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Back on the Atkins Wagon - For Life!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

About 3 or so years ago I lost about 4 stone (1 stone = 14 lbs, so 56 lbs), but I ended up putting on even more when I slipped back into my old way of eating.

A problem that many former Atkins dieters encounter is that when they come off Atkins, instead of cutting out the high protein / fat, they just add carbs to it (which is what I did), and that is just not an option - it seems to me that there are 3 diet options: 1) eat less, but eat what you like - a good choice if you can exercise moderation 2) low-carb / high fat or 3) low-fat, but the combination of fat and high carbs is the worst thing out there.

I know for myself that, whereas I may be able to exercise moderation in the future, I can't right now, and low-fat diets just do not agree with me.

I realised about 3 weeks ago that I was continuing to put on weight and had reached almost 15 stone. (that's 210 lbs I think) Not only were my clothes uncomfortable, but I was absolutely horrified at the thought of being so overweight! (My ideal weight is around 10 stone or 140 lbs, possibly less but not much - I remember from past experience that if I get down to 9 stone I feel unwell)

I also realised that the weight I need to lose is the exact weight of my son! (oh, the shame!!!)

I have tried other diets, but none successfully. I knew I had to re-start Atkins, not only because it works but because I know that last time I felt healthier, fitter and more energetic than I had ever done before while I was on the Atkins program.

One thing I'm taking on board that I never did before, however, is that Atkins is for life. High carb diets just don't suit me - I know that my blood sugar level was dangerously unstable (even though repeated blood testing said otherwise) because I would get shaky, depressed and very low on a regular basis. That completely disappeared on Atkins.

I'm realising that I can never go back to my high-carb way of living if I want to be slim, healthy or fit.

So I have invested in some Atkins and low-carb books and am looking at changing my habits for good.
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    I'm just the opposite of you. I could never do made me feel sick. I'm almost completely vegan now and have never felt better. It's interesting how different things work for different people. The important thing is that you know what works for you. I've made this a lifestyle for me and I see you are doing the same. Smart lady!

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    3311 days ago
    Its funny because I have tried alot of diets and now I am trying to eat all the healthy things we were brought up to eat to loose weight and eating less and it is NOT working for me. They say i am not eating enough calories!! I also did atkins and it was the only thing that worked for me. I am starting another program on Monday but if it does not work I to will be trying Atkins again. Good Luck to you.
    3311 days ago
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