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  • About Switching to Primal from Atkins

    Hello,

    I have been doing low-carb eating since the beginning of January and have lost 10 pounds. I think that is great and have about 15 to go.

    Looking for recipes led me to some primal/paleo blogs and so the research began and now my interest in primal eating. I will order the book, but in the meantime I have a couple of questions.

    I am losing slowly which is fine, but I don't want to stop losing. If I up the amount of carbs I am eating currently to the 50 recommended for primal weight loss I am concerned that it will stall me altogether.

    Anyone have experience and advice with this kind of transition?

    J.
    Female, age 51, 5' 9"
    SW - 183 (Jan 22, 2012), CW - 159, GW - healthy.

    Met my 2012 goals by losing 24 pounds.
    2013 goals are to get fit and strong!

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    Don't worry about the scales! I, too, am an Atkins convert, and I feel much better than I ever did while doing Atkins. The thing is, like Atkins, to make this thing work properly, you HAVE to exercise. When you're exercising and eating healthy, you will get fit and you will gain muscle. So, you might gain weight, but you'll lose inches. I currently weigh 130#, up from 125# when I changed over from LC. I love it! I'm still a size 4, but I don't have jiggly arms or thighs anymore. My jeans are actually a bit looser than they were.

    Don't worry about what the scale says. Worry about building your strength, getting fitter. Diet is a huge part of that, but when you're as close as you are to what you considered your perfect size, don't be surprised if you find yourself with a smokin' hot body and weighing more than you do now.

    This picture is a perfect example of the difference building your muscles can make:
    Deb155lbs.jpg
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    • #3
      I owe a lot to Atkins. It really got me started on my healthy diet journey and it's where I first conquered by sugar/refined carb addiction.

      but I don't think Atkins understood whole foods, and as I recall, he never addressed the issue of grass fed, pastured meats vs. factory feedlot meats.

      Remember, weight loss is not everything!! You need to feed your body the proper nutrients otherwise you will be at risk from all the diseases of civilization.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by dbalch View Post
        I owe a lot to Atkins. It really got me started on my healthy diet journey and it's where I first conquered by sugar/refined carb addiction.

        but I don't think Atkins understood whole foods, and as I recall, he never addressed the issue of grass fed, pastured meats vs. factory feedlot meats.

        Remember, weight loss is not everything!! You need to feed your body the proper nutrients otherwise you will be at risk from all the diseases of civilization.
        agreed. I wasn't obese, or anything, maybe a little overweight, but I was deemed borderline diabetic when I tried going into the service years ago. I was doing the whole wheat dingus, too; trying to lower my fat; listened to a quack, like Neal Barnhardt, etc.
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        • #5
          If I remember correctly it's actually 50gms to 100gms for weight loss and 100gms to 150gms for maintenance.
          Achieving goals takes a backbone not a wishbone

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          • #6
            my carbs very rarely go about 30, and I'm not losing weight!!! goddammit. I have noticed a shape change though, so I'm a little mollified

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            • #7
              I got sick and tired of the low carb paradigm & switched to intermittent fasting and calorie cycling. Some days I eat a lot, other days I do full blown Atkins with no carbs ie the Atkins Fat Fast. Every day I fast 19 hours or so:
              PDF Ebook The Fast-5 Diet and the Fast-5 Lifestyle | Free PDF Ebooks Files @AcrobatPlanet.Com

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jojohaligo View Post
                If I up the amount of carbs I am eating currently to the 50 recommended for primal weight loss I am concerned that it will stall me altogether.
                So lets say you up your carbs and you stall? So? Now you know that you've stalled and it's time to change it up. Have you stalled with atkins?

                What do you do for exercise? How often do you exercise?

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                • #9
                  Atkins doesn't recommend that you stay super low carb once you're past the Induction Phase. There is the carb ladder, where you gradually add in foods until you reach what he terms your "critical carbohydrate level", which is the amount of carbs you can consume daily and still lose weight. This fits in quite well with Primal.

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                  • #10
                    Don't be afraid of whole food carb sources. Apples, sweet potatoes, peaches, etc. They're low calorie and pretty satiating and could definitely help you break a stall.

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                    • #11
                      I can't quote all of you respond or individually, but thank you!

                      Yes, point taken, I need more exercise.
                      Yes, don't worry about daily weights.
                      Yes, don't worry about a stall, it just means I need to adjust from there.

                      Okay, everyone I am in!

                      Thanks again,
                      J.
                      Female, age 51, 5' 9"
                      SW - 183 (Jan 22, 2012), CW - 159, GW - healthy.

                      Met my 2012 goals by losing 24 pounds.
                      2013 goals are to get fit and strong!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MrsC View Post
                        Atkins doesn't recommend that you stay super low carb once you're past the Induction Phase. There is the carb ladder, where you gradually add in foods until you reach what he terms your "critical carbohydrate level", which is the amount of carbs you can consume daily and still lose weight. This fits in quite well with Primal.
                        it's funny how so many people think atkins is this hardcore low carb diet, i blame the media.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jojohaligo View Post

                          Yes, point taken, I need more exercise.
                          Yes, don't worry about daily weights.
                          Yes, don't worry about a stall, it just means I need to adjust from there.

                          Okay, everyone I am in!
                          +1

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by fiercehunter View Post
                            I got sick and tired of the low carb paradigm & switched to intermittent fasting and calorie cycling. Some days I eat a lot, other days I do full blown Atkins with no carbs ie the Atkins Fat Fast. Every day I fast 19 hours or so:
                            PDF Ebook The Fast-5 Diet and the Fast-5 Lifestyle | Free PDF Ebooks Files @AcrobatPlanet.Com
                            I do Fast-5 too. I've been really loose with it lately but back on track today. I feel like it is a great pair with a very low carb diet. Lots of adjusting though especially with both things at once.
                            Staring weight-160 (Dec '11) * Current weight-145 * Goal weight-130

                            Primal since March '12, dairy free (except butter), no fruit, no sweeteners, 50 carbs average daily

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                            • #15
                              You don't have to up your carbs to eat primal. Much of it is about real food, quality food, and low toxins. When you look at it you'll see that it is actually quite easy to stay low carb if you wish.

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