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Old 09-17-2010, 08:12 PM   #391
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[B]Well I am finished with induction. Did for 3 1/2 weeks. I weight came of slowly. I think I was eating too much fat. I did lose 6 pounds, but I am going on to phase 2 as of today 9-16. Any help with this phase please let me know. I know I can add some nuts and Avacado's now, any some berries I believe.....
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Old 09-19-2010, 07:21 AM   #392
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Thanks for the tips on ham. I eat a lot of bacon so I do drink more water. I lost a couple more pounds so I am just under -15 lbs which is pretty good for 3 weeks on Atkins.

I am going to try to do something to get more exercise although I don't know what yet.
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Old 10-02-2010, 06:18 AM   #393
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I have been on induction for almost 2 weeks. I had 20 lbs to lose and have only lost 1.5 lbs the first 3 days (water weight). Nothing since, not even a 10th of a pound. Measurements aren't changing either.... sigh I am ready to give up. I have went by the book and am frustrated. I was reading some post on here and thinking maybe I should lower my fat/protein intake. Anybody got any suggestions as I'm ready to give up...
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Old 10-02-2010, 04:40 PM   #394
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You definitely can't expect the big losses when you only have 20lbs to lose. Usually people who lose 5-10lbs during induction have 50-200 lbs to lose.

What exactly are you eating, how many carbs, how many calories, are you tracking what you are eating? A lot of people believe they are doing things by the book, but fall victim to carb creep, or are eating atkins products.

Too much protein can be a problem as they can act like carbs if there is an excess- but most people would really have to be eating a ton of protein for that to happen, and it is usually not the case. Even if you had a portion of protein at every meal and 2 protein snacks you should be ok. Fat is also very important to eat on this diet- but fatty foods are also calorie dense, and since you don't have much to lose, calories may be important for you. A lot of people find when they are trying to lose their last 20lbs they have to start watching their calories. I would still keep your fat up, and on this diet you need to be eating fat, so that your body will release it. Fat is your only energy source now- so if your body isn't getting any in, it won't want to give up it's stores.

Without seeing a menu or something i can't give any more specific advice- but don't give up yet. Atkins isn't a quick fix diet- after the initial boost, or a couple months in, most people lose at the same pace of any other diet. Atkins is just healthier than the traditional low fat high carb diets. And is generally more enjoyable once you learn to take advantage of all the yummy things you can eat on plan.

If you post a menu of a couple days, i'd be happy to take a look and see if there are any red flags...
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I have been on induction for almost 2 weeks. I had 20 lbs to lose and have only lost 1.5 lbs the first 3 days (water weight). Nothing since, not even a 10th of a pound. Measurements aren't changing either.... sigh I am ready to give up. I have went by the book and am frustrated. I was reading some post on here and thinking maybe I should lower my fat/protein intake. Anybody got any suggestions as I'm ready to give up...

Hi,
On average people lose 5-10% of what they need to lose during the 2 week Induction, so with needing to lose 20#, on average you should lose about 1-2#
on Induction.

Hang in there, giving up after a few days is surely not going to help one bit! Give it a chance, and you will be fine!

I lost 12# during the 2 week Induction, but I needed to lose over 100#.

