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22 Jul 2005

Lowish carbo style diet
Hi Doc,
I know you dont agree with low carb diets like atkins but high carb diets dont seem to work for me - they make me retain water. I have read your articles and I agree that high fat/ protein is not so good so I am not following atkins but made up my own one which seems to be working for me. I just wanted your opionion. I eat bulgarian yogurt and an apple/ any fresh frut in the morning (I eat the yoghurt for the calcium) and in the afternoon I have a piece of chicken and a salad/ cooked ham and salad/ tuna with a little mayo and salad and a fruit. In the evening I have meat and veg like squashie/ spinach/ another green salad/ mushrooms/ pumkin/ basically any vegie except mielies and potatoe. Can this really be that unhealthy? I of course dont eat sugar or any cake with flour or pasta/ bread/ rice. If I feel like sweet things I eat a guava or strawberries. I also have not cut out milk - I have milk in my tea.
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Ang
The diet you describe is not actually devoid of carbohydrates which are supplied by the fruit. The Atkins diet makes you cut out practically all fruit and also all dairy products and consists only of meat, fish, eggs, cream, mayonnaise, and the very-low-carb vegs like lettuce. Make sure that you have at least 3 helpings of fat-free milk or dairy products a day (your yoghurt and the milk in tea plus another cup) to ensure that you get about 1000 mg of calcium a day - to prevent osteoporosis later in life. Otherwise your diet is not so bad, but also select the leanest meat you can find and cut off all visible fat otherwise your saturated fat intake will be too high and that is harmful to blood cholesterol levels and certain types of cancer.
Good luck
DietDoc
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