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1. Is the Atkins plan the “most severe” of the low-carbohydrate plans and is most likely to have immediate adverse effects?

Since there is nothing harmful about a low-carbohydrate nutritional approach, the concept of severity isn’t especially important. The idea of severity surely comes from the low level of carbohydrate consumed during the Induction phase.

Induction’s purpose is to jump-start the body chemistry into fat mobilization. Throughout the other phases of Atkins, each individual seeks the most permissive level of carbohydrate intake that still results in weight loss or weight maintenance.

2. Is Atkins high-protein diet bad for the kidneys?

Too many people believe this untruth simply because it has been repeated so often that even intelligent health professionals assume it must have been reported somewhere.

But the fact is that it has never been reported anywhere. Atkins hasn’t seen any specific case in which a protein-containing diet causes any form of kidney disorder.

The only remotely related phenomenon is the fact that when someone is already suffering from far-advanced kidney disease, it is difficult for that person’s body to handle protein. But protein has nothing to do with the cause of the kidney problem.

3. Will Atkins high-fat diet cause gallbladder disease?

There is now overwhelming scientific evidence that gallstone (responsible for over ninety percent of gallbladder disease) is formed when fat intake is low. In a study that examined the effects of a diet that provided 27 grams of fat per day, gallstones developed in thirteen percent of the participants. International Journal of Obesity, 1995.

The reason is that the gallbladder will not contract unless fat is taken in, and if it doesn’t contract, a condition called biliary stasis develops and the bile salts crystallize into stones. Our gallbladders need to be kept active to prevent stone formation.

It is not uncommon to find gallstones in people who are obese, although the gallstones may not be causing discomfort. People with existing stones may, however, have trouble with high-fat meals. If you are one of these people you may have to increase slowly the level of fat you eat according to your own tolerance – meaning, how you feel.

Remember, gallstones are not formed overnight. So anyone who tells you they started doing Atkins and two weeks later developed gallstones, and Atkins diet problems, doesn’t fully understand the medical situation.

4. Is the weight lost on the Atkins carb counter diet mostly water, not fat?

It is typical of any weight loss plan, including the Induction phase of Atkins, that during the first few days, or even the first week, some of the weight loss will be water loss. When you follow a low-carbohydrate eating plan your body switches from burning carbohydrate to burning stored fat for energy, resulting in the loss of stored fat.

In fact, research shows that even when water is lost during the first few days on a low-carb diet, the water balance soon returns to normal, and the weight loss comes from burning body fat for energy. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1971.

The most dramatic sign of this loss is seeing the inches drop off your measurements.



5. Is the Atkins plan deficient in bone-building calcium and has a negative impact on calcium absorption?

While you’re doing Atkins diet you will get one hundred percent of the RDI of calcium from foods such as cheese, broccoli and kale. (Milk is only one source of calcium, so even if you’re not drinking it, you can still meet your needs.)

In addition, in a study published in the American Journal of Nutrition, researchers followed four male adults and studied the short-term and long-term effects of a high-meat diet on calcium metabolism. The study found no significant change in the intestinal absorption of calcium during the high-meat diet. So, no Atkins diet problems. Journal of Nutrition, 1998.


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