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Old 08-23-2002, 01:27 PM   #1
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The Atkins Interview...Some questions answered!

A few weeks back I asked the question "If you could ask the Atkins Center anything....what would it be?" I appreciate everyones responses. I Sent them on to Colette Heimowitz M.S. who is the Director of Education and Research at the Atkins Health and Medical Information Services. She was kind enough to answer them for us. I am going to cut and paste in the answers exactly how they were sent back. I hope this helps bring some light to a few of the more confusing questions you all have.


Hi Colette..

I am sure you may remember me from the atkinsfriends.com website. I am an admin in the bb and in chat. I did a interview with you a few times...One of them on Stacking drugs. We try to help people that are on the diet and run into a lot of questions that we would like to get your opinion on. I hope you can help us out. We do not want to give out the wrong information. We would appreciate it so much as we know you are very busy. Here are the following questions we had...Thank you so so much!

cheri (atkinsfriends.com)

Here are the questions asked followed by the answers I put in red for you all to be able to read it better!! Hope this helps!!


Collette... wouldnt you agree with me that people on the first 2 weeks of induction should stay away from the bars and shakes while their body is changing from burning carbs as fuel to burning fat? Because it might interfere in that process and make it much harder to get into ketosis??

[COLOR=red]Answer: Yes, I can agree with that.[/COLOR]


We tell people not to use the bars and shakes on induction as this was always the suggestion of atkins before his product came out. Why are they now allowed and will they stall some people on induction?

[COLOR=red]Answer: Recommendations for Bars and shakes after the first 2 weeks of induction are based on the confidence that the products will not interfere with the nutrition plan, for example induce cravings, etc. We cannot be responsible for other brands/products. In general, consuming 1 bar and 1 shake a day will not stall or inhibit weight loss. Everyone has different levels of metabolic resistance, so for some 1/4-1 bar is what will be tolerated and others may be able to consume more, especially if they are very active. Individuals should determine how many products they can consume without effecting their weight. [/COLOR]


Why is it when we call the atkins nutritionals line we get a difference answer for the same question depending on who answers the phone?

[COLOR=red]Answer: It is impossible for different people to give the same answers for all questions. Everyone has an individual interpretation, that is not wrong it is just different. In order to answer this question more directly we would need examples of responses that differ from one another for the same question. [/COLOR]


We know that any color change in a ketosis stick means you are in ketosis. But is the darker the stick better or does it mean you may not be getting enough water? Or does it mean you are burning more fat??

[COLOR=red]Answer: Remember in the book it says to test only at night and at least one hour after eating as this will give you a truer reading. ALSO any color change means you are burning fat. The darker the color, the more fat you are burning. It does not mean you are not getting enough water. Water will have little or no impact on the sticks color[/COLOR]

Bruce Hunter...

How important is it to stick STRICTLY to the food list during induction?

[COLOR=red]Answer: During Induction it is very important to eat only foods that are permitted. This is the time when the person will be switching from burning carbohydrate to burning fat for energy. If one "cheats", he/she may not get to the point where fat is steadily being burned for energy.[/COLOR]


Can you eat the endulge bars on induction or are they strictly for ongoing weightloss or maintenance?

[COLOR=red]Answer: You may not have the endulge bars or any other product that contains sugar alcohols while on induction. Your body will use the sugar alcohol as a food source thus slowing or stopping weightloss while it is in your system. It isnt the glycerine that is the problem with these but the sugar alcohol that is the problem.[/COLOR]


How can fitday, carb counters, food labels and even the atkins counts in the back of the book differ so much? Who do we trust?

[COLOR=red]Answer: The reason for the variations amongst the different sources of carb counters is because there are differences in the way foods are measured. Sometimes portion sizes are different, foods are measured by dry weight or with moisture. These pieces of information are to be used as guides as they provide estimates are not based on precise scientific methods. Food labels provide nutrition information and the government allows for a 20% differential. Use 1 source, otherwise, you will drive yourself crazy. The carb counter in the back is a good reference. [/COLOR]


Why seltzer would not count towards daily water intake? Or is that an error?

