I’ve lost about about 15 lbs by counting calories over the past month and a half and still have a ways to go. I am a 6’ 3" 45 year old male with a medium to medium large upper frame and tree trunk legs even when close to 200 and “skinny”. My weight goal is 215 lbs. This is the way Ive always lost weight in the past, progress is slow and the evening “hungries” and late afternoon “light headedness” can drive you to distraction.
The upside is I’ve gotten very good at counting calories over the years, and I can eat whatever I want (within reason), so long as I don’t exceed the my calorie intake allowance, which is targeted at 1500 calories per day. My metabolism is toward the slow end of the range at around 10-11 calories per lb of maintained weight per day, even with moderate exercise, so even if I get to my goal of 215 this means I can only consume around 2100-2300 calories per day, which seems to me to be nigh unsustainable over the long run. Realistically I know I would find it very difficult to keep to this level of restriction, which is one of the reasons I’m thinking seriously of trying Adkins.
My grandmother was a diabetic, my mother and father were not, and I while I am not diabetic, my fear is that I may well become one if I don’t lose some of this lard. I am very sensitive to sugar and insulin levels and have been all my life, and find it difficult (even with a full night’s rest) not to want to take a deep nap in the late afternoon as my body deals with digesting lunch. I’ve also always had unusually low blood pressure if that matters. Other than that I’m physically “normal”.
The Adkins diet has been around for a few decades now and seems to promise the ability to eat a lot more food. I must admit I’m intrigued by the promise of being able to stuff my face with roast beef and chicken, but I imagine there has to be a catch somewhere. Adkins is the happening thing and I’m very interested in trying it. Any cautions?