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Re: ALAN and/or RAY

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Posted by Alan S. on December 05, 2000 at 12:22:31:

In Reply to: ALAN and/or RAY posted by Gert on December 04, 2000 at 11:45:40:

: If you are supposed to have no carbohydrates and you slip and have, say
: a piece of bread, have you completely negated all your work? I guess I am asking
: whether a little of the no-no is better than a lot of it or whether a no-no is a no-no
: period.

I replied to essentially this same question a few days ago (look down the list of messages). To be successful on Atkins, you have to be willing to give up the non-essential carbs such as sugar, bread, potatoes, pasta, rice, corn, etc (actually, all carbs are non-essential, it's just that non-starchy vegetables contain other beneficial stuff along with a few carbs). The problem with trying to just reduce the amount of these foods instead of eliminating them is that these foods cause cravings for more carbs. Most people can't just have one piece of candy or one piece of bread and stop at that. And that one piece of candy or one piece of bread can raise your insulin level enough to block any burning of fat for that day (depends on each individuals insulin response). If you will go cold turkey on this stuff for just a few days, you will be amazed to find that you no longer hunger for them, at least that is what happened to me and many of my friends that have tried the diet. If you are in the induction phase of the Atkins diet (<20 gms/day of carbs), then just one piece of bread will put you at or near your carb limit for the day. Now you have no carbs left to eat healthy foods such as a salad or green vegetables, and no snacks such as cheese or nuts. Face it, sugar and refined carbohydrates (flour, pasta, etc.) are your enemy if you are overweight. You can stray from the diet a little occasionally (say once a week, not a little every day) after the induction period and still be successful. Alan S.

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