Oct 26, 2013 1:12pm
Carbohydrates are a necessary macronutrient needed to facilitate many of your bodily processes. It pains me to hear about people trying "low carb" diets because at some point, the person will gain the weight back because it is such an unsustainable task. What you must realize is that the Atkins Diet is a business who in turn sells product to make a profit.
That being said, instead focus on small changes. Prepare a plan. How many times do you want to workout? Is it reasonable for a new exerciser? Is it something that you enjoy? THAT IS KEY. Do something that you enjoy!!! As far as diet, there are plenty of calorie counters to help you calculate this. However I encourage you to not go to a strict 1200 calorie diet. Something like 1400 (of course this number may differ for you based on weight, height, and body fat percentage) calories would be more reasonable and sustainable. Also, do you have social support?
Many of these factors assist in the success rate of your behavior change. I will leave you with one last thought: realize that changes do not come over night. That being said, refocus your goals not to weight-loss, but small weekly goals. (Hit my calories consistently or workout at least 2-3x a week in the beginning.)
There are more resources online that you should look at, but here's just a little bit to get you started.