Has anyone done the Atkins' Diet?

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    Aug 20, 2013 5:56 AM GMT
    I'm just about to start the Atkins' diet to trim up for summer. I've never really done a diet before I eat pretty healthily and mainly whole foods. I have a few kg that I just can't get rid of around my waist so I thought I'd try the Atkins' diet to give those brown fat cells a little kick in the butt.
    Has anyone done this diet before?
    What are your experiences?
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    Aug 20, 2013 7:02 AM GMT
    Yes, but it has morphed into the Paleo diet. It's awesome. Read The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf.
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    Aug 20, 2013 7:25 AM GMT
    Skip it. I've done it like 10 times. You end up looking scrawny and kind of sick, and when you revert back to carbs you gain all the weight back PLUS several lbs more than you were before. ALWAYS.
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    Aug 20, 2013 8:31 AM GMT
    Just eat the same shit you always do but less. That's called a calorie deficit. It causes weight loss if you are consistent long enough. I'm doing one now. It sucks, I'm hungry, and I'm not really cutting out a whole lot. Just 3/4 the rice I used to have, 1/2-3/4 the oats I used to have, fewer nuts. But I'm doing it for health reasons primarily. I was prehypertensive last clinic visit. Too many lbs, even if muscle, on my frame (I was 5'10" 183-5)
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    Aug 20, 2013 12:41 PM GMT
    Carbs are your Friend ^^
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    Aug 20, 2013 12:55 PM GMT
    Years ago all the women in my office went on Atkins. I just remember thinking that the diet did not seem healthy at all, and it drove them crazy, and it did not last. On the other hand Paleo is based on some of the same principals and provides a way to be both muscular and slim forever.
  • CSPYNY

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    Aug 20, 2013 11:50 PM GMT
    The Atkins diet is only good if you have diabetes. You don't eat too many carbs.

    I know of quite a few people who have done it. Two of them had kidney problems (maybe from the diet, who knows). They all didn't look healthy, feel healthy and were grouchy to no end!
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    Aug 21, 2013 5:26 AM GMT
    First time Atkins dieters usually get extreme constipation. So just something to keep in mind if you decide to try it out.
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    Aug 21, 2013 11:55 PM GMT
    The only diet regimen that has ever lost me weight is the gluten-free diet. and eat very small or very few desserts. In fact when you eat more veggies, fruits, raw foods, you can eat a whole bunch and not gain weight. That is the only diet I suggest. You will have a 6 pack in no time.
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    Aug 21, 2013 11:58 PM GMT
    24 hours in, I wanted to die.
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    Aug 22, 2013 12:04 AM GMT
    I have done it. There are some dangers if you do not do it right.

    Please go buy and ketosticks - you pee on them and it measures the ketones in your blood. The darker the red, the higher the ketosis.

    Be aware, that you do not want to be high in ketosis, because then you are burning muscle for fuel. This can be dangerous, because your heart, your liver, etc. are all muscles.

    I actually have a liver disorder show up on tests now because of my Atkins dieting.

    Also, please purchase some potassium supplements. If you are doing straight Atkins, then your potassium will deplete. I know people who woke up in the hospital being forced to eat bananas because their potassium dropped so low. You can buy a potassium supplement to take with your morning vitamin.

    Be careful.


    Also, if you are strictly Atkins and not carb cycling, when you go off the diet and start eating carbs again, you will balloon back out very quickly - and then some.
  • LJay

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    Aug 22, 2013 12:04 AM GMT
    Atkins really is not a long term thing. All the protein is hard on the kidneys. That is not good for diabetics at all. Matiz is right about the rebound. You really can't stay on it forever.

