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Atkins Diet did not live up the hype

by Jennifer
(Toledo, OH, USA)

As a meat-lover, I heard about the Atkins diet and figured it would be a great excuse to eat a few extra steaks and such.

I tried it for about 2 1/2 weeks, and did not lose any weight.

I enjoyed eating steak and shrimp and burgers and chicken, but the lack of carbohydrates was tough to deal with.

I love pasta and especially bread, so it was really hard to avoid them. They also forbid nearly all major health-boosters, like fruits, whole wheat, beans, and nuts.

While the plan allows for adding these types of foods in later on, I would not recommend how they just cut it all out completely.

After two weeks or so, I started to notice I didn't have as much energy, and an overall "something isn't right" kind of feeling.

I looked into the diet, and found out that by not eating any carbs (your body's main fuel source), you force yourself into a state called "ketosis" where your body begins burning protein for energy.

This process is much less efficient than burning carbs, and is probably not healthy for you. So I decided to call it quits and go back to my normal, balanced diet.

I supposed if you stayed on the diet for a really long time, enough to make it to “phase 4” where you can start adding carbs back into your diet, it would pretty closely resemble the way I eat now.

So their theory that a diet should be a life-long way of eating I agree with, but the way they go about introducing you to it is harsh and unrealistic. I think dietary changes should be gradual over time and you should know why you are making those kinds of choices.

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Note from Dr. Dan

Whole grains and legumes (beans, lentils, peas and peanuts) are staple foods. There is no reason they cannot be part of a healthy diet -- even if you are in the process of losing weight.

Dr. Dan

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