Atkins for 10 days?

  1. I'm going to a family reunion in 10 days and I could stand to drop about 10 pounds.
    I'm thinking of:
    Doing Atkins for 10 days.
    Drinking tons of water.
    some type of arobics daily (enough to break a sweat).
    I hate to say it but I was tempted to buy some ephidrine today, but I didn't!

    Any tips?
    (I have to read up on Atkins. I know it's no carbs but I can't remember if there is a limit on the meat.)
    -Russell
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  3. by   Tweety
    Your family loves you as you are. My only advice is not to stress about it. You'll probably gain it all back at the reunion anyway.

    Good luck! Lots of people have dropped ten pounds in ten days with low calorie Adkins eating. Mostly water weight loss. Stay healthy during and after the diet.
  4. by   Shamrock
    No limit on the protein...I'm with 3rd though, 10#'s up or down, does your family really care??
  5. by   shygirl
    Russell,

    Here is the Mayo clinic diet that really produces results! My husband and I were on it for 2 weeks and lost alot of weight. I'd say 15 lbs for him and 10 for me. You NEVER feel hungry.
    The weird thing about it, if you've ever dieted before, it seems unreal that you can eat as much meat, butter, etc and still loose weight.
    The last day of the diet, I was a little light headed and had to have some carbs.

    Shygirl


    The Mayo Clinic Diet
    BREAKFAST:
    1/2 grapefruit or 8oz unsweetened juice.
    2 Eggs any style
    2 Slices of bacon
    Black coffee or tea, no sugar
    LUNCH:
    1/2 grapefruit or 8oz unsweetened juice.
    Salad and or raw veggies (any dressing, {not low fat or fat free})
    Meat (Cooked any way)
    DINNER:
    1/2 grapefruit or 8oz unsweetened juice.
    Meat (cooked any way) Vegetables (any green or red, may be cooked in butter or Seasoning or a salad as above) Black coffee or tea, no sugar
    BEDTIME:
    (opt) 8oz Tomato juice or skim milk
    INSTRUCTIONS:
    1. At any meal you may eat until you are full, and you can not eat anymore. You must eat the minimum listed listed at each meal.
    2. Do not eliminate anything from the diet, especially don't skip the bacon at breakfast or omit salads. It is the combination of foods that burn the fat.
    3. The grapefruit is important because it acts as a catalyst that starts the burning process.
    4. Cut down on coffee, it affects the insulin balance that hinders the burning process. Try to limit to one cup each meal.
    5. Don't eat between meals, if you eat the combination of food suggested, you will not get hungry.
    6. The diet may eliminate sugars and starches. Fat does not form fat, it helps burn it, so you can fry food in butter and use butter generously on vegetables.
    7. Do not eat desserts, breads and white vegetables of sweet potatoes. You may double or triple helpings of meat, salads or vegetables. Eat till you are stuffed. The more you eat the more weight you will lose.
    8. There may be no weight loss in the first 4 days, but you may lose 5 pounds on the 5th day. You may lose 1 and 1/2 pounds every two days until you reach your goal.
    9. DRINK EIGHT 8oz GLASSES OF WATER EVERY DAY. 1/2 GALLON.

    THIS DIET IS SAID TO BEEN GIVEN TO HEART PATIENTS NEEDING TO LOSE WEIGHT FAST FOR BY-PASS SURGERY.

    ALL SOFT DRINKS NEED TO BE DIET AND CAFFEINE FREE.

    YOU MAY NOT HAVE: White onions, potatoes, celery, peas, cereal, carrots, corn, starchy vegetables, bread, noodles, rice, potato chips, pretzels or fruit or diet dressing.

    YOU MAY HAVE: Red onions, bell peppers, radishes, broccoli, cucumbers, green onions, leaf spinach, cabbage, tomatoes, green beans, lettuce, chili (no beans) mayonnaise, any cheese, hot dogs, cole slaw, regular salad dressing, green vegetables, 1tsp nuts, dill or bread and butter pickles.

    IMPORTANT
    STAY ON DIET 12 DAYS AND STOP FOR 2 DAYS
    Works out great to start on a Monday because you will have every other weekend off of the diet.
  6. by   Rustyhammer
    Actually, the reunion is only an excuse to try to lose a few more pounds.
    I started a wt loss plan in Jan. and lost 26 pounds.
    I stopped about 10 weeks ago and had kept it off.
    The last couple of weeks I put 4 pounds back on so I am thinking that it is time to get back on the plan.
    I have never tried dieting until this last Jan. and it wasn't very difficult.
    I have heard a lot of good things about Atkins so I thought I'd give it a try.
    I've just been reading about it and it means (ugh) no coffee (I'm an addict) and no beer or other etoh (I guess I can handle that part).
    -Russell
  7. by   Jay-Jay
    I absolutely HATE< HATE<HATE grapefruit!! What types of juice can I substitute? Does it have to be citrus juice? (orange juice gives me an upset stomach).
  8. by   passing thru
    I don't like the odds, especially if I'd never tried it before &
    didn't know how my body would respond.

    You might be at the reunion looking hot/svelte in black leather and turquoise & silver, and maybe a decorated braid.
    or
    You might be hangin around the E.R. in ketoacidosis and
    hypertensive crisis.

