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Old 09-27-2007, 06:19 PM   #1
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Atkins Nutritionals Interview (Repairing your Metabolism and more)

I did a combination email/phone interview with Colette Heimowitz, M.S, VP for nutrition Communication & Education with Atkins Nutritionals, Inc this past week. I sent her the questions I had gathered and she in turn answered them via email. We then had a discussion on the phone. She is such a very intelligent and sweet woman. I thank her for taking her time to help us at LCF. She has always been very gracious with her time. If any of you have additional questions now or in the future feel free to PM me as I can get the answers and PM them back and also add them to this post.

In our phone conversation we talked about how to fix a damaged metabolism. She said if you have hurt your metabolism because of yo yo dieting or being on a starvation diet you can repair it. I wanted to confirm with her what I felt would help people rev up their metabolisms. One thing we talked about was how exercise plays a major role in keeping your metabolisms going. Especially weightlifting and building your muscle mass. I asked her when the best time to exercise was? She said while exercise is great at any time it is very beneficial to heat up your body in the morning to get your metabolism fired up. She suggested a stationary bike while drinking your morning coffee... Or perhaps a quick run on the treadmill or as I like.. a brisk walk with the dog in the am. This will get your metabolism started for the day. Eating six smaller meals in the day is suggested as well. She also suggests you get rid of the scale for awhile as you are changing your eating habits to a more healthy WOE. There are many things that can inhibit weightloss.. stress... not enough sleep.. skipping meals and not exercising are some so if you get rid of the scale (and I know of someone that locked it into their vehicles trunk so they wouldn't be tempted to weigh) you need to not stress out about this... use your measuring tape instead for a few weeks. As one person that has lost 160 pounds at a healthy pace I have found that it takes a lot for me to gain weight. When you lose weight fast it tends to come back on faster.

Here are the questions that Colette answered for us..

[color=red]Copying any part of this interview is not permitted without express consent from Colette Heimowitz of Atkins Nutritionals and Lowcarbfriends.com[/color]

QUESTION:

I am eating without cheating. I weigh and measure everything.
4 oz protein and 3/4c vegge are my serving size I cut back dairy and fat is only a little evoo or peanut oil.

I have barely lost five lbs in two and a half months.

Dr took a metabolic blood test.
If a blood test for metabolisim shows I am normal why such slow fat burning?

In a situation such as this what else can I do to make the fat burn away? Perhaps cut the protein serving down to 3 oz.

[COLOR="Blue"]ANSWER:

When individuals follow very low-calorie diets their basal metabolic rate will slow down to compensate for the low caloric intake. This is the body's survival response to preserve its internal organs and muscle mass. If someone is following the Atkins protocol correctly, he or she should not be taking in fewer than 1,800 calories daily from protein, natural fats and vegetable sources. This energy supply should not cause a drop in the metabolic rate, but rather maintain the rate while using primarily fat (instead of carbohydrate) as a fuel for needed energy.

I would advise counting calories for a few days to do a reality check, make sure you are not starving yourself.

True, too many calories can stall weight loss as well, but some folks shoot too low for an Atkins type approach and go into a starvation mode.

If you are on a weight-loss plateau, cutting back on or omitting food intolerance like cheese and nuts altogether may be all it takes to get you back on the road to weight loss. You will need to experiment to determine which foods may be the culprit.

Don't get discouraged. Exercise is by far the most profound way to break a plateau. If you are not exercising, start, if you are exercising, step it up a bit.[/COLOR]

QUESTION:

What can a person do to get rid of that hyped up, jittery, strung out feeling that comes with ketosis? It seriously is what makes me fall off the wagon each time I do Atkins. I get to the point where I am exhausted but still cant sleep and almost feel like my skin is crawling.

[COLOR="Blue"]ANSWER:

That is not a typical reaction to ketosis; it sounds more like low blood sugar. Even when following Atkins, it is important for you to eat six small meals or three meals and two to three snacks daily. Some people need to eat every three to four waking hours.
Be alert to the signs and symptoms of the onset of that strung out feeling for the first few days of Atkins and if you feel it is necessary, select higher carbohydrate foods that will not interfere with the program. These could include tomato and cheese, broccoli and other higher carbohydrate veggies, nuts and seeds or a half cup of tomato juice. You also have the option to start the program in the OWL phase if you feel better with a few lower glycemic carbohydrate selections [/COLOR]

QUESTION:

I have only had about 2 good nights sleep in the last month but I am still not tired. I do not drink caffeine except for one green tea at about 7a.m. This diet is the best speed out there but I ache all over and my brain is foggy.

[COLOR="Blue"]ANSWER:

There are a few people who experience uncomfortable symptoms during their first few weeks following the Atkins Nutritional Approach. Most often this means that the process is going too fast for their particular metabolism, they're losing weight, water and certain minerals too fast, and their bodies can't keep pace with these quick changes. One sign can be sleeplessness. These reactions can be aggravated by hot weather, when you are already losing minerals through sweat or by taking a diuretic. Obviously, drinking lots of water is essential.

If you experience these problems, simply slow down your weight loss by adding another helping of vegetables to your evening meal or one or two ounces of nuts or seeds. Although your body would almost certainly adjust during the following weeks, there isn't any good reason for feeling sickly for even one day. After the symptoms abate, you can go back to the lower level of carb intake or stay where you are and lose weight a slight pace slower.[/COLOR]

QUESTION:

Can you ask her about hair loss? I'd really like to know what to do about it and if Biotin is the answer, will the hair fall out again if I stop taking it?

