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Thursday, July 19th, 2012
4:31 am
Sorry for another post, but I'm curious about if my eating should stay the same if I work 3rd shift. I don't get a full night or day or sleep. I nap between my two jobs and that's about it. So should I be eating every 6 hours round the clock? Or would it do me more harm than good?
Friday, June 15th, 2012
10:53 pm
Hello, need advice from you atkins pros!!
First let me say I'm 32 years old and weigh 245 pounds. I had gastric bypass a little over 2 years ago and have lost up to 140 pounds, but gained 20 back. I have re lost that same 20 pounds for a year now. I have tried WW and MFP but fall off plan within days. I want to drop 20 or more pounds quickly and hope to find my motivation back! I have had 3 surgeries since my bypass (the bypass, gallbladder and a revision of my bypass due to scare tissue). I have worked too hard to gain this weight back!

Okay, thats my story. Now my question is....can I do low carb using Lean meats and lean cheese? I should not be eating high fat foods. Will it even work if I don't eat all the fat?

Please offer any input and advice, it is GREATLY appreciated!
Saturday, March 17th, 2012
12:48 pm
hey, fellow atkins peeps :)
I have been on atkins now for 4 days, and I have dropped 4 pounds.  I have done this diet in the past, and it always works.  I am going to Vegas on April 13th, so I'm trying to drop 30 pounds by then.  I wonder if I will actually lose that much from four days ago to that date?
Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
1:29 pm
I never thought I'd say it, but I'm getting rather tired of eggs...can't think what else to have for breakfast however...

Current Mood: optimistic
Sunday, October 3rd, 2010
6:06 pm
coffee drinkers.
I am a coffee sugar milk kinda drinker how did you make your coffee taste good on induction.
6:04 pm
starting diet tomorrow.
Hello My name is Ariel . I am starting atkins diet tomorrow and I am little nervous. I am about 240 and I have decided I do not like the number on the scale. I don't mind my image but then sometimes I do. I would like to get down to 160 but thats 80 pounds which is reachable but it might take a while to reach. So my goal for now is 200. I am not sure how i gain so much weight. when I met my husband in 2007 I was about 180. I dont get how I got 60 pounds heavier. he says he doesnt notice the weight gain. I just want to become a healthier person. 

any advice for first time adtkin dieters..
Friday, October 1st, 2010
7:20 am
Okay, guys, I need some advice here. I’ve done super well on Atkins this far, and I’m thrilled that I’ve dropped 34 pounds. But I’ve hit a brick wall, and I’m sure it’s because I’m not eating enough. The problem is that I’m never hungry. I can force down breakfast, and maybe a snack, but beyond that, the idea of food just doesn’t appeal to me. If I do manage to get some lunch or dinner in me, it’s only a few bites before I’m so full I feel like I’ve consumed the entire contents of my fridge in one sitting. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

Current Mood: frustrated
Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
11:35 am
A little blow-out after Induction
I've been doing Atkins on and off for some years but only now have I managed to do Induction properly and I'm very pleased with myself. However, I'm off on a week's holiday to Devon on Saturday and despite my best intentions I know I'm going to be eating out a lot and having ice cream, fish and chips, beer and cider (I'm going to one of the last cider houses in England so it's a given that I'll have a few pints there) and the area's speciality - clotted cream scones.

My question is - what do I do when I get back?  What do you do after a 'blip'? Do I start Induction again or will I just go on to OWL?

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, August 28th, 2010
10:14 pm
What I Ate Today
I am participating in the 30-day meme that's been circulating, and today was "what you ate today, in great detail." It was kind of interesting because I have been on Atkins for about a year and a half now and am more or less in OWL/maintenance. I allow myself up to 150g net carbs per day. Today I ate 97g net carbs (including 49g fiber!).

What does your typical day look like?

Here's my dayCollapse )
5:03 pm
New member from Dublin in Ireland. I've done low-carb diets before but this is the first time I've done Atkins properly. It's great not feeling hungry but I'm 3 days in and I feel awful! Really fatigued and a bit headachey. Will this pass?  FWIW I've not smoked for a few days either!
Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
3:01 pm
Introduction and Induction
Hello! I just joined this community and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Michelle and I am a 35 yr old marathon runner, IT geek, and mother of 4. I have been on Atkins since mid-January of this year but I am tired of goofing around and not focusing. I haven't lost weight persay, just body fat. I am learning however how to eat again instead of starving like I had done the last 3 years before Atkins. Now I am learning to focus and really do this right. I feel like I am sort of starting over - I have been off for a few weeks now and just not really doing things right or whole-heartedly. So induction again here I come! I want to lose about 20-30lbs!

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
4:51 pm
More studies!

