Atkins Works Great But Is Hard To Stick To
(San Diego, CA)
I have been overweight for most of my life. One of the diets I've tried was the Atkins diet back in high school with the rest of my family. It is VERY restrictive; you can eat as many fats and proteins as you like but no carbohydrates AT ALL. That means pastas, breads, potatoes, rice, and noodles are all out.
Needless to say, everyone in my family lost nearly 50 pounds in 6 months with the Atkins diet plan, without that hungry feeling that you get on most diet programs. Pork rinds, steaks, vegetables and other meats became our best friends. It was awesome. I got to eat tons of meat and fatty foods and still lost weight!
Of course, over time the foods on the Atkins diet became monotonous and it was harder and harder to stay motivated to stay on the diet. Also, there are plenty of Atkins-friendly candies and snacks that use sugar alcohols that can act as a "gateway food" to breaking your diet if you're not careful. Additionally, they absolutely DESTROY your digestive system if you overindulge (which of course, if you're cheating on a diet can happen very easily).
The real problem with the Atkins diet program only came after we'd achieved our weight loss goals and began to cheat on the diet. And of course, once you start it's incredibly difficult to get back on track. Because the Atkins diet is so restrictive, it quickly becomes REALLY difficult to stay on the diet itself.
This was just my experience and I can't speak for everyone, but I hope this was helpful in providing some of the pitfalls of the Atkins diet so that you can avoid them. Best of luck to you!
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