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Atkins diet

funky_citrus

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I started it on Monday, and this no carb thing is really not easy. But I weighed myself the other day and the scale said 170, when I had been walking around in the delusion that I was 155. That completely screws up my cardio training on the cross trainer. I just want to lose this gut that I seem to have, and the doc says this is the best way to go.....anyone else on it?

~Leslie~
 

funky_citrus

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Originally posted by fishbulb
pm 416

he would be delighted to give you an accurate and pleasant account of the atkins diet

Cool! I really don't know that many people that have done it. I have just read the book, and read info on the website and have devised a strategy accoridingly. I wonder what the new "low carb beer" tastes like?

~Leslie~
 
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funky_citrus

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see i use to be really skinny, and im fit. some people think im too thin, but i see a gut. everyone is their own worst critic.

~Leslie~
 

fishbulb

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atkins isn't fun for anyone under 40
it's not a quick fix...it's a whole lifestyle change
and you can only drink pure spirits...no mix


hope you like scotch on the rocks!
 

man_slut

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It's also important to know that it's not a bacon and egg diet. Veggies are extremely important on this diet. Unfortunately the media took a part of Atkins diet and made it look as if you can only eat meat. This is false. It's basically a Mediterranean diet.
 

R4V4G3D_SKU11S

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Originally posted by funky_citrus
see i use to be really skinny, and im fit. some people think im too thin, but i see a gut. everyone is their own worst critic.

Did your doctor think you should be losing more weight?
 

funky_citrus

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Originally posted by basic
Did your doctor think you should be losing more weight?

Well, I told him about my concern and because I have a slim build he reccomended it. I also told him though that I thought that I eat way to much bread. This was his reccomendation. We'll have to see if it was the right choice. Working out a little more, and crunches could very well solve the problem too....

~Leslie~
 
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R4V4G3D_SKU11S

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Why do you think you eat too much bread? Because you keep hearing about how carbs are bad for you? Sounds like you may have gotten the answer that you were fishing for from the doctor.

Boost your cardio and eat balanced meals.

You can do that through Atkins, although I think that missing carbs is unhealthy.

You can also do it with less torture by just becoming aware of what you eat and trying to balance it.
 

opium_souldjah

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I heard that the "Zone Diet" is way better for you. I have to do some research to compare the results but this is coming from someone who I know is a body builder and nutritionist
 

Hawk Eye

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You doing cardio and you're on the no carb diet??

That's not healthy..

The atkin diet is only good to do short term bc you can lose fat fast. Protien goes right into your msucles and if you dont work out then carbs turn into fat, however carbs' give you energy which is why it good to have some carbs before you work out.

Too much protein hurts the kidneys'

That's my 2 cents.

I'm fully against diets

unless you're obese like my old roommate she went on weight watchers and lost over 100 lbs in 2 years.

I was in a group with this girl last year who complained that she was tired all the time and she worked out, plus was on the atkin diet (even though she didn't need to be) and all she ate was salads
 

Hawk Eye

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Originally posted by funky_citrus
Well, I told him about my concern and because I have a slim build he reccomended it. I also told him though that I thought that I eat way to much bread. This was his reccomendation. We'll have to see if it was the right choice. Working out a little more, and crunches could very well solve the problem too....

~Leslie~

don't eat white bread then.
white bread has 2 scoops of sugar in it. buy bread that says WHOLE WHEAT.
 
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Hawk Eye

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Originally posted by opium_souldjah
Flax seed bread is really good and yummy too

Yes, i heard that bread is good for you as well! although i've never tried it nor do i know what it looks like.

meh i always get whole wheat everything or 7 grain
 

opium_souldjah

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Originally posted by Hawk Eye
Yes, i heard that bread is good for you as well! although i've never tried it nor do i know what it looks like.

meh i always get whole wheat everything or 7 grain

looks like whole wheat bread but looks like there's sunflower seeds in it, and tastes like a little bit of cinnimon too. Two pieces with Becel and it fills you for a good part of the day until you're ready for lunch. Very tasty and very filling.
 

