* The average person can expect to lose 1-2 lbs. per week. Results may vary. Weight loss is influenced by exercise, food consumed and diet
I had a hysterectomy in February of 2004; a month after surgery I had put on 40 pounds. At that point, I became extremely depressed. I tried every other diet. I would lose 20 pounds, and then I wouldn’t lose any more. No matter how faithful I was, I just couldn’t lose any more weight. I finally just gave up, and I packed on the pounds after that. One night I was watching TV, and I saw a commercial for Atkins. I thought “You know what? I can do this. I’m tired of being heavy, and I want my body and my life back.” So the very next day, I started Atkins, and now I live by it. I started in February of 2010, and I finally hit my goal in May of 2011. My biggest challenge would have to be the stalls I experienced when I weighed 160 pounds, and I just couldn’t get past it on the scale. So I stopped weighing myself and just kept doing Atkins. Two months later, I started losing again. I believe it had something to do with my hormones. I stayed strict on Atkins and never cheated the whole time; my body just wasn’t going to lose any more weight. But, I never gave up. I kept going. I carry a picture in my purse that is a “before” and “after” view. I also have it on my desk at work and fridge at home. I will never forget what I looked like but those daily reminders help keep me in check! Plus, I know if I ever eat that way again, I’ll gain every pound I have lost back. Atkins isn’t a diet; it’s a way of life. You can’t look at it as a diet; you have to be committed to changing and eating this way forever.
I can’t even begin to explain how my life has changed because of Atkins. I guess the most important thing would have to be my health. I can now go outside and do yard work and play with my youngest without being out of breath. Plus, my hot flashes have seemed to go away after losing the weight. It’s almost like my hormones have finally gone back to normal. My friends and family are amazed at how determined I have been. My youngest son told me the other day: “Mom, I’ve never seen you this happy.” And he’s so right. I have not been this happy in many years.
Favorite Atkins Friendly Food: Now that I’m in maintenance, I love the Atkins pasta. It tastes just like regular pasta. In fact, my family can’t even tell the difference. They don’t even know that they are eating healthy when I make it.