Just wondering if anyone is using the Atkins diet plan?

By johnr1951 Latest Reply 2010-10-03 07:38:40 -0500
Started 2010-10-02 10:41:51 -0500

New to this site. As a person who is newly diagnosed with type 2 I'm trying to change things in my life.
I drive over the road(truck driver) for a living and food choices while away from home are not the best in the world.
Thinking of going on the atkins diet.

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Kirla 2010-10-02 14:34:32 -0500 Report

I kind of follow the Atkins diet. Atkins is a 4-phase diet. I skipped phase 1 because I like to eat lots of low carb vegetables, seeds, peanuts, almonds and walnuts. Atkins phase one is probley ok if you need to lose a lot of weight. I found that the phase 3 or phase 4 part of the program works pretty good for controlling blood sugar. I just weight all my food and if I start to gain weight I cut back on the amount I eat. My A1C went from 14.1 to 5.9 in less than 4 months and my fasting blood sugar went from 366 to almost normal numbers in less than 2 months. I was able to get off all meds in less than 2 months and have been off them since April 2009. I was diagnosed in February 2009. I believe that Atkins can get you were you want to be, controlling your blood sugar. After you get your numbers down a bit you can always experiment with different foods and testing before and after eating will allow you to see how the foods you eat is affecting your blood sugar. My last A1C last month was 5.2. I say go for it. Control your blood sugar then decide what you want to do later.

Good luck

johnr1951 2010-10-02 16:52:23 -0500 Report

Since 8/10 I've gone from 205 down to 192. average so far bllod sugar = 112.48
I still want to lose 42 more lbs. Been using garlic and cinnamon everyday along with diet.

johnr1951 2010-10-02 14:50:46 -0500 Report

Thanks. Right now we are experiment with food & drink. Dr said that my numbers need to stay around 100 all the time?!??, oh well going to give atkins a try again. Last time I was on it I lost 30lbs. This time it will be another reason besides losing weight.

Kirla 2010-10-02 15:12:11 -0500 Report

Staying at 100 all the time will be very hard to do. I don’t think it can be done. Blood sugar goes up after you eat and after several hours it goes down again. If not using insulin or taking certain meds in combinations, you should be trying to keep your numbers within a certain range like 80-120. No matter how hard you try sooner or later we all do things to spike our blood sugar. That’s why we are diabetic. Thing is, you need to keep the spikes from not happening too often. I have almost prefect blood sugar control most of the time. My numbers normally will run between 70 and 120 most days. But there are times when I spike and can’t figure out why. As long as it only happens once in a while I learned to just ignore it and keep going. I hardly go above 140 anymore but it still happens once in a while. I don’t think I seen a reading above 180 in over a year and a half.

Good luck

GabbyPA 2010-10-03 07:38:40 -0500 Report

I agree with Kirla, 100 is an unrealistic number to keep, even as a non-diabetic. They still rise and fall, just not as high and the body takes care of things.

GabbyPA 2010-10-02 13:46:23 -0500 Report

There are some good points of the Atkins thinking, but balance is really the key, Like Ray said. As a diabetic, too much protein can be just as bad and too much carb. I find using more veggies for snacks and things like that help more than anything. Use some of their recipes for meals, as they will be low carb for sure. Just watch the fat content, specially if they are not healthy fats.

I used something like it to jump start me into less carbs in my diet. For about a month I cut carbs very drastically to get over the "addiction" stage of it. I also used a book called "Carbohydrate Addicts Cook Book" and that helped a lot. It gives low carb and low fat meal ideas. I know you are on the road, but learning what is in the recipes can help you make better choices while out.

My brother was a truck driver as well and his type 2 often bugged him when he was hauling. There are better food choices out there now than there used to be. The thing is keeping them in mind when you have to choose between a Cob Salad and 1/2 pound burger and fries.

RAYT721 2010-10-02 11:08:39 -0500 Report

There is much controversy about all diet plans. If you search the archives for discussions using the keyword Atkins you will find previous posts and responses on this and other plans (awesome search feature). In my case I have found the diet that works best for me is the one which uses common sense of healthier foods that balance carbs, fat, protein, vitamins and calories along with ample amounts of water and combined with exercise. I won't say Atkins is horrible but I believe that balance is better. You can look into Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers, a grapefruit diet, the Cleveland Clinic diet or any diet known or not known to man but most will burn you out before it burns your weight. I follow the common sense diet … eating less food more often. For me, it's working. I am at my target weight, with decent control, adequate energy, and a variety of good and healthy foods. What works for me may not work for someone else. When it comes to dieting, YOU are your own best teacher of what works and what doesn't.

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