Atkins diet.... - page 7

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   suzanne4
    Have you tried any of the meat substitutes, made from soy?
    Other suggestions for some meals: grilled portobello mushroom cap topped with cheese, grilled oninon, and tomatoes; shaghetti squash with grilled summer vegetables and soy protein; flourless quiche made with eggs, spinach, grilled onions, cream or sour cream, and whatever other ingredients that you have around. Try to get in as much spinach as you possibly can as this will help with your iron stores, as well as supply other nutrients. It can be in salad form, spinach dip, steamed, creamed, etc.

    Hope that this helps...............
  2. by   Mandarella
    Actually those are REALLY great ideas...I eat all of those things. You have been really helpful, thank you!!!!! I will have to get some recipe ideas. thanks again!!!
    Quote from suzanne4
    Have you tried any of the meat substitutes, made from soy?
    Other suggestions for some meals: grilled portobello mushroom cap topped with cheese, grilled oninon, and tomatoes; shaghetti squash with grilled summer vegetables and soy protein; flourless quiche made with eggs, spinach, grilled onions, cream or sour cream, and whatever other ingredients that you have around. Try to get in as much spinach as you possibly can as this will help with your iron stores, as well as supply other nutrients. It can be in salad form, spinach dip, steamed, creamed, etc.

    Hope that this helps...............
  3. by   MrsCannibal
    I decided to lose weight this summer before starting clinicals in the fall, and my mom bought me the South Beach Diet book. I started my diet the day after Easter, also started walking about 2-3 miles at least 4 times a week, and have lost 26 lbs...my goal is 24 more by the end of August. It is also low carb, but includes "good" carbs like fiber, and plenty of "good" fats like olive oil. Lots of veggies, cheese, small amount of lean meats, and fish. I think the biggest change is giving up sugar (learning to live with sweetners in small doses), and reading labels to avoid things like hydrogenated oils, which are in practically everything! No more sodas, or beer ( ), and very small amounts of bread, rice, and pasta, though none are allowed at first. I cook the same foods for the whole family, thank goodness the kids dig salads and veggies, and are learning to enjoy new foods like hummus and couscous, and sugar free pudding. Darn it if my hubby hasn't dropped lbs with me, and isn't even trying (didn't really need to lose much)...I'm a little envious of him! I think it is an easy diet to do, but it sounds like most people have the same good results with the Atkins, also.
  4. by   suzanne4
    Atkins also has good carbs..............................

    Congratulations on the weight loss so far...................try using brown rice in place of the white rice, if you do have rice.
  5. by   MrsCannibal
    Thanks, I will try the brown rice...by the way, how did you end up in Bangkok (sp?)
  6. by   suzanne4
    Quote from dalesgirl
    Thanks, I will try the brown rice...by the way, how did you end up in Bangkok (sp?)
    Fell in love with the country, and opened a school over here. The rest as they say is history.................
  7. by   MrsCannibal
    Quote from suzanne4
    Fell in love with the country, and opened a school over here. The rest as they say is history.................
    Wow...much more interesting than most history! Love talking to people who are living their own adventure, not just bobbing along with the flow...
  8. by   Indy
    I tried a version of this... I read the "power protein" book and didn't see my doctor first. One thing I liked was the tools for body assessment, for getting your BMI, your nutritional requirements as far as protein/calories, etc down on paper.

    The suggestions I would have are:
    1- buy morton's lite salt. I don't remember what about the diet made you have to watch your lytes, but that salt is more balanced so you're less likely to have problems with it.

    2- watch your blood pressure and know your baseline. The diet I tried recommended SUDDENLY going from 200 to 30 carbs per day and I bottomed out my BP doing that. ... and I also ignored my childhood history of hypoglycemia, which is why I'm not on the thing anymore.

    3- watch your I's and O's. Seriously, don't put a hat in your toilet or anything but you know, or can figure real quick, how much you drink. And the average bladder feels the urge to void at between 300-500ml; so multiply number of voids times each number for a ballpark idea, and if you get behind, see your doctor. The reason for this is the Atkins diet, at its weight loss end (the real low carbs end) encourages ketone production, and you could have some renal damage.

