Atkins Low Carb Diet

If you are contemplating adopting the Atkins low carb diet, you may want to investigate the results of this diet very carefully.

The Paleo, Primal, Zone, Wheat Belly, etc. are all low carb/high fat diets promoted by the meat and dairy industry. Meat, poultry, dairy and eggs are the primary dietary sources of cholesterol and fat for Americans.

As Dr. John McDougall says, "We love to hear good things about our bad habits."

The Atlins low carb diet is not only low carb, but it is high in fat which will make you very sick in the long run. This diet works by starving the human body of carbohydrates in order to induce a state of illness (ketosis), which can result in weight loss.

What is the Atkins Low Carb Diet?

The process of ketosis (ketogenic diet) is the main reason to reduce carbs and increase fats in the Atkins diet.

Ketogenic refers to the creation of a state of ketosis. Ketosis is a natural condition the body resorts to under harsh circumstances, such as illness or starvation. When people are ill they need to be recuperating, not gathering and preparing foods. Loss of appetite facilitates recovery.

A kindness of Nature for starving people is to quiet the pain of hunger. After 3 days with no food the body enters a state of ketosis and the pain of dying is relieved.

The human body is designed to live mostly on carbohydrates for every day energy. The conversion of carbohydrates to glucose is the process that feeds energy to the cells and especially the brain.

If we are in the starvation mode without adequate carbs, the body changes to the ketosis process and converts body fat into energy to survive.  If there is no body fat, ligaments and muscle provide energy until there is nothing left and you cease to be.

The Atkins diet or other high fat/low carb diets will remove body fat effectively, but at what cost?


Foods included...

Here are a few items that you can include in a low carb diet plan:

  • Meats: Beef, pork, lamb, chicken, bacon and others.
  • Fatty Fish and Seafood: Salmon, trout, sardines, etc.
  • Eggs: The healthiest eggs are Omega-3 enriched or pastured.
  • Low-Carb Vegetables: Kale, spinach, broccoli, asparagus and others.
  • Full-Fat Dairy: Butter, cheese, cream, full-fat yogurt.
  • Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc.
  • Healthy Fats: Extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocados and avocado oil.

Foods Avoided by the Atkins Low Carb Diet

  • Sugar: Soft drinks, fruit juices, cakes, candy, ice cream, etc.
  • Grains: Wheat, spelt, rye, barley, rice.
  • Vegetable Oils: Soybean oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, canola oil and a few others
  • Trans Fats: Usually found in processed foods with the word "hydrogenated" on the ingredients list.
  • "Diet" and "Low-Fat" Foods: These are usually very high in sugar.
  • High-Carb Vegetables: Carrots, turnips, etc. (induction only).
  • High-Carb Fruits: Bananas, apples, oranges, pears, grapes (induction only)
  • Starches: Potatoes, sweet potatoes (induction only).
  • Legumes: Lentils, beans, chickpeas, etc. (induction only).

Adverse Reactions to a Ketogenic Diet

The Atkins diet and other low carb diet plans cannot be sustained indefinitely. The emergency ketosis process caused by the diet will eventually cause problems. The following are some of the "side-effects" or just plain "effects" of long term ketogenic diets:

  • Gastrointestinal disturbances (diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, constipation, GER)
  • Inflammation risk
  • Thinning hair/hair loss
  • Kidney stones
  • Muscle cramps or weakness
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Low platelet count
  • Impaired concentration/cognition
  • Impaired mood
  • Renal tubular acidosis
  • Nutrient deficiency
  • Disordered mineral metabolism
  • Poor growth in children
  • Skeletal fracture
  • Osteopenia/osteoporosis
  • Increased bruising
  • Sepsis, infection, bacteria overgrowth
  • Pneumonia
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Long QT intervals
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Shift towards atherogenic lipid profiles (including hypercholesterolemia and hypertriglyceridemia)
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Menstrual irregularities and amenorrhea
  • Death

The Atkins Low Carb Diet Conclusion!

Fasting, to induce the process of ketosis, has been around since 500 BC. It was used to help with epilepsy and was again used extensively in the 1920's for the same purpose.

Modern medicine developed drugs that would do a better job and the ketosis method has been mostly abandoned. The resurrection of this fasting diet (ketogenic), such as the Atkins et al, is used today by professionals to promote weight loss and supposedly help with other maladies.

The promoters of the ketogenic diet have made fortunes by creating a diet, such as the Atkins low carb diet, that appeals to the overindulged American and his eating habits. A low carb diet plan will let us lose weight, but these kinds of diets will also make us sick..

If weight loss is your concern, the best approach is a low fat diet plan that is plant based with a minimum, if at all, of animal products. You can benefit for a lifetime by choosing this route.

Excellent health is possible when you believe that you can control your life without continued medical intervention by adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle. It takes work and planning, but the rewards are awesome. Believe in yourself...you can do it!

"The burden of proof is on others to show that a higher-fat diet can reverse heart disease."       Dean Ornish, MD


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