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Old 12-18-2010, 01:04 PM   #421
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Major Stall. Should I cheat?

So I've been doing Atkins since November 29. I have been on it for almost 3 weeks. I have lost a total of 15 pounds, which I know is something that I should be very thankful for. The thing is, I lost all that weigh within the first two weeks. i have not lost a single pound this week, and I am very frustrated. I have had a few people tell me that I need to cheat for a day or two, and then return to my no-carb lifestyle. I'm so frustrated that I'm considering it. Should I stick it out and continue even though I stopped losing weight? Or should I let myself cheat for a few days to restart the process? Any advice would be helpful.

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Old 12-19-2010, 05:34 AM   #422
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Cheating is really not what Atkins is all about..
that is not how to change ones lifestyle...
and i dont see how it works..
every time i have eaten a very high carb food..
i Gain weight..bc my body starts to retain water all over again..
then i have to drink extra water and wait a week ..
to get back to the weight i started at..
if i eat high carb for a day or two..
especially something yeasty like drinking beer..
i might gain as much as 10 pounds of water..
i just dont see how cheating is a good idea if your motivation is for weight loss
and to see the scale move down...
besides..you worked hard to get into ketosis..
your body is now burning FAT at an optimal level..
why would you want to knock yourself out of ketosis??
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Old 12-19-2010, 06:15 AM   #423
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post induction stalls are so common- they should be written about in the book. I didn't lose for almost a month after my first 10lbs. Give your body a chance to adjust and you will start losing again. Cheating is completely counter-productive!
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Old 12-27-2010, 06:27 AM   #424
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Hey Sammie

I just started Atkins on the 20th of December and I have lost 8lbs already and i just stated my second week today. I eat salmon & mayo on a celery stick as a snack. I love it. Also cheese sticks, Turkey bites which are a type of pepperoni. A salad with shredded cheddar, caeser salad no crotons. There are tons of different things to eat just make sure that you are eating things that also have fibre. Also drinks lots of water. Good luck on your way to being a healthier thinner you.

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Old 12-30-2010, 09:27 AM   #425
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:06 AM   #426
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This is the first forum I have joined so forgive my newbieness.Thanks for your words of wisdom, ie sticking to it and let your have time to body adjust.I lost almost a stone in 3 weeks but put 3lbs back on when introducing some carbs back.I probs ate too many and realise although I LOVE bread it is my nemesis.Thanks again your words have encourged me to revisit induction then find friendly carbs.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:36 AM   #427
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Hi! So I lost 3 pounds the first week of induction... which is fine... this is my second week and I am STARVING all the time... I feel like I might be eating too much and am scared to get on the scale Should I just wait till Sunday (my weekly weigh in day) or check now to see if I actually am eating too much... not sure which is counter productive...
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:48 AM   #428
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That is OK, I am rounding out week 3 on induction. Week 1 I lost 8.8 pounds, and 2 got put back on in week 2, which I equated to TOM. Stayed heavy on the water intake, because I have been thirsty and that dreaded week is ending though. Dropped half a pound so I really did not have water retention.

No cheats, no slippage, no throwing myself out of ketosis. Also no loss, minimal inches (I think 2 total.) Craving baddie foods (ice cream and eclairs coming to mind) right now because I am seeing zip for results...well at least my feet look thinner.

This morning we went out to breakfast and I ordered a dish that had corn tortillas in it unbeknownst to me. Maybe that will jack up my system and start me losing again.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:14 AM   #429
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My advice is stay at induction levels, avoid the franken foods, stick to meat, eggs and cheese, and drink a ton of water weigh once a week, and dont get freaked out, if you are doing all this it will catch up and you will see a loss
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Old 03-26-2011, 06:11 AM   #430
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I had a "cheat" day and it took me about 3 weeks to recover - I was stalled at 190 and couldn't get past that weight. I went on vacation and ate more salads and drank more water, and lo and behold, I have lost past my plateau! Maybe my body did just need to adjust. I can't say enough about this way of eating, I love it, and I'm excited about it because it's sustainable for me - I'm not hungry, I know what to eat to keep losing, and I feel great. I am still drinking coffee on induction (with heavy cream) but that's my only source of caffeine - kicked the diet coke habit last year!

