The Atkins diet changed my life, my relationship with and need for food, my health, my metabolism, my blood pressure, and my weight, all for the better.
I've been on his dietary regimen for about 5 years know and I'm in excellent health. I'm eating higher quality foods than I ever did before. Contrary to what most people think, it is not a weight loss diet. It's a diet for the rest of your life.
I strongly recommend that you spend $8, buy Dr. Atkins book, and go on his diet. Follow his version of the diet, not your version, especially until you get to the maintenance phase.
P.S. I've reached the point where my body is so conditioned to the Atkins diet that I can cheat a little on it (beer, wine, brownies, chocolate - in moderation) and it doesn't effect me adversely.
I suggest he talk to his doctor about it first. I tried Atkins for one month, and didn't cheat at all. It was expensive, I didn't lose any weight (didn't gain either) AND my normally low-side-of-normal blood pressure skyrocketed.
From my research South Beach is a much healthier (not to mention more accessible) version of Atkins. I have never used it but I know many who have been successful with it.
For me, the Weight Watchers regimen of low fat, high fiber, keep track of how much you eat methodology works very well when I follow it. I lost 80 pounds out of grad school doing that plan. When I slack off, I gain weight. When I start following the plan again, it comes off. There are no forbidden foods, it's all about tradeoffs.
As for my own vices... I could say food, but really I try not to judge myself by how much I eat. I would rather learn how to let life's adversities slide off my back more, and to be more patient with others.
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