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I would recommend reading Doctor Atkins book on the Atkins Diet. I know of no one who really tried it, who it did not work for… and the lesson learned along the way even if you don’t stick with it for the long term make it relatively easy to police your weight to a lesser degree.
In short strokes, it works something like this:
Your body runs on sugar. All bodies do. Like most things in nature, it also takes the path least resistance when deciding what to burn.
Sugar, and all things sweet (corn syrup, etc) are the easiest for your body to convert to the simple sugar your body runs on. (Super-high in carbohydrates)
Next easiest thing to covert to sugar is starch. Breads, Pastas, rice etc. (very-high in carbohydrates)
The hardest thing to convert to sugar is your meats, fish and animal fat. (Virtually no carbohydrates)Your body will generally only want to convert these foods to energy, if it doesn't get any of the easier to convert foods listed above.
So, you start by shocking your body into a state of ketosis, (which basically means eating itself for energy). You accomplish this by eating absolutely nothing from the first 2 groups for several days and no more than 10 carbs or so a day for 2 weeks. You can have all of the eggs, fish, meat etc. you want, but absolutely no sugar or starch. This is NOT terribly healthy, because your body will eat some muscle along with the fat, but it's only for a couple of weeks. Rapid weight loss will begin almost immediately.
Once your body has made the adjustment to ketosis, you will have effectively turned your body into a fat burning machine. You will forever be able to eat unlimited portions of meat, fish, eggs, oil, etc. (Anything with zero or close to zero carbs is free.)You will know it’s working because no matter how much bacon you eat (and you can have as much as you want), you won’t be using the toilet for much of anything at first… and don’t be concerned that what does come out in this stage is pretty nasty. Contrary to what many poorly informed people think the Atkins Diet is; you DO NOT have to live like this forever. After the 2 weeks; you will begin reintroducing carbohydrates into your system at a controlled rate. Each week, you will add 5 more carbs into your daily diet.
So, something like this:
Weeks 1 and 2, 10 carbs a day
Week 3, 15 carbs a day
Week 4, 20 carbs a day
Week 5, 25 carbs a day
Etc., etc, etc until you reach a state where you are no longer losing weight. When this happens, you will have found your “personal carb number.” From this point forward, you simply stay below your personal carb number and you continue to lose weight until you reach your desired weight (which I hope to God is NOT 90 pounds, but rather whatever weight you look and feel good at.)
It is okay to splurge on occasion… but it’s best to do all of your splurging at once… and certainly no more than once per week. If you ever fall off the diet, it’s not a big deal. Your body will remember, and you can kick it back into ketosis by returning to step 1 for a few days any time you want to. Once you’ve established what your “personal carb number” is; you can reverse weight gain at will, simply by doing 3 days of ketosis, and consuming at a level lower than your carb level. You have complete control.
If you find your “personal carb number” is too low to abide by, you can always increase it with exercise. What you can’t do, is eat ice cream, drink sugary sodas and juices, or eat candy. These have to be considered treats that are for relatively rare occasions if you want to use carbs to maintain your weight.
The good news is; since your body will remain a fat burner, rather than a sugar burner, you will not experience the highs and lows of blood sugar swings and will be virtually immune to type 2 diabetes.
Following this post, you will likely find a few posters that attempt to discredit Carbohydrate control as a method of weight maintenance. Typically, the nay-sayers are poorly informed, haven’t read the book, and don’t really understand what they’re talking about. I’d recommend you ignore them, read the book for yourself and make up your own mind.
Oh, and btw, there is never any reason to skip the cheese. I read about a MASSIVE bone density study done in research related to osteoporosis, and among the surprising findings was that those in the group that intentionally ate lots of dairy, lost weight as an unexpected side effect. They didn’t say why, but did say the size and scope of the study left no doubt that dairy was at least “free” if not beneficial for those seeking to lose weight.
I highly recommend reading the book for yourself, but if you’re in a hurry to get started, you can get a pretty decent understanding of the basics by Clicking here