Thirty years ago Dr. Atkins’s first book on the relationship between consuming carbohydrates and obesity became the butt of jokes among the traditional medical establishment just as quickly as it became the biggest fad diet among the desperate lay person. It was, and is, a diet program that lets people eat as much food as they want as often as they want, as long as they limit the number of carbohydrates they consume.
It was a fad diet then, but has now graduated into an obesity treatment that many MD’s are approving for their patients. Our visitor, Susan Reynolds of Newfane, VT, is one such patient and she shares her experience below:
“I had been struggling with an extra 20 pounds that never left me after my last child was born. I had tried phen-phen, before I knew it was dangerous, and that took off the weight. But, as soon as I stopped taking the pills, the weight crept back on at about 3 pounds per month.
I increased my exercising to 3 miles a day, 5 days per week, but that didn’t stop the slow weight gain. I’ve never been one to eat sweets or snacks, but still the slow weight gain continued.
Finally, I asked my family practitioner (M.D.) what to do. She suggested I “limit” my carbohydrate intake. I bought a copy of the Atkins diet, because I knew that focused on carbohydrate reduction, and followed the diet faithfully. Within 2 months, I lost the 20 pounds and have kept it off for one year. And throughout this time I wasn’t left feeling hungry once.
But, even more important to me than looking better is that I am feeling better than I ever have in my adult life. Previous to changing the way I ate, I generally had a “slump” in mid-afternoon. During the period from 2 to 3:30 or so, I would feel very tired and in need of a nap. My work productivity and attitude seemed to suffer every afternoon, and I’d arrive home after work not inclined to do much of anything.
Now, however, I plow through the day non-stop and still have some energy left over for the kids after work. I know for a fact that this has been caused by the severe reduction of the carbohydrates in my diet.
As the medical establishment, with their “eat less, exercise more” mandates, continues to be ineffective against the epidemic of obesity in the United States, we’ve decided to look at alternative approaches to weight loss. And we’ve decided to look at them through the eyes of our visitors by asking: What worked for you?