Hi Star McDougallers,
I posted something like this message in the Lounge, but in hindsight, it seems like a good question to post to the Stars here too
I used to be a big fan of low carb dieting and sometimes, when I'm trying to pass the time, I dip into some of the old low carb message boards I used to frequent, just to see what's going on with people I know. I'm always curious as to what they're talking about and how people are doing.
One thread in the South Beach Diet board struck me. Someone posted a question about experiences from people who had switched from Atkins to SBD.
What struck me was some of the responses about experiences with Atkins. One woman lost 100 pounds on Atkins but admits to having gained 25 of them back (and her pictures back this up), as well as having undergone open heart surgery 6 weeks ago which was "a shock" to her, since she claims she was "eating healthy" and physically fit.
Another woman stated that she's thinking of switching from Atkins to SBD because a "medical diagnosis" has her watching her sodium, sugar, and fat intake (she didn't mention what the diagnosis was). She said she lost 50 pounds on Atkins and kept it off for 4 years (and from her stats, it looks like she's gained back about 35 of those).
A third woman mentioned that she's also considering switching because her gallbladder is "acting up" and all the fat on Atkins makes it worse. From her stats, it looks like she's lost about 25 pounds so far.
I'm not posting this to poke fun at the Atkins people. But it struck me that these people were complaining about health issues that even they seem to feel was a result of Atkins, despite the fact that they were successful at losing a significant amount of weight on it.
I'd be very curious to know if any of you have experienced serious health issues (like the woman who had open heart surgery AFTER having lost 100 pounds on Atkins) after you not only lost the weight on McDougall but maintained this lifestyle for a period of time.