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Let’s read and then go shopping!

About 2 months ago I had the realization that I needed to go back to the base of Atkins and do ‘by the book’ so I reread Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution which begins with 30 words that resonated in my head throughout the day,

“Lose weight! Increase energy! Look great! This book will show you how it’s done.

 Not only that, it will show you how to change your life one and for all.”

Normally such words would invoke images of ThighMasters, Magic Bullet Blenders that make salsa or some other late night quackery (for the record, I actually own and love my Magic Bullet) but these words resonated with me because they had two truths within them.

– It was what inspired me in 2007 to begin a Low Carb way of eating (woe)

– What he said was true, not one false word, and I knew it!

The psychological change from a person who is overweight, filling their bodies with processed foods and chemicals to one who not only looks good on the outside but feels amazing on the inside is a rare and euphoric feeling that is indescribable, especially when you drop that first ‘wave’ of weight in the first 14 days (yeah, 14 days to the beginning of a new you, I didn’t believe it either).  When I gained the weight back I felt the way I looked, terrible. Was I same person, yes, but I was again a slave to food and excess weight.  I had hidden behind the idea of Atkins instead of following the rules, and the rules are easy.

-don’t consume more than 20 grams of carbs a day and make those 20 grams be mostly green veggies

-have 3-5 meals a day without skipping

-if you are hungry, eat something!

-drink at least 64 ounces of water

that’s pretty much it! I have to insist that you read the Atkins’ New Diet Revolution cover to cover because the amount of information you need that is in there is invaluable to your way of eating but it’s a such a simple concept.

I suppose  you can also look at it as

– Don’t eat sugar, grains, any starchy vegetable or fruit for Induction

As you will read in New Revolution, Dr Atkins re-introduces carbs to find a perfect balance so you can either lose more weight or maintain the weight you are at all the while eating some of the most incredible foods imaginable!

Well that’s enough of my preaching, time to go shopping and load up on some goodies.  Some of the things on my shopping list (I am going to cook a lot of food and store it for this weekend and next week) are
– whole chicken to roast and carve up
– 2lbs of ground beef for my ‘messy meat chili’
– tuna fish (canned in water)
– romaine lettuce
– celery
– green cabbage (I make a mean stir fry with hot sauce and chopped cabbage)
– eggs (for hard-boiled and fried)

until next time!

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Why I am back to Atkins: a confession

I began my podcast back in 2007 and promised over and over again to myself, my family and my listeners/ subscribers that I would remain on the path of Atkins. I dropped a total of 60lbs, felt great, looked great and was on the road to success. Then I decided to float off track, I have had roughly 3 years of troubling failures with this diet and (if you have listened throughout my podcast you know) flip flopping and experimenting with modified versions of Atkins, low fat, high carb, all brown rice, raw, etc etc and gaining weight with every turn. As I got sadder, I got fatter and at points turned to alcohol while stuffing my face in terrible depression. It occurred to me about 3 months ago that I was a fraud in relation to Low Carb, I had no right to offer advice! And who the hell am I to modify Dr Atkins plan?!?! I wanted to post a podcast again and tell my tale but thought, I need to prove to myself I can follow through on Low Carb 100% before I post another podcast on the subject. Today I am 22lbs down and am doing an extended induction and really loving it. Again. This way of eating is so simple and easy if you just follow the rules, something I am relearning. I have to thank Jimmy Moore for being so kind over the years and keeping the Low carb movement alive and well, also, Dana Carpender who has a newer podcast but is really doing an outstanding job. Those are the podcasts you should listen to to learn about low carb, Atkins and livin’ la vida low carb in general. Listen to my show to hear about the struggles of a NYC graphic artist, tech nerd, father, husband and musician who works in a place with pizza parties, cupcakes, and temptations around every corner. This time I’m not straying, this time it is for life.

– Marc Sage marc@lowcarbshow.com

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Episode 36 of The Low Carb Show is up!

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New podcast coming

This weekend I am going to record a podcast and share some of the ideas I have come up with to cope with birthday food, holiday food and just update where we are with our diet. I have dropped about 20lbs in the past month a d feel great, I will share how to sneak in exercise and how to get on the water game. Stay tuned!

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I’m still here!

Hey all just wanted to say I am still on low carb, just working a lot! Will update this weekend

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Day 19

Things were going perfectly until two MASSIVELY HUGE screw-ups happened yesterday!  I ordered a Dunkin Donuts Decaf with half & half and 2 splenda – when I tasted it I thought it was very sweet but just didn’t think about it – when I finished it I noticed it had a TON of real sugar in it (undissolved).  This bummed me out but I drank a ton of water and moved on.  Then I decided I needed a caffiene boost to wake myself up (I work for the newspaper industry and need to be somewhat awake when designing layouts) so when someone offered me some diet soda I drank it thinking it was Cherry Coke Zero, ends up it was regular cherry Coke (labels are similar, see below)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So anyway, I am going through some serious sugar withdrawal and funky issues but I jumped back onto the horse without straying further!  No more buying coffee and no more soda!  Lesson learned!