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  • Albert Shear
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    Last year I started the Atkins diet and lost 65 pounds in 4 months. Yes their are side effects at first but they pass after 2-3 weeks. It is quite hard for me to loose weight with the methotrexate and prednisone and vioxx I take for rh. arthritis but Atkins did it. I am back to my college football weight(30 years ago).
    I have recently switched to the South Beach Diet by Dr. Arthur Agatston. It is resembles Atkins but allows for foods that Atkins does not.
    Al

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  • Leigh Harrington
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    I have done the Atkins a couple of times and I did lose weight but I miss toast or cereal for breakfast and after I only just made it home in time last time [Eek!] !!!! I have given up on it but my wife likes it.
    My Mother and two sisters have joined Slimmers World and they love it and are doing really well, 30 lbs between them in the first month.It basically seems to alternate low carb days with normal days, theres a whole list of foods you can and cant eat depending on the day but they are never hungry, get plenty of choice and it works for them

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  • Delta_V
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    I was on it for a little while and lost about 20 lbs. After that, i just couldn't stand not eating the carbs. After getting off of it I continued losing another 65lbs. or so through a lower-calorie diet and lots of exercise.

    I recently read a diet book called "Eat, Drink, and be Healthy." It's written by the Harvard Medical School. IMO, it is an EXCELLENT diet book that has suggestions backed with clinical research. It is similar to Atkins in that the food pyramid has basically been turned upside down, however it stresses things such as lean meats, whole grains, fruits, etc. The main prohibition is on simple carbs such as enriched flour and sugars. It even encourages daily alcohol consumption .There are also some GREAT recipes in the book as well.

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  • jellybean40
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    quote:
    Originally posted by SGT Dave:

    All this makes her very happy also, which ultimately leads to MORE aerobic activity... [Wink] [Wink]

    Comeon-it's o.com...SOMEONE had to turn it to a sex thread...

    Yeah, well, imagine all that extra energy... and no way to burn it!! [Eek!] [Wink]

    The Atkins is working great for me, too. 28 pounds so far, and i FEEL great, AND i eat great food. there are lots of good, low carb chocolates. people at work cant believe they're sugar-free.

    I love the Atkins Crunchers chips... i made the best chicken nachos the other nite, with almost NO carbs. i cant wait to make some beef or seafood ones.

    Keep up the good work, SgtDave.

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  • SGT Dave
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    Works for me...5 weeks on it and I'm down 30 pounds. I can beat MOST of the cravings. Sugar-free Reese's Cups were sent by GOD! [Eek!] They are carb free (at least "impact carbs.") They help TREMEDOUSLY!

    I treated myself to Chinese last friday (along with the crab legs, which are okay on Atkins... [Wink] ) and didn't gain any weight back from one meal.

    My wife, who only wants to lose about 15 pounds lasted 3 days on Atkins...it just wasn't for her.

    The most important thing to me is it's showing me I CAN live without the excess of carbohydrates and sweets, and it's giving me the rapid weight loss I needed to see to stay "motivated". I'm just now getting to the point that I can see it, and others can. It's so nice to run into someone I haven't seen in a couple of months and the first thing they say is "You've lost weight!"

    I have SO much more energy now it's not even a comparison, even though I have much farther to go. The BP coming down might have as much to do with that as the weight loss, but I'm not arguing! Neither is my wife-I've worked almost non-stop in the yard and in the garden, and still have enough energy left (most days anyway) to clean house in the evenings. And believe me, the garden is EXERCISE!! Especially in the heat we've had lately.

    All this makes her very happy also, which ultimately leads to MORE aerobic activity... [Wink] [Wink]

    Comeon-it's o.com...SOMEONE had to turn it to a sex thread...

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  • Rizkyt
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    Here's a good one for chicken lovers.....I lost 10 lbs in 3 weeks before my wedding. My brother lost almost 40 lbs in 3 months.
    Goal is to eat less then 20 grams of fat per day.
    First thing when you wake up, drink 32 oz of water VERY FAST. It's going to "clean you out" if you know what I mean, (I know this is gross, but the poopies).
    Breakfast: Anytype of cereal, fatfree milk
    Lunch: I made grilled chicken sandwiches everyday, sprinkle a little lemon pepper salt while cooking and you're good to go. You can also do low fat sandwich meats. No mayo, only mustard or spicy mustard
    Dinner: a Lean Cuisine meal or something like it. Also slices of turkey. Fat free pudding (really tastes like the real thing)
    It really works
    AND DON'T FORGET TO EXERSIZE!!!!!!

