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The War On Fat: Researchers Chew The Fat On Merits Of The Atkins Diet
USA Today ^ | August 7, 2002 | Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY staff writer

Posted on 08/07/2002 8:48:30 AM PDT by an amused spectator

Edited on 04/13/2004 1:39:46 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

The Atkins low-carb, high-fat diet is supposed to be simple, but it's raising complex medical and nutrition questions. Now two new studies show that those who follow the diet can lose significant amounts of weight, but other research is raising concerns about the safety of the program, linking it to an increased risk of kidney stones and bone loss.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atkins; atkinsdiet; cholesterol; heartdisease; saturatedfat; sumersize; waronfat
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The introductory "hit" paragraph astonishingly doesn't match the in-depth information presented later in the article.

The War on Fat is a fraud perpetrated soley to tax consumers on the food they eat, ala the tobacco war theft.

1 posted on 08/07/2002 8:48:30 AM PDT by an amused spectator
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To: an amused spectator
An Atkins diet guide

Foods typically allowed on the Atkins high-fat, low-carb diet:

Foods limited on the Atkins diet:

Here's a sample daily menu for the induction phase of the Atkins diet:

Breakfast
    Two hard-boiled eggs
    Smoked salmon and cheese roll-ups

Lunch
    Homemade chicken soup

Dinner
    Broiled steak
    Oven-fried turnips
    Arugula and Boston lettuce salad

Snack
    Turkey, Romaine lettuce, mayonnaise roll-up

Source: Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution by Robert C. Atkins

2 posted on 08/07/2002 8:55:06 AM PDT by an amused spectator
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
what's your take on this?

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3 posted on 08/07/2002 8:55:18 AM PDT by P7M13
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To: an amused spectator
Well the Atkins Diet will work, as will most diets if their guidelines are strictly adhered to. The question is this: Is it good for your long-term health? Is it good to eat lots of cheeseburgers (without the buns), bacon and eggs for the rest of your life while minimizing or even eliminating your consumption of most fruits, breads, rice, etc.?

I wouldn't consider such a diet for myself. I like eating lots of rice, vegetables, breads, fruits and yes, beer and wine. If I'm a few pounds overweight, what the hell. At least I will be eating well, eating the foods I like to eat and I don't have to live like a freak for the rest of my life, removing burgers from buns in restaurants and other such nonsense.

Don't bother arguing with me. I concede that the diet will cause you to lose weight. I just don't think it's a very healthy way to eat. And yes, I've read the book.

4 posted on 08/07/2002 9:01:08 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: an amused spectator
So much of this diet stuff is a lot of crap. There is only one way to lose weight (without surgery, of course) -- you simply have to burn more calories than you consume, regardless of your intake of carbohydrates, fat, etc. There really is not much that a person can do to reduce their caloric intake substantially without adversely affecting their health, so the only real variable here is the "calorie burning" side of the equation. That's exercise, folks!

Having said that, it is possible that a low-carbohydrate diet helps you to lose weight by increasing your body's metabolism, which means you burn more calories sitting at your desk or sleeping at night than you might burn with a high-carbohydrate diet.

5 posted on 08/07/2002 9:01:35 AM PDT by Alberta's Child
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To: P7M13
I don't see how it could possibly be healthy...... too much saturated fat....... besides, how can a person live without chocolate? It just isn't right..........
6 posted on 08/07/2002 9:04:23 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: an amused spectator

I'll have mine with extra cheese! <|:)~

7 posted on 08/07/2002 9:08:40 AM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: SamAdams76
I've dieted a bit off an on over the past 30 years, and the ONLY type of diet I've been successful with is the high protien, low carbohydrate. I lost weight with a pre-Atkins variant in the mid-1960s and kept the weight off for 8 or 9 years before I was in a situation where I ate a more carb rich diet and got fat again. Used Atkins to take the weight off and did pretty well till the huge popularity in the mid-80s of the low fat high carb, which my wife unfortunately still believes in. Just doesn't work, for me at least. Bring on the protein!
8 posted on 08/07/2002 9:10:19 AM PDT by CatoRenasci
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To: SamAdams76
I haven't read the book and I'm not advocating the Atkins diet.

I'm pointing out that there are at least two major camps in the War on Fat, and one completely contradicts the assumptions of the other. I conclude that the War on Fat is a fraud launched to extract money for "the good of the chilrun".

I was a very good cook in another life, and I remember when these nutritional phonies told us all to eschew butter in favor of margarine.

