|Start Weight:||(24 May 13) 249.0 lb|
|Current Weight:||(30 Jul 13) 228.0 lb|
|Goal Weight:||145.0 lb|
following: WholeFoodsEater's own diet
performance: gaining 4.4 lb a week
San Francisco journalist getting over 22 years of what I thought was a super healthy diet. I'm a former vegetarian (from age 14), who used to work out obsessively and subsist on 1200 calories a day. My weight gain of 70 lbs happened in less than a year -- when in 2008 I added fats, dairy and meat back into my diet after what amounts to starving myself for so long. I was "thinner" as a vegetarian, but I was far less healthy, eating almost no fat and very few calories to maintain that "thinner" weight. I lived on tiny "black bean salads" and soy. Because of that -- I had trouble concentrating, was irritable, and believed I suffered from ADD. I started WAP and decided that when my weight plateaued at whatever weight it wanted to grow to, I would stay at that weight for at least a year and if nothing changed I would then go on Atkins. So I stopped gaining and stayed at 240 all year. My new goal is to weigh and maintain a healthy 145 by March of 2011, although to be honest, I would be happy being a fit, athletic 165.
UPDATE: It's May 2013, and while I lost some weight on Atkins, and believe it works for losing, I found my metabolism is so damaged that after an initial loss, I just stayed around the same. Since my first attempt at Atkins, I've been eating low carbs, and yet never lost more, instead slowly gaining back up to my original weight. Without eating off the plan! I'm now working with a team of professionals I've assembled: a naturopath, a nurse practitioner, and a general practitioner -- all healthy and beautiful women who are obviously doing something right. The plan is to balance my hormones, reset my "set point," repair my insulin resistance, and then do a leptin reset. I'm taking RX HCG. I also just took a round of food allergy blood tests to see if those are an issue.
It's weird to think you've been so healthy and then find out what you've been eating is all wrong. After this process, I intend to do low-carb paleo for lifetime maintenance.