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December 28, 2011 7:57 AM
Hey guys

I recently discovered that low carb dieting is really the best method of weight loss for me. I kinda got serious about this idea a little before Christmas but am now starting it now christmas has passed. I am starting the very low carb plan today.

What have your experience on the Atkins induction phase? How long did you do it for and how much weight did you lose? I am tempted to do the induction but I don't know if it will be feasible to stay under 20grams of carbs a day...that does sound very intense.

When i eat carbs from green veggies I do feel so much better, I really don't NEED white carbs and sugar in my diet , but I do crave them horribly. Whenever I start eating these kinds of things I compulsively eat, out of habit.

Any thoughts?

Thanks

Sam
December 28, 2011 9:30 AM
Bump. I am starting Atkins today, too :)
December 28, 2011 6:45 PM
Try low carb snacks such as breyers low carb ice-cream, sugar free candy when you have these cravings.
  13524846
December 28, 2011 6:52 PM
I was able to stay at about 20-30 g carbs for about 3 mos. I lost about 40 lbs. For the next several months I tried to stay at about 60 g carbs and lost an additional 40 lbs. That brought me to Nov, when I joined MFP and focused more on cal and have only lost 6 lbs in 2 mos. I am a carb-addict and still do not eat any simple carbs- for the most part.

You just have to find your happy medium where you are still losing but eating a balanced diet with tons of veggies!!
  12597283
December 29, 2011 5:31 AM
I started atkins induction and am on my third day. I had a horrible day yesterday. I was starving! I have yet to stay under 20 g of carbs which is frustrating. I felt better this morning though. I really want to lose my last 28 lbs at a faster rate than my last 25 lbs have. I am a carbaholic! Any tips? Sam, have how has the low carb intake been going?
December 29, 2011 5:41 AM
Had great results with Atkins a few months ago (14lbs in 4 weeks) and intend doing it again - can't get started even though I know how much better I feel on it.


Wish I could just find the motivation / willpower to get started and fast track to day 6 or 7.
Am such an emotional eater.

Any tips on getting started?!?!?!
December 29, 2011 5:45 AM
Induction can be tough, I was very crabby for the first few days! The cravings for sweets will pass. I tried going the low carb ice cream rout and they do make low carb chocolate , candy, etc... Did not work for me, just prolonged the agony and I kept having cravings. In time, it will pass and for me, I was better off just staying away from them. I have done Atkins several times over the years and it will work for you but you have to stick with it and not cheat. Good Luck!
  13500201
December 29, 2011 5:51 AM
I know that this is not Atkins-friendly advice, but I found that I needed small doses of sugar while I was still breaking my addiction. I ate low-carb like a good doobie, and when the hunger/cravings got so intense I couldn't deal with it, I'd have 1/2 cup of apple cider or suck on a few raisins. That small dose of simple carbs would nuke my craving dead, so long as I stopped there.

It took me closer to a month to break the sugar addiction this way, but it was far more pleasant than going cold turkey, and it prevented sugar binges.
  13004780
December 29, 2011 6:31 AM
It took about a week for me to get past the carb cravings, and then I was golden. I felt awesome doing it too. My secret weapon when I REALLY craved something sweet was pickles...LOL. Regular dill pickles, but it made my mouth glands feel like it was sweet. Or a spoonful of peanut butter once I got past induction.

I wouldn't recommend any of the sugar free candies though until you're past induction phase. Not going to lie, it kinda sucks the first few days while your body adjusts.
  13312971
December 29, 2011 6:32 AM
It took about a week for me to get past the carb cravings, and then I was golden. I felt awesome doing it too. My secret weapon when I REALLY craved something sweet was pickles...LOL. Regular dill pickles, but it made my mouth glands feel like it was sweet. Or a spoonful of peanut butter once I got past induction.

I wouldn't recommend any of the sugar free candies though until you're past induction phase. Not going to lie, it kinda sucks the first few days while your body adjusts.
  13312971
December 29, 2011 1:33 PM
Hey!


All great fps and advice guys..thanks! Think we should start an atkins forum or something to post good recipes and motivation!

