Hi Jane !!!
WOW 4 lbs your first week, thats teriffic lady, you really should be proud of your efforts.
I also tried weight watchers a few times, okay more like 5 times lol. Weight watchers is an excellent diet and i'd highly recommend it to people but it didn't seem to matter what diet I was on, I couldn't control myself, w/atkins I feel more in control. Just knowing I can't have something (like cake) helps me like you wouldn't believe rather then being able to have a small portion. I could never figure out what a small portion or portion was, guess thats why I am at the weight I am haaaaaaaa
I don't know if I can help you with your questions but I'll try, the only thing I have to go on is experience and remember everyone is different.
BUT !! If I may please suggest that you go to FITDAY.COM get a free account and log in every thing you eat. This is the only way I can keep track of my carbs as well as calories. Its a fantastic weight loss tool.
1. I was a bit nauseaus last week and think it was the diet. Is that a normal side effect? It seems to have gone away this week a little.
A. Yes, I did experience it in the beginning, I think its just the body adjusting to everything. It must have gone away quick for me because I don't remember it bothering me much.
2. I'm embarrassed to ask but does anyone experience any bowel problems on this plan? If so any tricks for combating it?
A. What kind of problems - constipation or diarrhea ? I had problems with constipation. I took a teaspoon full of Konsil fiber every day and it worked like a charm (you can even take it 2 x a day in the beginning just to get you started). For the past month I haven't had any problems w/bm's and I haven't been taking the Konsil.
3. I have the La Tortilla Factory tortillas but am waiting until after my first two weeks to use them. Does anyone else use them for sandwiches etc and do you think it hinders your weight loss in any way?
A. Ohhhhhhh that sounds great !! The only thing I can suggest is try it. If you see a weight stall then cut back. Just count the carbs and for me I have to count carbs as well as calories.
Please remember, you probably will not lose 4 lbs a week after the induction. 1 - 2 lbs is normal. I'm always rooting for at least 1. I look at it like this. 1 lb a week x 52 weeks/year = 52 lbs. I'll take it !!
4. How about wine? What is the skinny on Atkins and wine? I haven't been having any in the last 2 weeks...just a glass or two on the weekend but staying away from it during the week. But I would sure love to go back to enjoying one once in a while!
A. I'm not a wine person so I couldn't help you there, maybe some one else can help ? Did you check out the atkins website on wine ? WWW.ATKINS.COM
I'm sure it will tell you there.
I am glad we have our own place to chat!
Can't wait to get to know everyone.
ME TOO !!!!!
Hope this helps. Hugs, Leenie