July 19, 2019 / By Karon
Question: I am going away the 2nd week in July and I need to lose 20 lbs. I've decided to go on the atkins diet. I hear you can lose a lot of weight during the induction stage. I need some ideas for some good induction stage snacks. The only thing I know that I can snack on during the induction stage is cheese and sandwich meat. Does anyone have any other suggestions? I'm in desperate need of help to lose 20 lbs..HELP!!!!!!!
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Hatty Hatty | 8 days ago
The Atkins Diet honestly is NOT your answer. The quicker you lose weight, the faster it comes back on. Also, I just finished a 300 level Nutrition class, and I have learned that taking away the foods from the MAIN food pyramid is NOT good for your body, whatsoever. I don't want to bore you with side effects, but they include heart and liver problems. I don't mean to discourage your diet plans, but I don't want you to harm your body either. Good luck.
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Hatty Originally Answered: How much weight could I lose before July 1st?
It is very difficult to estimate since we would need more information, including the number of calories you intend to consume, your age, etc. But generally, I think with a sensible routine you could probably lose 2 pounds a week for a month or two without too much difficulty. Weight loss is an overall process and there are no magic answers. Pay no attention to weight loss supplements and pills and all the latest fads. You need to think about many factors but most of them are related to issues we've known about for a very long time. There are many sensible things you can do that will make a tremendous difference over the long term if you need to lose weight. It can be done in a healthy way. This is what has worked for me. Keeping a food journal really does help. It will give you a much better sense of how much you are eating, and when, and why. Make a few additional small changes - walk everywhere, always use stairs instead of elevators, walk on escalators, get up and move around at least once an hour if your work or your life in general is sedentary, walk every day, use a pedometer. Walking 10,000 steps a day is a really good idea. Build up to a long brisk walk everyday, or most days. Be more active and watch less TV and spend less time on the computer. Buy one piece of exercise equipment to have at home and be strict with yourself about using it. Sometimes you can find mini-steppers or exercise bikes at second hand stores and thrift stores for just a few dollars. Start a weight lifting routine. Join a gym. Possibly you can find one that has someone who specializes in weight lifting programs for beginners. Weight lifting will increase your metabolism as well as improve posture and appearance overall. Even if you can't get to the gym you can work out at home using things around the house. Invest in a good weight training book. The Dummies series actually has a good one. In terms of diet, cut out or reduce things like junk food, pop, fat, fast food. Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, fish. Particularly if you choose a vegetarian lifestyle include natural peanut butter, hummus, dried fruit and nuts. Pay close attention to getting the nutrients your body needs to be healthy. Make your portion sizes smaller. Use a smaller plate - in our society we have become accustomed to thinking that we need a large plate of food at every meal, and we don't. About quarter of your plate of food should be protein and at least half of it should be veggies. Learn to count calories. At your current weight and activity level, you may possibly need about 2000 calories or more to maintain your current weight. So you will lose weight at a reasonable and healthy rate if you cut back to about 1600 or 1700 calories a day. Eat small amounts frequently, rather than three large meals. Never skip breakfast. Include some protein in your breakfast. It will help get you through the day. Drink plenty of water, at least 8 big glasses of water a day, and more if it is very hot, if you sweat a lot, or if you are exercising intensely, and eliminate fruit juices. Fruit juices have too many calories, so get your vitamins from fresh fruit, not the juice. You will begin to see changes in your body. Vary your routines. Don't eat the same number of calories every day (vary your calories from 1400 a day to 1900 or 2000 some days), eat a variety of foods, and do different kinds and amounts of exercise. You will lose weight much more efficiently if you mix things up from time to time so that your body doesn't adjust to any one routine. An area that many people overlook is getting enough sleep. You are much more likely to overeat or to binge eat if you are tired and not well rested, so get enough sleep. Check out websites about nutrition, exercise, weight training, etc. Here are a few helpful links. http://www.nutrawatch.com/ http://www.caloriesperhour.com/ http://www.helpguide.org/life/healthy_eating_diet.htm http://www.wikihow.com/Lose-Weight-the-Healthy-Way http://weightloss.about.com/cs/fitness/a/aa011503a.htm http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/no-weight-workout?page=4

Dorean Dorean
a mediterranean diet not only comes with heart benefits studies show it leads to more weight loss than low fat diets
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Cassia Cassia
Don t skip breakfast and choose that s high in protein for energy and full of fiber to keep you satisfied for hours
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Ann Ann
get your zzzzzs sleep deprivation alters levels of hormones in the body that regulate hunger causing an increase in appetite
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Ann Originally Answered: hi im trying to lose 10 pounds by the weekend of july 4th.will this work?
I'll break it down- Breakfast- Perfect. You have the complex carbs for energy, plus the protein from the egg white. Plus some nice caffeine to get you going :-) Snack- Perfect again. You didn't get any fat at breakfast, really, so the completely healthy unsaturated fat in the almonds is exactly what you need. Just be sure not to snack mindlessly on nuts. Although they are one of the healthiest foods you can eat, calories add up fast. Lunch- Here's where it kinda falls apart. Fruit is so healthy, and it's great to eat it. They are perfect nutrition, plus you get the benefit of the fiber. But only fruit for lunch? No protein, no fat? As great as fruit is, the only energy they give you is from the carbs. And the carbs in fruit are from sugar. Natural sugar, so you should still eat it, but it burns off really fast. Within a couple hours, you are going to be hungry. I think you should go a little heavier on the lunch. Try to have fat, protein, and carbs at every meal. Maybe have something else with the fruit. Snack-Although dates are a great snack, they have basically the highest sugar content of all fruit. They will burn off long before you eat dinner, and you will get hungry. Since your lunch is so small, you need to either have a much more substantial snack, or have more lunch. And there's a good chance you need the coffee at this point because you have no energy from your lunch. The mid after noon crash, it happens to the best of us. Dinner-Beans are good, they have the protein and a small amount of fat you need. Are you a vegetarian? If you aren't you could have some lean meats like chicken and fish for variety. Just a thought. Nice to see that you also got some carbs in there for balance. Just make sure it's brown rice-white rice is processed, it's not a whole grain. Salad is good too, you haven't had any veggies so far, and you need them. If you can take it without dressing, all the power to you. Treat- I think it's a great idea. The only thing I have to say is it sounds like you're having another meal. Seriously, if you're hungry enough after dinner to eat a burrito, you need to eat more food. If you're going to have a full out dessert, maybe limit yourself to 1-2 times a week and have fruit all the other nights. Of, just have a small dessert every night, such as a small piece of dark chocolate, or one cookie. Don't go too crazy, but it's good thinking to have treats to avoid bingeing in the end. Other-Don't measure your exercise in calories. Go by how long you run for. Aim for about an 30-60 minutes of exercise a day. More is better, as long as you don't get too intense. You don't need to run for an hour a day, that's excessive. Going for a walk is great exercise. Also, mix it up a bit too. Like, if you run one day, bike the next. That way, you won't get sick and quit. You need more than four glasses of water a day. It's 8-10, and water really does matter. Slowly increase your intake, until you can drink that mush. It flushes your system, you'll feel great. You probably will lose 10 pounds by July. It's a very realistic goal, so I congratulate you on that. As long as you don't cheat and stick to your exercise, you'll be able to do it fairly easily. I hope my advice is helpful. Good luck! EDIT: That guy above me copy-and-pasted a whole article. Cheater! I typed my whole thing out :-)

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