That was the last straw for me. I completely ignored their "advice" on butter (more like a diktat) and happily continued using butter. Lo and behold, one day we were all told that margarine and its partially hydrogenated goo might not be such a good thing after all.

Another point in favor of the Atkins people is the sick way the no-fat Nazis view their little dogmas as a quasi-religion. Yechhhhh!

9 posted on 08/07/2002 9:10:41 AM PDT by an amused spectator
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To: martin_fierro
My sister used to love Moosebreath Burgers, until the tragic incident...
10 posted on 08/07/2002 9:11:24 AM PDT by an amused spectator
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To: an amused spectator
I have been on a similar diet for about 1 year now. I am a type 1 insulin dependant diabetic and require insulin to consume food. Over the years with a traditional diet I gained a significant amout of weight. Desperate to control my weight and my blood sugar I read a book written by Dr. Bernstein. His diet as a type 1 consisted of no more than 30 grams of carbos. He has been on this diet for more than 25 years (his kidney function improved on the diet).

I thought what the heck, I'll try it. In a little over a year my weight is 75% of my starting weight, a loss of 80 lbs. I am now near my ideal weight. My insulin usage has been reduced by 60%. My blood pressure medicine is down 87%. Exercise helped and my resting pulse in the morning is now 55 (I am 49 years old). I am not hungry between meals.

My sister saw the results and tried Atkins and her weight is down 44 lbs. My neighbor is now trying it and his weght is down after failing to lose on traditional diets. Say what you will about this diet, it worked for me (30 grams of carbos per day, 6 morning, 12 lunch, 12 dinner). I do take a multi vita and some magnesium/calcium. My target is to loose an additional 15 lbs.
11 posted on 08/07/2002 9:11:43 AM PDT by Investment Biker
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Chocolate?Miss it on Atkins? You can have chocolate-syrup (on atkins ice cream(3carbs) and TRUFFLES-lots of them..and the atkins cheesecake93carbs)is FABULOUS.Hubby & I on it for three weeks and are getting our original sexy shapes back again.Hubby exercises alot & i work at my little desk-we BOTH are losing weight. The part aboveRE:kidney stones & bone loss has been addressed by atkins in both his books-you HAVE to take vitanutrients with this diet to compensate.
Yesterday, the SUGAR industry met and was SHOCKED to learn that Americans had consumed over 1 million TONS of sugar LESS than in 2001-they blamed increased consumer desire for water drinks vs.soda and the probabilty that many Americans are on ATKINS.(BTW, they love the FARM bill-cause, it does NOT matter if we consume less sugar-they are still guaranteed their price.)

Good FRper day.Lizzie
12 posted on 08/07/2002 9:15:08 AM PDT by bothsidesnow
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To: bothsidesnow
OOOPPSSS-atkins cheesecake 93)carbs= atkins cheesecake 3 carbs.Sorry.
Lizzie
13 posted on 08/07/2002 9:17:46 AM PDT by bothsidesnow
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To: an amused spectator
We've been brainwashed into believing that eating animal fat makes you fat. Starch and sugar make you fat. There's a weird predjudice against eating meat for some reason in the nutrition estblishment.
14 posted on 08/07/2002 9:18:43 AM PDT by Mr. Peabody
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To: martin_fierro
Get that bun off that burger! Not allowed those on the Atkins plan. And those fries have to go. Can't have that starch. Get rid of the tomatoes and pickles too. Ain't the Atkins diet fun?
15 posted on 08/07/2002 9:19:29 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: an amused spectator
I did this diet before I got married. I lost 30 lbs in 6 weeks. The diet definitely worked for me when nothing else has. It is very misleading to say the Atkins' diet is a high fat, low carb diet. It is a high-protein, low carb diet. In fact Atkins' advises people to eat proteins that are low in saturated (Chicken, Fish, Pork).
16 posted on 08/07/2002 9:22:33 AM PDT by The Vast Right Wing
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To: Alberta's Child
So much of this diet stuff is a lot of crap. There is only one way to lose weight (without surgery, of course) -- you simply have to burn more calories than you consume, regardless of your intake of carbohydrates, fat, etc. There really is not much that a person can do to reduce their caloric intake substantially without adversely affecting their health, so the only real variable here is the "calorie burning" side of the equation. That's exercise, folks!

Exactly. Or as my grandfather would say....push away from the table. And while you're pushing away, do a few crunches!

