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Atkins Diet Misconceptions: High Protein or High Fat Diet?

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Uploaded on Nov 30, 2008

This is the second in Atkins Diet misconceptions or myths series, and in this video I deal with the thought this is a high protein diet. Just check out google for "Atkins Diet" and "high protein," and you'll see how prevalent this misconception is.

USDA Food Pyramid Standard for Protein:
10-35% of Total Calories
http://health.msn.com/weight-loss/art...
http://www.health.gov/DietaryGuidelin...

With 35% being the standard for high protein, what does Dr. Atkins recommend?
"The macro-nutrient breakout in the Induction phase is 60 percent fat, 30 percent protein and 10 percent carbohydrate. It should be more appropriately be called a high fat regimen. As you progress through the phases, your percentage of fat naturally diminishes as your percentage of carbohydrates increases." Even in DANDR, he cautions against going high protein on page 43,
"No, because when you cut out fat, what is left is protein and carbohydrate, both of which can produce a blood-sugar response. Fat is the only substance that won't have an impact on your blood sugar. It also provides essential fatty acids you can't get from protein or carbohydrates. Contrary to much of what you may have heard, fat can be good for you! (43)"

Dangers of low fat, low carb, high protein diet:
Sources:
* http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclope...
* http://www.medbio.info/Horn/PDF%20fil...

Rabbit starvation is the form of acute malnutrition caused by excess consumption of any lean meat (e.g. rabbit) coupled with a lack of other sources of nutrients usually in combination with other stressors, such as severe cold or dry environment. Symptoms include diarrhea, headache, lassitude, a vague discomfort and hunger that can only be satisfied by consumption of fat or carbohydrates.

How much protein is advisable:
*** .8 - 1.2g per kg of body weight - normal adults, or roughly 72g to 109g per day for 200 pound adult
*** Up to 1.6g per kg - for extremely active or weight lifting adults, or 145g for 200 pound adult (29%)

Source:
** http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/sp...
** Protein requirements for endurance athletes. Nutrition , Volume 20 , Issue 7 - 8 , Pages 662 - 668. M . Tarnopolsky

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