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The Atkins Diet - My Experience

Updated on April 6, 2012

Nine Weeks and 15lbs later

It was not all that difficult to get started on the Atkins diet. You didnt really have to eat neccasariliy heathy you just had to eat meat. Then more meat with some extra meat on the side. Being a man who loves a good steak or any other nicely cooked piece of juicy meat this diet didnt seem all that daunting to me.

That changed after the day I decided to reward myself for a month's success. What did I want to reward myself with? Well, of course you know I wanted what I used to eat every friday night after work. The same meal that made me the fat guy I had become in the first place. It was a tasty road to larddom but in the end very lumpy! Ha!

I ate the order of wings and pizza steak I used to eat with impugnity and soon felt the stabbing pangs of vengeance coursing through my gullet!

Ackgh! The pain...well I'm sure you get the point right? Suddenly I was no longer immune to poor food choices. My belly had been stripped and purified by the fast burning diet of constant protein! So, I got back on the wagon swearing off anything that might make me pay for my foolishness and thus i continued for another five weeks.

After that nine weeks I had lost 15lbs! Not bad considering I really didnt exercise and I drove for a living. The only thing was I had begun to worry about my health because I had become very irregular. I investigated and found that some peole were having stomach and worse issues because of the all meat extravaganza and decided, conveniently right before the holidays that year, that I should not continue such a restrictive diet.

However I did loose some weight and I do not doubt that if I had continued I would have lost more. Still, it did not seem good for a long term solution. Perhaps if it was used only in phases...but no, no, you would be visiting the porcelain gods in painful fashion then and that would certainly not do. Certainly not.

Perhaps it may be a better diet for an athlete though. I could see that actually. The diet did make me feel more energized, more alive than I had been in quite some time. That is no lie.

On the flip side of that though was how bad my stomach would gurgle and grumble when I dared to eat outside of the box. The reward became outweighed by the penalty.

In short I much preferred my experience with the Zero Coke plan. See my hub Zero Coke as a Diet Plan for that revealing and scathing report!

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      Bonitaanna 5 years ago from Oil City, PA

      You are welcome. I am a certified Iridologist and Herbalist. I studied under the late Dr. Bernard Jensen.

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      Barnsey 5 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

      Why thanks for the tips, Bonitaanna! Thanks for commenting!

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      Bonitaanna 5 years ago from Oil City, PA

      It is important to know that red meat should not be erased completely from you diet. The reason is, is that the heart is a muscle organ and only red meat can feed it the protein what it needs. Plant protein is not the same as meat protein. Also the flesh and the hair are made of protein. People who take all the red meat out of their diet will eventually pay health wise down the road. Even the cold proteins like nuts are not as good for the aged as they are very hard to digest.l Eveyone over the age of 50 also need food digestive enzymes and protein digest aids. Our stomach does not have the ability to digest well as we age. That is one of the reasons why you start having a lot of problems eating alot of meat. Make sure you are taking enzymes. They are the spark that helps the stomach to digest food and most everyone out there has that problem.

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      Barnsey 5 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

      You are right. After that diet my cholesterol went way up and I started having hot flashes! My blood temp was sky high also, likely boosted by the high protein diet which sends your metabolism into overdrive. Wanting to lose weight I had thought that was a good thing, but Iwas wrong. It went up to the point of threatening a stroke or heart attack!

      Thankfully i wised up and that was six years ago. Eliminating white foods from my diet solved many of my issues. Thanks for the tip KimmiS, I will not take cholesterol meds when it can be done naturally.

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      KimmiS 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

      I cringed when I read this! The Atkins diet, along with any other high protein low carb diet is terrible for your health. You would be wise to get your cholesterol checked and I would bet it's higher than it was before your Atkins experience. If indeed your cholesterol is high, I urge you to skip the cholesterol med's and adopt a healthy diet either void or very low in animal protein and rich in plant foods, mainly fruits and vegetables.