Atkins diet.... - page 4

i asked for your help a couple of weeks ago. there were a few of you who emailed me. i found the exercise ideas to be the most help. i went to the dr and i tipped the scales at 258lb :imbar i am only... Read More

  1. by   kdhnursern
    My husband and I started the Atkins diet Jan 2003. He's lost 75 lbs and I've lost 62. My labs were done in Jan 2004 before having surgery and my doctor couldn't get over how my bad cholesterol had gone down and good had gone up on Atkins. I really like the fact that a lot of low-carb products are coming out. My tastebuds have changed so much in the past 16 months that regular foods don't taste the same. And when I did have a higher carb day, it seemed to boost my metabolism. I actually lost weight over a "binge". :hatparty:
  2. by   SCmomof3
    I am so intrigued by Atkins, but at the same time, terrified! I am an absolute carb addict. I can't imagine not eating bagels, english muffins, toast, cereal - and those are just the breakfast foods I'd have to give up! I LOOOOOVE pasta. I loooooooove Mexican food like tacos, etc. I do enjoy fruits and veggies, though I think I heard that carrots and tomatoes are no-no's? Those are among my favorites I love cheese. But I adore potatoes, too. I do like sweet potatoes - is that ok?? Is there hope for me on Atkins??? I need to lose about 60 pounds.
  3. by   suzanne4
    You may love all of those foods, but does your body?
    Whole grain breads are fine, but in moderation. I eat carrots frequently, but I do not follow the diet to the letter and it works for me. You will need to cut out all of the breads, and anyhting with white sugar. Pasta is okay, if it is made from whole wheat, but then again not on a daily basis.

    Once you cut out the sugars, you will find that you don't want many of those other foods and you will have so much more energy.

    Good luck..................
  4. by   teeituptom
    Now that Ive lost some weight and I did it my way
    and all that exercising

    My energy has increased to my wifes amazed pleasure
  5. by   Nemhain
    Quote from SCmomof3
    I am so intrigued by Atkins, but at the same time, terrified! I am an absolute carb addict. I can't imagine not eating bagels, english muffins, toast, cereal - and those are just the breakfast foods I'd have to give up! I LOOOOOVE pasta. I loooooooove Mexican food like tacos, etc. I do enjoy fruits and veggies, though I think I heard that carrots and tomatoes are no-no's? Those are among my favorites I love cheese. But I adore potatoes, too. I do like sweet potatoes - is that ok?? Is there hope for me on Atkins??? I need to lose about 60 pounds.
    I'm doing my own version of the Atkins "intro" phase...it's sort of like the South Beach diet, which is basically sensible eating. I eat a bowl of oatmeal for the insoluble fiber (helps with cholesterol) and a bowl of a very high soluble fiber cereal (to keep things in the G.I. tract running smoothly). Other than the aforementioned things and nonstarchy veggies, I don't eat many other carbs. So that means no sugar, rice, or pasta. These things used to be staples in my diet, so I know how you feel. I used to think that Bagels were god's gift to me. It was a little difficult at first; I actually started craving mixed drinks (like Cosmos and Pina Coladas). I got over it quickly, thank god. My advice to you would be to start out slow. Definitely cut out starchy vegetables first. No, sweet potatoes aren't okay. Yes, I do "cheat" once in a while, but it's okay because I don't make white flour and starchy veggies the main part of my diet.
    Good luck with whatever you decide to do! Yes, there is hope for you!
    Don't forget the 8 glasses of water a day!
  6. by   smk1
    Quote from teeituptom
    Now that Ive lost some weight and I did it my way
    and all that exercising

    My energy has increased to my wifes amazed pleasure

    now now lets not brag!
  7. by   SCmomof3
    So can someone post what a typical day's diet looks like, from morning to night? I eat carbs throughout the day (becoming more conscious of it now) and I just can't imagine what to eat instead! Thanks!
  8. by   PCGrad06
    In the morning I have 2eggs with 1 oz of chedder cheese and bacon.
    For a snack I have deviled eggs with a beef jerky (use dill pickles not sweet)
    Lunch is a HUGE salad with tuna or chicken in it and some dressing (2g or less of carbs per tablespoon)
    Dinner is some meat(chicken beef or pork chops) with green beans and cole slaw (use splenda in it)
    Snack #2 nuts and cheese



    Quote from SCmomof3
    So can someone post what a typical day's diet looks like, from morning to night? I eat carbs throughout the day (becoming more conscious of it now) and I just can't imagine what to eat instead! Thanks!
  9. by   PCGrad06
    Taco salad is GREAT! Make home made chile with canned tomatoes and chile powder. then add chedder cheese and lettuce and tomatoes and yes you can have SOME sour cream. And if you are like me and LOVE hot peppers LOAD them on. Great lunch idea too
  10. by   SCmomof3
    You're making me hungry
  11. by   PCGrad06
    One more and I will quit, I Promise. bake chicken until done and the cut into stripes and wrap in lunch ham slices with mozzarella cheese. and sprinkle steak sauce(very small amount) over it and bake until cheese is melted. Who needs bread! Eat alone or with yet another salad. Enjoy
  12. by   SCmomof3
    Quote from PCGrad06
    One more and I will quit, I Promise.
    No no no! Please don't! These are great
  13. by   Spoiled1
    Quote from SCmomof3
    I am so intrigued by Atkins, but at the same time, terrified! I am an absolute carb addict. I can't imagine not eating bagels, english muffins, toast, cereal - and those are just the breakfast foods I'd have to give up! I LOOOOOVE pasta. I loooooooove Mexican food like tacos, etc. I do enjoy fruits and veggies, though I think I heard that carrots and tomatoes are no-no's? Those are among my favorites I love cheese. But I adore potatoes, too. I do like sweet potatoes - is that ok?? Is there hope for me on Atkins??? I need to lose about 60 pounds.
    YES there is hope for you! I believe it was mentioned here before, but a lot of people think the Induction( first two weeks) phase of Atkins is how you must eat through out! That is a myth. Induction can last as long as you would like, but you must remain on it for at least two weeks. Based on what I have read, you lose the most weight during this phase. Atkins is very doable, don't let people scare you. When you move on to other phases in the diet you slowly add back the carbs. You must add them back in a certain order. I don't think you will ever have to live without your toast, cereal, muffins, bagels, etc. You just won't eat them as much as you did before. The more you exercise the more carbs you can have, so if you become really active you could probably eat those things you love in moderation with out any problems. I PROMISE you will feel better instantly. You have to drink the water. I believe that is what done it for me. I had so much more energy!! If I were you, I would go to the website, www.atkins.com and read the info. That is basically what I did. I didn't buy the book. I went to Barnes and Nobles and read it a little, and I didn't see much difference. There is also a 1-800# you can call with questions. It is a very simple diet to follow. Good luck and let us know how it goes. PM if you have any other questions.

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