[COLOR="Blue"]ANSWER:

It is natural to go through periodic phases of shedding hair. But if this is an ongoing problem, make sure you're not restricting calories or skipping meals. Any weight-loss regimen may lower your metabolic rate, which can result in hair loss. Unlike calorie-restricted diets, Atkins is the least likely of any weight-loss program to contribute to hair loss because the higher caloric content keeps the body from behaving as though it is in a starvation mode. When that happens, your metabolism is lowered as a survival mechanism. If someone is following the Atkins protocol correctly, he or she should not be taking in fewer than 1,800 calories daily from protein, natural fats and vegetable sources. This energy supply should not cause a drop in the metabolic rate, but rather maintain the rate while using primarily fat (instead of carbohydrate) as a fuel for needed energy.

Alternatively, you might be low in some specific nutrients that could affect your hair loss. You might try adding biotin, N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC), glutathione and lecithin to your diet. Once the deficiency is corrected which takes several months, you should not need to stay on these supplements forever.

If excessive hair loss continues, see your doctor.[/COLOR]

QUESTION:

That is my exact concern! Last year, i went very low in both calories and carbs and ran about 4 miles a day. I got below my goal weight (122 lbs, a little too small for me bc im 5'9") and over the past year gained back the weight by eating strictly during the week and then pigging out on the weekends. I felt so deprived from my previous way of life that any food (mostly when i came home from college on the weekends) i would stuff down. Im back up to 147 and have gone on and off induction many times in the past few months. Ill stick with it for about a week then cheat if i don't see any weight loss. After reinducting earlier in the summer (after being off plan for a while), i lost 8 lbs in a week. I get discouraged and cheat, so ive been in this cycle. PLEASE let me know what she tells you about messing up the metabolism and i remember reading in the 2003 version that Dr. atkins mentioned people who have abused induction by being strict during the week then cheating every weekend. I did this and now im trying to fix this. Thanks so much in advance!!! I can't wait for her responses.

[COLOR="Blue"]ANSWER:

Reaching your goal weight is not—or should not be—about dieting. It's about changing your body, and your mind-set, permanently and for the better. It is—or should be—actually just the opposite of the start-and-stop process that most people consider a diet. I tell my patients that they should plan not just on losing weight, but also on restoring energy and feeling their physical best. All they have to do is exercise regularly, start an intelligent nutritional supplementation plan and eat the healthiest foods imaginable. Sound like a lot? Hardly. In fact, it sounds like a cinch.
On the other hand, anyone who “diets” in the sense that the word has been used in this country for almost a century is clearly not seeking a permanent eating plan. Such folks bought their ticket on the diet bus for a little quick fat removal, and once that's accomplished, they get off at the first available stop and go back to foods that fundamentally make them feel awful.
Then six or ten or whatever months later, they say, "Oops, time for another diet." Such a yo-yo approach is not only an ineffective way to produce a great-looking body, but it could damage your health. And it makes your body progressively resistant to weight loss.
Don’t be like that. If you eat healthy foods—think caveman fundamentals: fish, fowl, meat, vegetables, nuts, seeds, berries and, as you approach your goal weight, some low-glycemic fruit, as well as legumes and whole grains—and avoid refined, sugar-laden junk food, then, you’ll be halfway home. Needless to say, you’ll get a lot closer to your desired weight; you can hardly help it!
But let's not pretend eating right is everything. It's just the first thing. Doing Atkins properly is doing yourself a favor up and down the line. It's a sort of conversion. You were issued a body at birth, and chances are it was a pretty functional one. Like most of us, you probably messed around with it and didn't treat it right. Here’s your chance to reacquaint yourself with it and to give it the loving care that will make it hum.

The good news is that any damage you did by messing around with your metabolism can be corrected with exercise and the Atkins lifestyle. How long it takes e will depend on how far down the path you have traveled, and for how long. Just know it can and has been down successfully by all of us. [/COLOR]

QUESTION:

Id also like to know her 'take' on people who do Atkins for a second time or third.

Is it really true that its MORe DIFFICULT the second time around? Also if you are older in age is it more difficult?

I know a lot of us 're-treaders' would love to have more info on this.

Thanx so much!!

[COLOR="Blue"]ANSWER:

By doing Atkins (and I think this approach is the most carefully worked out form of healthy caveman eating) you'll make it possible for your body to function at its highest level—for a lifetime! Which makes a lot of other things possible in life. Like having fun, working hard, getting a good night's sleep, pursuing that perfect romance. . .or playing with the kids, or even the grandkids.

But let's not pretend eating right is everything. It's just the first thing. Doing Atkins properly is doing yourself a favor up and down the line. It's a sort of conversion. You were issued a body at birth, and chances are it was a pretty functional one. Like most of us, you probably messed around with it and didn't treat it right. Here’s your chance to reacquaint yourself with it and to give it the loving care that will make it hum.

Instead of being worried about the perils of ‘re-treaders’,why not form a new partnership with your body? If it could talk, it would say: Treat me right, and I'll treat you right. Now that's reciprocity.

I'm longing to convince every person in this community that by building a few hours of exercise into their weekly schedule, taking vitamin supplements and eating delicious, unabashedly healthy, energy-supporting foods, they can live at a level of happiness and intensity that in many cases they will have forgotten was possible.

This is true for us aging folks as well. Exercise will change a sluggish metabolism at any age. Studies published in the very best medical journals and talked about in the news media—showing that controlling your carbs is as good for long-term health as it is for short-term weight loss and vitality. Want to lower your triglycerides, your cholesterol and your blood pressure? This is the program that does it. Want to protect yourself against diabetes, an increasingly epidemic health risk in this country? Atkins is the gold standard.

I hope I've convinced you. If I have, you won't ever want to stop doing Atkins once you start. Forget about dieting; this will be a whole new way of life. And take my word for it: The difference between just living and living when you're really on your game is dramatic.[/COLOR]
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