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Old 07-05-2010, 06:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by iceland77 View Post
Hi All,

A few questions for the knowledgeable folk.

Does it matter which metabolic type (fast, mixed (traditional/relative), or slow) you are and the long-term success of the Atkin's diet? Looking at metabolic typing diets, it seems that only the fast oxidizers and some of the mixed types are suitable for the high fat/moderate protein/low carb lifestyle (60-70%/20-30%/5-10% respectively).

Atkin (2002) stated that short-term weight loss was feasible for all types, but recognized that the population with "resistant metabolisms" might need more drastic measures in order to go into ketosis (e.g. the "fat fast" diet). Is it at all possible to fundamentally change your individual metabolic oxidization rate (i.e. go from a slow oxidizer to a fast oxidizer) and continue to lose weight, or sustain that lifestyle?

Personally, I'm a mixed R-type oxidizer and I'm not quite sure how the Atkin's diet will work for me. I'm only doing Induction so that I can reset my metabolic baseline in order to experiment with carb intake levels. Since I'm a mixed type, I don't know if my metabolism will swing into fast mode along with the Atkin's lifestyle or if it will rebel against the carb depletion.

Any advice on the above would be helpful. Also, if anyone else is a mixed R-type, please let me know how the Atkin's diet is working for you.

Thanks! And, Happy 4th of July!
If you do some research you will find, that for the short term, very high fat diets can induce ketosis. They are not safe for the long term. I think yes, Atkins will work but it might be harder for some. We all were hunter-gatherers and have the genes; Eskimos have "all kinds of metabolisms?"

After two weeks on a plateau and due to changing doctors and the 4th, even upping a fraction of a pound, I finally lost over a pound. Back in the saddle again.
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