Before you throw in the towel, are you drinking enough water? That played a BIG part for one of my friends. She was on Atkins for three months last year and only lost eight pounds. This time around she is drinking at least two to three liters of water and lost 15 pounds in three weeks. Are your clothes fitting looser? Sometimes inches show up faster than pounds. Also if you are going to the gym (good for you
), and you are using weights, you are gaining muscle mass. Muscle weighs more than fat, but takes up much less space. Your scale may be showing a weight gain, but you may be down a dress size, or at least your jeans are looser.
If your clothes aren't any looser, there are certain medications that Atkins says in his book that may inhibit weight loss. Check to see if you are taking any of these meds:
Estrogens and most synthetic horomone replacement therapies, including birth control pills
Insulin and insulin-stimulating drugs
Anti-arthritis meds (including steroids)
Diuretics and beta-blockers.
If you are on any of these meds, please don't stop taking them w/o your doctor's permission or knowledge. Don't put your health or emotions in jepordy for the sake of weight loss. You can talk to your doc. to see if there are any alternatives.
You may also be one of the people who are metabolically resistant, and it will take you longer to lose weight.
You also mentioned that you were really hungry the other day. When you are in ketosis, you shouldn't really be that hungry. Try re-evaluating what you ate, and check the labels and all of that junk. I hope some of this helped. This weight loss thing is such a bummer and a huge struggle! Hang in there!