Atkins Diet

  1. What's everyone think?
  2. 105 Comments

  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    Been there, done that, got the kidney stones to prove it. :uhoh21:

    Actually, I'd always loved that diet because I could eat foods that kept me full for long periods of time, and I lost weight rapidly every time I went on it. Unfortunately, I also fought constipation from the lack of fiber, and after 4-5 months on the diet I would've traded my filet mignon for a week-old hamburger bun in a heartbeat........which led to mega-binges on carbs and even quicker weight re-gain. :stone And yes, I had kidney stones twice after having been on the diet.

    Not sure what I'm going to do this time.........I've had it with dieting, but I want to lose the 40# I gained back after the last attempt. I guess common sense would be a good approach, no? :chuckle
  4. by   weetziebat
    Can tell you my experience. I lost 30 lbs. over six months - was never hungry and ate more than it seems possible to do while on a diet.

    Had an extremely dry mouth almost the entire time. So dry that my lips would stick together when I went to speak, but that was only minor.

    Then had my cholesterol checked and it had skyrocketed, so chose to go off the diet. If that hadn't happened I'd still be on it cause I enjoyed eating all the stuff that I'd always tried to avoid. All those tasty fats

    Now seven months later I've gained back ten of those pounds and need to find another way to lose them *sigh*

    Just want to wish you good luck, whatever diet you choose!
  5. by   webblarsk
    I just need to do something. I am tired of being overweight.
  6. by   zenman
    Water, fruits, veggies, very little meat. These provide bulk. Feel you up, not out!
  7. by   Dixiecup
    OMG I never want to see another piece of bacon again. I HAVE to lose the thirty pounds I've gained in the last six months. I don't particularly care for meat all that much so it wasn't that easy for me but I was desperate. i did it for a total of four days, faithfully, to a tee. There wasn't an ounce of sugar in my body and believe me my body could tell it. Do not try this diet if you're hypoglycemic. By the third day I was totally wiped out. By the fourth day I could barely make it through work. It took me until the fourth day to figure out what was wrong. I couldn't wait to get home and eat some suger. After I did, I perked up and was fine. I wish it would not have had that effect on me because I lost 5 lbs. in those four days. Guess it's back to low fat for me!!
  8. by   Simkah
    I agree with Zenman. Diet is out--healthy lifestyle is in. If you can't live it over the long haul, it won't work. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) eating plan is an excellent example of an evidence-based dietary program. DASH emphasizes vegetables, fruits, and low-fat dairy foods and is low in saturated fat, total fat, and cholesterol. This dietary pattern includes whole grains, poultry, fish, and nuts and has reduced amounts of fats, red meats, sweets, and sugared beverages. It is rich in magnesium, potassium, and calcium, as well as protein and fiber.

    Physical inactivity is key to the high prevalence of obesity in the US. A good exercise program is a must and must be incorporated along with the healthy eating. One research study showed that overweight women who kept their weight off for one year also participated in 40 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per day.
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    My husband and I did Atkins and lost weight. I was really impressed although I'm not a big meat fan. The first time I did it it was not hard at all. I had alot of energy. It was great. But you know what? After I lost the weight I went slowly back to my old way of eating. I love pasta, popcorn, chips and salsa, anything salty. I gained it all back plus some. I've been trying to do the induction part now for months. I start out with good intentions, make it a week and then fall off the wagon. The yo yo dieting is making me fatter.

    The key for me has always been exercise. I jogged off 20 pounds 14 years ago after my daughter was born. I continued to jog well into my 6 month of pregnancy with my now 3 year old. I'm older though now and also on medication for seizures that causes weight gain.

    Today I'm feeling discouraged and fat. I probably only need to lose 15 pounds and I keep thinking if I could just tough it out (how tough is it really compared to living through a real tragedy?) .. . I could stay on Atkins and lose the 15 pounds in less than a month. But I haven't made it.

    I think moderation and increasing your exercise is the key. Staying motivated is hard though. I worked out every day before Christmas and lost 6 pounds and then haven't worked out since and have gained the weight back (after I bragged to Tweety in a pm

    I do think Atkins can jumpstart someone and as I mentioned, I felt great. When I started back on carbs I felt lethargic.

    There are lots of diet threads here . .. lots of support from others who have been there. One friend of mine lost 40 pound by going to OverEaters Anonymous.

    Good Luck

  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Never did Atkins. It never sounded like a good idea. Yeah you may lose weight, but yet, you gain more cholesterol, not to mention the weight loss is rarely long term.

    Been there, done that, got the kidney stones to prove it.
    Yech, i had those enough on my own, and they hurt.
  11. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from Marie_LPN

    Yech, i had those enough on my own, and they hurt.
    Yep, you're talking about a whole new world of pain there........I went through childbirth five times, one of them entirely unmedicated, and I'd rather go through it ten more times than have another kidney stone! On a 0-10 pain scale, I rated that pain somewhere around a 15. I've got a pretty high pain threshold, but I was YELLING when the one in my bladder got stuck trying to pass through........yelling and sweating and puking and praying for death.

    That first go-round, I had to have laser extraction because the two stones I had were 5X9mm and 4X7mm---too big to pass on their own. :uhoh21: The second time, I had only one, and I was able to get rid of it myself......even the pain was only about a 5-6, and it went away immediately once the stone passed. Phew! But it did prove to me that the Atkins diet was probably connected, however loosely, to the problem, because my first episode had also followed a six-month stint on the diet. One time could have been coincidental.......but twice ??

    But that's just me........I wouldn't tell anyone NOT to do Atkins based on my experiences alone. I do, however, believe that any diet that eliminates entire groups of foods cannot possibly be healthy, at least not in the long term, and that people should not attempt to lose weight until they are 100% committed to long-term lifestyle changes.......otherwise, we screw up our metabolisms and make ourselves fatter in the long run.
  12. by   stephera
    I wanted to try it but I am not suppose to have too much protein because of my kidneys!! So, I have to find another way also!!
  13. by   kae rn
    I tried it before spring vacation with my family. Yes I lost weight, but..... I ended up in a strange hospital if Florida, for emergency gall bladder surgery. Rapid weight loss can create gall stones. Have had 4 children myself, gall stone pain is much worse than any horrid childbirth story. I am now a fan of losing weight the old fashion way--consume fewer calories than you burn off.
  14. by   webblarsk
    Thanks for all the input! Sounds Like Atkins is more of a short term. I definitley need and want something Long Term!