atkins bars and diet soda in induction
atkins bars and diet soda in induction , 06-11-2011 01:03 AM


Advanced Low-Carber


Hi everyone,
I have restarted Atkins 3 weeks ago and it has made a huge difference to my overall well being but unfortunately my weight loss has been slow. I lost 3kgs (6lbs) in the first few days and then nothing since. I feel better around the waist, so maybe the scales are taking a while to catch up.
The only thing I can think of (apart from being a woman in her 40s) that may be holding me back is that I have 1 -2 atkins bars per day and an occasional diet pepsi. This has helped me stay compliant to the program, but I wonder if these are just too much and are stalling my weight loss.

Has anyone else found this to be the case??

Thanks

Eliza

"My body keeps telling me it prefers low carb - it's about time I listened."

http://www.paleoagogo.com/wp
RE: atkins bars and diet soda in induction , 06-11-2011 01:30 AM


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I think having real food is just as important as bars and sodas that only look good on the label. Skip the bars and diet Pepsi (sweetener is too close to sugar).
RE: atkins bars and diet soda in induction , 06-11-2011 02:02 AM


Advanced Low-Carber



I have often wondered whether or not artificial sweeteners can "trick" the body into an insulin spike. I know some people believe this to be the case.
You are almost certainly right - stop trying to wean myself off sweet foods and cut the real and fake sugar altogether.
Thanks for your input.

Eliza

"My body keeps telling me it prefers low carb - it's about time I listened."

http://www.paleoagogo.com/wp
RE: atkins bars and diet soda in induction , 06-12-2011 11:50 AM


Junior Low-Carber


I bought a box of Atkins' Chocolate Coconut bars a week ago while at the grocery store - before that I had never bought any low-carb supplements/'treats', etc. On the package it said 3 net carbs per bar, but on the label it says 19g carbs each for these small bars.

The bars taste wonderful : (

But the reality is that they make my stomach rumble, and give me major gas! It took me a few days to realize that was the problem. I had just been thinking to myself a couple of weeks ago how I used to have gas all the time but haven't in months...some googling revealed that sugar alcohols have that side effect, so I guess they're not for me.

I absolutely love the taste of the coconut bars but I am convinced they aren't good to eat. I had one left as of yesterday (I was eating one per day) and threw it in the trash. I'm in a plateau (haven't lost any weight for a few weeks now and really bummed about it) so it didn't make me gain weight, but I'm not convinced that it didn't stop me from losing either, so it's gotta go. I think I'm more comfortable eating more sugary fruits before I go back to trying any processed atkins bars or anything like that. YMMV
RE: atkins bars and diet soda in induction , 06-12-2011 11:59 AM


Expert Low-Carber


I eat an Atkins bar per day, and probably 3 cans (some days 4) of diet Coke, Pepsi, Mt. Dew, Dr. Enuf, Amp, NOS, Monster Energy, Rockstar, etc, and it has not ever slowed or hindered my weight loss. Just this week I dropped 4 pounds and this was modus operendi for the entire week, every single day.

Do I even have to say "YMMV"? But yeah, whatever, they don't hinder me at all.

The next time someone questions your Low-Carb way of life, and tries to give you "words of wisdom" against it, quote them these words from Michael Scott of NBC's "The Office": "I will swallow what you just said, digest it, and see what comes out the other end."

RE: atkins bars and diet soda in induction , 06-12-2011 04:16 PM


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Do I even have to say "YMMV"? But yeah, whatever, they don't hinder me at all.
Those drinks have a variety of artificial sweeteners, some OK (relatively), some not.
RE: atkins bars and diet soda in induction , 06-12-2011 09:04 PM


Junior Low-Carber


When I first started, I ate an Atkins bar almost every day with no stalling or intestinal problems. However, now after a few months, I have stopped eating them because I feel they may be causing me to stall. I don't drink soda of any kind so I don't have any problems there.



