My husband and I did Atkins and lost weight. I was really impressed although I'm not a big meat fan. The first time I did it it was not hard at all. I had alot of energy. It was great. But you know what? After I lost the weight I went slowly back to my old way of eating. I love pasta, popcorn, chips and salsa, anything salty. I gained it all back plus some.
I've been trying to do the induction part now for months. I start out with good intentions, make it a week and then fall off the wagon.
The yo yo dieting is making me fatter.
The key for me has always been exercise. I jogged off 20 pounds 14 years ago after my daughter was born. I continued to jog well into my 6 month of pregnancy with my now 3 year old. I'm older though now and also on medication for seizures that causes weight gain.
Today I'm feeling discouraged and fat. I probably only need to lose 15 pounds and I keep thinking if I could just tough it out (how tough is it really compared to living through a real tragedy?) .. . I could stay on Atkins and lose the 15 pounds in less than a month. But I haven't made it.
I think moderation and increasing your exercise is the key. Staying motivated is hard though. I worked out every day before Christmas and lost 6 pounds and then haven't worked out since and have gained the weight back (after I bragged to Tweety in a pm
I do think Atkins can jumpstart someone and as I mentioned, I felt great. When I started back on carbs I felt lethargic.
There are lots of diet threads here . .. lots of support from others who have been there. One friend of mine lost 40 pound by going to OverEaters Anonymous.