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Has anyone ever lost weight on the Atkins diet?

How does the atkins diet work and has anyone every lost weight using it. With or without exercise? I am interested in doing it and I want to do it right. The book is too thick and long for me to read and it intimidates me.

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3 Responses to “Has anyone ever lost weight on the Atkins diet?”

  1. Bobby said :

    my mom a few years back lost 50 lbs on it and a few years ago (i was 10 i think) i lost 13 lbs in the first week and a half
    it really does work but you HAVE to stick to it cuz if you eat all that meat and everything and then have some bread you’ll puff up like a blow fish lol
    the reason it works is because when you cut out carbs there is nothing for the fat to stick to so it just washes back out of your body which reminds me if you try be warned you’ll need to have a nice long book in the washroom lol especially if you eat the diet candies
    hope you try it and just google:
    atkins website
    for a condensed form of the diet 🙂

  2. Zing! said :

    I haven’t used the diet regimen, but my ex-wife went on the diet a few years ago with good success. She lost over 30 pounds in a few months time. The diet restricts your carbohydrate intake, but allows fat. The diet was under scrutiny for some time because of the increased fat consumption, but Dr. Atkins was a cardiologist, so I doubt he would have placed the participants in harms way. I was amazed at the amount of food my ex-wife could eat, even fried foods, and still lose weight. Hey, it works. It is a slow process, but crash diets are bad for your health, and the Adkins diet can be incorporated for life-long application.

  3. cyn_texas said :

    I’ve been doing the Atkins plan for nearly 6 years and plan to do it for life. I lost weight without trying, I just was trying to quit gaining weight.

    You will lose more body fat eating protein and fat (don’t eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast eat all you want but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter and half an avocado a day (you’ll need added potassium). Keep the calories high and the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Adding in green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.

    Your body won’t release fat stores if you lower calories below what it needs. It will slow your metabolism to compensate and store every spare ounce as fat. If you continue lowering your calories, it will continue lowering that set point, til you can survive off nothing and store fat on anything. The body will only release it’s fat stores if it knows there is plenty of food.

    Eating carbs while trying to lose body fat is terribly inefficient. When in glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) you have to lower your calories (which slows your metabolism) and exercise heavily to deplete your glycogen stores before burning body fat.

    The core of the Atkins program is converting your body from glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) to ketosis (burning fat as fuel). You need to keep your fat levels at >65% of your calories, if you don’t your body will still remain in glycolysis by converting 58% of excess protein into glucose (via gluconeogenesis).

    It takes minimum of 3 days to convert your body to ketosis, (but only one bite to convert back to glycosis) you will probably feel sluggish the first week but most people feel better than ever thereafter.

    Simple carbohydrates (sugar, flour, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice) triggers insulin which can store the calories you eat into fat. The more protein you eat the more the fat burning hormone glucagon is released. The more carbohydrate you eat the more the fat storage hormone insulin is released.

    Simple carbs are addictive and can be disastrous to our health. The best way to break the addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a huge batch of deviled eggs and eat one every time you want “something” have huge omelets for breakfast, with bacon, a lil onion, peppers, mushrooms & cheese. Pork chops for lunch. Get pork rinds and eat them with tuna salad. Steak for dinner. Make a huge sugar free cheese cake for dessert. Eat so much you won’t feel deprived of anything. By the fourth day, your addiction will be gone and you can start making healthy choices.

    High insulin levels promote inflammation, weight gain, hunger and unbalance other hormones. Controlling your insulin level will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so you will gain lean muscle even without exercise. Any exercise will greatly increase your muscle mass with high HGH levels.

    Ground flax seed (2 Tbsp) 1/4 cup of water, cinnamon, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg – let sit 10 min to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle and nuke for 1.5 min. for hot cereal or 2 min. for more of a muffin type thing. Great low carb, high fiber treat. Suggested for daily fiber needs.

    The first 2 weeks you can have several cups a day of (mostly) lettuce and celery, cucumbers, radishes, mushrooms, peppers and more variety of vegetables thereafter add 5 grams per day additional (20 grams day first 2 weeks, 25grams 3rd week, 30grams 4th week etc) every week til you gain weight, then you subtract 10 carbs. That would give you your personal carb level (everyone is different and it depends on how active you are.) As long as you remain <9 carbs per hour, you will maintain insulin control, and shouldn't gain weight.

    Many people gain weight on high carb, then switch to low carb to lose weight & then are shocked when they return to high carb that they gain weight. Many people can return to moderate carb levels but very few can really eat all they want of sugar and maintain weight or health.

    Dr.Atkins was a cardiologist, low carb was a health plan easier sold as a "diet" Read any of his books for easily understandable science. Lutz "Life without Bread" & Taubes "Good calories, Bad calories" are excellent books that dispel all the nutrition myths.

    Do not buy or use the bars or shakes, they will stop weight loss cold. Eat whole foods only. Reducing body fat and increasing muscle mass will have you in awesome shape in no time. Good luck!


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