My story starts in May of 1999. After years of eating low fat everything, my doctor, who is also a personal friend, threatened to put me on medication to lower my blood pressure and cholestorol. I weighed 290 lbs – I’m a 6’1″ male.
I had had a friend that was taking these medications and he complained bitterly about the side effects. So I begged my doctor to give me one more chance to lose weight and get my blood work numbers in line. I worked with a diebetic friend who had great success with the Atkins diet, so I told the doctor I was going to give that a try. He was very skeptical about low carb but finally consented if I would have blood work done every 6 weeks so he could monitor me.
I read the book, which immediately made sense to me. I recalled a diet called “The Drinking Man’s Diet” that was all the rage in the Air Force during the early sixties. My dad and some of his pilot buddies had had great success with it. It basically recommended no more than 60 carbs a day, and you could still have your martinis.
Anyway, I went on Atkins and lost 20 lbs the first month. When I went for my blood work after 6 weeks, I had lost 35 lbs and all my numbers had improved. My doctor was slowly coming around.
I lost 105 lbs in 18 months and have kept it off for almost 2 years. My cholesterol went from 315 to 155. My doctor now has placed several of his patients on Atkins. I’ve had my share of stalls and slips but I’m living proof that this WOE works.
I was one of the first people to discover this wonderful site of Andrea’s and my success is in direct proportion to the support I’ve received from all the wonderful people here. Thanks, everyone.