(Closed) Atkins Diet?

posted 10 years ago in Wellness
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  • Post # 17
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

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    @unixfairy: You are right about our diets and not enough exercise. 

    Post # 18
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Humans may need carbs, but not in the form of grains. It’s better for us to get our carbs from vegetables and fruits.

    The human body cannot even digest grains unless they are ground and/or cooked; grains are naturally intended to pass through the body the same way they went in.

    The reason grains are the largest section of the food pyramid is because they are cheap. The food pyramid isn’t really about healthy eating, it’s about feeding the American population.

    People rarely over-eat on meat, vegetables, and fruit. We overeat on carbs, specifically grain-based carbs. A personal typically can’t stuff another steak down, nor do they want to. But a bowl of pasta? People will gorge themselves.

    Post # 19
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    My fiance was 255 lbs (6’1″) and prediabetic. He cut out all carbs other than fruit (under supervision of a doctor) 7 months ago. He also started exercising almost an hour a day. He is now, i shit you not, 185 lbs.  I still can’t believe how much weight he’s lost.

    Most of what he eats is fruits, veggies, nuts, and “healthy” meats like fish, turkey, etc.  He also just plain eats LESS than he used to.

    Post # 20
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Oh, the age old Atkins debate. I’m a huge proponent of Atkins, it’s not for everybody, but I lost 80 lbs and reached my goal weight in a really happy, healthy way and am still in the maintenance stage because doing Atkins properly teaches you a healthy way to eat for life, not just for weight loss. If you want to do Atkins my advice is just to read the book (Dr Atkins New Diet Revoloution) thoroughly and follow it. Do not just do “Atkins” the way most people think of it- cutting out carbs completely and upping your protein and not even thinking about calories. This isn’t Atkins at all, it’s actually a lot different than most people think who haven’t read it. I have so many friends who think they have done Atkins but very few who actually have. For me, when I was in loss stage I basically ate the same meal as my partner except I would cut out the starchy bit like the potatoes and give myself an extra helping of veggies. It was always interesting to me to be out with friends who were telling me how unhealthy my diet was when I was eating salads and they were having pasta.

    Also, diet is nothing without exercise (also in the book) so get yourself moving and you’ll do great.

    In the book, he recommends that you go to a doctor and have base line levels taken of cholesterol and blood pressure and various other things- I totally recommend doing that before you start. It’s really helped me silence the nay sayers when I say that my blood pressure and cholesterol are very healthy- way healthier than before I started. 

    So yes, my advice is just if you want to do it then do it right and do it healthy. Good luck!

    Me then, size 18:

    Me about five minutes ago, size 6 (please ignore the wrinkly jeans!):

    Post # 23
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    Honey bee

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    @amyellabella: Wow, you look great!

    I really don’t know much about Atkins, but the few people that I  know personally who have done it lost a lot of weight quickly, and then gained it back just as quickly when they got back to their “normal” eating habits.

    I’m a huge fan of weight watchers. I know it doesn’t work for everyone but I lost about 30lbs in 4 months and maintained that for years. It really teaches you to just make healtheir choices, but also splurge a little within reason. The new plan also focuses more on carbs.

    Post # 24
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

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    @katelynk: It sounds like you are totally on the right track with researching it and making a dr appointment before you start. My only other tip is that you might want to check out http://www.atkinsdietbulletinboard.com/. The people there are so supportive and knowledgeable and I don’t think I could have had the success I did without them! Good luck, you can do it!

     

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    @Bostongrl25: Thanks! I know people who have done really well on weight watchers, I think it is just what works best for each person and it is good that there are different reasonable options out there. I think the key for any weight loss plan is making it more of a lifestyle choice rather than something you do for a few weeks or months. I lost the bulk of the weight three years ago and that’s how I’ve kept it off. No matter what you do whether it is weight watchers or atkins or any of the myriad diet choices, if you don’t want the weight to come back you just have to translate it into something you can live with. I don’t know loads about weight watchers but I think (as in atkins) that learning to eat healthy for life is a big part of it and it seems to me that is just as it should be!

    Post # 25
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    You can maintain the weight loss with Atkins or any diet ๐Ÿ™‚  In 2000 I had gained 30lbs gradually after weaning my daughter. Ugh!!! So I tried low fat and felt sick and miserable.  So my mother mentioned a diet from back when called Atkins.  I read the book and was able to very quickly lose the 30 lbs and was back at 130lbs at 5’5″ which is a size 4 on me.  In 2005 I got divorced and lost more weight to the point people thought I had cancer so I started eating whatever I wanted and it was a struggle to keep my weight between 125-130 because I had trouble gaining lol.  I stayed it that hyper metabolism until August 2008 when a 17 year old drove 40 MPH into dead stopped traffic.  I spent 3 months in bed and was on heavy doses of steroids.  I gained 10lbs in that period and then kept putting on 2lbs a month for the next year and before I knew it I weighed in at 166 which is more than I weighed when I delivered either of my kids.  I have lost 18 lbs so far and am looking forward to losing the other 18 continuing eating healthy and filling meals.  I find I do best at weight loss at around 40-60 carbs per day so actually fairly high for a low carber in the weight loss phase.  Also the funny thing that I found was that I had to eat more on low carb calorie wise than I was used to when not dieting to lose weight.  That is me and my body – it is different for everyone.  For me it has also cleared up my adult onset acne and helped with fluid retention, bloating and gassiness.  I splurge from time to time but honestly I feel so much healthier this way that it is not about the weightloss but more about feeling more energetic and healthier.

    Now for the exercise – for me I kept trying to exercise normally but the nerve damage would exacerbate the pain to the point I had to stop.  I have started a new program where I am doing 10 minutes a day.  I do not love exercise anyways but the 10 minutes of zumba or walking or treadmill etc is just enough to loosen me up.  Hopefully after a month I can add 10 more minutes and then keep adding every month.  I am learning the value of patience and starting slow ๐Ÿ™‚

    Each person has to find what works for them.  Everyone needs to work with their doctor and listen to their body from both a diet and exercise perspective.

    Good luck and congratulations on wanting to be healthier ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 26
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    Bumble bee

    atkins does work i would just becareful.. i was on atkins for about a year i did lose about 70 lbs.. gained back about 50 lbs ๐Ÿ™

     

    but i do have high colestral now… too many eggs and red meats. but it just depends on what you eat… i was eating egg’s every day for breakfast maybe if your menu is diff.

    Post # 27
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    While I dont know what the “new” atkins diet is, I know that if you do not get enough carbs for your body to produce energy it will go into ketosis. This occurs when the body starts using protein to make energy instead of glucose. if you start having any side effect (I know you said you would but I jsut want to stress it) such as fatigue, dizziness, or strange smelling breath (common symptom of ketosis) Please stop immediately and go to a doctor to see if there has been any damage done to your body. I seriously belive that a well banance diet with proper serving sizes and regular physical activity is the best and most healthy way to lose weight.

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