I thought it would be more fun doing this online than in person…more interesting. They don’t have to be long answers just little bits. The questions are… •Why did you initially choose this diet ? •What is the basic premise of this diet /eating plan ? •What were two positive aspects of the diet ? •Were there any downsides to the diet plan?

Explain. •Did you have success on this diet ? •Are you still on the diet plan? •Have you maintained your weight loss ? •Do you feel the diet is safe? Why or why not?

•Did you exercise while on the diet ? •Would you follow this diet plan again? Why did you initially choose this diet? Desperation – to control appetite (NO expectations of weight loss) – stopping weight gain was my only goal originally – now it’s to weigh less than I did the year before What is the basic premise of this diet/eating plan? Insulin control, low carb, high fat, adequate protein What were two positive aspects of the diet? No hunger required (high calorie) or needed, appetite control Were there any downsides to the diet plan?

Explain. First couple of days carb withdrawals & the “induction flu” sluggish headachy first few days – inconvenient, got to cook food for a varied diet (I usually cook 20-30# at time – love my rotisserie, lots of turkey) Did you have success on this diet? Great. Life changing success – massive and GREATLY improved health – perfect cholesterol & low triglycerides Are you still on the diet plan? For life (5+ years so far) Have you maintained your weight loss? Yes Do you feel the diet is safe?

Why or why not? It is if done right – too many people make up their version – usually low calorie, low , low carb and dangerous but most give up quickly & say it didn’t work for them Did you exercise while on the diet? Disabled & unable Would you follow this diet plan again? For a lifetime There is no better way to bring the body to the state of optimal health than with Atkins low carb way of eating. IF a person eats sufficient fat & protein & minimal carbs, they can become very healthy. Free of blood sugar health problems, high blood pressure, health problems associated with high cholesterol, obesity health problems.

Anything less that 9 grams of carbs per hour controls insulin and is considered low carb (up to 144 grams per day). U.S. Government guidelines were changed 35 years ago to suggest we lower our fat intake & increase our carb intake. American society followed these recommendations & lowered their fat intake by 11% & increased their carb consumption. In this same time frame obesity, diabetes, heart disease, thyroid dysfunctions are all at epidemic levels. Most of this is caused by a high carb diet NOT a low carb diet. Through their direct effects on insulin & blood sugar, refined carbohydrates, starches & sugars are the dietary cause of coronary heart disease & diabetes.

Your body requires & protein, you will die without them. You will die if you eat protein without fat. You do not require carbohydrates. The body can manufacture all it needs from the protein/fat combination. A low carbohydrate diet is a high fat diet. The protein should only be a little higher than adequate.

Although it is completely possible to live on a fat/protein only diet for long term (as proven by research done in a hospital setting) it becomes boring fairly quickly. Luckily many vegetables & some fruits, nuts & seeds are low in carbs and greatly expand the diet. Most long term low carbers eat as many, if not more non starchy vegetables than vegetarians. Glucose is the bodies preferred fuel (if you want to get technical, it actually burns alcohol most efficiently, but that doesn’t make it any healthier for the body than carbs), the body can convert 100% of carbs, 58% of protein & 10% of dietary fat into glucose. The body can also be fueled by fat (dietary fat & fat cells) but only in the absence of carbs. Your brain actually prefers (* reference info) to be fueled by ketones (part of the fat burning process), it does require glucose also, but glucose can be easily converted from excess protein if needed or dietary fat.

Simple carbohydrates trigger insulin. High insulin levels unbalance other hormones. Controlling insulin levels balances out other hormones & allows the body to function properly. The link between saturated fats and heart health is based on faulty science. Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, is not a cause of obesity, heart disease, or any other chronic disease. Plaque build up in the arteries is more attributable to carb consumption than dietary fats, which seems to be the conclusion of the following study.

Carb consumption raises triglycerides & VLDL (bad cholesterol). Fats raise the HDL (good cholesterol). High triglyceride levels & low HDL levels are an indicator of plaque & glycation – the precursors to a heart attack & heart disease. Study from the Oxford group examining the postprandial (after-eating) effects of a low-fat vs. Low-carbohydrate diet. (Roberts R et al, 2008) Postprandial lipoproteins, you’d think, would be plentiful after ingesting a large quantity of fat, since fat must be absorbed via chylomicrons into the bloodstream.

But it’s carbohydrates that figure most prominently in determining the pattern and magnitude of postprandial triglycerides and lipoproteins. Much of this effect develops by way of de novo lipogenesis, the generation of new lipoproteins like VLDL after carbohydrate ingestion.