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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
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
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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