Originally posted by Cobra R
So it's that simple? Stay away from saturated fat and keep the calories down and you will lean out?
Yes. I don't know how the idea started that the Atkins diet is the only way to lose weight. If you stay on the Atkins diet for a long time, you are at higher risk for heart problems and colon diseases.
Now, don't load up on other kinds of fat, thinking you will be ok. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated are ok in moderation, and usually oils are good for your heart, but they are also high in calories, so use these sparingly. These can be found in fish and oils like olive oil. If you want lots of information on these, you can do a Google search.
As far as calories go, eat less than you burn. For a general idea, multiply your weight by 15 or 16 since you are active, and that is how many calories your body needs a day. Then to lose weight, subtract 500 from that, and stay active.
Some one else can probably explain this better than I can, this is all just off the top of my head.