Why the Atkins diet doesn’t work and never will

The goal of any diet is to help you lose excess weight and keep it off. The first part is relatively easy to achieve; the second part is incredibly difficult to maintain. Any diet that restricts calories will do the first part, but invariably the lost weight returns. This is definitely the situation for the Atkins diet. I knew Bob Atkins well, and the only answer he had as to why people regain weight on his diet was that they are addicted to carbohydrates. Frankly, I never bought into that explanation from Bob any more than I believed the reasoning of the advocates for low-fat diets saying the failure to maintain weight loss is because people are addicted to fat. To paraphrase former President Clinton, “It’s the hormones, stupid.”

In most cases what really causes weight regain is cellular inflammation induced by hormonal imbalance. This is why any diet that uses the word “low” or “high” to describe itself will induce hormonal imbalance, and therefore ultimately fail. Low-fat diets are generally high-carbohydrate diets. High levels of carbohydrates will increase the production of insulin, which is the hormone that makes you fat and keeps you fat. This increase in insulin will generate increased cellular inflammation that increases the likelihood for weight regain (1). On the other hand, the Atkins diet is a low-carbohydrate diet that is also a high-fat diet. If those fats on the Atkins diet are rich in saturated and omega-6 fats (which they usually are), then their presence will also increase cellular inflammation (1). This increase in cellular inflammation (by either type of diet) disrupts hormonal signaling patterns (especially for insulin signaling) that generate increased insulin resistance. This was shown in one of my earlier research articles that demonstrated that under carefully controlled clinical conditions, following the Atkins diet shows significant increases in cellular inflammation compared to those subjects following the Zone Diet (2). In addition, there was decreased endurance capacity of the subjects on the Atkins diet compared to those on the Zone Diet (3).

The differences are probably due to the fact that the  anti inflammatory diet is a diet that is moderate in protein, carbohydrate and fat. It’s this type of dietary moderation of macronutrients that generates hormonal balance.Now new data from Yale Medical School indicates that a ketogenic (i.e. Atkins) diet may even have worse health implications than simply weight regain (4). In this study, it was demonstrated that although indicators of insulin resistance in the blood may be decreased on a ketogenic diet, insulin resistance in the liver was dramatically increased. Since the liver is the central processing organ for controlling metabolism, this would suggest that long-term use of the Atkins diet would cause metabolic problems leading to accumulation of excess fat. Adding even more fuel to this hormonal fire is another study that demonstrated that a ketogenic diet leads to increased production of cortisol (another hormone that makes you fat and keeps you fat) in the fat cells (5). Any increase in cortisol increases insulin resistance in that particular organ.

So it appears that ketogenic diets (like the Atkins diet) may initially reduce insulin levels in the blood, but increase insulin resistance in organs, such as the liver and the adipose tissue. The bottom line: Any initial weight loss with the Atkins diet is a false hope since it causes insulin resistance in various organs that ultimately cause the regain of any lost weight as excess fat. That’s a very bad prescription.

References:
1. Sears B. “Toxic Fat.” Thomas Nelson. Nashville, TN (2008)
2. Johnston CS, Tjonn SL, Swan PD, White A, Hutchins H, and Sears B. “Ketogenic low-carbohydrate diets have no metabolic advantage over nonketogenic low-carbohydrate diets.” Am J Clin Nutr 83: 1055-1061 (2006)
3. White AM, Johnston CS, Swan PD, Tjonn SL, and Sears B. “Blood ketones are directly related to fatigue and perceived effort during exercise in overweight adults adhering to low-carbohydrate diets for weight loss: a pilot study.” J Am Diet Assoc 107: 1792-1796 (2007)

4. Jornayvaz FR, Jurczak MJ, Lee HY, Birkenfeld AL, Frederick DW, Zhang D, Zhang XM, Samuel VT, and Shulman GI. “A high-fat, ketogenic diet causes hepatic insulin resistance in mice, despite increasing energy expenditure and preventing weight gain.” Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 299: E808-815 (2010)
5. Stimson RH, Johnstone AM, Homer NZ, Wake DJ, Morton NM, Andrew R, Lobley GE, and Walker BR. “Dietary macronutrient content alters cortisol metabolism independently of body weight changes in obese men.” J Clin Endocrinol Metab 92: 4480-4484 (2007)

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About Dr. Barry Sears

Dr. Barry Sears is a leading authority on the impact of the diet on hormonal response, genetic expression, and inflammation. A former research scientist at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Sears has dedicated his research efforts over the past 30 years to the study of lipids. He has published more than 30 scientific articles and holds 13 U.S. patents in the areas of intravenous drug delivery systems and hormonal regulation for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. He has also written 13 books, including the New York Times #1 best-seller "The Zone". These books have sold more than 5 million copies in the U.S. and have been translated into 22 different languages.

