Atkins diet? Pros/ Cons best way to get started?
Topic: Atkins diet? Pros/ Cons best way to get started?
July 20, 2019 / By Izzy Question:
Without buying the book, what are the pros and cons of the Atkins diet vs traditional dieting? I tried cutting out carbs a couple of years ago and lost weight (10 lbs in just two weeks) but my breath smelled horrible! I am a teacher and constantly bent over little kids so I couldn't stand the bad breath and quit. But its summer time and if that doesn't last... I thought I might try it again. Thoughts?
Several have mentioned bad breath...does it last or is it just a temporary problem? How do you overcome it?
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Elmira | 10 days ago
While effective in helping to burn calories, a common side effect of the Atkins Diet is bad breath. In fact, nearly two-thirds of dieters following the Atkins plan report bad breath problems—especially during the initial Induction Phase. However, as people progress into latter stages such as Maintenance, many of those who developed bad breath report a reduction or end to the embarrassing side effect. But why would any diet cause halitosis in the first place?
Central to the Atkins diet is a belief that consuming fewer carbohydrates will help reduce weight even though followers of the plan can eat all the red meat and fats they like. While some may believe that the change in actual foods are the source of bad breath, this really is not the case in most instances. In order to better understand how a low carb diet could possibly lead to bad breath problems, it is important to understand how the plan helps to burn calories.
Initially, followers of the Atkins diet are restricted to 20 grams of carbs per day. Complex carbohydrates, such as starches (pastas), are basically high energy sources that are easy for the digestive system to break down. Thus, during digestion, carbohydrates are immediately converted into energy instead of being stored as fats at the end of the process like most foods.
In theory, eating carbohydrates provides the body with ready-to-use energy sources. This means that the body does not need to burn stored fats (how most food ends up after going through the digestive system) in order to create energy for bodily functions and activity. So, the more carbs you eat, the less fat you need to burn in order to create energy. By restricting carbohydrate intake, the Atkins diet tries to induce the body into ketosis and that is essentially the source of the bad breath symptoms many report while on the regimen.
Ketosis is the state of elevated metabolism where the body is forced to burn fat stores in order to create energy—and this is how weight is lost while on the diet. However, ketosis literally alters the blood chemistry so that it becomes slightly acidic and this is one potential source of bad breath.
The other big reason why ketosis causes bad breath is because the Atkins diet acts as a diuretic—it causes dehydration due to the elevated metabolism rate. Dehydration leads to bad breath because bad breath is bacteria released gases that expand and populate faster when the mouth is not well salivated. Without enough saliva in the mouth to control these bacteria and remove food particles, then Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSC gases) are created. VSC's are the actual source of odor in most cases of bad breath.
The good news is that as the rate of ketosis decreases as you progress through the stages of the Atkins diet and start adding back carbohydrates, the bad breath also dissipates. However, in order to reduce the bad breath symptoms while in the initial stage, try adding in more water to your diet. However, if you already are drinking more water to the point of feeling bloated, then also be sure to avoid the following substances known to cause dehydration:
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Originally Answered: what are the pros and cons of diet pills?
A substantial portion of the harmful additives in diet pills have been banned primarily because they cause liver, circulatory, and heart damage and in some cases death. Ephedrine was a biggie. Now ephedra. Most amphetamines (speed) have been banned.
Unfortunately under the current laws the FDA does not approve supplements but can ban them if they cause harm.
So anyone buying 99% of the over the counter diet pills is paying to be a human guinea pig.
The big push these days is "thermogenic" fat burners. These contain exotic plant extracts. Most of them boil down to caffeine, amphetamine derivatives, and various pepper plant extracts.
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Alli is the only FDA approved over the counter weight loss pill and it prevents fat absorption, it doesn't mess with metabolism.
Most diet pills containing caffeine and other foreign ingredients can have the following side effects:
Arrhythmia - irregular heartbeat
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Loss of appetite
A healthy diet and exercise work every time.
The only pros are the "placebo effect" these unapproved pills give people.
They lose the weight by themselves but the brain believes the pills give them what they need to succeed.
The other pro is the $60 billion industry makes obscene amouts of money for con men preying on the hopes of people looking for the "magic bullet" for easy weight loss.
(New York Times January 2011)
Good luck on your paper.
Pros. No matter what anyone tells you. If you do it right it works. You can loose 1 to 3 lbs per week. And you can stay on it forever. I have been on the Atkins diet for over 25 years and I am still with it. Each persons level is different. What you should do is keep cards between 30 and 50 grams the first week. If you loose great, if not, reduce the cards until it works. You do the same thing in reverse when you want to maintain your weight. Trust me, your Fat levels probably will not go up.
If you stay on it for a while, you will not be as hungry. No cards reduces the desire to eat carbs, and it gets easy to do.
Cons: Bad breath.
If you restric cards enough you burn fat for fuel and not glycogen. It's a different kind of energy, but stay with it, you will get used to it.
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Cons...Constipation, horrible breath, you can't stay on it very long.
I would suggest cutting your daily calorie intake to around 1500 per day. Doing it this way, you can still eat from any food group, still enjoy carbs, veggies, fruits, and you don't get burned out. I am female, so I did 1200 per day.....but for males I would suggest 1500. I lost 40 pounds in about 3 months. Males usually lose weight faster, so you may do even better.
Also, you want to eat smaller more frequent meals.....for example 4 meals of 375 cals each....or 5 meals of 300 cals each and spread them evenly throughout the day.
keep a food log to keep track of your cals. Here is a good website for finding calories of foods: www.calorie-count.com
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Don't do it, in fact, most diets don't work long term. You may loose a few pounds here and there, but there's a 98% chance that it won't last. Try just eating healthy and excersing a bit, you'll notice a difference and it doesn't involve a strict diet. Atkins is horrible, you'll raise you're cholesterol level and could damage your heart if you do it for long term. the guy that invented it died of a heart attack.
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you don't have to completely restrict the carb intake. you can look into carb cycling, or the TKD and CKD diets. the type of low carb diet that you follow really should be based on your daily level of activity. no carb diets are better for those that are sedentary and get no regular exercise.
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Don’t mix fats and carb supply. If you eat two of the extremely calorie dense molecules simultaneously, your body will have troubles processing them. You can try to eat both, but at separate instances.
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DR. ATKINS DID NOT DIE OF A HEART ATTACK!!!!
he slipped and fell on a patch of ice, that put him in a coma
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