17 posted on 08/07/2002 9:23:16 AM PDT by stanz
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To: Alberta's Child
What if It's All Been a Big Fat Lie? by Gary Taubes NYT

FR post: What if It's All Been a Big Fat Lie?

page 6 of NYTimes article (6 of 8)

That, however, raised the question of why such a low-calorie regimen would also suppress hunger, which Atkins insisted was the signature characteristic of the diet. One possibility was Endocrinology 101: that fat and protein make you sated and, lacking carbohydrates and the ensuing swings of blood sugar and insulin, you stay sated. The other possibility arose from the fact that Atkins's diet is ''ketogenic.'' This means that insulin falls so low that you enter a state called ketosis, which is what happens during fasting and starvation. Your muscles and tissues burn body fat for energy, as does your brain in the form of fat molecules produced by the liver called ketones. Atkins saw ketosis as the obvious way to kick-start weight loss. He also liked to say that ketosis was so energizing that it was better than sex, which set him up for some ridicule. An inevitable criticism of Atkins's diet has been that ketosis is dangerous and to be avoided at all costs.

When I interviewed ketosis experts, however, they universally sided with Atkins, and suggested that maybe the medical community and the media confuse ketosis with ketoacidosis, a variant of ketosis that occurs in untreated diabetics and can be fatal. ''Doctors are scared of ketosis,'' says Richard Veech, an N.I.H. researcher who studied medicine at Harvard and then got his doctorate at Oxford University with the Nobel Laureate Hans Krebs. ''They're always worried about diabetic ketoacidosis. But ketosis is a normal physiologic state. I would argue it is the normal state of man. It's not normal to have McDonald's and a delicatessen around every corner. It's normal to starve.''

Simply put, ketosis is evolution's answer to the thrifty gene. We may have evolved to efficiently store fat for times of famine, says Veech, but we also evolved ketosis to efficiently live off that fat when necessary. Rather than being poison, which is how the press often refers to ketones, they make the body run more efficiently and provide a backup fuel source for the brain. Veech calls ketones ''magic'' and has shown that both the heart and brain run 25 percent more efficiently on ketones than on blood sugar.

18 posted on 08/07/2002 9:23:28 AM PDT by an amused spectator
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To: SamAdams76
last night-hubby & I had maine lobster(1 each) butter/lemon dip & a toossed bibb lettuce salad with balsamic vinegar & olive oil. Dessert-decaf & heavy cream and atkins choco vanilla ice cream YUMoh and re wine-3 glasses each. Mega YUM

We went to Denny's last week for lunch and ordered the mushroom-swiss cheese burger-we put the buns & fries in a takeout box to bring home to our 7 dogs(don't ask)-I swear by all that is holy-we could NOT believe how HEAVY that doogie bag was. Try it next time you go out-and KNOW that normally all the SH$$ would have been in YOUR body. Without a bun...damn right..it is called steak tartare.

Lizzie
19 posted on 08/07/2002 9:28:39 AM PDT by bothsidesnow
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To: Mr. Peabody
Starch and sugar make you fat.

I think you're right. I've fought the battle all my life and I've done just about all the diets, including Atkins. My most recent (and I believe what will be long term) success has been to drink plenty of water (The Water2cure diet says drinking half your body weight (lbs) in ounces daily. - So if you weigh 200 lbs. drink 100 oz of water), reduce or eliminate process sugars and flours. I don't limit natural sugar, but when I avoid white sugar I lose weight and feel better (and my arthritis is much better).

So far, I'm down about 15 lbs. since the end of June. I haven't followed it religiously or I'd be down more.

20 posted on 08/07/2002 9:30:57 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands
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To: an amused spectator
I personally use a variety of the Atkins diet....except for the most part I go for leaner protein. The big key is to avoid sweets and tasy carbs like pie crust, cake, cookies and even pasta and most breads. I have found that when I get an extra 10-15 lbs....I'm 6'5" and around 205-210 at decent weight.....anyhow, I've found that a shock diet of only protein and leafy greens and vitamins and no added sugar calories will drop 7-10 lbs in 2 weeks easy. after that it depends on one's discipline. Go to lean meats and fish and stick mainly with the greens and avoid pasta and beans and potatoes. Knocking out sweets is a big ticket as well.....the cravings do go away. On some days, I may change the whole plan and eat strictly carbs just to change my body's acclimation to the protein.

