Originally posted by Jesyka
If the atkins diet is working for you then I say more power to ya, but i just wanted to give my 2 cents. This diet is actually a very unhealthy one and can even be unsafe. Carbs are very vital to a persons diet and you simply just can't cut them out...you need them. And against popular belief, carbs are not fat. Most of the time this diet is only effective for a couple weeks then fails to work anymore. I interned for a dietician over the summer a little bit and learned a lot about different diets....the atkins was very contraversial because most dieticians disapprove of it. When it comes down to it, the most effective way to put off the pounds is to eat healthy and excercise. If you don't exercise, you are not gonna keep off the pounds...and you can't ever skip meals, it slows down your metabolism. But i wish you luck with the diet just be very careful =)
I disagree with you...
The Atkins diet is far from "unhealthy". Even though some people have shown that their body can not take the loss of carbs, it still works for quite a few people. Do you realize how many empty calories there are in a high carb diet? I've done this diet off and on for over two years, at one time I lost 60 lbs. I used to weigh near 320, and got down to 260, in a matter of a few months. But then I didn't maintain my weight, and went back to eating unhealty again. And put on 40 lbs. In the past 6 days, I have lost 11 lbs. The first time I was on the diet, I consulted my doctor, who said, "see if it works for you". We watched my cholesterol, blood sugar, etc... After losing the first 20 lbs, my cholesterol was lower than it had ever been. Your body doesn't need carbs. Your body craves carbs, and that comes from years and years of carb addiction. Out of an average diet, close to 90% of your intake is carbs. When you take in carbs, protein, fat your body burns them in the this order. If your body cannot use all of the carbs you take in, it stores them as fat, and if you cannot burn all of the carbs, how can you burn the protein and fat that you are taking in as well, let alone your body fat.
The atkin's diet works because of this... Eating protein and fat alone, causes your body to stop craving carbs. Your body gets used to burning protein and fat for energy. Once it has burned what you have taken in, it starts burning stored fat for energy because it is already on a fat burning cycle. When carbs are added it's hard to make your body change between carb burning and fat burning. I've eaten like a pig, more food than you can imagine on this diet, and lost weight every time.
The downfall is this. Once you come off of the diet, and start adding carbs back in, your body will immediately switch back to a carb burning system. If you don't eat healtier, or at least watch your intake, you will just put the weight back on.
Remember too, on any kind of "diet" where you limit the types of foods you eat, take vitamins. You body needs vitamins, and when you aren't eating many vegetables, you lose what little you were taking in. Hell you should be taking a multi-vitamin everyday twice a day, anyway.