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Subject: Atkins
Date Posted: 3/28/2010 2:53 AM ET
Member Since: 3/27/2010
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So, I started the atkins diet two weeks ago, and have lost 14lbs :) and so far I'm pretty happy with it, though it's been a huge adjustment.

Curious if anyone else has done atkins and what your experiences were like?

Date Posted: 4/4/2010 10:57 PM ET
Member Since: 6/9/2007
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I did Atkins in 2005, lost 27 lbs....when I got off diet all I wanted was sugary things. I was always a salty snack person before this diet. i have gained the 27 lbs back plus a little more. The diet WORKS but i could not stay with the no sugar and no carbs long term....Also the change .(.I can't think of the name of it,) kinitic or something like that you are suppose to make your kidneys do.....I saw an episode of the Doctors they said this was NOT healthy nor good for your kidney. We all need carbs to function.

Subject: people need carbs
Date Posted: 5/11/2010 4:20 PM ET
Member Since: 3/24/2009
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Kristina,

First, congrats on your weight loss. It is a difficult thing to do! Second, please don't stop eating carbs. It may contribute to a quick weight loss, but as Lynn mentioned, it is not a healthy thing to do. Your body needs carbs to function. Your brain needs carbs to function. Also, if you give up carbs, you are also giving up a lot of fruits and veggies. I could rattle off about 10 other reasons that Atkins is not an ideal solution but there will be all kinds of people with advice on what to eat, what not to eat, how to exercise, etc. I suggest researching it yourself. That is the best way to know if what you are doing is healthy for your body and your lifestyle. But, most of these fad diets aren't really very good for you. My other suggestion is to try a free website like fitday.com or thedailyplate.com or (my favorite) shape.com's virtual trainer. You can figure out how many calories you can eat per day/week and how much exercise you should be getting to lose whatever your goal is. It also gives recipes, exercise, etc. Whatever you decide, good luck :)

Date Posted: 7/6/2010 4:33 PM ET
Member Since: 9/27/2005
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Atkins worked great, weight came off fast and easy but I had the same experience as Lynn.  As soon as I went off I craved carbs and sugar and gained back the weight I lost plus more.  If you really want to do low carbs try  the South Beach Diet.  It is more balanced and teaches about the glycemic index and healthy carbs

Date Posted: 7/7/2010 9:57 AM ET
Member Since: 8/2/2009
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I have tried the Atkins diet and know a few people who have also tried it.  Generally the HUGE amount of weight lost at the beginning of the diet is water weight and then you fall into the normal 2-3 pounds a week of regular diets.  I wouldn't say that everyone needs carbs, because we are all different and I knew a woman who could eat no carbs at all when she was pregnant because they made her blood sugar plummet.  I know that is VERY unusual!

I think I do something very similar to the South Beach diet.  You limit the amount of carbs you eat, and make sure that those you do eat are complex carbs.  Now, I actually eat more carbs than this sounds like.  I eat fruit - probably a fairly good amount of it.  Most of it is fruit of the less sweet kind - raspberries, blackberries, blueberries (they are so cheap these days where I live) and apples.  Sometimes I'll eat a  mango or some watermelon.  If I REALLY want to splurge  I'll make a smoothie of frozen strawberries, frozen oj concentrate and a banana, but generally that's only perhaps 2 times in three weeks, or even 3 times in 4 weeks, something like that.  I also eat great big salads, and corn on the cob when it's in season.  I've been cooking so many years for so many people I'm a bit cooked out so we eat most of our vegetables raw, unless my daughter (who in our home with her husband and our two children) wants cooked veggies or we want a special dish that includes cooked veggies.

I generally avoid bread, pasta, rice and potatos, things like that.  Every so often I'll eat high protein low carb grains and brown rice.  But I do let myself chew bubble gum and eat one or two small squares of high cocoa count dark chocolate every day (if I'm in the mood - sometimes I skip the chocolate).

On our Sabbath (Friday at sundown until Saturday at sundown) I do eat carbs:  I love white challa bread and I will eat some baked goods or sorbets.  But the more weight I lose and the healthier I feel, the less I want to eat it.

A friend recently gave me a present of a gallon of mint chocolate chip ice cream (the kosher kind we use is hard to get around here, and this is my absolute favorite flavor of ice cream).  I'm eating it one spoonful at a time.  (No, not the whole day!  Maybe once a day or every other day.)

Date Posted: 7/17/2010 7:15 PM ET
Member Since: 7/14/2007
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I've done Atkins and really like it.  It's a myth that no carbs, fruits or veggies are allowed on the diet, but it's a persistent myth!  devil  I actually eat more veggies and fruits on Atkins than I do when I'm off.  And I did go on it several times during law school, and still graduated with honors, so if I were you I wouldn't worry too much about brain death from lack of carbs!  You'll get plenty of fuel from the fat you're burning.  And once you're in the maintenance stage, you can experiment around with what you can eat in order to not gain.

I think that one of the main reasons for the high success rate is that protein is very filling for the calories consumed, so you feel more satiated than on other diets.  There was actually a study that compared long term weight loss from several types of diets, and Atkins won.  The article I read stated as a final conclusion that you can design the most nutritionally balanced weight loss plan in the world, but if no one can stand to stay on it, it's just not successful. 

Unfortunately for me, my husband firmly believes that you need starch with every meal, and since he does most of the cooking, now we both carry the extra belly fat that proves that one to be a lie!