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Wednesday, 10 December 2003

Atkins Low Carbohydrate Diet - Week 25

... and the sixth week since I moved from 'Induction' to 'Ongoing Weight Loss'. I again had quite good results, losing a further 0.6kg (1.4lb), and my weight is now (as at Sunday 7th December) 68.4kg, a reduction of 29.6kg since I began (or 65.3lb) - I now have 3.4kg (7.5lb) to reach my target of 65kg. Measurement indicators for the week:
- waist down a further 0.2 inches to 32.3 inches (total reduction so far 12.7 inches);
- hips down 0.1 inches to 39.5 inches (total reduction so far 9.0 inches);
- thighs down 0.2 inches to 22.7 inches (total reduction so far 5.8 inches).

I have remained, broadly speaking, on OWL step 4 (max. 40g carb a day). On both Monday and Tuesday evenings (8th and 9th December) my weight seemed to be hovering around 68.0kg, a further reduction of 0.4kg, leaving me only 3.0 kg (6.6 lb) to reach my target, so I decided to move today from the 'OWL' stage of Atkins to 'Pre-Maintenance', as I feel I need to slow down my weight-loss if I am to follow Atkins' guidelines when approaching target weights. As mentioned before, this is the 3rd stage of this eating plan and I think probably the most difficult as it involves further increasing food intake so that weight loss becomes barely noticeable on a weekly basis - certainly no more than 1 lb a week and preferably no more than about 1/2 lb. The addition to my diet, at least for the remainder of this week, will be to around 50g carb a day, with the additional 10g carb a day being supplied in the form of more nuts. According to Atkins these are almost perfect foods as they contain a pretty good balance of protein, fat and carbohydrate - more to the point, I enjoy eating them! It looks like I'll be able to justify having the small roast-potato on Christmas Day that I've been promising myself for months.

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