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My Low-Carb Diet Experience

Bridget lost 37 pounds over two years of following a low-carb diet on-and-off.

It was July 2015 when my family and me went to Carowinds in Charlotte, NC. I weighed about 217 pounds.

It was July 2015 when my family and me went to Carowinds in Charlotte, NC. I weighed about 217 pounds.

The Atkins Diet

My weight loss journey started in May 2016. My best friend told me about the Atkins diet and explained the Induction Phase to me— which is when you only eat meat and vegetables for two weeks. After two weeks, you can either move on to Phase 2 or stay in the Induction Phase. At first, I didn't want to do it since I couldn't imagine restricting myself to eating just meat and vegetables. But she assured me that other friends and herself will support me and besides, two weeks will fly by fast. I agreed and decided to try it.

The first three days of the Induction Phase were terrible; I craved carbs and sweets. But when I stepped on the scale, I noticed the number was going down—I felt elated! I remember being impressed and thinking, "Wow, the fat is literally melting away!" I lost 8 lbs during the Induction Phase. After two weeks, I decided to go back to my old eating habits, but I maintained my weight because I was exercising.

A Pivotal Moment

Since losing 8 lbs on the Atkins diet, I went back to my old eating habits. Pizza, bread, cake, oh my! Meanwhile, my job at the time was very active. I was constantly climbing a step-ladder to stock office supplies on shelves, cleaning bathrooms, etc., so I maintained my weight. In December 2017, I got a new job as an Assistant Teacher at a preschool, and yes, the job is very active. Despite that, I felt stressed and under pressure. Therefore, I would drink Coca-Cola 2 to 3 times a day. Some days I felt so stressed from work that, on my way home, I would stop by McDonald's and get a large Coke. Once I got home, I would pop open a can of Coke and drink it. I didn't realize the damage I was doing to my body until I started having heart palpitations. One day I realized that I needed to change my eating habits and take my health seriously. My view of Coke also changed when I read online that Coca-Cola addiction is comparable to heroin addiction! I stopped drinking sodas cold turkey and joined a gym.

This picture was taken in April 2018. I decided to throw a Western-themed party for some friends, and we had a blast! I weighed 191 pounds.

This picture was taken in April 2018. I decided to throw a Western-themed party for some friends, and we had a blast! I weighed 191 pounds.

The Results

After a month of going to the gym and noticing that I was losing weight at a slow rate, I decided to do the Atkins diet again. After three weeks I lost 7 pounds. A month later, I lost an extra 8 pounds. As of today (06/24/18), I've loss 2 more pounds!

I'll admit I've had a cheat day or two, but after a cheat day, I bounced right back into healthy eating habits. Now some folks may judge me about even thinking about a cheat day. I've read many comments from bloggers, each with different opinions about cheat days. Some say no don't do it because high-carb intake will knock my body out of ketosis, while others say a cheat day is beneficial for your body. What's my opinion? There's nothing wrong with a cheat day once in a while— only if you're close to or at your ideal weight. I wouldn't recommend a cheat day when you initially start a low-carb diet. As I've stated earlier, I had a few cheat meals and was able to get my body back into ketosis to continue losing weight.

I had a surprise party for a friend yesterday (06/23/2018)... this time it was Hawaiian-themed. As of yesterday, I weigh 180 pounds.

I had a surprise party for a friend yesterday (06/23/2018)... this time it was Hawaiian-themed. As of yesterday, I weigh 180 pounds.

I recently went to Goodwill and was excited to fit into a pair of size 10 jeans!!!

I recently went to Goodwill and was excited to fit into a pair of size 10 jeans!!!

How I Feel Being on a Low-Carb Diet

Positive changes happened since being on a low-carb diet. I'm definitely slimmer, though I'm still working on my stubborn belly fat. I went from a pant size 16 to a 10! The weight loss has boosted my confidence and self-esteem. I no longer have heart palpitations. I haven't been to my family physician yet to see if my cholesterol and blood pressure has decreased. I'll make that appointment soon. Since 2015, I've lost 37 pounds!

My low-carb diet experience has helped me realize the danger of overeating junk and processed food. However, I am no longer on any diet because good eating habits are now part of life. I enjoy eating meat and vegetables and occasionally fruits. At this point, I'm working on toning my body.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2018 Bridget Cunningham

Comments

Bridget Cunningham (author) from Georgia on June 28, 2018:

Thanks Shauna! Yes, seafood is allowed. Same here, shrimp and blue crabs are my favorite.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 28, 2018:

Raven, you look terrific! I don't know if I could only eat meat and vegetables. I don't really eat a lot of meat to begin with, so that would take some getting used to.

How about seafood? Is that allowed? I love shellfish.

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