-- these (high protein) diets are costly. But, Alone
, Atkins does work -- you will lose weight w/o getting weak or hungry. And you can lose weight quicker than a lot of other diets. I think it's been shown that ketosis (sp) is dangerous, but years ago while doing a modified kind of Atkins, I learned that you do not need to go into ketosis to lose weight quickly. If exercising, you can also firm up a little quicker than usual. AND you will not be hungry.
1 big point goes against Atkins: If you are having a hey day w/ the butter, sour cream, beef, other meats, cheese, real mayo, all the bacon you can handle (Y.U.M.) you will lose weight UNLESS you CHEAT and fall prey to some heavy carbs and/or sugar. If you do this, then all those calories and fat in the Atkins diet will then go AGAINST you. I don't know why, but I know it, cause it's happened to me. More than several times.
btw, Sugar Busters is a great, healthy modified Atkins type program. Just buy the paperback book on it. It's an excellent diet, not too difficult to adhere. It allows more fruits and vegs, but they must be certain ones. It also allows you 2 pieces of whole grain or rye bread.
I have 2 friends who tried everything and failed til they tried Sugar Busters.
Just putting in my 2 cents. Altho I have never been more than 15-20 overweight (which is plenty bad enough), I have dieted on and off since I was a teen (now mid 50's). Betcha I've gained and lost more weight than most.
right now, my thyroid, which I suspect has been attacked by Lyme, is causing me great difficulty. I get too weak (hypoglycemia) if I eat too little, and following some of my past successful diets, I cannot get the pounds off!
Bit 1972: Acute and chronic tonsillitis, UTI, miscarraige, appendicitis, hypoglycemia, chronic neck pain w/ crushed vertibrae, chronic severe back pain, mitral valve prolapse, depression, resolution?