I thought, I'd put my two cents in as well...
I stumbled upon this WOL because of a diabetic friend. She had told me that her husband, in support, adopted this WOL as well and had , unintentionally mind you!!, lost quite some weight in the process! I had 'dieted' for almost one year previous to my discovery, the 'traditional' way, very low fat/low cal, tons of exercise, and I did manage to lose a lot of weight that way, about 65 lbs, to be exact. B U T - and here it comes - I had started to lose control over my eating habits and literally HAD to give into my high carb (chocolate!!!) cravings more and more often! The result, of course, was weight gain and with it an incredible feeling of guilt, panic, fear of failure, etc.... Then came the LC...literally saved my life AND sanity!!! Once I started doing more and more research, I realized that I had been digging my own grave with the 'diet', for starters heading straight into diabetes!!
I had also started looking quite unhealthy, dry and ashen skin, brittle nails, tired, weak.....
The first 2 weeks of LC were incredible! The weight dropped off like crazy, I felt good, started looking healthier.... Then came a very difficult phase, doubt, no weight loss to fire me up, major confusion about this WOL. But I found this forum through the Atkins site, and from there on I went and am still going strong. The initial ups and downs are gone, thanks to some wonderful people right here in this forum who helped me through the 'bumps and bruises' at the beginning. I am much more educated on this WOL by now and feel very confident. I also know that I will continue to live and eat this way until the end of my days! NEVER felt or looked better in my life, never...!!! My husband is so perplexed, that I have a feeling it won't be much longer until he as well is a true believer! More and more curios questions and utter disbelief in how I have changed in only 3 short months...mentally AND physically! It is not so much the weight, which is coming off very slowly by now, but my entire body recomposed itself very nicely. I am thrilled!
Always spreading the word! I even got my Doc to join in after she hadn't seen me in over a year. She was speechless, extremely curious and asked me to help form a local support group!
I am loving every minute of this!
What an awesome WOL!!!!
(...sorry, looks like the 2 cents have turned into 2 dollars after all...)