Atkins reports in his book, "Dr Atkins Nutrition Breakthrough" that some of his diabetic patients (he doesn't give numbers) "adjust" (quotes his) to his diet and their blood sugars increase. He said it was beneficial for them to have their lower blood sugars even for a while. So he devises a "meat and millet" diet for diabetics whereas in his first book he claims his very low carb diet is the best for diabetics. His meat and millet diet adds grains. So if the king of low carb found his diet less than perfect for diabetics for whom the popular (and I believe incorrect) wisdom says to reduce carbs, and he actually adds carbs then one might question a low carb, higher animal protein diet. Of course when you eat more animal protein you are eating more fat and cholesterol. When we talk of carbs I hope we are on the same page and are referring only to whole food as grown or very very minimally processed. Not highly processed and refined flour products or starchy food cooked in fat.[br>
Didi, Sorry, but with all due respect, I still believe that this "meat and millet" diet is probably a myth stemming from some misinterpretation of his text.
Atkins did make small mistakes. In my opinion, allowing adding of more carbohydrates beyond 50g/d after just the first 6 months of induction stage, was the main one! But he never advocated eating huge amounts of carbs!
His 50g of carbs during "induction" was much too soon and he did not clearly specify the upper limit after the induction stage. His induction stage limit of 50g was too high for most people, except those of large body size.
Based on my recollection of diabetic people I talked to, worsening of blood glucose control after a certain period of time on his diet, was not due to some "adaptation" but precisely because they added too much carbs too soon!
Even for me, though I was not diabetic (only metabolic syndrome) it took me 2 full years before I was able to add more carbs in form of rice and fruit to my diet, beyond the initial 25g of carbs day (I couldn't tolerate even 50g initially!) . I was able to increase that to about 50gonly after 2 years! Only after about 7 years I was able to consume up to a 100g of carbs, occassionally and infrequently.
Whether he really specified adding millet to a diet they way you describe it, I seriously doubt. If you quote from memory this is may be distorted. Best thing would be to get the relevant fragment scanned and posted (you should perhaps post it on that other forum). The spirit of Atkins diet can be summarized in 2 words: "Carbohydrate Restriction". He has never changed that, as far as I know, till he died.
However, since Atkins didn't specify carb limits, an interpretation by some readers to add cereals at liberty, and then suffer from poor glucose control or worse, may have been an unfortunate outcome.
Anyway Atkins is dead and buried, but new research keeps cropping up supporting the notion of the therapeutic value of the low carb diets for people with metabolic syndrome and diabetes. That is partially Atkins legacy that has not and will not die. And that is really good news!
Hi, H. I copied the pages from which I wrote the above but can't scan them. However, I am really surprised that you don't use an inter library loan to get a copy of the book especially since you are such a fan. And you are correct. It is possible I misinterpreted and would be really interested in your understanding of his "meat and millet" diet and his explanation of diabetics "adjusting" to his diet. (I mean after you have read the book) Oddly enough I did not see any reference to this in any of his other books although admittedly I scanned them rather than really read thoroughly. I tend to mostly read what he says about diabetics.
Bye the way, Dr. Atkins did not seem very heart healthy himself. As you know his family refused to allow an autopsy or to have his medical records made public. Pritikin on the other hand was autopsied after his suicide and his family made his records public. I realize knowing about the health of both of them would still be only anecdotal. We all know of people who eat exactly the opposite of your very low carb diet or my higher carb low fat diet who live to be centenarians. Someone else has a slice of pizza or a twinkie and drops dead. Or for that matter is in perfect health yet gets run over by a beer truck.
Zoologists commonly report fat contents in animal tissue by weight, in % of the total, while in nutrition research the fat contents is commonly reported as % of the total calories or as % of the total animal tissue also by calories. For example if animal contains 4% fat by weight, and the total weight is composed by about 75% water, then the contents of dry protein fat by weight is 25% of the total animal. If fat is 4% of the total (as per Don Matesz article) then it constitutes 16% of the dry mass of protein fat. I ignore the weigh of the bones which constitute about 7% of the total mass of an animal (for mammals). Thus fat to protein ratio is 1:6. Since fat has twice as much calories as protein, therefore the ratio of fat to protein by calories is 1:3 which means that fat constitutes about 25% of calories of a lean wild animal, while protein 75%. The ratio is 25:75 = 1:3. A wilderbeest with 6% fat mass, would work out at around 36% of fat calories. Still, I prefer pigs or fatty ducks or geese. Stan (Heretic)
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