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To: Maximilian
I've never tried Atkins, but I am currently using the "Body For Life" program. Basically, you eat six small meals a day, balancing carbs and protien at each one. You can't eat any old carbs, though. Whole wheat bread, baked potato, fruit, etc.

This program also includes an exercise routine. Weightlifting 3 times per week, 45 min. per session; cardio 3 days per week, 20 (intense) minutes. You can take one free day every week - eat whatever you want, no exercise.

I just started a few weeks ago, but I am seeing dramatic results. I haven't lost weight this quickly and easily since I was on the track team in high school. Before I discovered this program I was cutting calories and working out 45-60 minutes every day, six days a week, with very dissapointing results. I think the reason for that was a high carb diet - I ate lots of white bread, crackers, bagels, not nearly enough protien, and overtraining.

Overall, I think balancing the carbs with protien and not using strictly a low carb, high protien diet seems to work (for me anyway.)

Check out http://www.bodyforlife.com or http://www.hussman.org/fitness/index.htm for more info.
98 posted on 03/16/2003 7:47:06 PM PST by tamikamaria
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To: tamikamaria
Overall, I think balancing the carbs with protien and not using strictly a low carb, high protien diet seems to work (for me anyway.)

I agree with the Atkins philosophy but I have a hard time with the diet. I just don't like meat that much and I ended up hungry. I lost 20 lbs in just a few weeks but I never felt energized like most people say.

I think I'm going to have to go with a bit higher carb diet. I'll look at Body for Life, thanks!

103 posted on 03/16/2003 8:28:04 PM PST by Dianna
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To: tamikamaria
I've never tried Atkins, but I am currently using the "Body For Life" program.

I did Atkins before it was called Atkins and I found myself very fatigued after workouts. I was lifting and running 6 days per week. I lost weight but I also lost strength.

I am now eating as suggested in Body for Life and I still workout regularly. I find myself having more energy and maintaining a healthy weight. Plus I love the EAS shakes and protein bars (which are now available at Walmart).

148 posted on 03/17/2003 9:26:32 AM PST by wi jd
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