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21 Jan 2006

against atkins-type diet but it makes me feel better
I am all in support of following a low GI, high fibre, healthy heart diet. I feel I must follow it because i am overweight, middle aged female. However, I have to admit that even with a diet of this sort prescribed just for me, I find that i get exhausted, sleepy and hungry between meals, and weight loss is SO VERY SLOW, almost non-existent! On the other hand, when I stay with a relative who believes in minimal carbs and free fat and protein use, as well as generous portions!, and I eat her food, the difference in the way I feel is almost immediate-- I feel fine all day long, with no need to sleep or snack between meals. And my sinusitus is better. What do you think is going on here? My dietician is not open to discussion about this--VERY anti Atkins..
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Reader
I am also not in favour of the Atkins diet because it can have deleterious side-effects in the long run. To read more about the negative effects of a high-protein, high-fat diet click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and search for the article I published on 'The Atkins Diet' which is based on the Position Paper I prepared for the Association for Dietetics in SA. I think your sinusitis may improve on a diet that excludes milk and dairy products, so discuss this with your dietitian as an option. It may be necessary to have tests to prove that your sinusitis is due to milk sensitivity before cutting out this valuable food group. You may also need to increase your protein intake slightly to prevent hunger pangs and tiredness - recent research indicates that the use of moderate amounts of low-fat protein (very lean meat and fish in your case where you probably can't use milk and dairy) in a low GI diet can improve satiety. But talk to your dietitian about these issues.
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DietDoc
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