I agree with the other responses. I wouldn't do it. In my experience the more I cut out the more I want it. I'm trying my weight loss journey this time by eating healthier things in moderation and exercising more. And if I do happen to have something not so healthy I'm not going to beat myself up about it, just dust myself off and try again at the next meal.
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I've tired Atkins several times over the years but without any real staying power. I have found that for me the more restrictions I have the more likely I am to "fall off the wagon". I do way better by trying to maintain portion control, staying well hydrated, and physical exercise. I think a better approach is teaching one to distingish better carbs from the more refined ones, eating more veggies especially green one, and making better overall meal selections.
The thing is no one is good 100% of the time, we are all human and any "dieter" is destined to cheat. I have changed my way of thinking from diet to lifestyle. I have found that this is the way I can eat for life as opposed to just when I achieve a target weight and that difference in my own mind has been monumental. My cheats are no longer my failures that cause my whole journey to collapse.
Question: can I feasibly do Atkins indefinitely? Answer for me: NO.
Definatly no. I'm a dialysis nurse. My medical director who himself tried Atkins has reversed himself and now says he does think it can contribute to renal failure. He's seen so many people who have tried Atkins and gotten this unpleasant surprise.
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I vote NO... Foster, like other experts, remains concerned about the long-term safety of the diet.
Robert H. Eckel, MD, director of the general clinical research center at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, agrees. He tells WebMD, "Our worries over the Atkins diet go way past the question of whether it is effective for losing weight or even for keeping weight off. We worry that the diet promotes heart disease. ... We have concerns over whether this is a healthy diet for preventing heart disease, stroke, and cancer. There is also potential loss of bone, and the potential for people with liver and kidney problems to have trouble with the high amounts of protein in these diets."
The American Dietetic Association also has concerns about the Atkins diet. Gail Frank, PhD, former spokeswoman for the organization and professor of nutrition at California State University in Long Beach, says, "The body needs a minimum of carbohydrates for efficient and healthy functioning -- about 150 grams daily." Below that, normal metabolic activity is disrupted.
"The brain needs glucose to function efficiently, and it takes a long time to break down fat and protein to get to the brain," says Frank. Carbohydrates, especially in the form of vegetables, grains, and fruits, are more efficiently converted to glucose. And this more efficient use of glucose has developed over a long period of time, according to Frank. "Fruits and berries are much more indicative of early man's eating pattern than eating only protein, and we haven't changed all that much physiologically."
Volumetrics author Barbara Rolls, PhD, who holds the Guthrie Chair in Nutrition at Penn State University, offers this: "No one has shown, in any studies, that anything magical is going on with Atkins other than calorie restriction. The diet is very prescriptive, very restrictive, and limits half of the foods we normally eat," she says. "In the end it's not fat, it's not protein, it's not carbs, it's calories. You can lose weight on anything that helps you to eat less, but that doesn't mean it's good for you." from: www.webmd.com/diet/atkins-diet-what-it-is? page=3
For a long lasting healthy and fit lifestyle I think it is best to retrain our tastes and habits for a well balanced nutrient rich plant based diet.
I fell off the "wagon" about 2 weeks ago. I am trying to buck it up and get my act back together...every week I start over and every weekend I fall back. Graduations, summer grill outs, camping, ect...makes it really hard for me to stick to the "plan". I was researching a little on the Atkins Diet and was curious as to what others think about it? Success? Failures? Pros? Cons? I feel like if I can follow the Atkins diet for a time and see some significant weight loss it may motivate me to continue with exercising more and just portion and calorie control? Any thoughts on this?
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