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Old 10-02-2010, 06:01 PM   #396
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I'm having right at the 20 carbs a day. I eat no atkins products, but have used torani surgar free syrup(sweetened with splenda and no carbs) a couple of times. All of my food is fresh cooked. I drink 100+ ounces of water daily. My fat is high I'm sure lol I use raw coconut oil, olive oil, and butter. I was eating around 25+ ounces of protein a day and the new book for my 5'3" heigth says 15 ounces so I'm thinking maybe that was it. I'm not doing a food log, but I think I'll start tomorrow. Ijust get so frustrated. Sugarfreesheila has an inspiring story. She only had 30lbs to lose and lost 7 during induction. Oh well guess I have a snails metabolism.
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I'm having right at the 20 carbs a day. I eat no atkins products, but have used torani surgar free syrup(sweetened with splenda and no carbs) a couple of times. All of my food is fresh cooked. I drink 100+ ounces of water daily. My fat is high I'm sure lol I use raw coconut oil, olive oil, and butter. I was eating around 25+ ounces of protein a day and the new book for my 5'3" heigth says 15 ounces so I'm thinking maybe that was it. I'm not doing a food log, but I think I'll start tomorrow. Ijust get so frustrated. Sugarfreesheila has an inspiring story. She only had 30lbs to lose and lost 7 during induction. Oh well guess I have a snails metabolism.
You can't compare yourself to others, it just set you up for disappointment.
Sheila could have eaten tons of salty stuff days before she started and just happened to lose more water weight. She could have a better metabolism. It could be she is younger than you, or older than you...Or it could be something else.
You are you, and you are going to lose at your own pace.
You just have to focus that you are going to do this and just do it the "momof5sobusy" way.
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Old 10-03-2010, 10:00 AM   #398
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100% agree with Eatrite- I would say that sugarfreesheila is an exception. That is almost 30% of what she wanted to lose during induction- this is definitely rare.

It sounds like you are doing everything right. I assume you are weighing your food, or at least measuring to know how many carbs you are eating. Are you getting at least half your carbs from foundation veggies?

Is this your first time dieting? Generally if you lose slowly on other diets, you may also lose slowly on this one (unless you have a specific problem like Insulin Resistance or something, where you would then lose much faster on Atkins)

All I can say is keep it up- this diet works. I do recommend a food log- online- a lot of ppl are surprised by what they find. You don't have to do the food log forever- just until you get into a routine.

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Old 10-07-2010, 06:59 PM   #399
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Ugh.. I'm a cheater

So I feel like crap.. I cheated BADLY! I got down to 147.0 and then ate pizza and ice cream and so much junk I don't even remember.. Now, I am trying to get back on track and finding it so much harder this time. I literally went up to 154 in 2 days! Why does it come back on so fast like that? lol
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It's not like you gained 7lbs of fat in 2 days. You regained your water weight (glycogen stores) that you lost at first during the first week of induction. I'm sure if you go back to induction levels, you will lose most of it again.

Don't beat yourself up, but treat it as a learning experience. Was it really worth it? What did it accomplish?

When you get further along, you might benefit from 1 planned off-plan meal every 6-8 weeks. Some people do this to help keep them on plan- though others cannot because 1 off plan meal turns into a whole day, then a whole week etc. But if you feel deprived, than looking forward to a planned off plan meal might help. But i would wait until all your cravings are under control and you are confident you can get right back on plan.

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Old 10-18-2010, 04:44 PM   #401
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I have been struggling the last 2 months low carbs but I have decided I am ready, so hear goes. I won't say no to some buddies along the way, cheers
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Old 10-20-2010, 07:13 AM   #402
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I restarted induction on 10-10-10 after 4 years ( sucessful) 1 lost 5 pounds in the first 5 days. The last few days I have gained a pound, each morning! I have been strict. The only thing I can attribute it to is eating way too late the last few evenings. Is that possible?
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Old 10-23-2010, 08:00 PM   #403
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Hey Everyone,

Im new to this site (finally joined after reading many posts over the past few days). Im a re-atkins guy here. (lost 80 lbs doing it about 4 yrs ago, but then i felt skinny and went off lol. here i am again).

i started again on 8/30 and as of yesterday, im down approx 20 lbs. now im STUCK and STUCK big. i havent lost anything (in fact, ive fluctuated 3 lbs daily for like 3 weeks now..ugh).

my diet hasnt changed at all, and im eating exactly what i ate when i did it the last time. SO FRUSTRATING!! (but its nice to know im not the only one that stalled...) My brothers getting married in dec so i need to drop like another 20 by then.

