Aktins diet- doing it or done it? - page 2

Anyone out there doing or have done Aktins? I am doing it now and wonder if anyone has any personal info and success doing it. So far it is working, but man, people at work sure like to offer up... Read More

  1. by   RNIAM
    I absolutly love it! I am on it now and I have lost 7 pounds. I am not hungry.I don't want to snack. I can eat everything I want to eat except, sugar, caffeine, and carbs. What I can eat is wonderful and keeps me truly satified. I also take a supliment. While you lose weight you never get all the nutrition you need. Any diet that says they do if full of it!I also drink a ton of water. If you pay attention to the plan and do what your supposed to it works. I am doing something I haven't been able to do in years , lose weight. I also do aerobic activity every day. I am very large and this is very painful but I am willing to do what it takes. Good luck to all of us that are living this way.
  2. by   bagladyrn
    I'm on Atkins now and have lost 26 lbs. so far. When attempting weight loss on low fat/low cal. at 1000 cal. I stalled after 8 lbs and lost NOTHING for 2 months! Can't say it is right for all, but it is working for me. And Atkins newest book recommends more vegetables - at least 2 cups of salad and a cup of other selected vegetables daily. Much easier over the long haul.
  3. by   sjoe
    I tried it for two days. By the end of the first day I had so completely lost my appetite that even the thought of drinking water made me want to gag. By the end of the second day, which I spent mostly napping, since I had no energy at all, I had eaten very little, drunk a couple glasses of water which I had to force down. That was enough for me. Since then, I just moderate my carbs and, in 2 weeks, have lost about 5 pounds. By the way, some years ago I fasted for a few days, and did not experience these problems. Apparently, for me, I just don't seem to be able to absorb food, or keep any appetite at all, without a moderate amount of carb intake.
  4. by   kittyw
    I think it's different for each person. My bf can lose weight & maintain it if he eats high carb, low fat. For me this is a weight-gain death sentence!! However, I can eat low carb w/o thinking about it - roasted chicken with slightly steamed green beans ... yummm!

    Anyone ever read about the blood type diet? It's been years so I barely remember... but it was something about human evolution over the years and where different blood types originated.... something like the B blood type originated where grain was the mainstay so people with that blood type should eat a diet based on grains. It was fun reading... wouldn't mind reading it again for a laugh.
  5. by   DebsZoo
    Originally posted by cheerfuldoer


    Let's be real with one another dieters: NO DIET WORKS IF YOU DON'T CHANGE THE WAY YOU EAT FOR A LIFETIME!!! The "KEY" to losing weight is NOT so much in the Diet, but in the DIETER!
    Absolutely Renee,
    Couldn't agree more. And, though I HATE to admit it, excercise HAS to be included. Regardless of how tired I am at the end of the day, I do crunches, push-ups, leg lifts, lunges and a few other short excercises. A lot like to exercise early in the day.......I am NOT a morning person (heehee, the first thing any of the kids do in the a.m. is bring me coffee, if I don't already have it), so night exercise works best for me.

    As for the balanced diet, that is why I like the Somersize way, it is balanced, if followed properly.
    I have tried, for more than 20 years, to find something that worked for me, and that I could maintain for life.
    Weight has always been an issue within my family, and for me........this works
    Going from a size 20-22 to a 12-14 (depending on the manufacturer, 11 ) may not sound so good to some that have never been above an 8........but, honey, I am floating ...........
    (amazing how much clingier (I know, probably not a word) hubby is these days too :roll )
  6. by   BadBird
    My husband tried the atkins diet, he lasted 2 days then ordered pizza. It is too hard to go cold turkey with carbs.
  7. by   ResearchRN
    Friday August 2, 1:00 pm Eastern Time
    Press Release
    SOURCE: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
    'Got a Beef with the Atkins Diet?'; Doctors Launch Campaign Warning of Possible Health and Legal Risks with High-Protein Diets
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is launching a provocative new campaign about the potential medical and legal risks of high-protein diets.

    A consumer ad, "Got a Beef with the Atkins Diet?," will debut on Yahoo.com on Monday, August 5. An ad targeting primary care physicians -- with the headline "Could Prescribing a High-Protein Diet Put You at Legal Risk?" -- will debut the following week on The Journal of Family Practice's Web site. Additional placements will follow. Both ads can be viewed now at the campaign's site, http://www.AtkinsDietAlert.org .

    Central to the new Web site is an online registry with which PCRM will track adverse health effects from high-protein diets. Anyone who has been on a high-protein diet and believes he or she developed health problems because of it -- or anyone who has just begun one of these diets -- is invited to register.

    Studies show that the foods consumed on meat-heavy, high-protein diets are linked to osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer, and renal disease, and have particular complications for people with diabetes.

    PCRM is also concerned about legal liability -- both from the physician's perspective and that of patients. The site, which features both a consumer and a physician advisory, counsels doctors that liability could be an issue and explains to consumers that they may have legal recourse.

    "Given the health problems associated with high-protein diets, doctors who prescribe them may be assuming serious legal liability," says PCRM's president Neal Barnard, M.D.

