Paul was very complimentary about the book and had used the knowledge found inside to lose weight. I was intrigued to say the least, as a long time unsuccessful dieter I was desperate for any help. Over forty years, I'd tried all the fad diets alongside the official diet as set out by the NHS (National Health Service in the UK) dietitian. Nothing worked, at one point I was down to 400 calories a day and walking up to 10 miles a day and loosing almost nothing.
So I bought the book and read it in one sitting. I was astonished, why had I never heard about this before?, it all made sense. Gary Taubes is a fantastic writer, he was
able to explain in layman's terms how the body works and how it deals with the foods you eat. I was angry, really, really angry. I thought, if this is true why have I been lied to by my health care professionals all these years.
Based on the information in the book I cast around for a low carb diet to follow (I'd heard of Atkins, but had never followed up on it). After much research on the internet I came across the Atkins Diet Bulletin Board and all the useful material there in. I bought the DANDR book as recommended and started my journey on 24th January 2011. My starting weight was 336lbs. (At my heaviest I was over 410lbs, but I'd lost weight on a low, low calorie/low fat starvation diet for a gallbladder removal three years ago. I managed to get down to 294lbs but of course had put weight back on as soon as I stopped the diet).
I was lucky, I didn't get the Atkins 'flu'. Probably because I was inadvertently already eating low carb as a result of the low amount of calories I was allowing myself (around 1000 a day at that time). I followed Induction to the letter, extending it for 22 weeks because I was happy with the amount of food I was eating (in hindsight, I wouldn't have done it).
How did I do?
Weight loss over 22 weeks: 6, 5, 5, 2, 2, 2, 4, 4, 6, 4, 6, 3, 3, 1, 1, 6, 5, 2, 3, 4, 1, 4. = 76lbs
Since then I've moved to OWL 3 and lost another 52lbs. Not once in the year of living the Atkins lifestyle have I been hungry, or looked to eat off plan. All I can say is, Atkins works. Follow the plan and you will lose weight. No question."
Meet the new Peter.
Eating more food than I was used to eating. I've lived my life as fat man on a low calorie/low fat diet.
You have to commit to this as a lifestyle change, not a diet otherwise you will regain any weight you lose.