get around that.

In OWL, I can add cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, blueberries, cantaloupe, raspberries, strawberries, lemon juice, lime juice, and tomato juice.

Honeydew is one of my favorites, I also love ricotta cheese, almonds, etc. I would be able to make shakes with berries or have strawberries and cream. It actually does sound good, I would be able to get my "fruit fix" without going off-plan. I'm really afraid that it's going to stall me, though.

fat chick 123
11-16-2010, 02:33 AM
im on low carb to. Its death! i live on carbs! although its really working. keep up with it!!! dont cheat or u will have to start again :(:(

but stick with it. it will totally be worth it

Rosinante
11-16-2010, 02:44 AM
Of course it's an option to move onto OWL, or any other programme.

Earlier this year I tried really hard with low carb, to the letter; but after a few weeks of losing my weight began to roll back, I felt dreadful, could barely leave the bathroom, exercise? I couldn't even walk into town.

It didn't suit Me.

So I went onto a higher carb intake, and have continued to lose weight at a steady rate. 42lbs in 5 months. 13lbs to go to my interim target, 50lbs to go if I decide to go for thin. OK, not super speedy loss, certainly not compared to the low carb promises, but I can walk, I can exercise, I've stopped feeling like death on two legs.

I was horrified that it didn't suit me, I'd thought low carb was the Wonder Way to go; but feeling that bad physically was absolutely definitely Not worth persisting with.

:hug:

Nebuchadnezzar
11-16-2010, 03:08 AM
Well, I know its not encouraging to discourage someone from their chosen diet buuuut...I've been losing weight by just cutting out simple carbs and going with 100-125 complex carbs a day. Maybe the restrictions on all carbs is leaving a bad taste in your mouth like it did with me? You shouldnt gain weight immediately (or if you do it should taper back off within a couple of weeks as I have learned) by just cutting out simple carbs...but I dunno. Maybe consider it? Go to Complex only and keep the protein coming!

Just my two cents, I'm obviously no dietician but I hope whatever you do or dont do works swimmingly!

ValRock
11-16-2010, 03:31 AM
It's not for everyone. Part of making this a lifestyle change that you can stick with is finding something that works for you. I've tweaked my plan TONS to lose this weight. I'm finding that I personally do SO much better on a low carb plan... but not everyone does. If it makes you feel crappy it's better to find something that doesn't make you feel crappy NOW than to suffer for a long time. This shouldn't be a painful experience. Weight loss can be easy if you find a way to make it easy on you ;).

Just my opinion!!! Best of luck with your goals :).

livb528
11-16-2010, 03:32 AM
I'm a low-carber, not a no-carber. I always eat 0 carbs for breakfast (Eggs and whatnot) as a general rule, and then for lunch and dinner I can have whatever I want in terms of carbs. (while trying not to over do it of course) I find that it sets up my blood sugar to be more even and makes me not as hungry throughout the day. If I eat any kind of bread/ oatmeal for breakfast, forget it. I am hungry again 2 hours later and snacking throughout the day.

I'm still losing weight although slowly, but that is better for me because I've lost weight very quickly doing atkins before and gained it back. But I emotional eat so not saying this will happen to you! For me, I've learned that absolutes just don't work for me. If this advice does not work for you, feel free to disregard!! I've just really been focusing this time around on finding a plan that is sustainable to me for life. You have to find what that is for you.

KenzideRhae
11-16-2010, 03:49 AM
You can switch diets. You can move out of Induction. You can tweak your diet however you want. You're just not allowing yourself to ;). Like others have said, low-carb isn't for everyone. If you're getting sick of your diet and it's making you unhappy, or causing you to feel unwell, then you need to allow yourself to change something, or risk feeling worse and worse.

I know that it's scary to think of your weight loss slowing down, but it's not a race! Whether you lose 12 lbs in a month or in two months-- you still lost 12 lbs. And adding more carbs in slowly won't necessarily make your weight spike up. Even if it does, it most likely won't be a fat gain, but water weight and other factors.

