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The right diet for me
on 25 August 2014
If my review is based on how effective the book has been regarding helping me lose weight, then five stars! I was aware of Atkins beforehand of course, but this definitely kept me on track with the most important aspects of any weight loss program - 1) How it works, 2) What to eat and not eat, 3) What to do if you hit a plateau. Even the case studies - which are as one-eyed as you would expect - are useful as they are extreme examples of fat people, ones with health issues, that are now better managed.
Atkins is more sophisticated than the "all fat and no carbs" that it was trumpeted as, years ago; and if done properly you`ll have a balanced diet. I eat FAR more vegetables than I did before, and as you go up the "carb ladder", you`ll be able to introduce fruits, a range of vegetables, as well as (almost) unrestricted meat and protein. The various Atkins snack and shakes have been invaluable too, and it is only their expense that I might grumble about.
Personally, I`ve not found Atkins to be restrictive at all - I`m perfectly happy with the list of induction foods, and have found no need to go outside of this since I started the diet in mid-June. It might be difficult if you like alcohol; fortunately I don`t drink so haven`t missed out on anything. Most importantly, within two months I was 30lbs lighter, many belt-notches smaller, and looking better too!
But the best thing, an unexpected bonus - I`ve suffered from headaches since childhood. Now I haven`t had one for eight weeks. There must be a link with this, and the sugar-free diet I now have. The only caveat would be, I wonder if my cholesterol is higher or lower now? It was high before, and now I`m eating a balanced diet with more vegetables I`m confident it`s lower.
The low-carb lifestyle is locked-in for life (even though I`m now at my goal weight)!
PS. Update, March 2015 - I`ve lost 63lbs, even though my original goal was to lose 46lb. It was just so easy to lose. I`ve dropped 10 inches on my waist, gone through three belts, and have never felt better and happier with myself. And I still don`t feel restricted with the food choices. following this lifestyle is the best decision I ever made :)