I tried a low carb diet about 15 years ago. I was on it for a year. First, let me say that my weight is considered normal by most standards but over the years I've developed a spare tire that I can't get rid of, hence, the diet.
After a year, I gained 5 lbs and felt lousy most of the time. In retrospect, I believe most of the problems had nothing to do with the diet.
Recently, I began an exhausting regimen at the local Gold's. I love the workouts but at age 69, I can't recover fast enough so I began looking at different ways to eat so I can recover faster and still shed some pounds. In this case I'd like to loose at least 15 lbs.
The Atkins style diet allows me to eat, eat & eat. It gives me a bit of insomnia but I think that's because I'm so wired up I don't need as much sleep. I'll take a look at Fiber Pills because I'd rather not even think about OJ at this time. As a long time OJ addict I've found that I feel better when I don't drink it so that's easy.
I guess the extremist in me will only ever count total carbs over net carbs but that's OK as I realize that I don't have to kick start my metabolism.
On top of all of this, I training to run a local race here called the Main Street Mile which is one of the crazy races where the SWAT and Fire Departments race in FULL GEAR and usually come in the top 10%. Us old guys do if for the fun aspect but we get 90 year olds running it so I've decided it's time for me to get involved.