Atkins Diet

By Ani Latest Reply 2010-11-22 00:25:15 -0600
Started 2010-07-01 13:18:15 -0500

If any one has ever tried it could you please let me know how a menue looks like for a person who wants to study it. thank you .

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Emma2412 2010-07-12 11:16:18 -0500 Report

Hi, Ani
I've been on the Atkins Diet before in the '80's and as far as weight is concerned, it did help me lose weight on Phase 1 of the diet, but after I went to Phase 2 where one adds back some carbs, I started to gain the weight back.
I really did not like the Atkins Diet simply because I love veggies and the first 2 weeks are almost without veggies (except for the leafy kind). I don't think it's a healthy diet simply because of that. Our bodies (especially diabetic bodies) need vegetables.
There was talk, I know, years ago that the diet was harmful to the kidneys, but that's been disproven. So, if you want to try it, go ahead.
The first phase is lots of protein (and there is no limit on the fattiness of the protein or how much of the protein you eat), with only leafy veggies. You can have cooked veggies, I think I recall, but they have to be of a certain type. From what I recall, there's no desserts and no starches at all on the first phase and very little in the second phase.
If you need to lose weight, then I would heartily recommend the South Beach Diet instead. It is a much healthier diet to follow for a lifetime. There are phases in the SB diet, too, but it was put together by a cardiologist and it is healthier because the first thing you lose is the stomach fat (which helps the diabetes).
The diet concentrates on low-fat proteins in defined amounts (usually 4 to 6 oz. for meats, poultry and fish) rather than high-fat and you can have as many veggies as you want with the exception of about 6 veggies which you won't get until the next or last phase of the diet because of the carb content in them.
You can either buy the book (perhaps they even have it at the library) or go online and join there. I'm not sure if there's a fee to join on the Internet.
Good luck.

Kirla 2010-07-12 14:25:02 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info. I think I will have a look. I read the Aktins for Life book and kind of follow that. I still try and keep the saturated fat under 10% of my total calories. I to believe in eating the low carb vegetables. I try and eat them everyday. I have found that its hard to keep the total fat below 30% of my calories. Maybe the south beach diet may work better.

GabbyPA 2010-07-01 20:50:42 -0500 Report

You can get some good ideas from it, but I would talk to your doctor before doing it 100%. The concept is good, but as a diabetic, too much protein is hard on the kidneys and too much fat is hard on the cholesterol. So make sure that what you do is balanced and healthy for a long life time lifestyle.

theladyiscrazy 2010-07-01 14:15:08 -0500 Report

Visit the atkins site, like Kevin recommended. Also, most public libraries have the books available that you can read for free.

Kirla 2010-07-01 13:30:46 -0500 Report

Just go to there website. You can join for free. Then you have access to the whole program. I kind of folllow the plan myself. I just think you should be eating salads and low carb vegetables right from the begining. Click the link and join up and read. its all free.

Good luck

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