CMON STALL NO MORE!!!!!!!!!
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Hello,
I began Atkins on 10/12/2010 at 276 lbs. I am 264 lbs as of this moment. I have had a semi-clean induction, meaning I stick to meat and veggies but have had more cheese than recommended and those damned cream cheese muffins (completely addictive and I don't plan on making them again for a while). I do 45 minutes of cardio (elliptical, treadmill or recumbent bike) EVERY DAY, drink 3 - 4 16.9 oz bottles of water per day. I am happy so far with the weight loss, however I do have some trigger foods, cheese and sweets, never liked no calorie sweetners, but have recently indulged as I am a former sweets addict (no joke!) so I would like to ask if someone could take a look at my menu below and tell me what to remove or add to achieve slightly better results. A few stats first. I am a 24 y/o female, 5 feet 4 inches goal weight is 120 ( I have not been 1 anything since the 5th grade)

Typical Day:

Breakfast:
2 scrambled eggs w/ a sprinkling of cheese
2 strips of Bacon
1 16.9 oz bottle of water

Lunch:
Tuna Salad w/ full fat mayo, egg, onion
1 1/2 cups of spinach or romaine
1 16.9 oz bottle of water

Gym before I get home:
45 minutes of cardio (elliptical, treadmill or recumbent bike)
1 bottle of 16.9 oz water

Dinner (done cooking and eating by no later than 8:30 p.m.)
1/2 serving of Cauliflower crust pizza
Broken down: 1/2 cup of cauliflower, 1/2 whole egg, 1 cup of cheese, 10 turkey pepperoni, 1/8 cup of tomato sauce, 1/8 cup of onion and 1/8 cup of green pepper)
1 16.9 oz bottle of water

Dessert (done eating before 8:30 pm)
2 cream cheese muffins w/ 1 tbsp each of whip cream
Broken down: Whip cream made with heavy cream, squirt of lemon juice, and vanilla extract

Tell me if this is okay or can I improve (remove or add something). Thanks!
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Thanks so much for this information. I started Induction three weeks ago; I have been going down every day--I weigh every day, but have started to slow down a bit. Your info helped me a lot. Thanks!
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Im new to this site (finally joined after reading many posts over the past few days). Im a re-atkins guy here. (lost 80 lbs doing it about 4 yrs ago, but then i felt skinny and went off lol. here i am again).

i started again on 8/30 and as of yesterday, im down approx 20 lbs. now im STUCK and STUCK big. i havent lost anything (in fact, ive fluctuated 3 lbs daily for like 3 weeks now..ugh).

my diet hasnt changed at all, and im eating exactly what i ate when i did it the last time. SO FRUSTRATING!! (but its nice to know im not the only one that stalled...) My brothers getting married in dec so i need to drop like another 20 by then.

CMON STALL NO MORE!!!!!!!!!
What stage of Atkins are you on? Did you move to OWL? What Atkins book are you following?
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I lost considerably on my first Atkins run a couple of years ago, fell off that wagon, and yoyo'd ever since. I've been following induction closely but have only lost water weight thus far. My best guess??? It just gets a little harder every time you yoyo. Darned body is getting used to my shenanigans.

I did have a induction question about quantity. I know the book says three meals per day, other low-carb blogs/boards say eat "liberally", some say as much meat as you want, others even specify quantities of 6-8 ounces. Anyone had trouble getting things going because of too much meat? Is there a golden rule with meat quantity? I honestly never payed any attention to quantities the first time around. I HATE veggies of all shapes, colors and flavors so I'm living on meat and cheese (which suits me just fine). Ketostix are negative too... I've heard that can be from dilution from drinking a lot of water, I've also heard water should not make a difference.

Wish I found this site the last time I did this... thanks to whoever set this up!

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I lost considerably on my first Atkins run a couple of years ago, fell off that wagon, and yoyo'd ever since. I've been following induction closely but have only lost water weight thus far. My best guess??? It just gets a little harder every time you yoyo. Darned body is getting used to my shenanigans.

