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Going on 3rd day and haven't lost anything, is this common?
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Joined: May 12
Posted: 20 May 2012, 02:22
I am trying this diet after practically starving myself on my own. I did lose 10 pounds that way but then it stopped. If I dont lose anything soon I know I will not stick with this. Has anyone ever had a similar experience?
Joined: Apr 10
Posted: 20 May 2012, 04:21
Hang in there, it takes time. I have days where I dont lose anything even though I am working hard, and days where I lose weight when I dont feel I worked hard enough.
Hang in there, 3 days is very short. You body needs time to adjust. Some people say dont weigh yourself that much, but I do it daily to see the ebb and flow of my journey.
Pick some type of program, and stick to it. I calorie count myself, but there are many others here on FS. Keep hanging around FS and you will do fine.
Joined: Jul 11
Posted: 20 May 2012, 08:52
do not weigh every day it just undermines your efforts and it is meaningless. Choose a plan that contemplates the foods you like, limit the calorie deficit to no more than 800-1000 per day and try to increase your activity level with activities that you enjoy. Finally weigh yourself no more frequently than once every 2 weeks, less often is even better and the results will be evident after a while.
Being quick in weight loss is almost always bad anyway
Joined: Jul 11
Posted: 20 May 2012, 09:34
Losing weight by starving yourself is not sustainable. Your body will pack the pounds on again as soon as you start eating normally. Try using the diet calander to make sure you are following Atkins properly. You have to be careful of the amount of carbs you are eating for this diet plan to work. I do understand the desire to lose weight quickly but that is not a good long term plan. Better to lose it slowly and make sure that it never returns.
Joined: Apr 12
Posted: 20 May 2012, 10:53
When I started Atkins Induction phase about ten days ago I weighed myself after one week and found that I had lost almost ten pounds. I took this result with a grain of salt based on several factors. First of all there is a well known diuretic effect to starting Atkins. Basically I was losing a lot of my water-weight that first week. That's fine, I'm not a camel I don't need to hold onto all that water anyway.
I stepped on the scale this morning and was down a further two pounds. If I had to hazard a guess I would say that puts me on track to lose a more sustainable 3-4lbs this week. I only officially weigh in once a week however and I make sure to weigh in on the same day and at the same time of day as I previously weighed in. Beyond that schedule if I do step on the scale in between official weigh ins it's just out of curiosity.
Joined: Oct 11
Posted: 20 May 2012, 11:18
If you were basically starving yourself, your body is going to be adjusting to whatever you are eating now, so the fact that you are now eating, and are still not gaining is pretty good in itself. Your metabolism is going to need to get back on track. It is going to be very difficult to loose and sustain weightloss if you continue to have a "I need it now" mentality. It takes time and work. You could eat absolutly nothing and still won't burn enough calories to loose a pound in a day, it takes time and it takes work. You should be looking for 1-2 lbs a week. In the begining a lot of people will loose quicker, but then it slows down, so for you you have been loosing it is probably reaching a slowing point, and as I said your body is going to try to hold on to some of it because your body has been in starvation mode. Think about it on a survival standpoint. You are starving because you have no food, so your body slows down on what it is using so that it can sustain you longer, then you start to eat again, your body is going to stay in lower metabolic rate just in case you go into starvation again. That is why too low in calories can actually cause more problems then it helps a lot of the times.
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Posted: 20 May 2012, 18:33
Thank you so much for your input. I also just found out the sugarless candies I have been eating have 14g of sugar alcohol so I will stop eating them!
Joined: Aug 11
Posted: 21 May 2012, 00:45
Lovingmama seems knowledgeable, so here it goes. I quit smoking in January 2011. In April I wound up with a leg fracture and have been instructed to not walk or jog until the specialists figure out why at 52 I am getting spontaneous tibia fractures. Hence, I have gained about 25 pounds and weigh around 180. I am 5'8". I can lose about 5 pounds and that is it even if I am working out on the elliptical, crunches, weights, etc, and eating between 1000-1200 calories. I have been trying seriously since January 2012. Ideas??
Joined: Apr 12
Posted: 21 May 2012, 12:05
My thinking is that, at the end of the day, a pound is a pound. I want to lose weight AND keep it off by learning to eat the right amounts of the best foods... not settle for prepackaged meals or snacks.
Here's how I'm losing ~3 lbs/week on my 5'6" frame, going from 222 April 25 to 209 May 18:
1. I aim for 1,500 kcal/day. This in NO WAY is starvation for me. My days vary from 1,200-1,800 usually, and I also tend to splurge on the weekend (it's not a planned "cheat day," it's just a restaurant meal where I choose my favorite foods).
2. I always eat breakfast (usually 300-400 kcal: protein+carb+fruit)
3. I switch my lunch for a green smoothie (spinach+frozen fruit+protein powder) which is only about 200 kcal but very filling and tastes delicious. If I'm hungry again late afternoon, I have a snack like peanut butter on whole wheat toast or greek yogurt with berries.
4. I eat a sensible dinner, lots of veggies and lean protein, one serving of carbs.
5. I walk (briskly) 3 mi/day on my treadmill.
6. I record everything on FatSecret.
I've read all about South Beach, Atkins, Weight Watchers, LA Weight Loss, etc., and I've tried several times to diet. What really works for me is focusing on recording the difference between calories eaten and calories burned, rather than the scale. My weight fluctuated over my first 4 weeks, but I found after the first 3.5 weeks that I'd managed to create a 35,000 calorie deficit (between diet and exercise... and 3,500 kcal = 1 pound), and I'd dropped 10 pounds on the scale. Awesome!
So keep going and take the long view that you're changing your diet to change your body... and as long as you can live with the diet change, you will live with the body change as well. (-:
I am not losing weight. I am gaining health. Since April 24, 2012:
Joined: Jun 10
Posted: 21 May 2012, 12:48
If I dont lose anything soon I know I will not stick with this.
Looks like you've lost 6 pounds in the last 3 days....I'm not sure what you were expecting.
Atkins works best as a permanent change in your way of eating. While some try to work it as a crash kind of diet, that's not how it works best, and will often result in regaining the weight lost.
You're relatively close to your goal to begin with, so it would make sense that your rate of loss (after this initial 2-pound-per-day drop) would be somewhat slower.
Good luck to you.
Joined: May 12
Posted: 24 May 2012, 09:57
It takes 2 days for your body to get used to low carbing. You might have noticed headaches, nervousness, etc. but that's your body going through a carb detox. Once your body gets used to low carbs it will adjust. Also you get your true weight in the morning,after your morning pee( I know it sounds gross)jump on the scale and that's your true weight. At least that's what my dr. told me.
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