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Does atkins diet affect health as it based on low carb but practised calories based foods?

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Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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38 years experience
Atkins and Fat: The atkins diet is primarily focused on protein and an absence of carbs. Of course, it is good to avoid carbs (especially those with rapid absorption like white bread, white pasta, and sugars). Some people believe that too many fats are allowed on the atkins diet. I have also found that people have a hard time staying on this diet for long. We focus on veggies, fruit, and protein.
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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 41 years experience
Atkins type diets: Do affect health and metabolism. The low carb and high fat nature of such food plans puts the body into a state known as ketosis—body burns fat for fuel rather than sugar. Please see your doctor before choosing a diet like this to make certain your health is ok for it. Othwise, it can be beneficial. Peace and good health.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Some basics: Your organs/muscles usually burn glucose (carb) for their primary source of energy. Your metabolism can create glucose from fat, protein or carbs but carbs are more easily converted to glucose. Carbs that convert easily to glucose raise your insulin faster & trigger appetite. The low carb approach tries to reduce appetite by avoiding this.
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