While I do acknowledge the value of varieties of this diet, I do avoid over consuming fat except olive oil and nuts. Butterfat in very large quantities is just a bit scary to me.
21 posted on 08/07/2002 9:33:25 AM PDT by wardaddy
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To: CatoRenasci
I agree. A non fat high carb diet simply doesn't work for me as well unless I starve myself.
22 posted on 08/07/2002 9:35:35 AM PDT by wardaddy
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To: Investment Biker
Good for you!
23 posted on 08/07/2002 9:36:56 AM PDT by wardaddy
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To: SamAdams76
Actually Sam, tomatoes and pickles are ok...but yes...bread is a big no-no.
24 posted on 08/07/2002 9:38:13 AM PDT by wardaddy
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To: bothsidesnow
Good for your dog. I indulge mine as well.
25 posted on 08/07/2002 9:41:00 AM PDT by wardaddy
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To: an amused spectator
I completely agree that butter is far better than margarine. I never use margarine and I consider it just one step above toxic waste! I try to use olive oil instead of butter whenever I can though as it is high in the good kinds of fat. Since I started using olive oil daily, my cholesterol is down to 185. Maybe there are other factors that resulted in my lower cholesterol, but I give olive oil the credit.
26 posted on 08/07/2002 9:43:58 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: an amused spectator
"There is nothing miraculous about the Atkins diet, but if you put people on a low-calorie diet, they lose weight, says Keith Ayoob, a spokesman for the American Dietetic Association. "It's the number of calories, not where they come from."

Atkins dieters (or anybody on a low-carb diet) eat MORE calories, not less. This signals to the body that it's ok to release stored fats, whereas the body can't tell the difference between a low-calorie diet and a famine, and tries to store as much energy as possible. If you are interested, may I suggest the book, LIFE WITHOUT BREAD by Christian B. Allan, Ph.D. and Wolfgang Lutz, MD? This interesting book focuses on the medical facts involved in low-carbohydrate eating and features no menus or recipes, merely graphs and research results. Most interesting.

27 posted on 08/07/2002 9:49:37 AM PDT by redhead
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To: SamAdams76
Anything I don't cook in butter, I cook in olive oil. I always have a fresh gallon around. :-)
28 posted on 08/07/2002 9:59:46 AM PDT by an amused spectator
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To: an amused spectator
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29 posted on 08/07/2002 10:01:00 AM PDT by VOA
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To: redhead
Great point. Why is it that the opposing side of the War on Fat absolutely insists on misrepresenting the Atkins people?

This is going to get nasty. When you start questioning people's religious beliefs (and lo-fat IS a religious belief), you got a smackdown on your hands.

30 posted on 08/07/2002 10:02:32 AM PDT by an amused spectator
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To: wardaddy
Thanks for the tips! I'm a big guy myself (6'3") and I only joined the 200 club after I was 30. Now, I'm a solid member. ;-)
31 posted on 08/07/2002 10:06:18 AM PDT by an amused spectator
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To: redhead
Another trick is to try not to eat after 6pm. At first it's not easy, but...

About three weeks ago, now, after all the articles, I cut a lot of starch out of my diet, am eating more steak and bone-in chicken and, of course, religiously taking calcium (lactose intolerant), but no more than twice a day, and have dropped back down to a 10. I didn't have that far to go, though. That's all it took. And I'm not hungry between meals, either. I also switched to cage-free eggs. There's less cholesterol and more vitamin E.

That doesn't mean that occationally, I don't drug myself up and have a piece of cheesecake or St. Andre...some things you just can't totally give up.
32 posted on 08/07/2002 10:08:59 AM PDT by Desdemona
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To: an amused spectator
The Atkins program "may give people a way to eat fewer calories," says lead researcher Gary Foster, clinical director of the Weight and Eating Disorders Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He says researchers don't know if the benefits of losing weight outweigh the drawbacks of eating a diet high in saturated fat.

There is nothing miraculous about the Atkins diet, but if you put people on a low-calorie diet, they lose weight, says Keith Ayoob, a spokesman for the American Dietetic Association. "It's the number of calories, not where they come from."

Let me be the first here to make a full-fledged attack on the above pinheads that call themselves nutritional scientists, who operate in the fine tradition of the morons that nearly executed Galileo.

These establishmentarians persist in believing absolute BS - like the Atkins diet results in less caloric intake because people get bored with protein. Bull. They NEVER cite any actual studies or data on this bold assertion, but cite this as arrogantly as the "fact" that the Earth is the center of the solar system. Yet any 5 year-old can count the calorie differentials between a diet of steak, eggs and cheese absolutely dripping in fats/calories versus one of low-cal salads, fruits and vegetables.

