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going back on atkins

I used atkins to get ripped for 3 months and I kept the weight off for nearly 2 years. Now I'm going to do it again. Anyone want to share their successes/horrors.
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Old 09-25-2008, 01:06 PM
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in 2000 I lost 30 lbs in 2.5 months on Atkins - only to gain it all back and then some 6 months later. Hell to the NO I will never do it again. Plus I think I smelled, I was always shitting and having bad gas - TMI, sure, but that's what a shit load of protein will do to you.

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Old 09-25-2008, 01:13 PM
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Isn't that one of the low-carb ones?? I don't trust any diet that cuts out a whole food group. Not healthy IMO.

Eat whatever you want, but in moderation. And exercise!
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Old 09-25-2008, 01:18 PM
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i agree. eat sensibly and exercise. might now come off as fast, but it will stay off(if you have a lifestyle change)and you will be healthy.
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Old 09-25-2008, 01:26 PM
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Atkins diet is a shitty (literally) way to lose weight. No diet should eliminate an entire food group. Moderation and an active lifestyle will give better long term results.
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Old 09-25-2008, 01:35 PM
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I used atkins to get ripped for 3 months and I kept the weight off for nearly 2 years. Now I'm going to do it again. Anyone want to share their successes/horrors.
I did it and it works for sure.

It can be done as a more modified version, and I need to start it again.

Cutting OUT all carbs kick starts it, but it can be modified to use proper carbs in limited fashion.
I liked it and I ate less as a whole.
Which was very interesting.

I will say I had a lot less plaque and my teeth were cleaner on Atkins.
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Old 09-25-2008, 03:07 PM
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Isn't that one of the low-carb ones?? I don't trust any diet that cuts out a whole food group. Not healthy IMO.

Eat whatever you want, but in moderation. And exercise!
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Atkins is not healthy IMO
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:24 PM
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agree ... cutting out an entire foodgroup is unhealthy....

i mean you NEED complex carbs in your diet to SURVIVE
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agree ... cutting out an entire foodgroup is unhealthy....

i mean you NEED complex carbs in your diet to SURVIVE
Actually, you DON'T.

There is very little nutritional value in most carbs.

COMPLEX carbs SOME.

Most people ingest simple carbs the majority of the time.

Which is why I said, a modified Atkins is doable and smarter.
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Have you tried South Beach? From my understanding, it is a much more reasonable and healthier way to cut carbs and lose weight because you add in complex carbs.
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Actually, you DON'T.

There is very little nutritional value in most carbs.

COMPLEX carbs SOME.

Most people ingest simple carbs the majority of the time.

Which is why I said, a modified Atkins is doable and smarter.
i never said eat simple carbs

i'm talking carbs like quinoa, brown rice, fruits and veggies

i never said anything about the modified diet ... i was just responding to the op post about just the plain adkins diet... you need to eat protein and complex carbs together at every mean to slow carbs from turning into fat.
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Yes to both naked and Tess.

Complex carbs, and South beach are a modified Atkins.
So is the Suzanne Somers thing.

Brown rice, and natural grains are good to have.

What I DID note when doing Atkins more rigidly:

The more I stayed with Atkins Proteins and
shunned carbs, the less I craved the carbs.
I was content with eating my fill of salads, vegetables, meats, cheese etc,
I was full and content faster and for longer.
MUCH longer.

Once I started adding some carbs, the more I wanted of them.
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I would change my diet permanently, not for some time to achieve a goal- which makes no sense as the goal won't be permanent anyway once you change back to old habits.
A permanent change to Atkins is a disaster waiting to happen.
I'd switch to a base of veggies and complex carbs,the like, and organic meat from free range animals, if you can't do without.
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I would change my diet permanently, not for some time to achieve a goal- which makes no sense as the goal won't be permanent anyway once you change back to old habits.
A permanent change to Atkins is a disaster waiting to happen.
I'd switch to a base of veggies and complex carbs,the like, and organic meat from free range animals, if you can't do without.

Nevermind your cholesterol levels after years "on" Atkins-type diet.
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in 2000 I lost 30 lbs in 2.5 months on Atkins - only to gain it all back and then some 6 months later. Hell to the NO I will never do it again. Plus I think I smelled, I was always shitting and having bad gas - TMI, sure, but that's what a shit load of protein will do to you.

Good luck, not for me!
. Atkins diet is the biggest prank played on the weight loss community. I had a friend who went on this, and like you said, he gained it all and more within a short span. Plus he complained he was all gassy and bloated. He hated it and got off and he gained all the weight he lost in no time.

The whole Atkins corporation went bankrupt. It was a colossal failure.

