“You can be anything you want to be, if only you believe with sufficient conviction and act in accordance with your faith; for whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” ~Napoleon Hill

Atkins.  I have decided that I am going to use the Atkins Low-Carbohydrate diet as my mine dietary tool for getting back in shape.  I used this diet successfully the last time that I got into decent shape and it worked well for me – with one glaring exception – previously I had a strong tendency for gout attacks while using this diet.  I think I have this worked out now with the addition of some different supplementation.

For those of you familiar with Atkins, I will stay at the induction level of carbohydrate consumption until I am nearly at my ideal bodyweight of 195 pounds.  Should this occasionally become too challenging, for example when I am on vacation with my family, then I will follow the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet.  This is the diet from the Heller’s and is one of the few other diets that Dr, Atkins also felt had validity.  I have also used the diet in the past.  For me, I did not lose weight at any significant rate while following this diet, but I also never gained any weight – for me this is a good thing.

I am not choosing Atkins at random.  I have tried many diets in the past.  I have tried being a vegetarian.  I managed this for 3 months and was enjoying it in some ways – until I developed an allergic reaction to soy and soy-containing products.  I was using soy as my main source of protein and my body had eventually had enough and told me this in spectacular and unforgettable ways.  No more vegetarianism for this boy.

I have tried the South Beach Diet.  This is another one that allowed me to comfortably maintain my weight but did very little for helping me to lose weight.  It is something that I can use once I get back in shape to stay that way.

I have tried calorie counting and all of it’s variations.  I am not a good calorie counter – in fact it drives me crazy.  When I can afford a professional chef that works for me and my family, then I will consider this one again and the chef can count the calories!

I will talk more about Atkins and low-carbohydrate dieting in future entries, probably once per week or so.  I expect it to work very well indeed – as long as I do my part and keep my carb consumption under 20 grams.

Till next time…Jack

I book-ended this entry with quotes from Hill and Carnegie.  Can any of you tell me the connection – there is more than one!

“Here is the prime condition of success: Concentrate your energy, thought and capital exclusively upon the business in which you are engaged. Having begun on one line, resolve to fight it out on that line, to lead in it, adopt every improvement, have the best machinery, and know the most about it.” ~Andrew Carnegie