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Old 10-04-2005, 12:06 PM   #11
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[QUOTE=Constance]...Any diet that totally cuts out one food group cannot be good for you...QUOTE]

I absolutely agree. The beauty of portion control and counting calories is that you can eat any food from any food group as long as you are careful about how much of it you eat.
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Old 10-04-2005, 12:37 PM   #12
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I think it's just nuts to cut out carbs but it's still okay to eat heavy cream?! Carbs are important, but I think the reason people think they are "bad" is because they eat white bread and white rice. Whole grains are very good for you. Maybe the reason atkins was so popular is because it is a good excuse to eat bacon and whipped cream.
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Old 10-04-2005, 02:50 PM   #13
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Eating 30-40-40 is still the best way to make sure your body is getting the nutrients it needs.

If paying attention to carbs, you're much better off using the glycemic index to help you choose which carbs give you the best bang for your buck.

There was a time that anyone who dared say anything bad about Atkins was chastised, even on this board. =P I'm glad to see that opinions have changed.


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Old 10-04-2005, 04:31 PM   #14
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i have a friend who lost 100 pounds doing atkins.
i however failed at it miserably. it's too hard to
stick to when you work in a bakery and you get hungry !!!
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Old 10-04-2005, 04:34 PM   #15
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Long term results for Atkins showed that after a year, people were putting the weight back on. It's very hard to make the major lifestyle change of cutting carbs so dramatically. Of course, some folks did it with great success and that's great.
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I watch the carbs I eat. And I eat more protien then most people do. I need more protien then most people and am very carb senitive. But having said that I watch what I eat I try not to eat to many starchy foods and I try to cut sugar out of my diet as much as I can. I eat fruit and other more complex carbs. I am losing weight not as fast as I would like but I am losing it. But I don't go without carbs as atkins suggests. this can be very hard on the body and cause kidney failour if your not drinking enough water. Also when someone is very over weight there are often other medical conditions that need to be watched for. One thing I do find I cant eat is bread and other wheat products. I don't have celiac disease but wheat is hard on me. I get the runs and gain weight when I eat it. forget losing if I don't restrict the wheat I eat big time. and no yeast that is also hard on my body so no beer. I do drink other things though
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Old 10-04-2005, 05:58 PM   #17
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I want CARBS!!!! About the only low carb food item I tasted that was any good was a carb considers New York Style Bagel.

BUTTT that food item actually had the most carbs listed out of any food product that had a low carb label on it.
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Old 10-04-2005, 06:19 PM   #18
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I want CARBS!!!! About the only low carb food item I tasted that was any good was a carb considers New York Style Bagel.

BUTTT that food item actually had the most carbs listed out of any food product that had a low carb label on it.
Same here.

I did the atkins and it worked... I was losing weight and felt very good. BUT I NEEDED MY BEANS AND TORTILLAS! Grr... barely lasted two months before I caved in and had a real mexican meal.
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Old 10-04-2005, 06:42 PM   #19
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BEWARE! There's a lot of ignorance and nonsense out there concerning Atkin's Diet. If you decide to try it, read the book- don't listen to a lot of guys running their mouth that don't know what they're talking about.

I've found Atkin's Diet to be wonderful- I've been at it for two years and have lost (and kept off) over 100 lbs. And I've probably never been in better health. Only you can decide if it's for you, but for God's sake, don't listen to people who tell you it's "all bacon and no veggies"!
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Old 10-04-2005, 08:00 PM   #20
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If you know that the Atkins company declared bankrupcy recently, your question is answered.
Thanks Andy, that made my night!

My 2 wee pennies would be this...It is plainly obvious that not everyone has the same metabolism! (Let alone a zillion other lifestyle/medical/personal factors.) What works for one may fail (often miserably) for another person. Besides carbs and proteins there are a lot of things you have to look at when evaluating your diet.

For example, do you have any food intolerances, food allergies, medical conditions that you "eat for", vitamin requirements, age considerations (this would sort of cover if you were pregnant too), or religious dietary requirements?

I like to keep my processed foods to a minimum, I wouldn't go so far as to say that I eat a "whole food diet" but it has been years since I drank a soda. I don't eat too much meat, and what I do is typically very lean. It might sound cliché but if the recipe rocks, you rarely miss meat.

To me food has to have a certain level of pleasure, this doesn't have to mean gravy ladled over fatty meats or deep fried foods, nor does it per se mean a limp green salad or a lone, naked potato. Food is about more than just what it does or doesn't provide our body with (though of course these are truly important points). Eating should never become a dread, a burden or a chore.

We've all known that size 4/6 who could down burgers and ice cream like they were water, but this isn't the norm - and the truth is that being (very) thin is not always a sign of "perfect health". Things like high blood pressure, diabetes and hypoglycaemia can affect anyone of any size.

I've never tried Atkins, and I doubt I ever will, though I have experimented with carb levels. Like most of us I've had friends who loss weight on the diet. But if you look closer there is usually more behind it. Such as one friend who turned to a high protein diet and started increasing his heavy weight training. he slimed down, but the weight turned to muscle (the desired result, but he was exhusted all the time). In another case (a friend of a friend) was actually on the verge of an eating disorder, as her protein meal was rarely more than a one small meal a day. Just two examples, though, not to instill the wrong impression. I do commend those who managed to lose weight on Atkins - I truly hope you are able to keep it off!

Just use common sense, as most doctors note carbs are necessary in the long run to a healthy diet
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