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Terry Said:

Anyone have serious side effects from atkins diet?

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High cholesterol with all the saturated fat intake
the people on YAHOO who promote this very dangerous diet should be suspended as its very detrimental to artery health and can cause a whole host of other problems as well

Dan Said:

which is a side effect of a high protein,low carbohydrate diet?

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A low carb diet should be a high fat diet & the protein should only be adequate.

There is no better way to bring the body to the state of optimal health than with Atkins low carb way of eating. Atkins doesn't cause high blood pressure, high blood sugar or high cholesterol, it cures it. It is actually dangerous to take meds that lower these levels and do Atkins at the same time because the levels will become abnormally, dangerously low. Atkins does cause dehydration the first few months til the body acclimates but that can be controlled with fluid intake.

U.S. government guidelines were changed 35 years ago to suggest we lower our fat intake & increase our carb intake. American society followed these recommendations & lowered their fat intake by 11% & increased their carb consumption. In this same time frame obesity, diabetes, heart disease, thyroid dysfunctions are all at epidemic levels. Most of this is caused by a high carb diet NOT a low carb diet. Through their direct effects on insulin & blood sugar, refined carbohydrates, starches & sugars are the dietary cause of coronary heart disease & diabetes.

Your body requires fats & protein, you will die without them. You will die if you eat protein without fat. You do not require carbohydrates. The body can manufacture all it needs from the protein/fat combination.

A low carbohydrate diet is a high fat diet. The protein should only be a little higher than adequate. Although it is completely possible to live on a fat/protein only diet for long term (as proven by research done in a hospital setting) it becomes boring fairly quickly. Luckily many vegetables & some fruits, nuts & seeds are low in carbs and greatly expand the diet. Most long term low carbers eat as many, if not more non starchy vegetables than vegetarians.

Glucose is the bodies preferred fuel (if you want to get technical, it actually burns alcohol most efficiently, but that doesn't make it any healthier for the body than carbs), the body can convert 100% of carbs, 58% of protein & 10% of dietary fat into glucose. The body can also be fueled by fat (dietary fat & fat cells) but only in the absence of carbs. Your brain actually prefers (* reference info) to be fueled by ketones (part of the fat burning process), only the heart requires glucose, but glucose can be easily converted from excess protein if needed or dietary fat.

IF a person eats sufficient fat & protein & minimal carbs, they can become very healthy. Free of blood sugar health problems, high blood pressure, health problems associated with high cholesterol, obesity health problems. Anything less that 9 grams of carbs per hour controls insulin and is considered low carb (up to 144 grams per day).

Simple carbohydrates trigger insulin. High insulin levels unbalance other hormones. Controlling insulin levels balances out other hormones & allows the body to function properly.

The link between saturated fats and heart health is based on faulty science. Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, is not a cause of obesity, heart disease, or any other chronic disease.

Plaque build up in the arteries is more attributable to carb consumption than dietary fats, which seems to be the conclusion of the following study. Carb consumption raises triglycerides & VLDL (bad cholesterol). Fats raise the HDL (good cholesterol). High triglyceride levels & low HDL levels are an indicator of plaque & glycation - the precursors to a heart attack & heart disease.…

study from the Oxford group examining the postprandial (after-eating) effects of a low-fat vs. low-carbohydrate diet. (Roberts R et al, 2008)

Postprandial lipoproteins, you'd think, would be plentiful after ingesting a large quantity of fat, since fat must be absorbed via chylomicrons into the bloodstream. But it's carbohydrates that figure most prominently in determining the pattern and magnitude of postprandial triglycerides and lipoproteins. Much of this effect develops by way of de novo lipogenesis, the generation of new lipoproteins like VLDL after carbohydrate ingestion.

The brain gets its energy from ketone bodies when insufficient glucose is available. After blood glucose is lowered for 3 days, the brain gets 30% of its energy from ketone bodies. After 40 days, this goes up to 70% (during the initial stages the brain does not burn ketones, since they are an important substrate for lipid synthesis in the brain). In time the brain reduces its glucose requirements from 120g to 40g per day.

Ketones have been described as "magic" in their ability to increase metabolic efficiency, while decreasing production of free radicals, the damaging byproducts of normal metabolism. The heart and brain operate 25% more efficiently using ketones as a source of energy

Misty Said:

Negative effects of soy protein in men?

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There is no scientific basis for this claim, I was drinking 50-10 grams of soy protein for a long time, for much the same reason as you, price. I have recently found a place to buy cheaper plain whey protein so I mix mine 50 percent whey and 50 percent Soy. In any event all of the things your reading about have to do with the fact that soy protein is very chemically similar to that of estrogen. However there have been several studies that have looked at this, and I have yet to find one that indicates any correlation. There are lots of things that are chemically similar that don't have the same effects. I wouldn't stress about it to much.

Carlos Said:

Has anyone tried High protein/ low carb diet?

We Answered:

I would not recommend it. High protein diets put a significant strain on your kidneys. Just stick with a well balanced healthy meal that's free from chemicals and preservatives and exercise. That's the best way.

Katherine Said:


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I too have PCOS, and I do not recommend a high protein diet. You need to concentrate on eliminating the refined sugars in your diet, not all. Fruits are important to your body and your fertility. The metformin is a great medicine for insulin resistance, and most doctors agree it's safe to take during pregnancy. I tried for years to regulate my periods with birth control... to no avail. I only began ovulating after taking the metformin for over a year. You also need to make sure to get in some excercise... walking is a great idea.

The provera treatments that "force" ovulation do work for some people, especially if done hand in hand with clomid to increase fertility. Has your doctor mentioned this option to you?

Good Luck! Your time will come.

Edgar Said:

What would be the benefits and side effects of a very high protein diet?

We Answered:

A high protein diet isn't necessary, as you get all the protein you need in the foods you eat daily. Go to your search engine and type in "Protein how much do I need" and you will find info there.

Paula Said:

What are some of the negative side-effects of a high protein low carbohydrate diet e.g. "Dr. Atkins' Diet"?

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If you do it too long, you can change the PH of your blood which is in no way healthy. Also, you can easily risk not getting the minerals, vitamins and fiber you need from fruits and vegetables. Not to mention the high fat intake that is allowed with Atkins can cause many health problems - like high colesterol.

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danielle said:

Why do all of the comments always contradict each other? The first one says Atkins is bad and raises cholesterol, the second one says Atkins is good and lowers it.

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There can be side effects associated with the proteins that we use daily. It may advertise that there is no side effects associated with it, however, opposite is the case. Therefore, you might be very careful in choosing the proteins.

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