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17 Feb 2003

yoyo
I am very confused. I also firmly believe that if u want to loose weight u have to cut down on fat, but why are some people loosing weight on this Atkins diet...doesnt this diet have a high fat content, and will also like to know if u drink 8 glasses of water will u loose weight much quicker
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Reader
The Atkins Diet does cause weight loss, but and it is a big BUT, most of those dieters regain the weight they have lost once they switch back to eating normally. In the meanwhile they have exposed their bodies to the high fat, cholesterol and saturated fat contents of such a diet - all of which can be harmful. Once you start weight-cycling - losing and regaining over and over - you get caught in the yoyo-dieting trap and each time you try to lose weight it gets more difficult. Ideally we should all be eating the type of diet our ancestors ate: high-fibre, high-carbs with small quantities of very lean meat, moderate quantities of fatty fish (for the omega-3), milk and fermented milk products and nuts and legumes. Also keep in mind that among the leanest people today are the cyclists who participate in the Tour de France who consume up to 75% of their energy from carbohydrates. It is not necessary to drink 8 glasses of water in addition to all the other liquids you may consume in a day - 3-4 glasses is fine. Drinking lots of water is important to prevent dehydration and it can keep hunger pangs at bay, but reducing energy intake by reducing fat in the diet and increasing energy utilisation by doing exercise, are still the 2 most potent factors in ensuring permanent weight loss.
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DietDoc
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