Losing Weight with Atkins and Alli
by Deborah R. Dolen
The low carbohydrate diet has always been
the best choice for my life style.
Never a diet monger, I did need to consider being one post age 40.
Walking in conjunction with a low carbohydrate diet – most famously
associated with Atkins, worked like a charm for me. Combing Atkins and
Alli, as I discuss below, produced awesome results when I stalled after
too much dependency on Atkins. In order to use both Atkins type diets and
Alli products the first program, low carbohydrate, must be done right and
understood first. This article does not cover how to do the low
carbohydrate diet properly but does provide sound tips about it. Using
Atkins and Alli I am able to better battle the 30 pounds I am capable of
gaining post age 40.
Over the last seven years I
found frequent travel and my public work schedule were the main pitfalls
of a low carbohydrate plan. There are few quality proteins in airport
shops or convenience stores. For me to succeed on a low carbohydrate
plan I learned to carry protein bars in my purse and eat lunches at
buffets where I could have great variety of high protein selections.
Doing this warded off potential boredom I had with the diet. They say
“those who fail to plan – plan to fail” and that is very true in low
With a strong low
carbohydrate plan major weight can come off in three weeks and most
importantly stay off. It is true that desires for cheap carbs go by the
way side the first week of eating better. This is very empowering and
elating, in and of itself as well as a realistic plan. It is also totally
affordable. Many high protein products have come down in price. The main
downfall of a low carbohydrate plan is a back up of plumbing if water
intake and some fiber is not part of the whole plan. A low carbohydrate
plan must be designed around foods high in good fibers. It can be very
dangerous not too consider plenty of water and fiber in the schema.
Then came Alli. Alli is a
OTC product that seems to block fat from being absorbed. All of the data
of long term use is not out on this product so in no way I am suggesting
people blindly use Alli. I gave Alli a harder look when even the low carb
magic was not working as well. It is true the low carb tactic can not be
as magical in results after a few years. “Can Atkins and Alli diets be
combined?” I asked myself. Very little research was available on mixing
Atkins with Alli. I saw no research or experiences where employing the
low carbohydrate diet with the Alli diet were a bad idea. That may change
so stay current with your strategies as I do.
In early 2009 I went ahead
and combined Alli with Atkins for a month period. I found after the first
few weeks my body did adjust to the Alli and unexpected messes were not an
issue at all. I write so I am able to stay home those critical first
weeks. I also found Alli resolved the main draw back with the Atkins
diet-backed up plumbing. It does seem like a marriage made in heaven to
me, but I still issue a serious caveat – always stay updated on other
reviews by other people regarding this combination. Also do not expect
Alli to help loose weight. My main reason for using Alli was to stay
regular, perhaps reduce chances of any fat from being absorbed into my
system – and this will sound odd – so I could eat a few TOTALLY fat things
and not suffer the price. I never promised my rational is perfect or
even safe! Please remember too much of anything is never a good plan and
as always consult a Doctor because any diet can have a dramatic impact on
2 Important Tips for Low
Learn to make and like
Quiche everything. This is a great default that can save time, money and
be grabbed on the fly. It is also a full meal that can be prepared one
day a week.
Eating a large breakfast has
been shown to keep weight down better than skipping the days most
important meal. Try to avoid eating after 6:00 PM. I have seen the best
results with many people doing just these two things if nothing else.
How I lost 38
Pounds - You
can loose 40 pounds by Easter!
by Deborah R.
Dolen Reprint from MWHL December 2008
The last quarter of 2008 I
lost weight in more ways than one. By October
1st, 2008 I decided to stop hurting myself by eating pasta into
a frenzy. The scale was
reading 193 and no one has seen a new photo or video of me in two
years. I was 48 pounds over weight and looking like Liz
Taylor at her top weight. By Christmas, 2008, I
had lost 38 pounds and him. As autumn approached I knew I
could not fit in any clothes and one thing leading to the next, I
never went out much.
The "Plan" Man
was in good health, and that is important before you make a
commitment to drop the weight. I started with a lot of
walking. I had to CHANGE my perception of walking.
I had to look at it as "resort time" and a fun thing to do.
When you CHANGE the belief you change the result. That
applies to almost every aspect of life. My former belief was
that walking took into my time and was a drag.
Remember when we were kids we never wanted to go "in"? Look at
it that way when you are out walking. I even skip like a kid.
Then I had to change my
perception of eating. Salad began to taste like the finest
lobster. Period. I kept with an Atkins low carb plan -
cold cuts, salads, tuna salad, turkey salad, ham salad on top of
salad and keep it interesting. I also drank a lot of lemon
water with stevia or Splenda which keeps the acid balanced in
your stomach. Doing this was not expensive and actually, after
four days you start to eat for simple nutrition and not emotion.
You start to eat only when you are really hungry. And the
feeling of that control is PRICELESS.
You can loose 40 pounds by Easter 2009!
