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Despite Atkins Nutritionals' defense, Sherry Peer, a South Dakota registered dietician, said that while fast weight loss can be beneficial for some conditions, such as morbid obesity, the Atkins diet should not be used long-term.
"It is a low-fiber, very high-fat, unbalanced diet that contains low amount of water-soluble vitamins, calcium and vitamin D," said Peer, also a certified diabetes nutrition educator and licensed nutritionist of Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls. "There are a number of risks, including colorectal cancer because of high red meat diets and low fiber intake; and cardiovascular disease from high protein and fat intake. It is also not the diet for those at risk for renal disease and type 1 diabetes because of the extra stress put on the kidneys by ketosis, high BUN (blood urea nitrogen) and rapid weight loss. It may also cause more kidney stones." While the Atkins diet does its job, it is never good to nearly cut out whole food groups, Peer said. "In addition, carbs are good for the body and all contain needed vitamins and minerals, fiber and iron," she added. Peer said not to be fooled by the Atkins "miracle diet.
Sherry Peer, CDE at Sioux Valley Hospital, SD
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Registered Dietitian, Sherry Peer with Sioux Valley Nutrition & Food Services, says, "Low glycemic foods have a lot more fiber.And so when that food enters the stomach, there's more work for the stomach to do, so it more slowly causes the release of the glucose into the blood stream."Or you prefer to get high with your food, Peer explains, "It means that the blood sugar, after they've eaten a certain food, has elevated rather rapidly and called for a lot more insulin quickly."Your choice could make a big difference in the number you see when you step on the scale.Peer says, " They think that the increased insulin release then causes your body ultimately to be more insulin resistant, and that maybe that's what some of the issues are with diabetes and the obesity." Like carbs, lower is better if you want to lose weight.One reason why may be that low glycemic foods also tend to be healthier foods.Peer says, "Fruits and vegetables, and whole grains... which we've been trying to get people to eat for a long time."But for a long time most of us have been eating high glycemic foods like corn flakes, instant potatoes and white rice and we haven't gotten any trimmer.Which is why you shouldn't be surprised to see low-sugar replace low-carb as the newest diet food fad."I think popularity wise, yes it will," says Peer."But I don't know that it's still going to be the answer... but it sure could be a piece in the puzzle."Just as important, Peer says, may be the other pieces you put on your plate.
"Even the smallest order of fast-food fries will have 2 or 3 teaspoons of fat, and larger sizes can have as many as 6 teaspoons of fat," says Sherry Peer, a registered dietitian.Canola oil is a good choice if you're using this method, Peer says, but the oven is much better. "Oven-roasted sweet potato fries or from-scratch fries - those are your best choices when it comes to enjoying this food without the guilt," she says.
Dietitian Sherry Peer says pomegranates are healthful snacks, too.A whole medium pomegranate has about 100 calories and is a source of potassium and vitamins A and C. Getting to the juicy edible arils takes a bit of work, so Peer says they're a healthful alternative to high-calorie snacks that can be eaten by the handful. The easiest way to serve a pomegranate is to cut it into fourths and gently pull the arils off the cream-colored membrane.To avoid breaking any of the arils, try scoring the skin and peeling it. But avoid the membrane because it's bitter, Peer says.