How many of you tried the Atkins diet?
December 25, 2006 7:11am CST
I have tried this diet and it was very successful. I use to weigh 190lbs, but when I tried this diet, I lost it all in 2months time. I now weigh in at 163lbs, thats about 27lbs lost! I have kept this weight for 6months now. Share your experiences here, and state your start weight and your final weight after the diet. Thanks!
1 Jan 07
You need to clean up your food first. Here are the list of things I have given up a few months before I started the diet. 1. All foods containing any preservatives, flavor enhancers (MSG), food colorings, artificial ingredients which includes sodium nitrate, sodium phosphate, etc. 2. Canned foods 3. Cured foods 4. Processed meat like sausages and bacons packed in airtight plastic 5. Junk food 6. Chocolates 7. Milk 8. Oats containing foods 9. Sugar containing foods including artificial sweeteners 10. Ketchup, and all sauces 11. Ice-cream, yogurt 12. Sodas (Coke, Pepsi, 7-Up, Sprite, etc) 13. Coffee 14. Tea The reason why I listed the foods above, is because they can be addictive. Any foods that you are addicted to tends to enhance your appetite and you'll never stop eating and thus you'll gain weight easily and break the diet. It requires a few months weaning yourself out of it before starting the diet. After weaning yourself you may start the induction stage: No rice, no bread, no spaghetti, no sugar, no ice-cream, any foods containing flour, sugar, wheat, etc. Basically, all foods containing carbs. First week induction: eggs, chicken, fish, vegetables (Do not fry your food!). Grill it, bbq it, bake it, boil it, but do not fry! For this, I tend to stick on chicken and fish for my fat and protein sources rather than pork or beef. Second week: eggs, chicken, fish, vegetables and fruits like apples, papaya, etc. 3rd - 7th week: The same. 8th week and beyond: I started to eat rice and bread slowly. I noticed that, after the 7th week, my weight started to even out because I've already reached my goal. I started to introduce more carbs on my food list and to my surprise, I didn't gain weight. I've been doing this for 6months now. My weight just averaged out. Even if I stuff myself with bread and rice, I didn't gain any weight at all. And these stuff are loaded with carbs! I suspect that the artificial flavor, food colorings, food preservatives, etc. are the main culprits why people gain weight. These are chemicals made in a lab and shouldn't be in our body. I think they sort of screws things up in your body. All the foods in the groceries contains that, from chocolates, to ice-cream, to yoghurt, etc. Check the labels! You'll surprised of what you are eating. We just don't know how these chemicals affect our body so as to make us addicted to it. And, make more money for the food industry. The more we are addicted, the more we crave for it, the more businessmen make money out of us. I think all of us should consume all natural food rather than chemically enhanced food. Going back to basics are the keys to a healthier life.
10 Jan 07
Hi Victoria! Yes, I did change the diet because I think it's more suited to caucasians. I'm asian, so I need to change a bit so I can bear it. Nevertheless, I lost the weight and I'm frustrated right now because I need to alter my clothes and buy new ones.
• United States
26 Dec 06
Yes, I started this diet 2 years ago. i lost 97 lbs. in one year. Now I just stay on the maintenance. If I gain some like during the Holidays I will go back to the induction for 1 week and lose it. It is a very easy diet to follow and very easy to stay on the maintenance. Men benefit more and faster, because they have more muscle and will lose weight faster on this diet. It is really good for men to look good fast. I need to be a man just so I can lose weight faster. LOL
• United States
26 Dec 06
I am on a low carb diet that would come across as the Atkins diet. But I am pre-diabetic and it is necessary for my blood glucose level. But I have found that I am loosing weight while on this changing of eating habits also. :) Not only am I eating more healthy for my blood glucose level, I am also loosing weight. Awesome! Care to share what you normally eat? Maybe we can swap ideas of great foods beyond meat, cheese and eggs. :)
1 Jan 07
I just eat rice, bread, eggs, chicken and vegetables. All natural foods. As stated on above list, I've given up many grocery foods. For diabetic, It is best to go for food low in the glycemic index so as to control your sugar level. In which case, i don't think you'll go for rice, bread, or any food high on the GI. But, I've read on the Atkins forum that many diabetic patient stopped their medication due to this diet. Not bad at all!