I don't know the specifics of Atkins, but I'm always a little leary of diets that cut out certain things (such as carbohydrates) from your diet. Â The best approach to absolutely healthy eating is to follow the food pyramid as best as you can. Â Every type of food has some redeeming attribute. Â Just remember, "Everything in Moderation."
Following the "food pyramid" is a very different nutritional approach than that of Atkins. Â Although I am not a nutritionist, I have read a significant amount about the Atkins diet and I did take enough biochemistry in school to understand many of the metabolic processes involved. Â That said, much of what Atkins espoused makes sense. Empirically speaking, it's worked great for me. Â I was never overweight and played competitive soccer all the way through college, but put an extra inch or two on my waistline towards the end of my senior year in college. Â For the first nine months after I graduated, I spent a long time in the gym trying to get rid of that with no success. Â For whatever reason, I decided to try Atkins and after the two-week induction phase, I had lost two inches off my waistline. Â For the past four years or so, I've held myself to a low (but not induction-level) of carbs. Â Occasionally, I'll binge because grandma's Christmas cookies are too tempting, but generally I'm pretty disciplined. The next thing I hear from Atkins skeptics is that I'm going to fall over dead from high cholesterol. Â It does run in my family, but mine is excellent: LDL: 75 HDL: 65 Triglycerides: 85 The fact that the HDL (good cholesterol) level is almost as high as the LDL is notable. Â In fairness, I must say that I'm in better physical shape now then at the peak of my soccer career, but either way, Atkins is obviously not killing me with cholesterol. Having trained for competitive sports for so long, I realize that different approaches work better for different people. Â I allow for that same possibility with respect to diet, but I do have little patience with people who categorically dismiss Atkins as unhealthy or ineffective. Regards, dan