Thanks for all the great posts on this thread - I keep learning so much.
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I'm new to this site and could really use some help. I have done atkins in the past with great results but this time around it's all different. i am just wrapping up week 3 on induction and for the first 2 weeks i lost 12 pounds YAY! and then this whole week i have had pounds creeping back...3 pounds in total. no TOM just finished that up during first week of induction. typical menu for me each day has been 3 slices of bacon and 3 eggs fried in butter, lunch 2 cups caesar salad (dressing made from scratch with atkins friendly ingredients-nothing off the induction list) and porkchop, snack mid afternoon would be can of tuna in olive oil, and then supper would be chicken breast and 1 cup of broccoli steamed with butter on it. im drinking tons of water all day long..exercise has been walking for 45 minutes every day. if there is anything anyone sees that i should change please let me know
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Old 03-26-2011, 11:58 AM   #432
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I'm new to this site and could really use some help. I have done atkins in the past with great results but this time around it's all different. i am just wrapping up week 3 on induction and for the first 2 weeks i lost 12 pounds YAY! and then this whole week i have had pounds creeping back...3 pounds in total. no TOM just finished that up during first week of induction. typical menu for me each day has been 3 slices of bacon and 3 eggs fried in butter, lunch 2 cups caesar salad (dressing made from scratch with atkins friendly ingredients-nothing off the induction list) and porkchop, snack mid afternoon would be can of tuna in olive oil, and then supper would be chicken breast and 1 cup of broccoli steamed with butter on it. im drinking tons of water all day long..exercise has been walking for 45 minutes every day. if there is anything anyone sees that i should change please let me know
thank you so much!
I'm still learning all the rules and guidelines of Atkins, but I did read somewhere in an Atkins book, maybe the new one, that if one is eating too much protein or fat or calories that that can cause no weight loss. Maybe add more vegetables with your meals but skip the butter. Are you traking your nutrient intake on a program like ************.com? it'll tell you exactly how much of what your eating. Maybe you are eating hidden carbs or not enough carbs?

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Old 04-03-2011, 08:44 AM   #433
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First week a few slips and litle weight loss

This is the end of my first week. I slipped by eating nuts this week before I knew it was not allowd on the first phase...then I hyad a stressful day on wed at work and had some wine....l.have been right on tract since then but only lo9st 3 lbs...could the nuts and wine have caused that...

I am right on target for carbs and protein maybe a littl high on calores....any advice..I plan on doing the inducti9on for another two weeks no wine and no nuts
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This is the end of my first week. I slipped by eating nuts this week before I knew it was not allowd on the first phase...then I hyad a stressful day on wed at work and had some wine....l.have been right on tract since then but only lo9st 3 lbs...could the nuts and wine have caused that...

I am right on target for carbs and protein maybe a littl high on calores....any advice..I plan on doing the inducti9on for another two weeks no wine and no nuts

Oooo... nuts really stall me... AND I can never stop at the recomended 9.. I would stay away from the nuts...
I wasn't losing at all and had been on induction for three weks... I finally started losing weight this week... and it's because I lowered my general food intake...
Wine also stalls me the second I touch a glass to my lips... if I want to drink I have vodka and seltzer... which doesn't seem to give me any problems... hope this helps and good luck!!!!
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Old 04-13-2011, 06:06 PM   #435
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I am really sad,,, on Saturday April 29th and Sunday 30th I did a cleanse and decided to start Atkins on Monday May 1st. Today is May 21st and after 20 days my scale is not moving not even a lb. my clothes are not loose and I am losing hope.

I had a complete physical and my doctor said I should loose some weight it would help me with the back pain I have been experiencing. I have been watching not just the carbs with ****** but also the calories and NOTHING, the scale is not moving. I tried a fat fast for two days and it worked, I am in ketosis, after that I have been eating 20 or under 20 gr of carbs a day, but I cnnot understand why I am not losing.

It was my understanding that if I was in ketosis I would be losing even a lb a week,, but nothing,,, this is really disencourging,,, specially when I see other people eating pasta and drinking wine,,, and me on steak and water,,,,can someone help me with this,,, I am ready to quit!!!

My normal weight was 105-110.... due to lots of stress and complication, now I am 140, I am 5 feet tall,,, this is really difficult,, I know lots of people here have over 100 lbs to loose,,, but for me this is as hard,,, nothing fits me, and I have to do something about it.

Please help. Why I am not losing if I am on deep ketosis?

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We are around the same size and weight. Did you determine what was happening?
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Krizen- You might have too much salt, bacon, pork chops, lots of butter? Maybe too much salt and you are sensitive and retaining fluid? I think you are eating OK, but you gotta drink water, 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water, and I mean water not diet soda, or other drinks, I swear by water I drink over a gallon a day it really flushes the fat!!!! Relax if you stick to the plan and do not cheat it catches up, trust me!!!!
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Not Stalled... Just Sputtering...

