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I'm just not an Atkins person

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

I know there are lots of people out there who swear by "low carbing" but I ain't one of them. Don't get me wrong, I definitely see the value in getting plenty of protein. And I also see the benefits of avoiding refined carbs (white flour/sugar) when possible. But low carb? Not for me.

I tried an Atkins frozen meal for the first time today at lunch. It was one that a coworker recommended and she was right, it was very yummy! But the numbers on it weren't great (as far as I'm concerned). First of all, for supposedly being so protein-focused, it only had 16 grams of protein. There are plenty of Lean Cuisines that have that much protein. Second, it had 25 grams of fat in it! 25!!! What the what?

(Note: I just happened to pick the Atkins meal with the highest fat-to-protein ratio. Some of the others have more protein and/or less fat. But still. 25 grams of fat! www.atkins.com/Products/

For the rest of the day I worked hard to get healthy carbs and avoid fats so I wouldn't go over my limit on fats for the day.

Coincidentally, I read this article today on SparkPeople about eating more protein in order to feel full longer.

I agree with that article completely, I have observed myself that I feel satisfied longer when I get plenty of protein. But the article also closes by reinforcing that we need a balance of macronutrients, including healthy carbs.
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    Atkins is meant to be higher fat, moderate protein, and low carb. I agree that 16 g protein is pretty skimpy, but we don't worry about fat when doing low carb.
    1796 days ago
  • ICA171
    In Atkins, you eat as much fat as you want because it makes you feel full. The idea is that you'll find balance and eventually eat less because you feel full sooner and carbs aren't triggering your blood sugar to tell you to eat more. I lost a lot of weight on Atkins-esque low carb a few years ago, but ever since then whenever I try to go back to it I either lose nothing or gain. Like Sandy, I just don't have the time to keep up with it. I have three kids and sometimes I need to be able to grab a fast snack or meal that isn't dairy or eggs! I felt great while I was doing it back then, but results are results and if a plan doesn't work, then finding what does is a much better option. I'm going to check out the article you linked.
    1809 days ago
    Yup, I believe in balance. Adkins wouldn't be for me either. I followed a similar eating plan for a while when my doctor told me to eat a low GI diet (meaning you eat things that supposedly help keep your blood sugar levels more stable instead of causing spikes - so you avoid white potatoes, white rice, white breads and pastas, cakes and ice cream, and sometimes certain veggies like carrots and peas or certain fruits....and anyways, it basically works out to being low-ish carb because even whole grains are on the "sometimes" (about 2 times/week) list instead of the "any time" list. It worked to get rid of about 20 pounds very quickly for me, and then I totally plateaued. Plus I thought it would be healthier to eat a more balanced diet. Tracking calories was by FAR more effective for me in the long run, and I think I got a better variety of nutrients by eating a wider variety of foods. So I'm with you here! :)

    1810 days ago
    Great observations! I've always been a firm believer in not eliminating any of the main categories of nutrients (carbs, fats, proteins). I think it is way more important to eat the healthy versions of all of those since our body is made to use them all. :-)

    1811 days ago
    I completely agree with you! Quite a few years ago I gave Atkins a try, started out great and did lose on it, but just couldn't keep it up. This was with cooking my own meals, not the frozen ones, and I was following the "Atkins wisdom" (not sure if this is still the same or not) that as long as you stay away from the carbs, the fat doesn't matter. I just couldn't get past the idea that that could not possibly be healthy, and when it came to snacking, or just needing something quick to eat, I pretty much degenerated into eating cheese... The one good thing I will say about it is that, although I rarely do anyway, I NEVER had even the slightest heartburn while I was avoiding carbs; but, when I don't overeat I don't seem to, either. Here's to being an omnivore!


    1812 days ago
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