I just got off the Atkins diet after trying it for 2.5 weeks. I did lose a little weight, but I was miserable the whole time. Also any diet that wants me to choose a bag of pork rinds over an apple makes my chest hurt... I was losing weight but I didn't feel healthy. I couldn't eat the vegetables I loved but I was supposed to load up on bacon and red meat. I just felt like I was clogging my arteries...
No offense to those that use Atkins. I understand that people have different needs when it comes to sugar intake. It just didn't work for me.
But I did learn something from Atkins: canned foods have more sugar than fresh or frozen. So from now on I am buying fresh or frozen fruits and veggies instead of canned. I have also decided to cook more instead of buying prepackaged stuff, that way I cut out the extra sugars and preservatives that our bodies don't need. I made my own granola bars last night for snacks throughout the week, and I made a meal plan. All home made with fresh ingredients, not canned. I also plan to make desserts. I love sweets, why cut them out completely when I can just eat them in moderation? I found a banana brownie recipe. Healthy, low calorie, and low sugar. No more 100 calorie packs. No more fast food either. Why eat a greasy fast food burger when I can make it at home and it will be better tasting and better for you?
I need a lifestyle, not a diet. Something I can stick with for good and pass on to my kids. I am confident that these changes, along with eating 1400 calories a day, will help me lose the extra pounds. It will be a slow process, but do I really need to be in a hurry anyway?