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I have been a vegetarian for the last 30 years. I lost about 45lbs doing a very healthy vegetarian diet and exercise then stalled out. I then did Atkins vegetarian style and lost another 30lbs. Problem, after Hurricane Katrina, I gained back about 25lbs and cant seem to stick to anything. I want to do Atkins because I know it works so well, yet the idea of eating all the eggs, tofu and cheese makes my gag reflex come alive. I have seen posted on other website that people have done Atkins not only using meatless soy products eg: Morning Star, Boco, but as vegans as well. I would like to try the diet w/ adding the soy products to give myself more variety, but want to hear from others how effective it really is. Anyone out there doing the diet in this way? If so, please tell me your experience, what you have lost and how long it took.
 

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Hi Kelley, first off, welcome!<br><br><br><br>
I don't know if you'll find a lot of vegetarian Atkins fans - I for one am not. I'm so sorry that Katrina was a hard experience for you, and I hope you find yourself in a place to lose the weight again - but the thing with Atkins I've always noticed is that people DO gain the weight back pretty easily. I personally think its much more effective to learn to exercise and eat a well balanced diet, so that lost weight can stay off. My husband did this and has lost about 35 lbs, and has kept it off for a number of years. I think programs like weight watchers are much better - I have a friend who is vegetarian who did weight watchers and went from a size 18 to a size 8! They are good programs because they teach you about balanced eating. If you are set on using Atkins, however, I hope there are people here who can help you! Welcome and good luck!
 

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Sorry if you don't find many atkin fans here, I kinda doubt you will. But, please stay anyway! My best friend was also a katrina victim <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:">
 

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A friend of a friend is a Veg body builder. He's essentially a long-term ketotic veg diet practioner. In his case, lots of protein powders, fake meats, fats, relatively low carbs (under 60g/day, I believe). It can be done very effectively.<br><br><br><br>
I'm not sure it's the healthiest path (yes, I'm aware of the Inuits and epileptics) based upon high cholesterol levels I've seen from omni atkins practioners (yes, I know about the insulin/cholesterol relationship).<br><br><br><br>
I wish you all the best - let us know how it worked out for you. I'd be interested to know.<br><br><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>KelleyGirl</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Hello!<br><br>
I have been a vegetarian for the last 30 years. I lost about 45lbs doing a very healthy vegetarian diet and exercise then stalled out. I then did Atkins vegetarian style and lost another 30lbs. Problem, after Hurricane Katrina, I gained back about 25lbs and cant seem to stick to anything. I want to do Atkins because I know it works so well, yet the idea of eating all the eggs, tofu and cheese makes my gag reflex come alive. I have seen posted on other website that people have done Atkins not only using meatless soy products eg: Morning Star, Boco, but as vegans as well. I would like to try the diet w/ adding the soy products to give myself more variety, but want to hear from others how effective it really is. Anyone out there doing the diet in this way? If so, please tell me your experience, what you have lost and how long it took.</div>
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Welcome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"><br><br><br><br>
While I totally understand your want/need to lose weight, finding a healthy weight is a lifetime commitment, not a diet in which you diet down then change your diet again altogether. I have not known one atkins dieter to keep weight off, just as in your case. As far as I know it has a 100% failure rate. People love it because they see results so quickly. And they crave going back again and again because they "saw" results. Atkins is not healthy in any regards. You need to eat a varied diet thorughout the day and incorporate exercise for the rest of your life. The weight will fall into place.
 

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Couldn't have said it better than SeaSiren. Atkins, veg or not, is unhealthy for everyone. The only path to health is a sensible diet heavy in fruits and veges.
 
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