57 thoughts on “Why the Atkins diet doesn’t work and never will

  1. Whether or not a ketogenic diet works in the long term is almost inconsequential to me. I feel like complete garbage when I reduce carbohydrates too far. No diet is worth that to me. Luckily I don’t have to choose between being lean and feeling great.

    I will, however, be passing on this information to all the low carb folks I run into. This post was very enlightening.

    I hope they continue!

  2. Thank you for this. I have struggled and starved and regained weight with Atkins most of my life, since I first read Atkins Steak and Salad Diet in a Vogue Magazine about 40 years ago.

    I have read about the hormones and low cal diets, too. Low cal means just more starving and regaining. Regulating hormones consistently is the only thing that makes sense for me. I just can’t keep it off otherwise.

    Kudos to Dr. Barry Sears – again.

  3. I would really like to know what Dr. Sears’ opinion is on Gary Taube’s books, “Good Calories, Bad Calories” and “Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It”. He also talks about how we should not eat carbs because they raise the insulin levels in your body. How does his research compare to Dr. Sears’ research? Thank you!

    • I believe “Good Calories, Bad Calories” is great historical analysis of dietary knowledge up to 1994. Unfortunately he doesn’t speak about the role of inflammation in obesity. That’s where I believe I made a small contribution as I have tried to demonstrate in my books since 1995 that it is not insulin alone, but the combination with excess omega-6 fatty acids that increases cellular inflammation which in turns drives chronic disease. That’s why if you like at the chapter index of “The Zone” published in 1995 you will find twice a many chapters devoted to eicosanoids (the hormones that control cellular inflammation) than you will on insulin. Insulin is part of the problem, not the whole problem.

  4. First of all, I think new Atkins diet is very similar to Zone Diet. Even many Atkins products have too carbs for any ‘zoner’!

    I go on Zone-type Diet since years ago, but I think some people do better on lower carb diets. Gary Taubes work is enlightening.

    As nutrition-health journalist I go on being an advocate of the Zone, but now I recommend a generally speaking ‘restricted carb’ diet, from a moderate carb diet to a moderate to low carb diet. I think also that very low carb diet is not a good approach.

    High fat diets (moderate in protein and carbs) are so interesting from an historical and traditional perspective.

  5. Good Calories, Bad Calories is an excellent historical text. Unfortunately it appears that most of his research ends around 1994 especially in regard to eicosanoids and inflammation. The publication of The Zone in 1995 was the first book to link increased insulin with increased inflammation. Unfortunately there is no mention of inflammation and obesity (as well as other hormones involved in hunger and satiety) in Taube’s otherwise great book. Why We Get Fat is essentially the Cliff Notes version of Good Calories, Bad Calories for the general public. The concept of the Zone is based on insulin balance with generation of ketosis. My published data with carefully controlled clinical studies as indicated that a carbohydrate controlled non-ketogenic diets (i.e. the anti inflammatory diet) is superior to a low carbohydrate diet that induce ketosis (i.e. the Atkins diet). But then I do clinical research as opposed to science reviews of the research of others. In the defense of Taube’s, his latest review article in Science on insulin resistance does of good job of discussing the role of inflammation in insulin resistance and therefore in the development of obesity. It’s too bad that inflammation was not included in his early work.

    • Diet comes from the Greek root meaning “way of life”. You simply have to pick out a diet for your desired purpose (reduction of inflammation, weight control, athletic performance, etc) and stick with it for a lifetime.

  6. I would want to add that lipophilia concept we europeans (I am european) developed in first half of XX century, as discussed in Taubes work, reminded me a lot of TOXIC FAT book (by Dr Sears) ideas. Its essential to focus our attention in adipose tissue instead of calorie imbalances and other things…and our adipose tissue can grow like a cancer tumor.

    Again, Dr Sears shows that he is in the side of the good science. Obesity and nutritional science has made too mistakes in last decades.

