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22 Nov 2004

Clearing up confusion between Atkins and Low carb
It seems that in this forum many people freely use the term Atkins when they rather mean a low carb, high prot diet. Atkins is a high fat, high prot, low carb diet, whereas most people talking about their 'atkins' diet rather refer to a high prot, moderate fat, low carb diet. The consequences on one's physiological wellbeing differs a lot between these two approaches. Atkins (in the true sense of the word) is a dangerous program to follow with many detrimental effects due to the large amount of animal and bad fats that need to be consumed. A low carb, high prot diet low in animal and other bad fats, is the lesser of two evils and can probably be followed with reasonable safety for 2 to 3 weeks, but NO LONGER than that.

It is no becoming common knowledge that low carb diets are less effective in maintaining weight loss on the long term. Fat loss is slightly slower, but one gets to eat a moderate amount of carbs, prot and fats, which does not stress one's physiology or metabolism in any way. Hence the enhanced ability to maintain the fatloss when re-integrating into a normal eating plan.

For all you low carb'ers...wouldn't it be nice to eat that slice of bread, or that packet of popcorn or that delicious apple and still lose the weight? PLUS have no halitosis due to the ketosis, and also have enough energy to keep going all day??
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Science
I agree with you - if you click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'Diet Detective' you can read the Position Paper on the Atkins Diet that I compiled for the Association for Dietetics in SA, which addresses all the aspects of this type of diet.
Best regards
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