Originally Posted by JerseyGyrl
When you say you really want to follow the rules per Dr. Atkins original diet....I am going to assume you are doing Atkins 72. On Atkins 72, you are permitted 2 small green salads a day, each less than 1 cupful, loosely packed.
That being said, I eat a large salad everyday for lunch and another smaller salad with dinner. I am not doing Atkins 72. I follow Atkins 2002, which encourages 12-15 of your 20 carbs for the day on Induction coming from veggies & salads on the acceptable foods list. I've never experienced issues from eating too much lettuce or too many veggies. In fact, its been the opposite, when I wasn't eating a good amount of veggies & salad, my weight would be at a stand still.
Cheese is a common staller on Atkins. Most will find it needs to be severly limited. While Atkins 2002 permits 3-4 oz. a day, I learned to limit my cheese intake to 1-2 oz.
Oooh!!! Thank you Kim!! I was hoping you'd give me your advice. Your story was the deciding factor for me to give this another try and I really appreciate your knowledgable input. That said, I think I will concentrate on the 2002 version and get my 15 to 20 carbs from eating those large salads I love and a little green veggies of course. If I notice a negative effect, I will reevaluate. And your right, I always end up eating way too much sharp cheddar, love putting it on everything (eggs, alone, salad, alone, on the side, alone, etc). I guess I love cheese so much that I take advantage of the fact I can actually eat it on this WOE. The cheese is most likely the true culprit to the weight loss stalls (that was harsh, didn't want to admit that).
Today, I cut up that huge block into 1 oz portions so now I definetly won't be going overboard in that department either.
Last night, I pulled out my Atkins book from storage. It is the 2003 version. I never realized it, but your right the book gives the impression that alternative low carb foods are okay! In the past I regularly relied on those little Endulge bars, along with the cheese (of course) and too much nuts during OWL. This has to be the reason the plan never worked that well for me in later years. I guess I will be ordering the 2002 version today and strictly follow it ....
Thanks again for your advice. Your input helps many of us stay on track and is an inspiration to a lot of us newbies (and returning newbies).