Results 1 to 14 of 14

Thread: Atkins Diet

  1. #1
    I've left
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Southampton/MK
    Posts
    275
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts

    Question Atkins Diet

    Anyone here doing the Atkins diet? I am going to try it for the next 2 weeks and wondering if anyone has any advice or food tips that actually work, bearing in mind I cant really afford to buy lots of expensive meats and fish for every single day.
    There's a thin person in every fat person.....that's because they just ate them.

  2. #2
    No more Mr Nice Guy. Nick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    10,021
    Thanks
    11
    Thanked
    316 times in 141 posts
    Yeah, here's my advice.

    Don't bother.

    All you're doing is forcing your body to break down protein into sugars to use for energy. This process uses more energy and gives a lower yield than if your body was breaking down carbohydrates, so you'll see a weight loss. Initially the weight loss will be fairly rapid, depending how big you already are, but that happens with most diets.

    The weight loss rate will slow after a short while, but you will still carry on losing weight. The problems comes when you come off the diet... you start eating carbs again and your body will very effeciently break the sugars from them down, storing what it doesn't use and you start to put weight back on.

    You're far better off eating a balanced diet, where your rough calorie intake is less than your calorie expenditure and you'll lose weight gradually, steadily and it'll stay off.

    Don't forget that Dr. Atkins himslef died recently of a heart attack... something his family tried to actually stop the press from making public.

    It's all well and good for quick weight loss, but no-one seems to consider what they will do when they want to stop this diet and switch to a normal (hopefully healthy) one.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dareos View Post
    "OH OOOOHH oOOHHHHHHHOOHHHHHHH FILL ME WITH YOUR.... eeww not the stuff from the lab"

  3. #3
    Comfortably Numb directhex's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    /dev/urandom
    Posts
    17,074
    Thanks
    228
    Thanked
    1,027 times in 678 posts
    • directhex's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus ROG Strix B550-I Gaming
      • CPU:
      • Ryzen 5900x
      • Memory:
      • 64GB G.Skill Trident Z RGB
      • Storage:
      • 2TB Seagate Firecuda 520
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 XC3 Ultra
      • PSU:
      • EVGA SuperNOVA 850W G3
      • Case:
      • NZXT H210i
      • Operating System:
      • Ubuntu 20.04, Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • LG 34GN850
      • Internet:
      • FIOS

  4. #4
    I took the road less traveled by Scientist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    536
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    3 times in 3 posts
    From a scientific standpoint the atkins diet is a very poor nutritional regime, personally a well balanced diet with moderate excersize will acheive a much more healthy result than the gross macronutrient imbalance induced by diets such as atkins.

    Several papers at a recent conference I was attending were describing some quite nasty long term health problems associated with diets such as this.

    so my 2p - Balanced diet with plenty of fruit and veg, couple this with moderate excersize and robert is very much your mothers brother!
    Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
    Enwrought with golden and silver light,
    The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
    Of night and light and the half-light,
    I would spread the cloths under your feet:
    But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
    I have spread my dreams under your feet;
    Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.

  5. #5
    No more Mr Nice Guy. Nick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    10,021
    Thanks
    11
    Thanked
    316 times in 141 posts
    I have now found my long lost handbook/guide I wrote while at Champneys... I'll send you copy, Cat. Pm me e-mail addy, yeah?
    Quote Originally Posted by Dareos View Post
    "OH OOOOHH oOOHHHHHHHOOHHHHHHH FILL ME WITH YOUR.... eeww not the stuff from the lab"

  6. #6
    Puk Guy Proplus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Cardiff and Brum
    Posts
    825
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    The Atkins diet is meant to be a long term diet and not just for 2 weeks.

  7. #7
    No more Mr Nice Guy. Nick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    10,021
    Thanks
    11
    Thanked
    316 times in 141 posts
    And the problem with it being a long term diet is that it ignores all the knowledge gained so far about cholesterol related heart disease, bowel cancer and nutrition. The attraction of the diet is its rapid weight loss in the first few weeks and the novelty of being able to eat the very foods that most weight reduction diets tell you to reduce.

    Dr Atkins died of a coronary, his widow would not allow a post mortem... wouldn't you be suspicious of embarking on a diet devised by a man who ate it all his life, then died of the very thing his opponents said was the greatest danger from the diet?
    Quote Originally Posted by Dareos View Post
    "OH OOOOHH oOOHHHHHHHOOHHHHHHH FILL ME WITH YOUR.... eeww not the stuff from the lab"

  8. #8
    I took the road less traveled by Scientist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    536
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    3 times in 3 posts
    As Deckard has said this diet has some serious health implications that I would take some time to consider beofre embarking on it. IMHO this is not the way to go as it is contrary to all the data generated by research as to what constitutes a healthy lifesytle.
    Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
    Enwrought with golden and silver light,
    The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
    Of night and light and the half-light,
    I would spread the cloths under your feet:
    But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
    I have spread my dreams under your feet;
    Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.

