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GUEST,Anne Croucher BS: Talk about body sugar levels anyone? (61* d) RE: BS: Talk about body sugar levels anyone? 01 Sep 04


I am impressed by the ignorance of what the Atkins diet advises. The propaganda machine is working well.

Such confusion over what ketosis is, a normal metabolic process of breaking down fats - perhaps if I call it lypolysis it will be clearer? - produces ketones. These do not accumulate in the blood - they are excreted. You can even get sticks to test for them in the urine - that is what happens in normal people - ketones leave the body. If a type 1 diabetic goes into ketoacidosis that is really bad news - but that is a state of ultra high blood sugar and no insulin production. Can I make the two conditions any clearer? An 18 year old just leaving school with A level G.C.E. Biology ought to be able to understand and explain the difference no trouble.   

Reserch funding for ivy league university nutrition departments would come from - where? Not companies interested in maintaining consumption of their profitable foodstuffs by any chance? Call me suspicious if you like but I doubt the veracity if the source is tainted by money interests.

By the way - severely limiting carbohydrates is not an accurate description of the Atkins diet. 400gm of the prepacked salad I bought for today represents 12gm of carbohydrate. The lower limit for Atkins induction is 20 gm, so you can have one pound in weight of mixed salad and select from a list of about 35 other vegetables to make up the rest of the allowance. A normal limit is 50 gm of carbohydrate a day. Try piling up that amount of the salad and vegetables as detailed in Dr Atkins books for ongoing weight loss and then you might understand why I am unable to take the tosh written about the diet seriously.

Honestly - you only have to walk down the street to see how fat the general population is becoming - it will take me some time to reduce down to what I regard as a normal weight because I could never lose weight on diets formulated on standard ideas of food groups ond dieting. Theres another industry that would hate to see a reduction in carbohydrates and weight loss become a painless process - the diet clubs and diet foods suppliers. Their funding of reserch into nutrition would be both obvious and suspect, now wouldn't it? Finding a way to eliminate obesity would be the last thing they would like to see happen.

Fortunately I have a metabolism which has been able to cope with what I now realise are excessivly carbohydrate laden foods, so I can lose 1 to 2 pounds a week if I eat about 50 gm of carbohydrate a day.

Try working out the amounts of different foods that represent 50gm of carbohydrate and the amounts of vitamins they contain either naturally or added during processing and you might just start to get some inkling of the choices that ought to be made in order to achieve a healthy diet. Remember 50 gm is considered a level for ongoing weightloss, not maintenance.

Anne


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