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Doctor Says Atkins is the Worst Diet

Atkins has long been a divisive and controversial diet. There have been studies supporting the diet, and others that don’t. The latest doesn’t.

Dr. Michael Miller, director of preventive cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, said that Atkins caused LDL (bad cholesterol) levels to rise by about 7 percent. The Ornish and South Beach diets had the opposite effect, causing LDL levels to lower by 7 – 10 percent.

While there have been varying results in previous studies, Miller claims his study is different because he designed it to see how people fared once they stopped losing weight on the given diet. Studies show that people usually lose weight rapidly on any diet if they follow it properly. It’s what people do after that is key.

“We don’t recommend the Atkins diet,” Miller said. “Why not start out with a diet that will be healthier for you in the long run after weight loss?”

November 9th, 2007

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Most of the reviews I have read on Atkins totally misquoted the diet. Most negative articles say that Atkins does not allow vegetables. Not true. Most articles also say Atkins allows no crabs at all. Also not true. When I decided to try Atkins I scheduled my annual physical with my long time Doctor. Coincidently I was also dating a Pediatrician at that time. Both Doctors were not happy about my Atkins idea. My MD said if I wanted to try this he was going to check my cholesterol levels every 8 weeks, which we did for almost a year. My first cholesterol test was 264. My MD was not happy…but 8 weeks later my cholesterol was down to 231. Six months later my cholesterol was in the 170 range with triglycerides of 23. At the end of the multiple blood work ups both Doctors told me he/she was shocked to see my cholesterol went down instead of up. Reality…If you take the time to read the book, Atkins will say the above results are normal. If you keep with the life style you may have the same results as I did. On any diet…make it a lifestyle and not a diet or you will gain the weight back when you start eating donuts. On any weight loss you MUST get off the couch and work out.

posted Jan 14th, 2013 1:00 am


All doctors and researchers have so much commercial interests, I just don't know what to believe! How can I know if it's independent research?

Plus LDL levels are just one of the one-hundred factors that matter. At least that's what I think. But I'm not an expert on this anyway :).

posted May 14th, 2010 4:58 am


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