I am on the Atkins diet on induction and gaining weight! Please help.

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Posted: 27 Jul 2012, 23:51
It's been 7 days I started the Atkins diet. I ate only what's allowed by the book (both old diet and the new diet) and I did not weigh the food I ate nor counted the calories. I am actually eating less carbs than recommended (which should be a good thing because this makes this diet work better as long as it's a low carb diet). They say that you can eat as much as you like but I think that in my case that didn't work. I am 5'8" and 144 lbs. I read somewhere that for people who don't weigh much, calories must be taken into consideration during induction. My calories intake was approx. 1500-1800 daily, may be a bit more, and I didn't lose anything, I actually gained a bit and my pants are now very tight (they were not last week!). It's common sense 1500/day cals will help someone who weighs 250 lbs lose weight, but in my case 1500 cals/day was what I normally ate before starting Atkins just to keep my 144 weight. Should I actually restrict my diet to 1000 cals/day? That would be insane actually for a diet that's based on fat and low carbs because fat counts more and that means less food. A 1000 cal diet based on 60% fat is not much (quantitatively) and I will be hungry all the time. Is anyone willing to share his/her input on this or to come up with some suggestions? I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

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Posted: 28 Jul 2012, 02:28
if you did not count calories then you cannot be sure you actually ate just about 1500 per day, it is very easy to miscalculate if you do not weigh and log everything.
You can eat 0 net carbs, but if you eat more calories than you burn you will still get fatter, there are no magic potions or combinations, it is all quite simple actually

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Posted: 28 Jul 2012, 03:00
Thank you so much for answering. What you say is true and I knew that, the funny thing is that Atkins diet says you can eat as much as you feel like and there are no restrictions on Induction. What do you say about that? That is why I was confused. I actually recorded all the food I ate and this software calculated the calories for me, you can check my journal.
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Posted: 28 Jul 2012, 06:00
simple. Atkins is stupid
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Posted: 28 Jul 2012, 08:14
Hi laylaindy: I'm not an atkins expert but have tried it a couple times in the past with the "eat as much as you want" and I didn't lose any weight either. Everything I've read since has me convinced it is totally a matter of calories in, calories out.

If you go to your "diet calendar" and click the link "view full calendar" it will show you at top your daily caloric and macronutrient averages. Your calendar shows you averaged 1876 calories for the seven day period. So, if you know that pre-diet your maintenance calories were 1500 it is not surprising that you may have gained weight eating 1876 per day. And, if you haven't been weighing and logging food accurately, you might be eating more.

You may not need to go to 1000, just below your maintenance level. A little exercise, simple walking, can help create the calorie deficit. The one thing about the Atkins approach that helps is that its higher fat level, relative to other diets, can help with not feeling too hungry. It takes a couple weeks, 2-4 weeks, to adapt to it and realize that you are not that hungry. I think the Atkins approach works because as you feel less hungry, you will eat less.

If you don't have a lot to lose it will take time.

As I said, I'm not an expert but that is my experience.
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Posted: 28 Jul 2012, 10:37
Yes the atkins plan does work! But remember that its not a plan that will let you eat all of the food that you want and expect to lose the weight. I counted calories as well as keeping an eye on my fat content. The higher the fat that we eat the less hungry we will be. Its amazing how that works. Restricting your carbs puts you into ketosis, and increasing your fat will keep you satisfied. You have to mix up the plan a bit to get it to work for you personally. Best wishes!
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Posted: 28 Jul 2012, 12:23
There is actually a lot of science behind why you eat healthy fats (at higher amounts than what your brain may think is reasonable!) - and - why you can actually eat 'too low' of carb counts and throw things off also.

I have not looked at your food calendar - but I can say that not everything on the Atkins site works for every person. However, eating low carb (and for each person this amount can vary) - is a very effective way to lose weight, change your eating habits, begin to eat much healthier in terms of your food selection choices (losing the fried foods, processed crap, and artificial stuff), etc...

So, depending on your goals - (and on what you weigh when you start low carb) - most people do not have to watch their calories during that first week or two of induction. Obviously, that is not you.

However, if you like eating low carb (as I do) and you want to try to stick with this but with the obvious benefit of losing weight, yes...you will likely have to watch your calories, as well as, watch those carbs.

For example, they suggest that 12-15g's of your carbs every day come from the veggie choices available in Induction. THIS, is extremely important to your success. Don't skip this thinking less carbs is better.

They also say you can eat those darn Atkins bars. However, scores of users have figured out something about them keep causing tons of people to stall out.

Artificial ingredients and sugar alcohols... they need to wait. Worry about testing those items out once you are in pre-maintenance.

Start atkins with the 'I am going to eat whole, healthy, natural foods' and then follow the rest of the Induction guidelines to a T - and you should be back in business. (and I would recommend shooting for around 1350-1500 calories/day, and varying it regularly.)

And of course, an every other day 20 min walk at a fast enough pace to break a sweat and feel good... should energize you... and help with the little extra burn of calories!

Good luck!
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Posted: 03 Aug 2012, 09:37
I took a quick look at your food diary. Have you read the Atkins book -- old or new?

You seem to be eating large portions of meats and cheese and almost no vegetables. That's not really what Atkins is about. You should be limiting cheese to no more than 4 oz. per day during induction, and some people can't handle even that much without stalling. Protein should comprise about 4-6 ounces per meal. And you should be eating a variety of lower-carb vegetables -- so no carrots or squash yet, but go for the greens, other salad veggies, etc.

If you don't like veggies much, find a way to prepare them so that they're tolerable, because they're a critical part of eating healthily no matter what eating plan you're following. Most Atkins dieters eat a big salad with lunch and with dinner to try to ensure they get those 12-15 veggie carbs, and salad dressings without added sugars help provide some of the fat that you need on this diet. Cooked veggies with butter or olive oil also do the trick. The carbs (and, therefore, the veggies) should ideally be spread across your meals, across the day -- so you're not getting a carb bomb at just one meal, which could knock your fat burning out of balance.

You'll end up hating (or quitting) Atkins if you don't introduce a little more variety into what you eat. Atkins is a way of eating that's for life, not just a diet to lose weight and then "go back" to your former eating habits. If you do it right, you'll be able to move up the carb ladder and start reintroducing more foods that you'll stay away from during induction, and you'll figure out what works for you to keep you slim and feeling great. But you have to see it as more than just a "diet." (I speak from experience; wrapping my head around that has been my biggest challenge to staying with Atkins over time. This time around, I'm staying focused on the "way of life" thing.)

I know that you can do this and reach your goal. Tracking in Fatsecret is a big help and shows you're committed.

Best of luck!

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