I gave low carb a try for the past year, even enduring a problem that could literally be called a pain in the ass. I lost weight at first, but then I leveled off. It wasn’t until recently that I started losing weight again. Before you sing the praises of the low-carb diet, however, let me inform you that I had been eating chocolate and dognuts, both of which are high in carbs. I lost weight due to poverty, simply by eating only as much as I could afford, and I was consuming a lot of water at the same time. Instant ramen has a lot of water after preparation, after all.
In short, it was a good old calorie deficit. Finally coming to terms with low carb promises not living up to reality, I did some research. One site I checked was by an Australian body builder named Anthony Colpo, a former low-carber (if memory serves me right) who drew the ire of many low-carb true believers with his apostasy as well as already having that of vegans. I also remembered an experiment tried by a Professor Mark Haub, who lost 12 kilograms eating mostly Little Debbie snack cakes. Both Colpo and Haub affirmed something I came to accept once again: Calories are the alpha and omega of weight control.
I heard statistics that weight loss is more effective on the Atkins Diet than on the Ornish Diet. Then again, the fact that two different diets that limit different macronutrients, carbs in the former and fats in the latter, should tell you that these two diets have something in common: They both limit calories. They just don’t want to admit it. Then again, these diets lose their effectiveness when you do like I usually do on such diets, namely adding more of the nonlimited macronutrients to compensate for the loss of the limited ones.