In 1978 from like Aug to Nov. I went on a diet for the 1st real time in my life. I ate NOTHING but Weight Watchers frozen dinners & drank diet soda waters. When at school for lunch I would eat of one those ol soy hamburgers just to get me thru the day. I would also run one lap around the track out back each day before gym class began & I had incredible success from this diet. But then you know Thanksgiving hit & I went off it. Then in 85 I was mired deeply with credit card debt. So for about 2 months all I could really afford to eat was red beans & rice. Couldn’t afford beer even. Went from 215 to 180.
Eventually I recovered financially & starting eating better & put it back on. Wouldn’t really recommend the Debt Diet tho. Nowadays I try to watch what I eat by avoiding fatty foods even tho I still love em. I weigh 265 which is down from 285. I had been in the 280′s for a few years. I still eat bread. In fact a lot of it but I ONLY eat 100% whole wheat bread. None of that white for me. Same for rice. About the only white colored food I eat is oatmeal which I love. I get plenty of exercise at work as it is a physical job. In the end now matter what diet you use you still have to do some sort of exercise.
Atkins is a bit difficult at first because of the drastic carb reduction. For the first 5 days I was miserable,I had a constant headache that Tylenol couldn’t touch,I couldn’t think straight,I was dizzy,I was shaky and I felt weak….some diet! Then on day 6 all of those things magically disappeared.It was as if a veil had been lifted from my brain. Suddenly I felt great and I had tremendous energy. Getting through that first week transition period is the hardest part,physically. After that the weight will begin to drop off in copious amounts.Throw in a little bit of moderate exercise and you will be amazed at how quickly your weight goes down. Then the mental battle begins.
You may have read that Atkins doesn’t require willpower? ,wrong,it does. Do you *really* want those cookies?…will you actually die if you don’t have some french fries right now?,willpower becomes paramount. After a few months you may not even desire carb laden foods,I don’t…..well,most of the time I don’t. Now and then I just chuck the low carb idea for a day and eat whatever I want; but then the next day I get right back on the wagon. I started Atkins back on May 1st of this year,I weighed 285 # at that time. So far I’ve lost and managed to keep off 60#,but I still have another 40# to go.