[COLOR=red]Answer: Seltzer is carbonated water, so it would count as part of the 8-8oz.glasses of water suggested. The carbonation may not have the same detox effect on the kidneys as pure water would. Therefore, while you are burning fat aggressively in the initial phases of the program, it is prudent to supply the best assistance for elimination of wastes. Our fat cells stores the accumulated toxins we have been exposed to over our lifetime and when we burn fat, those toxins are being released.[/COLOR]


I would ask about the discrepencies in the book, i.e., for Induction it says you should have no more than 2-3 tablespoons of heavy cream yet a couple of paragraphs later it says 2-3 OUNCES. Also for Induction it says 2-3 cups lettuce plus 1 cup vegetable but it also says to deduct fiber. If that's all you have, you don't come close to the 20 grams per day.

Also, why is cottage cheese not permitted anymore during Induction, especially full fat; and lastly, what is the real scoop on full fat plain yogurt?

[COLOR=red]Answers: [/COLOR]

[COLOR=red]You are correct there is a discrepancy in the book. The correct total amount of heavy cream is 2-3 tablespoons or 1-1.5 oz. If someone is following Induction strictly, the additional cream (.5-1 oz.)extra should not have a major impact on the program.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=red]During Induction 2-3 Cups of salad vegetables includes peppers, mushrooms and 1 cup of salad vegetables include tomato, broccoli, and most other salad ingredients because there is a high carb count. This in addition to cheese, cream, and other foods such as avocado, olives, lemon juice and Atkins products such as bars and drinks ETC.. will provide up to 20 grams of carbs.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=red]For the 4 years I’ve worked at the center, cottage cheese has been omitted from Induction. Again, the purpose of the book is for the general population. For someone who substitutes, ½ C cottage cheese for their total allowance of hard cheese, there should be no problem. The difference is hard cheese usually has trace to 1 gram of carb. Cottage cheese (1/2) has about 3 grams. Also, consider hard cheese as a convenient take along snack vs. cottage cheese. Cottage cheese can be one on the first foods added to the meal plan after induction. [/COLOR]

[COLOR=red]Yogurt regardless of fat content usually has high amounts of carbs. If there is a yogurt that has 5-10 grams of carbs, it can be used as part of on-going weight loss/maintenance.[/COLOR]


I want to give blood but am in ketosis. What are my options? Do I have to load up on carbs the day before so that my blood is thicker? If yes, what are the best foods to "load" up on?

[COLOR=red]Answer: DO NOT LOAD UP ON CARBS! Use more veggies or 1 oz. Of nuts/seeds, or eat a low-glycemic index fruit (berries, melon, grapefruit). You do not want to sabotage everything you have worked so hard to accomplish. We are not sure what you mean by "more carbs will make your blood thicker"[/COLOR]

If I can deduct fiber, doesn't that make ALL veggies free? So I can eat as many as I want right?

[COLOR=red]Answer: All veggies do contain carbs, some more than others. I refer you to the book for the specific information on that. In addition, not all the carbs in veggies are from fiber. If you eat excessive amounts of any food it may effect your progress, especially when in induction. By the time you get to lifetime maintenance, eating 6-8 cups of veggies included in your individual total carb intake is very healthy.[/COLOR]

I heard that lifting weights can take you out of ketosis because the body produces glucose when using muscles. Should I do cardio after lifting weights? If yes, will this put me back in ketosis? If yes, how long?

[COLOR=red]Answer: This is not true. Lifting weights will NOT take you out of ketosis. You may not spill as many ketones in the urine because you are using more of them for energy, but you are still in ketosis[/COLOR]

When is the best time to eat protein so as not to turn it into glucose, before or after exercising?

[COLOR=red]Answer: Eating protein before exercise may be best because exercise may burn the glucose before it is stored. However, we do not have specific studies that support this. The safest bet is to never consume more than 7 to 8 oz per serving. Only excess protein will convert to blood glucose. [/COLOR]

What advice, if any, can you give on adding sea salt?

[COLOR=red]Answer: Sea salt is allowed on all phases of Atkins.[/COLOR]

Why does eating more fat cause you to lose more fat?