    Since restricting carbs is an old concept and idea, I believe inflammation is the most important personal contribution of Sears.

    I love the frequency of articles in this blog :)

  7. Dr Sears, THANK YOU for your hard work and thorough research. For the first time in my life I have lost weight easily (52 pounds so far) and feel GREAT. The Zone is so easy and sensible – it is such a shame that more people do not take the time to check it out and put it into practice in their lives. I am trying to spread the word!

  8. So that sounds very familiar to me. I’ve been on a restricted, extremely low carb diet for years, and intially lost 60 pounds. Fifty has come back and I barely consume 1,400 calories a day and work out.
    I feel like I’m stuck in a nightmare. I’m 56 years old, and figured it is age and a wrecked metabolism.
    Can I correct it?

    • Mary, don’t give up! For 20 years I was on the diet/gain/diet/gain cycle until I ended up 60 lb overweight and miserable. Using the Zone food prescription plan, I made my way back to a healthy weight and energetic life. I knew that if I changed my eating habits, all the good things would follow in time. First, I found I could eat much less and not be hungry all the time. No cravings meant no deprivation! Second, I never let myself obsess over exercise. You kill yourself in the gym and then get discouraged that you did all that work and the scale has not moved. Only do exercise that you enjoy! I like things simple and easy – once I hit on a food/recipe/menu that was really good, I just put it in my Zone folder. I have basically the same things each day for breakfast, lunch and dinner and love everything I eat. And when a special time comes along (holidays) I have what I want – because if you eat well 95% of the time the other 5% will not hurt you. You CAN become free – follow the Zone and you do not be a slave to food any more. GOOD LUCK!

      • I like what you said about keeping it simple. I would like to know what you eat, I think that would help me stay on track.

        Thanks,
        Joyce

      • Looking for some help here… I work out really hard everyday about 70 minutes of cardio and some light weights. I always feel hungry. Even following the Zone diet, like I’m just not getting enough food any help?? and or suggestions??

        • How many blocks a day do you eat? Are you using a high multiplier to account for all your activity? Why do you do so much cardio every day? Do you really like treadmills that much??? ; ) What are you trying to accomplish? Try interval training, CrossFit, HIIT, etc. (short, intense and less than 30 min total) Lift weights a few times a week (don’t be afraid to include heavy lifting and functional movements like squats and deadlifts.) Do two good interval “cardio” sessions a week and one or two steady state cardio days a week. Give your body some chance to rest and your hunger should decrease. Dr. Sears can comment on this, but long sessions of moderate to high intensity cardio increase inflammation.

    • Hi Mary

      I am 57. I put on nearly 10 kilos overnight! It was definitely menopause. I wasnt doing anything differently. Eating the same. Exercising the same (maybe even doing a little more). It was so hard to loose the weight. Once I came through that phase of my life I discovered I could loose weight. It is hard but good to know that I can loose it by following the Zone.

  9. I went on the Atkins nutritional approach to support my wife in improving her PCOS. It turned out to benefit me greatly. It drastically improved my triglycerides, improved my cholesterol ratios, and I lost weight and feel great after six years. So I love the diet. I then went on the fish oil regimen that Dr. Sears lays out in the “Anti-inflammation Zone,” because a doctor friend of mine swears by it. My cholesterol ratios got even better with the fish oil, so I’m sticking with it. (By the way, the fish oil revved up my immune system amazingly; since starting the fish oil I’ve gotten sick once in four years, although some times during a 12- or 16-hour period I’ll move from the symptoms of getting a cold to breaking into a sweat and overcoming the onset of the cold. Hows that for a preventive “cure” for the common cold… Wow!) All the anti-Atkins talk from the Zoners often has information that is not in Dr. Atkins’ book. I didn’t know him personally, but his book doesn’t say half the things I hear in the media or from Zoners. I wish Dr. Sears would right a comprehensive book that’s as detailed and easy to read for a layman as Dr. Atkins’ excellently-written book.

    • Unfortunately, nutrition is becoming more complicated. In particular are gender differences. Men have greater success initially with Atkins than do women. However, the published clinical studies indicate that with time individuals who start with an Atkins diet begin to move into Zone-like parameters. But it’s really the end result that counts. If you are able to manage cellular inflammation consistently, then that is the best diet for your genetics.

