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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

I know its worked for me before and I was happy on Atkins but I'm skeptical. Not about the program, but about my handling it. The last time I went on Atkins a few weeks before my wedding (May 3rd), I wasn't able to stick to anything. I think it was the added stress of the wedding that put me over the top. I need to find focus and to find time to be nice to myself. If I go on epic rants, just talk me down and I'll be ok.

The danger also plays in part with everyone screaming at me that Atkins is the devil.
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    OK. I posted a Help Ticket. They really should get a reliable third party to proofread this stuff!
    2865 days ago
    Oh boy. Thanks WOUBBIE ~ good luck.
    I was astounded by the sheer level of misinformation in that article, too.
    Wherein did they concoct the notion that the body starts to use protein if it's "starved" for carbs? when most any research shows that your body goes to FATS when you finally ditch the carbs?
    And ketosis! omg Is it truly possible that the worthies here, "experts," don't know the difference between ketosis and ketoacidosis?!?
    I just can't stand it.
    I just have to stop thinking about it.

    ...and LHAAS8 -
    have you tried Wright's brand bacon? oohhhhhhh it is so good! I get mine at Sam's, Walmart, or even Publix (local grocery - SE).
    And I "portion" my bacon out, too. Right into my mouth! LOL
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    2865 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/10/2013 11:11:47 AM
    Woubbie...glad you complained about that article...it is very wrong!

    Lhaas8...look in your area for Mama Lupe's low carb tortillas. 3 grams of net carbs per tortilla (the lowest I've seen anywhere) and they are delicious! I would eat them even if I wasn't doing low carb.

    2867 days ago
    OMG!!! I went to that link and what a bunch of misinformation!!! This one jumps right out:

    2. Complex carbohydrates (also referred to as starch) are made up of many sugar units and are found in both natural (brown rice) and refined (white bread) form. They are structurally more complex and take longer to be broken down and digested.

    Totally wrong. Starch is broken into glucose IN YOUR MOUTH. There is an enzyme called amylase in saliva that breaks those chains down into glucose, which is then available for immediate use. You can prove this for yourself. Take a small piece of bread or cracker and put it in your mouth for a minute. The longer it stays, the sweeter it will taste. This is not an illusion. The starch in the flour is actually BECOMING sugar.

    The number of things wrong with that article are simply mind-boggling. I think I've complained to the help desk about it already. It is filled with "truthiness" not truth - things that SOUND like they're the truth, but aren't.
    2867 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/8/2013 11:27:38 AM
  • L-RIOT
    Thank you all for your sweet words and advice. The reason I went on this rant was because of this link I read on here. It made me 2nd guess myself. I am excited for my low carb day tomorrow. My store had a sale for thick sliced apple wood smoked bacon for $2.99 pr lb so I bought 5lbs worth, woops lol! Yes, I'll portion it out wink wink.


    Thank you everyone for being my support staff!!
    2868 days ago
    Wow! Lots of good advice here! I've been doing Atkins for 10 YEARS (not that I'm perfect!), and all my bloodwork has improved with time.

    Whatever you do, the most important thing to guide you after your health concerns is knowing that you are NOT dieting -- you are eating for the rest of your life to achieve YOUR goals for a lifetime! In other words, there is no hurry, no rush -- you are finding the right path to achieve maximum health FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. You should find the right changes (for YOU) to make that are small and gradual and can be be PERMANENT.

    I know we want perfection and we want it now! And I know it is hard to be slow and deliberate when you are all in a rush! But temporary diets don't work in the long run. And dear, as long as we live, we must face stress. It takes time to learn to deal with the stresses of life without resorting to food.

    Did you see the animated movie "Finding Nemo"? Remember the short-term-memory-loss fish named Dorie? And her song -- "Keep On Swimming, Keep On Swimming"? That is all of us now! Never give up!
    2868 days ago
    I know many people think Atkins (and any low carb diets) are horrible, but I believe those people are misinformed.

    The first few days are hard, there is no denying, but that's true with any change in lifestyle.

