10 Reasons Peiople Give Up on Atkins

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  1. Jim

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    I read this on About.com and thought it was a very good read.

    Getting Off on the Wrong Foot

    You don't have to take a college class to understand low carb eating. But if you think it means you should just eat meat all day (or other low carb myths) or if you don't know where the carbs are lurking, you're setting yourself up for a fall. You do need to have some basic knowledge about how cutting carbohydrates works, what foods have carbohydrates, and how to eat a balanced low carb diet.

    2) Giving Up Too Quickly

    There are lots of approaches to low carb eating, and there are often missteps at first, as you try to find one that works for you, or to modify an existing one. There is a tendency to over-react a bit when everything doesn't go perfectly, and give up. A prime example of this is eating too little carbohydrate at first, suffering carb crash, and deciding low carb isn't for you. This is a shame, when a simple adjustment can usually get you through the first week comfortably, to the great rewards at the end of it.

    3) Not Enough Vegetables

    Time and time again, people tell me they don't feel good eating low carb, and it turns out they are eating almost no vegetables. This will not work in the long run. My low carb pyramid has vegetables at the base - in other words, you should be eating more of them than any other food!

    4) Not Enough Fiber

    Eating enough vegetables go a long way towards insuring you are getting enough fiber in your diet. There are other low carb sources of fiber as well, and it's good to learn about them.

    5) Eating Too Much

    It's true that you don't have to count calories on a low carb diet. But that doesn't mean calories don't count! The great thing about low carb eating is that our appetites "turn down," allowing us to eat fewer calories without getting hungry. Some people make the mistake, though, of thinking they can just keep eating and eating and still lose weight as long as the food is low carb. Let your appetite be your guide - eat when you are hungry, and stop when you are comfortable.

    6) Lack of Planning

    When you are first on a new way of eating, you'll run into old habits that need to be changed to new healthier ones. No longer can you mindlessly hit the vending machine or drive-thru. This is a good thing: Pausing to re-consider our habits is a constructive step towards making improvements in our lives. But in the case of eating, it's important to plan ahead for awhile, until our new habits come naturally. Nothing will sabotage your goals more quickly than realizing that you're hungry but you don't know what to eat.

    7) Getting into a Rut

    There are people who eat the same things day after day, and like it that way. But frankly, most of us like variety, and will get bored very quickly if that is not built into the way we eat. There is no reason for not eating a wide variety of foods, and in fact, a varied diet is likely to be better for us nutritionally. Every cuisine on the planet has low carb options - you just need to skip the starch and sugar. Also, most dishes can be "de-carbed

    [​IMG] Problem Ingredients in "Low Carb" Packaged Foods

    Be wary of meal replacement bars, ice cream, and other "treats" labeled low carb or sugar-free. They often contain ingredients such as maltitol (the worst offender) which are just as bad as sugar in a lot of bodies. In general, products that talk about their "net carbs" or "impact carbs" deserve close scrutiny of the ingredients, and careful experimentation.

    9) Carb Creep

    You're eating low carb. You're feeling great, and the weight dropping off as if by magic. You're not hungry between meals! You have energy! You can concentrate better! Wheee! You think you'll have a piece of toast! It doesn't matter! You still feel great! You think you'll have some ice cream! Hey! You're still losing weight! A little sugar in the coffee can't hurt, can it? Maybe not, but...uh oh. Something has sent you over your own personal limit. Suddenly, you're having carb cravings, you're gaining weight, and you're in a vicious circle that's hard to break of eating carbs, being hungrier, eating more carbs.
    Sometimes it happens more subtly, but it's common to let more and more carbs creep in, sometimes unawares. If that happens, it's time to take stock and probably start over, at least for a few days, to break that cycle.

    10) No Exercise

    There is a temptation to leave exercise out when talking about low carb diets, because often people can be successful at first while staying sedentary. However, there are several reasons for talking about exercise in any diet discussion (Atkins called it "non-negotiable"). One is that exercise lowers insulin resistance - this is probably partly why exercise alone will tend to help many people lose a few pounds. The second is that exercise is good for our bodies in so many ways. And the third is that while we can lose weight by diet alone, at least to some extent, we are very unlikely to be able to maintain a significant weight loss without exercise.
     
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    lol ... number 9 is me!

    Fab post hun .. Thanks!!

    xx
     
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    Great post Jim. Should be very useful to lots of people considering low carbing.
     
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    I think I'm number 8. The lo-carb bars are bad news for me. Would be interested to know why they say maltitol is an offender. I think it gives me cravings but all the books etc say it's fine so I don't know why that would be a problem. Interesting list.
     
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    great post jim !
     
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    Im 8 and 10. I dont Exercise and I do like my low card goodies.
    Will work on it!

    Woofy X
     
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    Yeah I've had a few people who thought all I must eat was meat...
     
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    Thought I'd kick this one off again
     
  10. Jane-D

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    Love it...must remember to read this when ever I am feeling weak...
     
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    Great post Jim - hadn't seen this before! Thanks for boosting it up again Jane
     
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    Great post thanks Jim, ive been thinking like no9 today - get ye behind me toast!!
     
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    Jim boosted it up Claire otherwise I wouldn't have seen it either...
     
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    Great post - it explains a lot!!
     
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    Great post Jim! You should make it a sticky for helping people get their heads round this diet as it is quite complex.
     
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    I think it could be a sticky too Jim!
     
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    well, maybe KD will read it and make it a stickie. :D
     
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    Great post jim ;)
     
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    and this one
     
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    3 5 and 10 are me ! brilliant post
     
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    the meat bit reminds me of my mum!! trying to lecture me about being on a meat eating diet!! aagghh i had to point out to her that i have not actually eaten any red meat and i only have chicken in my SALAD!
    i hate it when ppl make assumptions about atkins without actually knowing whats going on! ive never had more salad an veg in my life!
     
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