I am like you, I have uyet to remain lower than 20 grams of carbs. It is so frustrating! I usually am between 40-50, trying to cut down day by day and experimenting with foods right now until I cut down to 20 and hoping to remain on that for a good few weeks until I can lose my first initial 15 lbs. Eeeeeek. Wish I had more will power! I am terrible.
December 29, 2011 1:45 PM
it was really hard for me, not going to lie. I was thinking about trying it again after new years here just to kind of clean myself up a bit. I did notice that when I would go back to induction i never lost as much as I did the first time. The first induction I did I lost like 10 pounds that first two weeks, after that it would be about 5, which is mostly water, but it was at least encouraging to see the scale moving down.

Once that first two weeks was up though...then it was a lot easier, until I would "slip" and eat a piece of bread, then I craved it like mad again. I might just do a no refined carb thing...eat fruits and veggies and just no bread, rice, pasta, cereal etc.
  13312971
December 29, 2011 1:53 PM
I'm back on induction as of today! Friend me if u like & I can email oodles of tips!!!! :)
Edited by IamBrande On December 29, 2011 1:53 PM
December 29, 2011 1:55 PM
I'm not doing Atkins but I'm on a low carb plan with the 17DD and sugar free gum really helps with cravings especially the dessert gum from Extra in Apple Pie and Mint Chocolate Chip. 20g or less a day is very rough. When can you start having the Atkins's advantage bars because I eat those now and they are delicious. They really help with the chocolate cravings at only 3 net carbs.
  10536618
December 29, 2011 1:55 PM
I'm game for an Atkins group!!
December 29, 2011 3:19 PM
I'm down for a forum, too! I almost cried and gave up yesterday, it was so hard. But today is my third day on induction, and I feel loads better. All of my meals have felt very satisfying! O bought the bars and ate one before I realized it was for phase 2 and higher. Bad move cause those things are good. They are leaving the house till I am aloud to eat them.
December 29, 2011 3:37 PM
I will be starting something similar, I will be doing more of the South Beach phase 1. I start on January 1st. I was sugar free, and ate no fruit or carbs for a few months last year and lost a ton of weight. I then had back issues that ended up being Fibromyalgia and Peripheral Neuropathy (severe nerve damage) so I couldn't exercise and i went to Cuba and blew it all. Now that I'm on some meds and am starting to feel better, I'm working out again and that helps me want to eat better as well. It's time for me to get healthy again. I am not starting Jan1st as a new years resolution, because I find they never work, but just want to start the year off right. Good luck friends! I use Xylitol for sugar, it tastes the same but is derived from veggies and fruit and has no aftertaste. It helps me stay on track if I can have my coffee sweet :)
  194687
December 31, 2011 10:15 PM
I only seem to be able to stick to weight loss while following a low carb diet, similar to Atkins. I followed Atkins to the letter and had great sucess. I am now starting again, and would love having the support of others doing similar!
  3600104
December 31, 2011 10:19 PM
QUOTE:

I will be starting something similar, I will be doing more of the South Beach phase 1. I start on January 1st. I was sugar free, and ate no fruit or carbs for a few months last year and lost a ton of weight. I then had back issues that ended up being Fibromyalgia and Peripheral Neuropathy (severe nerve damage) so I couldn't exercise and i went to Cuba and blew it all. Now that I'm on some meds and am starting to feel better, I'm working out again and that helps me want to eat better as well. It's time for me to get healthy again. I am not starting Jan1st as a new years resolution, because I find they never work, but just want to start the year off right. Good luck friends! I use Xylitol for sugar, it tastes the same but is derived from veggies and fruit and has no aftertaste. It helps me stay on track if I can have my coffee sweet :)