Hi all,

Like Krizen, I have done Atkins in the past with great results. But I am nine years older and now have MS as well as Type II Diabetes, and things are not going so well for me...

I have been on Induction for over 6 weeks now. I have not cheated. I eat well (lots of chicken, veggies, etc) with no food cravings. I take my vitamins and diabetes meds, plus some supplements as well, drink plenty of water, sleep enough, etc.

Not only is my glucose not going down as drastically as I would have thought (beginning the diet, fasting glucose was around 200, now it is around 150) but I have *only* lost 25 lbs. I know I know, to say one has lost 25 lbs in a month and a half should be fabulous news, but it's not considering a) the first time around I lost more and lost it quicker and b) the whole glucose thing.

A side effect of my diabetes meds (Metformin and Onglyza) is water retention, so I also take Lasix 40mg 2x a day. Sometimes my ankles swell like inner tubes, so I imagine the rest of my insides are going glub, glub, glub with water retention as well. I stopped weighing myself every day because my weight literally could rise 5 lbs in the evening only to drop 6 or 7 by morning.

I'm not losing motivation or determination. This is not so much a diet for me as a total lifestyle change. If my glucose does not become more manageable soon, I will need to go on insulin. I don't want that, so I am committed.

I know something, somewhere, is sabotaging my loss. I just can't put my finger on it. I *do* have ONE cup of coffee in the morning with Splenda. I will crave a diet Dr. Pepper about 3-4 times a week (just a glass). I know caffeine and aspartame are no-no's but I don't see myself abusing either. I look for hidden carbs in everything. I eat enough protein. I am pretty diligent. And yet...

My doctor completely dismissed my concerns, saying my weight loss is great, blah blah blah. He says I could just be insulin resistant, where my body is producing it but not using it right. Isn't Atkins supposed to help with that? I just want to know the whys and the hows, it is driving me crazy!! If anyone has any insight, I would be most appreciative. I would like to lose 27 more pounds by July 6th (my next diabetes checkup) and I'm wondering if this is unrealistic, or if changing something in my habits could turn it all around for me.

By contrast, hubby is doing Atkins with me and he lost 16 lbs after 2 weeks of Induction.

Thanks for reading my ramble, I am new here.
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I wanted to share a recipe that I made yesterday. I cant really say that its my own I am sure I saw it somewhere. But I took some chicken breast and seasoned it with some garlic, and salt and chili powder. I am sure you could really do whatever seasoning you like. Then I grilled the chicken. Mean while I cooked up so broccoli and added alfredo sauce to that. I spooned over the veggies and alfredo sauce over the chicken and it was a great recipe. I didnt even miss the noodles that should go with it. Just wanted to share.
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I always lose weight very quickly on the Atkins. I lost 30 pounds in 2 mos but gained back 18 of those pounds in 4-5 mos. Not bad when you think about it.
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When you say "gained back", was that continuing on low carb or going back to eating like you did before?

The first time I did Atkins, I lost 40 lbs. It was great! But then I went off the diet, ate like I did before, and the weight came right back on. Big mistake on my part. Then with all my medical issues, I gained 35 lbs on TOP of the 40 I gained back. Ugh.

My diabetes has shown me that I need to make low carb a permanent way of life. Weight loss is a benefit of eating healthier for me, but that realization took a long time in coming.

I think my stall is over, since I wrote on 4/21, I have lost 3.2 lbs! Total so far is 28.2 lbs gone! Yippee!
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Today marks an official stall. 4 weeks with no weight lost. I really don’t consider ¾ inch loss much of a loss at all in the past month.

I won’t lie and say I haven’t cheated. I had a couple of bad days and cheated for one meal. I did not have many food choices at all on a third day (Easter at a friend’s). DANDR said all out three day binges are to be avoided if you slip and I successfully did this as nothing really triggered with me. However, this also happened the first time I did Atkins and I lost 8 pounds on induction, 30 total before reverting and gaining it all back. This time around I added 16 more and peaked out at 228.8 thanks to BCPs; lost 13.8 on Induction in the first month, nothing this month as I have been bouncing between 215-218 ever since. Can’t blame TOM since I skipped this month for some reason, though I did get the requisite bloating.

Was reading about the fat fast but that really does not sound appealing at all. Maybe not drinking enough water? Clothes seem to fit a bit better for the negligible inches lost this month. However, I saw a picture and nearly cried…the fat is flabbier and just hangs there and makes me look even fatter despite the weight loss. My arms look awful!

