Consider life under the Atkins plan...you'll be ordering cheeseburgers without the buns and you'll have to practically cut out of your diet forever such staples as rice, pasta and breads.
And here's the kicker...no beer! NO BEER!
So knock the 10 years off my life already and hand me that bottle opener...
And here's the kicker...no beer! NO BEER!
That's actually not true, Sam. I'm on a semi-Adkins diet as I've reached my desired weight. I have pasta once every two weeks or so, sushi every two weeks, and drink two glasses of wine EVERY NIGHT!
Americans eat too many carbohydrates and consume way too much sugar. Surely you recognize that.
The Adkins diet works. It has a 30 year history, and there are too many success stories to discredit it.
I, for one, am glad to see Dr. Adkins getting some recognition after being laughed at for 30 years.
Those who laughed at him are some of the fattest people on earth right now.
You could always try Dean Ornish's diet, and eat grass the rest of your life.
Hey Sam, I switched to Scotch. No carbs, and more to the point.
There are special bread machine mixes you can buy that only have only about 3 grams of carbs per slice. Also Miller Lite has only about 3 grams of carbs per bottle. It's not perfect, but it beats starving yourself which is the only other way to lose weight, and just trains your body to store fat.
That's not true. Once you get past phase 1, you gradually bring back the carbs that you miss the most. GRADUALLY, like 5 grams a day for a week. After a while you can bring back your beer. I know, because I did it.
I got to the point that I could have 12 beers a night if I wanted to. (I kept my beer drinking to just the weekends when going out with my friends). I would have a steak before going out with my friends. I would still lose on average about 3 pounds per weekend.
In total, I lost 60 pounds in 3 months, and 105 pounds in less than a year, and kept it off for 12 years.
That is what is nice about the Atkins diet, you can taylor it to your own food wants. But you have to be aware that alcohol, sugars and starches will slow down the process.
But, it does work!
Lite Beer from Miller is fairly low carb, and I've seen ads lately for a low carb beer from Michelob (haven't tried it yet). Certainly these are not as tasty as, say, the beer that's the same as your screen name, but being on this diet doesn't mean that you can't have those beers, it's just not every day.
The other thing about this diet that people seem to misunderstand is that you don't have to go overboard on the fat. You can eat lean cuts of meat and poultry, and more fish, as well as other sources of protein. Just cut back on the carbs. It really works.
The book "Protein Power" has some very good information in it, especially on what happens to your cholesteral levels when you're on this type of a diet. I learned more than I ever wanted to know about cholesterol just from that one chapter.
There's locarb beer and I'm told it tastes pretty good. You'd have to try it...I detest beer anyway. Tastes like soap. As for bread, that's a hassle with a locarb life. What really helped was discovering "Irene's Gluten Bread" sold frozen in some health stores. Very good homemade-tasting bread, only 4 grams carbs per slice. If you crave a tater, take one and make it into a soup for everyone, and take a portion. Take a couple of fries off your kid's plates now and then. Desserts are, I'm afraid, out, except for truffles and creme brulee and chocolate tortes. You can have lots of delicious nuts--all the pistachios and macademias you like. First quality chocolate often has little sugar. I make cookies with almond flour and Valrhona chocolate that are very good.
It's worked. I'm staying in my size nine Guesses. I could go smaller, but I'm too old and then I'd look scrawny. Don't like scrawny old women. Women of a "certain age" need a bit of flesh to avoid that Nancy Pelosi look. I fought the battle of the Fifteen for years, and I don't DO "hungry." Locarb and regular exercise is not perfectly easy, but you don't go hungry.
I dont see it as a sustainable diet. I was on a low fat low carb, low protien diet about 10 years ago - all fine and dandy - I lost 40# - but it wasnt sustainable - though the lasting effect to this day is I can eat any roughage, cabbage, apples - etc with no ill effects (if you know what I mean)- to the adkins I say - everything in moderation and excersize daily (at least walk)