At the end of last week, when I came off Atkins, I was at about 71.5kg. After a week of calorie control (max 1500kCal per day) I seem to be somewhere between 71 and 71.5. That's not bad. In the middle of the week I was hovering between 71.5 and 72, as my body was adjusting to having carbohydrates again, and I'd been resigned to the idea that going cold turkey would result in a net weight gain at the end of the week.
But...Carbs! Bread! Yay!
I can have weetabix for breakfast, a ham sandwich with yummy brown bread for lunch, a banana in the morning, an apple in the afternoon, and a pretty much normal dinner in the evening. I am so much happier with this than with Atkins. I feel in control of my weight, and of my diet now. With Atkins, I felt out of control. Even though I was sticking to the diet plan, I felt it was just my innate stubbornness that was stopping me from going off the rails and bingeing on baguettes and rice.
Now, I can look at a chocolate biscuit and think, okay, if I'm willing to give up my banana, and make sure that I have a slightly smaller portion at dinnertime, I can squeeze it in. That's cool. I haven't given in to chocolate yet, but I did have a jam donut at work on Friday. I'm losing weight and feeling good about it.
Not being able to eat two or three donuts is not a hardship. Not being able to eat bread was torture.