Not gonna throw in the towel just yet, but stuff like this makes it difficult to maintain.
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I realized that during my stall time, I was not drinking enough water. Being on Induction for a full 6 weeks, I have no cravings and honestly forget to eat and drink. I guess I have to force myself to drink more water.

Is there a smart phone app for that, lol?
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By golly, there IS a smart phone app for that! I was able to download an app that you can input how many glasses a day you are supposed to drink, and the beginning/end time of each day, and it will remind you to drink your water! Yay!
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Okay, I guess I am living proof that drinking plenty of water helps. After stalling for so long, I have lost 4.8 lbs since I first posted on 4/21. The phone app really helps remind me to drink the water that I need!
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Okay, I am back to report that I am stalling again! After that big whoosh, nada for 4 days, even with the water! But I think TOM is approaching. Grrr. So frustrating! But on a side note, I really am loving that app that reminds me to drink water. For anyone with Android, it's free and called... wait for it... DRINK WATER.
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I just started induction on April 1st, and about mid way through the month, I had about a 5-7 day stall also where I was sure I was following the plan, but just was not losing ... it turned out that I was retaining water for TOM, and once it arrived, the "whoosh" of weight just dropped off out of thin air ... so hang in there, it WILL come off, and keep pushing the water, even if you are retaining, because it will ALL come out eventually! Good luck!

Also, Lilac, I see you are still on induction ... I have a large amount of weight to lose, any ideas on how long I should stay on induction? Have been on it for 4 weeks now ... I'm thinking until I lose at least 50-60 lbs, I'm staying on induction. Anyone have any input on what works best?

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I am doing prolonged Induction with my doctor's approval for the major purpose of lowering my blood glucose (I'm diabetic). I believe that the Induction timeline as given in the original Atkins plan was twofold - one, to start ketosis, and two, to avoid burning out and giving up on the diet - but I don't see a reason to limit Induction to only 2 weeks as long as your nutrition doesn't suffer and you can sustain eating that way.
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Oh! I forgot to answer your question!

Since everyone loses weight at different rates, it would be hard to tell you how long it would take to lose 50-60 lbs. I know I am insulin resistant and water retention is a major side effect of my medications, so I lose it slower than someone without those issues. It's taken me 8 weeks to lose 30 lbs, with stall after stall aggravating me along the way. But if I average out the weightloss per week, I come up with 3.8 lbs a week, which is enough to pat myself on the back over for sure!
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stuck!

Hi everyone Im new to the boards and havent really posted just been reading alot but i def need help. Ive been on induction 3 weeks the first week i lost 6 pounds the second week i lost 3 then the third week i gained 2 pounds!! My husband is still looseing and doing great we just started week four and he is down 25 pounds while im only down 7 pounds so unfair! Im not a huge meat eater or breakfast gal. Here is a normal day menu can anyone see anything wrong?
Breakfast-2 cups coffe(with 1 tbspn half&half and 1 packet splenda or 1tbspn sugar free davinci vanilla syrup) with a atkins day break bar
mid morning snack-string cheese or pepperoni
lunch-cucumber slices 3 cherry tomatoes 1 tbspn homemade ranch and 1 slice turkey
Snack-string cheese or hard boiled egg
Dinner- chicken,cheesey brocolli, squash, or meatloaf,green beans, mashed cauliflower or steak and spegehtti squash,(always 5 oz of meat and 2 veggies 1/2 cup each)
I drink about 60 ounces of water a day and take a multi vitamin i know i need more water and im trying to work my way up. any ideas?

One friend suggested i eat regualr(non low carb) for a day then jump back on and it might kick start me again. What do you think? thanks!

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Old 05-03-2011, 08:13 PM   #450
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Originally Posted by LilacBruze View Post
When you say "gained back", was that continuing on low carb or going back to eating like you did before?

The first time I did Atkins, I lost 40 lbs. It was great! But then I went off the diet, ate like I did before, and the weight came right back on. Big mistake on my part. Then with all my medical issues, I gained 35 lbs on TOP of the 40 I gained back. Ugh.

My diabetes has shown me that I need to make low carb a permanent way of life. Weight loss is a benefit of eating healthier for me, but that realization took a long time in coming.

I think my stall is over, since I wrote on 4/21, I have lost 3.2 lbs! Total so far is 28.2 lbs gone! Yippee!
I do the Atkins whenever I can. Oh, I bought the giant cupcake and needless to say, they are good. I made oreo cupcakes, Carrot cake cupcakes and chocolate cupcakes. I know, I over did it. lol
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