Monday, November 14, 2011

Over It - Atkins Phase 2,3,4, I'm Out The Door!

I regret to announce that I'm over this whole Atkins diet. I have not lost a single pound for over 3 weeks despite following the program religiously and upping my exercise. Patience is not my forte! BUT, its not like I've completely given up and having buffets everyday. I've just decided that being on such a strict regime with no results for three weeks was just too stressful. So now that I have relaxed and started introducing a bit more fruit and veg portions, I've lost 1lb. I know I'm too focused on the lbs but I'm still inches away from fitting back into my old jeans. I don't know how else to monitor the weight loss. Sigh... Meanwhile, i've outgrown my recent pair of fat jeans. Woohoo! They are too loose to wear now! Yay! 

My friend P was inspired by my Atkins regime and she recently dropped 5kg in 3 weeks. She didn't even follow it religiously. She ate lots of meat and way much more than recommended limit for cheese. And zero exercise. So there you go, everyone is different and what works for me might not work for you. The important thing is, we try. I have tried and yes it does give results super fast and that is great for boosting morale. The other thing is, my skin texture improved. Amazing. Sugar really is bad for the skin. The drawbacks of this diet for me is that it has screwed up my menstrual cycle and I have trouble going to the toilet. Seriously I really need to eat LOTS of veg to keep myself regular. Perhaps that was over-sharing a little but you need to know that so take some psyllium husk every morning. It kinda helps but nothing beats fresh vegetables. 

Pan-fried fish with avocado & tomato salsa and salad - super satisfying!

So my last two weeks of Atkins, and then blood test to find out if/how Atkins has affected my insides.  Fingers crossed!

11 comments:

  1. Denny5:57 pm

    Hey Paprika,

    Just like you I tried another form of protein diet similar to Atkins and having come from a grain/veg heavy diet, I had a very strong reaction (negative) to the said protein diet.

    I was sweating and always hungry. I also felt extremely fatigued and had bad cramps.

    I tried Dr. Fuhrman before and it is very strict (no salt, sugar, oil) but it emphasizes on whole foods like vegs, fruits and moderate amounts of grains. He talks about nutrition and health.

    The first time I tried it, within 6 weeks, I lost 21 pounds. Due to negligence I've gained back some but the moment I follow the Eat to Live plan, I lose again and have tons of energy. "http://www.drfuhrman.com/"

    The hardest part for me is no salt and limited intake of bread. I do love my simple carbs but the sheer joy of fitting into that skinny jeans again makes me say 'pain au chocolat' you cause me PAIN! All the limited food can be added back in miniscule portions once you've lost the overweight.

    Just thought I'd share this with you, since you seem to be a veghead too.

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  2. well done dear! Very inspiring indeed. Maybe I should start thinking of the Atkins before the holiday binging starts..

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  3. A doc friend once told me that everyone's body works differently. Ok, that's actually quite a general statement but coming from a med doc sounds more convincing mah. Haha. I guess you've got to understand your body to know what's best for yourself. It's all about experimentation, which is quite fun actually. Chill a bit and I'm sure you'll find your formula soon. :)

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  4. Yes indeed, this is a problem, and I could add: "so much delicious food, and so many calories to burn afterwards..."

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  7. When I look at all that delicious meals, I am sorry that my stomach is too little.I am a connoisseur of the delicious cuisine but however we should try to eat healthy food and to practice some sports.

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  8. Haha, try acupuncture instead. :)

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  9. I saw you that day.. you looked great. No need diet anymore di lah! LOL

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  10. I suggest you get hold of this book "The China Study" by Dr T. Colin Campbell. Only found in Kinokuniya, so no need waste time looking at other book stores. Check out Amazon to get an idea on what this book is all about.

    I subscribe to some of the principles stated in this book but I will not be a total convert because it is definitely hard to maintain such a diet in the long run. One that advocates 100% plant based whole food. Love my eggs too much to give it up! But at least it started me on a journey of healthy food and that itself is a victory to me. I have been on a carnivorous diet for the past 40 odd years and I think it is time to give the body a rest. Do read it and hopefully it will encourage you on the journey to good health.

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  11. Hello, Paprika! Now with the summer around the corner I was wondering if Atkins is a good choice to shed few pounds, but am glad that came across your blog and really helpful sharing of everything that you went through, while trying it.It made me really think if I can be as persistent as it is needed to be successful in it though, so thanks a lot for sharing and most importantly is how you feel in your skin, at the end of the day!

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