"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > Health, Nutrition and Special Diets
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 10-04-2005, 06:29 AM   #1
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 4,764
Send a message via MSN to urmaniac13 Send a message via Skype™ to urmaniac13
What do you think of Atkins?

I apologise if this subject has already been discussed, I have a feeling it already has... I haven't been in the US for several years so I haven't been directly confronted by this seemingly celebrated "Atkins Diet" hype, and it has come to my consciousness rather belatedly... how popular is it really over there now? The idea of the "Low carbohydrate diet" just sound absurd to me, and very misleading. It is true that we tend to consume too much "processed" carbo, and this must be better cut down, but the flatout attack on "carbohydrates" can really send a wrong message and it is not positive. Carbohydrate is one of the essential requirements in our dietary intake, and to give general public an impression to avoid it can do more harm than good, or at least it seems to me. Also another problem associated with many carbohydrate based foods, like pasta, rice, and potatoes, is due to the fact that they are too often cooked and prepared with loads of saturated fat, so the issue should be focused on how you prepare them, at the same time about concentrating more on complex carbohydrates. That is my personal impression, and what is your opinon about this Atkins Diet?

__________________

__________________
urmaniac13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2005, 08:26 AM   #2
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: SE Pennsylvania
Posts: 4,655
not much, there are many good carbs the body needs. loose weight with push aways and exercize
__________________

__________________
Robo410 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2005, 08:32 AM   #3
Executive Chef
 
Raine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: NC
Posts: 3,549
I don't think it is as popular as it was. We tried it and it is very boring after a few weeks. I only managed to lose 5 pounds. Weight Watchers works best for us in losing weight.
__________________
Raine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2005, 09:29 AM   #4
Hospitality Queen
 
jkath's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Southern California
Posts: 11,448
urmaniac, you are correct. It's just hype. I'd never follow a diet anyway. It's best to just be sensible with your eating.
The best diet in the world is to eat foods the way folks did 100 years ago, before everything could be ordered from a drive-thru. Someone in my family went on this diet and ended up with kidney problems.

(PS - Atkins also stated that eating fruit was bad! How ridiculous!)
__________________
Come visit my foodie blog: www.SockmonkeysKitchen.com
This week's topic: Pinterest and Potatoes
jkath is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2005, 10:06 AM   #5
Master Chef
 
SizzlininIN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: USA,Indiana
Posts: 5,023
I worked with a girl that was on this diet. Granted she did lose a lot of weight.....too much in my opinion but she also started loosing her hair........the bad thing was she had really thin hair to begin with. Eat sensibly and exercise.
__________________
Se non supporta il calore, vattene dalla cucina!
SizzlininIN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2005, 10:09 AM   #6
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 4,764
Send a message via MSN to urmaniac13 Send a message via Skype™ to urmaniac13
I am really with you, jkath. I don't believe in any of those fad diets you would only end up with yo yo syndrome like Oprah, not to mention other side effects on your health. The sensible eating and regular exercise is just the way to go, it is much more of a matter of life style that you can comfortably follow throughout your life, not just a temporary immediate solution... I also heard about his ridiculous view on fruits, that is one of many things made me raise my eye brows about him... I am glad I am not the only one, and hope this "trend" will die out eventually!!
__________________
urmaniac13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2005, 10:09 AM   #7
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,370
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.
__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2005, 10:33 AM   #8
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 4,764
Send a message via MSN to urmaniac13 Send a message via Skype™ to urmaniac13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andy M.
If you know that the Atkins company declared bankrupcy recently, your question is answered.
Aaaaah, that's the way ah ha ah ha, I like it, ah ha ah ha!!
__________________
urmaniac13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2005, 12:03 PM   #9
Master Chef
 
Constance's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Southern Illiniois
Posts: 8,175
I have a friend who is always on some special diet kick. Thing being, she's not at all fat, and in great shape as she cleans houses for a living. I have finally convinced her she NEEDS some carbs to stay healthy.
Any diet that totally cuts out one food group cannot be good for you. I think the best thing is to eat a well balanced diet, limit sweets and fats, and get some exercise.
And be sure to splurge once in a while...it does the soul good.
__________________
We get by with a little help from our friends
Constance is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2005, 12:05 PM   #10
Master Chef
 
jennyema's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Boston
Posts: 9,263
Any diet where it's ok to eat bacon but not vegetables is just CrAzY !
__________________

__________________
jennyema is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:35 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.