ULV students lose pounds with Atkins Diet
September 19, 2003
In the fantasy world of dieters, it would be a dream come true to lose
weight without eliminating favorite foods or limiting portion sizes.
As everyone who's tried to lose weight knows, it takes some measure
of work and willpower. But some dieters on the ULV campus are finding that
the 30-year-old Atkins Diet, the best known of the low carbohydrate diets,
offers results with minimal hunger pains and suffering.
Kathy Carr, a junior at the University of La Verne, is living proof
that this low-carbohydrate diet can work, even with the hectic schedule
of busy students.
"You can go anywhere and stay on this diet," she said.
Carr has been on this diet for four-and-a-half months and has lost 30-35
pounds in the process, while still being able to go to her favorite fast
Carr said she can still eat her favorite fatty foods. Dieters on Atkins
often increase their fat intake and still lose weight on the plan.
People on this diet can eat foods such as cheese, steak and sausages-which
are high in protein and fat-but they cannot eat those high in carbohydrate,
such as pasta, bread, potatoes or cereals.
Carr said her breakfast usually consists of eggs, bacon and sausage
or a Dr. Atkins protein bar.
For lunch, she has a hamburger patty with cheese and salad, and for
dinner, she eats fish or chicken.
The Atkins Diet is a four-phase eating plan that allows dieters to select
what foods to eat based on their need to achieve weight loss and weight
maintenance, enjoy good health and prevent disease, according to the Web
During the first phase, dieters restrict carbohydrate consumption to
20 grams each day. For Carr, this was the most difficult phase.
"The first week, you are addicted to carbs," she said.
Because of this, Carr experienced what she described as withdrawal symptoms
Some Atkins Dieters have experienced more severe symptoms, including
constipation and kidney stones from the first week's high-fat, high-protein
and low-fiber program.
But Carr said her negative side effects decreased in the second phase
when she was allowed to add some high-fiber carbohydrates in the form of
fiber-rich and nutrient dense foods.
On the Atkins plan, dieters can increase carbohydrates gradually until
weight loss stops.
In the third phase, dieters increase the daily carbohydrate intake in
10-gram increments each week to make the transition from weight loss to
The fourth phase basically allows dieters to select from a wide variety
of foods to ensure weight maintenance, while still controlling carbohydrate
To Carr, the Atkins Diet is not like any other diet she has tried.
"I have so much more energy because all I'm eating is protein,"
Since this diet is more attractive than many other diets, it is easier
to stick with, according to the article "Atkins Diet on trial"
featured on the website www.itv.com.
But aside from these positive outcomes, there are arguments against
the Diet. Because it is considered an easy diet, people neglect to improve
their health in other ways, such as regular exercise, according to the article.
Medical experts have also raised concerns about the Diet's long-term
safety. Doctors say that a diet high in meat and saturated fat increases
the risk of heart disease, certain cancers and hypertension, and shortens
Still two studies in the New England Journal of Medicine found that
in the short term, the Atkins Diet, compared to a low-fat, low-calorie diet
works and does not contain heart disease risk factors.
While the Atkins Diet does help dieters lose weight, it offers no guarantee
that dieters will not return to their old patterns after a few months, according
to nutritionist Marion Nestle.
But Carr plans to continue the Atkins Diet.
"It's a lifetime way of living," she said.