For the dieter who has been trying to quell hungar pangs with carrot sticks, the Atkins Diet sounds like a dream come true. Eat all the steak, butter, cheese, nuts and cream you want and still lose weight. And people do lose weight. Bacon and eggs for breakfast, hot dogs ( without buns) for lunch and a steak and small salad with blue cheese dressing for dinner. You get to eat all those “forbidden” foods and never feel hungry. And despite the crazy high levels of cholesterol and fat, Atkins dieters actually lower their cholesterol and triglycerides. Crazy! But looking at the diet from other health factors as well as skin aging, Atkins has some huge problems. It has an almost complete absence of fiber, vitamin C and vitamin A and a mine-full of minerals. Because there is no fruit on the Atkins diet, you are also missing out on the powerful antioxidants in colorful foods like berries, oranges and peaches. And while there are supplements that can supply these nutrients, the NHANES study showed it was vitamins in the diet and not from supplementation that decreased wrinkling. And I can’t forget that high fat diets are linked to increased lines and wrinkles. With its total focus on protein, the Atkins diet has always been expensive. Today with food prices soaring, its just scary.
One last thought. About ten yeas ago my husband and I went on the Atkins diet. In two weeks he lost 12 pounds and looked and felt great. I lost 3 pounds and wound up in the ER with my first gallbladder attack. I’m just saying.