I've decided to try a mix of things of my own selection - I'll be keeping the three meals a day part and keep the carbs low, although allowing them back in again on occasion. Portion control is to be kept an eye on but I'm not going to rule out any foods entirely. I'm also going to allow myself anything I want to drink. So far, so good, you might think, but where does the weight loss part come in? Well, the answer is simple: NO SNACKS.
This is actually a huge thing for me because I snack a lot in the evenings, although not during the day at all really. I think in fact it's linked to my evening drinking - taking in food as the evening progresses means that I can comfortably enjoy another glass of wine without it having too much effect, which is something I enjoy and find relaxing. On Weightwatchers, I tended towards low point high carb snacks like toasted pitta bread and tortilla wraps. On the low-carb plan, I've been having slices of cheese instead. Interestingly, that didn't cause weight gain, compared to the carbs so there's clearly something in that for me, but obviously it's just not likely that I'm going to lose a lot while I'm managing a third of a block of cheddar in an evening.
It will at least have the benefit of being simple to follow and not interfering with going out to pubs or resturants for food which we end up doing once or twice a week usually. The N&I diet also claimed to be very resturant friendly, but it depends on the type of resturant. Indian, fantastic but pub food or English tends to have some sort of potato included with nearly every meal so your choice tends to be limited and you end up having to ask for x without y which I hate doing, not least because you're never sure you're going to get it.
Of course today, I have a grey area - the barbeque. How much food can I have as my dinner without straying over into snacking? To be honest, I'm not really sure on that one, but other than that, we'll see how it goes.