  10. This article (and other information on the website) are very intereting and informative. I have just lost a little over 70lb on a very carb restricted diet (over the past year) and feel great, but are concerned about the prospect of weight coming back on.

    I still have another 20+ lbs to lose and will be picking up a copy of your most recent book (as available in New Zealand) today or tomorrow.

    I look forward to your answer to Mary as it might just apply to my situation as well.

  11. Thank you Dr. Sears for your great work. Exposing inflammation is the best. I think by eating too many omega 6 and eating too many sugars promoted inflammation in my body, in particular my gallbladder, it was diagnosed as chronically inflamed and had to be removed. Most of the fat I was getting at the time was not true animal fats but all seed fats(omega 6) which is very high in the American diet. Since using fish oils and eating real animal fats life is much better and my hormones are more balanced. Maybe women craving chocolate and sugar and starch is just them looking for more saturated fat in order to balance their hormones? Maybe they need animal fat and omega 3 to create their hormones? What do you think?

  12. It started with squatting down then twisting my torso to the right as I stood up; a shooting pain in my right leg the rectus femoris muscle in a spasm and unable to stand completely upright. I went to a chiropractor expecting immediate relief to no avail. Next I drove myself to the hospital and waited in the emergency room to be seen. After what seemed to be an eternity I was seen by a doctor who prescribed Ibuprofen and two other drugs. During the next few days the muscles spasms diminished and I could stand erect again. I saw my primary care physician and he brought out a model of the lower back and explained how surgery could trim away part of the bulging disc- but then didn’t order an MRI or any follow up on my condition. I continued with the drugs until the prescriptions ran out then continued taking Ibuprofen.

    Frequently I would feel a pinch in my lower back and would have difficulty standing up. I was still taking Ibuprofen as this was the only remedy that seemed to work at least until I discovered a more permanent solution. I was 70 pounds overweight, at 5’-9” tall weighing 230 pounds. I went on the Zone Diet after seeing research author Barry Sears, PhD interviewed on television. It was a miracle as I had more energy than I could ever remember and my weight dropped off from 230 to 160. I kept a journal of everything that I ate or drank from July to November 1999. I looked better than I did in my twenties and could fit into clothes that have long since hung in my closet including my prized Bates leather jacket that I purchased at 21.

    Zak Klemmer,
    Tucson, AZ

  13. i have partially followed the zone diet for years and feel great…will be 70 in May. I am a bit overweight but I exercise regularly and do Tai Chi. I take Omega 3 fish oil regularly..
    But my problem is social events. I just returned from dinner with friends. wine and pruschutto and melon, wine and tomatos with Mozzerella, wine with small amt of chicken and asparagras.
    How do we balance the wine intake!!. I like it.

  14. Since this discussion has compared the Zone to the Atkins diet, I am curious to know what Dr. Sears thinks of the book, The Sugar Fix, by Richard Johnson, MD. Dr. Johnson makes a clear case for avoiding fructose due the rise in uric acid among other reasons. But his two week plan to avoid fructose allows Russet potatoes, crackers and Grape Nuts! That seems crazy to us Zone fans, but he makes the point that at least we know what happens when we eat glucose, whereas fructose bypasses normal metabolic pathways. Thanks for your thoughts on this, Dr. Sears.

  15. Just re-acquaint yourselves with Mr Salad Fork everyone :)

    And I mean the green leafy stuff not the potato or noodle/pasta salad! A glycemic load so low they have to estimate it. Eat until your jaw is tired, combined with low fat protein and mono fat and you have yourself a zone meal. The one thing that you should supersize and they serve it like it was a condiment.

  16. I think the zone diet is a very balanced diet. I felt great when I was following it religiously. I have found the zone books a little tough to read. I too wish Dr. Sears would write an easy to read book. He has so much information but it’s difficult to digest.

  17. Have you written about resveratrol?

    I went on an almost no carb diet years ago (some veggies), lost weight, per a ”doctor.” Looked great. felt terrible. Went on anti-depressants because I got very depressed. Lots of anxiety. Started substitute teaching. I think I gained weight from being on anti-depressants. Forgot about low carbs, was craving carbs all the time. Drank orange juice twice a day, for some reason (it was free?) Bagels sometimes (they always make me gain weight). Regained the lost weight, isn’t that the case always! And gained some more. Was tired all the time. Had all kinds of additional problems to the endometriosis I already had. Had to have surgery for endo, couldn’t exercise much. Began a whole bunch of problems, including heel spurs and years later plantar fascitis. Probably because of weight gain. Now trying to start all over. Was happy to lose the weight years ago, but boy – I have never been able to lose it again for these and other reasons. Trying to get healthy, once again!

