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Atkins Day #14...

Moms View Message Board: Let's Get Fit! (Weight Loss Support Group): Atkins Day #14...
By Eve on Thursday, July 31, 2003 - 08:11 am:

And going out for pancakes! LOL! I can't give up my occasional pancake! Hope everyone else is doing well though!

By Melanie on Thursday, July 31, 2003 - 10:19 am:

Eve, I find you to be such an inspiration. Whenever I get weak I think of your strength and it just moves me. Thank you for being my rock.


By Eve on Thursday, July 31, 2003 - 11:20 am:

That's it, Melanie! I am sending you a pound of chocolate!! Was it the Sky bars you liked? Hmmm. **rasberry**

By Melanie on Thursday, July 31, 2003 - 11:26 am:

LOL Eve. I still have the untouched collection of Sky Bars my parents sent me! :) (Talk to me in a couple of weeks, though, when PMS hits! I may take you up on that offer! LOL)

By Eve on Thursday, July 31, 2003 - 12:47 pm:

BTW-I can't spell today--raspberry. I always forget that p!

LOL,Melanie. This is my first experience with PMS and low carb. It's just not working out for me this week. It just dawned on me that no wonder I was having major cravings! Aggh well! I just keep reminding myself that I am 6 lbs. under my pre-pregnancy weight and it cheers me up. LOL! (I just ignore the fact that some of my "small" clothes don't fit as well! LOL!)

Also, I still don't know what a Sky bar is! I have to check the next time I go to the store! LOL!

By Melanie on Thursday, July 31, 2003 - 02:05 pm:

Don't have high expectations of the Skybar. I love them, but they are just a candy bar. LOL. Dh found my stash and tried one and didn't care for them. (Yeah! More for me! LOL)

I tried on a bunch of "skinny" clothes today and they all fit! Remember the shorts I tried on last week and said not quite to? Well I can wear them comfortably now! Woo Hoo! Today I am wearing a pair of my favorite jeans that I haven't worn in quite a while. Now that feels good! :)

By Feona on Thursday, July 31, 2003 - 04:30 pm:

I am still holding at 5 and a half pound weight loss. Must be eatting too much or eatting too many carbs. I have tried to cut back alittle.

When I was first doing the low carb I was eatting alot because I didn't want to get hungry but now I realize I don't have to eat the whole cow to fill up.

I am concentrating on the decrease pain I am experiencing in my knee and side to stay on low carbs. I think I feel better. I am sort of used to the low carbs and I just feel more like my old self minus some aches and pains. Have lots of energy.

I went and did the Pilates yesterday, but I was so crabby with ds afterwards. I think I was tired from the Pilates. I hate being short tempered with ds because he needs a very firm tolerant hand.

We had a meeting at the school and we are trying to get ds more see ot(special ed) teacher hours at the regular preschool. The school has safety issues regarding ds. He wanders out of the room and wanders out of the bathroom. He also puts things in his mouth. He put a plug in his mouth.... He needs an adult around pretty much the whole time he is in preschool.

I think I am just going to leave him at the regular preschool even if he can't go as many hours as I want him to go. I think he will get at least 2 hours of see ot teacher a day so he probably will go to school for 3 hours a day.

I think it is terrible that the school district won't give him more see ot teacher hours. The special ed school they wanted me to send him too cost more that 4 see ot teacher hours a day. So they are so cheap. I really should sue the cheapskates but I don't know if it would help....

I think he is doing very well in the preschool otherwise. They say his behavior is really very good and he interacts with the other children wonderfully. He is sitting for story hour and transiting from activity to activity well. He is a star with the other kids socially. I think we are making the right decision to have him try to model the regular preschoolers.

By Eve on Thursday, July 31, 2003 - 08:02 pm:

Good for you, Feona, for sticking with it! I bet you'll see more weight loss soon!

Melanie,Woo hoo for skinny clothes!

