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Thoughts on Atkins

First of all since 1999, I've been 110lbs. Atkins was my first and only diet. Up until I had my child, I never had a weight problem. It was only afterwords that I started putting on weight. at 5'3" , I showed the extra weight. I became a pasta junkie. Not sweets mind you, just pasta, bread, potato, etc. You get the picture. I went though the diet (a very difficult one) before Atkins became the household name . Now Atkins is passe, with low fat back in. I can understand the decline in in Atkins. Most people don't want to give up comfort foods. I can't knock the it though. I lost all of it in six months. Low fat would have done it, but it would have taken much longer. I have stayed this weight through watching my caloric intake. Yes, its nice being able to wear just about anythng and not to mention wearing a size 0-2. I saw a program the other day about the gowing obesity in the U.S. Too much rich good found around us. Obesity has become so bad, they Army has trouble with recrutment. They have their work cut out trying to get a group of young men (canon fodder not withdtanding) in shape

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silverobsession
May. 11th, 2009 11:03 am (UTC)
Sorry for snooping your journal, but I actually came to see the puppy as an icon. x]
Anyway, so the Atkins diet really works? I heard it's bad for you, but I'm going to try it.
Since having my son 6 years ago, I have tried everything to take the weight off (even to the point of starvation - which the weight popped right back on once I started to eat properly again), but I haven't tried the Atkins.
How does that work? What foods are you allowed to eat?
I don't have money to spend on buying the books, etc, for it.
Thanks for any help.
Trish.

ps; that exam entry, with the little character cracked me up.
girlspell
May. 11th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
That was back in 2006 (when I wrote that) I'm still pretty thin. I weigh 112lbs.

Atkins is not bad for you. You eat green veggies. You eat meat and dairy. The enemy is not fat, but sugar. That means no starch (as in pasta, breads,etc.) The non veggie "veggies" (what people think of as veggies but are not). Potato, carrots, etc. That you don't eat in the beginning. If you stick to it, weight loss is very fast. Gradually you incorporate starch back in the diet.

Low fat diets such as wight watchers, will work too. Just takes longer, because you are still eating starch. Most diets recognize (including weight watchers) that eating too much bad carbs (they aborb quickly and convert in to sugar) are bad for you.

a link that will help you is

http://forum.lowcarber.org/

All diets are divided in to two areas, low carb (Atkins, South Beach, The Zone, etc.) and low fat (Weight Watchers, etc.) If you go low carb, check out the different ones. Atkins is the most "extreme) but the most effective (I think).
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