I did have a induction question about quantity. I know the book says three meals per day, other low-carb blogs/boards say eat "liberally", some say as much meat as you want, others even specify quantities of 6-8 ounces. Anyone had trouble getting things going because of too much meat? Is there a golden rule with meat quantity? I honestly never payed any attention to quantities the first time around. I HATE veggies of all shapes, colors and flavors so I'm living on meat and cheese (which suits me just fine). Ketostix are negative too... I've heard that can be from dilution from drinking a lot of water, I've also heard water should not make a difference.

Wish I found this site the last time I did this... thanks to whoever set this up!

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Jason,
I am telling everyone I can that cheese can be a MAJOR stall. It was for me, I was consuming far more than the recommended 4-6 oz. recommended. It is easy to eyeball a "sprinkling" of cheese, but try measuring it out and I bet your "sprinkling" is likely more than one oz. Also I eat until I am near full and then chug at least 1 bottle of water to fill the space and if still hungry, I'll get something else to eat. Also, are you exercising, this is non-negotiable, and could be a part of your problem. I won't harp on you about the veggies, not everyone can tolerate them, but I fear meat and cheese may clog your pipes without the ruffage veggies provide. But take plenty of fiber to help. HTH!
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I am assuming you are a man, LOL My ex and I did Atkins and he ate meat til it was coming out his ears and lost twice as fast as me, and he was not buff or lean at anytime in his life, it is something you have to gauge and see. I do better when I stick to meat and not so much cheese or flax products, they tend to make me stall, also the meat you are eating, bacon, sausage, salami, etc if it has a lot of sodium that can stall you. Keep a journal and write down what you eat and how much you lose that might help identify what you can consume, I eat when I am hungry and never measure, as long as I eat clean, meat, eggs, little cheese and veg I lose, it is a slippery slope if I start eating flax muffins, etc
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Ahhhh.... hidden carbs. Thank you for the heads up, I may be eating too much cheese (albeit probably just a little too much). I did not exercise regularly the last time I did this but now that I think about it, I did exercise a lot for the first two weeks (until I got sick of it) but this probably gave me a good jump-start. glad to hear success can be had sans-veggies, but the prepackaged meat is tricking me a bit. I bought some ham, carefully checked the labels at the store, this says 2oz servings - no carbs, but the label also says cured with brown sugar. I'm afraid to start eating it (now that I bought it and it's sitting in my fridge...doh). I <3 ham so I hope its ok to eat.
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I lost considerably on my first Atkins run a couple of years ago, fell off that wagon, and yoyo'd ever since. I've been following induction closely but have only lost water weight thus far. My best guess??? It just gets a little harder every time you yoyo. Darned body is getting used to my shenanigans.

I did have a induction question about quantity. I know the book says three meals per day, other low-carb blogs/boards say eat "liberally", some say as much meat as you want, others even specify quantities of 6-8 ounces. Anyone had trouble getting things going because of too much meat? Is there a golden rule with meat quantity? I honestly never payed any attention to quantities the first time around. I HATE veggies of all shapes, colors and flavors so I'm living on meat and cheese (which suits me just fine). Ketostix are negative too... I've heard that can be from dilution from drinking a lot of water, I've also heard water should not make a difference.

Wish I found this site the last time I did this... thanks to whoever set this up!

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first the keto stix since if one reads tha package one sees that they do not measure the amount of actual ketones in the urine only the concnetration of one specific ketone body that drinking lots of fluids can alter stix color. If one were to create say 100,000 excess ketone bodies and pee them out in a daily urine out put of say one cup the color would be significantly darker on the stix then if one peed them out in a gallon of urine.


Next the cheese. If one reads Dr Atkins book then one knoews that even though the carb counters say cheese has most aged cheeses at less then .4 carbs per ounce Dr Atkins says to count it as 1 carb per ounce which helps to limit our consumption of cheese.

The veggies are there for their micronutrtiants which our bodies need to keep our fatty acid metabolism going AND to keep our normal metabolism going. We are very complicated interdependant systems and messing one up can have a negative effect on others.

