I have gone back to old faithful – Atkins. I know, there are all kinds of you out there who are experts and say it doesn't work, it is unhealthy, blah, blah, blah, I say listen to my story before you make your judgement.
I am a sedentary creature. I like eating crappy foods, playing on my computer, reading, and watching TV… pretty much in that order! Since I am not going to suddenly change my entire lifestyle and start running marathons every second weekend, changing my diet is a much more realistic goal. Again, before you start flying off the handle with all those sensationalist news reports, read on!
My previous success story begins like this…
January 1 2003 – Aidan is born. My weight – 238 lbs (I am an unimpressive 5'8″ tall).
January 2, 2003 – Decide to do something about my weight so that I can actually see my kid graduate from high school
January 15, 2003 (or so), meet with my doctor. To quote my doctor:
“There is nothing in the Atkins diet that will hurt you more than being overweight”
January 16, 2003 – Start Atkins.
For the first few weeks, I undergo “Induction”, a process that converts your body's functions to burn fat instead of carbs. Works like a charm!
January 31, 2003 – Have lost 17 lbs already! I become obsessed with that purple colour on the keto sticks and the continued downsizing of my clothing…
For the next few months…
Following the Atkins approved diet regimine (as opposed to the incorrectly reported one where we eat only meats…), I eat real, relatively unprocessed foods like meats, eggs, cheese, salads, vegetables, nuts and berries). No evil carbs like bread, rice, pasta, and especially NO SUGAR!
To quote my wife:
“You eat healthier when you are on Atkins than when you start to slide away from it”
May 13, 2003 (My Birthday) – 183 lbs – that's a loss of 55 lbs in 5 months!
Over the next few years, I maintain my weight by avoiding the worst carbs, although the odd popcorn binge creeps in.
Spring, 2005 – Nadine is pregnant again. Appears the only physical activity I actually enjoy enbough to want to engage in regularly has consequences…
During the pregnancy, I start gaining weight again. I like to pretend it isn't happening, but those waist sizes don't lie. An entire rack of really nice work pants are all but unusable right now…
December 23, 2006 – Natalie is born. I notice a “growing” trend -> new child = weight gain…
January 29, 2006 – Back to the grind. Induction starts today!
January 30, 2006 – I love purple! Ketosis is your friend!
I'll keep this updated during my highs and lows through the winter!>