    What I love about low carb is that all the cravings and hunger have disappeared. Yes, I get hungry when it is time to eat, but not "OH MY GOODNESS I MUST EAT EVERYTHING WITHIN A 20 MILE RADIUS I AM STARVING STARVING STARVING."

    I allow myself "splurge" meals occasionally (I don't like the term "cheat"), about two to three times per month.

    My good cholesterol has increased. My triglycerides are finally normal (they were over 300 before). My skin has cleared up after years of fighting acne. I have incredible, boundless energy. So far I have lost 65 pounds and I made this change back in January and I have no trouble sticking to it, and I feel like I can stick to these changes permanently.

    Woubbie is a great person to turn to, and I'm happy to provide any assistance I can. I have found many great recipes and foods that fit in nicely with low carbing and I'm happy to share if you ever need.

    2869 days ago
    LOL! Yeah, like doing Atkins is living dangerously or something. As if!

    Atkins is a great plan, and definitely good for the long haul. If you find you're getting bored or need some fresh ideas you can always feel free to dabble in other low carb plans too. Sometimes you might just need to change things up so you don't feel that you're depriving yourself.

    And make sure to check out the best of the low carb recipe sites as well. That TOTALLY helps prevent boredom.
    2869 days ago
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    Atkins IS something you can stick with for a long time...or at least low carb is which is what Atkins is. I have lost almost 90 pounds and stayed on it for more than 20 months. I love not being hungry all of the time and when I am I don't have to feel guilty. I eat something of my many options and am well satisfied. You are right that people try to tell you how bad it is but there is so much research out there comfirming how good it is for us. Check out the book Wheat Bellies and Gary Taubes book Why We are fat and what to do about it..These are great books along with the Atkins plan, books and website! You do not get so that you crave carbs after awhile! That would be if you are cheating and eating things that would cause you to begin to cravve carbs again. Like sugar and simple carbs.
    2869 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/6/2013 4:12:49 PM
    Well, ANY diet may have drop outs. Atkins has been shown (by many examples) to be one that's more likely to be complied with forever, as a lifestyle, than lots of others. But it's an individual thing, naturally. I simply feel it's a healthier nutritional plan, whether for weight loss or just those health aspects.

    You know it does work. You can't look at it as a temporary "diet", though. It's a change. That's just all there is to it. With any diet, if you only do it for a short term and then go back to your previous habits, you're going to go right back to where you were before you started -- and, in many cases, further down that "wrong turn" than you were initially.

    I hope you can work up a plan that you can live with. I know you'll get there!
    Just don't give up!
    2869 days ago
    Atkins is a great diet. There is a lot of scientific evidence to support it.
    2869 days ago
  • -LINDA_S
    hope it works for you!
    2869 days ago
  • GETTINFIT-2014
    I was very successful with Atkins several years ago. The problems with Atkins are that it's really not something you can stick to for a long time - you eventually start to crave carbs, and it really only works well the first time you do it.

    If you like Atkins, you should take a look at 6 Week Body Makeover. This program figures out what works for your body type and designs a program fit specifically for you.

    I lost a lot of weight on this program (42 lbs in 3 months), and kept it off for a while. Then I slipped up and returned to some my old eating habits. Even though I'm not following it strictly, I have made several changes that have stuck, like not eating red meat and eating several meals a day with no big gaps between meals. Also, it does work every time you go back to it.

    The reason that I chose 6WBM is one of the success stories. A woman went from over 500 lbs to 170 on the program, not weight loss surgery. That was an inspirational story for me.
    2869 days ago
    I'm on day 7 of an Atkins based diet and let me tell you my first 4 days were a nightmare because I wanted bread and sugar and pasta, in that order immediately LOL. It makes you crazy, but if you really really stick to it and work through the hardest part of your craving, it will get better, I am proof. Plus I stopped smoking the same day I started Atkins and it was twice as hard as I imagined. But I am here today and better for it :) Good luck!!!
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