    A better one to try is The Zone, which limits the amount of food but provides a balanced diet. Essentially you decide your optimum size and eat accordingly.
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    Aug 22, 2013 4:15 AM GMT
    The introductory paragraphs in the following are interesting, especially the part about the panel of experts put together by U.S. News & World Report:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paleo_diet
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    Sep 02, 2013 3:07 PM GMT
    In the late 90s, I lost over 100 pounds with the help of Dr. Robert Atkins himself. After falling off the wagon on 2002, and being heavy ever since, I am on a similar plan with the help of Dr. Richard Ash, and doing great. I'm 244 lbs as of this morning!!!!!
  • bnation

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    Sep 02, 2013 6:58 PM GMT
    I did the Atkins' diet a long time ago. I had to stop it because I was in football and the lack of carbs almost killed me out on the field. Plus their bars taste like crap.
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    Sep 02, 2013 7:52 PM GMT
    The old fuck ate his own diet and died at 72. What more do you need to know...
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    Sep 02, 2013 8:41 PM GMT
    He didn't die from his diet, he fell on some ice and landed on his head. Water on the brain will kill anyone.
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    Sep 02, 2013 8:55 PM GMT
    He had a heart attack the year before and went into cardiac arrest but was revived.
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    Sep 02, 2013 9:05 PM GMT
    Yes and no. Not all heart attacks are from clogged arteries. Rush Limbaugh's was from an arterial spasm, his arteries were clear. Atkins had a cardiomyopathy, an infection of the heart muscle. He was having breakfast at the time with his protégé Patrick Fratellone, MD, who is now an integrative cardiologist (among other modalities) in Manhattan on 57th St. Fratellone performed CPR.
  • pelotudo87

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    Sep 02, 2013 9:54 PM GMT
    I must admit that I have not read the book, but from what I understand, it is a ketogenic diet that then reintroduces carbs, so you eventually follow a low to moderate carbohydrate diet, correct?

    Competitive bodybuilders have used ketogenic diets to get in contest shape; however, they are often used as a "last resort," basically only used if you need to drop a lot of fat fast.

    Although you will drop a lot of fat fast, I don't think that they are good for a few reasons:

    1) Ketogenic diets require a very delicate balance between protein, fat, and carb intake..if you eat too many carbs, you will go out of ketosis; if you eat too much protein, the protein will be converted to glucose and act like carbs, so you won't enter ketosis, either.

    2) You will lose a lot of fat--but also a lot of muscle. Although there is debate over exactly how metabolically active muscle tissue is, a lot of pple think that losing muscle=drop in metabolic rate...so it will have to lower your calories drastically to keep losing weight / maintain.

    3) A lot of people seem to never really adapt to ketosis. As other posters have mentioned, pple on keto diets are often tired and grouchy. However, I will admit that I have seen studies in which pple have adapted to very low carb diets and maintained performance, but there are also many more pple who never truly adapt.

    4) Like others have said, if you go back to eating "normally," you will regain A LOT of fat very fast because your body is not used to using carbs as fuel...that's probably why a lot of low carb diets have you slowly reincorporate carbs.

    Conclusion:

    Good way to lose a lot of fat fast, but not sustainable. Try a slow and controlled approach of gradually reducing calories over time. Much better way to go about it.
  • Lincsbear

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    Sep 02, 2013 10:10 PM GMT
    I tried it a few years ago. The weight came off fairly quickly, but I was permanently and seriously hungry.

    I eventually had to give it up. The weight came back on.

    The Paleo diet is better, more even and no processed items.

    The best compromise for me is a balanced diet with plenty of exercise, aerobic and weight training.
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    Sep 02, 2013 10:46 PM GMT
    I never lost an ounce of muscle on Atkins. It's the starvation diet that does that, where the body has to burn muscle for energy. Atkins only burns fat.
  • mascmuscle35

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    Sep 02, 2013 11:00 PM GMT
    DONT DO IT

    http://www.cnn.com/2003/HEALTH/04/17/obit.atkins/ http://www.cnn.com/2003/HEALTH/04/17/obit.atkins/
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    Sep 02, 2013 11:21 PM GMT
    Some of that article is grossly incorrect. There is no such practice as eliminating fruits and vegetables, except ONLY during the first 2 weeks. After that, healthy carbs are re-introduced. Low Carb Diets are a God-Send for anyone with insulin resistance, adrenal fatigue, and Type II Diabetes.
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    Sep 03, 2013 11:24 AM GMT
    Diet = Die with a "t" at the end of it.

    Just eat as much natural, unprocessed foods as possible. Some call it Paleo. I call it healthy.