nanoinfinity: I have and still am. 150 lbs lost so far and still going. It is VERY sustainable. The thing is with anything is making a lifestyle change or any diet you do the weight will come back.
Ive been doing Atkins/low carb for about 2 years now. It is not restrictive like what Maggiemae was doing. Oh lawd, I wouldn’t survive on that either.
I do focus on more natural foods, less processed, try to have a good protein, veggie and fat at every meal. When you restrict carbs, you want to increase you fat intake for your fuel source. Your body naturally wants to burn carbs first, then fats, then proteins. If you don’t have enough fats when restricting carbs, your body will turn to protein and or your muscles to get the fuel.
I’ve learned over the years what works for me. Protein, veggie at fat at every meal.Too much dairy makes me stall (cheese, cream, sour cream). I do have 2 tbsp cream in my coffee every morning and limit to 1 oz cheese. Or eggs and bacon on weekends. I usually have a big piece of frittata every morning that I make on Sunday nights (eggs, sausage, pancetta, spinach, mushrooms, onions). Lunch is usually salads with chicken, blue cheese dressing or oil/vinegar. Dinners are protein and veggies Wwth a fat (mayo/real butter).
After 2 weeks, add in 1-2 oz a day of low carb berries, so you don’t go without fruit. Work your way up the low carb ladder as its called in Atkins. I love the New Atkins For A New You book. It’s not as restriction as people think and not the old way that the media pushes. Lots of veggies. watch your protein. Too much will turn to glycogen and store as fat.
the first week is the hardest as your body converts to fat burning using up your stored carbs (glycogen) usually days 1-4. If tired, drink up a cup or two of full sodium broth a day. It will help replace lost electrolytes. Low carb is infamous for being a diuretic, so don’t worry about salt intake. After the first week, you will get a rush of energy that stays once in ketosis which is what you want.
once you move up you can make breads, crackers, etc with almond flour, coconut flour, flax meal, etc. sooooo many great recipes out there. You just have to look. There is a replacement for everything!!!
you sleep better, have more energy, think clearer, I love it. I got Fiance to switch from his low calorie and he’s lost fat/gained muscle.
Let me know if you have any questions, I can help!!