If you are ready to get started, but don’t want to spend hours studying the intricacies of Basic Drink Your Carbs, Austerity Mode and Nightmare Mode, we recommend that you begin by adopting our three simple rules. These rules are not as effective as the full Drink Your Carbs diet, but they will get you 90-percent of the way there:
If you are ready to embrace the full power of Drink Your Carbs, read on:
Drink Your Carbs is not a traditional low-carb diet. Although Drink Your Carbs is far lower in carbohydrates than the standard American diet, we focus less on restricting carbohydrates than on replacing high calories foods with healthier, lower-calorie options. Because high-carb foods also tend to be highest in calories, many of them are either severely limited or eliminated altogether. However, unlike traditional low-carb diets, you will not have to “count carbs.” Nor will you be expected to force your body into a ketogenic state. Quite the opposite; we have left in enough healthy carbs to deliberately keep you out of ketosis.
Fact: In the 1992 edition Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution. Dr. Atkins described Ketosis as “one of life’s charmed gifts. It’s as delightful as sex and sunshine, and it has fewer drawbacks than either of them.”
We have no idea what else Dr. Atkins was up to while having sex or hanging out in light of day, but the known side effects of ketosis include nausea, fatigue, headaches, bad breath, oily stool and, according to some researchers, permanent kidney damage. Setting aside the possibility of kidney damage because there is conflicting research on the subject, it is worth pointing out that a dieter’s initial reaction to entering a ketogenic state can be so severe that it is referred to in the Atkins’ community as the “Induction Flu.”
To clarify our position and head off some of the hate mail from the low-carb mafia: the reason we don’t encourage weight loss through ketosis has nothing to do with health and everything to do with the side effects. Why experience discomfort when it is entirely unnecessary for losing weight?
There is no question that you can lose weight on nearly any diet
The problem is adhering to it for any length of time longer than it takes to squeeze into an old letterman jacket for a class reunion. If you choose a diet that makes you feel weak, sick or otherwise contains restrictions and lifestyle changes that you are not able to follow over the long term, you will fall off that diet and rebound. All of the weight you lost will come back as quickly as it came off. The sad truth is that most dieter’s tend to put on even more weight after dieting than they lost from the calorie restriction. This yo-yo effect, more than anything, explains why at any given time 45 million Americans are on some kind of diet yet the country keep getting fatter.