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Atkins diet?

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

I with all costs wanted to avoid this diet . However my family is on it so im stuck . I guess if I loss weight its fine. I just feel like its not healthy for my father who has had a heart attack in the last past year . I fear his life with diets like these .. Am I crazy? We are doing a low carb diet not a no carb diet . I think that makes it better . Ughh I dont know .. I need advice fellow spark people . lol
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    My doctors and dietitians actually recommend low-carb and using Atkins as a guide. There are plenty of Atkins followers who were in the same boat as your father and have made a great recovery following the low-carb lifestyle. What people don't understand is that Atkins is healthy and it does teach you a lifestyle change if you actually read the book and follow the steps. People think the first step - called Induction - is how you eat forever and that is not true. It's eliminating the problem foods, reintroducing them later so you can see which ones are causing your weight gain. I have PCOS which causes insulin resistance and Atkins is the only thing that has worked for me. My blood work comes back perfect every time. It's all about eating good fats , proteins and good vegetables while reducing your junk carbs (white pasta and rice, potatoes, starchy foods, and sugars - all which can be problematic for some people.) Like everyone else suggested, I would discuss the plan with your father and his doctors. They are the only ones that can assess the situation thoroughly.
    1867 days ago
    I know a few people that did real well on Atkins, but all reports I've heard is that due to it being so restrictive, that it's hard to stick with. I would prefer a low carb or Slow carb diet. Cutting out most of the wheat based carbs and eating lots of veggies and protein. I agree with GETSTRONGRRR, check out some of Gary Taubes work on low carb. There are tons of people getting excellent results eating Paleo, caveman diet, you could look into that also.
    1868 days ago
    Any diet will lead to weight loss as long as you are following it. That being said, I would recommend that you meet with a Registered Dietitian or nutritionist for advice. His cardiologist, like many docs, do not get a lot of nutrition information in med school. Take care!
    1868 days ago
    Read up and get smart on it. There's a "New Atkins for a new you" book that's not bad.

    The best one I have read is called "Why we get Fat" by Gary Taubes....it goes into the physiology of carbs, fats, etc

    I've cut down my carbs quite a bit since last year. Belly has gotten flatter and I've slimmed up a lot
    1868 days ago
    Thanks both of you . I really appreciate it :)
    It has lifted a weight off my shoulders
    I just get worried about my daddy lol
    he's my best friend .

    1869 days ago
    You need to speak to a physician who has more of your medical history and could advise you better.

    There are multiple forms of proteins one can use. There are text books you can buy that will aide you. A dietitian can also be the source to aid you in choosing types of food containing high proteins for vegetarians and meat eaters.

    1869 days ago
    It's not a bad diet. The bad part comes from how easily the weight comes back once carbs are re-introduced to your diet. If your father has issues with his heart this could be a way for him to lose some weight and reduce the risk quickly. As long as he is doctor supervised don't worry about it. What's stopping you from purchasing some oatmeal or other healthy grains and keeping them for yourself? :)
    1869 days ago
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