Thinking About Going Low Carb?

Photo of Me, Vickie Ewell, Owner of Kickin Carb Clutter Blog
Hi. I'm Vickie Ewell. In 1975, I lost 40 pounds and reached goal following the original Atkins Diet. It took me only 6 weeks, but I didn't understand the value of a strong maintenance plan.

In 2007, after a long, hard road of health challenges -- which left me bedridden for 2 years and required me to learn how to walk again -- I returned to a low-carb lifestyle.

Unfortunately, it didn't seem to work as well as it did before. Determined to unearth what was going on, I decided to embrace the ketogenic journey that had worked so well in 1975 and went in search of Dr. Atkins original principles and recommendations.

By tweaking the modern-day Atkins Diet to be more like it was in 1972, lower in fat and calories, I lost over 100 pounds. 

If you'd like to check out the details of my weight-loss story, you'll find a brief history of my background at our first post, My Weight Loss Journey So Far, and Before and After Pictures that I published on the blog in 2009.

I have an updated version of the story, a multi-part series and mega guide that I wrote at the beginning of 2017. It goes into detail about what I actually did to ditch the weight. These posts offer examples and menus for those who need extra help.

I did a similar series in 2012 that covered some of the things I did to tweak the Atkins Diet, but it is more general in nature. The updated version that I linked to in the above paragraph will be more in-depth and helpful.

How We Can Help You

I'm a baby boomer. If you're like me, you might have struggled with your weight for most of your life. While I wasn't born a fat child, I did put on a few pounds in my teens and started having serious weight problems after having my appendix taken out when I was 18.

Over the years, I chased many of the popular diets and methods for carving off the pounds, but none of them were any more successful than Keto was, so when the time came to get serious about my health conditions and weight, I returned to what I knew best:

The Atkins Diet.

From that new commitment, this blog was born.

This site has gone through many transformations over the years.

What started out as a daily log, journal, and commentary on low carb has morphed into a major resource for those who are seeking a permanent way of life that will enable you to take charge of your health, lifestyle, and inner being.

To help you do that:

I have divided the site into various content pages to assist you in finding what you need to know quickly and easily. You'll get links to those category pages in the top navigation bar. Just click on the three pink vertical dots that is to the right of the link for the Food & Recipes page, and you'll get instant access to our large variety of topics:
  • All of the Atkins Diets
  • LCHF Diets (Nutritional Ketosis and Keto)
  • General Low-Carb Articles
  • A Beginner's Guide to Get You Started
  • State of Ketosis 
  • Mindful Eating Tips and Strategies
  • Health Articles and Concerns
  • Weight Loss Stalls and Plateaus
  • Weight Management (Maintenance)
  • Holidays Ideas and Special Occasions
  • Low-Carb Recipes, Meal Ideas, and Food Posts
Switching to a low-carb diet can be rough when you try to go it alone, but Kickin’ Carb Clutter is here to help make the transition easier. We want to do everything we can to assist you in making your weight-loss journey a success.

Since my professional background is cooking and recipe curation, we also have a few delicious low-carb recipes and food posts, lots of nutritional information, and plenty of in-depth guides to help you on your journey to slimness.

We try to tackle the hard questions that no one else wants to ask.

Instead of blindly accepting theory as fact, we have forged our own trail, and want to share what we have learned along the way with you.

Many of our articles deal with the science behind low-carb diets, what little we know about it, but they also include tips and strategies to make the low-carb lifestyle easier and more fun for you.

Lifestyle changes can be quite challenging, so we seek to inspire you and support you in your daily efforts. We also share our own personal experiences with diets and weight loss. We cover some of the insights we've gained by interacting with you, the readers, and even reveal what might be embarrassing or go against the low-carb party flow.

We'd rather tell you the truth than feed you a bunch of promises that may or may not happen.

Switching to a low-carb diet will affect your daily life, of course, but also the lives of your family, friends, and co-workers. It will uproot everything you thought you knew about nutrition and health, impact your financial situation, and require you to take a good look at yourself and personal habits. If you have medical conditions, those may or may not be impacted as well.

Whether you’re just beginning your low-carb journey, are in the middle of the path, or you have traveled many miles already, Kickin’ Carb Clutter will introduce you to a healthier mindset and a different way of thinking about your self and the world.

Here, you'll get practical ideas for daily living, the information you need to make your own personal decisions, and a sense of empowerment that goes beyond common diet advice. Sure, we offer menu ideas, tasty recipes, and help for the holidays, but we also provide everything you need to live life to the fullest.

Despite the bad press, a low-carb way of eating isn’t a slab of bacon for breakfast, greasy cheeseburgers for lunch, and 16-ounce Rib Eyes for dinner. Along with an adequate amount of protein foods, it’s a hearty, tasty cuisine that includes:
  • vegetables
  • nuts
  • dairy products
  • eggs
  • fruit
  • healthy fats
But a low-carb lifestyle isn’t just about food. It also includes:
  • becoming more active
  • finding new ways to pamper yourself
  • enjoying and appreciating what you have
  • learning about your emotions
  • becoming more aware of your food habits and urges
  • overcoming a lifetime of bad eating habits
  • and getting excited about Life
Conscious thought and actions are as important to your health and well-being as what you put in your mouth.