I lost 50 lbs in 3 months on South Beach. Ivillage has a great south beach message board that helped me tons. I really loved SB because it is SO healthy but, I got burned out on all the veggies so I'm working on low-cal and hopefully slowly moving back towards the SB standards. I NEVER counted calories on SB but I can only imagine how much more effective it would be if you did. Especially since I ate a lot of meat and cheese.
December 31, 2011 10:42 PM
The first few days will be hard while your body works to ween itself from your carb addiction. But if you stick with it it really works. I did Atkins and lost 156 lbs in 53 weeks. Kept it off for a year but slowly got back into my carb addictions and ended up gaining back nearly 70 lbs. Since reconnecting with MFP on Dec. 2, 2011 I've lost 18 lbs using a low carb approach. When I weigh in on Monday I expect to be down even more. Low carb unlike low fat keeps me full. It gets quite scary sometimes how I can go through a day like today and NOT feel hungry. I had to FORCE myself to eat at regular intervals. That doesn't happen for me when I try the low fat approach. I tend to eat about 40g of complex carbs/day. There are many low-carb products on the market but I tend to steer clear and rely more on natural foods. I get the low-carb goods as substitutions when a craven hits. Remember there are lots of low carb approaches out here to choose from as well: Atkins, South Beach, Sugarbusters, Zone, Keto etc. See what works for you,

Feel free to add me!!!

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  7838983
December 31, 2011 10:50 PM
QUOTE:

Hey guys

I recently discovered that low carb dieting is really the best method of weight loss for me. I kinda got serious about this idea a little before Christmas but am now starting it now christmas has passed. I am starting the very low carb plan today.

What have your experience on the Atkins induction phase? How long did you do it for and how much weight did you lose? I am tempted to do the induction but I don't know if it will be feasible to stay under 20grams of carbs a day...that does sound very intense.

When i eat carbs from green veggies I do feel so much better, I really don't NEED white carbs and sugar in my diet , but I do crave them horribly. Whenever I start eating these kinds of things I compulsively eat, out of habit.

Any thoughts?

Thanks

Sam


I was under 10grams of carbs for about 2 months or so. I felt fine good. In the end it boils down to calories. HIgh protein diets do help because you feel fuller with less calories, but it's still about calories. Induction isn't necessary. I don't do low carb anymore. If I was you, and you really feel you "must" do low carb. You should shoot for a range of 50-100grams of carbs. Studies have shown many times that you do lose a lot of weight initially(water weight), but in the end the low carbers and and calorie counters lost about the same amount of weight. Make sure you drink a lot of water, high protein is dehydrating, this is what people talk about with kidney issues, it's due to lack of water.
Edited by Pu_239 On December 31, 2011 10:53 PM
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January 1, 2012 12:43 AM
Doing it and loving it!! Best diet for me!
  13507854
January 1, 2012 12:46 AM
Feel free to add me! I don't eat the premade stuff, I eat my own low carb inventions... Cheaper and tastier if you ask me LOL
  13507854
January 1, 2012 10:44 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I will be starting something similar, I will be doing more of the South Beach phase 1. I start on January 1st. I was sugar free, and ate no fruit or carbs for a few months last year and lost a ton of weight. I then had back issues that ended up being Fibromyalgia and Peripheral Neuropathy (severe nerve damage) so I couldn't exercise and i went to Cuba and blew it all. Now that I'm on some meds and am starting to feel better, I'm working out again and that helps me want to eat better as well. It's time for me to get healthy again. I am not starting Jan1st as a new years resolution, because I find they never work, but just want to start the year off right. Good luck friends! I use Xylitol for sugar, it tastes the same but is derived from veggies and fruit and has no aftertaste. It helps me stay on track if I can have my coffee sweet :)


I lost 50 lbs in 3 months on South Beach. Ivillage has a great south beach message board that helped me tons. I really loved SB because it is SO healthy but, I got burned out on all the veggies so I'm working on low-cal and hopefully slowly moving back towards the SB standards. I NEVER counted calories on SB but I can only imagine how much more effective it would be if you did. Especially since I ate a lot of meat and cheese.


Thanks for the info...I've done South Beach before too and really liked it, I'm still mainly on it but I need to get the sugar out again and get strict with what I'm eating again. I did count calories but not very closely, I just did it to make sure I was eating enough actually. Good luck to u!
  194687
January 1, 2012 10:55 AM
Ive tried it several times with no big success. I found it really limiting and I didn't enjoy eating all of that meat and cheese. I could live without bread and pasta but it bothered me to not have fruit. The benefit though was that after a few days of induction the cravings go. Sometimes I'll still do induction for a few days if I am experiencing bad cravings.
Also, a lot of the atkins products are filled with garbage. Frankly for me I'd rather lose the weight slower but put good things into my body.
Good luck if you try it

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