    PCRM hopes its campaign convinces physicians and patients to be wary of high-protein diets. "There's no need to put yourself at risk when there are safer and healthier alternatives, especially low-fat, plant-based diets," says Barnard. "Not only are vegetarians, on average, 10 percent lighter than omnivores, but they enjoy dramatically lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, and several forms of cancer."

    The Web site also resolves common diet myths. For example, people who subscribe to the myth that Americans have gotten fatter while fat intake has dropped will learn that the fat content of the American diet has actually risen over the years. Although the percentage of fat has gone down, Americans are eating so many more pounds of food that the total amount of fat has increased.

    Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit organization that promotes preventive medicine, particularly good nutrition, and conducts clinical research trials. PCRM also promotes higher standards in research.

    SOURCE: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
  8. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    I just take caffiene-ephadrene stacks

    The only exercise I get is jumping to conclusions.

    I have been +/- 5lbs for a year.

    I have heard wonderful testimonials from people that come into the store I work at about the Atkins diet, I have also seen and smelled some folks who where obviousely in ketoacidosis and suffering from the lack of glucose metabolism in thier brains.

    That brings up a question: If the brain runs exclusively on glucose, where does it get the energy to function if no carbs are consumed?

    Anyhoo, there will always be a portion of people in a population that respond to a diet plan in the minority of ill effects 2nd to genetic variety. I know some people that can't take something as simple as garcina cambogia, an appetite supressant from the rind of a tropical fruit 2nd to nausea, but can drink alcohol on an empty stomach.

    In making the observation that persons that are successful on the Atkins diet seem to have normal brain function, and those that are not, in apparent ketoacidosis suffering from the lack of glucose metabolism in thier brains; it would seem that it would come down to genetics.

    And that's pretty much where we started anyway. We can make the assertion that no matter which diet your following, in order to make it successful, you have to individulize its performance by taking your own predispositons into account.
  9. by   colleen10
    My husband and I both went on it a few years ago. It was a couple of months before our wedding and we had both gained a few inches during the winter and wanted to shed them before we started getting fittings for my gown and his tux.

    The concept of Atkins is pretty basic. Easier than counting calories or grams. The first day we both did really well except that I was a little tired of eating steak and eggs at every meal. But on the afternoon of the second day both my husband and I became very sick - nauseated, fatigues, etc. That lasted a good day or two and then after that no problems.

    I lost 7 pounds in a week and a half and my husband lost 10 in two weeks.

    That was all we really needed to loose so after that we started to eat some carbs. but nearly as much as we used to.

    I couldn't do Atkins forever, but because of it I am more conscious of how many carbs. I eat and I try to maintain a healthy intake of them now. It also broke me of drinking pop.

    A friend of mine went on a "Carbohydrate Addicts Diet" and she did very well. She could only eat carbs. during 1 hour a day and had to obstain from them the other 23 hours a day.

    One thing I will say about Atkins is the "cravings" are killers. My boss was also doing the diet the same time I was and he would get cravings so bad that he would go home and just spray a bottle of whipped cream into his mouth.

    You really learn to appreciate the things you can eat like Jello and Root Beer.
  10. by   CountrifiedRN
    My sister did it and lost 40 lbs in just 2 1/2 months time. So I desided to give it a try. I only lasted about 2 weeks. I did lose almost 10 lbs, but the cravings were terrible. And because I don't really like a lot of meat, I got pretty tired of salads and eggs.

    My sister is now having gall bladder problems, and I wonder if it's from her dieting. I've heard that GB problems are often associated with rapid weight loss.

    Anyway, I tried weight watchers, and it's much better for me. It is sometimes a pain to count your points on this plan, but I like it because I can have the things I like, the plan just teaches how to have them in moderation.
  11. by   sbic56
    If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people happy?

    RN2bNC

    Just have to tell you I love your quote!! :roll (I know this comment belongs in another thread.)

    Back to this thread: Weight Watchers is very sensible; something you can live with and it won't harm you one bit. I have a few nurse friends who are doing well on it. Good luck!!
  12. by   kittyw
    It's really funny that some people have the carb cravings while others don't.... I find that eating like this REDUCES my cravings!! Maybe since I'm not doing the full out 5 grams of carbs and that's all you get portion of the "diet." Maybe it's just my genetics!!

    I had a friend (male) go on the diet ... my bf said you could smell his breath a mile away, but bf says my breath is okay no keto smell. Plus, I'm not rapidly losing weight .... trying to do it slowly to avoid all the negatives to the sudden weight loss.

    As for the brain function & the diet ... I have a 4.0 ... does that count? :chuckle
  13. by   JailRN
    Did the Atkins thing 2 years ago and lost a ton of weight-ok 30 lbs... The carbs were calling my name at Christmas 2000 and that did it, gained back the 30 plus another 30. Now had gastric bypass surgery 12-26-01 and lost 115 lbs so far. Monitored by MD and nutritionist. Have more energy and baggy clothes than I know what to do with. It's not for everyone, but if was definately for me. Went from 3x scrubtops and 4x bottoms to med and lg. Now, people who haven't seen me for a while look at me and say,"God you look so different. What did you do? " If I don't answer right away, they stare a while longer and then go "Oh, You cut your bangs"
    Diets are great, but like it was said before, it had to be a lifestyle change, other wise you gainit all back and then some.

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