[COLOR=red]Answer: When doing Atkins, fat is burned for energy. The more fat consumed, the more it is burned, as long as the carbs are kept low.[/COLOR]


I keep hearing from people who complain that they can't exercise effectively while in ketosis, that they don't have enough energy, etc. Also I need to be able to refute the constant "You need carbs for energy!" refrain. But what should a person do who is having trouble exercising on low-carb?

Should they up their carbs a little, or their fat, or their protein, or a combination of these?
[COLOR=red]This seems to be the same as the first question.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=red]Answer: While some individuals may experience fatigue during the first few days of induction, that should be followed by high energy levels. The reason for low energy after these first few days may be due to inadequate intake of total food. Therefore, I suggest eating more, but not necessarily carbs. Consider eating 3 meals and 2-3 snacks/day. If you are past induction, snacks might include nuts/seeds,a serving of low-glycemic index fruit or if still in the induction phase cheese or a scoop of tuna, chicken or egg salad should do the trick. [/COLOR]

[COLOR=red]Both carbs and fat provide energy. Your body burns both carbs and fat for energy. When doing Atkins, you will use fat not carbs for energy. Try an advantage bar before a workout.[/COLOR]


The Hidden Carb counters has me worried on my protein bars. I get the 2.5 or 3 carb bars. On the label they tell you: Glycerine (and other) are included in total calorie count but not included as carbs.

What is the effective Carb Count of these bars then. Do I really have to use the Hidden Carb counter and count that as true carbs?? it raises my 2.5 carb bar to 44 carbs! Or is glycerine/maltitol/sugar alcohols like fiber and can not be digested

so truly can be not counted. I don't understand how the label can not count carbs if they are carbs!

[COLOR=red]Answer: Because the ingredients you mentioned (glycerine/sugar alcohols)[/COLOR] [COLOR=red]are not used in the body the same way carbs are there is a different effect on the body. They are digested in a similar manner to fiber. The Atkins net carb count was intended to let people following a controlled carb. lifestyle know which carbs to count. The net carbs only include those carbs that have an impact on blood sugar. The other carbs such as glycerine and fiber and sugar alcohols are omitted from the total carb count. [/COLOR]


At what amount or intensity of exercise do you need to re-evaluate protein intake? Or, do you need more protein if you exercise more, say specifically weight training?

[COLOR=red]Answer: You should not have to reevaluate protein intake. If you were following a high carb diet, your protein intake increased when starting Atkins. If you are hungry, you may want to eat more protein and fat while ensuring you are eating your personal critical carbohydrate level for weight maintenance (see book). [/COLOR]

If either the metabolic advantage OR calories-in/calories-out completely answered the question of weight loss, why do lengthy stalls occur?

[COLOR=red]Answer: Noone can answer this for sure. It is possible that there is a shift in fluids, there is something called the set-point theory (everyone has a certain "natural" weight the body gravitates to) or it could be an increase in lean body mass as well as the possibility that the body gets accustomed to the foods you are eating and may need some assistance in "jump starting the engine" See the chapter in the new book for suggestions on how to get thru a plateau. [/COLOR]

At what point, if you are stalled, should you be considering doing something different? Patience is advocated, but is this the correct answer? How long should you wait?

[COLOR=red]Answer: Patience is helpful, I had a patient who waited 3 months, and at 3 months and 1 day lost 5 pounds. There are other things one can do that may help: Exercise or increased exercise, slight changes in nutrition patterns, such as increasing fluids, eating 6 small meals instead of 3 large meals, adding 1 serving of low-glycemic fruits and make sure you are not constipated. Check your inches. If you are losing inches your fat cells are shrinking. [/COLOR]

Should diabetics set their protein intake in a more refined fashion to help control blood sugars?

