Be sure to eat enough and if you keep the fat up you shoul be satisfied and the cravings subside.
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Thanks to everyone whose opinion I so very value. So far today I had a little lemonade (with splenda). Seems to be low carb, and some black coffee. Not quite sure I'm in the clear yet with the drinks I had last night, and of course the lorazepam, but I am liking what I've seem from all of your comments, and after a very low carb breakfast, I'm hoping to head to store for my low carb list of food. And I will consider the higher fat and lower meat than what I have eaten, though the lower meat doesn't seem to be something that willslowed me down when I am really back on the path for more consistent weight loss, as I've done before. Thanks again everyone, Glenn PS I will be reading your advice once again a few times as I join the human race. Just made some corrections on this message so it reads easier. I must have been really out of it this morning when I wrote it. Glenn
For most of us (on this team, at least) sugar and starch are flat-out addictive. Bread and sweet goodies are like cigarettes to an ex-smoker or drinks to an alcoholic. It's a frustrating fact, but you'll probably always have to abstain from anything more than an occasional bite to be safe. Just HOW much you can tolerate is something that you'll have to experiment with time and time again.
Here's the real problem: changing a lifetime of eating habits is a grieving process. And like all grieving, there are multiple steps and occasional setbacks. Over time you'll probably come to accept your own body's reality, but there might always be some sense of loss.
Getting in lots of good, healthy, high fat, low carb foods is a great first step. You're not going to eat it if it's not in the house, so definitely get the good stuff. Can you get your wife on board, to help you? I live alone, but it seems like it would be great for both of you if you ate basically the same thing, but she added some bread or potato or whatever and you added an extra serving of meat or something like that. Much easier than cooking two completely different menus and much easier for you, too.
You talk about high protein foods. Atkins is not a high protein diet. It is a low carb, moderate protein, high fat diet. So watch your protein and be sure to eat lots of fat. A lot of us shoot for about 70% fat. Some get there because certain low carb gurus say that's the right percent. I was skeptical until I realized that that was about what I was aiming for, too, but I got there by a different route.
To figure out how much fat you should eat, start by finding the right number of calories. Be very generous with that! Atkins is not a low calorie diet, either. Then figure how many carbs you should be eating each day, and how much protein. Add your grams of carb and your grams of protein and multiply by 4 to get how many calories should come from carbs and protein. Be sure to give yourself a range here. Whatever is left should come from fat. So subtract your protein and carb calories from your total calories to get how many calories should come from fat, then divide by 9 to get how many grams of fat you should eat. You'll probably have to work at getting in enough fat, but it becomes easier over time. Or, an easier way to figure it, just be sure that you eat more grams of fat than grams of protein. As long as you are eating low carb, this will get you about 65% - 70% fat.
One very important thing. The reason that it's safe for a person eating low carb to eat lots of fat and cholesterol is that it somehow takes insulin (and thus carbs) to make the fat in your diet a problem. If your wife is eating carbs, she needs to be careful not to eat a lot of fat. High carb/low fat is ok. High fat/low carb is better. High fat/high carb is a disaster waiting to happen.
A couple of months ago, I went in with my wife to see her cardiologist. He heard I was eating Atkins style, and strongly encouaged me to eat a higher carb, low fat diet. He recommended starting with a breakfast of some Pita bread, thick yogurt, fruit and maybe some nuts. He was describing a Mediterranean diet. I resisted, but a few days later,decided just to have that breakfast on a Saturday. I did. I enjoyed it, and continued to eat a higher carb diet for the rest of the day. Then, about once per week I was eating higher carbs and high fat foods for one or two days in a row. By then, my weight loss had completely stalled. We had an out of town guest for ten days. I made a big batch of fudge for her, my niece, and my wife for Valentine's day. We had the fudge for about 5 or 6 days. I ate more than half of it. Meanwhile, I was having many two day visits to carb land. Now, for the last 2 weeks, I am still eating high fat food and protien, but I'm eating a lot of carbs. My weight started creeping up a little, and i stopped weighing myself. Every day or two, I tell myself I will start on Atkins today, and leave these wayward ways behind. To no avail. Tonight, I got so frustrated I drank two large Kahlua drinks after a large glass of wine, and went to further deadening action by taking three of my anti anxiety pills to boot. I am now in sort of a mental fog, but it's not foggy enough to hide from the fact that I am really blowing it diet wise.
I need to get back on a sane and sensible path, and Atkins is the only diet plan that I have administered to myself that has really worked. I thought I would be on Atkins for the rest of my life, but each day, I want to go back to the carbs.
Writing this has given me a new idea for a possible return. I could go shpping tomorrow, Monday, (not my usual shopping day), and stock up on high protien, higher fat foods, making them readily available. That could help as we have run out of some of them, but have not run out of the carbs that my wife eats. I need meats, canned seafoods, cream, diet soda (I know, Aspartane), maybe even some flavored jello. We also need some natural peanut butter, which I can usually eat sensibly by having a couple of tablespoonfuls at night when I'm hungry. I think we need some walnuts too. I would be back near induction, but with some added nuts and/or nut butter. No fruit. Enough veggies. High fat low carb salad dressing. (I like a chucky blue cheese with only one gram of carbs per serving.)
I'm thinking this is the only way I'm going to lick this. I NEED to get back to Atkins. At the present time, I don't have any more ideas.
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