    • It’s really about polyphenols, which resvertrol is only one of 4,000 known ones. In high enough concentrations, these colorful compounds have significant anti-inflammatory benefits. This is why the anti inflammatory diet recommends at least 10 servings of vegetables and fruits per day. This will provide about 8,000 ORAC units (a measure of anti-oxidatative capacity). Rebalance your hormones to control cellular inflammation, and better health is a guaranteed result.

  18. Dr. Sears is an unsung hero. So many books sold, but I belive many people simply don’t read them. Even worse, money talks. Because somehow the pharmaceutical companies have mesmerized doctors into ignoring the obvious discoveries of Dr. Sears. Mainly that by turning the taps on or off for carbs and protein, we influence insulin and glucagon, the 2 opposing hormones that balance our metabolisms. WE control what happens to us. But no-one seems to be aware. And worse, people care more about pleasure, taste, having fun, and simply don’t belive such “radical” ideas, in their minds. Everybody gets what they look for in the end. You don’t look for health, you don’t research it, you don’t get it. But it’s out there. Dr. Sears is the one who put it all together, solved the puzzle. How do we work together to make this info available? My guess is the money interests of the billion dollar food industries and big pharma, won’t lay their guns down without the fiercest fight.

    • One ounce of semi-soft goat cheese contains about 6 grams of protein (about 1 block). It also contains about 8.5 grams of fat (about 3 blocks). Fortunately it is very low in omega-6 fats with only 2.3% of the total fat content as omega-6 fatty acids.

  19. Dear Dr. Sears,

    A few questions if I may:

    1. Why did you increase the carbohydrate amount in the KLC group starting at week 3?
    2. Why did you ask the KLC group to take in ~40g CHO from weeks 7-10?
    3. What calories did you decrease in the KLC group in order to keep them isocaloric at 1500 calories after upping the CHO?
    4. Why didn’t you record and show the changes in HDL cholesterol and lean mass changes?
    5. Starting at week 4 and continuing to wk 6, the NLC group suddenly lost a lot of fat mass. Both groups were neck and neck up to week 4. If the diets were in fact identical in calories and wer losing fat at an equal rate up to week 4, how do you explain the sudden and dramatic decline is fat mass in the NLC group? It appears they lost 1.5 kilos a week from wk 4 on. That is a huge change and does not seem in keeping with how fat is lost on isocaloric diets.
    6. At week 4 suddenly the KLC sharply declined in vigor and the NLC group sharply increased in vigor? This is not in keeping with the trend line from wks 1-4. How do you explain this? The NLC group was actually slightly declining in vigor and then all of a sudden, eating in the same manner, they reported far greater vigor.

    Thank you for helping me understand these 6 points.

    • Relative to questions #1-3, we followed the same protocol that Bob Atkins used his book. Relative to question #4, fat-free mass is lean body mass and the levels of HDL were constant in both groups. Relative to question #5, the loss of fat mass in the ketogenic group was slowing down whereas the fat loss in the non-ketogenic group continued to be linear. The plateau of the fat mass in the ketogenic group may be a consequence of increased cortisol output. That is a hypothesis since we didn’t measure cortisol levels. Relative to question #6, I believe a potential increase in cortisol levels may also be responsible for a loss of vigor in the ketogenic group. The increase in vigor of the non-ketogenic group may be a consequence of improved control of cellular inflammation as indicated by the differences in the AA/EPA ratios in the two groups at six week time point.

  20. Dr. Sears,

    Thank you for your Zone way of life, it has helped me lose 35 pounds and keep it off for 6 years now. I have borderline high cholesterol and I am concerned about the saturated fats in your zone bars. Is it safe for me to continue to eat one bar a day?

    • Congratulations on your long-term success. I am not concerned if your TG/HDL ratio is low indicative of decreased insulin resistance. I assume the Zone bars you are talking about are the ones should in the mass market. If they are, then they are not my bars. In fact, I consider them glorified candy bars. It’s not the saturated fat that is the problem with those bars but the type of protein used. Here’s a good rule, eat any bar upon an empty stomach upon rising. If you aren’t hungry 3-4 hours later, then they might be a good choice in helping maintain hormonal balance. If you are hungry before 3 hours has passed, then they aren’t working with your genetics.