Hawk Eye

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I have a book called Nutrition for dummy's.. ok im a big health freak.
I have to start reading it.. i've only read a bit of it.

My best bud says im her motivation for working out. :D
 

Agatka8

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I work with two people, who did really well on the Atkins diet.
One is a girl and the other is guy.... and they're both under 30.

I was impressed with their results.
 

Agatka8

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Originally posted by Hawk Eye
Yes, i heard that bread is good for you as well! although i've never tried it nor do i know what it looks like.

meh i always get whole wheat everything or 7 grain
Anything with flaxseeds tastes awesome.
In fact... I always add flax seeds to my oatmeal... I love the stuff!
 
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Hawk Eye

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Low-carbohydrate diets: Are they safe and effective?
From MayoClinic.com
Special to CNN.com

Americans spend billions of dollars yearly on weight-loss programs and products, looking for the magic cure to help them shed pounds quickly and painlessly. Anyone who has tried to lose weight knows how challenging it can be. This is why many people turn to fad diets.

Fad diets have been around for decades. New ones surface regularly, and some older ones fall in and out of favor. One of the more popular diets today is a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet. Researchers have reported some successful short-term results from restricting carbohydrate intake, findings that have sparked further debate in the medical community about the effectiveness and safety of such diet programs.

Low-carbohydrate diets — such as the Atkins diet, the Zone and the South Beach Diet — have received a lot of attention. With book sales in the millions and pervasive marketing campaigns, many people turn to these diets for help in losing weight. But it's important to ask yourself the same questions posed by health experts: Do these low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets work? Are they safe?

Low-carbohydrate diets: The theory

The main thrust behind low-carbohydrate diets is that carbohydrates promote insulin production, which leads to weight gain. So, the theory goes, reduce your intake of carbohydrates and you'll shed extra pounds.

The Atkins diet — one of the more popular low-carbohydrate diets — limits carbohydrates to 20 grams a day initially. By contrast, the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine recommends that most adults consume at least 130 grams of carbohydrates each day. The Atkins diet excludes most grains, beans, fruits, breads, rice, potatoes, pastas and starchy vegetables. But you can eat as much meat, eggs, cheese, butter and cream as you want.

How does a low-carbohydrate diet actually work? By lowering your daily intake of carbohydrates, your body burns its stored carbohydrates (glycogen) for energy. When your body burns glycogen, water is released, and you lose weight.

Your body also starts burning some fat. Burning fat without carbohydrates creates byproducts called ketones that build up in your bloodstream (ketosis). Your kidneys remove the ketones from your bloodstream and eliminate them from your body through urine. Ketones suppress appetite, but they may also cause fatigue and nausea. Proponents of the Atkins diet claim that "benign dietary ketosis" is a safe, natural condition necessary for weight loss. Finally, if the total calorie intake on a low-carbohydrate diet is low enough, this leads to loss of muscle tissue, which also shows up on the scale as weight loss.

The traditional lower-fat, calorie-controlled diet

Most medical experts recommend a diet that's low in saturated fat and calories, while being moderate to high in complex carbohydrates. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), outlines several guidelines for better health:

* Eat a variety of foods to get the energy, protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber you need for good health.

* Balance the food you eat with physical activity — maintain or improve your weight to reduce your chances of having high blood pressure, heart disease, a stroke, certain cancers and diabetes.

* Select a diet low in sugar. A diet high in sugar has too many calories and too few nutrients for most people.

* Choose a diet low in salt to help reduce your risk of high blood pressure.

* Eat plenty of grain products, vegetables and fruits to provide you with needed vitamins, minerals, fiber and complex carbohydrates, and to help lower your intake of fat.

* Choose a diet low in fat, saturated fat and cholesterol to reduce your risk of heart attack and certain types of cancer, and to help you maintain a healthy weight.

* Drink alcohol in moderation. Alcohol supplies calories, but little or no nutrients.

