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    Title: Atkins Diet Yes or No Author: Loring A. Windblad Word count: 1,075; 65 characters per line Contact e-mail: mailto:windy@uniserve.com Category: Health
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      Atkins Diet Yes or No
      by Loring A. Windblad

      As of now, January 2005, more than half of all north Americans
      are struggling with obesity. The "quick fix" for "fat" for the
      last 40+ years, becoming ever more popular, has become the Atkins
      Diet. The Atkins Diet was first popularized in the U. S. Air
      Force during the 1960's.

      The Atkins Diet is very simple --- restrict your carbohydrate
      intake. And guess what? It actually works. But Dr. Atkins, after
      the initial few years of his popularized diet, began to make
      modifications and refinements to the original basic diet. And
      several other people have taken the basic Atkins Diet, modified
      it just a little, and come up with a new and very workable diet.

      The first thing you must understand is that, across the entire
      human spectrum, each of us is very different from one another in
      the chemical makeup of our body. Thus, each of us, individually,
      should have our own highly personalized, custom built diet,
      created by a dietician using a chemical makeup assessment,
      usually a $200 hair analysis, of our particular body type and
      individual nutritional needs. So far as I know, this technology
      and this type dietary assessment is still available only through
      certain holistic health practitioners and it is becoming more
      and more expensive. As an example, it typically costs now between
      $200 and $300, whereas in the mid-1970's it cost between $100 and
      $150.

      There are three major misconceptions to the Atkins diet. The first
      common myth is many people believe this means don't worry about
      the amount of calories or fat you eat so long as its not carbs.
      The second common myth is many people believe all carbohydrates
      are equally bad. The third common myth is that the Atkins "Lo-Carb"
      diet is actually a "Hi-Protein" diet. All of these, however, are
      enormous misconceptions.

      The first myth: many dieters who use this program believe that
      calories and fat do not matter when eating low carb food, but in
      some cases this has proven to be fatal. Depending upon your
      particular body chemistry, when eating high fat food your
      cholesterol could climb and climb, leading to a heart attack or
      stroke. Also, it has now been proven that the older we become the
      less our body is able to metabolize the "high fat" portion of the
      Atkins "lo carb" diet, leading to additional dietary and health
      problems.

      The second myth: The Atkins Diet is actually a "Lo-Carb" diet,
      not a "No-Carb" diet. What should be cut out are breads, rice and
      potatoes. Fresh fruits and vegetables should not be cut back and
      many should be somewhat increased. Finally, after the first month
      you can "safely" add breads and potatoes --- in limited
      quantities. One friend of mine eats 1 bite of breads/toasts, etc.,
      served with his meals, such as garlic breads. One bite and not a
      morsel more.

      The third myth: Mention the Atkins Diet and most people's
      reaction is "Oh, yes, the 'high protein' diet." Not true at all
      --- it's a "Low Carb" diet - protein intake remains unchanged.
      Some carbs only, not all, are restricted (versus eliminated
      completely); fats, particularly in older people, need to be
      restricted; protein should be kept to 4-6 ounce portions per
      meal, the lower values for breakfast and lunch. What you need to
      increase is your intake of high-fiber foods such as celery, etc.

      The reason why the Atkins Diet works is because your body
      metabolizes its stored fat (carbohydrates) in order to burn ---
      digest --- the protein, fiber and fat you are eating. The Atkins
      Dieters tend to leave out several food groups, including fruit and
      vegetables, since they are "high carb food", and then tend to grab
      a steak instead, which has very low carbohydrates.

      This is ridiculous. Why? Because the elimination of carbohydrates
      and the reduction of the fresh fruits and vegetables actually
      throws your health into a major imbalance. Overloading your
      unbalanced diet by an excess of protein intake (adding that steak,
      above) to "increase the volume" to a satisfying level merely
      exacerbates this imbalance.

      The true danger of the Atkins Diet, however, lies in the fact that,
      for people who already have health challenges, the Atkins Diet
      actually worsens some conditions and creates other health
      challenges that did not exist before the Atkins Diet. The worst
      of these is Gout. If you have a tendency to suffer gout, no
      matter how well controlled you have it, a strict Atkins Diet will
      create a severe gout condition and gout attack for you. If you
      merely had the tendency for gout with no active gout, the Atkins
      Diet will precipitate an actual condition of gout in your body. A
      severe case of gout requires medical intervention to correct as
      well as long-term dietary control and change. The long-term
      danger of gout is an increased tendency for heart attack and
      stroke. See Native's Gift for one proven help for gout.

      If your body type and chemical makeup is suitable for the Atkins
      Diet then by all means use it. Remember that there are several
      similar alternatives out there which may be more suitable than a
      strict Atkins, to include some of Dr. Atkins own later work and
      recommendations. If you have health challenges, to include a
      tendency for gout or actually suffer from gout, or have diabetes
      or any of several other disorders, the Atkins diet is definitely
      something you need to avoid.

      And not just the Atkins Diet. Any and all diets which highly
      restrict or eliminate one of the essential food groups we all
      need to maintain optimal health is equally bad. Stop the insanity
      and use a REAL diet --- the only proven diet which will work for
      virtually everyone.

      What is it? It's actually two things: A food diet and exercise --
      yes, simple exercise, like walking a mile a day. A completely
      balanced, restricted calorie, diet containing a little bit of
      everything. Eat three meals a day, get your sweets, carbs,
      veggies, fruits, juices, protein and keep it to 1200 calories a
      day. Eat your breakfast and go out and walk the dog -- if you
      don't have one, take your neighbor's. Give this diet a year of
      your life, weigh yourself every Monday and keep track of your
      weight, see where you are with it...and make the change for the
      rest of your life. When you get to your target weight you may
      increase the diet to 1600 calories a day.

      Copyright © 2004 by http://www.organicgreens.us and Loring Windblad

      About Loring: Loring Windblad has studied nutrition and exercise
      for more than 40 years, is a published author and freelance
      writer. He is the author of 2 paperback books and 4 eBooks. His
      latest business endeavor is at http://www.organicgreens.us and
      http://www.organicgreens.ca (up soon)

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