So I'd really suggest moving into OWL or switching to another plan, at least for a month or so, to see how you feel. You can always go back to Induction at a later time if you decide to.

fatmad
11-16-2010, 03:51 AM
a good recipe book may be helpful. We sometimes go for simple and easy, and need fancier and high flavour foods sometimes. Get a good low carb recipe book, have to occasional level 2 food day.

Linsy
11-16-2010, 04:04 AM
Well, it doesn't make me feel bad. I feel fine. I'm just bored with my food choices. Once I get to pre-maintenance and then maintenance, I'll be able to eat more grains and stuff as long as I stay in my carb range, which I will be able to maintain. It's just right now I don't have a lot of choices, and I still have a lot more pounds until pre-maintenance. That's a long time until I can have some brown rice or a piece of watermelon, you know what I mean?

Magrat
11-16-2010, 06:00 AM
Low carb isn't for me either.

I've posted a number of times about my inability to drop my last five pounds. Many well meaning posters have suggested I try low carb. I don't like rejecting suggestions but I've done low carb in the past and while it worked I was miserable. I felt slightly sick all the time. had no energy and was tormented by cravings. I really don't care for fatty meat and while I love cheese I can get darn sick of it after a while.

What I do now is avoid processed carbs and high fructose corn syrup and try to keep everything else in balance.

I wish low carb was a viable option for me because then I wouldn't be struggling. But I know I can't eat that way and be healthy and happy.

rockinrobin
11-16-2010, 06:27 AM
You can switch diets/plans. Well, essentially you already have. Because you're not sticking with this one by eating too much cheese and other *allowable* foods. So by not adhering to this diet to a *T*, you've already switched.

You need to take a long, hard look here and see what not only can you stick to long term, but what you are WILLING to stick with long term.

All plans do have an adjustment period; a transition period. You need to learn the ropes and how to prepare and eat the foods on your plan and how to avoid the other ones. There will always be a period of *discomfort* initially, temporarily. You need to accept this. You are always going to have to push yourself a bit in the beginning.

As far as being bored with food. I urge you to not let that get to you. Just think how boring it is being overweight and not living up to your full potential. Don't focus on what FOODS you are missing out on, but what quality of LIFE you are missing out on. Focus on what you are gaining, not giving up. There's a big, big, big pay off to turning down certain foods. When those rewards start surfacing, and it does take some time, the sacrifices will seem negligible in comparison to the unbelievable benefits.

ValRock
11-16-2010, 07:08 AM
Robin's right, once again!

Nothing is as boring as not being able to fit into the swings with my kids or have the energy to chase after them :). I'd honestly eat nothing but corn meal if it meant I'd get results and could keep my body healthy. I'd find a way to live with it and be happy :). Obviously, that's not required... but it all comes down to what's really important to you. Luckily, it can be done with a little pain in the beginning and relative ease after that!

Heather
11-16-2010, 07:45 AM
As far as being bored with food. I urge you to not let that get to you. Just think how boring it is being overweight and not living up to your full potential. Don't focus on what FOODS you are missing out on, but what quality of LIFE you are missing out on. Focus on what you are gaining, not giving up. There's a big, big, big pay off to turning down certain foods. When those rewards start surfacing, and it does take some time, the sacrifices will seem negligible in comparison to the unbelievable benefits.

Regarding being bored -- with either food I eat or exercise I do -- I have to say that that is a recipe for disaster for me. I would not have been able to stay on a plan where I was bored and unable to eat a variety of food. So, perhaps there is some individual variation in this regard.

However, I see that as different from turning down certain foods that might be problematic for me. When it comes to things like brownies, cookies and cakes, I do agree that there are big payoffs to "just say no".

I do best when I balance health and variety in the food I eat.

rockinrobin
11-16-2010, 07:55 AM
Regarding being bored -- with either food I eat or exercise I do -- I have to say that that is a recipe for disaster for me. I would not have been able to stay on a plan where I was bored and unable to eat a variety of food. So, perhaps there is some individual variation in this regard.

