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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

8 replies on “Why I am back to Atkins: a confession”

Good for you. I started low carbing again this year…and this time it is for life. I am learning some things to make this easier to stay on.

I feel surrounding yourself with great foods, tons of water and positive reinforcement is helping me a lot this time around – I am cooking A LOT! I am going to order a few books tonight – I’ll post what I get.

Please keep in touch with your progress 🙂

Great post!! I just got here by way of Jimmy Moore’s tweet. I have been battling weight for 15 years and the only time I lost weight was eating low carb. I’m back to low carb as well and the weight is coming off. Some of us cannot do what others do to stay healthy. I’ve done weight watchers, raw vegan, vegan, just hoping, and even trained and ran a marathon without significantly losing weight!

This community of low carb’ers is such a huge help!! Thanks for your post it reminds me I’m not alone in the battle of eat less exercise more advice gone amok!
-PJ

PJ – there is always someone to turn to whichever forum you prefer, it’s unreal actually! Which do you frequent?

It sounds to me that you have the dedication – if I can lose weight anyone can – I truly feel that way

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