[COLOR=red]Answer: In general no. However, excess protein will convert to sugar and can effect blood sugar levels. So, portion control should be based on blood sugar readings. If blood sugar is controlled and/or improved than no change is necessary.[/COLOR]

Which artificial sweeteners raise blood sugar? [COLOR=red]None[/COLOR]


"Carnitine prevents ketone build up. Consider it if you are on the "zone" protein diet." pg 87
[COLOR=red](This is the first time we have heard this. Would like to see a reference)[/COLOR]

Does Dr. Atkins agree with this? If so, would L-Carnitine help w/keto breath problems? Also, would those of us taking L-Carnitine daily have less response on our keto sticks?

[COLOR=red]Answer: Carnitine is involved in ketosis, carnitine does not help with ketobreath (adequate water, chewing parsley can help)and will not effect keto sticks.[/COLOR]


The amount of water I drink (varies from 120 oz to 150 oz-depending on weather & activity level, etc) has people telling me I am damaging my body. What is a "safe" amount of water to drink for my weight of 173 lbs on a 5'5" frame. I am trying to reach a goal of 120 pounds.

[COLOR=red]Answer: You are not damaging your body but consuming between 100-120 oz of water should be enough. [/COLOR]

Robin in Austin...

I don't feel Atkins makes it abundantly clear that Protein is not a free food. Since it's not, how many grams should we be taking in a day? I think overconsumption of Protein stalls more of us than we think!

[COLOR=red]Answer: You are correct. The reason for not recommending specific grams of protein is because most people experience a decrease in appetite. Atkins also stresses eating until full or satisfied not to gorge on any food. If someone abuses this and is out of control when eating, excess protein can be the cause of stalling weight loss. [/COLOR]


I want to know how Dr. Atkins can sell out like he does? He is so clear about the importance of sticking with non-processed foods and staying away from all the preservative junk and -itols - how can he promote the bars and shakes and "stuff" that he does? Isn't that a little hypocritical?

[COLOR=red]Answer: DR. Atkins is concerned with foods that affect health. Foods that may contribute to poor health by effecting: high/low blood sugar, cravings, high insulin, etc… are the foods he recommends avoiding. The ingredients used in Atkins products do not have negative health consequences; there are no excess sugars providing high calories and little or no other nutritional value, there are no trans fats; vitamins and minerals are included in Atkins products. Convenience is very important to many people, Atkins products offer healthy convenience foods to those who choose to follow a low-carb lifestyle. Sugar alcohols or "itols" are sugar alternatives for individuals who may be sensitive to sugar (diabetics, impaired glucose metabolism,sugar cravers, individuals with yeast infections, etc..). [/COLOR]


Please ask if there isn't a more effective way to deal with leg cramps other then what is mentioned in the book. It seems to be a problem encountered by many people on this site with no real resolution as to what works to reduce the problem.

[COLOR=red]Answer: The question is, have people tried the suggestions in the book? Because the suggestions, if followed, work. Consuming adequate fluids along with electrolytes; calcium, potassium, magnesium and possibly lite salt which is high in potassium. [/COLOR]


Why do we seem to feel so much thirstier despite dramatically increasing our water intake? Since extreme thirst is a symptom of diabetes, how do we distinguish from a *normal* level of thirst while lowcarbing versus a clear signal to get checked for diabetes?

[COLOR=red]Answer: If you do not have diabetes, Atkins nutritional approach will not give you diabetes. The program actually helps control diabetes. Extreme thirst is not a typical symptom that people experience. You may want to mention this to your doctor and follow-up this way. I would ask you how much water are you drinking? 64-80 oz. is a normal amount of fluids. If you are exercising or live in a hot/humid climate you may need more. [/COLOR]


Why are people in other cultures (say Indians and Southeast Asians) whose diets are mostly carbohydrate, thinner, in general, than Americans?

My theory is (and I'm no scientist, nor world traveller) that it's the carb/fat combo, found uniquely in American food; a Whopper, for example, or Cheetos. (Two of my former favorites.)

[COLOR=red]Answer: Yes, your theory is true. High fat and high carb is the culprit. There are other factors, such as portion sizes in the U.S. compared with amounts consumed in other cultures and of course lets not forget the differences in activity levels in these countries vs. America. [/COLOR]

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Some thoughts and reminders from the Atkiins Center...

If you are having problems losing here are some things from the Atkins Center that is worth revisiting.... I hope this helps!

