Calculating "net carbs" in vegetables by subtracting the amount of fiber from the total carb content is fine. It takes extra work during digestion to separate the fiber from the rest of the carbs and therefore slows down the rate at which sugar is released into our system.
Doing the same calculation for an Atkins bar does not yield the same result. Usually, any fiber is not an integral part of one of the other ingredients. Therefore, once it ends up in the "wet" stomach, the fiber immediately separates from the rest of the bar, and so do the other carbs.
There is therefore no slow release of carbs and the full load hits us right away, resulting in a big insulin dump, followed for many of us by blood sugar highs and lows. That's why I consider "net carbs" to be a marketing gimmick that allows Atkins to push products that really do not fit the protocol but sell well.
These products often "redirect" a food addiction from regular chocolate bars or other sweets to Atkins bars. They do little to solve a weight problem.
Edited by: MONADM1 at: 2/5/2013 (22:19)
Highest weight ever: 220 pounds
Followed the IP protocol with slight modifications from June to December 2012 and lost 58 pounds.
In Maintenance mode from December to July. Didn't re-introduce any of the carbs recommended by IP for Phase 4 and Maintenance. Increased fat intake and was able to maintain my weight.
Back on Phase 1 of IP to get to 140 pounds. Hitting some snags, though.
| current weight: 163.4