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Ok my mum has decided to go on the Atkins diet. I always thought Veg*s couldn't go on that diet but apparently they can - on a hugely reduced diet.<br><br><br><br>
My mum isn't Veg*n but it worries me that she's decided to go to this extreme. My mum loves carbs: bread, potatoes etc and usually eats really healthy food. But because of her thyroid problem she finds it hard to loose weight and keep it off. She isn't big at all (size 14-16 Aust sizes) but I know she feels that way.<br><br><br><br>
So anyway today was her first day and she had bacon, eggs, and mushrooms, this horrible decaf coffee, with actual CREAM (not milk) and this sugar substitute. I thought I was going throw up just watching her eat it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:"> When she finished she looked up at me with this 'little-kid' face - 'I don't know if I can handle this'.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Anyone know anyone on it? I've heard various opinions on whether or not its good/bad but anyone know anyone who has been on it and not had any problems?
 

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One division of my family (that basically figured dinner isn't dinner unless you ripped the slab of beef from the cow as it passed) is on it. Other than them haiving painful smelly urine, nothing bad has happened to them... yet. Of course for some reason they didn't go to a doctor before starting for other optoins, and haven't since; afterall he'll probably say for them to stop.<br><br><br><br>
They didn't even try <i>walking</i> before trying the diet, let alone eat, oh say, vegetables or cut out sweets before hand.<br><br><br><br>
One of them, her mother died at a young age from heart problems, so here she is eating all the food that heart doctors have told others in my family to avoid. She doesn't even look like she's lost weight, says she has, but you can't tell (I think she looks funny->somethings wrong with her complexion, but it could've been the picture or her makeup). And since I don't see them except once every 10 years, everything we hear is from them.<br><br><br><br>
I saw one thing that said: pain, suffering, dark gold fruit smelling urine (that's normally associated with diabetes), pains throughout the bods should end after the first week. But only if you take all the pills that replace all the nutrients that you don't consume.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Although the following may be useful:<br><br><a href="http://www.epinions.com/well-Nutrition-Diets-All-Atkins_Diet/display_~reviews" target="_blank">http://www.epinions.com/well-Nutriti...splay_~reviews</a><br><br><br><br>
If you want the bad things, sort by product rating (click once for best to worse, second time for worse to best).<br><br><br><br>
Some of the comments there are like "No I don't want my kidneys", and are pretty blunt and negative. But may also give an idea of what to look out for. I believe one review said it caused heart damage in the person, fortunetely, it wasn't permanante. I did a lot of reading there to try to get some info a while back.
 

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Most people lose weight on the Adkins diet simply because they are eating less. The problem is that it is hard on your body, so it isn't something you can do long term. Also, the lastest studies put the re-gain percentage much higher then the "fruits and vegetable" dieters.<br><br><br><br>
If she wants to shape up a bit, she will have to do moderate exercise. She will have to eat properly - fruits, vegetables, whole grains, non-fat or low-fat dairy, moderate egg usage, and lean meats (since she's an onmi). Then her weight will balance to where it should be and not be a yoyoing fad diet of the decade.
 

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I'm ashamed to admit that I was on Adkins for almost 2 years many years ago.<br><br><br><br>
I ate like a horse - I'm talking pushing it to the limit eating.<br><br><br><br>
I lost 44 pounds and kept it off the whole time I was on it.<br><br>
No matter how much I ate - as long as I was eating the "allowed" foods - I wouldn't gain (I wouldn't lose if I over-did the eating - but never gained).<br><br><br><br>
I went off of it for two reasons. First guilt set in as I was opening myself up to the animal rights issues at that time. Second I missed fruits and grains very much and wanted them back in my life.<br><br><br><br>
I personally had no health problems or symptoms of anything bad the whole time I was on Adkins. I had regular Dr. checkups that came out fine.<br><br><br><br>
It would be extremely difficult to go on this diet at as veggie (and not all that easy for a lacto/ovo vegetarian).<br><br><br><br>
With all that said - naturally I don't recommend the diet based on the amount of animal products you have to consume to be on it.<br><br>
(I still have a lot of guilt having been on it for so long)
 

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Yep. I know somebody on it...my dad. Hes been on it for 3 years and has lost 150 lbs and is training to run a marathon.
 

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He eats alot....<br><br><br><br>
He has changed the diet a little too. At first he stuck to it completely. I'd say in the past 9 months or so hes started watching his calories, making sure he stays around 2000 and has starting eating more good things such as fruit and oatmeal, and things like that. Yes, he still does watch his carb intake.<br><br><br><br>
When he started this diet, he knew he needed a lifestyle change, meaning not eating anymore junk food. And it worked. Once he dropped down about 100 lbs, he started exercising, going to the gym, and doing some serrious running. Since he started exercising, he realized that maybe he should shift his diet a little.<br><br><br><br>
Anyways, I could turn this into a really long story but his whole attidtude towards fitness and diet has changed for the better and I'm happy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Especially since he has toned down on the meat consumption a little. I don't think that most of the people who start this diet end up this way though.
 

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My s/o went on the Atkins diet for a few months. Honestly, I was disgusted with what he ate. It was revolting. Loads of butter, bacon, cheese & hamburgers.. <shudder> He did lose weight, about 20 pounds or so. He's tapered himself off Atkins but I still really worry about him because of all the artery clogging food. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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Atkins has a link on MSN's homepage, despite my opinino of it, I clicked it.<br><br><br><br>
You can customize the diet excluding different things, and selecting some medical conditions (wonder why heart disease isn't listed???).<br><br><br><br>
Anyway I clicked to exclude all meats and dairy and it had a warning of :<br><br><br><br>
"Following the Atkins Nutritional Approach program requires a variety of protein sources such as poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs and red meat. You cannot choose to exclude more than one of the following: red meat, fish, poultry."<br><br><br><br><br><br>
I take it they don't tell people that enough protein comes from soy, they do have an option to exclude soy in the meat category... wonder why?
 

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of course, the MSN homepage-linked health articles (archived by now, I'm sure) explaining the health safety of Atkins note that the studies they cite were funded by the USDA and Altria/Kraft.<br><br><br><br>
*sigh* trying to explain to my MIL, with a chem degree, why her sister -- a nurse -- might want to be careful... why the "studies show" insignificant increases in cholesterol levels and minimal renal problems...<br><br><br><br>
grr, I hate how stuff gets funded.
 
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