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Old 10-04-2005, 09:54 PM   #21
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I have heard that the Atkins Diet throws your body into keytosis. Do not know if I am spelling that right. Which can be unhealthy for some people. I have never tried it. I have seen a lot of people lose weight on it and when they got off of it they gained it all back and then some. But that is the way with any diet. What no one has mentioned is that grain foods are high in omega 6. A ratio of 1 to 1 of omega 6 to omega 3 is ideal for the human body. Up until 100 to 150 yrs ago people consumed a diet that was generally balanced like this. (Probably the increase of junk foods and fast food restaurants) Most diets now are a ratio of 60-1 to 21-1. I don't think carbs are bad for us if we don't consume so much of them and not enough green leafy vegetables and fruits. Too many carbs causes inflamation in the body and weight gain. I am talking about all grain foods. That includes corn and cornmeal. If you want to fatten up a cow before the slaughter you feed it an increase in grain food. I think people should exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet. We all know what healthy is. I don't think people should eliminate grain foods. I think they should not go overboard on their intake of them. If a person writes down what they eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner and they see too many grain foods, then just cut back on them.
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Old 10-05-2005, 06:42 AM   #22
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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.

Just use common sense, as most doctors note carbs are necessary in the long run to a healthy diet
I am totally with you Jessica, that is why creativity is very important in cooking, in my opinion. And as I said before, to keep a truly healthy "diet" throughout your life, it must make sense and something you can follow with pleasure, otherwise, sooner or later it will backfire in one form or another. And the important point is, the correct interpretation of the terminology "diet". It concerns your overall health, not a temporary/immediate weight loss.
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Old 10-05-2005, 04:01 PM   #23
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Most people who oppose the Atkins diet (or other low carb diets) really oppose a charicature of the diet (ie: bacon but no veggies). Almost all the lo carb diets feature the same philosophy:

1. Lots of lean protein.
2. Healthy fats.
3. Lots of cruciferous veggies.
4. Lots of liquid.
5. Avoid white flour and white sugar.

None that I know of cut out fruit or all carbs. Some, like Atkins, have you cut carbs pretty drastically for a very short period of time. Most allow good carbs when your blood sugar stabilizes. Many encourage whole grains and ALL of them encourage lots of vegetables.

The bankruptcy in question was the Atkins branch that makes the lowcarb products, not the Aktins company itself.
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Old 10-05-2005, 04:45 PM   #24
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I guess we are all in agreement that the Atkins diet, or any fad type diet does not work and is not healthy. Portion control and exercise is the key!
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Old 10-05-2005, 07:47 PM   #25
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I have lost 50 pounds since late April by following a diet plan for type two diabetics. It has limited carbs, high in veggies and a fair amount of meats.



And I can eat all the sugar free Jell-O I want!!! Seriously, it is a livable diet but like any other, it will ultimately fail if I do not make it more than a diet, I have made it a way of life. I stay away from diets like Atkins because they are not livable in term.



The diet I am on is livable and simple.



Another 30 pounds and I will be there
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Old 10-05-2005, 10:10 PM   #26
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That's great! Hang in there and keep plugging away. You must be really pleased with your success.
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Old 10-06-2005, 12:00 AM   #27
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If you know that the Atkins company declared bankrupcy recently, your question is answered.

I believe if you want to lose weight, all you have to do is consume fewer calories and burn more calories. The keyes are portion control and exercise.
You know Dr. Atkins died over weight?!

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Old 10-06-2005, 12:12 AM   #28
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I was 268 last year... I gave up cokes and beer..and I got off my @$$ (butt) and worked harder.. I did not give up my pasta or pizza.. I didnot give up much I just started moving my butt.. Im now 183.... but my normal diet may be diffrent,, I never eat ice berg, salt, or any junk food/candy.. I guess I was blessed with a dad that wnted his son to eat well so thats how I stayed..but to get my weight down I had to kill french cooking soift drinks and beer...I still hve a beer here and now but never three hours befor bed time..just rememer sugar is better for you then the poisons labled as sugar like...


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Old 10-06-2005, 09:49 AM   #29
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WOW! That's a lot of pounds to lose. Congratulations!

It's amazing how much caloric beverages can impact you. Three cans of soda/beer a day for a year equals about 37-45 pounds!!!
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Old 10-06-2005, 10:07 AM   #30
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I am of the belief that no diet is something you should do long term. If you need to lose some weight then many diets will work for you, but they will not work long term. You need to eat healthy and smart and also exercise.

That being said, my wife tried Atkins and did lose a lot of weight right off the bat. After a while though it just was not working much anymore and she was getting grossed out by eating so much bacon and cheese and things like that.

She is not doing a modified South Beach diet> For those who are not familiar with this diet, it is also a low carb diet, but it is not a NO carb diet. My wife is doing it on her own terms, not by the book. She has lost a lot of weight (you look amazing sweetheart) and is so much happier with herself. She is also exercising. She does situps every night and has been using the treadmill when she has time. the biggest change though has been in her mindset. She no longer wants to eat tons of food. She realizes that she only has to eat a little bit before she is full and that it is OK to then stop eating. She passes on deserts and sweets now and actually does not miss them. She has eaten a few things she maybe should not have eaten (chocolate fondue at the office) and did not enjoy it. She felt sick after. She is now fitting into cloths she hasn't fit into since college and she is so happy with herself. And baby if you are reading this, I am SO proud of you!!!
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