Firstly, do your best to be patient with your weight loss. You have nothing to be concerned about. While some lose weight consistently on Atkins, others lose in stages. You are in ketosis so you are burning stored fat for fuel.

You could be eating too much fat. While fat is necessary while following Atkins, eating too much fat can delay weight loss. Your body burns the fat you eat first, then the stored fat. If you're eating too much fat, you will not give your metabolism a change to burn the stored fat in the body.

Try reducing your fat intake slightly and see if that helps.

You could be eating too much. Even protein will turn to glucose if consumed in large amounts. We recommend no more that 6-8 oz of protein per meal.

Are you exercising? Exercise will not only help with fat burning, but the more you exercise, the more carbohydrates the body can tolerate. If you are not exercising, start as soon as you can.

If you measured your chest, waist, hips, upper arms and thighs with a tape measure before beginning to do Atkins, you should see a loss of inches, which sometimes occurs when weight loss is only marginal. Also, your weight can fluctuate from day to day, even from hour to hour, depending upon fluid balance, hormonal cycles and the effects of medications, to name a few things. And vigorous exercise can actually cause some weight gain because it increases muscle mass, which is denser than the fat it displaces. Even if these various factors cause you to lose pounds more slowly than you want, your tape measure will reveal that you are slimming down all over. But, as with the scale, don't become obsessed with the tape measure. You'll know the inches are disappearing because of the way your clothes fit.

To be sure you are following Atkins correctly, here is a list of common mistakes to avoid:

1. NO CAFFEINE- Excessive Caffeine can cause an insulin response leaving you craving sweets, and throwing you out of ketosis.

2. NO ASPARTAME-Aspartame may impact blood sugar levels which will cause an impasse in your weight loss. Watch for items such as diet soda and sugar free Jell-O.

3. CHEESE-4 oz per day maximum.

4. VEGETABLES-Remember, the 20 grams of carbohydrates that you consume per day should mostly come from vegetables. You can have 3-4 cups of salad or 2 cups salad, 1 cup cooked vegetables per day using only the vegetables on the acceptable food list. This is very important. Eliminating the vegetables may shut down your metabolism and your weight loss will stall.

The following list of common mistakes to avoid during Induction will be helpful:

1. Do not skip meals or go more than six waking hours without eating. If you are not hungry, eat four or five smaller meals (or healthy snacks) instead of three larger ones.

2. Do not omit natural fats. Butter, mayonnaise, olive oil, safflower, sunflower and other vegetable oils, and the fat in meat and fish will actually help you lose weight.

3. Do not eat more than 20 grams a day of carbohydrate, at least most of which must come in the form of salad greens and other acceptable vegetables.

4. Eat absolutely no fruit, bread, grains, starchy vegetables or dairy products other than cheese, cream or butter. Do not eat nuts in the first two weeks. Foods that combine protein and carbohydrates, such as chickpeas, kidney beans, and other legumes, are not permitted at this time.

5. Eat nothing that is not on the acceptable food list. And that means absolutely nothing! Your "just this one taste wont hurt" rationalization is the kiss of failure during this phase of Atkins.

6. Adjust the quantity you eat to suit your appetite, especially as it decreases. When hungry, eat the amount that makes you feel satisfied but not stuffed. When not hungry, eat a small controlled carbohydrate snack to accompany your nutritional supplements.

7. Dont assume any food is low in carbohydrate; instead read labels to check the carb count (its on every package) or use the carbohydrate gram counter in this book.

8. Watch out for hidden carbs in gravies, sauces and dressings.

9. Avoid foods or drinks sweetened with aspartame. Instead, use sucralose, saccharin or the herb stevia. Be sure to count each packet of any of these as one gram of carbs.
10. Avoid coffee, tea and soft drinks that contain caffeine. Excessive caffeine has been shown to cause low blood sugar, which can make you crave sugar.

11. Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day to hydrate your body, avoid constipation, and flush out the by-products of burning fat.

There are a number of dos and don'ts you must adhere to for successful weight loss.

