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Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Atkins diet? Getting rid of carbs

It's the newest craze- the Atkins diet. You can eat lots of fat, lots of protein and you will lose weight. Sounds too good to be true? Well there is a little thing- you must drastically reduce your carbohydrate intake. It actually works if one remains on this regime, but astonishingly the doctor who started it, died obese!

This leads to a question as to how healthy this Atkins diet really is? If this doctor died obese maybe his diet isn't the greatest thing since sliced bread! Then again, sliced bread is the enemy according to him.

I've read up on it and found some bad things about the Atkins diet. It works because carbs are what your body uses for energy. Carbs->glucose This glucose is used for energy. But if you don't use it all, it will be converted to glycogen for short term storage, and lastly if not used up it turns to FAT. Protein gets broken down into amino acids and is used to build muscle and other necessary things.

Fat can be broken into fatty acids and used for energy, but our body prefers to use glucose. So get it? By eliminating carbs, your body will break down the fat you already have. It will also not store excess carbs as fat (there are none on this diet).

Unfortunately, in this miracle diet your body gets so much protein, that it may not digest it all. The weight loss you lose could be due to losing muscle and not fat. Apparently exercise helps this.

So, off to step class I'll go. I just finished a bowl of pasta. Never will I submit myself to the tortures of a diet.

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