GENERAL DISCLAIMER: Generally, the participants in the atkins_diet community are not doctors or health professionals. Before embarking on any new diet or exercise program, Dr. Atkins has always recommended that you start with a thorough check-up. Any advice given on this forum should NOT take the place of consulting with a medical professional.
NOTICE: Due to a sudden increase in spam posts, membership is now moderated, and only members may post.
Welcome to the atkins_diet community. Currently, we're a fairly large community by livejournal standards with more than 1,000 members, and 600+ watchers. Of all those members, I'd say we have a core group of about 25 or so regulars and probably another 25 or so occasional posters. The rest of you are just out there lurking. :)
I inherited this community from the founder, and I honestly don't recall her LJ name. I've also got two co-moderators, aithlyn and songwind, although songwind is still, I believe, on temporary vacation due to some personal issues. Aithlyn and I are pretty active here though, so feel free to direct any questions towards us. If you have a private question, feel free to e-mail me at twid @ projectjellybean dot com. Note that we consider moderation to be a major BENEFIT to this community. If you whine about "freedom of speech" or "censorship" if your post is deleted, we will probably laugh at you.
The major reason why this community works is that it is actively moderated. Let's face it, the maturity level on livejournal is a bit lacking sometimes, and a community of this size would be sure to descend into flamewars very quickly without moderation. Strangely enough, the largest amount of drama this community gets is from the pro anorexia folks and other people with eating disorders. Because of these, and other, problems over time, we've instituted just a few small ground rules.
ATKINS_DIET GROUND RULES
No personal attacks
People are here to learn about the atkins_diet and get support in their diet efforts. Therefore, attacking people personally is counterproductive. If we spot a personal attack, my normal procedure is to make a comment to the offending post, with hopes that the offender has comment notifcation turned on, and then to delete the post. If the problem person continue to be a problem, we'll ban them from the community, and we've even made the community closed for a few days in the past to stop trolls from coming in on new accounts. We'll probably handle things ourselves and not report the person to ljabuse, mainly because I enjoy deleting and banning people who are desperately trying to get attention. :)
No discussion of bulemia, anorexia, or other eating disorders
This may seem like a strange rule, but the topic consistently leads to flame wars here, so the entire topic is off-limits. Eating disorders have nothing to do with the Atkins diet. There are plenty of other communities to discuss this issue in.
No attacking the atkins diet
This is not the place to voice your disagreement with the atkins diet itself. It's ok to ask questions if you are new to the diet and considering starting, but if you just want to argue with people about how "bad" atkins is, your post will be deleted.
No giant naked pictures
I can't even believe I have to say this, but evidently, I do. ~Aithlyn
While these aren't firm rules, they will help the community run better.
Read the book, or at least the website, before you post
Would you post in a christian community "Hey, what is this "bible" thing, can someone summarize it for me?" Probably not. So you should probably do some reading before posting here. At minimum, read this:
Even better, read the book, Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution. The paperback is only $7-$8 in most bookstores. There is much more to the atkins approach than just quitting bread.
Don't be overly sensitive here
"No personal attacks" doesn't mean "no disagreements". Personally, I prefer lively discussion to everyone trying to avoid annoying someone for some reason. If you don't agree with something someone said, feel free to post your disagreement using nice, calm language. A good guideline is to write your post as if the person was standing in front of you. And remember, just because you ate ice cream during Induction and still lost weight doesn't mean that it is a good idea for everyone, so don't be offended when someone disagrees with that suggestion.
Use lj-cut on big posts, and shorten large links
To cut your post, just put <lj-cut text="your text here"> at the point in the post where you want to cut.
Please put all trigger and cheat foods behind a cut tag.
PLEASE put discussions of specific food cravings behind a cut, since you might set off someone else's craving and make them cheat.
Check your grammar and spelling if you want people to read and respond
Use the preview button and check your post before posting. Excessive spelling errors, AOLspeak ("U" for "you", etc) and the like will probably just make people not want to read your posts.
And finally, BE SUPPORTIVE
Diets are hard. Losing weight is hard. Exercising is hard. People are here to get support. If you break down and cheat, please don't brag about it here, we jokingly set up atkins_confess just for that. If someone is off-track on what you think they should be doing, correct them NICELY. If someone is doing a good job, congratulate them. If you have a great idea or read a good article, post about it.
If you don't like the community, please, by all means, LEAVE
There are a gazillion communities on livejournal, along with a million other low carb diet forums out there. If you don't like this one or how it is run, then feel free to leave. No need to post that you're leaving, we'll notice that you're gone, really. :)