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This section contains a list of frequently asked questions and answers for dieters new to Atkins or other low carb plans. Please review this list before posting at the bulletin board or entering the chat area. We strongly encourage all new dieters to read any books or other directional publications offered by your plan. They really do help!

Are you having a problem with the Bulletin Board?
What are sugar alcohols?
What is Induction?
What is ketosis?
What are ketostix?
What is a stall?
How much water should I be drinking?
If the nutritional info on a package says 0 carbs, is this true?
Can I have caffeine?
Can I drink alcohol on the diet?
Can a vegetarian be on the Atkins Diet?
Can I have cough syrup?
Why do I have bad breath?
What are stats and what do the numbers ??/??/?? mean?
What is Candida, CANDIDIASIS

Are you having a problem with the LowCarbFriends Bulletin Board?
Please read our Frequently Asked Questions

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What are sugar alcohols?
Read Sugar Alcohols, Glycerine and Low-Carbohydrate Diets article in Netrition.com's online magazine.

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What is Induction?
The Induction diet is just a small part of the full Atkins diet, and Dr. Atkins recommends using for the first two weeks of the diet. It's intended to rid your body of all unnecessary carbohydrates, and put you body into Ketosis. You also will lose weight the fastest during this part of the diet. The Induction diet is two week of eating less than 20 grams of carbohydrates a day. It is essential that Vitamin supplements are used. For specifics, please refer to Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution.

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What is Ketosis?
Ketosis is the term used when your body cannot fully metabolize fat due to a lack of carbohydrates in your system. The unused portions of the fat cells are called ketones, and are removed from the body in the urine. Ketosis is a signal that you are breaking down your fat cells.

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What is Ketostix?
Ketosis sticks are urine-testing strips that determine if you are in ketosis. If they turn color (somewhere between pink and purple) you are in Ketosis. The strips can be purchased at most drug stores, one name brand is called Ketostix. You may need to ask the pharmacist. The sticks were developed for testing Type 1 diabetics.

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What is a stall?
A stall is a term used when someone stops losing weight for an unusual length of time.

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How much water should I be drinking?
On any eating regimen, a minimum of 64 ounces, or eight 8-ounce glasses, of water per day is the usual recommendation. Many people, particularly women, suffer from inadequate hydration, so it is important to be diligent about drinking water throughout the day. Water consumption will also help flush toxins from your body and combat such problems as constipation and bad breath. Note that coffee, tea and diet sodas do not apply to the daily minimum.

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If the nutritional info on a package says 0 carbs, is this true?
Not neccessarily. Legally if a serving has less than .6 carbs, the packaging is allowed to say 0 carbs. Always assume at least .6 carbs per serving.

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Can I have caffeine?
Caffeine stimulates an overproduction of insulin, which ultimately promotes weight gain. The biggest need is to stop a caffeine addiction. Once you go 2 weeks without caffeine, you may have it again as long as you don't become dependent on it for energy.

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Can I drink alcohol on the diet?
Here's the problem with all alcoholic beverages, and the reason it is recommended that you refrain from alcohol consumption on the diet: Alcohol, whenever taken in, is the first fuel to burn. While that's going on, your body will not burn fat. This does not stop weight loss, it simply postpones it: since the alcohol does not store as glycogen, you immediately get back into ketosis/lipolysis after the alcohol is used up. Keep in mind that alcohol consumption may increase yeast-related symptoms in some people, and interfere with weight loss. If you must drink alcohol, wine is an acceptable addition to levels beyond the Induction diet. If wine does not suit your taste, straight liquor such as scotch, rye, vodka, and gin would be appropriate, as long as the mixer is sugarless; this means no juice, tonic water, or non-diet soda. Seltzer, diet tonic and diet sodas are appropriate. Please note: if you have added alcohol to your diet and suddenly stop losing weight, it would be wise to discontinue your alcohol intake.

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Can a vegetarian be on the Atkins Diet?
Animal proteins are a vital component of the Atkins Diet and the diet cannot be done as successfully without them. They contain many essential fatty acids that cannot be found in any other sources. There are patients, however, for whom we derive a modified ovo-lacto vegetarian diet; they can eat eggs, cheese and tofu for their protein (although it is usually necessary for a person to be able to eat fish, in addition, for the diet to be enjoyable). A vegan cannot be on the Atkins Diet. A pure vegan diet could never be low enough in carbohydrates, because there are no plants that are carbohydrate free.

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Can I have cough syrup?
Most over-the-counter suppressants and cough drops contain sugar, so be wary! These can inhibit your weight loss. However, ask your pharmacist about sugar-free, alcohol-free cough suppressants these are acceptable.

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Why do I have bad breath?
Bad breath is from the production of ketones as you burn body fat and is a good sign that the diet is working. Ketone production is necessary for continuing weight loss. To counteract the odor, you may increase to a slightly higher carbohydrate level; however, this can slow down weight loss. You may also use chlorophyll (must be sugarless), eat more parsley and dark green, leafy vegetables, and be sure that your water intake is at least 8 or more glasses daily (use water, not another flavored beverage).

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What are stats and what do the numbers ??/??/?? mean?
When someone posts numbers in this fashion: 200/180/160, it means that their beginning wieght was 200, thier current weight is 180 and their goal weight is 160. BEGINNING LBS/CURRENT LBS/GOAL LBS.

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Resources for some of our FAQ:
http://www.atkinsdiet.com
http://tom.cuy.net/atkins/faq.html


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