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The Optimal Diet... Sep. 26th, 2006 @ 09:47 am
It is very rare that the media represents actual factsabout diet and nutrition, often opting to highlight the FAD diets that are created by those with little or no nutritional background (such as atkins diet). It is a rare occassional to find a good interview, so i thought i would share his one:

What Is an Optimal Diet?
By Michael Cala

An interview with Moshe Shike, M.D.
Discovery Health: With all the contradictory dietary information on the market, what do you feel is an "optimal" diet?

Dr. Shike: The best diet for health maintenance, and for the prevention of avoidable diseases, should include a wide variety of foods from the four food groups. Such a diet should conform to the best knowledge we have based on good science and not on clever marketing. A healthy diet should both induce weight loss in the obese, and help all individuals prevent nutrition-related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and others.

In terms of actual food composition, an optimal daily diet would include an appropriate amount of calories. These caloric sources should include 20 percent fat, 20 percent protein, and 60 percent carbohydrates.

A healthy diet should routinely include at least nine servings daily of fruits and vegetables, and should contain both soluble and insoluble fiber.

Discovery Health: That seems to be the diet many people try to follow.

Dr. Shike: Yes, but only a few succeed in shedding excess weight. A critical and often overlooked part of designing a good diet is determining the daily calorie intake that each person requires. It is definitely not a "one size fits all" approach.

Discovery Health: Would optimal calorie requirements be calculated by height and weight, or by some other measure?

Dr. Shike: The number of calories required each day is determined principally by body size, by level of daily physical activity and body weight goals. Diets are developed by determining how many calories a person typically needs to have enough energy to complete routine tasks: living, working and playing.

People who have jobs requiring low or moderate physical activity, and who have an average-sized body, should consume somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,800 calories a day.

In terms of the 20-20-60 recommendation, someone striving for optimal daily calorie intake would consume 40 grams (360 calories) of fat, 90 grams (360 calories) of protein, and 270 grams (1,080 calories) of carbohydrates. That's an approximation, of course. But it would be enough to provide energy and maintain current weight in a person with low to moderate physical activity.

On the other hand, someone who performs strenuous physical activity on a daily basis would need more calories to maintain present weight.

Discovery Health: What is the best way to accurately determine daily calorie requirements? Is this a do-it-yourself project?

Dr. Shike: The first step is to consult a registered dietitian, who will evaluate your nutritional requirements based on height, weight and level of daily physical activity.

Typically, an interview will include a full nutritional and health history, height and weight and determination of Body Mass Index, or BMI. This is a number arrived at by using a formula that factors in height and weight. The number derived indicates whether the person is overweight or not. From this, calorie requirements are calculated, and a diet is designed with an appropriate mixture of fat, protein and carbohydrates.

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National No Diet Day is this Saturday May. 3rd, 2006 @ 01:03 pm
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Dr Atkins Dead? Jul. 12th, 2005 @ 11:12 am
I heard that Dr Atkins died in a fall, morbidly obease?

y helo thar Jan. 10th, 2005 @ 03:53 pm
hey, there.. I saw this community and thought "this is gonna be a keeper."

Atkins, to me, is a fad diet-- and that explains it all. I know it helps lose weight, but it won't work for everyone. it's a fad, simple and plainly, and all fads go away. even if Atkins works for people, when the fad disappears, they will try the new method.

another thing is the Atkins pizza. if you're dieting, you really shouldn't eat pizza in the first place.

as a skinny person, it seems unfit to post here. I'm on the cross-country team and play tennis, I also play an interactive video game called DDR. I don't drink soda, and I eat fruits when they're there. I also (most of the time) will have a glass of water at hand.

what I don't understand is why people want to be thin in the first place. just because it looks good? please. scientifically, it's healthier to be a little pudgy than proportionately skinny. I have to eat so I don't lose weight.. I have heart problems and a low tolerance to heat. people always tell me "you're so lucky" but I strain at the comment.

if you ask many people (women in particular) why they want to get thinner, it's because they want to look good. I thought looks didn't matter? it's amazing how women will slaughter their bodies to look good and complain that their boyfriends only like them for their appearance.

for me, it's water (no soda), and regular (thirty minutes every other day or so) exercise. no pills, no surgery. people do Atkins because it's the easiest and quickest way out, but guess what-- it's your laziness that got you fat in the first place. work for it. :)
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Hello! I'm a new member. Basically here's my thing:

The whole idea of meat, meat, meat makes me want to throw up. Atkins people look like lions attacking zebras on PBS. And then one day I was clipping coupons (yes I do that), and noticed half of them were for low carb junk. Grrrr! And I like some of you refuse to order from Atkins menus & the like even if something I would like is on it, just because I do not want to support in no way, shape, or form. I think any diet that you need to have your cholestrol checked before you start on it, just isn't a brilliant plan.
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'Sup everyone? I'm new, and I have an opinion to share. :)

My mother was on the Atkins diet, back in '97, or '96. With exercise + Atkins, she lost about 60 lbs in four months. After she lost this weight, she decided to make carbs part of her life again. But not the insane amounts that she had been consuming before, and much more regimented. She has kept the weight off, continued exercising, and is a happier person because of it.

When the media started going crazy about Atkins in recent years, I asked my mom her opinion on it. She said, "I think Atkins is a good way to lose weight. It's not something you should do forever. In fact, I think it would be unhealthy to do so."

... So that's the opinion of a former Atkin'er. Do what you will with it.
» Memory loss?
A good friend of mine has been on Atkins for several months, and I've noticed a steady decline in her brain function. She used to be very smart, witty, clever, and reliable. Now she's none of those things -- and doesn't seem to realize just how much decrease in function she's having. If I had a nickel for every time in the last few months she's forgotten something and then fluffed it off with, "Oh, I'm just being a flake again" -- WITHOUT REALIZING that it happens ALL the time!! -- I'd be a much richer woman.

I'm not finding as much online about people having that effect, but I've seen it once or twice. Has anyone else heard or experienced this?
» Glad to see someone created this community.
I figure I belong here not only because I am against the Atkins diet (hense anti atkins-diet], but I also kind of consider myself to be on the anti-atkins diet.

It's not that I make a point everywhere I go to eat high-carb meals or anything. I just flat-out refuse, as a matter of principle, to eat anything specifically advertised as low-carb or atkins-friendly.

Sure, I may have gone into the restaurant planning on having a nice healthy salad, but what's this? It's in the Atkins-Friendly section of the menu?

Damn it all to hell, I guess I'll have to have the pasta instead. And could I have a side of mashed potatoes?
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