This is my story, taken from my blog http://bigfatfurrytexan.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/weight-loss/:
On January 3rd 2011, as has been mentioned on this blog before, I began a diet. I call it a modified Atkins, mostly because I took basic concepts used in Atkins, and modified them to meet my own research and study on the matter.
When I started, on January 3rd, I was at 450lbs. I said 435 several times, mostly out of this weird shame mixed with a belief that the 15 lbs I had subtracted would equate to the year a woman takes off her age when she reports she is 29. Of course, looking back I see how ludicrous it was. Time is a great teacher, and experience even greater.
Today I weigh 298 lbs. That is a weight loss total of 152 lbs this year. And I have not exercised. I get asked a lot "What are your secrets." I tell them I have none, and they insist. Yet, when I tell them what it is I do, they suddenly lose interest and just kind of trail off.
Regardless, here is what I have done, and will do for the foreseeable future (until I need to ensure weight gain, anyway). But first, a few critical points that MUST be followed no matter what.
1. NEVER any alcohol. No booze of any kind. It is empty carbs, needless and fattening.
2. No pasta, bread, rice, potato, any derivative thereof, corn, corn starch, sugar, carrots, artichokes, or peas. The only bean you should have is black bean, and look for a "net" carb of 6 g or less (more on that later).
3. No fruits or fruit juices, except strawberries.
4. Take a multivitamin daily
5. Drink lots of water, or iced tea. No sugar. If you use Splenda, it has to be the one with fiber. Otherwise, you get hidden carbs with maltodextrine. Fiber has carbs, but is passed through the body undigested. So you don't absorb the carbs. If you don't drink water, you can cause problems with your kidneys as you will likely eat a little more protein. If you have a lot of weight loss, you will want to make sure you keep your body flushed anyway.
6. Don't go hungry. Meat has zero carbs, and you can eat as much as you can. Yes, that means bacon, on this diet, is on the "good" list.
7. No milk. Ever. If you need calcium, do cheese. Monterrey Jack has 0.6g per 1 oz serving. That is so negligible that I have never even bothered to count it into what I eat (more on THAT later, too).
8. Forget everything you thought you knew about dieting. Calories don't matter at all. Carbs are the only thing you are counting, and limiting. If you can't get this mental change under control, you will struggle with this dietary concept. FORGET CALORIES, THEY ARE 100% IRRELEVANT. I think this is THE major folly of the medical professionals. Ever since the "experts" came up with the idea of a low calorie, low fat diet, the American waistline has expanded greatly. When you look at the results of the approach, you see a sea of fat Americans shoveling carbs into their face.
9. Veggies, veggies, veggies. They are full of nutrients, will help with any possible wear on the kidneys due to the added protein. Good veggies to stick to: cabbage, lettuce, green beans, and spinach.
Having gone over the major "no no's", I would like to go into the basic premise of my method:
Your body uses 1 of 2 energy sources: fats and carbs. Carbs are preferred, because your body wants to use the easiest and most efficient energy source. When there are no carbs for energy, the body will convert to burning fat instead. So you take in fats (lots of fats early on to get the metabolic change going, then meter them down so you start to rely on bodily reserves instead). The idea being, when you don't have enough dietary fats to meet energy needs, you start burning body fat reserves to meet this energy need.
My blood cholesterol has gone from 197 to 185. So my high fat diet is not affecting my blood fat levels (cholesterol). Which makes sense, as the fats that end up in your blood stream generally tend to be produced by the body when you are eating a high carb diet. And my carb restricted diet has equalized by blood sugar. Even more, I immediately started sweating less.
This last point is worthy of additional discussion as well. When my wife went to nursing school, the mantra taught is "water follows salt". This is a well known: when you eat salt, you have to take in water to move it through the body. It will make you thirsty. Sugar is the exact same way (when i say "sugar", i mean not just cane sugar, but also other sugars like potato, rice, bread, wheat, flour...any grain food or anything that you make bread from or that contains starch).
Consequently, when you start this diet you will pee. A LOT. Your initial weight loss will be VERY rapid, all because of this loss of water. You no longer take in sugars, you no longer need all that water to carry it through your body. This is why when you quit the low carb lifestyle, you put on weight quickly. When you start to ingest sugars, you also have to ingest water to carry the sugars through the body. The first 3 weeks i lost almost 2 lbs per day because of this water loss via urination. During my average 4 day gorge cycle I may gain 10 lbs at most, mostly in water weight.