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[IP] Re: Atkins/low carb diets

To those who are considering a low-carb diet such as Atkins...be aware 
that the very reason why the Atkins diet "works" doesn't make any sense 
for a Type-1 diabetic.  The point of the Atkins diet is to better 
regulate (and eliminate) insulin from the system.  When the body over-
produces insulin in response to carbs, the body then stimulates a 
craving to eat food in order to compensate.  Of course, people don't 
NEED To eat, as most people will produce what they need...but 
regardless, the cravings are there, and it leads to eating more, etc.  
To eliminate these cravings, the goal is to avoid overproduction of 
insulin by reducing the carb intake that stimulates insulin production.

But, guess what?  Type-1 diabetics do NOT produce insulin. Insulin is 
completely regulated by you.  Now, you CAN give yourself too much 
insulin, which WILL result in the body causing cravings in addition to 
lows.   However, if you can manage to give yourself just the right 
amount of insulin to not go low, you won't experience those insulin-
induced cravings that the Atkins diet is all about.

As has been stated repeated about low-carb diets...the key to weight 
loss is NOT the reduction of carbs, but overall reduction of calories 
in general.  Also, whether it is Atkins or a traditional diet, BOTH 
types of diet emphasize as their PRIMARY nutrition source vegetables 
and high-fiber foods, plus plenty of fluids. If you fill up on veggies 
and water, you will automatically reduce your intake of other other 
foods, be in proteins or carbs.  Atkins diets are not really about 
eating a lot of protein...but eating a lot of veggies and high fiber, 
and eliminating carbs in favor for proteins.  Traditional diets, 
however, are in favor of eating a lot of veggies and high fiber and 
eliminating fats.  

Moderation is important, but focus should be in eating as much 
vegetables and high-fiber foods as possible.  Certain fats are still 
extremely important, as long as they are monounsaturated fats, 
typically found in fish and certain vegetable oils, such as canola or 
olive oil, as well as other sources. Avoid sources of saturated 
and "trans-fats" (partially hydrogenated oils).

Anyhow, eating low-carbs will, of course, help regulate a Type-1's BG 
levels because there isn't as many carbs entering the system to cause 
the BG levels to rise.  But, as a weight-loss method, for a Type-1 it 
makes no sense other than for practical things that are true of any 
diet.  Proteins and fats keep you "satiated" (or the feeling of being 
full) longer than carbs.  So, if you don't each ENOUGH protein and/or 
fat, you will continually feel hungry, which leads to more eating.  
High-fiber foods, such as vegetables also contribute to being 

Once you have figured out a diet that you can "live with"...that is, 
one that doesn't make you feel starved and that allows you to maintain 
your ideal weight...you then add in an exercise program to burn the fat 
that consists of BOTH aerobic and anaerobic exercise.  Aerobic to burn 
calories, and anaerobic to build muscle which makes burning calories 
more effective.

Finally, the goal is not necessarily lose WEIGHT, but to lose FAT.  
Adding muscle and replacing fat will not necessarily lose weight, but 
you will notice a loss in body size.

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