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  • ZalmanEmmes
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    Way to go Badgerland!!! That sounds great and is very encouraging. I'm actually 80% done reading the Atkins book and am planning out meals and exercise for the coming week. Keep up the good work and I hope to have similar good news in the coming weeks!

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  • Badgerland
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    I wanted to bump this post up since the diet has been in the news a lot lately. I've lost 20 pounds in 5 weeks doing the Atkins diet. The first 3 or 4 days were the toughest. It has been a breeze since then, although I have become addicted to Cool Whip and sugar-free jello.

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  • Psycho C/O
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    The Body For Life is a plan that lets you eat carbs and protein. Here is the basics, Get up in the morning, exercise according to the daily schedule, 1 hour after exercising you have breakfast. One portion of carbs (equal to the size of your palm, and the thickness of your hand, you also need to eat a protein the same size, along with two 8oz glasses of water. 2 hours later it's snack time, same as Breakfast or you may supplement with a Myoplex shake. 2 hours later, lunch, Protein, carb, veggie and more water. 2 hours later snack time again, food or shake again. 2 hours later dinner time (same as lunch, protein, carb, veggie, and water. 2 hours later snack time again. You follow the diet/workout for 6 days, then you have a free day. Mon. start over again. you will never be hungry, it is actually difficult to eat that many times per day, I use the shakes for my snacks, they don't taste great, but not horrible either. A friend of mine is on this, after 6 months she has lost 80+ pounds. Hope this helps some. The info you will need is in the book, it gives you examples of foods, and exercise routines. I bought mine at Costco for $15.00, at the book store they are $24.95. If you need more info please feel free to PM me.

    [ 03-09-2003, 01:34 PM: Message edited by: Psycho C/O ]

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  • celia
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    I'm interested in Body for Life too. Please tell me it is NOT a low carb diet. I can't live with the headaches. Does he lay out an actual menu for you? Or do you count calories? Or avoid certain foods or what? My doctor has suggested the Zone Diet (5 or 6 meals/snacks a day, all carefully balanced with carbs, fat, and protein), but it is so complicated figuring out what to eat, I've never made it past the first week.

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  • jellybean40
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    That Body-for-Life sounds interesting. i like the idea of a free day ... i checked the website and it makes sense to show your body that its not starving, also.

    Do you know if you have to buy the book, or is most of the info available on-line? (i only had time to briefly check the website)

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  • Psycho C/O
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    If you want to try a good diet/workout program get the book "Body For Life." Basically you eat 6 small meals a day of equal protein and carbs, and twice a day you have to eat a helping of veggies. You work out on an empty stomach, and every Sunday is a free day (eat what you want, as much as you want, and no exercises). My dad lost 5 lbs the first week, my mom 4 lbs, my wife 4 lbs, and me 6 lbs. The book is written by Bill Phillips and Michael D'Orso.

    http://www.bodyforlife.com/letter_from_bill.shtml

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  • BAYOU-COP
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    Well I guess I will be the one to praise the plan. I lost 27lbs in 3 months on the Adkins diet and have made a serious lifestyle change at least the way I eat. I'm not on the diet anymore per say but my eating habits are changed to the point that I just dont eat as much as I use to. You do have to be disciplined to do this diet for the first month.

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  • jellybean40
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    quote:
    Originally posted by AutumnAngel:
    I just need to watch my carb intake and I think I can do this without going cold-turkey.

    I think you said it right there... if you only need to lose 10 pounds, you dont need the strict Atkins diet. you might even want to try substituting SlimFast for 2 meals a days. i like the vanilla powder, and i put fruit (sometimes frozen) in the blender with it. it's actually very filling and tastes great. also, add a half hour walk every day to your routine, if you dont do it already.

    I'm now on the Atkins, and modified it with a little more carbs. like one bread a day, maybe a hamburger roll or whole wheat soft tortilla. and also fruit and veggies. it works great for me, i've lost 28 pounds. when i reach my goal, i plan on just eating a more healthy diet PERIOD, with not TOO many carbs.

    You do need to drink lots of water on the plan, and get some exercise.

    [ 06-26-2003, 04:52 PM: Message edited by: jellybean40 ]

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  • Tprspouse
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    My husband has been on the Atkins diet for 4 months now. He's lost 7 lbs. If you are not the type of person with a lot of body fat to lose (obese), this diet is probably more of a nuisance and you're just depriving yourself of some really good healthy low fat fruits and vegetables and other healthy things that HAVE carbohydrates in them.

    My husband is like 10% body fat. No wonder he's wasting his time. What he needs is to target certain areas with exercise, not eat tons of grease. But...who am I to tell him he's wasting his time?!

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