The Great Fat Meltdown

Once you've been heavy for some time, you're in a metabolic trap, a sort of high-walled box created in large part by high insulin levels. You may already have noticed that you're trapped. Certainly, trying diet after diet and failing on all of them is depressing. I know from personal experience and from the comments of thousands of my patients just how tightly the lid of metabolic obesity seems to press down. Fortunately, there is a key to unlatch this box. A perfectly natural bodily process...

Is There a Metabolic Advantage You Be the judge

I can't wait to get you started doing Atkins. But before I do, I want to increase your enthusiasm to a fever pitch. Are you ready to lose more weight and more fat-and keep it off, permanently-than you've succeeded in doing on any other weight loss and weight maintenance plan you've ever tried If so, let me introduce you to your ally, mentioned briefly in Chapter 2 and expanded upon here the metabolic advantage. You'll recall that I said the metabolic advantage would enable you to lose weight on...

Are lipolysis and the secondary process of ketosis safe

Lipolysis results in the creation of ketones (that's ketosis), a perfectly normal and natural function of the body. Unfortunately, ketosis is often confused with ketoacidosis, a condition found in a Type I diabetic person whose blood sugar is out of control and who cannot produce insulin. Some individuals may experience side effects from ketosis such as bad breath, but the vast majority of individuals do not develop medical problems. Research shows that chronic ketosis without caloric...

Subject of Intensive Study

Don't think the mainstream medical profession hasn't noticed the correlation between insulin resistance and disease. In the past fifteen years-and this is a trend that only keeps building-medical journals have published studies of the powerful association between obesity-usually accompanied by hyperinsulinism-and the probability of heart disease or stroke. All around the world the studies pour in. For example, using data from several epidemiological studies, Dr. B. Balkau found links between...

How to Do Lifetime Maintenance Correctly

Now that you've made it to your goal weight, you can continue to select from a greater range of foods and consume more carbs than you did in the two earlier phases of Atkins. But as I've said at every transition No way is this a license to return to your old eating patterns. All too often, people win the battle of weight loss only to lose the war of weight control. To maintain your goal weight, you must know your metabolic needs. Your Critical Carbohydrate Level for Maintenance (CCLM) (see page...

The Perilous Path to Diabetes

From the standpoint of saving lives, this chapter should prove to be the most significant one I have ever written. Here's why For the past two decades, two illnesses have escalated so rapidly that they are considered twin epidemics-obesity and Type II diabetes. I might go so far as to say they are Siamese twins. Obesity and Type II diabetes are actually two aspects of a single illness, characterized by insulin resistance (insulin not doing its job in your body) and hyperinsulinism (excess...

Metabolic Resistance Causes and Solutions

This chapter is dedicated to all you tortured souls who have been told that the only reason you are overweight is because you eat too much. What this statement ignores is the welldocumented fact that people who are significantly overweight may also have metabolic disorders. Such conditions not only cause weight gain, but also make it difficult to lose the accumulated weight. Part of the obesity epidemic we face in the United States may be due to the misconception that those of us who are...

Nutritional Approaches to Health Problems

The most common health complications faced by overweight men and women are complications that arise from the risk factors associated with blood-sugar disturbances, such as hypoglycemia and diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. For these conditions I commonly prescribe the nutrients described below. Again, I remind you that these dosages represent what I often prescribe and might in fact prescribe for you if you suffer from one of these complications For hypoglycemia Basic 3, my Blood Sugar...

Metabolic Resistance Approximate CCLM Range

High 25-40 grams of carbs per day Average 40-60 grams of carbs per day Low 60-90 grams of carbs per day Regular exerciser 90 or more grams of carbs per day In this context, a regular exerciser is someone who does vigorous exei five days a week for at least forty-five minutes. You also must conquer your former bad habits and learn how to cope with real-world challenges. Maintaining weight loss is as much a mental challenge as a physical one. For example, you need to eat right even under stress....

Emotional Eating

The air conditioner is broken, the repairman didn't show up and the thermometer stands at 96 degrees in the shade. Or the dinner date you've been anticipating all week has just been canceled. To console yourself when you're sad, lonely or have just had a really bad day, you pull out the chocolate-chip cookies and dive into the rocky road ice cream, right It is so easy to use food to comfort yourself when things aren't going well. If you do, though, you not only won't feel better for very long,...

Probiotics

Probiotics, or beneficial bacteria, are essential in dealing with yeast. If Candida albicans has overgrown, then repopulating your insides with good bacteria that compete with Candida is certain to be helpful. I recommend that you find a probiotic compound that contains not only acidophilus-which is a direct inhibitor of yeast overgrowth-but also such other beneficial bacteria as bifidobacterium and bulgaricus. Preparations that do not need to be refrigerated are preferable. The best products...