Re: Need advice about Weight Loss
I would not recommend the Atkins diet! It works for some, but as soon as you start eating carbs again, you will gain the weight back. Atkins also lets you eat fatty meats, which isn't good for your heart. Instead, it's better to eat lots of lean protein and just eat healthy carbs and cut out the processed, white carbs.
Sounds like you get pretty stressed! If you can try to find a way to keep your stress under control, that might help you with your eating habits. I'd work on that FIRST. It will be easier to make healthy choices if you feel more relaxed. I'm a very anxious person and get stressed too, so I understand. My advice is to make sure to allow yourself some time to do something fun for YOU. I often spend all evening running errands and doing chores after work and get exhausted. I now save the chores that take a while for the weekend and just do little things and have been giving myself some time to read. I'm not used to relaxing at all and get bored easily, but a little bit of reading time has been so nice. Working out helps my stress MOST though. I love to go running to beat stress. Pilates or yoga are other good options.
I enjoy working out a lot because I can eat more of whatever I want. If I cut back on my workouts, I have to be very strict with what I eat. Another tip I have is to not buy any "bad foods." If they are around, when you are stressed, you will eat them! I just don't buy them and keep lots of healthy choices around. I know if I have chips nearby, I'll eat too many. If I really want them, I only buy a miniature bag with one serving so I can't overeat them. I only buy ONE bag at a time.
It sounds like maybe the diets you tried were too difficult to stick with. Maybe some smaller changes will be better for you, a little at a time. Anything too extreme is hard to stick with! I did a diet where I got to do one cheat day a week and found that the easiest diet ever. I'd just save any bad foods for that one day a week. I lost all the weight I wanted to lose, kept it off, and felt awesome. I'm still maintaining it over a year later!
You asked about a cleanse. Cleanses originally were only meant to rid your body of toxins, NOT for weight loss. However, some do cause weight loss. You can try one if you want, but keep in mind that again, as soon as you start eating normal again, the weight comes back. Usually these are used for quick, short-lasting weight loss (for a movie role, for example). I've heard of some people making the "lemonade" drink and still eating and said they still had good results with it. I can't say not to try it because that is YOUR decision, but cleanses typically are not for long-lasting results.