Each person's success is based on how well he or she can realistically integrate a diet into daily life. A low carb diet, is not successful for everyone.A low carb diet is difficult to stick to. Low carb is good for most diabetics along with metformin.
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The Atkins diet really helped me get out of a big plateau i was stuck in for a long time. It was hard to stick by at first but it's really great for those who love meat and salads :) It's just a very low carb diet where you are allowed to eat up to 20 carbs a day which come from fruit and veg. I lost about 16 pounds in the first two weeks during phase one of the diet and this really motivated me aswell to keep up the work. I think this is a great way to break a plateau :)
Carbs give me energy! I wondered why I lacked sufficient energy until I started with sparkpeople a few days ago and found out that I wasn't eating enough carbs. What a difference carbs have made! For much of my life, I followed low carb diets, trying to stay slim, without knowing that they were depriving me of the energy I needed. I am adding whole grains, sweet potato, or potato to each meal and it is making a difference.
I get pains in my stomach when I eat gluten, and my Doctor suggested I avoid bread, so I have to plan ahead. I freeze individual portions of cooked brown rice, potato, and sweet potato. Puffed rice and some Peace Cereals work for me, too.
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