I think I win. I’ve lost 70 pounds as of Saturday on my low-carb plan and I’ve been doing this since February. I have never, ever felt as good as I do now, and not just because I look better.
Ok, here’s my experience: it was slow going in the beginning. I guess when you get that fat you don’t realize how much you have to lose before it shows. But, when it started coming off, it fell off. Man, did it fall off. You guys have no idea how much money I’ve spent on clothes this year and I don’t think I know the actual amount (nor do I want to).
I feel rock-solid. I used to get so hungry that I’d get pissed. Does that sound familiar at all? I’d also get very shaky if I went too long in between meals. I tried losing weight every other way I knew how. Low fat diets do not work for me. But low carb diets don’t work for everyone either. From “Living Low Carb” by Fran McCullough:
“A low carb diet definitely isn’t for you if you have serious kidney problems, which is why it’s important to have bloodwork done by a doctor before you begin.”
“The diet may also not be for you if you’re a vegetarian…Many vegetarians successfully eat low-carb, but it requires a huge effort, especially if you’re a vegan (someone who shuns eggs and dairy products as well as meat).”
Redukter, there is a whole chapter in this book on vegetarianism and low carb diets. Just FYI.
“Dr. Leo Galland feels that pear-shaped people do best on high carbs, wheras apple-shaped people will flourish on low carbs, especially those with low HDL. If you feel strong after eating a steak and tired after eating pasta, low carb is your diet.”
Okay, so obviously I like this book. Dr. Atkins is okay but he’s way too restrictive. And as usual, you should always question the “doctors” in books like these. I know I included a “doctor’s” opinion here but hey, I trust this author.
My doctor’s opinion is that the low carb diet is perfect for me. All my stuff (blood pressure, HDL, LDL, and assorted whatnot levels)is very, very good.
I’m increasing my carbs now and I have not gained weight yet. I’m probably up to an average of 50-75 grams a day.