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Atkins Wasn't Right About Carb Restriction

The late Dr. Robert Atkins was a major pioneer in helping us apply some basic understandings about insulin physiology and how it could be used effectively to control weight and nearly all chronic, degenerative diseases.

However, there were some serious flaws in parts of his program. First, he believed in the use of Splenda. As you will see when my new book, Sweet Deception, comes out this fall, this strategy was never justified.

Additionally, Dr. Atkins really didn't understand the principles of nutritional typing either. Thus, his program worked well for patients who are protein types, yet an unmitigated failure for carb types.

I'm bringing up Dr. Atkins because this month's issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a great study that demonstrates the complete carb restrictions he promoted in the initial phases of his dietary program to lose weight just aren't necessary.

In this new study, researchers learned weight loss could be achieved just as effectively without severe carb restrictions, causing the formation of ketones which result when your body burns fat for fuel due to inadequate carb reserves. And, several patients following the stricter Atkins diet had marked increases in LDL cholesterol.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 83, No. 5, May 2006: 1055-1061

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