14 Day Induction Diet

I have started the 14 day induction diet on the Atkins diet. Have any of you tried this diet? I am not a big meat consumer so I am trying to compensate with chicken and fish. I also have a cholesterol issue that has been kept in check with medication and maintaining a low cholesterol diet.

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I am quite concerned with this diet as for breakfast every morning they suggest eggs. There is not much I can have for snacks other than pork rinds (yuck), bouillon, water, nuts, and olives. Oh sure, I can indulge in meat and cheese, but as I said I try to maintain a low cholesterol intake.

Also you can't have regular coffee for the 1st week and boy do I detest decaf coffee. Sorry to complain so much, but I am also doing this to support my hubby who wants so bad to do it for the 14 day stretch. I am into my 2nd day and hanging on by the tip of my fingernails. Any advice?

Thanks in advance.

Carol

April 18, 20070 found this helpful

I would stay away from this diet especially since you have high cholesterol, I have had many friend that went on this diet, lost alot of weight, gained the pounds back with more pounds, to much protein and fat, it's not healthy.

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April 18, 20070 found this helpful

Hi! I have not tried Atkins but read the South Beach Diet book and how it contradicts Atkins use of fatty all you can eat bacon, pork etc.... If this doesn't work buy the South Beach book. It really is a great book and seems TONS less restrictive then the Atkins. Good luck!

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April 18, 20070 found this helpful

I have done Atkins and it's no worse than any other diet. You dont' have to eat all fatty foods, and most people gain back the weight they lose whether it's Atkins or Weight Watchers. It's because they go back to eating the way they ate when they gained in the first place.

You can eat pork loin, london broil, chicken, turkey, fish, and other things besides eggs. Try a chicken salad for breakfast or turkey bacon & tomato. He has lots of ideas in his book. Try tuna or salmon for breakfast for a change. I make a mean salmon patty by just using egg whites and spices. Then just fry them up in a non stick skillet. Low calorie, low carb & semi-low fat. Good luck. It only lasts 14 days, then you can add alot back in. You can still have veggies even on induction and are encouraged to.

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April 18, 20070 found this helpful

I lost 60 pounds on this diet years ago and have just recently started it again. Am on medication for blood pressure and cholesterol also. I drink about 5-7 bottles of flavored water a day. Nuts, seeds and veggies can be eaten in moderation [I do these as snacks]. Celery is a great snack, as it burns more calories chewing it than it adds. Found I am liking foods I hadn't liked before - spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, snap peas, etc. Put a bit of oil in fry pan and saute & add sprinkling of cheese - good!! I found before that my blood pressure & cholesterol went down. Just thing of the weight you'll lose! I lost 10 pounds in 10 days and expect to drop more slowly 35 pounds. Good luck!

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April 18, 20070 found this helpful

I hate to be a naysayer, but this diet is dangerous. PLEASE don't do it! This diet causes you to lose muscle mass which is what helps you burn calories and fat in the long run. You can't do this diet forever and when you quit, you will gain it all back plus more. Eating all protein and very little carbs causes a release of nitrogen in your body which is dangerous! this is known as "ketosis" This is NOT a good thing! This is shock for the body.

I have lost 8lbs in 3 weeks on the Jorge Cruise 3 hour diet. On this diet you don't neglect carbohydrates (which is were your energy comes from) or any other food source. You eat a BALANCED meal and snacks on a timely schedule. You can even have a reese cup as one of your snacks!!!

Check out his book 3 hour diet and his website www.jorgecruise.com and 3hourdiet.com

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April 18, 20070 found this helpful

Hello,

I have been on the Atkins diet. I started it reluctantly because of being overweight, but I also have high cholesterol, buying into the hype from the book saying it will lower your cholesterol, etc. I am not a big eater of eggs. I have never cared for them, so I had to come up with other ideas of what to eat for breakfast. I missed my fruits and vegetables, and wasn't used to eating all the fatty things they allow. After 6 months of being on the program, I had bloodwork done. To my horror, my cholesterol was even higher than before, but now, I also had Lipidemia...too much fat in the blood. I lost 40 pounds, but the trade off was my health, which to this day, I am still struggling with. My advice to you....STAY AWAY from Atkins. A safer alternative is Weight Watchers. More expensive, yes, but my Doctor says its a very safe way to lose weight.