The meat issue has to do with the way human bodies metabolize meat. The protein part will be digested to the amino acid stage and the human body will store all it can but at some point storage for free amino acids will be exceeded and the human body being the efficient organism it is will then convert those excess proteins to glucose which will stop our bodies from using body fat to provide the fuel for making energy. it will also effect blood sugar stability (which is why Atkins is so great at keeping us from being hungry) and insulin production which is also a fat storage hormone.
Dr Atkins also in DANDR says to not eat our Atkins too high in protein because he knows all that will happen.

soo watch your meat intake and only eat enough to satisfy your hunger at the time youa re eating. Yes there are no numerical limits on how much we can consume doing atkine but Dr Atkins says that he did not mean to gorge ourselves. Yes legally we could have 4 dozen naked buffao wings BUT that doesn't mean we should unless we were that hungry.
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I'm doing well and today I weighed myself and I gained a pound. I know exactly what caused it was too. Day before yesterday I bought one of those huge tubs of pork rinds for a snack. I had a whole lot of them to the point i felt a little sick. It's probably just water weight but its still annoying. The scale has been consistently been going down everyday.

I stuck them in a high cabinet where I can't see them...NO MORE PORK RINDS..
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I just finished 10 week staying at induction levels and lost 35.5 pounds, I had big weeks and then small weeks, never a gain, but I only weigh once a week, this week 6 pounds on week 10, it all catches up, believe me! I lost 70 then gained 20 back and yo yo back and forth, finally with steadfast commitment I am lower than I have been in over 20 years and keen that I can reach my goal, do not give up too early give your body time to adjust, stick the to book, and drink lots of water that is my advice!
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Wow congratulations Bejewelme! Can you give me an idea of what your menu looks like? I am stalling out and wondering what I am doing wrong. Did you cheat at all in 10 weeks?
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Old 12-13-2010, 06:57 PM   #417
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No I really didnt cheat, I had a few low carb beers along the way but counted them.

Breakfast is almost always an atkins shake

Lunch is always meat left over from dinner

Dinner is always meat with veggies, I make all kinds of things, I stick to 20 carbs a day, 6 I count for my half and half you can do it, but remember every little cheat here and there may not be that many calories but knocks you out of ketosis, that is why I try not to cheat, I didnt even cheat on Thanksgiving, I am getting so close to the 100 pound mark, it is making my decision easy not to cheat over Christmas.
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Old 12-15-2010, 04:56 PM   #418
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Hi guys,

I'm new to the diet and this website, I just started on the 12th. I also started running everyday along with the diet. However, I'm having a hard time finding snacks that will satisfy my cracker or sugar cravings and the first two days I gave in and had a couple crackers and a cookie. So bad! I know that probably messed with my ketosis path but yesterday and today I've been very strict with it.

Can you guys give me some advice on how to stay strict on the diet? I'm normally not a fat-eating person I love bread and wheat and cereal and crackers... basically the devil of Atkins.

Also if you have any good induction snacks that will hold me over since I'm a college student I don't have time for meals much and rely on little snacks to make it to dinner time, also because I'm not that culinarily talented...

Thanks!
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Old 12-15-2010, 08:30 PM   #419
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Dont know if you are on Induction or not..

But here are my suggestions..
Sunflower Seeds..
Small amount of nuts..
Pumpkin seeds..
Hard Cheese..

You can find low carb snack foods here
Low Carbohydrate > Snack Products - Netrition.com

I find that I need one or two protein shakes a day to keep my blood sugar normal
that has kept me away from sugar for a looong time..
I just had to retrain my brain to know that i needed protein not sugar..
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:06 PM   #420
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Sammie- the crackers are hard to find alternatives for there are some flax ones but I like making ones with cheese, just melt parm or mozzarella in the micro on parchement paper sprinkle with salt or seasonings, 0 carbs and slightly crunchy! I prefer nuts to get my salty crunchy fix but I buy the 100 calorie packs for portion control could I could eat a pound of nuts at one time. Honestly if you stick to it your cravings will dimenish for the crackers and stuff.
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