I am also against the Atkins diet. I was on the diet for 8 months and lost some weight, but as mentioned above, once you go off the diet, the weight comes back on. There is no training for “after” the weight is gone.
My plan now is portion control and exercise. I’m down 22 pounds since December of 2001.
Please learn from my mistake, so you don’t have to go through the emotional pain.
Of course this is just a NAY vote in a sea of information. You may ignore it cause you feel that your experience will be different. And I must admit that everyone is different and that different diets work differently for different people. However, you had the sense to ask other people’s opinions before you take the plunge, I hope you have the sense to see that there are no short cuts for weight management. I dream of having the thyroid gland of the guy at work that can eat more than me and is a stick figure, but that just ain’t going to happen.
You need to work out more and eat less. That is the only proven, safe and effective long-term approach to weight management.
The government held a nutrition debate that had Atkins, Ornish, McDougal, The Zone guy, and a representative of the food pyramid. The text of the debate is floating around the internet. The only thing that all the panalists agreed on was that American’s eat too much sugar. They did not agree on anything else.
Exercise, of course, will not lose the weight for you. If you walk 2 miles a day, that’s only 400 calories or so. You could skip a couple of cokes to meet that amount. However, exercise will build muscle, help you sleep better, and increase your libido. It will also build your confidence when you go up fittness levels. Also, that’s an hour a day your not eating!
Of course if you eat well and exercise you will still die anyway, so make sure you know why you are trying to lose weight.
Group therapy helps to. We are holding a “Fat Boy” contest at work. We started in January and everyone pledged $50 dollars to lose 7% of their body weight in 13 weeks. The final weigh in is next friday. If you don’t lose the 7%, your 50 bucks will be shared by all that did. I made it. Whew!
Also, don’t try to lose 50 pounds, that’s really hard. Try to lose 10 pounds, then another 10 pounds. Reward yourself at each milestone. And don’t make your reward for losing 10 pounds include going out for dinner!
I lost my 7% or 22 pounds by doing the following. Every morning I got up early and worked out either on the treadmill or the recumbent exercycle. For breakfast I’d eat a grapefruit for fiber and vitamins. If I was still hungry, I’d eat some meat and/or cheese. For a snack at work I had a handful of pistachio’s. For lunch I have a chicken ceaser salad or a cobb salad. For dinner I have another salad, meat and potato or rice. Desert is fat free Jello, or a Sugar free Dole Juice Popsicle. All day I drink water, diet drinks sweetened with sucralose, and tea. The tea is also sweetened with sucralose. And once a day I have a little piece of chocolate, cause if I don’t have a little piece, it’s all I think about.
The biggest difference for me about this time’s plan is the portion sizes. I only eat half the lunch or dinner and then if I feel hungry later I go back and finish it. I also don’t eat if I’m not hungry. In the past I would have a huge lunch at work, but then feel compelled to eat another meal with the family cause I didn’t have the spine to say, I had a big lunch, I’m not hungry.
IF you ignore all the advice and you do go on the Atkins diet, read his book(s). Besides the food, he suggests you take vitamin suppliments. It is better to eat food containing the vitamins, as you get many more trace elements and phyto-chemicals. However, in the book he also says you should take a Psyllium supplement. Psyllium has lots of fiber to help push the meat and dairy through. Yeah, that might be a way to show you that the Atkin’s diet is a scam. If Dr. Atkins was really concerned about obese people, would he charge so much for his suppliments, shakes and bars? Wouldn’t he form a non-profit company to help out American’s in chrisis? But what did he do? He formed his own company and is raking in the bucks. Now do you trust him?