Atkins Diet

By Germaine Latest Reply 2010-09-18 12:59:55 -0500
Started 2010-08-02 12:27:58 -0500

can any of you my fellow diabetic friends, explain to me the atkins diet, and how I can get started? also tell me what i have to do with this diet

5 replies

Type1Lou 2010-09-18 12:59:55 -0500 Report

Watching carbs is the key to blood sugar control. A phenomenal reference for me was Dr. Richard Bernstein's book "Diabetes Solution". I have been a type 1 diabetic for 34 years and adopted much of Dr. Bernstein's approach starting 5 years ago. Initially, this resulted in getting my A1C down to 5.9…but, it's slowly inched back up as I slackened on the carb control. For me, the more I eliminate the carbs, the better my glucose control…exercise helps too. Atkins is just another low-carb diet strategy. A minimal carb diet is not easy, though but the results speak for themselves. Good luck!

allie4123 2010-08-03 12:54:47 -0500 Report

I use some of the info from the Atkins, South Beach and other diets, but I don't follow any of them. I watch my carbs, eat veggies and fruits along with protein. I do like the Atkins bars and such. They do help me in-between meals, without adding a lot of carbs.

GabbyPA 2010-08-02 19:06:26 -0500 Report

I have to agree. While the concept of low carb is a good idea. Balance is still the best way to live and a diet is just temporary. What you really want to focus on is changing your lifestyle so it becomes part of what you do daily.

RAYT721 2010-08-02 18:58:26 -0500 Report

Germaine: if there were a diet that actually works everyone would be on it. I don't mean to be negative here but the best diet of all is one which gives you proper nutrition and that comes from all sources of food: fat, protein, carbs, etc. I know people that have lost weight on the Atkins diet but many of them have also lost their minds as well. Proper dieting is about balance and moderation. Concentrate on losing one pound at a time because that's how it got put on in the first place.

Crashnot 2010-08-02 13:12:06 -0500 Report

Don't touch this diet, especially as a type 1. It causes your body to go into acidosis as a way of burning off the fat. All well and good, but as a type 1 you don't want that to happen. It's very hard on your kidneys with the high protein. Are you taking insulin? Counting carbs? Your best bet is to start using a balanced diet, restrict your carb intake, and cut your calories. Lots of veggies, complex carbs and a bit of meat protein.