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Atkins Diet Questions??

Question by << mαrtinα >>: Atkins Diet Questions??
1. What is the backround of this author? (like what qualifies him to start this diet, what makes him an expert, etc etc)

2. Does he promise a quick fix?
3. Do the claims this diet make sound too good to be true?
4. Is the eating plan based on the Canada’s Food GUide?
5. Does the eating plan give tips on how to change your eating habits?
6. Does the eating plan use actual food? or pills and meal replacements
7.Does the eating plan allow regular meals & snacks?
8. Does it reccommend regular activity?
9. Are there negative consequences to following it for a long period of time? (if yes, explain please)
10. Are follow up services available?
11. Was a dietician involved in writing this plan?
12. Rate this diet on a scale from 1- 10 (10 being the best)
why did you give it this rating?

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good ratings so far

But why? I've heard of this diet being like life threatening or something...i dunno..ketosis?
Whats so wrong with it?

Best answer:

Answer by iluvtorofl
1. He was a cardiologist who developed this eating plan for his patients.
2. no
3. not if you follow it. It does work. And it works well.
4. I have no idea what Canada’s food guide is. I doubt it though. Most government food plans are too high in carbs.
5. Yes
6. The original plan back in the 70s was FOOD. Now it has become more highly marketed with “Atkins” products. This current trend is nasty. The original was good.
7. yes
8. yes
9. The only “bad” thing that is universal is constipation. There is also a risk to people who have kidney function issues. The original plan warned against anyone with kidney failure or pregnancy to not do it. You drop weight fast, and any plan that drops weight fast can cause a fatty liver. Gastric bypass does that too. Any fast weight loss can cause fatty liver and will cause hair loss.
10. If you were his patient, yes. As the current marketing plan goes, no. I think the loss of Dr. Atkins greatly changed the plan to it’s detriment.
11. It was a cardiologist’s plan.
12. The original eating plan was a 10+++. Now it is an 8 or so. It is just too highly marketed. And they have switched ideals from using stevia and saccharine to sucralose which is so nasty. Plus they are highly relying on glutens rather than just skipping breads and starches totally.

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7 Responses to “Atkins Diet Questions??”

  1. Devon The Misses says:

    The Atkins Website as well as other Low Carb Messageboards should be able to sum these questions nicely.

    1. He was an MD
    2. NO
    3. NO
    4. NO
    5. Yes
    6. Actual food
    7. yes
    8. yes
    9. no
    10. yes…reading the book, following the website
    11. not sure
    12. 9

  2. Tim Br says:

    http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=Atkins+Diet&fr=ush-ans
    I prefer a more balanced diet.

  3. Mike says:

    1-He was a doctor but more importantly his diet has been used successfully by thousands of people for decades.
    2-You get some immediate results. I lost 15 pounds in 8 weeks. But what is really going on is that the diet retrains your body.
    3-You should only follow the crash version of the diet for several weeks. The regular low carb diet trains the body to use carbs for energy instead of storing them as fat for the future.
    4-Canada’s Food Guide should be of less interest. Weight loss results and a healthy diet should be your concerns.
    5-yes
    6-food
    7-yes
    8-yes
    9-Do not stay on the crash diet beyond the recommendations.
    10-There are at least two levels: crash and regular. I guess you could call moving from the crash to the regular as a followup. This is a very popular trend now – locarb. There are many recipes and follow ups available.
    11-Again you ask a scholastic type question. The results are in, it works, it does not have bad side effects. We do not need approval from some government or scholastic authority. If only the government could properly identify and advertise the shortcomings of the fast food industry and the pharmaceutical industry…maybe then we wouldn’t need as much help in our diets. For example, MSG has been identified as a bad ingredient in our diet. Why does the government allow the food industry to continue to use this ingredient without a warning label. It took the government decades to finally admit (under overwhelming evidence) that nicotene and smoking are bad for our health. How many people need to be obese and die from diabetes before the government requires warning labels for MSG?
    12-8, Look for results from large numbers of people when making decisions on health. Most companies and the government have a vested interest in the status quo and will not identify or publicize many of the shocking realities in our food and drug supply industries…

  4. bassetnut says:

    1. What is the backround of this author? (like what qualifies him to start this diet, what makes him an expert, etc etc)

    He was a cardiologist. He became interested in nutritional and alternative therapies and had great success with them.

    2. Does he promise a quick fix?

    No. Atkins is intended to be a permanent lifestyle change.

    3. Do the claims this diet make sound too good to be true?

    Gotta admit, he was a bit of a salesman, but after talking with many other people who have done Atkins long-term it seems that his claims are mostly true.

    4. Is the eating plan based on the Canada’s Food GUide?

    No, and a good thing too. Low-carbers consider the Food Guide to be seriously flawed and is largely determined by politics.

    5. Does the eating plan give tips on how to change your eating habits?

    Yes.

    6. Does the eating plan use actual food? or pills and meal replacements

    Yes, Dr. Atkins discouraged processed foods.

    7.Does the eating plan allow regular meals & snacks?

    Yes

    8. Does it reccommend regular activity?

    Yes, in Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution there is a chapter called “Exercise, it’s not optional”. He says “If you’re not exercising, you’re not doing Atkins.”

    9. Are there negative consequences to following it for a long period of time? (if yes, explain please)

    Not if you are doing it properly.

    10. Are follow up services available?

    There is a website, but the company is no longer owned by the Atkins family and is more interested in selling products than in promoting the correct version of the diet.

    Since Dr. Atkins has passed on, he can’t do any follow up, but while he was alive he did invite feedback and questions, and give contact info, in his books.

    11. Was a dietician involved in writing this plan?

    I would assume so, since he had at least one on staff at his clinic.

    12. Rate this diet on a scale from 1- 10 (10 being the best)
    why did you give it this rating?

    10. I believe that, done as intended, it is a very healthy way to eat and can be done for life.

    EDIT:
    >>>But why? I’ve heard of this diet being like life threatening or something…i dunno..ketosis?
    Whats so wrong with it?

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