If you’ve read my blog from way back – you’ll know I”m very much anti-“fad diet”
I am against anything that cuts out major food groups. I am against anything that’s seriously restrictive. I firmly believe that someone can lose weight by eating healthy and exercising. And that in the long run, that will be the best option.
I have watched friends do things like the Dukan diet and how ill they looked after.
I have watched friends yo-yo up and down and gain and lose and gain and lose and end up weighing more and having less motivation each day.
And then I talked to a good friend. At Christmas, she sent me an email via facebook telling me about how she’d lost 65 lbs on Atkins. We talked, I spouted my usual rhetoric about how nothing that cuts out an entire food group could be good for you, how eating all that saturated fat HAD to be bad for you and basically dismissed it as a long term solution.
See, I like food.
I like a good steak slathered in sauteed mushrooms & onions, heavy on the garlick.
I like nachos smothered in cheese, sausage meat, green onions and salsa with a side of sour cream and avacados or guacamole.
I like corn on the cob with butter, salt and pepper.
I like popcorn with real butter and salt.
I like fresh cherries off the tree, ripe to almost bursting that flood your mouth with flavour when you take a bite.
And I LOVE strawberries and whipped cream on a sponge cake.
Food is good.
And everything is good in moderation. One or two lindor chocolates will not hurt my weight loss efforts. The whole damn bag will.
So the idea of doing a weight loss program where I have to give up the things I like, where I have to cut back on those things that give me pleasure, that eliminates a major food group, makes me cringe.
But she’s lost 65 lbs.
Actually – at this time she’s lost more than that – I don’t remember the exact number but it’s significant.
And then there were the health issues. How can you POSSIBLY stay healthy if you’re eating bacon and eggs regularly? How can you POSSIBLY stay healthy eating steak frequently? Won’t that throw your cholesterol and blood pressure completely out of normal ranges?
In the past year or so (I’m not certain when she started), her cholesterol, blood pressure and all other markers that would indicate she’s eating wrong have gone down.
She’s getting HEALTHIER???
Everything that we’ve been taught, everything the media bombards us with tells us this is wrong. How could she POSSIBLY be getting healthier eating so much of the stuff that we’re supposed to cut out when we want to get healthier?
I don’t know, but it’s working for her.
She works in a doctor’s office – so she pays attention to these things.
So maybe there’s something to be said for Atkins… I’ve gone to the website and it doesn’t look that onerus. Its simply not a “convenient” way to eat. Breads and pastries are convenient when you’ve got a serious stress in your life. But they’re certainly not healthy when eaten in excess.
I’m going to look closer at it though, when my head’s in a good space. Right now, I’m in survival mode and that doesn’t work well with trying to make major changes in my life.
But I am contemplating Atkins… even just as a kickstart.