reply to post by Nonchalant
That is because refined sugar use was not widespread. It was not until the advent of adding refined sugar to the American diet did the US experience
their first heart attack. Since then, with more and more processed and refined foods, in particular sugar and wheat, did we experience obesity and
death from obesity.
Processed wheat and sugar are like poisons in the systems of some, sparking insulin resistance where the cells are literally, as stated in the OP,
starving. The body has stored fat that it cannot access. The starving cells cause severe hunger. People that are unaware and follow the Food Pyramid
that has been pushed in the US, load up on grains and carbs.
This has the effect of temporarily sating hunger, but it is short lived. Once the insulin and blood sugar spikes settle back to normal levels, and in
fact the glucose drops to severe lows after a spike, hunger once again returns with a vengeance. This creates a vicous cycle of hunger and cell
starvation that when followed, only increases obesity. The insulin resitant cells cannot access the sugar in the blood that carbs turn into, and
simply stores it as fat.
The whole idea behind the Atkin's Diet is to reduce the insulin resistance to the cells, and to replace carbohydrate metabolism with ketotic
metabolism. The only was to do that and to keep a stable diet is to drastically reduce carb intake to a very low point and totally remove sugar from
White bread turns into sugar. Potatoes turn into sugar.Pastas turn into sugar. There are no benefits in eating starches and sugars, and in fact the
Food Pyramid should actually be reversed. There is also a lot of controversy concerning refined foods, especially the white flour and sugar
industries, where the Government has been accused on more than one occasion of giving untoward preference to pushing these foods knowing full well the
issues they cause with health. It is rather intriguing to look into, and can easily be Googled.
The whole food pyramid we were taught in school is totally out of balance when it comes to grains and carbs, stating we should eat those foods in
greater proportions, when most doctors and nutritionists will tell you otherwise.
Even on the ADA website, they state emphatically, "Sugar is ok to eat!"
No, it's NOT. If you have insulin resistance, or full blown diabetes 2, you can reverse the damage by a full avoidance of sugar and refined flours,
and low carb from other foods. Fresh foods, especially vegetables, are the filler on your plate. It is not "high protein", it is actually withon
government guidelines, and should be based on your weight.
With Atkins, the amount of dietary fat you take in is high because instead of burning carbs, you burn dietary fat for fuel, and the body does not
store it if you strictly follow the diet. Carb loading on weekends is a severe no no, because it changes the body right back to a carb burning diet,
once again knocking you out of a ketotic diet. The idea is to maintain a stable ketotic diet, and if you eat enough protein, you do not risk losing
Even this dietary calculator shows that for a 2000 calorie diet, that 55% should come from grains alone. Most of our grains are refined, but even so,
a diabetic will turn that into sugar. IE: fat, unuseable fuel.
It also shows 75 grams of protein. Most people don't eat 75 grams of protein in a week, let alone per day. This is why they lose muscle tissue when
they starve themselves using sugars.
•Hamburger patty, 4 oz – 28 grams protein
•Steak, 6 oz – 42 grams
•Most cuts of beef – 7 grams of protein per ounce
•Chicken breast, 3.5 oz - 30 grams protein
•Chicken thigh – 10 grams (for average size)
•Drumstick – 11 grams
•Wing – 6 grams
•Chicken meat, cooked, 4 oz – 35 grams
•Most fish fillets or steaks are about 22 grams of protein for 3 ½ oz (100 grams) of cooked fish, or 6 grams per ounce
•Tuna, 6 oz can - 40 grams of protein
That is just a small breakdown of some protein content in foods to back up my statement. How can they recommend 75 grams of protein when 55% of the
diet is in filling, hunger sating carbs? Not to mention, you eat 55% of your diet in grains, you are going to fall very close to your 2000 calorie a
day diet in grains alone!
By knocking out grains/pastas/bread you remove a significant cause of fat depositing, and leave room for fresh vegetables that are low in carbs, more
protein to meet your daily requirements, and even some berries and nuts that are lower carb.
If you seriously doubt what poison sugar is to you, along with refined carbohydrates, take the challenge and go one week without. You will experience
a detoxification from sugar that you never knew was affecting you. By usually the fourth of fifth day, you are so alive and full of energy, you will
feel like a new person, thinking clearer, feeling ten thousand times better, and would most likely only return to your old eating habits out of
addiction and temptation.
A low carb diet is hard to adhere to because we are bombarded with those foods in advertising on a daily basis. We all know carbs TASTE good. When you
go for 4 years without tasting bread or pizza, it tastes like cake. Hint: Your government WANTS you sick.
On the other hand, strawberries taste like candy. Even tomatoes taste like fruit.
When I was diagnosed with diabetes, my HGBA1C was 6.2 I got it down to 5.3 in 4 years, and my lipid panel and cholesterol levels were *excellent*. I
dropped over 100 lbs. If you follow Atkin's, the newest book that pushes the veggies, it is the best diet for Insulin resistant/pre and post type II
Diabetes and PCOS.
You just have to remember that cheating throws the body out of the ketone burning and right back to carb burning, thus changing your entire
metabolism. My Doctor encouraged me to try Atkin's, and has encouraged me to stay on it for 8 years now, and I am totally heart healthy eating olive
oil, real butter, heavy cream, meats, eggs, and fruits and veggies.
edit on 23-9-2010 by Libertygal because: (no reason given)