I get lots of questions about what I eat, so I thought I'd explain it here. I'm a big believer that you should follow whatever eating regimen works for YOU, and that just because I eat this way doesn't mean everyone should. I've had to change the way I think about food so dramatically during this weight loss journey. I used to eat for entertainment, satisfaction, comfort. Now, I try to eat to live.
When I started my journey, I practiced a low carbohydrate lifestyle. I followed a plan close to Atkins Induction, eating 20-30 net carbs per day. Net carbs = Total Carbs – Fiber. I avoided anything highly processed and also avoid sugar alcohols that are in many of the specialty low carb-labeled products.
In January 2011, I was bored with my low carb options and didn't feel satisfied. This is solely my experience after doing low carb off and on for over 4 years (losing 150 pounds and subsequently gaining it back). My weight loss had slowed and I wanted to try something different. I switched to good old fashioned calorie counting, focusing on good foods and still greatly limiting processed foods and sugars.
In August 2011, I injured my foot and was on a very limited exercise schedule, and noticed that during that time, my food became much more processed, white, and sugary. Currently, I'm doing Paleo to clean up my act, and feel wonderful.
In the end, really all programs work – you just have to find out what works for you in your lifestyle and includes foods that will make you feel satisfied.
As I said earlier- I support all forms of eating- vegan, low calorie, low fat, raw foods, whatever. If you have an abundance of energy and the program is something you can maintain for the long run, go for it!