It is not for me either. I like my pasta with bread and my chinese food or asian food with rice. So I could never do Atkins. And I think it was proven after they went bust that it is totally an unhealthy and unbalanced diet. Screw Atkins.
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^ agreed. I think it was my uncle (a doctor) who thought that the only benefit of atkins was that people who would ordinarily not stick to a "diet" may be able to use it to lose some weight, and if they were severly obese then the benefit of the weight loss might outweigh the downsides of the atkins diet.
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^ agreed. I think it was my uncle (a doctor) who thought that the only benefit of atkins was that people who would ordinarily not stick to a "diet" may be able to use it to lose some weight, and if they were severly obese then the benefit of the weight loss might outweigh the downsides of the atkins diet.
I think I remember reading somewhere that the diet was originally created for obese cardiac patients who needed to lose weight quickly before their bypasses, so there would be less chance of death.

I think in general, Western society eats too many simple carbs and moderation is the key. I'm totally preaching right now though, because I know I tend to go for convenience and will grab a bag of chips instead of fruit/veggies if I want a snack.
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My father was on Atkins. It was the only diet his whole life he was able to stick to and lost a ton of weight. Then he had a heart attack. They said it would probably be his only cardiac event, and his cholesteral was surprisingly good. However, he went off Atkins as soon as possible, as everyone involved felt it was too possible one had something to do with the other.

South Beach is a much better version of Atkins, and this is a lifestyle, as the book reiterates. It takes two weeks to simply break you of common habits of snacking on carbs and processed foods, then you reintroduce those foods until you feel comfortable and they tell you over and over your weight loss WILL slow when you reintroduce those foods, but you do it because you are losing weight in a safe manner and it gets you to a comfortable lifestyle mixing processed foods and natural foods.

My personal favorite diet of my dad's (there have been A LOT) was the "Caveman" diet. He ate nothing but all natural products. Only what a caveman would have eaten.
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Yes to both naked and Tess.

Complex carbs, and South beach are a modified Atkins.
So is the Suzanne Somers thing.
I did Suzanne Somers with my mom when I was 14. I lost weight but I felt deprived from cutting out foods and I ended up gaining all what I lost + additional weight. Now I follow the ABS diet and Eat Clean diet by Tosca Reno, which has taught me to eat more sensibly and make more healthier food choices.
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I did Atkins twice. I lost a bunch of weight both times, but as soon as I'd have a little cheat my weight would shoot back up. IMO, weightwatchers is wonderful! I lost 55lbs in 4 months and have been able to keep it off for a year now. It's healthy and so easy. I even eat fast food a couple times a week, and still lost weight!
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Actually, you DON'T.

There is very little nutritional value in most carbs.

COMPLEX carbs SOME.

Most people ingest simple carbs the majority of the time.

Which is why I said, a modified Atkins is doable and smarter.
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Have you tried South Beach? From my understanding, it is a much more reasonable and healthier way to cut carbs and lose weight because you add in complex carbs.
I was going to suggest South Beach too. Carbs are NECESSARY, your brain functions on glucose. There is a lot of information in the first few chapters of the South Beach Diet book that would give you (OP) a lot of insight into how your diet affects your body chemistry and appetite. And it's credible information, not the BS in the Atkin's book. I have done every diet imagineable, and I can never imagine cutting out a whole food group again. Processed foods like white sugar and flour are not a food group, they can be cut out. You can even steer clear from foods that have a high glycemic index, but you need the nutrients that are found in fresh fruits and vegetables, along with the fiber. Vitamins are good for catching deficiencies, but they aren't the same.

I think it all comes down to your focus and intent. There was a time in my life when I dieted simply to loose weight, my motivations were purely aesthetic. I gained and lost the same 30 pounds over and over for 11 years, and never broke less then 190 (and I'm only 5'5"). One day a year ago I made a decision to get HEALTHY, and nine months later there was eighty pounds less of me.

Also...one more thing to add about Atkin's. You have to be careful about how much protein you are consuming. Too much protein can be damaging to your kidney's, if you do decide to go back on Atkin's make sure you drink LOTS of water.
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Actually I also need to reduce my weight and to something like you did. If any suggestion, you are welcme
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Nevermind your cholesterol levels after years "on" Atkins-type diet.
Yes, and with that amount of animal fat rotting in your colon, eating complex carbs is a must.

Three words: FIBRE, FIBRE FIBRE!
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Three words: FIBRE, FIBRE FIBRE!
I love FIBRE

Fibre keeps me feeling satisfied and moving, while protein keeps me full and satisfied
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It is amazing what balancing your meals will do for keeping you satisfied. I never eat carbs without fiber or protein, and I rarely eat because I am truly hungry. I eat because I know it's time to refuel my body, approximately every three hours. I used to go for hours without eating and then I had no self control.

It's really simple once you get the hang of it.
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