Some time ago I posted on my personal website a story in which "One Size Does Not Fit All" in which I explained why some diets worked for me (or others) and why some didn't. I felt it should be made available here as well.
When I joined the Atkins site I had every intention of following Atkins. I had the brand new New Atkins book and I had the 2003 version. I read them both. I went as low carb as I could and followed the plan as best as I could. I did this after my PCP (Primary Care Physician) visit where we thought there was a possibility of PCOS. When researching PCOS I found many followed a low-carb diet.
When we found out it was not PCOS, my PCP then set me up an appt. with a OB/GYN specialist, which is on July 12. She also sent me to the same dietitian my husband was seeing for his own medical issues.
At first everyone on Atkins was warm and welcoming. That changed when I mentioned my dietitian put me on a different plan. I was bashed for listening to my Dr's and that Atkins was the ONLY way to go. It really bothered me. I don't post there anymore, just lurk for recipes and information.
I come here to SP because I still keep in contact with people here that I have met over there years , even though I don't use the food tracker here I still use the blogs , teams, and forums. I decided to visit some low carb forums here.
While most people have been very nice, many have not been. Obviously no one wants to call me in out in public, so all of the rudeness comes out in Spark Mail. Again, people bashing me for not being "true low carb" or not following the Atkins way of life.
I have been on SP since the early stages. It was free, then it went paid and I closed my account. I started again in 2007 when it was free again. I have NEVER had anyone be so rude to me at any point on SP no matter which meal plan I decided to follow.
But now it seems out of control.
I am glad Atkins worked for you. I think it's great. I actually think the program itself is great. BUT, I was told NOT to cut my carbs that low. I was told to follow the USDA guidelines and the American Diabetes Association guidelines. So why is that so wrong? I still have to go low-carb.
One size does not fit all and we should be allowed to choose the plan we want without having a ton of hate mail to sort through.