For those of you who follow this blog and my articles at Examiner.com, you know that I have been a faithful Atkins-eer, on and off, for three decades. My weight has had its ups and downs (think death-defying roller coaster), because I would allow myself to be dragged into eating the typical Western diet, full of sugar, carb, and bad vegetable oils. But this latest reaffirmation has been a year of high-fat, medium protein, and low-carb living. Unfortunately, the program stopped working.
Last summer, because of medical problems, I lost about ten pounds of muscle mass, thereby reducing the number of calories I needed to maintain my weight. That situation was compounded by a smidgen of hormone replacement. Before I knew it, even "dietarily" doing what I knew was right, I put on 15 pounds that would NOT budge, no matter what I did. I wasn't foolish enough to go the low-calorie way, but I tweaked my low-carb lifestyle every way I knew how, and I was actually gaining weight.
I had read Protein Power by Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades, but was still a faithful Atkins chick. Even so, I subscribe to Dr. Mike's blog, and saw that they were about to release a new book, The 6-week Cure for the Middle-aged Middle. I pre-ordered it from Amazon.com. When it came, I leafed through it, just to see what it looked like. I was instantly hooked, and didn't put it down before reading it, cover to cover. What did I find? I found out what I'd been doing wrong. I wasn't taking in enough high-quality protein.
I have been using the Eades' "3 and 1" program from this book for two weeks now, and I am finally losing both weight and inches. My body is a ninja, an expert in fighting back, using anything available as a weapon. This time, it has no choice. It may be giving up ground slowly, but it is giving up.
Am I hungry? Nope. Am I feeling good? Yep. Between their recommendation to eat a much higher protein level than I was used to, and their vitamin and mineral intake guidelines, I am sleeping better, with more energy, and a better mood, than I have had in months. I highly recommend this book.
As for me, I am trimming my middle-aged middle. Rock on!