Losing weight on Atkins
#31
Interesting...is that why you became a veagen?
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#32
didishroom Wrote:Interesting...is that why you became a veagen?

I became a vegan suddenly actually, after reading on the subject. The books by Norman Walker, in particular.

I did it for health reasons mostly, as I had some health issues at the time, and it works. I don't think of meat or anything as food anymore than the average American thinks of spiders as food.
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#33
QuisUtDeus Wrote:OK, I turn 40 next year and figure if I don't lose my excess baggage now my health is going to deteriorate rapidly as I get even older.

So, I'm planning to start Atkins sometime after Thanksgiving.  I looked into a bunch of different diets, and Atkins is the one that makes the most sense to me.

Anyone have any personal anecdotes about Atkins?  Any tips or hints?  Any good or bad things to say?

Atkins is not the way to go, you need carbs, healthy carbs that is. A lot of people on Atkins think that eating all this fatty meat is the way to go and they end up having high cholesterol. Just eat proportionately, 30% of carbs, proteins, fats, and the last 10% of your calories can be whatever you like. Here are my tips:
1. Find out your Basal Metabolic Rate to find out how many calories you burn daily, count your daily calories on an online counter and cut 200-500 calories (no more, or else it will be too drastic and your body might go into starvation mode and your metabolism will slow down).
2. Eat the 30% fat 30% protein 30% carb, the last 10% can be whatever. When I'm dieting, the last 10% is usually protein.
3. Eat only whole wheat carbs ie brown rice, whole wheat bread, oat meal, this also has a lot of natural fiber
4. Try to eat lean meats only, but I'm a huge meat eater and will often have a steak or pork chops
5. Have an exercise program, aerobics and weight lifting several times weekly
6. Drink lots of water
6. Rest and have binge days :)
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#34
South Beach
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#35
Friend lost weight, but then after losing 35 lbs, plateued and could not lose more. ALso, bodily smells change...he incorporated working out a lot, then got sick as he had no carbs and sugars...now, eats more like South Beach.......
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#36
Try intuitive eating...

http://www.intuitiveeating.com/

What is Intuitive Eating?

Intuitive eating is an approach that teaches you how to create a healthy relationship with your food, mind, and body--where you ultimately become the expert of your own body.   You learn how  to distinguish between physical and emotional feelings, and gain a sense of body wisdom.   It's also a process of making peace with food---so that you no longer have constant "food worry" thoughts.  It's knowing that your health and your worth as a person does not change because you ate a so-called "bad" or "fattening" food. 

On the surface this may sound simplistic, but it is rather complex. For example one of the basic principles of Intuitive Eating is the ability to respond to inner body cues, “Eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full”, which may sound  like a no-brainer. But when you have history of chronic dieting  or rigid “healthy” rules about eating it's quite difficult because a number of things need to be in place, including the ability to trust yourself!  Here is a summary of the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating, from our book, Intuitive Eating, 2nd ed, 2003.

Intuitive Eating Principles

1. Reject the Diet Mentality Throw out the diet books and magazine articles that offer you false hope of losing weight quickly, easily, and permanently. Get angry at the lies that have led you to feel as if you were a failure every time a new diet stopped working and you gained back all of the weight. If you allow even one small hope to linger that a new and better diet might be lurking around the corner, it will prevent you from being free to rediscover Intuitive Eating.
2. Honor Your Hunger Keep your body biologically fed with adequate energy and carbohydrates. Otherwise you can trigger a primal drive to overeat. Once you reach the moment of excessive hunger, all intentions of moderate, conscious eating are fleeting and irrelevant. Learning to honor this first biological signal sets the stage for re-building trust with yourself and food.

