1. I ate as much as I wanted as long as it was low in carbs. This diet does dull your appetite, but it does not take it away completely. I have a hearty appetite, and continued to eat lots of food while on this diet, which led to losing little to no weight. I now know that I still have to watch my calorie intake when on a low-carb diet. If I do not, I will simply eat my heart out and not lose weight. Even low-carb foods have calories, and fats have many calories.
2. I created all kinds of low-carb creations that caused me to eat too much. During my last low-carb trial, I created low-carb pancakes, cheesecake, and even ate low-carb bread. This is just wrong. These creations defeat the purpose of eating low-carb. This time I am going to stick to the basics: meat, vegetables, butter, oil and a little bit of cheese.
3. I followed Atkins "induction" and lowered my carbs too much. I believe that low-carb induction may work for some people, but I just felt like absolute h%$# when on it. I am keeping my carbs at a more reasonable level for me. This means around 50 or so grams a day. I am not tracking them obsessively. I am just eliminating bread and pasta, but keeping yogurt and some milk in my diet.
Sticking to my revised plan already has me feeling better and has improved my mental functioning. I can concentrate for longer periods of time. My physical energy is lower, but that was expected and I hope it will improve once my body gets used to this new plan. I have stuck to my new plan for a week now, and did allow myself one cheat day, which I plan to have once a week. I will keep everyone updated with my results.