Dragonchilde, I agree with you that in general terms the calories from carbs are no more fattening than the calories from fat or protein. Others would argue that they are! But, there are a lot of people out there that find that eating a 'balanced' diet with 50-60% carbs leaves them really hungry if they try to limit their total calories to a reasonable level. So, that means for some of us 2500 calories of balance is starvation-like misery while 1500 calories of low carb is satisfaction. The key about following Atkins is to learn what carbs cause you misery and what carbs do not.
For me, I do fine with beans while I start getting hungry if I eat wheat. Potatoes and rice are such a boring foods to me that I have never bothered to test them. Fruits for me are moderate triggers, so I can usually handle them, but definitely not in large amounts.
In my opinion, the key to eating healthy is finding the foods that help keep you from overeating and also leave you happy. I simply cannot overeat when I concentrate on meats and veggies with a few select other things (eggs, cheeses, nuts, berries) as extras. I always overeat if I have any bread or sugar. It is not a willpower thing. It is a biochemistry (of me) thing.
I lost a lot of weight and maintained it for years, then I got all stressed and busy and lost my way. Starting over from a much better place (way less to lose this time!) and making things better.
| current weight: 263.0