3. Make Peace with Food Call a truce, stop the food fight! Give yourself unconditional permission to eat. If you tell yourself that you can't or shouldn't have a particular food, it can lead to intense feelings of deprivation that build into uncontrollable cravings and, often, bingeing When you finally “give-in” to your forbidden food, eating will be experienced with such intensity, it usually results in Last Supper overeating, and overwhelming guilt.
4. Challenge the Food Police .Scream a loud "NO" to thoughts in your head that declare you're "good" for eating under 1000 calories or "bad" because you ate a piece of chocolate cake. The Food Police monitor the unreasonable rules that dieting has created . The police station is housed deep in your psyche, and its loud speaker shouts negative barbs, hopeless phrases, and guilt-provoking indictments. Chasing the Food Police away is a critical step in returning to Intuitive Eating.
 5. Respect Your Fullness Listen for the body signals that tell you that you are no longer hungry. Observe the signs that show that you're comfortably full. Pause in the middle of a meal or food and ask yourself how the food tastes, and what is your current fullness level?
6. Discover the Satisfaction Factor The Japanese have the wisdom to promote pleasure as one of their goals of healthy living In our fury to be thin and healthy, we often overlook one of the most basic gifts of existence--the pleasure and satisfaction that can be found in the eating experience. When you eat what you really want, in an environment that is inviting and conducive, the pleasure you derive will be a powerful force in helping you feel satisfied and content. By providing this experience for yourself, you will find that it takes much less food to decide you've had "enough".
7. Honor Your Feelings Without Using Food Find ways to comfort , nurture, distract, and resolve your issues without using food. Anxiety, loneliness, boredom, anger are emotions we all experience throughout life. Each has its own trigger, and each has its own appeasement. Food won't fix any of these feelings. It may comfort for the short term, distract from the pain, or even numb you into a food hangover. But food won't solve the problem. If anything, eating for an emotional hunger will only make you feel worse in the long run. You'll ultimately have to deal with the source of the emotion, as well as the discomfort of overeating.
 8. Respect Your Body Accept your genetic blueprint. Just as a person with a shoe size of eight would not expect to realistically squeeze into a size six, it is equally as futile (and uncomfortable) to have the same expectation with body size. But mostly, respect your body, so you can feel better about who you are. It's hard to reject the diet mentality if you are unrealistic and overly critical about your body shape.
9. Exercise--Feel the Difference Forget militant exercise. Just get active and feel the difference. Shift your focus to how it feels to move your body, rather than the calorie burning effect of exercise. If you focus on how you feel from working out, such as energized, it can make the difference between rolling out of bed for a brisk morning walk or hitting the snooze alarm. If when you wake up, your only goal is to lose weight, it's usually not a motivating factor in that moment of time.
10 Honor Your Health--Gentle Nutrition Make food choices that honor your health and tastebuds while making you feel well. Remember that you don't have to eat a perfect diet to be healthy. You will not suddenly get a nutrient deficiency or gain weight from one snack, one meal, or one day of eating. It's what you eat consistently over time that matters, progress not perfection is what counts. 

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#37
Hi,

I used to be pretty obese and started putting on a lot of weight especially on my thighs and bottom in my late thirties. I started exercising as often as possible and also cut down on a lot of high calorie stuff. Unfortunately I hardly managed to lose much weight at all. I then recently read an article by a lady who claimed that she managed to lose nearly half of her weight using a particular weight loss supplement. I tried it out and it actually worked quite well. Within 4 months I managed to lose about 65 pounds. The results were pretty amazing and I feel so much healthier and energetic now. You can read more about the lady's article at

http://www.obesityzapped.com
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#38
katoliko Wrote:you need carbs, healthy carbs that is.
For what, exactly?

Quote:A lot of people on Atkins think that eating all this fatty meat is the way to go and they end up having high cholesterol.
No they don't.  Sorry to be so blunt, but that's simply not true.  First of all, there's good cholesterol, and bad cholesterol, and really bad cholesterol, and really really bad triglycerides.  New low-carbers routinely see an increase in good cholesterol and a big drop in triglycerides.  Sometimes the bad cholesterol stays the same or increases slightly, but even the mainstream understands now that the HDL/LDL ratio and triglyceride numbers are the important thing, not the total cholesterol.  Study after study confirms it.

But I'm repeating myself.

Quote:Just eat proportionately, 30% of carbs, proteins, fats, and the last 10% of your calories can be whatever you like.
Well, the USDA and nutrition establishment recommend 60% of your calories come from carbs, so you just described a fairly low-carb diet.  Run away, run away!
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#39
jennifer8055 Wrote:Hi,

I used to be pretty obese and started putting on a lot of weight especially on my thighs and bottom in my late thirties. I started exercising as often as possible and also cut down on a lot of high calorie stuff. Unfortunately I hardly managed to lose much weight at all. I then recently read an article by a lady who claimed that she managed to lose nearly half of her weight using a particular weight loss supplement. I tried it out and it actually worked quite well. Within 4 months I managed to lose about 65 pounds. The results were pretty amazing and I feel so much healthier and energetic now. You can read more about the lady's article at

http://www.obesityzapped.com

You can eat spam on Atkins, right?
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#40
frerejacques Wrote:
jennifer8055 Wrote:Hi,

I used to be pretty obese and started putting on a lot of weight especially on my thighs and bottom in my late thirties. I started exercising as often as possible and also cut down on a lot of high calorie stuff. Unfortunately I hardly managed to lose much weight at all. I then recently read an article by a lady who claimed that she managed to lose nearly half of her weight using a particular weight loss supplement. I tried it out and it actually worked quite well. Within 4 months I managed to lose about 65 pounds. The results were pretty amazing and I feel so much healthier and energetic now. You can read more about the lady's article at

http://www.obesityzapped.com

You can eat spam on Atkins, right?

Only if you take these special pills.  [Image: laff.gif]
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