    I don't mean to scare you off weight loss! Just, as a nursing student, it's good practice to take care of yourself while preparing to take care of others. And relax a little- Yes, you wanna lose weight... but you know school is gonna give you all sorts of things to obsess over that aren't weight related, so don't let your diet drive you bonkers on top of all that.
  9. by   Spoiled1
    Quote from PCGrad06
    I would love some ideas for breakfast though because after a while eggs and bacon get a little tiresome Someone told me they eat chicken I think I will try it this week.
    if you go to www.atkins.com you can sign up for a newsletter/magazine that comes loaded with atkins brand foods and recipe ideas. I get it once a month, and its free!
  10. by   bbear
    Quote from Indy
    I tried a version of this... I read the "power protein" book and didn't see my doctor first. One thing I liked was the tools for body assessment, for getting your BMI, your nutritional requirements as far as protein/calories, etc down on paper.

    The suggestions I would have are:
    1- buy morton's lite salt. I don't remember what about the diet made you have to watch your lytes, but that salt is more balanced so you're less likely to have problems with it.

    2- watch your blood pressure and know your baseline. The diet I tried recommended SUDDENLY going from 200 to 30 carbs per day and I bottomed out my BP doing that. ... and I also ignored my childhood history of hypoglycemia, which is why I'm not on the thing anymore.

    3- watch your I's and O's. Seriously, don't put a hat in your toilet or anything but you know, or can figure real quick, how much you drink. And the average bladder feels the urge to void at between 300-500ml; so multiply number of voids times each number for a ballpark idea, and if you get behind, see your doctor. The reason for this is the Atkins diet, at its weight loss end (the real low carbs end) encourages ketone production, and you could have some renal damage.

    I don't mean to scare you off weight loss! Just, as a nursing student, it's good practice to take care of yourself while preparing to take care of others. And relax a little- Yes, you wanna lose weight... but you know school is gonna give you all sorts of things to obsess over that aren't weight related, so don't let your diet drive you bonkers on top of all that.
    The way electrolytes can come into play with the Atkins diet:

    When a person goes on a low-carbohydrate/low-fat/high protein diet, it forces the body to metabolize fat for essential nutrients. Consequently, the body loses weight. But in the process, they can produce huge amounts of ketones (the metabolism of fatty acids results in ketone production). The excess ketones causes the blood pH to decrease. The blood becomes more acidic. A decrease in pH could also make it very difficult for sodium ions to leave the small intestine and enter into the bloodstream. Sodium, of course, is essential (among other things) for proper neural function. If there are other underlying medical conditions (possibly unknown to the dieter), a host of other imbalances can occur which can prove life threatening in some cases.

    That's why you should always consult with your doctor before starting such a diet.
  11. by   susanna
    Heard a lot about this diet and want to try it to shed about 10-20 pounds and keep em off. Can you do it if you're a vegetarian though? It doesn;t sounds like it. You basically just cut out all sugar and eat mostly lots of veggies for carbs and protein and fat.

    Ill try it then get back in a couple of weeks to tell you guys how the weight goes.
  12. by   Silicone
    Quote from teeituptom
    too confusing counting and anticipating all those points

    Think I will just go out and Buy a Foot Long Chili cheese Coney
    with 2 burritos on the side and some onion rings

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    How about a large deep dish pizza with extra cheese, pepperoni, bacon and jalapenos sound
    with a side order of hot buffaloe wings yum
    I got heartburn just reading that!
  13. by   suzanne4
    Quote from susanna
    Heard a lot about this diet and want to try it to shed about 10-20 pounds and keep em off. Can you do it if you're a vegetarian though? It doesn;t sounds like it. You basically just cut out all sugar and eat mostly lots of veggies for carbs and protein and fat.

    Ill try it then get back in a couple of weeks to tell you guys how the weight goes.
    You are just basically talking about Atkins and South Beach. If you don't change your eating habits, and just do this for a couple of weeks, you will go right back to where you started at.

    If you keep your sugar intake way done or none at all, you are going to lose weight, and if you cut out any of the soft-drinks, you will be way ahead. The sugar-free ones are loaded with sodium, so that you retain water, unless you can find the ones that are actually made with Splenda.
    I think that you need to read more before starting anything. And yes you can do it as a vegetarian, just make sure that you get enough protein from soy products, etc.
    Last edit by suzanne4 on Jun 8, '04

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