Originally Posted by linusfuller
I am currently a poor college student trying to save as much money as I can due to expensive EXPENSES and really dont't want to buy ANOTHER atkins book like the one I have now tells me to do. I'm trying out Atkins diet and have been on it for about a week without results. I first started with a lot of protein (about 50-60%) then heard I should be eating more fat so now I'm eating about 65% fat with usually no more than 3-5% carbs. Does eating over the amount of the calories I burn hinder my diet? Also, my carbs come from some of the meats I eat like sausage but I never go over 20 grams a day. I'm seeing no results. Also, Does anyone have an example of a day on Induction that does NOT contain bought atkins products because I cant afford those and want to see if I'm eating right.
I am doing an extended induction phase because I am tolerating it well and because I have so much weight to lose. Since April I have lost 50 pounds, and I have never bought an Atkins brand product (except for the new book). If you already have an older version of the book and don't want to spend the money on the new one, that old one should work just fine coupled with the information on the atkins website. I aim for 60-65% fat, 30-35% protein, and 5-10% carbs (ensuring that I stay under 20g and that I get at least 12g a day from green vegetables). I also try to get between 90-190g of protein and keep my calories between 1800-2200 a day. Finally, I try to drink about a gallon of water a day.
I wouldn't worry about the fact that you haven't seen any results in the first week. If you got to the point of one month with no results, then I would say you are probably doing something wrong. But, it could be that your body is not in ketosis yet after the first week. Personally, by testing with ketostix, I discovered that it takes at least four induction days for my body to enter ketosis.
Here is my menu from a typical day:
1 cup scrambled egg and sausage mixture
3 to 5 cups of coffee with creamer powder and sweet&low
1 cup raw broccoli
1 cup raw cauliflower
6 to 8 oz beef, fish, chicken, or pork
1 cup cooked spinach
two 1/4 pound ground beef patties
2 oz cheddar cheese
at least 2 liters of water
2 diet pepsis
I usually try to stay on the lower end of my calorie limit, that way if I get hungry in the evening there is still room for a snack like a hard boiled egg, some pork skins, or a cheese stick.
Hope this helps and best of luck!