I have tried a lot of diets in my days. South Beach, Atkins, calorie counting, and just plain old “healthy eating”. But there are two things about me that make dieting hard. 1. I love food. The feeling of “being hungry” just does not work for me. And “low fat” foods just don’t taste as good as the real thing 2. I like to see results quickly. Or else I get off track. For those two reasons alone, Atkins has always been the only diet that I’ve ever really been good at. I can eat as much as I want (primarly meats, cheese and eggs) so I never feel hungry and the weight comes off relatively quickly (instant gratification!).
Now, I know there are some Atkins-haters out there. I’ve read article after article about Atkins being a fad diet and not really working and not being a sustainable weight loss method. But let me just tell you from personal experience, it works.
Last fall, 6 months away from my wedding. (You know, the day most girls spend their whole life dreaming about) I went to pick up my wedding dress when it arrived at the boutique and it fit perfectly. Well, I did order it for my current size after all. But something about the way I looked in it just wasn’t quite right. I wanted to lose some weight. Just 10 pounds before the wedding, I told myself.
Being Gluten Free already, Atkins was an easy transition. I already avoided many carbohydrates like breads and cookies on a daily basis. Now I just needed to cut out a few other things that I loved like rice, tortilla chips and margaritas. (Oh! The beloved margarita!) But this was my WEDDING! I could do it! So I did. A month went by, two months, three… Before I knew it I had lost 30 pounds and I was the smallest size I had ever been in my life.
Well so much for just losing ten pounds, huh?
But it was only December. My wedding wasn’t until March! How would I keep the weight off for another 3 months? Well, I did what Atkins suggests you do. I started gradually adding more carbs back into my diet. It started with margaritas (obviously) and grew from there. If I gained a pound or two, I cut back on carbs for a few days until that weight came off again. On the day of my wedding all 30 pounds were still gone! And I was back to pretty normal eating!
And oh yea, I got to marry this awesome guy which was the best part of the whole thing 🙂
Fast forward to almost 6 months later…
I am not the same weight I was on my wedding day. I am not sure if I ever will be again. I guess that happened for a couple of reasons. First of all, I started this little gluten free blog which opened my eyes to a whole delicious world of gluten free goodies and treats that I wasn’t eating previously. Plus, my fantastic husband and I have been visiting some pretty amazing cities over the last few months and have been living it up on every trip. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a delicious ride. But I somehow managed to put some of those awesome wedding weight-loss lbs back on.
Now I could just go to the gym. Right? That would be the healthiest thing to do. But this is how I feel about exercising:
After a long day at work and my hour long commute back home, I am just tired. Exercising does not sound like the way I want to start my relaxing evening at home. And for those of you crazy people who work out in the morning, I am impressed. No, really, I am. But my alarm already goes off at 5:30. Any earlier and I might need an IV full of caffeine to drag around with me all day. I just do not have the willpower to make myself go to the gym.
Which is why I believe in Atkins. I have seen it work for myself. And I have seen it work for those around me. I have a co-worker who has lost over 60 pounds on Atkins in the last year. Another who has lost 30 herself.
For those of you trying Atkins (or a low carb diet variation) yourself, Good luck! I am here for you if you need a virtual hug! And keep an eye out for my next post with some low carb meal ideas. Maybe you’ll get some good ideas of things to cook up yourself!