Slim Fast High Protein
Creamy LOW CARB vanilla dry shake powder [best value] will
remain a staple of my lifestyle change. It tastes great and
gives you the vitamin and mineral to support stress we are normally
under. And dieting can be stressful in a certain respect.
I did NOT look at this as a diet, but a total life style change.
Also the RIGHT kind of fiber pills are very important as to avoid
issues low carb diets pose. I picked FiberCon at my
local pharmacy which does not dehydrate the colon. Plus fiber
has a tendency to make you feel full also. I usually took that
at lunch and dinner.
Strategy: Slay That Dragon!
About six weeks in, I hit a
plateau at 172 pounds, meaning-no matter how I went in starving mode
and walking more, it was not budging. Eating a few carbs
actually helped at this point, to 170. You need some carbs to
burn fat efficiently. At this juncture I looked at the
alli system and bought HYDROXY CUT
to kick in my metabolism. So, at this point, HC was added
in-but not early in the game.
I could not really ascertain on the internet if it really
worked, and HOW it would affect a low carb commitment. After a
few weeks on alli-IT
WORKS. But you really cannot be in a public setting
everyday. Because I am in a home setting, I could Guinea pig
it. When I read it was made by
GlaxoSmithKline I was elated! I love that company
and they have the best natural solutions to IBS and many other
Gastro issues-I have been free of. I would have used
sooner if I had known GSK made it. I got IBS after
about evacuation of hurricane #6. I could no longer cope back in
So with Alli ANY fat you eat,
and I mean ANY fat you eat will never be converted into energy. It
will go right out the other end. So, in absence of carbs and
real fat, the body really has to burn your fat. The
operating theory with Atkins is your body would rather burn your own
fat than fat you eat-in absence of carbs to fuel it. And
this is true until a plateau. When you see what fat looks
like, you are going to be like "WOW" this is what my enemy looks
like! It looks like orange shea oil. And I can say there
is so much oil on your derrière any hemorrhoids are gone. Plus,
those who tend to be constipated from an early age may find relief
here. It did not make me go more often-just a few times a day.
The issue is you never know WHAT time! So, I wait after I wake
up every day to get things moving-before I run any errands.
Then I have a better idea my next "due" date is early evening.
So I do love
I eat a pill before any meal I know has fat in
it-and I eat all of the fat I want. But I also know it will be
seen again in a few hours-if you know what I mean. If I had to
work in a work environment I would keep ANY fat intake down until
after work and eat all the fat for dinner I wanted. I would
also have extra adult diapers on hand and I am serious. No one
is going to know when you are giving a deposition that you are
wearing adult diapers! But "slips" are not as bad as everyone
says on the web. I guess if you are in a 9-5 it may be a
challenge-I would not know.
I do recommend you buy a lot
of orange underwear! Like 5-10 pairs. Because that sure
will look like the "mark" and not totally easy to get out. A
bottle of OxyClean stays near the washer now.
So I lost the next 17 pounds
of that 38 keeping with the first plan and adding in
HYDROXY CUT six weeks later.
I do not use the HC much-just when I know I am not
going to walk or do much that day.
Take CONTROL of YOUR LIFE and
make a commitment to your better health. You WILL have far less
health issues, back issues, and esteem issues when you make the
commitment to your self. And you will look ten years
younger! Do NOT expect those around you to applaud you.
Often they many motives for keeping you as you are. One, is
the fact they cannot loose weight themselves. So, why should you
succeed at it?
Notice I did not spend much
money on this whole endeavor. It must come from your soul and
not always from a pill. Trust your own self and it will set
you free. I am so elated I now want to "tone" my body which
was not going to happen if anyone asked me last year. So, I am
going to find my Pilates DVDs stored somewhere in somewhere land.
About the Author
Dolen is the Editor in Chief for Mabel White DIY and
author of some 25 DIY books and several TV "how to" Films.
Deborah Dolen is also an environmental writer and has her own
content syndication. Deborah Dolen was widowed when she
was on her 30's and went on to raise three great daughters in FL
up against many obstacles. This is the time period she
generated her most fascinating books.
Deborah Dolen was born in a Catholic Infant
Home on Niagara Falls, the U.S. side. It was known as Our
Lady of Victory. Deborah grew up in the Adirondack
mountains in Upstate New York in a lot of transition. During
her teenage years thoroughbred race horses were
her passion and she skipped school a lot in the 70's to walk and
groom the likes of Man o' War and Secretariat. When she was not
grooming horses in Saratoga she was hitting the ski slopes of
Killington in Vermont, Pikes Peak, or Gore Mountain to name a
few. To this day K-2's are her favorite skiis and Head are her
Fast forward a few decades and Deborah
Dolen is very much into flying and canine rescue as well as DIY
projects she writes about and films from her Florida home.
Although her passions have always been with horse racing she is
very into auto racing, focus and performance in Daytona and
Charlotte, NC. Deborah presently writes about environmental
topics beyond DIY subjects that will always fascinate her.
Her dog Ringo, adopted from Katrina, is usually by her side.
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