Since quitting sugar on October 24th, 2011, I’ve adopted a low carbohydrate, moderate protein, and high fat diet. Basically, the Atkins diet. That’s been going really well.
Though I’ve lost a lot of weight, it was never my primary focus. Sure, I’m stoked about being leaner. It feels great to fit into some of my old clothes. Also my abs are beginning to resurface, which totally rocks. And one of the benefits of the Atkins diet (if you do it right), is that you never…and let me emphasize this point…NEVER(!) have to go hungry. There’s always something you can eat when you’re hungry. In fact, if you’re keeping only fresh and mostly unprocessed foods in your refrigerator and pantry, you can almost eat whatever you want when you’re hungry and not gain any weight.
So when I hear about people following other diets, I almost pity them. I want to pull them aside and explain how awesome the Atkins approach is. I’m pretty much convinced that it’s hands-down, the best diet, period. …or is it?
Since I’ve become a member of this no-sugar, low-carb community, I’ve noticed something that doesn’t make sense to me. And it seems pretty wide-spread. I keep hearing people talking about “cheating” on their diets or allowing a “cheat” day, or even “cheating” as a reward for accomplishing a diet goal. So let me start by talking directly to those people.
You’re all nuts!
Okay, that may seem a bit harsh, and honestly, I still love you all. But this kind of thinking is just plain nutty to me….unless, of course, you don’t intend to eat the way you’re eating for the rest of your life. If you’re just skipping the sugar until you reach you’re ideal weight, well, good for you. That plan has worked for countless others, so of course it will work for you too! Have a nice life. On the other hand, if you’ve chosen a no-sugar diet as your lifestyle; if you’re eating this way because you want to experience all the health benefits that come with such a healthy lifestyle, than the idea of “cheating” shouldn’t be a part of it.