By Feona on Friday, August 1, 2003 - 05:58 am:

This is really a big adjustment this low carbs. I think it is pretty easy but it is an adjustment neither the less.

I kind of like not having to make a starch for dinner. (My husband is doing low carbs too.) This makes dinner very easy. I am so lazy wne it comes to cooking.....

I really feel like I like the steady energy I have now. I used to not eat breakfast alot and
just drink coffee. I feel like I have to eat often now and I can feel my how steady my blood sugar is.

By Colette on Friday, August 1, 2003 - 09:46 am:

Just curious - how low carb is a low carb diet? Do you eat no carbs? a few a week? I noticed a huge difference when dh and I stopped having starch w/every dinner and did fish or chicken and veggies instead of fish or chicken, veggies and potatoes, rice or pasta. So are you doing the atkins thing, which I just could never do, or are you just cutting back on carbs?

By Feonad on Friday, August 1, 2003 - 04:55 pm:

What difference did you see doing no carbs for dinner?

I guess I am just amazed I can stay on this food plan. I have no will power when it comes to diets.
I am just cutting back on carbs. I was eatting carrots with my lunch (They tasted so sweet). I am eatting plain oatmeal with milk and banana for breakfast.

All fruits and vegetables have carbs. (I believe)

I think I just want to do the no processed food like white rice, potato or bread. I really don't like potatos much anyway. (except french fries and potato chips of course!) I am eatting as much vegetables I want and trying to have a fruit. (I am not a big fruit eater.) I have totally increased my vegetable intake because I have to eat something!

I think you could get good results from just doing no starch at dinner. I think no starch at dinner would eliminate night time snacking. I think Carbs trigger hunger pangs and protein and fat decrease hunger. Slow and steady is better anyway. If you don't like what you are eatting you won't stay on a food plan...

By Eve on Friday, August 1, 2003 - 05:20 pm:

Feona, it sounds like you are just making some good overall healthy changes, which can't be a bad thing!

For me, the plan is not bad, but I had a little stomach issue. It was either from half an Atkins bar or just a bug. Not pretty. When I am sick, carbs help my tummy. So I ate pancakes and it does trigger more hunger, for me atleast.

So, again, for me, just cutting out chips and starches for dinner should help. Believe me,if I was not happy with what I was eating, I would not be doing anything! I just love food too much.

Colette-Induction(start) for 2 weeks by Atkins is to eat 20 carbs per day and then increase by 5 carbs each week following the 2 weeks to see where your carb tollerance is. (When you start to gain again) You could easily just give up bread, rice, and pasta, candy, cake and just drink lots of water and I think you would notice a difference! When you eat, it's a different kind of full. Your stomach is full, but you don't feel that "carb" full and that takes getting used to! Good luck if you give it a go. My DH is wearing some of his pants that are a size smaller. His tummy has gone down and he is not counting like crazy!

By Colette on Friday, August 1, 2003 - 05:23 pm:

Ok, I guess I meant no starch because I almost always have a great big glass of wine before(while dh cooks), during and after (while I clean) dinner and I know alcohol has carbs. I saw a huge difference and we also stopped eating processed foods, stuff with hydrogenated oils etc, as much as possible. I cannot stand pancakes, waffles, muffins made from white flours. Lots of water worked wonders too. I try to drink a gallon a day - which isn't as hard as you think if you keep it w/you. I don't always do it, but I usually almost do it. So is there a certain number of grams of carbs you are supposed to eat? Are carbs from whole grain foods any better for you? And Feona, I am still totally bummed about that soy link your dh posted!

By Colette on Friday, August 1, 2003 - 05:24 pm:

ok, how many carbs in a glass of wine?

By Colette on Friday, August 1, 2003 - 05:26 pm:

nevermind, found this

By John on Saturday, August 2, 2003 - 06:42 am:

"So is there a certain number of grams of carbs you are supposed to eat?"

