Active Low-Carber Forums
Atkins diet and low carb discussion provided free for information only, not as medical advice.
Home Plans Tips Recipes Tools Stories Studies Products
Active Low-Carber Forums
A sugar-free zone


Welcome to the Active Low-Carber Forums.
Support for Atkins diet, Protein Power, Neanderthin (Paleo Diet), CAD/CALP, Dr. Bernstein Diabetes Solution and any other healthy low-carb diet or plan, all are welcome in our lowcarb community. Forget starvation and fad diets -- join the healthy eating crowd! You may register by clicking here, it's free!

Go Back   Active Low-Carber Forums > Main Low-Carb Diets Forums & Support > Daily Low-Carb Support > Atkins Diet
User Name
Password
Register FAQ Members Calendar Mark Forums Read Search Gallery My P.L.A.N. Survey


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1   ^
Old Thu, Jun-01-17, 20:16
barb712's Avatar
barb712 barb712 is offline
Senior Member
Posts: 284
 
Plan: Atkins/IF
Stats: 239/213/213 Female 5 feet 11 inches
BF:
Progress: 100%
Location: USA
Default Re-committing 100% to Atkins

I started on Atkins a little over two months ago, and it's been quite a ride. I've learned a lot. After a month or so, I felt myself in ketosis, the way other people described it. It was a double-edged sword for me. I'd lost 11 or so pounds and felt really good. More energy, fewer aches and pains. However, my appetite was gone. It was a scary feeling, not being hungry. I realized I hadn't done number two for as many weeks. I had no bowel sounds. It was really scary. I did my research after the fact (should have read up on it before starting, but hindsight's 20-20) and started taking a magnesium citrate supplement, drinking more water, Lo-salting my food, forcing myself up and out for a 15-20 minute walk most days. It helped a lot. I also decided this diet was too extreme, hazardous to my health and I was going to abandon it. I decided to try something more along the lines of paleo/primal, adding back in my yogurt and bananas each day.

Well, after two weeks of Greek yogurt in the morning I was convinced that I needed to stay away from dairy altogether. As for the banana, a former staple food of mine, I was surprised to discover it tasted very sweet, almost too sweet. I'd rather have a few strawberries. My palate had changed. My thinking had changed. A small but surprising success.

I had another, important revelation tonight on reading blogs touting the benefits of cooked-and-cooled potatoes and rice and pasta to feed gut flora. Dangerous territory for me. I tend to fall into a trap over and over thinking I can eat anything I like in whatever quantity I like and lose weight. It's time to stop the madness!

So, after a little straying and some nutritional tweaks (there will no doubt be more as I go along), Atkins works for me. I'm glad I got most of my doubts and fears and curiosities out of my system. Onward and upward (or downward, as it were).

Last edited by barb712 : Thu, Jun-01-17 at 21:05.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2   ^
Old Fri, Jun-02-17, 01:13
mike_d's Avatar
mike_d mike_d is offline
Grease is the word!
Posts: 8,060
 
Plan: PSMF/IF
Stats: 236/174/175 Male 72 inches
BF:disappearing!
Progress: 102%
Location: Alamo city, Texas
Default

Quote:
Well, after two weeks of Greek yogurt in the morning I was convinced that I needed to stay away from dairy altogether.
When I re- started Atkins I lost a stone in 11 days. Likely mostly water.

Have you tried homemade kefir? I seem to be somewhat dairy sensitive and its helped me in many ways. A great craving/hunger killer. Lots of threads on it here. Another trick I am using is 1/2 grapefruit sometimes 30 min before meals it's 9 carbs, but it does stuff.
Reply With Quote
  #3   ^
Old Fri, Jun-02-17, 08:38
barb712's Avatar
barb712 barb712 is offline
Senior Member
Posts: 284
 
Plan: Atkins/IF
Stats: 239/213/213 Female 5 feet 11 inches
BF:
Progress: 100%
Location: USA
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mike_d
When I re- started Atkins I lost a stone in 11 days. Likely mostly water.

Have you tried homemade kefir? I seem to be somewhat dairy sensitive and its helped me in many ways. A great craving/hunger killer. Lots of threads on it here. Another trick I am using is 1/2 grapefruit sometimes 30 min before meals it's 9 carbs, but it does stuff.


I lost a lot of bloat/water weight quickly at the outset, probably about 8 pounds. I knew it was mostly water, but it was such a relief and an incentive to keep going. By the scale as well as measuring tape, I've lost about another 5 pounds/several inches so far. I've plateaued here for a while, but no complaints - more will come off in good time.