    50-50
  9. by   shygirl
    Originally posted by Jay-Jay
    I absolutely HATE< HATE<HATE grapefruit!! What types of juice can I substitute? Does it have to be citrus juice? (orange juice gives me an upset stomach).
    Nope, It's gotta be grapefruit. Actually, I don't care for it either, but I got used to it. And no, you cannot buy the pink sweetened kind either! LOL

    Shygirl
  10. by   MelRN13
    Thanks for the post, shygirl. Does this diet need to be modified for diabetic patients?
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    Russell . . where did you read you cannot have coffee? I drink two cups every morning. If you drink it black you are fine. If you like cream and sugar, you get to use HEAVY WHIPPING CREAM (1 carb per tsp) or mocha mix (also 1 carb) and an artificial sweetner. The first two weeks you limit yourself to 20 carbs a day and can eat as much meat and fatty stuff that you want. I lost 10 pounds during the induction phase. Drinking lots of water is a good idea.

    Good luck. steph
  12. by   Jay-Jay
    Okay, I cannot believe that ANY diet which recommends bacon and eggs for breakfast can be healthy. I ESPECIALLY cannot see feeding this to someone who needs bypass surgery! Sooo....I did a web search:

    The New Mayo Clinic Diet

    Con Review



    Go to Grapefruit Diet Review

    Review: The following excerpt is by Dr. Dean Ornish. It is an excellent review.

    "Question: I have been on the New Mayo Clinic diet for three weeks and lost 10 pounds. Breakfast is two slices of bacon, two eggs any style and half a grapefruit or unsweetened grapefruit juice. Lunch and dinner are half a grapefruit or unsweetened grapefruit juice, any amount of meat and any amount of vegetables with any kind of salad dressing. You stay on this diet for 12 days and go off for two days and then start over again. I have 70 pounds to lose and my primary doctor has OK'd it, but I was wondering if this will raise my cholesterol levels, triglycerides, etc. I am supposed to have blood work done in about two weeks. Is this a real diet that I can stay on, or just a fad?

    Answer: The New Mayo Clinic Diet is a myth. To quote from the Mayo Clinic, "For more than 30 years the so-called 'Mayo Clinic diet' has surfaced in many forms and many places. Various versions push grapefruit or eggs or meat and promise to peel off pounds magically. We can offer you clear and official advice: Don't believe any of these diets. They did not originate at Mayo Clinic and are not approved by Mayo Clinic. These diets may promote temporary quick weight loss, however, they are not nutritionally balanced or a safe method of weight loss for long-term success. Such diets can be dangerous for some individuals."

    When you think about it, it doesn't sound like much of a diet at all. Any diet that says you can eat any amount of meat and any amount of vegetables with any kind of salad dressing would include just about any amount of any type of food. How would you expect to lose weight eating that way?

    Grapefruit is a wonderful food, but it does not cause your body to lose calories. This diet is a measure of how desperate people are to lose weight, so desperate that others can prey on their ignorance. As I have often written, the most successful way to lose weight is to eat a whole foods vegetarian or near-vegetarian diet that is much lower in fat than what most Americans consume -- ideally, around 10-15% of calories if you're trying to lose weight. Fat has 9 calories per gram, whereas protein and carbohydrates have only four calories per gram. If you change the type of food -- reduce the fat significantly -- you don't have to be as concerned about the amount of food.
  13. by   Tweety
    The gastric bypass clinic here puts their post-op patients on an Adkinds type diet.

    I too find it hard to believe bacon and eggs are good for you. But nutritionists and doctors alike are having to rethink their way of thinking since research is coming up with some strange results. Not only are the people loosing weight, their cholestorol and triglycerides are being lowered. Something about loosing the carbs changes the equation. It's a mystery so far and more research is being done.

    I was at the bowling alley last night. Someone one the other team was eating a bacon cheesburger and a hot dog without the buns. He was so proud of himself, thinking how healthy he was because "no carbs". He was very buff, no body fat and looked good. Still, I for one definately believe white flour is an evil food, but will never consider a bacon-cheeseburger without the bun a "health food". Sorry.
  14. by   suehp
    Hi!

    I have lost 42lb on the Atkins diet in the last year since having my 2nd child. I have found it an easy diet to follow.

    Basically you can eat as much eggs,meat & fish as you like! A cup full of salad or veggies a day. You can eat cheese too. Substitute milk for cream, butter instead of margarine. You can eat nuts too.

    Coffee is a no no, but decaf coffee isnt. You must drink 8 glasses of water a day too.

    You CANNOT eat bread/pasta/rice for the 1st 2 weeks and eat no more than 20gms of carbs a day until the 3rd week then increase it to 25gms, on the 4th week 30gms etc etc until you find how many carbs a day makes you stop losing weight. If for example you can eat 40gms carbs a day and maintain your weight then you know you need to eat less than 40gms to lose it.

    You also lose inches on this diet - I have lost 32 inches all over and my measurements are the same now as what they were when I was 14lb lighter!!!!! So even though the scales are telling me I still need to lose 14 lb, my clothes are telling me a different story!

    Hope that helps!!!

    Sue

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