|Dr. Atkins left us a legacy of principles to live by,|
but most of us are too busy chasing after what ought to be.
Are you struggling with some of the "get with the program" ideals that were never a part of the original Atkins protocol?
The original Atkins Diet was intended to be a plan of personal evolution. Dr. Atkins invited the dieter to create a program they could live with for the rest of their life, so why is it so hard to accept the idea that low-carb diets do not work for everyone?
Travel the diet circuit for any length of time and you'll soon discover there are diet specialists that the individual weight-loss groups have silently nominated to be their authority figures of choice.
Some of these profiles are popular bloggers, while others have a bit more substance to their credentials, but there doesn't seem to be any particular method or qualification for obtaining the position. All you need is a stance of purity and a willingness to preach the orthodox religion.
Guess that means I'm out of the loop.
Some of these principles are fairly straightforward. They include:
- Follow the book
- Follow the protocol
- Follow the rules
Except that, diet books are written for the masses. They reach out to the lowest common denominator. Protocols are written to fit what works for most, not all, and the rules of any diet plan come from an individual slant, like the author's:
- and personal experience
A Second Look at the HCG Diet Protocol
As I studied the topic of the HCG Diet a bit further and got deeper into the principles of Dr. Simeons' Protocol, as presented to patients and medical authorities alike, I couldn't help but see the same kinds of generalizations being taken as infallible gospel among HCG Diet groups.
Low carb dieters do not have a corner on the market when it comes to being taken for a ride. And yet, no one is asking the hard questions.
No one is asking why, after more than 50 years, there isn't one shred of scientific data to back up Dr. Simeons' claims. They just keep slipping the drops under their tongue and dialing back their calories to 500 calories a day without questioning any of it.
Dr. Atkins Taught Individuality
Like the Atkins' core group of followers, everyone is overlooking what Dr. Atkins called obvious:
"The same eating pattern and vitamin formula will not necessarily be right for everyone."
This quote was taken from Dr. Atkins' Nutrition Breakthrough: How to Treat Your Medical Condition Without Drugs, and shows why Dr. Atkins' usual method of treating health issues and obesity was to tailor the diet plan to fit the needs of the individual.
His practice wasn't of the cookie-cutter this is what you must eat or else variety. It was an individualized plan that he specially tweaked to fit the individual's:
- health complaints
- degree of metabolic resistance
- desires and goals
- and lifestyle
|The Atkins Diet has evolved over the years,|
adding more and more carbs to Induction (Phase 1)
While the Atkins Diet itself has evolved over the years (for better, or worse), there is still a strong inclination among its followers to try and force everyone to fit a particular mold. In their theory:
- We all have blood sugar problems.
- We all have insulin resistance, even if our problem is actually the exact opposite to that.
- We all need to do low-carb, including our families.
It was as far back as 1981 that Dr. Atkins was proclaiming his technique to be one of individuality. He taught that success depended on tailoring the basic Atkins Diet to fit the individual.
Yet, we are still not getting it.
We are still trying to force our choices and what works for us onto others.
The Atkins Diet Doesn't Work for Everyone
The movement of superiority causes a lot of dieters to pull back and go underground with what they are really doing. They keep quiet because they aren't towing the party line. They want to avoid the conflict that speaking their truth will bring.
They fear that they will be kicked out of a group they consider important if they voice an opinion or share a personal experience that doesn't match what the majority of dieters want to believe.
While Dr. Atkins' original intention was to design a life-long plan that would control hunger and blood sugar and, thereby, improve health, I'm not convinced that the diet, as written, will do that for everyone.
History has proven that for a lot of people, the Atkins Diet works, but there are just as many souls for whom it doesn't. Look at any low-carb forum and you'll see that's true.
So what makes the difference?
Why do some individuals experience runaway diabetic blood sugar levels when they remove carbs from the diet (as in a zero-carb diet) if restricting carbohydrate foods is supposed to heal and cure elevated blood glucose levels?
For simple insulin resistance issues, a low-carb diet might be a lifetime cure, but there is a segment of the population who have something else definitely wrong with them that causes the opposite effect. Just what that may be is yet to be discovered, which is why Dr. Atkins belief in individuality is so important.
|If low-carb is the right choice for everyone,|
then why does a zero-carb diet raise blood glucose in
susceptible individuals like me?
Yes, we know that a typical American diet is crap. We know that health improves when changes are made. However, sometimes the restoration to health is just not that simple.
Without the ability to brainstorm, to bump up against each other with ideas and research, I don't know how we are going to get to the bottom of anything concrete, especially when there are so many folks who flat out don't want to know.
Perhaps they enjoy what they are currently doing too much to care. After all, most current low-carb gurus are still fat.
*NOTE: While this rant concerns more than just myself, I didn't know that I had Grave's Disease at the time I wrote this. Grave's is an autoimmune disease of the thyroid. Going too low in carbs was a recipe for disaster.