I think most people tell you based on their personal experience.
It took me a year to realize that Wethers "no sugar added, and Splenda did not work for me.
I switched to Stevia 2 months ago.
I would also stay away from "anything" packaged including Atkins.
Personally I have not found coffee to be a problem and personally I do not drink much more water if more at all.
I cont'd with my 6-10fat % plain healthy no gelatin just the milk stuff yogurt and still do. I also eat cheese in small bits.
I eat one large salad with 3 good tbsp of hi fat zero/low carb dressing and often extra olive oil.
for lunch i often add egg/salmon/salad or a all beef jumbo frankfurter (not weiner) as much as I feel like eating.
make that 2 eggs fried with bacon or sausage or both for breakfast.
keep the fat level up and it will get you through.
for the first while eat as much protein and fat as you want or every time you are hungry eat something fatty. mims are good because they are mostly fat and a bit of protein with a lot of fiber.
I am starting very low carb again last week after my 3rd off the cart binge on wheat products.
I am now convinced the stricter you are with anything processed such as artificial sweetners/atkins meal bars etc..the sooner you will adapt and the cravings are batter managed. Keep the carbs down the fat hi!! that is what it has taken me a year to learn.
to some extent you have to do what makes sense to you and trust your own knowledge. eveyone is different. it is definitely a learning experience and the more you read and learn the better prepared you will be to make changes that suit you.
I felt I could add a little wheat or grain now and then..but every time I do it completely sabotages me. [Read Wheat Belly by Davis..google him.
thank fully i have always loved fat and fatty foods so this time that is my saviour and am fully embracing a high fat diet. tomorrow I am adding coconut oil to my diet.
and their is a wealth of info in the Primal/Paleo diet models..do read them and add those tidbits of info.
Most do acknowledge tkins was on the money..but their is always room for a bit of adaptation..so find what works for you and keep at it.
I do not know why you chose Atkins..I did because it made sense to me. That said it is not entirely dogma. .I read Gary Taubes Good Calories Bad Calories and have continued research.
The point is an overall better and healthier you..not sticking precisely to a formula. The book is a guide and the forula one that most will suceed with IF they can manage it. If not they will not suceed..so..YOU will suceed if you do what it takes for you to "fit into" that diet concept..LOW..VERY LOW carb..hi fat..med/hi protein.
If it means eating a MIM each and every day..do it!!
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