The best quote is this:

In 2008 Stampfer co-authored a study in the New England Journal of Medicine that followed 322 moderately obese individuals for two years as they adopted one of three diets: a low-fat, calorie-restricted diet based on American Heart Association guidelines; a Mediterranean, restricted-calorie diet rich in vegetables and low in red meat; and a low-carbohydrate, nonrestricted-calorie diet. Although the subjects on the low-carb diet ate the most saturated fat, they ended up with the healthiest ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol and lost twice as much weight as their low-fat-eating counterparts.

Source: Scientific American
Sunday, April 18th, 2010
6:02 pm
If you ever needed a study:


These aren't all Atkins specific, but there is a ton of information there, if there is something specific and scientific that you're looking for.
Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
12:03 pm
Is this a crazy thought?
My family usually makes molded chocolates for Easter, and I usually pass up making sugar-free ones because the melt wafers are about three times the price of regular chocolate and consist almost entirely of maltitol. (I don't know about you, but I prefer not to spend Easter on the toilet...)

I was actually just struck with another idea, though: would it work to start with unsweetened baking chocolate and mix in vanilla and Splenda when it's melted? It wouldn't be quite as low-carb as the maltitol chocolate, but it would be a heck of a lot cheaper and without the unpleasant gastric effects.
Sunday, March 28th, 2010
9:35 am
I'm in the middle of moving and who knows where my scale is! The move coupled with my husband just having surgery = off the wall eating for me. Will post when I have my computer and Internet up in the new house. Hope everyone is doing great!
Thursday, March 25th, 2010
11:07 pm
Hi all, soo, I have a couple topics I'd like to discuss..I'm new to this and I'd like to get your feedback... read on if you'd like to participate..

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Sunday, March 7th, 2010
12:28 pm
Weigh-in Week 5
Starting weight: 250 (Feb 1)
Last week's weight: 234
Current weight: 237
This week's loss: Gained! +3
Total loss: 13
STG: 220
LTG: 130ish

Daily averages + exercise
Month 1: Calories: 1904 Carbs: 27g Protein: 133g Fat: 138g Exercise: 15 days Result: -16 = 234
Week 5: Calories: 2166 Carbs: 25g Protein: 153g Fat: 159g Exercise: 1 day Result: +3 = 237

1. Days leading up to TOM
2. Stress and (literally) eating on the road checking on our should-already-be-but-not house
3. Too much processed food and sodium from said eating, kept my carbs lower than I aimed for but my calories jumped up some
4. Too little exercise, was either packing or on the road

So I don't feel as accomplished as I did last week, but you know, I'm proud that I kept going. I need to expect that I won't ALWAYS be losing weight and be okay with that. I will fluctuate and I will stall. Regardless, eventually, if I stick to it, I'll also be weighing less and less over time.

I drank my water - only hitting my stride with 2.5 liters on Friday though. I expected it to be hard and I don't mind. It took 3 weeks to be drinking 2 liters consistently.

I went to the gym once, and was very happy to take up nebbidio's and missk's suggestions. Thank you! I was be walking up and down the pool, using different strokes, using the kickboard and just kicking in turn, but my shoulder ached for two days after so I wasn't keen on going back for a while. I'm going to try again this week since I had more rest and ibuprofen. My problem is when I'm already there I need to remind myself to take it easy, I get lulled cause the pain doesn't settle in right that second.

Ooh I have one Treat Day coming up this week - my husband's birthday and it's an allll day affair. It's either going to shake up my metabolism some so I'll suddenly some weight or make me gain 5 pounds (or more!) overnight. I'm okay with either - I'm a little nervous at the thought of gaining weight but I also can't wait (carbs oh beloved carbs). I'm just going to make sure I go right back to being on track the next day - that has always been my challenge. It's likely that the carb overload is going to make me feel AWFUL for a couple of days, and will make me very happy to be back on track. Oh woe this addiction

This week's goals:
1. Continue tracking my food and weight on Fitday - keep closer track since I'm doing some tweaking below
2. Drop my calories to 1700 from lack of activity last week, and possibly this week and see how it goes
3. Aim for at least 30g carbs a day
4. Continue drinking 2.5 liters
5. I'm going to be ambitious and aim to go to the gym twice, more if we're still going to be in the non-moving situation
Monday, March 1st, 2010
11:27 pm
Atkins on line site
Is anyone else having trouble with the site?  I've had nothing but problems for 2 days now.  It says "welcome member" but it will not allow me to access any of the tools links, support, blog, and I can't find where I can access my profile.  I tried by going through recipies to add one to my profile but all I get is error msg that the site no longer exists, may be experiencing difficulty or link has been broken.  Does anyone have any info regarding this?  I used the site up until Xmass and now want to get back on the wagon so to speak but can't.  It's very frustrating. 