However, I see that as different from turning down certain foods that might be problematic for me.

Yes. Agreed.

I didn't mean to imply that being bored with food is *acceptable*. Well, not totally. There were certain foods that I had to give up. But I don't miss them - anymore. I ADDED in much better ones. Ones that taste fabulous and are fabulous for me. I no longer settle for foods that *just taste good*. They have to taste good and be good for me, long after I'm done chewing.

One of my non-negotiables was I was not willing to eat boring, bland, tasteless dull foods.

Eating delicious foods was/is ESSENTIAL to my staying on plan for all the years that I have. There is no way I could have lasted this long if I wasn't thoroughly enjoying everything I put into my mouth. It is essential for me to enjoy and get pleasure from everything that I eat.

It makes it much easier to stick to a healthy lifestyle if the foods that I am eating are delicious. No reason to go off plan, when on plan is so good. The foods I eat are quite exciting and yummy to me. They're just different foods then they were in the past. I had to re-think what a treat is. And I have.

I also didn't have all these great healthy foods from the start. I had to DISCOVER them. I had to look for them, I had to create them. So yes, there is an adjustment period as you find/develop these foods.

I also though was definitely trying to point out that adhering to a healthy lifestyle is not boring, dull and uncomfortable. And that I finally realized that being overeating and remaining overweight was most boring, dull and uncomfortable.

Kinda rambling. Not sure if I'm getting my point across. So, I'll stop. ;)

hhichick
11-16-2010, 08:05 AM
Here is something to think about . . . .

Why not treat your weight loss period as a chance to fine tune your maintenance plan? It's your chance to find out what works for you and what you really are willing to do for a lifetime. You aren't happy with what you are doing right now and while you are doing great with your weight loss, you still have more to lose . . . and a lifetime to maintain that loss. Why not try OWL and see if that's a better fit? Or Primal? Or South Beach? Or even calorie counting with an emphasis on lower carb choices?

nelie
11-16-2010, 08:05 AM
You need to find a sustainable diet for you. I eat a high carb diet which I enjoy and I try to vary my foods although I definitely have key foods/staples that always seem to be around. If the plan isn't working for you, then figure what will work for you.

Violet73
11-16-2010, 08:20 AM
When I was really strict with low carbing I would eat an apple some days and also I ate sunflower seeds. I know you are strictly going by the book but you can tweek it. I just counted carbs in everything and if I ate an apple one day then I just didn't eat salad that day. I always stayed in ketosis too. There are some great recipes for low carbing too such as the cauliflower pizza... Having the same thing over and over again gets old quick. When I first did Atkins I got so sick of eggs I thought I would never eat another one :P

I still stay low carb but I'm not as strict. I just couldn't maintain that strictness for long periods of time!

carter
11-16-2010, 10:20 AM
I don't see how switching to calorie-counting will cause you to gain weight just because you are adding a few healthy carbs back in. It won't cause you to gain weight if you count the calories in those carbs and stay within your calorie limits.

I think it's generally understood that the reason people bounce back so badly after abandoning a low-carb diet is because they add huge portions of carbs into their huge portions of low-carb foods, and wind up eating way too many calories. If you switch to calorie-counting, you won't do that.

At any rate, Robin said it very well, you need a plan you are willing to stick to, and you're not sticking to the plan you have now, so you need to try something else. Whether that's mixing up the low-carb foods you are eating (I have been on a kick of making different kinds of spiced fish dishes lately, I am having a blast and that is something a low-carber can eat), or trying a different, more balanced plan like whole-foods calorie counting, you have to adapt your plan to something you are willing to live with, or you will end up on no plan at all.