Thanks for letting me know about the kefir. I think I'm going to stay completely away from all dairy and try fermented vegetables instead like sauerkraut, pickles and olives. I've heard about kombucha and am curious about that, too.

I love grapefruit; glad you mentioned it. I'm going to add that to my A list of addable fruits. I definitely feel like lower carb, high-water-content fruits help move things along, besides being hydrating and delicious. According to books I've read in the past, I usually eat it in the morning or before/in between meals, by itself, for better digestion. So your recommendation to eat it a half hour before meals sounds spot on for me! I will try it. Thanks again.
Reply With Quote
  #4   ^
Old Fri, Jun-02-17, 11:11
JEY100's Avatar
JEY100 JEY100 is offline
To Good Health!
Posts: 9,312
 
Plan: IF Fung/LC Westman/Primal
Stats: 222/171/169 Female 5' 9"
BF:45%/25.3%/24%
Progress: 96%
Location: NC
Default

As you re-commit to Atkins, here are some other ideas how to avoid constipation from DietDoctor https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb...ts#constipation and Dr. Westman

Quote:
The following recommendations can help you
avoid or minimize these side effects.
Drink Lots of Liquids: It is important to drink an adequate amount of fluid per day preferably water or another non-caffeinated beverage.
Constipation: If you are experiencing constipation (hard stools or hard-to-pass stools), there are a number of ways that you may address the issue.
-use 1 teaspoon of milk of magnesia at bedtime daily
-add cup of fiber-rich vegetables to your diet per day
-have 1 to 2 servings per day of sugar-free gum or sugar-free candy that contains sorbitol or
another sugar alcohol
-use sugar-free Metamucil twice a day


All the best as you continue refine the best diet for you.
Reply With Quote
  #5   ^
Old Fri, Jun-02-17, 12:26
VLC.MD VLC.MD is offline
Registered Member
Posts: 220
 
Plan: Atkins/LCHF
Stats: 209/185/185 Male 69
BF:reducing
Progress: 100%
Location: Toronto, Canada
Default

Other constipation tips:

PEG3350 is a great laxative and it is not absorbed .. not sure if they add carbs to it. Wouldn't think so.

Coffee is a good laxative for many people. I know it's not allowed on the Atkins plan. But if you are going to give up Atkins because of the constipation ... it might be worth a decaf try.

The milk of magnesia suggestion is a good thing to try.
Sometimes combining a few things in low doses can help.

Another bowel med is lactulose. Very sweet. It must have carbs in it .... although this link says no.
http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/ca...595954?v2=false

but this says yes to calories,
http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/...FoodID=58672316

And this says calories but no carbs.
http://uk-forum.atkins.com/communit...or-constipation

Quote:
I mentioned the impact of lactulose to my consultant, who understands my needs to keep the weight I have lost off using LCHF, he stated that one tablespoon of lactulose has 28 calories, but no carbs, fat or protein that is available to the body. The lactose is like a milk sugar or like some natural sweeteners but it does what it is meant to, goes in and comes out.
Reply With Quote
  #6   ^
Old Fri, Jun-02-17, 12:56
madeyna's Avatar
madeyna madeyna is offline
Senior Member
Posts: 850
 
Plan: Atkins
Stats: 168/128/130 Female 5.3
BF:
Progress: 105%
Default

Coffee is okay on some of the later Atkins diet books.
Reply With Quote
  #7   ^
Old Fri, Jun-02-17, 14:58
barb712's Avatar
barb712 barb712 is offline
Senior Member
Posts: 284
 
Plan: Atkins/IF
Stats: 239/213/213 Female 5 feet 11 inches
BF:
Progress: 100%
Location: USA
Default

Wow, thank you all for the great info and suggestions! I've been much more vigilant about drinking plenty of water, eating plenty of juicy fibrous vegetables (and have added in Atkins-friendly fruit and berries as well), and moving around more. I've also started taking a magnesium citrate supplement. I'm feeling and doing much better, bringing things into balance. I still want to try a combination of different things (a lot of what you suggested) to find the best routine for me, but I'm feeling much more encouraged now.
Reply With Quote
  #8   ^
Old Sun, Jul-16-17, 13:51
barb712's Avatar
barb712 barb712 is offline
Senior Member
Posts: 284
 
Plan: Atkins/IF
Stats: 239/213/213 Female 5 feet 11 inches
BF:
Progress: 100%
Location: USA
Default

deleted - moving post to new thread ...
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:44.


Copyright © 2000-2017 Active Low-Carber Forums @ forum.lowcarber.org
Powered by: vBulletin, Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.