Current Mood: frustrated
Sunday, February 28th, 2010
10:58 am
Weigh-in Week 4 & revamping my exercise routine
Starting weight: 250 (Feb 1)
Last week's weight: 236
Current weight: 234
This week's loss: -2
Total loss: 16
STG: 220
LTG: 130ish

(Will average this out monthly next week)
Week 1: Calories: 1936 Carbs: 22g Protein: 139g Fat: 140g Exercise: 6 days Result: -2 = 248
Week 2: Calories: 1909 Carbs: 27g Protein: 125g Fat: 143g Exercise: 4 days Result: -5 = 243
Week 3: Calories: 1935 Carbs: 28g Protein: 124g Fat: 147g Exercise: 4 days Result: -7 = 236
Week 4: Calories: 1786 Carbs: 31g Protein: 129g Fat: 124g Exercise: 1 day Result: -2 = 234

Not my lowest weight this week but I'll take it and I'm grateful. I only exercised once last week due to injuries which I'll talk about in a minute. I still feel so accomplished and proud of myself. I don't remember the last time I stuck to eating properly this long. 4 whole weeks! 16 pounds gone! I don't expect I'll be losing as much next month and that's okay. I expect there will be trial and error and much tweaking on my journey and that's all good.

I am frustrated about the exercise/my body. I had some recurring pain while swimming laps (freestyle). I'd been working hard to get up to 40 minutes, 4-5 times a week. And now the doctor's said that I'm developing repetitive stress on my shoulders. I chose swimming because I've a weaker ankle (old injury) so I can't walk too long at a time or use the cross-trainer. I've been using the stationary bike and rowing machine instead. Doctor also said that I need to stay off it a bit more. Our puppy (four months and forty lbs!) yanked on his leash so hard it strained my elbow. So now I've to modify walking him too. He's less responsive when I use my other hand I think because it's less firm/strong compared to the other.

So I'm taking a small break - no walking the puppy just taking him to the dog park, no trips to the gym for a week. Then revamping my routine. Shorter swims maybe interspered with some aqua walking, shorter cardio, shorter walks and using my ankle brace when I do. No strength/weight training till my elbow/shoulder/ankle is better. Maybe every other day instead of three days on, one day off at the gym. I'm worried it's going to slow down my weight loss but I know I need to get better before I can go full-out again. I'm annoyed because I know if I lose weight I'd have less ankle trouble but it feels like Catch-22.

Anyone have any suggestions on how else to handle this?

This week's goals:
1. Continue tracking my food and weight on Fitday
2. Continue aiming for just under 2000 calories daily
3. Upping my carbs to 30-35 carbs and seeing how I do then
4. Upping my water to 2.5 liters now that drinking 2 isn't such a struggle
Sunday, February 21st, 2010
12:38 pm
Weigh-in Week 3
Hi again.

I find that the thing with me and Atkins is that I really cannot deviate for long without hurting myself. I drove this point home time and time again but I kept lapsing. No matter how good I felt on Atkins, I felt having that oneforbiddenfood (or tons) would taste awesome. And you know, in the end it doesn't really, not for long. But I kept falling into that trap. So. I'm back with some adjustments. I did induction as clean as I could for one week (22 carbs). I'm going to stick to about 25-35 carbs and tweak it as I go along if I don't see progress weekly.

1) One key adjustment now that I'm off induction is that I do have oneforbiddenfood, one little treat every single day. I do. It keeps me on track, makes me not crave TONS and seems to be working. The carb count does not reflect that, I consider it my free food.
2) Exercise, exercise, exercise.
3) I don't get all OCD on Fitday. All food counts is approximate.
4) Make weekly goals, don't think beyond that week. Adjust and move on.
5) No thoughtless eating. Treats will be deliberate and not cause 'oh I have to give in'.
6) Less cheese. I found that unlike some on Atkins I really can't eat much cheese before I stall. So down to just 1 or 2 oz a day.

Here's my weigh-in for this week and the stats I've been keeping to help me pinpoint what I need to change later. Food figures are the week's average.

Starting weight: 250 (Feb 1)
Last week's weight: 243
Current weight: 236
This week's loss: -7
Total loss: 14
STG: 220
LTG: 130ish

Week 1: Calories: 1936 Carbs: 22g Protein: 139g Fat: 140g Exercise: 6 days Result: -2 = 248
Week 2: Calories: 1909 Carbs: 27g Protein: 125g Fat: 143g Exercise: 4 days Result: -5 = 243
Week 3: Calories: 1935 Carbs: 28g Protein: 124g Fat: 147g Exercise: 4 days Result: -7 = 236

This week's goals:
1. Continue tracking my food and weight on Fitday
2. Continue aiming for just under 2000 calories, 20-30g carbs, 2 liters water
3. 4 days at the gym minimum. I'm helping a friend redecorate for 2 days so I'm good if I just stick to the 4 days at the gym.
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