19Deltawifey
11-16-2010, 10:28 AM
That why I can never do low carb because ketosis makes me miserable, I start to go crazy and get very paranoid and scared. It changes the way my mind works so I NEED carbs, what I do is a high protein, moderate carb diet. I don't go into ketosis and I have variety in my diet. You will definitely probably gain some water weight when you add in carbs, have you thought about CKD? I think every 3rd day you have a carb up day and then you go back to low carb. Good Luck with whatever you choose to do but I've tried Atkins and my body doesn't like it at all. Maybe look into a moderate carb diet, I keep my carbs between 100-200g a day.

Eliana
11-16-2010, 10:34 AM
Here's my take on this. Take what you've learned from Atkins and apply it as you transition into a plan that works for you.

I did SBD and though it didn't work out for me because it was a *diet*, I did learn a lot from it. I took what I learned from SBD and applied it to calorie counting. That eventually evolved into more of a whole foods calorie counting diet. So I guess I've merged three diets and I'm extremely happy with my plan and tweaking it constantly. The constant tweaking keeps me interested.

I think a good transition for you would be to pick up a SBD book and just read the basics. My understanding is it's very similar to Atkins but with an emphasis on lean protein and vegetables for carbs. But in phase two it starts to introduce healthy carbs like sweet potatoes and lovely honey crisp apples. ;)

You may gain weight at first, just expect that. But know that it ISN'T fat gain. It's just water and/or glycogen stores. Expect it, see it for what it is, and know that if you can stick it out you will reach your goal. ;) Patience above all else! Sustainably. That's the ticket.

kaplods
11-16-2010, 10:50 AM
I think prolonged induction can work against the person with a lot to lose. Because the book encourages prolonged induction, many people feel obligated to do so, and judge the diet only by induction.

Try a week on owl and see if that helps. You can also alternate owl and induction weeks, or give yourself one owl week a month... whatever works best for you.

You can also make your diet less boring in so many ways. It's unlikely that you're eating as much variety as you could be. You don't have to have eggs and bacon for breakfast. You can have baked fish for breakfast. You can have a viatnamese beef salad for lunch (just replace the sugar in the dressing with Splenda or other low-carb sweetener).

There are tons of options, but you have to go into your grocery store with new eyes. Imagine that you've never been in a grocery store before and explore every aisle (or at least the perimeter, where the whole food options tend to be) looking for "new" foods that fit your low-carb goals.

Asian groceriers are AWESOME for unusual low-carb treats.

Some that I have in my cabinet (they may sound strange, but you might be surprised. I was) from the asian grocery a block from our home. Obviously, even if none of my suggestions sound good to you, there are thousands of low-carb foods that you haven't tried.

Smiling Fish brand Green Curry Fried Sardines (290 calories, 5g carb 19g fat) Smiling Fish products are excellent. I bought my first can as a joke. It sounded so weird (sardines in curry sauce?) that I had to try it. OMG, absolutely yummy. There are several different curries and most flavors come in both sardines and mackerel. There's quite a bit of fat, but it's mostly healthy Omega 3's

Dragonfly brand Mackerel in tom yum sauce (290 calories, 5g carb, 16g fat)I haven't tried this brand yet, but I've had other brands and it's really good. Spicy and a bit sour.

Hot & sour pickled mustard green and Fermented Mustard green (most stores have a dozen or so varieties or more). These are tiny cans of pickled vegetables, and they add flavor to stir fries and soups (I never use a whole can. So I put the leftovers in a small container or ziploc bag). A whole can has 50 calories or less, and the carb count varies from brand to brand (depending on whether carby ingredients are added).

Some are quite tart, and some are very mild. Some are spicy hot, and some aren't. They're usually very cheap (I've never seen them more than $1 and usually they're 65 cents or so).

I know these are kind of "out there" to most folks, but once you start trying new foods, it becomes addictive, and you'd be surprised at how many great low-carb foods are out there in the world. Most of them are right under your nose too. I still find stuff in the regular grocery stores every day, just because now I'm "on the hunt" for new stuff to try.

