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Week 4

OK, I'm still making progress, although I've slowed it down a bit. I bumped up my carb intake to 25 grams/day, and kept my calories around 2100/day (2089 to be exact) and lost 4 lbs, to 258 lbs. 6 pounds a week is great, but I'm losing some muscle mass at that rate, and I only want to lose fat, so I'm slowing down a bit. I'm shooting for 3-4 lbs a week. I'm going to increase my carbs to 30 grams, and then hold it there for awhile and see if I'm meeting my goal.

I've been like I said before, I've been walking close to 2 miles 2-3 times a week, and I'm going to up that this week, adding in a couple miles at lunch time 3-4 days a week. The Atkins program does require exercise, contrary to popular opinion, and I want to make sure I include it in my routine.

I'm adding bell peppers and onions back into my diet, and an occasional low carb chocolate caramel bar or peanut butter cup.
Yep, I'm really suffering...*grin*

Now for Atkins Myth # 2
The Atkins Plan is a low calorie diet in disguise.

Doctors who were skeptical about Atkins, when presented with the most recent findings, are usually the first to make this claim. They never do go on to say exactly why that's a bad thing.

There are two answers to this one: "No it isn't," and "So what if it is?" I keep a food diary every day to keep track of what I'm eating and to measure my progress in case I stall out. I want to know what food, or amount that I'm eating that causes me to stop losing weight. After 4 weeks of dieting, I've consumed an average of 2010 calories per day. In that time, I've lost 24 pounds. Granted, some of that weight was water, but last week, my third week on the diet, I still lost 6 pounds, and very little of that was water. 2000 calories is considered the daily average intake, and I'm eating consistantly with the daily average intake. How is that a low calorie diet?

Interestingly, one of my commentors mentioned that all I needed to do was take my weight loss, compare it with my daily caloric intake, and I could determine how many calories I could eat a day without gaining weight. He said we don't need the Atkins plan, just algebra.

Well, let's see how that works out.

Week 3, my average caloric intake was 1887 calories per day. During that week, I lost 6 pounds. 1 pound of fat represents 3500 calories. So 6*3500 = 21,000 calories of fat burned that week. Divide that by 7, and I get 3000 calories of fat burned per day. So if I follow this guy's suggestion, I could add 3000 calories a day to my diet, for a total of 4887 calories a day, and still not gain weight.

I don't think so. Metabolism is not an algebraic constant.

But let's ignore all that, and consider another view. If all Atkins does is provide a framework for people to consume fewer calories while enjoying them more, what's wrong with that? The key to long term weight loss is dietary moderation; also known as ELEM, Eat Less, Exercise More. If the Atkins Plan provides an easy way to accomplish the first part, what is the problem?
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