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28 Feb 2004

Hi doc. This worked for me.
Hi doc. I know you don't support the whole Atkins thing. I don't really know what it is but I can tell you that I use to eat allot of things like Hi-fibre bran, oats, LOTS of pasta, and found it really made me hungry all the time. I was eating carbs after carbs just to feel full. I also then ate allot of sugar which obviously just made everything worse. Since I stopped this high carb routine I am feeling allot better. I'm not hungry all the time and I also have lost that weight that I have tried to loose over the last 3 years. I did it in 3 months and it feels good. I only had 5kg to loose but to me it was a big thing. I don't eat allot of meat really, but instead of having oats for breakfast for e.g. I now have pink salmon and an apple. Or for dinner instead of pasta I have fat free chicken with another fruit. Nothing out of a box. It really does work and most importantly I don't feel so tired anymore. I do have oat bran and yoghurt now and then (low GI) but try to have meat with it, even if its just a small amount. If all my meat if white and fat free and I eat lots of fish, and I feel better, why is this approach so bad. I'm not supporting the Atkins thing, I'm not sure what they do, but what I've done has made the world of difference to me. Its so easy to over eat on things like oats and cereals, rice and pasta. Once you start you don't want to stop. Is it because of the insulin rush that you just want more? The same with sugar? Thanks for all your help of the months. Appreciate it.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Cathrine
Thank you for your contribution. Please keep in mind that the reason why I and my dietetic colleagues have a problem with high-protein diets is that such diets automatically will expose you to high levels of fat, saturated fat and cholesterol because all animal protein foods such as meat, eggs and poultry contain animal fats which in turn contain these 'bad' fats which in turn can exacerbate high blood cholesterol and lipid levels predisposing to heart disease and certain cancers. A high protein intake may also have a negative effect on kidney function and leach calcium out of the body. There is also not yet sufficient evidence that shows that these high-protein diets sustain weight loss in the long-term, which is after all the purpose of trying to lose weight. Then there is also the problem of a lack of protective nutrients (bioflavonoids, phytochemicals, etc which are mainly found in plant foods) and dietary fibre, so that using a high-protein diet for long periods can cause certain deficiencies and constipation. So, if it works for you and you don't use it for longer than the prescribed period (2 weeks at a time, if I remember Dr Atkin's instructions correctly), then that is fine. but please be aware of the potential dangers of such diets.
Best regards
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