Even when it comes to hams, bacon, and sausage - there are dozens of varieties to try. If you have a Sam's Club near you, they sell a chicken and asiago sausage that's amazing (if you go to the customer service counter they'll often give you a free day pass to try before you buy the membership. They also have a generous refund policy if you pay the membership fee and then decide that your membership isn't worth it).

Aldi has stir fries that aren't super low-carb if you use the sauce that comes with them, but are very low-carb if you don't (just avoid the ones with rice and noodles). They're about $4 and more than enough food for two people.

I know I'm more adventurous than most, but there are SO SO many options.

I think it's easy to get in a rut when it comes to weight loss, and we start to think the rut is inevitably part of weight loss, and it isn't. I eat far more variety when I'm "on plan" than when I go off it. So I no longer have the excuse that "diet food is boring." It's only as boring as I let it be, because there are so many food options.

bargoo
11-16-2010, 11:03 AM
I did Atkins and was succesful but just couldn' t stay with it. I count calories, much more freedom . As is said before pick the diet that works for you it is perfectly OK to switch to something else if you are not satisfied .

grneyedmustang
11-16-2010, 12:21 PM
+1 for what Eliana said...

South Beach might be a little more "livable" for you. It's stilly (fairly) low carb, but you get to enjoy low fat cheese and whole grains (like the oatmeal you're missing) in moderation, and it's within the plan.

Look into the plan and see if it would work for you...I bought the South Beach book on amazon, used, for less than $3. You could also pop into the South Beach diet boards here and ask for input....take a look at some of our recipes to see if the foods interest you.

Good luck with whatever you decide. :)

Onederchic
11-16-2010, 01:09 PM
It's not for everyone. Part of making this a lifestyle change that you can stick with is finding something that works for you. I've tweaked my plan TONS to lose this weight. I'm finding that I personally do SO much better on a low carb plan... but not everyone does. If it makes you feel crappy it's better to find something that doesn't make you feel crappy NOW than to suffer for a long time. This shouldn't be a painful experience. Weight loss can be easy if you find a way to make it easy on you ;).

Just my opinion!!! Best of luck with your goals :).


I agree.

Good luck with your goals :hug:

Linsy
11-16-2010, 01:59 PM
Thank you everyone for all of the advice. I guess my biggest problem is that I try to work with whatever food we have in the house because I live with my parents. One of the reasons I chose Atkins is because it would be easier on my family because I'd be able to eat whatever they cook (and my mom has been wonderful at making low-carb dishes for me) without having to have separate meals. For example, if they have ribs smothered in carby sweet sauce, they make some without sauce and I have green beans instead of potatoes. It works out well.

They also don't have a lot of variety in their foods. The extent of their vegetable eating is pretty much carrots, potatoes, green beans and salad. The potatoes and carrots I can't eat. Once I'm making some money for myself (I've talked about this in another thread) I'll be able to buy a larger variety of foods. I feel bad asking her to buy me tons of specific food that only I'll eat, so I mostly ask for basics and work with everything else.

I guess I don't really want to change my plan. I do think I'm going to change it a little bit...add nuts and a little bit of fruit. Thanks again for the great answers.

Eliana
11-16-2010, 02:32 PM
That still sounds on par with South Beach. ;) Just saying...it's worth a read.

I guess I'd just rather see you find something you like than see you quit. I know you say you won't quit...but gosh I would have if I didn't love my plan.

kittycarlson
11-16-2010, 03:50 PM
Hi
I've been doing semi-low carb and I'm getting tired of eggs and chicken. egg salad, tuna salad and chicken salad seemed great at first but now I'm getting tired of them. I too have been eating too much cheese. I can eat a little oatmeal and Uncle Sam's Cereal but they just seem to make me crave more carbs. I'm doing good on the "no sugar" thing but I'm craving carbs as bad as I did at first. I'm following the belly fat diet but no one seems to post there. I'm losing slowly which is fine with me. I've been doing the ketostrips and they show some ketones daily but I'm not in ketosis as least not as I understand it. I've lost a total of about 45 LBs since last spring. I've lost 8 1/2 since lowering my carbs a little over a month ago. I want to lose another 45 lbs. I've been getting discouraged lately. It might be SAD, the time change or life circumstances I don't know. But it does seem that I'm eating less protein and fat even though I'm staying within the carb range I'm allowed. Any one else done belly fat? When I look back in the post few of the people that posted are still around

