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04-26-2006, 11:31 PM
Okay, I am at 2 and a half weeks through induction, still only an 8 pound loss. I can see it in my face and hips and butt, a bit, though my measurements are still the same. Which is weird to me. I however have lost nothing in my stomach which is my fattest body part. I always thought atkins was good at fighting belly fat? If it's even possible, it looks and feels like my tummy is actually fatter! Could that be possible? I've been doing everything right, even drinking water which i hate, but I feel like I am making things worse! I don't need my "problem area" any bigger than it is, I would absolutely die! What do you guys think?:(

04-27-2006, 12:08 AM
nope your belly fat didnt get bigger....the stuff around it got smaller....making it appear bigger

Now Ive never heard that Atkins targets belly fat. I wish it did, but unfortunately it doesnt. Fat comes off where ever the **** it wants to!! I get a serious case of "flat butt" when the lbs really start falling off.

You've lost 8lbs so far....thats pretty amazing. What other diets can you go on, eat like we do, and still loose 8lbs in 2weeks? Hang in there, follow the plan, drink your water, and get your will widdle it away in no time.

Your doing good.....keep it up :dancer:

04-27-2006, 01:22 AM
Fat before it leaves gets softer and mushier. That makes it look worse, but is actually a good sign. It isn't as tightly packed and "blubbery" but softer, squishier and more loose and flabby looking. That is probably what you are seeing.

04-27-2006, 01:51 AM
are you doing ab work within your exercise routine?

if so, you could be building your ab muscles beneath the tummy pudge, which cause the pudge to look like more than it is.

Don't know if it makes sense...but if this is the case with you...just give it time, things will even out. . you lost weight, right?

04-27-2006, 09:39 AM
I have to agree with the others, it comes off where it comes off ;)

You had an 8 pound loss, that's wonderful :bravo:

I have had 6 pounds in 6 days and that was with one day of eating carbs, in my weak moment.

I went out and bought ketostix, and have been measuring my ketone level every night and I'm telling you, for me, seeing that turn more and more purple, is an immediate psychological boost. I *know* that I'm burning fat, even when I can't see it.

Stay on the plan and I bet you'll do just fine and see the results you want to see.

You are doing great! :carrot:

04-27-2006, 10:05 AM
It always comes off my face and chest first, my tummy is usually the last to go. Hang in there it'll be gone before you know it. Judy

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04-27-2006, 10:11 AM
I am right there with you! On Atkins and I have lost 24 so far - I see the loss everywhere BUT my belly! UGH! Yes I exercise like crazy and I do tummy tapes. Trying to be patient, they keep saying it will happen.

04-27-2006, 10:57 AM
I think it really depends on the person. My husband carries all his weight up front, and that is where it's all dropping off. I carry mine in my lower half, so my husband notices weight loss in the butt area. LOL Everyones different. Have patience. You will see the differences soon. 8 pounds is really hard to tell.. I didn't really notice my changes until 15 - 20 pounds.

Keep it up!!

04-27-2006, 11:20 AM
I would like to celebrate the fact that you have lost eight pounds. That's wonderful.

04-27-2006, 11:29 AM
I have to agre that the weight comes off unevenly in me as well. My lower body has dropped a lot of inches, my upper body and arms are a totally different story. Just now my arms are strting to go down. Hang in there.

04-27-2006, 12:46 PM
Mine comes off from the top of my head down. My face is way smaller. I can see my collar bones. My waist is smaller. But I can't see a darn thing on my legs.

I started last May at 280 and I haven't lost a single inch off my legs yet. But I've gone down 3 sizes.

04-27-2006, 08:30 PM
Thanks guys! I know I should be happy with the 8 pounds. I just have a tendency to base all of my weight loss on my tummy, it's like the only place I look. I am at a stall right now, I lost the 8 in the first week and haven't moved an ounce in the last week and a half. So maybe once this stall pushes through I'll see a little more results. I just wish it would hurry up and end!

04-28-2006, 05:40 AM
Rockgirl, I say this very carefully but if you are certain that you are doing the program right then your problem may be insulin resistance if so your doctor can give you some meds to get you going and then as you loose it will go away. My sister takes meds for that as she is crossing 50lbs lost he is proposing taking her off of it and see how she does.

Just a thought.

04-28-2006, 01:06 PM
I don't know if that's the problem, cus my blood sugar is very low. My dad takes insulin and I check his sugar every day, so when I started Atkins we'd test mine to just out of curiosity to see where it was. The two times we tested it was 69 and then last night it was 71. So I don't think it's insulin, but I do know that all this stalling is giving me the biggest carb cravings in the world!!!!:devil: I think I'll give myself another week and see what happens.

04-28-2006, 07:05 PM
:hug: If it is a true stall it might take a little longer then a week. Please be patient with yourself and give your body some time to get used to a different way of eating. I know there are so many times I get frustrated and want to throw in the towel, but I have to be patient too. Everybody loses at a different rate. Your body has to have a chance to adjust. Judy:grouphug: :balloons:

04-28-2006, 09:09 PM
When you have insulin resistance, you can have a perfectly normal blood sugar. This is my case, blood sugar consistently below 100 with insulin level of 40, which is 10 times too high according to my specialist. Was put on Glucophage to help with this. Don't worry about the weight coming off belly area last, mine did the same thing. Your belly will gradually go down. My belly was my biggest problem area, but it is where I have had the hardest time losing weight. Congratulations on the 8 lb. loss, that's fantastic.

04-30-2006, 02:49 PM
You are saying that doctors can test for "insulin resistance?" How do they determine that? I'd love to know.

04-30-2006, 10:04 PM
They draw an insulin level as well as your blood sugar. mine was drawn about a year ago and will be redrawn in June. I never knew I was producing too much insulin, just knew that I often felt like passing out about 30 min's after eating. I also have poly-cystic ovarian syndrome which goes hand in hand with insulin resistance. There is a lot of talk about this in the Atkins New diet revolution book.

05-01-2006, 10:27 AM
I haveunsulin resistence too, and I have the classic big tummy (made smaller by a tummy tuck last year though ). I was surprised to find I had IR and it was only diagnosed with a Dr that knew what he was looking for (I was in the process of being Dx with Pcos too). Classic signs of IR are big belly, skin tags, dark skin patches, brain fog amoungst many others. I was prescribed metformin too and have lost weight so its worth having your fasting blood glucose tested. Its the ratio between insulin and glucose that indicates IR, if theres a lot of insulin but glucose is OK it indicates a problem.