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Carbs counted out: How they came to be the enemy
USA Today ^ | January 5, 2004 | Nanci Hellmich

Posted on 01/05/2004 12:04:40 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Edited on 04/13/2004 1:41:39 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

For the past year, he has been keeping track of the carbohydrates in everything he eats, from vegetables to low-carb cereal.

Perry, who lost 12 pounds in 12 months on the meat-lovers' Atkins diet, expects to do this the rest of his life "because it's second nature now." Even the mad cow scare hasn't frightened him away from beef.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atkins; carbohydrates; diet; fat; health; nutition
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1 posted on 01/05/2004 12:04:40 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I've been on a low-carb (and moderate fat) diet for a few years now. Not that I was in real need of a diet, but to stave off health problems as I grow older. It has worked like a bloody charm; that I am exquisitely healthy on this diet is patently obvious to myself and others.

Furthermore, I've become so adapted to the lean protein and veggie diet that I have zero desire to go back to anything else; I actually find refined carbs to be unappealing and don't feel good when I eat them. To hell with the FDA food pyramid, I'm healthier than I ever was following their guidelines. I'll be eating like this for the foreseeable future.

2 posted on 01/05/2004 12:12:31 AM PST by tortoise (All these moments lost in time, like tears in the rain.)
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To: All
Got a minute?
I'd really like you to scratch my ears,
or help out FR.

3 posted on 01/05/2004 12:13:14 AM PST by Support Free Republic (If Woody had gone straight to the police, this would never have happened!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1051611/posts?page=76#76

Here's another thread talking about the Atkin's diet. I need to lose a lot of weight but I'm finding it hard to take the plunge.

4 posted on 01/05/2004 12:18:00 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
South Beach dieters don't officially count carbs, but during the first two weeks they stop eating most of them except for vegetables. They also eat lean meats, fish, cheese and fats like olive oil.

Vegetables, lean meats, olive oil? Well, that can't possibly be good for you... (/sarc)

5 posted on 01/05/2004 12:24:06 AM PST by stands2reason ("Dean is God's reward to Mr. Bush for doing the right thing in the war on terror." Dick Morris)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Heimowitz says. "If all they do is cut out some bread, sugar, white pasta and sodas, that's a wonderful thing." I was on Atkins in the earl 80's and I am back! I have been on it for 3 months and the real test came during the Christmas/Thanksgiving Holidays. I lost weight! The big deference is today we have Bread, chips and all manor of fast "Atkins" food at many places not available in the 80's. I see this as a way of life. My neighbor was over 500 lbs and now is down to 350 and still loosing on Atkins. He is off of welfare and back at work.
6 posted on 01/05/2004 12:29:15 AM PST by BellStar
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; carlo3b
Working for me..........:o)

Stay safe !

7 posted on 01/05/2004 12:34:23 AM PST by Squantos (Support Mental Health !........or........ I'LL KILL YOU !!!!)
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To: beaversmom
Do it!

My father and grandfather both had diabetes, which I want to avoid.

I am nearing 50, 5'10", and weighed 260 lb's this time last year.
Thanks to an idiot driver when I was about 19 my back was "fractured" in two places. Heavy exercise is out of the question.

I went on Atkins to the bestof my ability, and now weigh 205 lb's.
Obesity has been closely linked to diabetes, I intend to lose at least 20 lb's more.
8 posted on 01/05/2004 12:36:25 AM PST by Richard-SIA (Nuke the U.N!)
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To: beaversmom
I need to lose a lot of weight but I'm finding it hard to take the plunge.

Do something for yourself and take the first step.

9 posted on 01/05/2004 12:37:05 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: BellStar
He is off of welfare and back at work.

Bump!

10 posted on 01/05/2004 12:38:08 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: beaversmom
I've lost 35 pounds on Atkins and have dropped three pant sizes. I found it to be the easiest diet I have ever tried. Take the plunge. And, Happy New You Year.
11 posted on 01/05/2004 1:03:16 AM PST by raisincane
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
When I was in Europe I noticed that people seemed to eat bread with every meal and on average were leaner than most Americans. Also Asians eat rice with about every meal and they don't seem to be very obese. What gives?
12 posted on 01/05/2004 1:38:22 AM PST by 31R1O
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
That's because these foods rate high on a scale called the glycemic index, a system devised by scientists to tell dieters how fast glucose enters the bloodstream after food is eaten.

The mainstream press seems to be against the Atkins Diet as heartily as they are against Conservatives and Christians, so it make one wonder how many lives could have been saved, disabilities prevented, and $$$$$ saved towards retirement if the Atkins Diet had been given just publicity these past thirty years??

13 posted on 01/05/2004 2:01:15 AM PST by Ff--150 (What is Is)
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To: Ff--150
No kidding.
14 posted on 01/05/2004 2:02:24 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: 31R1O
I don't know but as we all can see, too many Americans are fat. Now, even the "experts" are admitting that by cutting back on breads and sugars they're getting trim.
15 posted on 01/05/2004 2:08:46 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Ff--150
"...so it make one wonder how many lives could have been saved..."

My bad! "so it MAKES one wonder... ."

16 posted on 01/05/2004 2:13:19 AM PST by Ff--150 (What is Is)
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To: Ff--150
I can tell you another benefit, one of many I've had since starting the diet three years ago: I don't cost anyone the price of Lipitor. When my doctor noted my creeping cholesterol total (215), the good being only 35, and my triglycerides at 357, she immediately wanted to put me on Lipitor. I implored her instead to let me start the Atkins diet (a real decision for me because I'm a vegetarian). I didn't need to lose weight, by the way, and upped my intake of egg whites and protein bars when I began to lose weight unintentionally.

Within six months of the diet, my total cholesterol was 175, and my good cholesterol had increased to 73. My triglycerides dropped to 57. Today, these numbers hold. My energy level is fantastic, too, and I substitute many other high-protein foods for the meat/fish/chicken the Atkins diet calls for (that's a sidenote for other vegetarians who think the diet is impossible for them).

If I sound like a ringing endorsement for Atkins, I am. I still indulge in an occasional piece of dark chocolate, but, like the other writer, I lost my craving for carbs once I passed that initial two-week "fasting" period. Good health to all!

Penny


17 posted on 01/05/2004 2:26:26 AM PST by Penny
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To: Ff--150
The mainstream press seems to be against the Atkins Diet

It's their PETA sympathies. They'd rather people be obese and sick than anyone consume animal protein.

18 posted on 01/05/2004 2:56:23 AM PST by laredo44 (liberty is not the problem)
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To: Penny
Penny, that IS an interesting story for certain =-).

Which hi-protein foods are you speaking? IMHO, outside of the Induction phase, it appears beans, like soy, pinto, black, and so on may fit the bill for hi-protein-low carb?

19 posted on 01/05/2004 3:01:51 AM PST by Ff--150 (What is Is)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Some nutritionists say one good thing the carb-cutting craze has accomplished is it is making people more aware of the junk foods and empty calories in their diets.

Ooh, you can just see them twisting in pain having to admit there's *something* good about low-carbing.

20 posted on 01/05/2004 3:08:09 AM PST by Ladysmith (Back at it! Low-carbing and working out hard! (231.5 (-29.1)))
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