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post #31 of 46
My cousin has been on it (Atkins diet) for a while, not sure how long (sorry), but he's lost a lot of weight. He looks so much healthier than the last time I saw him.
post #32 of 46
Calorie restriction isn't healthy. You'd need to keep starving yourself for the rest of your life to avoid putting the pounds back on. Please, just don't do it.
post #33 of 46
What I do is just eat my meals in moderation, no problem
post #34 of 46
I agree Kiwideus. Having been on several variants of the Atkins maintenance diet for over 20 years with no health problems, the naysayers protestations fall on deaf ears. Common sense and all things in moderation.
post #35 of 46
My sister swears by it. I can't do it...my willpower against carbs is weak. I simply cut my calorie intake to 5-700 a day and the weight keeps coming off. It's not the healthiest plan, but it works.
post #36 of 46
I went on South Beach back in July, and I lost my first 10 pounds within 2 weeks. I went back to eating almost thing that I wanted. Right after Christmas, I went back on it and I lost another 20. Well, I eat a lot healthier and a lot less than what I use to eat...which is great...so I would recommend this and eating a balanced meal every 3-4 hours to maintain your insulin because Type 2 diabetes is a very high epidemic! I see a dietician and she taught me how to manage it and therefore, I have a much better lifestyle.
post #37 of 46
Abby, it's not just temporarily unhealthy...the second you achieve an "ideal weight" and eat enough to keep yourself alive, the weight will come back. Your body goes into "starvation mode" when you restrict calories to below healthy levels and uses every calorie as efficiently as possible; this means that when your body's like that and you start eating better, each one of those calories is going to be squeezed for as much as your body can get out of it.

Are you going to keep eating 700 or less calories for the rest of your life?

Just eat a lot of complex carbs, don't worry about protein either way (2.5 - 8% of daily calories as protein is plenty for humans--excessive protein is wasted, excessive animal protein is most certainly harmful, and it's impossible to get too litlte unless you really are starving or you eat nothing but apples), keep the fats and refined carbs to a minimum, and exercise. You'll be fine.

As for eating often, that's really a plus. It's much healthier for you and helps you avoid eating excessively. "Grazing" on complex carbs is especially helpful for people with conditions like hypoglycemia.
post #38 of 46
700 calories a day!?!?!? I dont know how you even survive on that.

Peace,
Brandon
post #39 of 46
A friend and i did it about 6 years ago and we each lost 20 lbs
post #40 of 46
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Originally Posted by Weatherlight
So, good carbs and bad carbs! Good carbs are "complex" carbs, such as whole wheat and brown rice. Bad carbs are stuff like refined sugar and white flour. That's it in a nutshell ^^

What makes them so good or so bad as far as how your body processes them and weight gain/loss is concerned?
post #41 of 46
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Originally Posted by caprice

...so I would recommend this and eating a balanced meal every 3-4 hours to maintain your insulin because Type 2 diabetes is a very high epidemic! I see a dietician and she taught me how to manage it and therefore, I have a much better lifestyle.
So am I at risk for diabetes or something if I eat basically no carbs or sugar for long amounts of time? Both of my parents (50's and 60's) have recently been diagnosed with diabetes and I wouldn't want to have to go through that too... What can put me at risk for having diabetes?
post #42 of 46
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Originally Posted by Louse76
So am I at risk for diabetes or something if I eat basically no carbs or sugar for long amounts of time? Both of my parents (50's and 60's) have recently been diagnosed with diabetes and I wouldn't want to have to go through that too... What can put me at risk for having diabetes?


Basically, to avoid getting it you should have a diabetic diet. And, 30 minutes of continous exercise a day. That's what I was told. Eat healthy carbs, which are your whole grains, and limit your sugar/replace it with splenda. See a dietician for what your needs are.
post #43 of 46
Exercise is your friend! Atkins isn't really safe as you're losing water, fiber and a lot of vitamins and anti oxidants. It can also put stress on your kidneys and liver. Weight watchers is much better as it teaches you to make better food choices and eat smaller portions. If you're really stuck on Atkins, strive to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day although 12-15 would be better since you're not getting it from fruit and veggies.
post #44 of 46
My entire family was going to try the Atkins diet, but I don't think we have the willpower
Anyway, I decided I was just going to try to eat better and exercise more. We have an entire home gym in our basement, with the same machines that places like Curves use for the 30 minute workouts (Hydraulic), as well as a treadmill and ski machine. But then I was talking to a friend who's sister was on "the patch". It's a weight loss patch. I am pretty skeptical about stuff like that, but she had lost 10 lbs in the first 2 weeks, so I thought, why not, I'll look into it. I really didn't think it would do much, because all that is in the brand I got is Kelp.. But I have had it on for the last 2 weeks, well not even that, and have lost 30 lbs! Combined with eating right and exercise, which is what it states in the literature that comes with it, is what makes it work. I really still think a lot of it is mental, but, hey, whatever works! I've never lost 30 lbs at once before, nevermind this fast So I am all for it! Has anyone else used the patch? Well, I should rephrase that, Anyone used the weight loss patch?
post #45 of 46
I've never heard of it. Is it OTC or prescription?
post #46 of 46
It's Over the Counter.
I think there are different ones with chemicals and stuff though. So be careful wehn looking for them. Mine is all natural, and only contains seaweed
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