Re: Starting Atkins 1-1-2005

Discussion in 'Food and nutrition' started by Doug Freyburger, Dec 8, 2004.

  1. > Does anyone have any suggestions or advice?

    Get the book and follow the directions.

    The book is Doctor Atkins New Diet Revolution editions 2002, 1999, 1993
    or 1973. Atkins is something specific and if you haven't read the book
    there is zero chance that what you try on your own will be what Atkins
    actually is. Once you've read the book come on back with questions
    cince there are confusing points in the book.

    Follow the directions. By this I explicitly do NOT mean decide what
    you
    want to do and then search through the book for excuses that it is
    "safe" to do that. Plenty of random variations are safe, but safe does
    not
    mean effective. The Atkins process is very anti-obvious. It is a 4
    phase
    process and virtually all newbies want to stay on phase 1. Resist that
    tempation. The directions say that phase 1 lasts 14 days, so move on
    to
    phase to on day 15.

    Follow the directions. Okay,I repeated myself. The Atkins process has
    a set of carb quotas for each week. They run 20, 20, 25, 30, 35 and so
    on. Make those quotas. It is very easy for a newbie to glance at the
    table of contents and decide that Atkins is about reducing carbs as
    much
    as possible but nothing is farther from the truth. Atkins is about
    *controlling" carb intake not about *reducing* it as low as possible.

    Follow the directions. There seems to be an echo in here, doesn't
    there? The Atkins process also tells you what to eat when. Actually
    do that. During Induction there's a list of foods to chose among. Eat
    from that list and nothing no on that list. The 2002 edition says that
    Atkins branded bars are allowed. Why only Atkins branded? Because
    that put money in the good doctor's pocket back when he was alive,
    that's why. if other brands aren't allowed, don't have the Atkins
    brand
    ones for those two weeks either. Then starting day 15 pay very close
    attention to the carb ladder. It tells what to add back into your diet
    when. Try stuff out in that order.

    Yet more following the directions. During the initial week or so there
    will be cravings and the Induction plan tells you to eat as much as it
    takes to take the edge off those cravings as long as you don' exceed
    your carb quota. Once the cravings go away (and please just take it
    on faith that they DO go away in around a week) overeating is forbidden
    from then on. Atkins is something specific and overeating isn't
    Atkins.

    Still more following the directions. Exercise. Note that going on a
    30
    minute walk counts. Do NOT allow yourself to get sucked into the
    attitude that if it doesn't happen at the gym it isn't exercise.
    Movement
    is exercise as long as it gets you breathing faster. If you already
    have
    an intense exercise program, there's another aspect to following the
    directions during Induction: Take it easy for a couple of weeks then
    build back up when you're in phase 2.

    Stuff not in the directions: Clear the house of junk food to the extent
    possible. Not to the extent convenient and the kids won't die if there
    is no junk food in the house. Out-of-sight-out-of-mind may be an
    exaggeration but in-view-on-your-mind is no exaggeration at all. At
    very least put stuff away in a cubboard you don't open.

    What will happen: The first two weeks will be wierd. First, don't
    freak out and don' think you're different from anyone else. It's wierd
    so expect it. Read the comments of other newbies and you'll see all
    manner of stuff that happens, but it's all temporary. Second, just
    because it's the first time you see something doesn' mean it's going
    to be normal from then on. Very little about Induction is normal
    compared to the rest of your time low carbing. Somewhere around
    weeks 6-8, that's the time to start thinking what's happening to you
    is normal from then on.

    The most important of all: Stay on the plan forever. Follow the
    process
    until it takes you to a point that's easy to maintain and stay on. if
    you think you're in the a two week diet and you'll quit, don't bother.
    Simple cause and effect tells us that no two week anything can have
    a permanent effect. Maintenance is easy, so follow the process until
    you arrive there.

    Enjoy the many health benefits. Low carbing resolves everything from
    chronic indigestion on in so many people that you have a lot to look
    forward to.
     
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