Hi I have followed Atkins in the past and lost a fantastic amount of weight - over 8 stone. I also came off all my diabetic medication. Then I started eating carbs again. My diabetic nurse had told me that Atkins was not a sensible diet to follow and that if I wanted to continue with their support re my diabetes then I would have to start following the 'healthy plate' rules to eating i.e. to cut back on my protein. This caused me to crave carbs like I have never craved them before. Now I am back up to 18 stones and just ballooning. I feel fat and unhealthy and my mood is seriously low. I hate myself and am pushing everyone away. I feel such a failure. I have tried so hard to start Atkins again as I know this is the only diet/eating plan that works for me. But I simply can't find the strength to stick to it. I Have asked my GP for help and all she advices is that I eat from a saucer rather than a plate as I must be eating too much! This is not at all helpful, and indeed has made matters worse. So I am asking the Team from the diet that really works - Have you any advice for me to start again with Atkins, It just seems so hard this time and my low mood and outlook on life really is not helping. Sorry to sound such a old moaner but any sensible advice would be appreciated.
Hi Natasha and welcome, wow you did amazing last time you followed Atkins and it makes me so mad to read your story about the lack of support you've been receiving. Luckily more & more GPs and health professionals are supporting low carb lifestyles, especially if you have prediabetes or diabetes. Do you have family/friends around you who you could get support from? You have done this before, you know it works and now you've joined this forum you can log on here daily and get support from the great members on here; some of which have been following Atkins for a matter of weeks but others who have followed it for months/years.
Do you have the new book "New Atkins, New You"? If not I urge you to get it and read through it, it's very motivational to read in terms of finding out how ATkins works, the effects that carbs have in the body. You do know this, as you've done Atkins before, but I still read through the book myself and get inspired all over again. Once you've done this (or just read through the info on this website), get yourself to the supermarket and stock up on some tasty Atkins foods. Be ruthless and clear your cupboards of any junk carbs, just throw it away as it's no favour to give it away to anyone. Then start a journal on here - you can either do this privately on the Journal section (see support tools) or start a journal on the forum where we can chip in and help to support you.
Also, on Atkins, you won't starve. We don't ask you to cut your calories to 500 a day, or eat low fat, tasteless foods. You can enjoy fulfilling, good for you foods and not feel hungry or deprived. Commit yourself to one week on Induction, just break it down that small and I bet after that week you'll be motivated to do another week, and another.
Atkins works, you know this, we're here to help you get started and stay on track. Every day is one step closer to your goal so start today and who knows where you'll be this time next month, in 6 months... definitely a lighter weight and much much healthier and feeling fantastic about yourself with more energy.
Many thanks for your response. Unfortunately, I have no supporters who agree with Atkins - they are all of the old stale mind-set of lettuce leaves and cucumber! Good idea about the books. I already have every book Atkins offer and I shall make a start right now after typing this response. I shall also try and clear my fridge and cupboards - supermarket here I come! I never knew about the journal page. I shall have a look at that. Thank you for your support. I know Atkins works - its just getting started again that seems such hard work, but I am determined to do it. All this excessive weight makes me feel ugly, unloved and meaningless - depressed and no energy or motivation - Atkins will change this as I felt brilliant last time.
I'm like you no support, and having 3 children means my cupboards have unhealthy stuff in them. But i cleared a drawer for me which i keep my atkins bars in, i went through the receipes for stage one, wrote down in a little book all the ones i like. I keep a bottle of water with me where ever i go - also one lady on here suggested that if you do have the bars to cut them up into cubes pop them in a little container and take it with you that way if you get peckish you can nibble on a couple. 1 week in and i haven't had the erge to break from the diet at all,
I was taken into hospital a while ago and the only thing that I really remember as was quite ill the ambulance driver saying he was bringing in a rather large young lady - at the time I thought oh are there 2 of of us in this ambulance no he was refering to me.I did manage to lose 2 stone but then but one back on.
I have done diets over the years and caved this is the first one that I think I will actually be able to stick to, I am doing it to lose weight but mainly for health reasons, I have a rare immune disease and did some checking on best diet for this and turns out a protein diet is best so atkins will suit me fine.
If I can do it Natasha you can to stay strong and focussed,
Keeping my fingers crossed for you
Hi to everyone who has posted support to me. Even though my diet is still not perfect I did wake up this morning feeling more positive. Indeed, I have even gone for a 30 minute walk around the block. Could have been faster - but it was a start. I feel really positive about Atkins this time. I have taken on board all your suggestions and this afternoon am going shopping for the foods I need for induction. Good luck to everyone - we can do it!