As for the old calorie-in vs calorie-burned theory - if that's true - what the hell do we need the whole science of diet nutrition for? These guys ignore all the research into the amazingly complex ACTIVE system of digestion and absorption as if it was one governed solely by a simple mechanistic system of conservation of energy.

That said, I think the Atkins diet is very unhealthy - at least for me. I have done the Atkins diet and lost significant weight - something these paragons of an outdated paradigm only now grudgingly admit through gritted teeth - and I have lost weight on more conventional diets. But the Atkins diet also brought severe gout, lethargy, and nausea. However, I did pig out and lose weight. And I don't care if these idiots like it or not - but you'd think these nutritionists would at least acknowledge some undeniable data. Memo to morons: Just because you don't know WHY the Atkins diet works don't mean it don't. So why don't you "scientists" try the Scientific method for once - and DO find out why.

33 posted on 08/07/2002 10:09:36 AM PDT by guitfiddlist
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To: an amused spectator
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34 posted on 08/07/2002 10:13:05 AM PDT by Sam Cree
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To: bothsidesnow
I love low carb eating. Last night's meal was a large chicken breast topped with mushrooms sauteed in butter and wine. We also had a delicious spinach salad (with real bacon bits and bleu cheese) and steamed broccoli. Dessert was a homemade cheesecake topped with blueberries and real whipped cream. Quite frankly, there are so many wonderful and satisfying things I can eat, I don't miss the 'bun and the fries'.

My husband and I are permanent converts to low carb eating. I lost 100 pounds and have kept it off for going on five years now. This was after nearly 20 years of failure on low fat diets. I have literally been given my health and my life back. And yes, my bloodwork and blood pressure have returned and STAYED at better than normal values. My migraines and acid reflux are gone, I have great energy and my moodiness is gone. Life is good.

I hope those of you reading this thread will keep an open mind concerning the benefits of reducing carbohydrates in the diet. You will continue to hear more about this. If you are interested in the science behind it, I recommend reading "Protein Power" or "The Protein Power Life Plan" by Dr. Michael and Dr. Mary Eades - a husband and wife physician team.

35 posted on 08/07/2002 10:15:58 AM PDT by Oregon W.oman
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To: an amused spectator
"Why is it that the opposing side of the War on Fat absolutely insists on misrepresenting the Atkins people?"

Because, it works, and if they admit that, they have to admit that they have been lying to us all along.

A natural diet consisting of mostly meats (with their attached fats) and vegetables is the way humans have eaten forever. If breads and sugars were natural foods, the metabolism would have no problem handling them. But as it is, a shot of sugar/flour spikes insulin (this includes today's luscious, hyper-fructose fruits), which in turn drives down blood sugar and causes lethargy and confusion quickly.

Meat causes little reaction from the pancreas, and fat causes virtually NO metabolic reaction from insulin. The body is composed of muscle and saturated fat. When it asks for these nutrients for repairs and growth, and I feed it sugar and grass, it can do nothing with these things but eliminate the fibrous one and store the other as fat, then ask for protein and saturated fats again. THIS is why the Atkins diet and others like it work...because when you give your body what it REQUIRES, it is not necessary to keep asking for these needs to be met continually, therefore, the appetite is suppressed in the proper way.

36 posted on 08/07/2002 10:18:37 AM PDT by redhead
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To: an amused spectator
I lost 22 pounds in three months on a modified Atkins diet, eating steak practically every day. It works because it recognizes the basic nature of human metabolism. The dietary crap we hear from the media and medical community is just that-- crap.

However, I really really miss bread, rice, chocolate... damn!

37 posted on 08/07/2002 10:21:11 AM PDT by Hamza01
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To: Hamza01
"However, I really really miss bread, rice, chocolate... damn!"

HAVE it. Just have smaller portions, less often. No big deal. And, here's a tip I learned the hard way: NEVER eat carbohydrate snacks alone. Always have them with a meal or "cushion" them with a protein/fat addition. This slows down the insulin spike and creates less metabolic havoc.

38 posted on 08/07/2002 10:24:37 AM PDT by redhead
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To: Hamza01
However, I really really miss bread, rice, chocolate... damn!

