One thing I find odd is how any doctor can claim that a few months on Atkins somehow changed Derek's metabolism forever. That seems as outlandish as the claim that Atkins is the diet for everybody.
I've always said that the quickest way to gain 50 lbs is to try to lose 10. Atkins can be as moderate a weight loss plan, and long term lifestyle, when followed properly as any other out there.
I hope Derek finds something that works for him. That is the most important thing -- not being "on" or "off" a diet and/or exercise plan, but having a healthy lifestyle that fits one's needs.
One other thought has to do with marriage and the myth of the comfort zone. Yes, that can be true too, but it is also more adapting one's lifestyle to that of a live-in spouse. My hubby and I have very different metabolisms, body clocks and eating styles. I honestly would be happy picking a little here and there and never actually eating a meal. He, OTOH, is much more a structured meal eater. It took me several years into our marriage, believe it or not, to recognize that I had subtly changed my own eating habits to conform with my hubby's and it was having it's toll on me.
Because the Atkins Diet eliminates carbs in order for you to lose weight, the book specifically tells you HOW to use the diet effectively without adverse reactions later on. 90% of the people who go on the Atkins Diet don't follow those specific rules to the letter and suffer consequences such as Derek did almost immediately after going off the diet. Beware....
Derek went into the Navy in August of 2002 and after basic training was into a really good exercise routine and normal diet. He was looking fit and healthy. For some obscure reason, he decided to try out the Atkins Diet (I think he believed he would, along with exercise, bulk up the top and slim down the rest). He lost about 25 pounds, and to me looking unhealthily skinny for his bone structure.
He got married last December and went off the diet and went back to normal, healthy foods and the same exercise routine he'd been on for over a year. Unfortunately, he started to gain weight quickly and all in the wrong places. By the time he and Heather left for California three months later, he had gone from 165 to nearly 200 pounds.
When he got to San Diego, he started exercising more, running the hills of the city, and actually eating less...and gained another 20 pounds. He finally went to a Navy doctor to have his metabolism checked out. No thyroid problems, no sugar diabetes...no real answer other than 'you got married and hit a comfort zone and it happens to everybody'. That wasn't acceptable to Derek who has always been very materialistic (I could bribe him with Nintendo games to get good grades pretty easily) and appearance is extremely important to him ($150 for a pair of Tommy Hilfiger jeans he wanted was never out of the question for him).
So he went a little bit further up the Navy chain, and got connected with a nutritionist who told him that with the Atkins Diet eliminating the carbs he NEEDED during exercise, his metabolism had spiked and he was living off his lipids instead. He has a healthy diet schedule given to him now by the nutritionist and a fitness trainer who laid out an exercise routine for him that is slowly taking the weight back off while he attempts to stablize his metabolism again.
They doubt if it will ever go back to what it was before the Atkins Diet, and he will probably always have to work harder now to keep the weight off once he gets back to a normal and acceptable weight for his stature, but instead of losing the weight quickly in a 'quick fix', he's losing about ten pounds every two or three weeks.
He's not ecstatic, but he's happy that it's coming back off and will keep up the routine he's on now. He has more energy again now and the weight that isn't gone yet has begun to shift and become muscle again, too. Liposuction is something he's talking about for the love handles later if they don't melt off. LOL Fortunately, he's got patience, and he's aware that he did this to himself and he's the only one that can fix it.
In the Navy, you can easily pass all the physical training (PT) tests they put you through; however, if you are still overweight for the 'books', you don't get promoted. This was something very important to him and still is.
Just wanted to make everyone aware who might be considering the same route he took and what the pitfalls are...........