(Closed) Atkins Diet?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: do you think its healthy if done right?
    yes : (14 votes)
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    no : (29 votes)
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  • Post # 3
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Atkins is not healthy.

     

    The Paleo Diet is similar in theory (high protein, low carb) but a much healthier way to go about it.

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    Ditto on no.  South Beach is also similar but better.  It starts with high protein but all lean and then has smart recommendations for fruits, veggies, and whole grains.

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I’m in school to become a dietician and I’d say not really. If you want to give up carbs for a few days before your wedding that’s fine. You will lose a few pounds of water weight because carbs hold water. Getting enough protein is important but a diet that cuts out entire food groups (especially fruit) isn’t healthy.

    Post # 6
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Not healthy. 

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I am also a dietitian and have to say no to Atkins. While I am not opposed to low carb diets I don’t think this diet is the way to go.

    Post # 8
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I remember when Atkins first came out. My dad was having “balloon surgery” and his cardiologist gave him that diet to lose weight quickly before surgery. Eating eggs, bacon, steak, other red meats, ect every single day is not healthy in the long run. We need carbs. While he lost 30 pounds in a month, he was miserable doing it because he needed carbs. 

    I did South Beach for a month. I lost 12 pounds but I was a bitch. Cutting out carbs just has a crazy effect on some people. I was having dreams about eating giant bowls of grapes and pasta! 

    Post # 9
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I think South Beach might be a bit healthier.  I did it for a couple of weeks and my stomach/love handles really shrunk. 

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I have done Atkins and my stats have always been very healthy on the diet.  I think the dieticians that say you give up all fruit need to READ THE DIET!! You cut out sugars for 2 weeks and consume protein, fat, low carb dairy and lots and lots of green veggies for 2 weeks and then slowly introduce other healthy whole foods.

    I get so frustrated when people say oh atkins is not healthy because you give up all carbs.

    It is about getting balanced fat, protein and vegetables and a reasonable amount of carbohydrates from WHOLE foods slowly added back into  your diet.

    read the book and decide for yourself

    It is not about do not eat carbs and as long as  you do not eat carbs eat whatever food you like

     

    Post # 11
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @unixfairy: The Atkins that is out now is not the original Atkins. The original Atkins was not safe in the long run and was only issued to patients who needed to lose weight for heart surgery. 

    I’m sure the Atkins now is a bit safer, but that’s because it’s gone through years of training. Atkins now is basically the same as South Beach. I know when I did South Beach it told you to cut out fruits and other cards for a month and then they introduced them back in. I was miserable for that month and I remember attacking a piece of bread when that month was over. 

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    http://www.annals.org/content/140/10/769.full double blind study of low carb (based on atkins vs low fat)

    there are several scholarly articles on the benefits of any low carb lifestyle and whatever starts you down cutting out refined sugars, grains and processed food is going to lead to health benefits

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @unixfairy:It’s great that your numbers have always been great and many people do the diet healthier than others. It’s possible I have not read the “newest” book since I haven’t heard that it’s changed since he died over 6 years ago. I personally would not advocate a diet that prohibits fruit for any period of time over 3 days. Please don’t discount a dietician (dietitian, it can be spelled both ways) because they have a pretty extensive program to go through in school. I’d hope anyone who is a dietician has read most diet books. It’s hard to do! But that one was so popular I’m sure most have read it!

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @future mrs kirsch: Please feel free to post studies (of which there are some I agree) counterindicating the diet but I believe that saying I am a blank and therefore i am an expert without scientific facts to back up your opinion is not helpful.

    The OP needs to talk to her doctor and determine what is the right diet for her.  However the number of studies that recommend low carb (in many different forms) as a healthy way of eating are overwhelming and I would encourage people to go on medline and other scholarly sites and search double blind studies to help make their decisions.

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Please understand that I am not arguing with you to argue for fun – I just would like a different viewpoint.  Japanese are considered to be the healthiest culture world wide.  There are numerous studies citing the longevity, lower rates of heart disease and cancer etc.

    They eat 1/2 the amount of fruit that the average american eats.  And we are told we do not eat enough.  If you look at different climates there are very few where fruit is available year round.  However green vegetables usually do have a wider range of available dates. 

    Anyways this is a subject I am passionate about and I believe that following American dietary guidelines have not been beneficial to our population.  We eat waaaay too much of the wrong foods, we do not eat balanced diets but instead rely heavily on carbohydrates and processed foods and we do not get enough exercise.

    OK I will be quiet now.

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @unixfairy: Wow. I was kinda just trying to help out OP, not start a debate. Also I am a student and I was just trying to share what I have learned. And dieticians know more than M.D.s about nutrition. I am happy that the adkins diet worked for you. I figure, if it works, go with it! I actually did it before my wedding!

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