Hi All and welcome back to the place where I dissect some trendy diets in a nutritional fashion.
This Month’s review covers the “Atkins Diet” Which frankly has been around for so long that it seems embedded in our society.
I was initially skeptical of “Atkins” for a couple of reasons.
1 My understanding of it was that it was a high protein diet
2 We have all seen the “Atkins” bars and shakes available in the supermarket and frankly the ingredient list is long and has nothing to do with “whole foods”.
So, in the name of research I purchased myself the latest installment of the Atkins “how to” book and got reading.
The more I read, the more I came to understand that the “Atkins” diet is not so much of a high protein affair as it is a Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) affair. In fact, the diet promotes a medium level of protein and places more emphasis on getting good sources of fat and vegetables in at most meals.
Seeing as how this is a philosophy that I use with both my own food and with Client’s, I am certainly starting to approve of this “diet”.
What they did well
I loved the way that they talked you through the different stages of the diet as an ongoing process. Changing the terminology to “way of eating” and such removed the diet label which frankly can have triggering connotations.
I enjoyed the practical tips on how to work out the perfect macro-nutrient (macro-nutrients are the carbohydrate, fat and protein components of your diet) balance for your body and metabolism as an ongoing commitment to health.
I enjoy the quality of research that has gone into the evolution of this diet.
The things I didn’t love so much
The guys in charge of the “Atkins” protocol are actually talking about using food tracking technology for the rest of your natural life … seriously? I don’t know anyone who would find that to be a sustainable practice.
There was no room in their protocol for people with quirky health stuff going on. What if I have a thyroid issue? What if my gut is unhealthy? What if I have food intolerances? There was no mention of any of these things and ways to tweak the protocol of needed. It was a very much one size fits all approach.
What’s with the nasty ingredient list in the pre-prepared products that you promote? I get that it’s about industry and profit but damn. Going from talking about wholefoods back to recommending this stuff as a snack just didn’t sit well with me.
With regards to the wealth of information provided in the book “New Atkins for a New You”, I would recommend it as a read for anyone wanting to transition into a lower carb, higher fat eating style. Even if you don’t have any body fat that you want to lose, I think that this book could be a great resource. The “eating out” section at the back is especially helpful for low carb-ers wanting to feel comfortable in the more social settings of dinners with friends ect.
I really enjoyed the practical steps on how to tailor the eating style to the individual with regards to macro-nutrient balance and body weight implications.
Over-all the “Atkins diet” gets my tick of approval.
Looking at LCHF as a lifelong eating style certainly floats my boat, I would encourage you to give it a good go so that you can feel the difference in your body too.