Glad you stumbled onto my site! My name is Sheila. With 15 years of low-carb under my belt, I've spent most of my free time helping those who need assistance on the program
I used to be a size 12 ... at 5'2", mind you. Never was I able to lose weight by restricting calories and/or fat - even with regular cardio, which I have done consistently since the age of 10. In my overweight days, I attempted a multitude of programs - e.g., SlimFast, the Blood Type Diet (which recommended vegetarian, high-carbohydrate eating for my blood type A), even the vague "everything in moderation"/portion-control method just to name a few. Nothing ever took an ounce or an inch off my medium-boned 5'2" frame. In fact, I was almost envious of the yo-yo dieters ... because at least they had a taste of weight loss success to begin with. Up until 2001, with all the drive and ambition I possess in all areas of life and my health being no exception, I still hadn't found what worked for me. I felt that I was doomed to carry around extra weight forever: maybe I was just meant to be fat.
Chances are you're reading this and can relate to the bitter frustration of being driven and dedicated, yet having nothing at all to show for the fitness aspect of one's stringent efforts. I've been there. I get it.
Since I'd discovered through the years that the pasta I loved so much rather bloated me, it occurred to me to start eliminating it, along with bread with dinner, crackers, and to eat mostly vegetables with the same amount of meat I had always consumed. By the very next morning, I immediately felt better and more energetic. I picked up Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution at Barnes & Noble via my long bus ride home from a Red Door wax appointment, read it from cover to cover, and started Atkins that very night. It must have been a sign from God Himself, because I was a half a pound lighter by the next morning. I couldn't believe my eyes when I stepped on the scale. Well, that was 30 pounds ago - and amazingly enough, I found on Atkins that I almost doubled my caloric intake, while keeping the same treadmill-walking exercise regime I had always done. Ultimately it took no more than the elimination of unhealthy starches and sugars to finally get the 30 pounds and 5-6 dress sizes off 5 months later. 30 pounds that inflicted me with stubborn drumstick arms, back fat, inner-thigh rub, those loathsome tummy rolls ... and kept me forever in one-piece swimsuits.
I love eating this way - and most importantly? My mission in life from 2001 onward became sharing my story about Atkins. I am showing you that losing weight successfully, safely, and keeping it off permanently can be done without over-exercising or the nuisance and deprivation of calorie and fat-restriction.
So, who's paying for me to talk about my success story? Nobody. SugarFreeSheila.com continues to be a SPONSOR-FREE ZONE. Not only that, I pay to keep this website up myself. I have no affiliations, I'm not paid to mention any product, I have no endorsement deals, I don't beg my visitors for site donations, and am not paid a red sent or sent free products by any organization or company. SugarFreeSheila.com is my way of paying it forward. Every aspect of this website is courtesy of me and me alone - I don't even have a web designer.
I love hearing from all of you from all around the world. If ever you need help with anything at all this website covers, contact me. This is what I do, and I'm here to help - and when it comes to weight loss, I am the best at what I do.
Thrilled you asked. Below is my blood panel. Oh, and I won't report the numbers and pray you'll take my word for it either - I'm happy to provide actual scans.
P.S: Bacon is not requisite on Atkins. ;)
Now do I have your attention?
I'm not special, though: results like these are very typical for those who follow the program by the book. Fat - even saturated fat - isn't the enemy here. It's sugar. Even Dr. Oz is coming around. Did you catch his summer 2012 appearance on Piers Morgan?
Believe it or not, I used to be adamantly anti-Atkins. Like most people who have not read the book, I assumed it was all about not exercising and eating nothing but "all that bacon" - and boy, am I eating my words now. Because yes, you eat plenty of vegetables (just not starchy ones like peas, corn, and potatoes), yes, you do eat fruits (just stick with ones bearing a low glycemic load), and YES, you even eat some whole grains (just be choosy and eat the most high-fiber ones). What many unfamiliar with Atkins do not understand about the program is that it is not a high-protein diet, but a restricted carbohydrate way of eating. Those who overdo it on the protein do so entirely of their own accord. For the record, I consume meat only once or twice a day as I also enjoy Greek yogurt, nut butters, cottage cheese, etc.; vegetables are the mainstay of my diet. The ability to dine at any restaurant with complete ease and comfort is such a delight with the Atkins lifestyle. As far as treats are concerned? Anything can be replicated into low carb. Trust me. It's kind of like veganism that way; you just have to be a little creative.
Interested in losing weight by doing low-carb, but don't know where to start? Well, click here to check out my extensive Atkins FAQ, which covers not only my full-enchilada success story, but a lot of preliminary issues which might be keeping you on the fence. Also, get started on grocery shopping with the Atkins Induction list, straight from the text. Consider trying out a few of my original low-carb recipes I created myself along the way. My cookbooks are also available. Allow me to be a one-stop relatable guide to get you started - I'll help you out!
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"Thank you for your website. This is it. This is what I've been looking for! I want to change the way I eat, forever. I know exactly what you meant when you say that pasta
and bread made you feel bloated. I used to go to bed miserable every night feeling like my stomach was so full and uncomfortable. I had heartburn, headaches, and stiffness in my neck. Not
anymore! Thank you so much for offering all of this inspiration, information, and motivation! I would have chosen another route if it weren't for you and your website and I know I would not have
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