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March 6, 2007

Is It Time To Reconsider The Atkins Diet?

Topics: Health Issues

So you say that you really do want to lose weight? Zone, GI Ornish, LEARN, or Atkins - which diet plan to choose?

According to a recent study among women, the Atkins diet resulted in the greatest weight loss -- with no indication of undesirable side-effects.

Among fad diets, Atkins stands out for its carbohydrate reduction and it's induction of a ketonic state. Most nutritionalists are negative on Atkins but there are many enthusiasts that highly recommend it. The problem with most fad diets is a lack of maintaining a long-term commitment and a return to old habits. To many, Atkins for life just doesn't seem reasonable.

A person that would no doubt disagree is Dr. Mary Venon, the author of the Atkins Diabetes Revolution. In an interview last month she expressed that she has been greatly "saddened" because the low-carb approach is being widely ignored despite being shown to be extremely effective for treating diabetics:

"If you control the carbohydrates that go in your mouth...then you will control your blood sugar and your blood sugar hormones (insulin)," Dr. Vernon said in her interview, reiterating her belief that diabetes can be controlled naturally through the diet without the necessity of medication in many instances.

She added that the proof is in the massive improvements her patients have seen in their weight and health when they start livin' la vida low-carb.

"Giving them control over their diabetes by giving them the tools to eat in such a way that they require less medication" is an important advancement, Dr. Vernon contends in the interview.

Cross posted from Diabetalogica.

Posted by Richard at March 6, 2007 4:24 PM

I tried the Atkins diet for about a month, about a year ago. I experienced migraines, which I had never had before. After a re-introduction of carbs, the headaches disappeared. I don't know why, physiologically, that was the case, but a lack of carbs causes my system distress.

Posted by: skh.pcola at March 7, 2007 12:19 AM

Unfortunately, people react to diets differently. For many people, carbs just doesn't do it for them.

Posted by: Abdul at March 7, 2007 12:30 AM

It really depends on your physiology. For those who are insulin resistant a reduction in carbohydrates is about the only way to lose weight.

Posted by: jose at March 7, 2007 4:21 AM

Good point. Although hyperinsulimia is caused primarily by hereditary genetic factors, studies strongly indicate that some carbohydrates (high-glycemic-index carbs) aggrevate insulin insensitivity when eaten to excess. But its important to know that all ingested foods stimulate the release of insulin. Calories count, carbs count, and yes, even protein counts (aside from the fact that insulin is a protein)

And studies suggest that a high-protein, low-carbohydrate weight-loss diet increases insulin sensitivity in obese, insulin-resistant individuals - especially in men.

Posted by: Richard at March 7, 2007 9:24 AM

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