Atkins bread is fantastic. There are many low-carb recipes available for bread-machine breads. Rice? Who misses rice? And chocolate? I never had a sweet tooth, but there are also many resources available online. (FR is not the entire internet, ya know :))

39 posted on 08/07/2002 10:27:25 AM PDT by Grit
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To: Oregon W.oman
Ok, O. Woman. Hand over that cheesecake recipe. :o)

Seriously, I just made a great cheesecake from the recipe on the Knox gelatine box. Substituted Splenda for sugar. What could be easier?
41 posted on 08/07/2002 10:29:57 AM PDT by Grit
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To: an amused spectator
My law partners and I are all on this diet. It's great. We meet almost every morning anyway and we compare notes on weight loss etc. We usually eat lunch together and so we have that support too. My heavier partner has lost close to 30 pounds. The smaller one has lost 12. I've lost 8 pounds (and that's while still drinking the occasionally microbrew ale). We love the food. It's hard to get tired of prime rib and I always preferred fatty stuff over deserts and pasta.

Humans are omnivores but bread was not around when the human digestive system evolved. (opps, sorry, that's for another thread, hehe)

I've heard talk about constipation etc and although it's none of your bizwax, I feel great after two months. 8 pounds in two months might now sound like a lot but I'm happy on this diet and enjoy my food whereas other diets that i've been on, i hate. My law partner's wife is also on it and she's a nurse and keeps a close eye on her lab work.
42 posted on 08/07/2002 10:30:27 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: an amused spectator
Me too. I was 180 or so till around 30.....14 years ago. Now anything less than 215 is ok with me. Anything where size 36-38 britches fit easily is the aim on this waistline...LOL.

43 posted on 08/07/2002 10:33:03 AM PDT by wardaddy
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To: an amused spectator
Lift weights
44 posted on 08/07/2002 10:39:05 AM PDT by larryjohnson
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To: Grit
I love that recipe from the Knox gelatin box made with Splenda instead of sugar! I make it all the time. Since you can cook and bake with Splenda, I modify lots of regular recipes to fit this diet. And there are so many low carb cheesecake - and other low carb recipes - available on the internet. The help available at many of the low carb sites makes the transition to eating less carbohydrates so much easier than when I first started.
45 posted on 08/07/2002 10:53:43 AM PDT by Oregon W.oman
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To: LindaSOG
Refined sugar and flour are bad for you. White death!

Then how is it that my grandmother managed to live to 90 (and is still going) despite making biscuits and gravy every morning for 70 years now? Not to mention all the pies and cakes and loaves of bread she made over the years. As well, she breads just about every meat she cooks (fried). And all her kids are alive and well and well into their 60s.

Obviously there are extremes. I would never add sugar to things like chicken broth as that person you were talking about does. Nor do I add salt to my food. I haven't had a salt shaker in my house since I was a kid.

46 posted on 08/07/2002 11:06:30 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: an amused spectator
I'm glad that the author of this article presented a fair assessment of the Atkins diet. I haven't tried it myself, but the idea that a diet high in protein reduces hunger corresponds to my experience.

And this article didn' t point out the downside of "grains." Many people can benefit from a wheat-free (gluten-free) diet, whether or not they are intolerant or allergic to it. Many auto-immune diseases (MS, lupus, arthritis, colitis) are correlated with gluten intolerance.

I have a form of arthritis that was probably triggered by celiac disease (gluten intolerance). How? The theory goes like this. In some people, certain proteins in gluten "leak" through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream. These proteins are identified by the body's immune system as invading organisms thus triggering an abnormal immune response. The mechanism is thought to work similarly in MS, lupus and colitis.

As many as 1 in 250 people suffer from celiac disease, most of them undiagnosed. Moreover, many people seem to benefit from a gluten-free diet, noting increased energy and stamina.

If you ever feel especially tired after a meal of pasta or pizza, you might want to try a gluten free diet. It's not as difficult to follow as you might imagine.

47 posted on 08/07/2002 11:19:19 AM PDT by Aquinasfan
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As for the connection between autoimmunity and cereal grains, it is clear and compelling. The theoretical perspective of molecular mimicry suggests that gliadin-derived peptides, may activate the immune system against collagenous tissues, and since intestinal permeability (not celiac disease) is all that is required to allow the passage of these peptides into the bloodstream, a significant number of many types of autoimmune diseases seem likely to benefit from a gluten-free diet (11 ).

Gluten is a Dubious Luxury of Non-Celiacs
by Ron Hoggan


48 posted on 08/07/2002 11:45:38 AM PDT by Aquinasfan
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bariatric bump.....
50 posted on 08/07/2002 12:13:22 PM PDT by tracer
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