Atkins and others say no.

The body DOES need certain NUTRIENTS each day. These are things like Vitamins and Minerals.
If you don't eat sufficient NUTRIENTS you will end up with DEFICIENCIES and eventually get sick.

You should get most of your nutrients through the food you eat and a daily supplement.

Interestingly, all of the nutrients in carb rich foods are also found in low carb foods. There definately isn't a special "bread" or "pasta" vitamin found only in these foods. However, the body DOES have a minimum FAT and PROTEIN requirement.

Since bananas have been mentioned a lot around here:
Did you know that an Avocado has TWICE the potassium as a banana?

The body can use 3 different forms of energy in the food you eat (all interchangebly):


In most american diets, carbs are the primary energy source. But Fat and Protein work just as well (and in some ways better).

One thing that's unique about carbs is that extra carb consumption (more than the amount of energy you need at the moment) is ALWAYS stored as Fat.
Fat and Protein don't trigger this fat storage to the degree that carbs do.
This is the focus of the Atkins diet:
Moving you away from Carbs as your primary energy source toward Fats and Protein.

By Feonad on Saturday, August 2, 2003 - 07:04 am:

But you do need fiber.

We were using the metamucial before and after atkins.

By Feonad on Saturday, August 2, 2003 - 07:05 am:

Lost another pound. Total weight loss 6 and a half pounds. I even ate a piece of chocolate yesterday. (small) (Had to...)

By Eve on Saturday, August 2, 2003 - 07:20 am:

"What Is the Atkins Nutritional ApproachTM?
The cornerstone of the Atkins philosophy is a four-phase eating plan in conjunction with vitamin and mineral supplementation and regular exercise. Further, it is based upon four principles.

The Atkins Nutritional ApproachTM rebalances your nutrition so that you improve your energy level and your appearance and gain a sense of well-being. Following this approach lays the groundwork for a lifetime of better health.

The four-phase individualized eating plan allows you to knowledgeably select which foods to eat based on your need to achieve weight loss and weight maintenance, enjoy good health and prevent disease. Food selections will differ to varying degrees depending upon the phase you are in and your individual metabolism.

The phases in the Atkins roadmap to sustained success are:

Phase 1: Induction

Restrict carbohydrate consumption to 20 grams each day, obtaining carbohydrate primarily from salad and other non-starchy vegetables.

Phase 2: Ongoing Weight Loss (OWL)

Add carbohydrate, in the form of nutrient-dense and fiber-rich foods, by increasing to 25 grams daily the first week, 30 grams daily the next week and so on until weight loss stops. Then subtract 5 grams of carbohydrate from your daily intake so that you continue sustained, moderate weight loss.

Phase 3: Pre-Maintenance

Make the transition from weight loss to weight maintenance by increasing the daily carbohydrate intake in 10-gram increments each week so long as very gradual weight loss is maintained.

Phase 4: Lifetime Maintenance

Select from a wide variety of foods while controlling carbohydrate intake to ensure weight maintenance and a sense of well-being. This lifestyle is the foundation for a lifetime of better health."

By Jazzermom on Sunday, August 3, 2003 - 01:49 am:

Someone asked about wine and carbs...... I drink white wine, and I believe it's right around 1g for 4 oz.

If you are a wine drinker, like me, it is worth it to "save" the carbs during the day, and be able to have a glass or two.

By Feona on Sunday, August 3, 2003 - 07:45 am:

I had wine yesterday for the first time in three weeks. Didn't agree with me at all. Must have been that extra glass I had.

Another pound gone. Total weight loss 7 1/2 pounds. What I did different yesterday was I ate two eggs over easy with two strips of nitrate free bacon (From Trader Joes)(Hubby made it) (delicous)

instead of my oatmeal with milk.

Last week I skipped oatmeal one day too because I was rushing. I ate two egg mcmuffins without the bun.

I am back on the oatmeal today. I like it...

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