RE: atkins bars and diet soda in induction , 06-12-2011 10:44 PM


Advanced Low-Carber


Thanks guys,
I'm having a really frustrating time with low carb. It makes me feel sooooo much better, but I can't seem to shift any weight. I have been doing induction for a month (keeping carbs below 20 - 25gm each day) and have not lost an ounce past the first 4 days. It's beginning to get me down.
I have cut back the bars (only half or so a day down from 1 - 2 a day) and am not drinking diet soda any more.
I don't eat more than 3 oz or so of cheese and I don't think I'm eating too much protein.

Not sure what to do.

Eliza

"My body keeps telling me it prefers low carb - it's about time I listened."

http://www.paleoagogo.com/wp
RE: atkins bars and diet soda in induction , 06-12-2011 10:45 PM


Advanced Low-Carber


BTW - I have 75 lbs to lose so it's not like I'm close to goal or anything.

Eliza

"My body keeps telling me it prefers low carb - it's about time I listened."

http://www.paleoagogo.com/wp
RE: atkins bars and diet soda in induction , 06-12-2011 10:56 PM


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Maybe we could offer suggestions if you wanted to share what you are really doing.
If you have 75 to lose, you should be responding to low carb consistently, unless its just processed food with "low carb" on the box.

For example, real food, lean protein, etc is different than "low carb" bread and pasta and a lot of products with "low net carb" on the label.

Here is what worked for me---Lost 120 lb in less than a year.
http://dietforhumans.com/my-diet-and-plan/

I was seeing a thyroid/hormone doc too.
RE: atkins bars and diet soda in induction , 06-12-2011 11:42 PM


Advanced Low-Carber


If you have 75 to lose, you should be responding to low carb consistently, unless its just processed food with "low carb" on the box.

For example, real food, lean protein, etc is different than "low carb" bread and pasta and a lot of products with "low net carb" on the label.

Here is what worked for me---Lost 120 lb in less than a year.
http://dietforhumans.com/my-diet-and-plan/

I was seeing a thyroid/hormone doc too.
breakfast is 2 scrambled eggs with one tsp butter or omelette everyday
morning snack - half atkins advantage bar. Black coffee. Sometimes sliced meat or half a sausage
Lunch - Grilled chicken, tuna or other meat with salad and 2tsp aoli or mayo (full fat)
afternoon snack - other half atkins bar, 2 oz brie,
if working late will sometimes have another Atkins bar or another slice of cheese or 100gm tuna (sugar free)
dinner - grilled meat, steamed veges. One or two squares of sugar free chocolate (sweetened with Stevia), but not every day.
Occasionally have a coffee with cream (not every day, only once or twice a week)
Drink - water, black tea and coffee, occasional diet pepsi (but cutting back to one or two a week)

I eat no milk, bread, grains, yoghurt, fruit, cereal. I don't use sweeteners in tea or coffee. The only processed low carb foods are Atkins bars, sugar free chocolate and mayo/aoli. I do 99% of my own cooking.

Interestingly the sugar free chocolate and Atkins bars don't upset my GIT at all, so I wonder if I am one of those people who can absorb sugar alcohols.
I have a desk job with long hours, so activity is an issue.

Thanks for any advice you can give.

Eliza

"My body keeps telling me it prefers low carb - it's about time I listened."

http://www.paleoagogo.com/wp
RE: atkins bars and diet soda in induction , 06-13-2011 12:23 AM


Senior Low-Carber


You might need more fat. If I were you, I'd up the fat and drop the Atkins bars for awhile. Fry your meat in oil or if you're eating steak, put butter on it. Butter your steamed veggies and use a lot more mayo or olive oil on your salads. Be liberal with the butter for your eggs, too.



RE: atkins bars and diet soda in induction , 06-13-2011 01:05 AM


Advanced Low-Carber


When I test my urine I consistently have 1+ ketones present. so I can't work out what I'm doing wrong, but maybe not enough fat is holding me back.

Eliza

"My body keeps telling me it prefers low carb - it's about time I listened."

http://www.paleoagogo.com/wp
RE: atkins bars and diet soda in induction , 06-13-2011 01:10 AM


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My impression in order of priority-

Drop the snacks. Have a bigger breakfast if you need to.
Drop the bars. Read the labels on those things! They are not natural, real food.
Drop the diet drinks. The sweeteners are so good, they might as well be sugar.
Go easy on the cheese.
I'm not too crazy about the chocolate either. You need more real, healthy food.
RE: atkins bars and diet soda in induction , 06-13-2011 02:03 PM


Advanced Low-Carber



Do I even have to say "YMMV"? But yeah, whatever, they don't hinder me at all.
YMMV???? Anyone anyone?? I'm slow to pick up on acronyms!!

