|Start Weight:||(25 Aug 12) 276.6 lb|
|Current Weight:||(11 May 13) 267.4 lb|
|Goal Weight:||200.0 lb|
following: yduj57's own diet
performance: losing 1.9 lb a week
I am in my mid-50's, married for 20+ years, with two daughters in their late teens. I am about to go back to school next year, and very excited about it.
I have struggled with my weight on and off my whole life. I have not tried every diet out there, like some. Mostly reduced calorie, low fat, balanced approach. Weight watchers, Zone, my own variations. As I have gotten older the weight seems to go on easier and come off slower. I have also developed hypothyroidism, and a bad combination of blood lipids (low HDL and high LDL). I have eaten mostly vegetarian for the last five to ten years, due to my daughters' preferences.
May 31, 2012, made the shift to Atkins after months of struggle with trying to closely follow USDA recommendations, logging all my food, eliminating virtually all "empty" calories...and slow to no weight loss. The weight is dropping off much easier now, and I feel good. Some headaches and leg cramps at first. Rode it out, and made sure I was drinking enough fluids. Still tweaking, but I feel like this is my future direction.
My inspiration for these changes came mostly from the YouTube video by Dr. Lustig; Sugar: The Bitter Truth, and videos and books by Gary Taubes. Highly recommend "Why We Get Fat; and what to do about it" by Taubes. He also has a website, www.garytaubes.com
My most recent bloodwork has shown a nice increase in HDL, and a dramatic drop in triglycerides. Ratios are all looking much, much better. No statins for me, thank you!