  21. I have been following the zone diet for over 2 years now. I really want weight loss but really haven’t been able to do it. I buy almost all my foods from the website so I feel I really am in the zone. I take fish oil capsules directly from your website. My problem is I am older (61). What more can I do? I exercise regularly. Are there any supplements you can suggest for estrogen which will hep me. I am tired of being fat.

    • I would focus much of your attention on the health side of the equation. If your TG/HDL is less than 1, then you have little insulin resistance. This is your best indication that you have little, if any, lipotoxicity in other tissues. This would also indicate that the excess fat you have is primarily healthy fat cells that I describe in my book, Toxic Fat.

      Relative to losing more of the total fat, I would suggest beginning some interval training initially with the supervision of a qualified personal trainer. Interval training will enhance the release of growth hormone during excercise which leads to accelerated loss of body fat. It’s more work than typical aerobic training, but a lot more production.

      Finally, I would suggest reducing the carbohydrate content of your diet and replacing those calories with monounsaturated fat like olive oil. The monounsaturated fat will have no effect on insulin, but will provide the necessary substrate to effectively metabolize the protein in the diet.

  22. I wanted to add, so many people are going to be dealing with alzheimer’s, that inflammation is going to have to be a real concern. And then there will be the caregivers, who have all the stress.

    • The increase in Alzheimer’s coming from the current diabetes epidemic should be the greatest fear of the medical community because of the tremendous drain on health resources as you point out.

  23. I believe as I have seen and been through it all, diets to exy and food restrictions including anorexia and bulimia and overweight and over trained
    Whatever works for you at the time (it will change often)
    you will just have to adjust your body to your weight, thinking and training and age!
    There is no set diet or rule or training for any one of us that will last for years.
    So is that!!! Just like your taste and clothes changes so does your life, body, food requirements etc etc etc etc.
    You want advice?
    gomin1996@yahoo.com.au

    • The diet comes from Greek root that means “way of life”. My definition of diet is the balance of macronutrients that provides the best management of cellular inflammation. Once you have determined what that balance is, then you pick out the best food ingredients that you can that help maintain the macronutrient balance.

  24. I have been recently diagnosed with reactive hypoglycemia. Ever since, i have reserched which diet is the best for me. I run into Atkin’s New Diet Revolution and it seemed to be perfect for my problem, but now according to this article looks like it is not. In addition to my RH I am overweighted.
    A little help here please!!

    • I also have reactive hypoglycemia. This is why the Zone philosophy works so well. Protein at every meal and snack and the right carbs. I find sticking to mainly vegetable carbs and minimal fruit works well. You do not need to go very low carb to control it, moderate is fine as long as you eat the lower glycemic load carbs. I also eat roughly 2 blocks of carbs at each meal – and this is where I feel best.

  25. I’ve heard some talk recently about diets and blood type.

    Have you found any correlation to types of food and blood types that work well and/or against each other for weight loss?

  26. I was initially intrigued by the possibility that blood types might predict likely responders to the Zone Diet. However when we did clinical testing with diabetics and non-diabetics a decade ago in Texas, there was no correlation of their blood type and success in losing weight and managing their blood sugar.

    However, I do believe that if you restrict certain food ingredients based on your blood type and then balance the remaining food according to Zone principles that you will have better success.

  27. This is a very interesting article. Thank you for it. My experience of losing weight is that I can do so very slowly by eating about 500-800 calories less than I normally would. But I often meet resistance points.

    I have tried a low carb diet to break through these plateaus and didn’t lose a single gram, however my blood pressure dropped a few points – conincidence? Maybe, maybe not.

    On the other hand I have found that I can drop a kilo in a week by restricting my calories to about 500 for the day, and then eating a Ben & Jerry’s or Haagen Dasz 500ml ice cream for the evening meal, at about 1250 calories. This is very weird, but it does get me through my plateaus, to the next kilo lower.

    Over the last 18 months I have dropped over 15 kilos and seem able to keep with the plan such that I think the way I eat is now changed (even if I use a ‘fad’ ice cream diet now and again :)

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