Even if you do Atkins, the 20 NET grams of carbs ( total carbs - fiber ), will be more like 30-35, and only last 2 weeks. This Induction phase can even be skipped if you just want to start at say 40 Net grams, and add 5 grams in 2 weeks as long as weight loss is at a decent speed. So in 2 weeks you can be at 50, and it keeps going up till you stop losing. Many people eat 100 Net grams of carbs on Atkins maintenance, and that gets them 40 grams of fiber, since they can eat 10-15 servings of veggies.
You would be cutting out most carbs, except for vegetables if you do Induction, but can add in low glycemic fruits in a few weeks ( plums, berries, apples etc), and cheese, nuts, and a greater variety of vegetables as your carb allotment expands.
If you do decide to go ahead with low carb, read up, and when you start, remember to drink more water, and eat SOME carbs with every meal. A daily vitamin is a good idea too, until you can get more carbs into your diet. You will know it is working, when you are no longer hungry.
Even in Induction, Atkins suggest 2 cups of greens, and 1 cup of veggies, like green beans. So even at this point, many of us are eating more veggies on low carb. This will expand rapidly, since you will still want to limit fruit intake to about 1 a day. Things like beans are a later add-on, because it is hard to have them, and stay below 50 grams, unless you cut out the veggies, which tend to have most of your vitamins.
If you don't like vegetables, or higher fat/meat in your diet, then low carb will be impossible for you to stick to. It works wonders, but only if you can stay on it. It is a diet that only works for a limited section of society. I used it to get off my diabetes, and cholesterol pills,so I had incentives to stay on it. If you have no health issues, why not have some macaroni & cheese, or a bagel? Temptation is all around you, and it's hard to stick to, if you don't have a reason to.
If I haven't scared you off, I would read the Gary Taubes book, and Dr.Atkins New Diet Revolution, and decide if it really is the right way of eating for you. Work out a plan, and THEN start low carb, if it still sounds like a doable, sensible plan to you. Maybe tell your doctor, and see if they have any suggestions to help with nutrition during the start. The more knowledge you have, the higher chance of success you will have on low carb.
Russell - current BMI 31.4
197 - bmi-30
164 - bmi-25
| current weight: 193.6