Iím not sure if this should be in pre-maintenance as I have 15 lbs to go, and itís really an Atkins-specific discussion.
Iíve lost 25lbs over 22 months...lots of times where Iíve been ďmaintainingĒ ... times Iíve experimented with the different rungs of the ladder and increments of increased carbs... but not in a focussed a way to gain specific knowledge the way Dr A describes in DANDR (2002). But I am curious because I have noticed: cherries donít make me gain, nor crave. Strawberries...pretty crave-y. Pork streaks, I almost always lose.
Any Atkins-ers near goal, at goal or successfully in OWL and still losing...who have experience in climbing the ladder systematically?
How did you do it? Did you have to have little check lists to remind yourself (5 carbs of raspberries on Monday, Wednesday, Friday for example)? Did you use a week to try one category of food, or do one week each for different foods in the same category (ie: yogurt one week, cream cheese then next?)
What did you learn? Any surprises?
(I have climbed the ladder to rung 6 -alcohol ó and flirted with legumes and root veg, Iíve raised carbs to 50-60 mostly. But I do notice then Iím eating more, Iím hungrier and carbs are creeping up although Iím continuing to ďmaintainĒ at this level. I figure itís not a stall if I know why Iím staying here,
. Iím going to do a brief induction reset and then test some foods Iím concerned about) I may be over thinking this but itís what I need to do just now. Partly itís busy-making while I stick to plan over the next few months...?