View Full Version : atkins= loss of water weight not fat

05-04-2002, 07:45 PM
is it true that on the atkins diet all your losing is water weight and not fat weight and would a isocaloric diet work better

the doc
05-04-2002, 07:55 PM
no it is not completely true

you lose a quick few pounds, this is water weight. I'd not count any weight lost until you're at least two week into it

05-04-2002, 07:59 PM
will the fat loss be as quick as the water loss or not


wold it be better to be on a low calorie diet

05-05-2002, 04:54 AM
in all calorie deficiet diets you loose water as glycogen stores deplete.

but once the water has been lost, it will not come back to you start eating more to replenish glycogen stores.

So you only loose it once

05-05-2002, 07:12 AM
but will the weight i lose from fat come back

05-05-2002, 09:31 AM
depends on how much muscle mass you loose and how much kcla you eat when getting back to normal.

05-05-2002, 09:57 AM
what if i come back slowly

05-05-2002, 12:43 PM
anybody here what worked better for you a low calorie diet or atkins fot fat loss

05-05-2002, 02:13 PM
any1 here try atkins or a low calorie diet did it work with reducing body fat

05-05-2002, 02:18 PM
most people here who have done a low carb diet have used a CKD or equvilent.

read up on severed ties article for atkind diet problems.

I think the best approach is keep protein high and reduce amount of carbs and fat.

05-05-2002, 03:30 PM
but then protein turns into glucos

05-06-2002, 07:54 PM
in the atkins diet u do lose water weight first then u can but not always lose muscle mass---is this what u want?

05-06-2002, 08:02 PM
You can lose muscle mass on any negative calorie balance. A CKD (cyclical ketogenic diet) is one of the better choices in preserving muscle mass while losing fat.

05-07-2002, 12:08 AM
can some one post a link to the Atkins diet...?

05-07-2002, 02:21 PM
i dont care about losing muscle i dunt have to much muscle so iyd on't matter but i rather lose fat instead

05-07-2002, 05:23 PM
i think u should care bout losing muscle...its pretty important

05-08-2002, 11:42 AM
I have a friend who is trying to convince me to switch to a ketogenic diet - a version of Atkins. I have looked all over the net and the book he recommends is called The Ketogenic Diet by Lyle McDonald. He has a site - just do a search in Yahoo or something. THere was also a good article written here in 2 parts :


Goodluck - from what I have heard, ketogenic diets are THE way to go. It is hard for me to change my mindset about foods though to eat the amount of fat they recommend.

Let me know what your results are.

05-08-2002, 02:24 PM
Whatever works for you is the way to go.

But weight/fat loss is fairly simple, cals in vs. cals out. Keep the protein up, lift, sleep, maybe do some cardio, and the weight/fat will come off.

Atkins keto, CKD, TKD, Zone, basic cal restricted, and on and on all work; they all have their faults too. Just try it out and see how it goes. If you want to go keto, I would go with a CKD or TKD (gotta have those carbs in there somewheres).

Currently I am losing fat while on a cal restricted diet. I get about 275g protein, 200g Carbs, and 60-70g Fat per day. It is working, I have lost about 20lbs so far. My point is Keto isnt the ONLY way to go. See what works best for you. Most importantly STICK WITH IT, good luck

05-08-2002, 02:29 PM
Hey eric, I may have asked you this before, but how is your loss coming along in terms of muscle? Strength staying up? LBM loss?

05-09-2002, 06:48 AM
Originally posted by Jane
Hey eric, I may have asked you this before, but how is your loss coming along in terms of muscle? Strength staying up? LBM loss?

Seems to be coming along really well. I got my BF tested on the 27th of April and it was at 17.5%, unfortunately I never did get it tested before I started :(.

My strength has been steady, or has gone up in some cases. I've had a couple injuries (fuken shoulders) so I have been taking it easy with anything that shows signs of pain.

Overall it has been a slow slow loss of weight for me, which I think is a good thing in order to preserve my LBM. Im shooting for 1lb per week loss, but the past couple of weeks I have gained a little, sure its not fat though, diet has been on track 95% of the time (cheat day on Sat!!). Like I said before I have lost about 20lbs. I started at 210lbs and now I am down to 192.5 (was 191.5 at one point couple weeks ago) and it has been 115 days of cutting so far.....I am about half way there.

Hey thanks for asking, I like to share!! Ask away if you have any more questions!!