You must:

Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of pure water daily. This can be filtered, mineral or spring water (not seltzer). You may also have unlimited amounts of herbal tea (without sugar), but these do not count toward your total of eight glasses.

Drink only decaffeinated coffee and tea and use only acceptable sweeteners (see below).
Treat aspartame (NutraSweet or Equal) with caution. Avoid whenever possible. This includes products sweetened with these ingredients, such as diet sodas and diet Jell-O. Instead use sucralose, (Splenda) or saccharin (Sweet'n Low).

Check labels on other products that purport to be low- or controlled carb.

When eating out, be careful you're not consuming "hidden" carbohydrates in sauces or breaded products. Tell your waiter that you would like your food prepared free of sugar, flour and cornstarch.

At a minimum, take a good daily multivitamin with minerals, including potassium, magnesium and calcium, but without iron.

Unless you are physically unable to do so, exercise every day, even if it's just a walk around the block. This is an important part of the program in all phases and will certainly increase the rate at which you lose weight. That's because exercise not only causes you to burn calories, it also accelerates your metabolism.

You can:

Have a snack of a permissible food an hour or two after a meal if you wish.

You must not:

Overeat. You may have heard that you can eat as much as you desire of the acceptable foods. No so. Stuff yourself with steaks and cheeseburgers, and some of that protein will convert to glucose in your body. Instead, simply eat the amount that allows you to feel satisfied.

Drink alcohol in any form.

Use more than three packets of sucralose (Splenda) daily. (More and more products are being made with Splenda so if you use any, don't forget to include those grams in your tally.)

Cheat. It takes two to three days for the body to switch from burning carbohydrates (in the form of glucose) to fat burning. One cheat and you're back to a glucose-burning metabolism, and you can lose the effects of two or three days of fat burning.

You must not eat any of the following:

Sugar (in any form, including corn syrup, honey and maple syrup)

Milk or yogurt (cream is allowed in limited amounts)

Fruit and fruit juice

Flour products (breads, pasta, crackers, etc.)

Grains or cereals

Beans and legumes

Starchy or high-sugar vegetables (potatoes, yams, corn, peas, parsnips, beets, carrots)
Sweet condiments (such as most ketchups, barbeque sauce and balsamic vinegar)
French dressing, Thousand Island dressing (check labels for carb count)

Cottage cheese, farmer's cheese and other fresh cheeses

Nuts and seeds

Here is a detailed list from Dr. Atkins regarding slow weight loss and plateaus:

First, recognize that there may not be a problem at all. Different people will respond to Atkins differently; some consistently lose weight while others do so in stages. Dont watch the scale and become overly concerned with short-term results. Also, make sure your expectations of weight loss are realistic. Atkins is designed to lead you to your natural ideal weight. For many people, that may still be more than they wish to weigh. We strongly recommend that you manage your expectations in a real and healthy way.

Second, remember that success on Atkins should always be measured by more than just the scale. Consider the following questions and think about how they apply to your experience on Atkins:

Are you experiencing more energy and vitality throughout the day?

Are your clothes fitting you better?

Are you experiencing less between meal cravings and hunger?

Have your blood tests improved?

Are you still losing weight, but just at a much slower pace?

Have you lost inches in your body measurements?

Continue to stick with it, modifying it as you go along to make it work for you, and you will continue to see suitable health enhancing results.

Given all of the above, there are a number of key factors that may inhibit a persons ability to have success on a controlled carb program like Atkins. Listed below are the difficulties people experience most frequently:

Consuming Too Many Carbohydrates

Its amazing how frequently this is the source of most peoples problems. Some people can get away with higher carb consumption and still experience success on Atkins, but many (especially those who are overweight to begin with), need to be more vigilant in keeping carbs controlled.

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Check to make sure you are completely aware of all the sources of carbohydrates you may be eating. For example, lemon juice, excess vegetables, and low fat substitute products can contain those few carbs that could disrupt your success. Keep a complete food diary for a few days to see exactly what you are consuming. You may be surprised, Also, even if you think youve caught every carbohydrate, check the ingredients on any processed food you are eating (if a serving size contains less than 1 gram of carbs, it can be listed as 0 carbs. If you are consuming a lot of this product, the hidden carbs can add up fast.)

