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I am switching to Atkins!

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I have been really strict and eating entirely clean in the last week with no weight loss at all. I think my body is trying to tell me something. I have been the same weight for the last 3 months while trying to do rounds on HCG and it just doesn't want to come off. I need to do something drastic for my wedding and I want to lose 40 pounds before then if I can.

I hate myself right now and I hate how I have been exercising and dieting like crazy since January and the weight won't come off. I think I need to switch to something else besides hcg. Atkins might be my answer because my body seems to love being on high protein and low carb.

Today I am coming off hcg and switching into Atkins mode in the next day or so.

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  1. LovelyStacy5456's Avatar
    Sorry to hear. I don't know much of this but maybe there is something wrong with your thyroid? My cousin has the problem. My Wedding is in July. I lost pretty good in the beginning of this diet by now weight loss has slowed way down... Another cousin of mine lost 40lb in 40 days on this diet, I don't think that's going to happen for me, unfortunately. & I've went all the way with this. Even purchased the correct organic shampoos & stuff, & only eat organic foods. & have not even once cheated on this diet. I have been so strong & following protocol. I have stalls & small losses. You say you're not losing at all & that, I'm sure sucks! It sucks to try to hard & not get the results you really hoped for. I'm not at all familiar with Atkins. Is that just a low carb diet?
    Updated April 20th, 2013 at 04:35 PM by LovelyStacy5456
  2. LovelyStacy5456's Avatar
    Thought this might help.....


    1. Watch what you’re eating; you should have a food journal and you might find patterns of foods that cause you not to lose, or to lose fantastically. A lot of people have had problems losing with tomatoes and oranges (but some people have no problem at all). Every body is different and you need to monitor your own body and see what works (and doesn’t work) for you. 2. Make sure you are drinking enough water (at least 2 liters a day). 3. Those that have held true to the diet and not cheated, have been rewarded with a large weight reduction when it finally drops. You will usually resume your previous average loss before the stall. 4. Each time you stall, take your measurements; you have probably lost inches (remember it is called Pounds and INCHES). 5. You could gain some weight and not have cheated, depending on your menses, ovulation, and hormones. Almost all of us have seen the scale go up due to water retention, etc. 6. If you eat more salt in the food you prepare, and your body isn't used to that sodium level, your blood volume will increase to handle the extra salt, which will translate into a gain because you're retaining water to boost that blood volume. In other words, watch your salt intake. 7. Remember what Simeons said about losing. You lose fat from the body cells but the cells do not disappear at the same time. The cell structure is still present for two to three days while the body breaks down the cellulose and fills the cell with water in order to release it (through urine). Once the fat cell is removed, the scale will drop. 8. Sensitivity/allergies to foods (like lemons) may cause weight stalls. Listen to your body. The guru is you! 9. Pay attention to weight gains, they usually signify a mishap in the protocol, like not drinking enough water, eating too many/too few calories, too much salt, or (inadvertently) eating foods not allowed on the protocol. 10. Be careful, spices have calories. As long as the serving size listed has less than 5 calories, the company can list 0 calories (even though it may actually have 4). Usually spices and seasonings use 1/4 of a teaspoon as their serving size, so BE CAREFUL...4 calories in 1/4 teaspoon = 16 calories in 1 teaspoon
  3. LovelyStacy5456's Avatar
    Ya know... Muscle takes up less room than fat. So as you start losing fat you might not see a weight loss in pounds but you will see a loss in inches. There's a great pic showing 5 lbs of fat vs 5 lbs of muscle. I'll see if I can find it.
    Updated April 20th, 2013 at 06:51 PM by LovelyStacy5456
  4. LovelyStacy5456's Avatar
    I don't know how to link it. Google 5lbs of fat vs 5lbs of muscle. Have you been measuring yourself?
  5. Love2Ski's Avatar
    I stayed on P2 for too long on my first round, and my losses were really feeble after the first 30 days--I stayed on a total of 52 days, and only lost 2 pounds in the final 20 days of that. When I started P3, I had FFF daily and dropped 3 pounds in the first few days. I think my body was starving for fat. Good luck to you--maybe you need a break from HCG. I know that I did, and switching to Paleo (which is similar to Atkins in the foods you can and can't eat) worked well for me.