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Here is the Atkins response to the article quoted in the OP.


"Make That Steak a Bit Smaller, Atkins Advises Today's Dieters," published in the January 18th edition of The New York Times—and the subsequent publicity—is yet another dramatically inappropriate example of the media reporting on the media and perpetuating a false report on Atkins. This is a great disservice to the millions upon millions of Atkins followers who have been benefiting from this nutritional approach for more than 30 years. The accusation in the media, which claims that Atkins is retreating from its long-held position on the consumption of fat is simply wrong. It is a false premise created by members of the media themselves, based on input from "experts" who apparently have neither read any of Dr. Atkins' books, nor even casually browsed this Web site.


I am a by-the-book Atkins follower, and I want to clear up some confusion about what kind and how many carbs one can eat. It all depends on how much weight you have to lose and how fast you want to lose it. There are four phases, Induction, Ongoing Weight Loss, Pre-Maintenance, and Lifetime Maintenance. Most of the stereotypical comments about a meat, eggs, and cheese diet refer to the first phase, in which carbs are the most restricted. But even during Induction, one should also eat a variety of vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Induction lasts from two weeks to six months.

In the later phases, one gradually adds fruits, dairy products, and whole grains back into the picture. By the time a person reaches Lifetime Maintenance, he/she is eating just about every natural food in existence.

The only foods that are forever off-limits are white sugar, white flour, corn syrup, trans fats, and other artificial or highly-refined foods.

Thanks for listening to my soapbox.

down 20 pounds and counting
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