I was a mess. I was in my late twenties, on diabetes meds, morbidly obese, and a young father of 2 boys. I had no energy and was moody as hell. That was back in 2001. I knew I had to do something.
In years past I tried everything there was: Weight Watchers, Nutri-System (when they acually had stores!), Jenny Craig, Richard Simmons, Cabbage Soup, etc. The most I lost was 25-30 lbs. but I was always hungry and I would soon just go right back to what I was eating.
January 2001 - I was then 325 lbs. at 5'-9" and in 4x clothing. I was miserable. It was nothing for me to eat a 2lb bag of M&M's in an evening of watching TV. I went to a WWE event with a friend of mine who had been losing weight. He told me how all he ate was meat and lost a bunch of pounds. I was interested. That day he gave me the book. It was Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution. That night I began to read the book. The more I read- the more I realized that Dr. Atkins was talking about me or rather, TO me. I decided that THIS was what I had to do. I began the day after the Super Bowl- a Monday. I started induction, lost 40 lbs., began working out, and taking vitamins. I joined several Low Carb Bulletin Boards and subscribed to many Low Carb Blogs. By November of 2003 I had lost 100 lbs. I weighed 225 lbs. I felt great! I was eating more veggies than I ever had in my adult life! I was on a roll.
During my weighloss it was discovered that I also suffered from a Thyroid disorder called Hashimoto's Disease. It's an auto-immune disease that primarily affects women. How lucky am I?! Got started on treatment and away I went. My weight leveled off at 230-235 and stayed there for the next 3 years.
I'm not sure WHEN it started or HOW it started- but my eating began too lag. I would eat low carb for the majority of the week and then "cheat" on the weekends. There is no doubt- you cannot "cheat" in this lifestyle. That is one way to get heavy- quick!