Whether you’ve always been curious about a low-carb diet, want to give it a trial spin, are returning to a low-carb diet, or have been at this for a while now, pull up a chair and let’s talk.

You won’t find any preaching about low-carb magic here.
  • No exaggerated claims
  • No hypothesis or theory, unless clearly stated that way
  • And no broken promises
Just the truth.

Unlike other low-carb blogs, we seek to cut a path through the puffy clouds of fantasy that can leave a low-carb dieter discouraged and get right to the heart of what’s important. For that reason, we don’t always follow the crowd.

In fact, following what everyone else is doing is pretty rare around here. Since we launched in January of 2007, Kickin’ Carb Clutter has been cutting its own path in the low-carb world. Sometimes, that makes us unpopular with the low-carb experts.

We believe that:
  • calories count
  • a high-fat diet can make some people fatter
  • everyone does not have insulin resistance
  • so low-carb diets are not the perfect choice for everyone
Even so, the standard American diet with its average 300 to 500 grams of carbohydrates per day is disgustingly unhealthy. It’s purposely designed to make you fat, sick, and poor.

But low-carb diets can be unhealthy as well. And that's where we come in.

If you’re looking for:
  • a different twist on low-carb diets
  • one that takes advantage of nutrient-dense foods
  • deals with the subconscious reasons that you overeat
  • and focuses on balancing mind, body, and spirit

Then this is the perfect place for you!

Keto Calculator

Keto Calculator - The Keto Diet (at Reddit) includes eating at a calorie deficit, so if you're following that low-carb diet path, I'm linking to the calculator that can help you set up your stats. These macros will tell you how much protein, fats, carbs, and calories you need to eat each day to lose a reasonable amount of body fat week after week.

The calculator can be a bit confusing, so if you can't figure it out, contact me at:


And tell me your:
  • age
  • gender
  • height
  • current weight
And I'll run the stats for you.

I Am Not a Doctor

We love receiving emails from you, and offering personal advice based on our experience and research, but I am not a doctor. Nor am I trained in body recomposition.

If you are already at a healthy weight and just want to get buffed or lean out, mainstream low-carb diets are not designed to do that. It takes a very low calorie, protein-sparing modified fast (PSMF) or cyclic low-carb diet of the Lyle McDonald variety.

If you have Type 1 diabetes, the advice I can offer will be slim to none, depending on what you want to know. Dr. Bernstein is the leading authority on low carb for Type 1's. While low-carb diets are not dangerous for Type 1's, you do need to be supervised by a doctor because your insulin will have to be readjusted to fit your diet. If you try to low carb on your own, you can harm yourself.

I understand the problem with American doctors, so you need to use a bit of common sense when it comes to making dietary changes. We honestly do not know exactly why a low-carb diet works, yet, other than it reduces hunger and helps you eat at a caloric deficit. 

Why We Use Old-School Atkins Here

Many have stayed on low-carb diets for years and are fine. Others haven't been as lucky. Whether very low carb is best for you, or not, depends on your hereditary genes.

Your body needs to increase the enzyme that oxidizes dietary fats efficiently for low carb to work well. Not everyone has the capacity to do that. And you have no control over that aspect of the process. You can, or you can't.

If you don't oxidize fats well, you'll need a higher carb diet (higher, not high) than those who can oxidize fats easily and efficiently. That's the bottom line. And the major reason why we keep to Old-School Atkins here because it allows for individuality.

However, no one needs to eat 500 carbs a day. That's a recipe for obesity. When I say you'll need a higher carb diet, I mean you might need to eat between 60 and 120 carbs, rather than at 20, or less.

Old-School Atkins = Atkins 72, Atkins 92, Atkins 2002

Over the years, the Atkins Diet has evolved quite a bit, and the changes haven't always been beneficial.

We use the low-carb diets that were actually designed by Dr. Atkins and published in 1972, 1992, and 2002. The Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. marketing company that owns the Atkins name today has created additional versions of the Atkins Diet, but in our experience, they don't work as well -- unless you're young and only mildly insulin resistant.

We Have Extensive Experience in Various Weight-Loss Diets

We have extensive experience in lots of different weight-loss diets, not just low carb, so if low carb isn't for you, it's fine if you want to email me and talk about another diet you're following.

You can also visit our moderate-carb blog at:

Life After Low Carb

The only thing I ask:

If you contact me, please tell me which diet you're following. And be sincere and honest about what's going on. That will make communicating so much easier and quicker.



  1. Hi Vickie,
    I just wanted to say that I'm very glad to have found your blog. Your story was very interesting and helped me get back on track. I was in a "support" group on FB for a very short while and I put the support in quotes because it wasn't really supportive. I was told by mods that I had to stop commenting about total carbs and calories because "we only count net carbs, not total carbs or calories". For me, this is the fourth (I think) time I've gone back to Atkins but I was reading one of the newer books and the net carb thing didn't work for me as well as the diet had in the past when I was using the older book. After reading your blog, I went old-school and it's going much better. None of this butter in your coffee nonsense :)
    Anyways, I've enjoyed reading!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. It frustrates me how the majority of low carbers are so anti-calories and total carbs. It's not helpful for those of us who need to do it old-school. I really have to limit my fat and calories or the fat just doesn't come off.


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