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April 18, 20070 found this helpful

While I like the occasional piece of good red meat ANY diet that tells me that fruits and vegies are "bad" is WRONG for me. God didn't put fruits and vegies on this earth for nothing. Plus with a cholesterol problem, the last thing you would want to eat is fatty meats and butter and such. Any food changing diets will make you loose some weight, that is usually the body having less calories, more water etc. How about some exercise and a healthier diet, Weight watchers or something?

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April 18, 20070 found this helpful

When I tried giving up coffee, I mixed normal coffee and decaf coffee together. For the first week I mixed 3/4 normal coffee and 1/4 decaf. Then gradually worked my way down to total decaf. You can also buy decaf, diet coke. I now mix my coffees 50/50. I would be careful on this diet, my husband tried a similar high protein, low carb diet and became very grumpy and began to really smell.

The doctor said that it was due to the kidneys trying to cope with all the protein and that he should try a low GI diet. This has worked wonders. You can buy books with lists of GI foods. It is as simple as changing from white bread to wholemeal bread, sweet potatoes instead of white or mix together.

Good luck

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April 18, 20070 found this helpful

My husband was on this diet and lost about 60 pounds. He then had a heart attack at the age of 37 and had a 6 way bypass. Now, we realize heredity had a part to play in this, but I am sure the Atkins diet precipitated the heart attack. A healthy eating diet is the only way to go. Use portion control and cut out sugar. Exercise and cut calories, drink water and eat lot of fruits and veggies. It's the only healthy way to go!!

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April 18, 20070 found this helpful

Baked chicken and fish are healthy choices for you IF you are going to do this diet anyway. It's definitely not a healthy diet at all, especially with you already having hbp and high cholesterol. Cholesterol comes from animal sources, plain and simple, that includes dairy products. I do believe there are a couple of non-animal sources but can't remember what they are at the moment.

I am a nurse and suffer with very high cholesterol, a very fatty liver, insulin dependent diabetes and hbp also. My Dr. was kind enough to tell me "If it tastes good, SPIT IT OUT!" lol Which was basically the truth

Start walking 30 minutes a day and increase your water intake drastically. No matter how slow you walk to begin with, at least you are moving! You will pick up speed and distance as you continue to walk. You'll be amazed at the wgt. you'll pull off in a few weeks.

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April 19, 20070 found this helpful

Goodness, Carol!!! I've had you on my mind since I read your posting. I have to agree with everyone that says Atkins isn't a good idea with high cholesterol. On the other hand, I do agree with Andjerm about the South Beach Diet. It was written by a cardiologist, Dr. Arthur Agatston. He didn't actually start the diet for weight loss purposes but to help his patients. The wonderful thing was that the patients did lose weight and had improved health. I read the book because I kept hearing about it....I didn't actually intend to go on "another" diet. However, I have to say it made so much sense and I told my hubby about it and he went out and bought the Dutch translation (I was in Calif with family when I read it and he was here in the Netherlands). We both use this program because it's such a healthy life style. It is basically a low and/or good carb diet. Well, anyway, I do strongly recommend low carb dieting and you can be so creative at mealtime. I laughed at my husband as he said grace the other night. He told God that he never knew what he was going to get but he always knew it was going to be good.

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April 19, 20070 found this helpful

I don't mean to be negative, so I won't the word diet has a negative thought so it is diffcult to follow. Being creative yourself is the key the diets, the suggestions are so overwhelming, losing weight can be a chore. And who wants that silly as it sounds I need to lose weight as well having a buddy to share your struggles is good. Get a flat stone. Engrave a word that gives u hope believe keep this with you. I find that using your creativity to lose weights works better, if I need to be accountable to a special diet I will definitely lose. Although we live far apart.

