From my experience with Atkins, you are eating a lot. A know it says eat to your desire and eat the fats , still cut back. I ususally do because I have so much weight to lose.
Wow...this is the first time I've read through these posts, and it seems like everyone is doing a great job of supporting each other!
I am a fellow low carb dieter. I have been doing this for 2 months now; the 6 weeks with phen and the last 2 weeks or so without because the phen was reeking havoc on my female cycle.
I just wanted to add some encouragement, even to those that have lost more than me. I have lost 22 lbs already on this diet. The food is a little boring, but I'm determined to stick with it.
Two hints: If you want chocolate, try the Atkins chocolate bars. They only count as 2 carbs and they are REALLY good! If you want McDonalds burgers, just don't eat the bun. It may look a little funny, but if I have to have McDonalds, I eat 2 plain double cheeseburgers without the buns.
And what did I miss regarding the cheese discussion? I eat lots of cheese (not the single-slice kind though), and so far that hasn't been a problem.
My meals are pretty boring. Eggs and bacon or sausage for breakfast, or a carb-solution drink if I'm in a hurry. Salami, cheese, cottage cheese, or a small salad with ranch for lunch (maybe with some pre-cooked chicken strips). A small steak or pork chop for dinner with asparagus or a salad (the salad size depends on how many carbs I've had that day). I snack on salami and cream cheese, cheese, a carb solution, sardines (sorry, I like 'em ), or whatever for a snack.
If you get discouraged, take a deep breath and stay with it! We can get through this together! Good luck and congratulations to everyone so far!
Ivie - Welcome! Yup, everyone here gets along and cares about each other. We're glad you're joining us! Congrats on the 22 lb loss to date. Feels good, doesn't it? I haven't yet, but I know that someday I'll have to grab fast food, and I plan to make it a chicken caesar salad from McD's. I like 'em, they have a good beat, and I can dance to 'em. I know fresh produce is expensive in Alaska - do the McD's up there offer salads? Come join us in the Atkins Challenge thread and we'll talk some more.
Slow - have you thought about irradiated beef? LOL! Sorry to hear about your burger tribulations. Maybe a George Foreman grill would help?