# Guidelines for good nutrition

# Food pyramid: The shape of a healthy diet

Low-carbohydrate diet: The upside

People, especially meat lovers, like eating the food on the low-carbohydrate diet — at least for a while. They also report that eating these foods suppresses their appetite. A study published in the May 2003 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine compared the Atkins diet with a low-fat, low-calorie diet. Researchers found that both diets resulted in weight
loss. The study also found that those people who followed the Atkins diet:

* Lost more weight, faster. This advantage was apparent for the first six months. But at one year, the difference between the Atkins group and the low-fat, low-calorie group wasn't statistically significant.

* Improved high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol — the "good" cholesterol — and triglyceride levels. These results surprised some opponents of this diet who had maintained that a high-fat diet would negatively affect cholesterol levels.

Low-carbohydrate diet: The downside

These same researchers found that after a year, there was no significant difference in weight loss between the low-carbohydrate diet and a standard low-calorie diet. Also, sticking to a low-carbohydrate diet doesn't appear to be any easier than following other weight-loss plans. People on the Atkins diet dropped out at a similar rate as those following the low-fat diet. If dieters aren't getting the results they want — anticipated weight loss — they drop out. This suggests that the low-carbohydrate diet, like so many diets, is no easier to stick to long term. And although you may initially prefer eating the foods included in the low-carbohydrate diet plan, food choices are actually more limited and perhaps less appealing over time.

Proponents of the Atkins diet claim that ketosis helps burn fat. However, researchers found no correlation between ketosis and weight loss in the Atkins diet. Prolonged ketosis may deplete mineral stores in the bones, causing them to become porous and brittle.

Research hasn't yet determined the long-term effectiveness or risks of the low-carbohydrate diet. And there's concern in the medical community about the long-term effects of these diets on a dieter's health, especially on the heart. It's well documented that foods promoted in the low-carbohydrate diets — for example, foods high in saturated fat such as meat, butter or cream — have been shown to increase your risk of heart disease and some types of cancer. And foods restricted on these diets — for example, whole grains, vegetables and fruits — have vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that can help reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other health conditions.

Bottom line: Are they safe and effective?

Do these diets work? Low-carbohydrate diets do work in the short run. But their long-term weight-loss results aren't significantly better than those of standard diets.

Are they safe? It's impossible to say because little is known about their long-term effects on heart disease, cancer and other health conditions.

Bottom line: Be wary of diets that promise a quick fix or that sound too good to be true. Aim for a long-term plan — one that offers you a lifetime of tried-and-tested health strategies. Though traditional recommendations for weight management — eating a variety of vegetables, fruits and grains, and being physically active daily — may produce slower results, they're the proven path to improved health and lasting weight loss.
http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/library/NU/00268.html
 
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cdp

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Hi. I've been doing something loosely based on Atkins for about 3 weeks. Less carbs, lotsa vegetables and my regular intake of meat (alot). I'm not a fanatic about dieting, so I'm not doing this thing exactly the way I've been told. Sometimes (rarely) I intentionally have something that I know is "prohibited," just to make sure I'm not exagerating. For example, today I complimented my meals with a can of non-diet soda and some crackers.

Anyway, I'm not only losing weight, but I feel FAR better. No feeling sleepy during the afternoon, more energy, more focus. Hope its related to the diet. :)
 

R4V4G3D_SKU11S

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Originally posted by Agatka8
I work with two people, who did really well on the Atkins diet.
One is a girl and the other is guy.... and they're both under 30.

I was impressed with their results.

The question isn't "Can you get results?"

The question is "Is it healthy to practically starve your body of essential intakes?

I should mention that I know a guy who lost weight drinking only motor oil for weeks on end. Iwas impressed by his results.
 

Suke

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Word Up Leslie ...

Just go low carb and do intense cardio 3-4 times a week maximizing 65-80% of your heart rate. Try to stay away from the fast foods as well.

Drink water instead of pop.
Eat lots of veggies with every meal.
Start breakfest with regluar oatmeal (no flavours)
Eat lots of protein
Eat some carbs as they give you energy. Rye bread with light butter or cottage cheese. Celery is also good.
Steam up some mixed veggies.

I think the key is cardio though.

Run Leslie ... Run ==================> Suke.
 
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