  9. #9
    I've left
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Southampton/MK
    Posts
    275
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    Funnily enough I did disagree with Atkins for a long time. Ideally I want to lose about a stone but Im now thinking its weight thats not going to shift because I dont think Im technically overweight, just being a typical woman who's never happy I suppose
    Maybe I'll try the special K one instead....
    There's a thin person in every fat person.....that's because they just ate them.

  10. #10
    Cute & Fluffy GreenPiggy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Cardiff
    Posts
    1,196
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked
    9 times in 8 posts
    Didn't Dr Atkins die of a Brain Haemmorage after slipping on ice on the pavement?
    Knight 1: We are now no longer the Knights who say Ni.
    Knight 2: NI.
    Other Knights: Shh...
    Knight 1: We are now the Knights who say..."Ekki-Ekki-Ekki-Ekki-PTANG. Zoom-Boing. Z'nourrwringmm.

  11. #11
    Dark Souled Warrior Auran's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    The Grey Waste, Hades
    Posts
    532
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    There is a certain amount of controversy about how Dr. Atkins died, i.e. brain haemorage or coronary that induced the slip on the ice. To be honest though this is irrelevant.

    The latest research shows that there is only one mechanism by which the Atkins diet works, protein is an appetite suppressant. (All the other postulated mechanisms have pretty much been shown to be red herrings.)

    Thus even though you can eat what you want, you start to eat less because the extra protein level in you diet is causing you to want to eat less. Consequently you start to consume less calories and so lose weight. If you then come off the diet you will want to eat more and so put weight back on, usually more than you took off because you body adapts to the lower energy intake whilst on the diet.

    There are however still a large number of potential negative aspects to this diet;

    1. High Cholesterol
    2. Renal conditions relating to high amounts of Nitrogen (from protein)
    3. Bowel Complaints inc. Bad Breath / Wind / Constipation / IBS
    4. Cancer due to high level of free radicals in animal protein and fat

    These will only be proved if people are daft enough to stay on the diet for prolonged periods i.e. years. Then it will turn up in autopsies / medical conditions

    There is one sure way to lose weight - eat a healthy balanced diet and alter your energy in : used ratio. Eat less - move more !!

    However, there a number of ways that you can make losing the weight less painful, which I can post if your interested

  12. #12
    No more Mr Nice Guy. Nick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    10,021
    Thanks
    11
    Thanked
    316 times in 141 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by GreenPiggy
    Didn't Dr Atkins die of a Brain Haemmorage after slipping on ice on the pavement?
    No one knows. His widow refused an autopsy.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dareos View Post
    "OH OOOOHH oOOHHHHHHHOOHHHHHHH FILL ME WITH YOUR.... eeww not the stuff from the lab"

  13. #13
    I took the road less traveled by Scientist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    536
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    3 times in 3 posts
    Atkins are actually sponsoring a conference that my department is hosting on diet and obesity research, they stipulated that for them to sponsor they would have to be allowed to put a speaker of their choosing into the program (Worried nobody else would say anything nice about their diet manipulations??).

    Site is below:

    www.abdn.ac.uk/acero
    Last edited by Scientist; 04-06-2004 at 12:39 AM.
    Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
    Enwrought with golden and silver light,
    The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
    Of night and light and the half-light,
    I would spread the cloths under your feet:
    But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
    I have spread my dreams under your feet;
    Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.

  14. #14
    Now with added sobriety Rave's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    SE London
    Posts
    9,948
    Thanks
    501
    Thanked
    399 times in 255 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Cat Woman
    Funnily enough I did disagree with Atkins for a long time. Ideally I want to lose about a stone but Im now thinking its weight thats not going to shift because I dont think Im technically overweight, just being a typical woman who's never happy I suppose
    Maybe I'll try the special K one instead....
    You want to go on the Atkins and you're not even overweight?

    Don't bother with the Special K diet either: do some regular exercise instead. Being reasonably fit and having a fast metablolism rules, you can pretty much stuff your face with impunity- as I frequently do.

    Rich :¬)

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Glycemic Index - the next diet fad?!
    By Sair33 in forum Kitchen and Cooking
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 30-04-2009, 02:08 PM
  2. Anyone got some tasty diet stylee stuff?
    By Blub2k in forum Kitchen and Cooking
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 27-04-2004, 08:47 AM
  3. Atkins taste discovery!
    By windog in forum Kitchen and Cooking
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 13-02-2004, 10:16 PM
  4. Low Carbohydrate Cooking
    By PenelopePitstop in forum Kitchen and Cooking
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 01-02-2004, 12:12 AM
  5. Help me change my naff diet
    By Shorty in forum Kitchen and Cooking
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 06-01-2004, 04:30 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •