December 11, 2003
All That Meat and No Potatoes
Less than three months ago I weighed 190lbs. Today, thanks to the Atkins Diet, I reached my goal weight of 165. I celebrated by treating myself to a Krispy Kreme Donut. Tomorrow, back to the rigorous maintenance regime of butter, eggs and cheese.
All together now, "All That Meat and No Potatoes"
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at December 11, 2003 09:56 PM
Good going. I hope it lasts. That's the key.
I couldn't keep to Atkins or even Zone diet. When I lift weights I do a very intense workout and I need a lot of carbs and protein after that. Either Sweet Potatoes, fruits like bananas or something with energy packed in with the protein.
However, when I slack at the gym I go back to eating protein 5 or 6 times a day with whatever else I feel hungary for. Usually that means a small portion of some potatoes, most of my fries go uneaten, but a lot of Romain and tomatoes with olive oil and red wine vinegar and broccoli or spinach sauteed etc...
Only bread I eat is in the morning with 5 eggs, only 1 yoke and Orange Juice.
The main problem I have is that I can't always eat a good quick meal when I'm hungary every 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
Bottom line is if you're reasonably good about avoiding junk and bread your body will tell you what you need to eat, especially if you're exercising or weight training. The hardest thing to do is to eat small meals every 3 hours.
wow, that is amazing - about how many grams of carbs do you eat now?
Adkins is great until you get so bored with no carbs in your diet.
You need carbs. Indians Alaskans were able to substitute some measure of fat for carbs and were healthy and its true that modern diets are way too much on bad carbs like bread and candy etc...
However, if you work out and live reasonably healthy and mainly eat good complex carbs, fruits and vegetables and eat every few hours or so not save up for 1 or 2 meals you won't crave bad carbs anymore, and will feel like shit when you do eat them.
Atkins gets you off the addiction and levels off your insulin levels. Then if you eat reasonably healthy often and work out you'll feel and look better.
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If I recall correctly, I dropped 17 pounds (from 208 to 191) in about 2 months on the Atkins diet (along with running/cycling 2-3 hrs/week), after which I became so incredibly frustrated with cheese and eggs that I bought a bag of M&Ms (a big bag) and was back over 200lbs in no time.
I hope your story turns out better than mine. Let us know how you manage to stick with it over the months to come.