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I did the two weeks of Atkins induction. It was a breeze. I feel great and look better.

I have what is a perhaps peculiar approach to Atkins. I didn't weigh myself at the start and don't weigh myself to keep track of how much I've lost. (If I had to guess, I've lost about 15 pounds and need to lose 25 more.) To me, losing fat, looking and feeling better, being healthy are more important than whether I lose one pound or three last week. Getting hung up on what the scale says seems counterproductive since its often more discouraging than encouraging. Losing weight takes time.

Anyway, after two weeks of induction, instead of moving on to OWL, I stuck with it -- sort of. I call it induction-plus. Generally I stick to the induction rules but a little more loosely. If I want I have a little more salad or vegetables one day. Maybe a small handful of nuts another. I don't worry about having a couple of drinks with friends occassionaly (once a week, maybe.) The thing is, I don't count carbs. I hate counting -- carbs or calories or pounds. I just stick to the induction rules and make an exception now and then -- but a minor exception -- not a slice of pizza or chocolate cake or anything like that.

Oh, and I'm swimming a kilometer four times a week. Golf once a week. Plan to add a weight-lifting program sooner or later.

The reason I'm posting all this is because many of you folks are more experienced with the "low carb way of life" and I wanted to run this "lazy-man's Atkins" philosophy by you to see if you see any likley problems or pitfalls.

Another thing: one of the things that attracted me to Atkins was the evolutionary biology theory behind it -- how humans ate... and are supposed to eat. It makes sense. What doesn't make sense to me though is how the theory justifies always staying in ketosis. It seems to me that the long "famine" - short "feast" theory would call for a ketosis break once or twice a year, maybe for a week each time. Boy would that be nice around Thanksgiving and maybe again on a summer holidy... as long as you return to ketosis afterwards and during the interim.


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