Once upon a time I too believed that Atkins was a dangerous diet. I thought that it would cause kidney stones, liver failure, and heart disease. I was wrong.
I think what formed my negative opinion of Atkins was a nutrition class I took at a local Jr. College about 12 years ago. I held that view up until earlier this year. It's all about calories I would tell my self. I had about 50 lbs that I would gain, lose, gain. I've been one of fat kids since I was in grade school. It was my fault I told myself. I simply eat too much and can't control my hunger, I told myself.
Voices of government and authority are strong influences. Who has time to learn everything about everything? Many times we just have to trust the voice of authority in order to be productive in other aspects of our lives. Reducing nutrition down to calories in / calories out made it super easy to tell myself I know enough to be healthy... I just need to control my urges.
I've been trying to figure out what it was that caused me to question my own opinions about health and nutrition. The only thing I can come up with is that I was at a point in my life where I was ready to question myself and let go of what I had already learned. This is hard for most people and I had many times prior the opportunity to question myself and didn't take it. I wasn't ready.
Earlier this year, after doing some life changing reading, I did the Atkins diet for a while and discovered that it is a great diet for losing weight. I do not think it is the best diet out there but it is a pretty darn good starting point and easy to follow. The Atkins Diet, like the vegan diet, talk about the problems with processed foods and sugar. This may surprise many people but the Atkins diet is basically a vegan diet (but reduced fruit) with meat. Fatty succulent meat! When a person transitions from the SAD and starts doing a proper Atkins diet she will start consuming more leafy greens and other colorful vegetables than ever before.
And because of the lack of processed and refined foods one's constant hunger diminishes almost over night.
Saturated Fat and Cholesterol are NOT bad for you but important building blocks for health.
It is the non-food / food like substances that we consume that are causing us to get fat and killing us. Sugar, artificial sweeteners, Seed oil (Canola, Sunflower, Soybean, Corn, Cottonseed, etc.), refined flour, and excess grain consumption.
If a person simply removes these foods from their diet they'll have trouble keeping excess fat on!
I've discovered that nutrition is a very personal topic that many people get offended by when questioned. And rightly so. Throughout human history nutritional concepts have been the corner stone of the human experience, codified in tradition, ceremonys, and religion. When reflecting on this it is amazing to me how far astray we've come in the acceptance of items such as skim milk as a health food, or boneless, skinless, fat-less chicken breasts. Soy Milk wha!?!?!
A day of reckoning will come for each of us in terms of health. With heart disease, obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer, etc. ever increasing when will we start to question the experts? The experts have been giving us the same bad information for the past 40 years. The only thing keeping us from our loss of vitality, so far, are the tremendous gains in medicine and pharmaceuticals. We're seemingly unable to connect the dots between diet and disease.
Sorry for the rant but when I see people saying that the Atkins diet is dangerous I see my old naive self, and I wish I could go back in time and smack myself strait!
"Eat as if your life depends on it!"