If youve done a full investigation and believe youve caught all the carbs, try a week at a lower carb level (e.g. If youre on an Ongoing Weight Loss Level, go back to Induction) to see if that might restart your success.


While it is true that calorie counting is not necessary on Atkins, this is not a license to gorge yourself at every meal. The Atkins Nutritional Approach is most effective when you eat until you are satisfied, not until you cant eat another bite or youll explode. Also, try eating slower to allow your body to signal when it is full before you overeat. Think about this over the next week and see if it helps you to start/restart your weight loss.


Just as overeating can cause your body to resist weight loss, so can undereating. If youre hungry, eat; if youre starving, you should have eaten 30 minutes ago.

Trying To Do A "Low-Fat" Version of the Atkins Nutritional Approach

Some people with very fast metabolisms can get away with this and experience success on Atkins. However, for most, it will inhibit your weight loss and keep you hungrier throughout the day and thus more susceptible to sugar/carb cravings.

Nutritional Deficiencies Caused By Previous Diets

Many people who have been on a diet high in sugar and other refined carbohydrates, as well as low in fat (which is almost everybody) prior to beginning Atkins, will have nutritional deficiencies that may not be fully addressed by the Atkins Nutritional Approach. Readers of Dr. Atkins books know that he is a firm believer in nutritional supplementation. His key recommendations for everyone include a broad-based multi-vitamin program (preferably not a "one-a-day", but one consumed through the day for optimal absorption) and an essential fatty acid formula (which can boost your metabolism and enhance fat burning). For additional supplementation, refer to Dr. Atkins books including his latest Vita-Nutrients Solution to develop a program that meets your specific needs.


Virtually all medications will inhibit weight loss to some degree, with prescription medications being the most problematic. For more information on this subject, please review the questions concerning medications.

Yeast Overgrowth/Candida Condition

Re-read the yeast chapter in New Diet Revolution, and go on a yeast/fermentation-free version of Atkins (e.g. no cheese, vinegar, mushrooms, etc.) for two weeks to see if that precipitates weight loss.

Food Intolerances

Re-read the chapter on food intolerances in New Diet Revolution.

Lack of Exercise

While Atkins doesnt require you to kill yourself on the treadmill or in an aerobic class everyday to see results, the importance of regular exercise cant be overlooked. Make sure you are engaged in some form of exercise at least three times a week, or as directed by your doctor. If you can increase that to four or five times a week, all the better. You will definitely see the results on Atkins if you increase your exercise routine.

Lack of Proper Water Consumption

If youre not drinking enough water, your body is operating inefficiently. An inefficient body will not respond as well to weight loss efforts. Basically, by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Do yourself and your body a favor and drink at least 8 glasses of water a day (preferably filtered), and more if possible. You may go to the bathroom more, but your body will love you for it. Note: This means water, not decaf coffee, tea, diet soda or anything else that may include water but is not water.

Low body Temperature

This would indicate a possible sluggish thyroid. Refer to New Diet Revolution for how this can impact weight loss and how you can test for this condition in your own home.

Consumption of Artificial Sweeteners

For many people, products such as aspartame and saccharin are not a problem, especially when consumed at low to moderate levels (remember that all sweetener packets contain a gram of carbs). However, some people can experience a weight loss impasse from these products. For many Atkins followers, these products have been a "necessary evil", since they are better than giving into sugar cravings. Our advice: If you are having trouble losing weight on Atkins, refrain from these artificial sweeteners for a week to see if it helps.

Consider trying Stevia, a natural product that people use as a sweetener. Sucralose, recently approved by the FDA and used safely for years in countries throughout the world (many of which ban the use of aspartame), may solve the problem for all Atkins followers. We do not believe it will cause weight loss impasses for any Atkins followers, and are now using it as the sweetener in all Advantage Bars, cheesecakes and other Atkins food products.

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Old 07-18-2004, 01:32 PM   #4
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Is there a way to ask the Atkins people, and post the response, about why the second ingredient in their baking mix is corn starch??
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