Post # 1
I have a little more than 3 months to the wedding and would love to lose another 10-15 lbs. Ive been doing weight watchers and lose 9 lbs in 3 months but want to speed up the process and I’ve heard atkins can do that.
Anyone have any expierence doing Atkins? How much did you lose?
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
My Mom, Dad, and Aunt all did Atkin’s together a few years ago. They got great results at the time. None of them kept the weight off long term. My Mother went from a size 22 to a size 12/14. The weight came off pretty quickly (went back on quickly too).
I was living at home at the time and for me I gained weight! Because I was eating a lot of their Atkin’s meals but not completely doing the diet myself. You have to commit 100% to the rules of it or I don’t think it will work. For me a low fat diet worked a lot better than a low carb diet. But I think you can tell during the “2 week induction” of extremely low carbs if it is going to work for you or not.
Post # 4
@MrsMiller2Be127: I did hard core atkins years ago and lost about 75 lbs quickly. And by hard core I mean I literally ate NOTHING that contained not even a single carb. About two years ago I stopped eating bread, pasta, or anything with flour. No sweets. Nothing with sugar. I do eat veggies, a LOT of salad with grilled chicken. Egg whites. Cheese. I lost again about 75 pounds and I have kept it off this time. I have somewhat hit a plateau now-but again I haven’t gained anything back. I say go for it! You have three months-and it will work, especially if you eat a lot of carbs right now. (And carbs are pretty much in everything!) Good luck. I want to loose another 40-50 lbs and I have a year before my wedding.
Post # 5
@MrsMiller2Be127: I did something very similar, but more healthy (imo), called the South Beach Diet. Similar rules, but instead of counting carbs those first two weeks, you get rid of them completely and focus on lean proteins and veggies. I lost about 65 pounds 8 years ago and have maintained it. When I wanted to lose another 10 for the wedding, I went to the stricter phase of South Beach again, and it worked great.
Post # 6
I love Atkins, lots of people will give you flack for that particular WOE but it has worked and continues to work for me. When I need to lose a quick 10-15 pounds I go back to the induction phase and it has never failed me. I can typically lose that amount of weight in a month and half if I am strict with myself and add a 30-45 min of cardio once or twice a week.
Post # 7
I always used Atkins as a jump start to healthy eating. For example, I would do Atkins for 7 to 14 days (depending on how long I’ve been eating like crap) and then reintroduce brown rice, beans, healthy carbs.
I feel like everything is cyclical with me, I eat healthy, start slipping, eat like crap, and then start atkins again. This is the only way I’ve been able to keep weight off WITHOUT binge eating, skipping meals, or doing other unhealthy practices.
Post # 8
My mom does Atkins. Of course, she never keeps it off because when she goes back to eating regularly she gains it all back, but she does lose weight very quickly when she does it. She lost 35lbs in 2 months the last time she did it. She doesn’t eat steak and bacon for every meal though – mainly veggies and lean protein.
Post # 9
Im a carbaholic on iron and b12 supplements. When i do the whole high protein low carb thing i find my cravings disapear after a few days, i feel more energized and just overall better. Unfortunately its fairly expensive, and it gets really redundant quite fast so its hard for me to maintain 🙁
Post # 10
I have a friend that lost a lot of weight on the Atkins diet, but its super strict. My mom lost a lot of weight on the South Beach Diet and kept it off for a few years. My FI and I just did Advocare together…he lost 25 lbs in 2 months and I lost 14. I’m hoping to maintain my weight and then do another 24 Day Challenge again after the holidays LOL
Post # 11
I think limiting carbs does work, but the adkins diet encourages a lot of fat intake. Also Mr.Adkins died of a massive HA. So… IDK, I would try limiting, but not eliminating carbs. Focus on low GI carbs and still watch fat intake, focusing on healthy fats. Eliminating processed foods etc.
Post # 12
@MrsMiller2Be127: I haven’t done Atkins, but I converted to Paleo a couple of years ago and found it WAY more successful and sustainable than Weight Watchers (on WW I’d always start off strong then after a few months fall off the wagon. I can’t live my life hungry and counting points!).
Paleo is similar in that it’s also low carb.
The reason I prefer Paleo over Atkins is becasue there is a strong focus on healthy, whole foods which I think is lacking in many diet plans.
Anyway, I thnik that essentailly, cutting carbs is an extremely effective way to reduce body fat and lose weight. I’d ditch the WW and try a higher fat, lower carb diet. Be aware though, that it’ll be a major shift in thinking.
Post # 13
Thanks everyone! I’m not planning on taking Atkins to the extreme as in steak and bacon all day, planning on sticking to lean proteins.
Post # 14
Cutting one thing out of your diet isn’t healthy – portion what you’re eating and exercise. If you’re body burns more than you’re taking in, you will lose weight. Eat sensibly and move. Atkins is a temporary fix. Living a healthy lifestyle will keep the weight off.