Hello everyone! I'm brand new! I just started the Zone yesterday morning after being on Atkins for over 3 years. I had lost 35 lbs, but then have basically had to eat no more than 20 carbs a day for the last year because I've been on such a plateau. I can't lost another pound unless I "jump start" myself by doing a 3 to sometimes 5 day meat fast. That works, but I know it's not healthy. Also, I just got my cholosterol results back after donating blood a few weeks ago and the reading was 234! That seems high to me. I'm 29 years old, 5' 6" and weigh 124. I exercise on my elliptical cross-trainer 4-5 times a week and weight train 2-3 days a week.
So, I'm looking for a healthier way of life now, so I read a couple of the books and jumped right in. Now I have a couple of concerns: (1) The Zone requires you to eat so much darn food!!! :!: I get so full! And, (2) Will I start gaining weight since I've basically gone "cold turkey" from Atkins to Zone :?:
One last thing. I made a smoothie this morning with 20 gr un-sweetened whey protein powder, 2 cups frozen peaches, 1 cup strawberries, and water and a sprinkle of Splenda for sweetner. Now, I just realized I forgot my fat. Will this hurt me :?:
Please advise! I really don't want to gain any weight and have to turn back to that unhealthy "Dr. Fatkins" to see results. I also don't really understand how eating this much food when I'm not used to it can help me lose weight. Should I drop from 3 block meals to 2 :?: