I think losing weight is very important because once we cross the line from overweight to obese, it is very hard on your body. My bloodwork goes out of whack and there is a five pound window between normal labs and bad labs for me. I do Atkins because I have special metabolic problems and that diet helps me. I also have just found out that I cannot eat salad at all anymore, I have diverticolosis so that is probably part of it. I can't tolerate a lot of foods and am pretty restricted, but still can't lose weight because my liver doesn't work to burn fat like it should. I would definitely keep in touch with your docs when dieting and include perhaps some diabetes screening by your doc to be sure that you don't have that problem, which can make dieting hard. They recommend you be screened for diabetes and metabolic problems with a glucose tolerance test before starting Atkins. I think all overweight people should be screened for insulin resistance and diabetes, it can be a real problem and make dieting difficult if you don't know and then you get frustrated and give up. I definitely think diet is very important when you have any illness, though if you just can't lose weight, then maybe that's the way it will be, but proper nutrition and not overeating or undereating is very important and weight watchers should help with that. I wish you every success and let us know how it goes! Congrats for making the decision to do something, possibly! Good food can make you feel good.
--Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.--Voltaire (1694-1778)
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Klonopin, Soma, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol,steroid injections, Protopic & Triamcinolone Acetonide ointments