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Doing the so called ATKINS diet I have found out that my LDL cholesterol level is a little high.
I am wondering if I should stick with this diet or transfer with more fruits etcs. in it. emoticon

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I have lost 17.5 pounds in 8 weeks with eating NO Breads or sugars. There are carbs in fruits and they add up fast. So I leave them out.
Any one out there have this problem?
- Submitted by RUTHANN05 8/16/2010 in Staying Healthy | 7 Comments
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FUTUREBOD12 11/5/2010 2:25:00 PM

    I tried the Atkins Diet years ago and at first I really started dropping the lbs. But about three weeks into it, I started getting unusual pains in my stomach. Once I started eating regularly again...fruits, etc. the pains went away. My feeling is that making good choices and watching portions from all food groups is the best.
JIBBIE49 9/6/2010 12:12:00 AM

    Have you READ "The New Diet Revolution", which is Dr. Atkins book? He explains WHY you stay on the low carb diet, since INSULIN RESISTANCE is the reason we have cravings and want sugar and junk foods which make us fat.
When you get down near your goal weight you can ADD back carbs as long as you don't gain weight back. That is when you will have fruits. You WON'T elminate them from your diet forever. Get his book from the library and read it as it has so much good information.
STORMY724 8/17/2010 7:01:00 AM

    If you are going low-carb, I recommend the ZONE diet. It is not as radical as Atkins and not far from American Heart Association guidleines.

If you put your weight goals into SparkPeople, it will recommend a range of carbs, fat, & protein. If you stay in the middle range on fat, the high end on protein and the low end on carbs, you will be essentially in the range of what the Zone recommends.

I read Dr. Barry Sears Zone book after I had been on the diet for several months. I admit, if I had read it upfront, I might have dismissed it as he makes many claims about curing/preventing all kinds of ailments. I would have been skeptical. But the diet did work. I had lots of energy and felt great. I lost about 45 lbs in 20 weeks on it.

This site gives the basics: http://www.zonedietinfo.com/

It
campares the Zone to Atkins, gives some sample menus, & other helpful hints, but there is a wealth of other info online. (Skip prepackaged meals -- do it yourself.)
GRATEFULADY 8/16/2010 10:57:00 PM

    I am not in favor of any diet that eliminates a food group. Yes, you can watch your carbs and stay in the low range. I do find I too need to up my protein in order to see success, but not at the expense of a total food group. That is one reason I like Spark. It counts all the different groups. emoticon emoticon
MARKAVIS 8/16/2010 5:48:00 PM

    I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a week and a half ago. I am learning about lowering my intake of food with carbs.
SARABETH_60 8/16/2010 5:47:00 PM

    The Atkins diet gave me gall bladder problems - so yes, add some fruits and veggies. You may lose more slowly, but you'll be healthier in the long run.
ANTIQUELOVER 8/16/2010 4:22:00 PM

    I had this problem also.

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