I'd Share My Personal Experiences
With Low-Carb Living :-)
I am very happy with this kind of diet, and feel confident that
I will get back to the size I was when I got married 13 years
in October '99, I went on the Dr. Atkin's Diet with my brother.
It's been great going on it together. We call each other for
support and to compare notes.
- He lost
35 pounds after only 2 months with less coffee and a little weight
lifting and has gained some nice muscle.
- I only
had cheat days on Thanksgiving & Christmas, but not on subsequent
- He has
cheated A LOT !! for 3 & 4 days at a time and goes right
back on and continues to keep his weight down and lose slowly.
both on it for the long haul. But I have a bit more to lose than
- We both
found it very easy to get going on the diet as long as we checked
the lists of foods & veggies you can and can't or shouldn't
have for optimal weight loss.
- The initial
weight loss is pretty fast, and the loosening clothes are great
- At times
my brother and I both felt kind of rotten & tired for the
first two plus weeks but got to feeling better and feel normal
about two weeks, I began to feel an overall emotional loss. I
felt kind of complainy & pouty for a while like I was sort
of "grieving" at losing certain foods or perhaps even
more so, a bit of my freedom to eat anything I want.
- Yet I
found it easy to stay on and still fix dinner carbs for my hubby
and don't eat them while he does. He doesn't gloat and I don't
begrudge him enjoying his carbs. We do laugh about it sometimes
- My brother
and I both started to become very creative in food prep. We each
fix lots of great stuff to eat and share recipes and ideas.
- And there
is perhaps, a lot more of food preparation to do if you are not
used to it. Ten years ago, I never used to cook at all and could
not have gone on this diet then.
- And now,
aside from occasional momentary memory of a particular food,
- I have
grown very accustomed to and de-sensitized from a lot of the
high carb foods I used to eat and still prepare for my hubby.
- He has
ice cream in the house, occassionally donuts or other things
he has a hankering for --
- But there are certain
foods he can't have in the house because they would be
too hard for me to resist - like:
ice cream, cake, pie, powdered or chocolate donuts, candy, potato
chips, honey roasted peanuts.
roasted nuts are okay and I can even eat them at 6 carb grams
for 40 nuts!!
- The honey
nuts only have 8 grams but I can't stop eating them !
- So that's
we never had most of that stuff in the house anyway.
Occasionally I "switch over" to Suzanne Somers and
have a carb afternoon or a fruit evening. It helps me stay on
the overall low carb track.