Suggestions, daily hints. Would help me as well, I know drinking water. Is also a key is losing weight snacks when travelling is good to avoid temptation some nuts prunes etc. Buy a juicer, jack o lane is great. Fiber bulks up, makes u feel full plan your meals in the morning if u can. So your not eating from temptation. Crock pots are good cooking different meals are difficult for me at 58 and 15 lbs over weight. Is not good. I do not diet. But stay fit bike ridingwalking swimming for an middle aged woman I know I look great. But please do not worry. Use your planner for engaging in this journey using stickers to reward your efforts. Hope this has been helpful

good luck to u regards and best wishes.

Janet

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April 19, 20070 found this helpful

Hi Carol,

When my husband became ill, we went on the Adkins diet. That was ten years ago. We lost weight and were able to do many more things. Your attitude is what is the problem. When you are cheerfully doing something to assist a beloved spouse, it is a blessing to you too. It isn't the diet, it is your attitude toward giving something up that needs to adjust. I haven't had sweets in ten years, but I love my husband more than what we eat. What if he needed to do this for you? Good luck and write to me if you need recipes. When I take food anywhere, people ask for the recipe! Some request I bring a certain dish when we visit with them! Hang in there and know the spouse matters more than the food.

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April 19, 20070 found this helpful

Everyone is right! Once you get off the Atkins diet you WILL GAIN THE WEIGHT BACK! Any diet that limits your fruit sounds crazy to me anyway. Weight Watchers is great and if you don't want to join just buy some of their recipe books, they are fabulous. (Check out e-bay) Also, the mediterranean diet is really good. You could get some recipes from their as well. Exercise though is going to be what can really make a difference in your cholesterol.

Good luck!

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As all the others have pointed out...quick fix diets NEVER work. If your serious about loosing weight do it the right way. Weight Watches is one of the best it has been approved by the FDA and it actually works if you follow the rules. They teach you how to change your eating habits and your eating good healthy food and along with eating right you can watch your cholesterol too. Good Luck!

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April 19, 20070 found this helpful

Atkins sells chocolate bars. They are expensive but taste great. Thumbs up for eating low fat meats. Red meat is what really hurt my hubby when we did the diet together. Do see your dr on a regular basis so he/she can monitor you. Proceed with caution! As for coffee, just replace it with water.

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April 19, 20070 found this helpful

I tried Atkins once and it did not work for me. I later started reading about the South Beach Diet, go the book at the library. It does limit your carbs especially for the first 14 days but it iis a very healty way to eat for your lifestyle. I have had great success with it. Please go to your library and check it out!

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April 19, 20070 found this helpful

PLEEEEEEEAAAASE don't do this diet! This is so bad for you. If you already have issues with high cholesterol, this eating plan will only add to them. It will increase the acidity of your body and cause all kinds of other negative side effects. If you want to lose weight, just watch your portions, don't eat a lot of processed and/or fast food, and drink lots of water. Even gentle exercises like stretching and walking will help get you on the road to weight loss. There are no quick fixes or magic pills to weight loss... especially ones that can leave long-lasting damage to your body well after you have finished with this diet.

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April 19, 20070 found this helpful

I gave it a shot about two years ago. I stayed on the 14-day induction period longer. I lost 18 pounds and then couldn't lose any more. Eventually I went back to a more balanced diet. However, within six months I was diagnosed with diabetes and Graves Disease and my blood chemistry was way out of whack. My doctor recommends Weight Watchers. A friend gave me a couple of their magazines, and I have two of their cookbooks. I am eating sensibly now, and maybe eventually I will lose more weight. Until then, the diabetes is the high priority. Atkins Schmatkins! Don't recommend it.

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February 13, 20090 found this helpful

I was on the Adkins Diet for years and did wonderfully well. My cholesterol level before the diet was dangerously high 350. After doing Adkins - I had the BEST checkup that I have ever had. For me it was great until I quit smoking and then the diet no longer worked. The new weight watchers stinks. The old WW from the 80's was a better program. Hope this helps.

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