The Atkins Diet so
popular today has helped many people lose weight. A major reason it is able to
do this is because it gets people to shift from consuming so many pastries and
bread-type foods made with refined sugar and refined flour to more
this diet has been misunderstood in several ways. As the Atkins people say,
this does not mean one should eat a lot of meat and cut out vegetables, fruits
and other wholesome foods. Meats, cheeses, butter, eggs and animal fat-based
cooking contribute to weight gain, while vegetable oils are not stored as body
fat, but can actually help the body eliminate fatty deposits stored in body
There is a big
difference between refined and unrefined carbohydrates. Refines carbohydrates
like white four and white sugar are high-glycemic index foods. This means they
can contribute to weight gain. Unrefined carbohydrates, like whole, unpolished
grains, cereals and breads made from whole grains, vegetables and beans, even
though they contain carbohydrates, are considered low-glycemic index foods.
They do not contribute to weight gain; in fact, they can help regulate body
weight due to their high-fiber content.
research has long known that high-fiber foods help regulate blood cholesterol,
provide bulk for normal intestinal activity, contribute to maintenance of
healthy intestinal flora, and keep undigested food moving through the
digestive tract so it is not absorbed to build body weight unnecessarily. Food
fiber also absorbs fat from fatty foods like a sponge to keep it from being
absorbed into the body. Excess fat is then eliminated from the body through
regular bowel activity.
high-fiber foods are not included in the daily diet, fatty food can actually
deposit in pockets of the intestinal lining, creating diverticuli. Over time,
these undigested food accumulations not only can block absorption of food
nutrients, but can irritate the intestinal wall and result in diverticulitis,
chronic enlargement and inflammation of pockets in the intestinal lining.
Complications of intestinal irrigation can include IBS (Irritable Bowel
Syndrome), colitis, Crohn’s Disease and other digestive tract disorders.
The best way to
protect yourself from these complications is to ensure that your diet includes
high-fiber foods like whole grain cereals, breads made from whole wheat flour
products, and avoid foods containing refined carbohydrates, like sucrose,
glucose, corn syrup and even fructose and maltose, since these can also be
diets around the world were based around some form of whole cereal grains,
such as whole wheat, oats, barley and rye in European areas, unpolished rice,
barley and wheat in Asiatic areas, corn among indigenous populations of North
and South America. Whole grain cereals provide the highest amount of fiber per
unit of energy-producing carbohydrate of any natural whole foods.
Milling grains and
separating the bran produced the first refined grain products. This alteration
of the “staff of life” dramatically changed what was a wholesome diet into one
that lacked many vitamins, minerals, oils and fiber so essential to health of
the digestive system, as well as health generally.
Beans contain both
carbohydrates and proteins. The Atkins diet recognizes beans as a healthy part
or a weight-reducing diet, even though they contain carbohydrates. Again, this
is because beans also contain a lot of fiber and no fat.
The diets of many
indigenous peoples, including native peoples of North and South America, were
based on corn, beans and squash. These foods are all high in fiber,
carbohydrates and protein, making them ideal for weight control. The only
ingredients that should be deleted are pig fat (manteca), high amounts of
dairy products and refined sugar. Unrefined vegetable oils and natural
sweeteners like honey or agave syrup are good substitutions to add sweetness.
Soy products like soy butter, soy milk and soy cheese instead of dairy can
make this diet both nourishing and healthful. Using these healthful
alternatives also provides isoflavones so important for female hormone
If meat, chicken
and/or dairy products are desired, using them sparingly as was done typically
in most traditional recipes and still is in many areas, helps keep fat and
blood cholesterol levels low, averting digestive disorders, cancers and other