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Moms View Message Board: Let's Get Fit! (Weight Loss Support Group): Atkins question
By Kaye on Friday, August 8, 2003 - 09:16 am:

Okay well we started atkins in this house on monday, the weight is literally falling off. So I want to know when does it slow down. I have lost 7 this week, my hubby 9. Cool as it is, I know this has to end :) So what should I be expecting? Any success stories out there? I am also exercising, I am hoping between the two I can generate some better habits and keep the weight off.

By Melanie on Friday, August 8, 2003 - 11:20 am:

It depends on a couple of things. First of all, are you doing the induction phase? Weight definitely falls off fast during those first two weeks. Even if you don't do that the weight will come off fast at first, but it's even more dramatic if you are. Second and I think most importantly is how much weight you have to lose. The more you have to lose, the longer that fast losing phase will continue. My mom tried the diet and for as long as she did it she was losing a pound a day. She lasted 3 or 4 weeks before slipping and going back to her old ways. I don't have as much to lose so that quick losing phase was short lived for me. But I love the low-carb way of eating as I do feel so much better, so that is motivation for me to stick with it. And the weight is coming off, just not as fast as I would like. :)

Good luck!

By John on Friday, August 8, 2003 - 12:52 pm:

The weight that falls off the first week or so is mostly water. Induction acts like a diuretic on your body.

It is very important that you take mineral and vitamin supplements if you are losing weight quickly to prevent mineral deficiencies and the unpleasant symptoms (cramps, numbness in extremities, headaches, loose bowels etc.)

In retrospect, I don't think it is healthy to lose weight that fast (over 1/2 lb per day) because of these problems. That is one reason I didn't do induction.

To be safe, I suggest you add back some carbs to slow your loss to about 1/2 lb a day. It also makes it easier to stick to the diet because you don't get bored as quickly with what you are eating.

BTW, Atkins suggests that you take it easy on the exercise during induction. You're body is going through a lot of adjustment and you might just faint if you push yourself.

By Kaye on Friday, August 8, 2003 - 02:04 pm:

I am doing the induction. I have a LOT to lose. 62 pounds to be exact. I would probably be very happy at 42 pounds though. Right now I feel great, really having no problems, not hungry, no headaches etc. I am also really pleased with all the food I can eat. Today I do have a small hankering for a candy bar :) I really thought I would do induction until I felt bad and then I would add a few carbs and take it slower. Personally I would love to lost 20 before I slow it down, but we will see.

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