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I love carbs Aug. 20th, 2004 @ 07:21 pm
i was watching EXM (extreme makeover, actually a pretty neat show) And the trainer talked about the atkins diet. He said the problem is, when people are on the atkins diet, They lose fat, but they also lose muscle. So when they go back to their original diet they balloon out even worse.

and at my work, all of these middle aged women are obsessed with the atkins diet. Its gross, like they eat so much meat. I was never much of a meat person, but this atkins diet pushed me over the edge.
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Oh..this... Aug. 20th, 2004 @ 09:09 pm
This is PRICELESS! I have the original poster's permission to post this about so I'ma crosspostit into anything relevant I belong to. My apologies if you see it more than once.


This woman...I can't believe someone would have that attitude...
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Aug. 17th, 2004 @ 05:14 pm
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Humble beginnings Aug. 17th, 2004 @ 12:50 pm
I'm sorry if I missed this, but I really would like to know a bit more about the history of the Atkins diet. It's all well and good to complain, but I need to determine just how such an unhealthy fad diet got to be a popular trend.

To do this, I hope to research both the history and the books, beginning with the official web site Atkins.Com. I expect to learn a bit more about how the plan started from a madman's dream to a gullible nation's obessession. If anyone has some advice, tips, or information, I would be happy to talk to you.

Greetings. Aug. 17th, 2004 @ 07:54 am
I'm a newbie and I'm so glad this community is here to vent. I can't believe this Atkins craze has caught on so seriously except for the fact that people (especially us Americans) love this idea that we could stuff our face with as much meat and fatty foods as we want so long as we avoid those EEEEEEEEVIL high-carb breads and fruits.

Allow me to just say, Bitch, please.

For the record, over the past 10 months I have successfully lost and (so far) kept off 60 pounds by sensibly changing my eating habits (following Weight Watchers, to be precise) and--whaddya know!--excercising regularly. I don't "ban" any foods from my diet, I just learned that I don't have to eat the whole freakin' pint everytime I want a little ice cream. I actually and rather gleefully eat a lot of high-carb foods, though granted I steer myself towards fruits, whole grains, and lots more "good carbs" than crap like chips and sugary cereal.

What's amusing is that in comparison I have friends who started on Atkins at about the same time I started on WW, friends who actually had a bit more to lose than I did--and they've struggled in the past year to just loose and keep off the same 20 pounds, back and forth. AND their doctors have to put them on all sorts of vitamins and supplements to make up for all the nutrients they're lacking on this stupid plan because they won't eat things like bananas.

It's enough to make a gal crazy.

Anyway, I suppose there's not much to do except wait for this fad to pass like all the others. I just hate that it seems to be sending really dangerous nutritional messages to people who are always looking for the "easy way out", never mind what the long-term consequences may be.

Hmm. Off to have a fruit yogurt topped with high-fiber cereal. 70 sweet, crunchy carbs, here I come!!!
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» "Big Fat Lies" and "The Spark"
Sorry to post twice in a row, but I have a book recommendation to combat the insanity of the Atkins diet and many other fad diets.

Glenn Gaesser is an exercise physiologist and the author of "Big Fat Lies," a book which debunks much of the common wisdom that being fat is bad for your health and will mean that you'll die young. A reviewer sums it up this way:

"Not only does it expose the highly flawed methodology used to calculate those ideals, it also argues that you can be fit at any weight. In fact, the author asserts, being heavier is actually better for you in some ways: statistically, you have a better chance of living a longer life if you're both active and on the heavy side. But there's the rub: being heavy in itself is no virtue. Exercise and healthful eating are still the keys to vitality and longevity. It's just that weight control has been unrealistically foisted upon us by the insurance and fashion industries, making us miserably concerned with girth when there's often no need for worry."

I'd like to read that book, but it wasn't available at my public library. However, the library did have a copy of his book "The Spark," a nutrition and fitness book co-written with Karla Dougherty. A lot of it is common sense stuff that you probably already know, but it's good to be reminded of these things:

-Don't starve yourself, because if you feel deprived, you'll just binge later.
-Being fat in and of itself isn't that bad for you, but being inactive is very bad for you.
-If trying to fit in 30-40 minute workouts multiple times a week is too tough, try working in 10-minute workouts a couple times a day. Stretch for 10 minutes in the morning, and go for a 10-minute walk at lunch. The next day, take a 10 minute walk before work, then do ab crunches and push ups in your office on your lunch break, etc.
-Instead of concentrating on cutting OUT "bad" foods, work on putting IN more fiber and more water into your diet. Make a few lower-fat substitutions for high-fat foods. Make sure you get 5-10 fruits and veggies every day. Try to include more of the healthier fats, and less of the bad trans and saturated fats in your diet. If you eat that way, you'll be too full and satisfied to crave much in the way of junk food.
» Julia Child's passing
Julia Child died earlier this week just a few days shy of her 92nd birthday. She was a big gal (more than 6 feet tall, and not skinny) and she ate butter and cream through out her whole life, shunning "health food" even when it was in vogue.

To remember her, slate.com had a link to a "diary" she'd kept for a week for them back in 2000, and she seems like such a sensible lady. She did her "morning exercises" every day, even when she was on the road. And this is what she had to say about diet:

"I am a founding member of the American Institute of Wine & Food, and our dictum is: small helpings, no seconds, a variety of foods, no snacking, and have a good time. I try to live by that."

Obviously, the philosophy did great things for her.
» Another one bites the dust.

It's official, they're promoting a low-carb candy bar and life as we know it is over.


Who wants to leap off the cliff first?

» Curious
This was also posted in the atkins_diet community to get their take.

The horror story - sort of goes like this.

Person (friend of mine who cared not to be named) ate reasonably, balanced, for several years not gainign a pound but was already overweight. Went on atkins- lost about 90 pounds. Great right? But as soon as she decided after a few months of maintenance that she couldnt take it anymore- she went off it to a diet more like a quote unquote "balanced" (in the traditional sense) diet. And gained every ounce back.

So my questions are this- the answers i've recieved so far are merely eating too many calories for her slimmer frame, and the standard" atkins is a way of life not a diet (which isn't an acceptable reason for this i dont think i want a real answer)"

1. Is this common with anyone who decides atkins it not for them?
2. If so why?! I"m not saying go eat junk food, but if you are eating a normal diet with the occasional treats or whatever i mean normal person stuff here folks, and aren't overweight, *why* would you gain all of the weight you lost back just by going off atkins?
» Hello, new here.
*waves* I was directed here by pleasant_muse. By way of introduction, I'll reply to something in the community info:

And yes we know Atkins does cause weight loss, we even know the method in which this occurs (and i hate to break it to you but its mostly water and muscle mass... as in any diet that triggers famine mode in the brain).

*nods* It's a ketogenic diet, basically. And ketones are not generally a desirable thing to have in your bloodstream. Pretty much the ONLY time a ketogenic diet would be appropriate would be in the case of someone with severe epilepsy who has tried EVERYTHING else to no avail, and the only other option remaining is surgery. Of course, in cases such as those, the diet is strictly regimented down to the GRAIN. People following the Atkins diet generally don't exercise such stringent portion control. Heck, people on Weight Watchers don't have the strict portion control needed for that diet, and that's the backbone of WW.

My name is rain, and I'm a vegetarian. :)
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