ValRock
11-16-2010, 04:47 PM
Also, don't be afraid of putting healthy carbs back in your diet. If there is an initial blip on the scale it'll be water weight as long as you keep your calories at a reasonable level :). It'll be fine! Don't be miserable if you don't have to be... there's no reason to take it that far :)

Water25
11-16-2010, 08:23 PM
Cut yourself a break!
I was never able to do a clean phase one for Atkins or south beach. The only way I could continue is with my daily apple. A big tart one every night. If I have it at night, it won't trigger cravings.
I am on metformin for my insulin so I eat apples for the low-carb shakes too.
Can you add in some refried beans? The high fiber count makes most of the carbs not matter as much in them.
A little bit of fruit hoes along way to help with those cravings.

Bombe
11-17-2010, 09:59 AM
You can switch diets. You can move out of Induction. You can tweak your diet however you want. You're just not allowing yourself to ;).

Yeah, that! I know it's important to give a plan a chance to work but if you dislike it that much.....it's not working for you!. Form a plan of attack that you LIKE and that way you'll stick with it in the long run.

I tried Atkins briefly and didn't make it past 3 weeks. At the start I thought it was perfect, the meat and fat is my favorite part of a meal anyway! But I got so bored so quick and started resenting my meals.

I am currently on a low carb diet again now but I didn't want Atkins, it's just a diet of my own making (but when I read through South Beach stuff I found that it's very similar to that plan). I allow a limited amount of complex carbs each day and so far it's been working for me, I'm down almost 25 lbs. in 3 and a half months!

Linsy
11-20-2010, 11:45 PM
Thanks everyone for all of the advice. I have made a few changes to my diet, including:

Adding nuts. LIFESAVER. Almonds are amazingly filling and give me that crunchy, no preparation needed snack that I needed.
Adding low-carb tortillas...I'm not going to eat these often but I had a chile verde burrito tonight for less than 10 net carbs and it was great. Sometimes you just want an easy meal that you can eat with your hands.
I bought a cheese and broccoli soup from the store's deli, 11 net carbs for 1 cup so I've been eating 1/2 cup with a side (bacon or chicken) and counting it as 5.5. Very filling.
Lastly, I bought a 4-pack of Atkins shakes and have been drinking them for breakfast. I've been avoiding eggs as much as possible (fried eggs don't sound very great to me right now) and the Atkins shake is filling and tastes good. Only 2 net carbs for one shake.

I haven't lost any weight this week but now that I've tweaked my diet a bit hopefully I'll be more motivated. Although it doesn't go by the Atkins "rules" completely, I'm still going to consider it Atkins because I'm using that plan as a guideline. I was lost in the land of eggs, cheese, taco salad, and hamburger patties...practically every. single. day.

Thanks everyone for your advice, you helped me not be afraid to move past Induction and mess with the plan until I got something that made me happy. I also haven't been watching my calories because the Atkins book says you don't need to, but I'm going to start watching my calories a bit more closely to make sure I'm not eating too much or not enough.

rockinrobin
11-21-2010, 06:50 AM
I also haven't been watching my calories because the Atkins book says you don't need to, but I'm going to start watching my calories a bit more closely to make sure I'm not eating too much or not enough.

Sounds like you're taking a little of this plan a bit of that plan and have devised your OWN plan. Which is great and what many of us have done.

But I urge you, urge you, urge you, now that you've abandoned *some* of the Atkins core principles to buckle down and not only *watch* your calories, but track them carefully, adhering to a calorie budget or I'm afraid all your hard work will be for naught.