Sorry disregard..................... my mileage varies.
RE: atkins bars and diet soda in induction , 06-14-2011 10:21 AM


Advanced Low-Carber



Drop the snacks. Have a bigger breakfast if you need to.
Drop the bars. Read the labels on those things! They are not natural, real food.
Drop the diet drinks. The sweeteners are so good, they might as well be sugar.
Go easy on the cheese.
I'm not too crazy about the chocolate either. You need more real, healthy food.
I'm not really losing either and this is week 4 for me. I do not eat Atkins bars or chocolates. I have had a few Diet Cokes in the 4 weeks, but mostly it's just water. No coffee. I do add Mio flavoring to my water, but that has like nothing in it. I eat a huge breakfast - 4 slices of bacon and a 3 egg omelet with about 2oz of cheese (I've cut back on the cheese). Lunch is now deli sliced meats and cheese with Hellmann's mayo.(4 slices of turkey, 5 slices of salami, and 5 slices of provolone - I actually haven't been hungry enough to eat it all yet, so I will be cutting that back as well). I bring 2 hardboiled eggs and cheese sticks in case I get hungry, but my breakfast actually keeps me full for like 4-5 hours, which is amazingly awesome for me. Dinner is chicken or fish with broccoli, and I make a butter garlic sauce to put on top of both. I also might make a spinach salad w/ warm bacon dressing (has a few slices of bacon, 2 hardboiled eggs, and about 2 cups of spinach). I also lack activity. Weekends consist of hitting the beach, so instead of the deli meats for lunch, I pack a sandwich baggie of celery and a dip, along with about 3oz of summer sausage. Breakfast and dinner are the same (if I go out to eat I tend to get a ribeye with broccoli that I dip in butter). I like being full longer, because on WW I was always hungry. But in eating when I am hungry, I feel like I am eating less...
I did not mean to take away from the original poster's concerns about his/herself, but I feel that maybe more of you reading this thread might be able to help us both at the same time.
RE: atkins bars and diet soda in induction , 06-14-2011 10:41 AM


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Just opinion-
Exercise is over rated as a weight loss strategy. That's not it.
Read the labels on the deli meats and summer sausage. Not natural (unless you are getting it from the hippie store!)
I follow Mark Sisson's cheese advice, not too much and be a snob. Use a little imported hard cheese. I don't buy domestic because of the hormone a lot of cows are given to increase milk production. It's outlawed in Canada and Europe.

Eating healthy food is just as important as low carb.

I'm not sold on the "pile on the bacon" thing either.
RE: atkins bars and diet soda in induction , 06-14-2011 11:01 AM


Advanced Low-Carber


Exercise is over rated as a weight loss strategy. That's not it.
Read the labels on the deli meats and summer sausage. Not natural (unless you are getting it from the hippie store!)
I follow Mark Sisson's cheese advice, not too much and be a snob. Use a little imported hard cheese. I don't buy domestic because of the hormone a lot of cows are given to increase milk production. It's outlawed in Canada and Europe.

Eating healthy food is just as important as low carb.

I'm not sold on the "pile on the bacon" thing either.
I'm more or less following Taubes...
RE: atkins bars and diet soda in induction , 06-14-2011 11:02 AM


Senior Low-Carber


I would cut way back on the deli meats and cheese. I think they're both fine for occasional lunches or snacks but not daily. You might need to cut back on your portions sizes a bit, too. You'll be surprised how you can still be full on less food when you have enough fat in it. Like I've found I'm perfectly satisfied eating half a strip steak with butter on it and I slice up the rest to put in a salad the next day.



RE: atkins bars and diet soda in induction , 06-14-2011 11:12 AM


Advanced Low-Carber



Does it matter if the deli meats are sliced in front of me as opposed to packaged?