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Atkins Diet and Cholesterol Medication

Heart disease remains the number one killer in the United States and its numbers are expected to grow in the coming years due to the dramatic rise in obesity in recent years.  One of the primary causes of coronary heart disease is high cholesterol levels which lead to the formation of fatty plaques that will cling to one another and form blockages in the arteries.  When these blockages become severe enough, a heart attack occurs�death is probable unless treatment is received immediately.  To avoid this scenario, millions of Americans take high cholesterol medication and eat highly restrictive diets.  But for people on the Atkins diet, cholesterol medication may not be necessary.

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Atkins style Praline Pumpkin Pie

Hey guys thanks giving is nearing, I can already smell the delicious turkey in the oven, together with the baked ham. Now lets see whats for dessert…aha the traditional pumpkin pie is our best choice. Now lets make some pie Atkins style.

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Classic Egg Nog the Atkins way

Ahhh the holiday season is nearing ,people bringing out their thick jackets, dads taking out the large shovels out of the shed. But what holiday season will be complete with out the usual holiday treats like candy, fruit cake, turkey, etc. Then there is the holiday eggnog, problem is with all the stuff we eat at holiday seasons do you think we should drink egg nog with whipped cream? Imagine the calories on that, but now thanks to Atkins we can enjoy this holiday drink with out putting in the pounds and the sugar.

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Atkins Diet and Insulin

Diabetes is caused by the bodyâ??s inability to properly regulate blood sugar levels.  This essential energy is literally the lifeblood of your body.  In a normal functioning body, blood sugar levels are stabilized by periodic injections of insulin.  Produced by the pancreas, insulin plays a number of roles in the body, including reducing blood sugar levels to acceptable levels.  However, with the Atkins diet, insulin shots may not be necessary as the diet help keeps those levels low anyway.

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Constipation Problems and the Atkins Diet

The number one medical problem that remains under diagnosed year after year is constipation.  Nobody wants to go to the trouble of scheduling a doctorâ??s appointment when they have constipation.  In the majority of cases, the condition goes away within a day or two anywayâ??long before most of us could ever get in to actually see our doctor!  However, when constipation becomes chronic or lasts for more than a few days, serious medical problems can arise.  Are chronic constipation problems a concern for those on the Atkins diet?

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Does Atkins Diet Reduce Joint Pain?

Joint pain is a condition that we all experience occasionally due to physical activity, injuries, etc.  However, as we age, joint pain may become a chronic condition due to arthritis.  There are two main varieties of arthritis:  Osteoarthritis is the more common and affects some 20 million people in the United States alone.  The condition is caused by a gradual loss of cartilage and the resulting overgrowth of bone in the joints.  This causes joint pain (especially in the knees, hips, elbows, and even fingertips) because bone grinds against bone instead of having a cushion of cartilage.

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Exercise Critical to Maintenance Phase of Atkins Diet

The final phase of the Atkins diet may be the most difficult of the four.  Otherwise known as â??Maintenanceâ?, the final phase of the Atkins diet concentrates on keeping the pounds off.  It is quite common for people losing 30 or more pounds to gain a lot of the weight back a year after reaching their target weight.  Studies have consistently shown that the Atkins diet outperforms low-fat diets where losing more pounds are concernedâ??in the first six months.  Unfortunately, many Atkins dieters will lose a lot of their lead over the low-fat dieters after 12 monthsâ??their weight loss numbers are similar.  The key to any successful diet, including Atkins, is to include enough aerobic and anaerobic exercise in your weekly schedule.

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Calcium and the Atkins Diet

Where calcium and the Atkins diet are concerned, two factors may lead you to add supplements to your diet:  ketosis and the potential for lowered calcium intake.  However, you need to understand that through proper reintegration of beneficial carbs into your diet after Induction, those on the Atkins diet do not necessarily need calcium.  It is important to be aware of how the Atkins diet affects your body so that you can maximize its benefits while taking step to prevent any unintended side effects. 

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Is Healthy Heart Possible On the Atkins Diet?

The American Heart Association has added the Atkins diet to a list of other diets that can increase risks for heart disease and elevated cholesterol levels.  The basic idea is that people on the Atkins diet, free from caloric restrictions, eat elevated levels of red meats and high-fat dairy products.  Both of these food groups are proven causes of high cholesterol and can increase chances for heart diseaseâ??according to the American Heart Association.  So, the question becomes:  Is it even possible to have a healthy heart while on the Atkins diet?

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Atkins Diet Mashed “Potatoes”?

Mashed potatoes anyone? Mashed potatoes are one of the most sinful indulgences we can sink our teeth into. But now there is a way to enjoy mashed potatoes on the Atkins Diet without ingesting the carbs it comes with.

1 fresh head of cauliflower
1 cup Dixie Diner Mashers Potato Mix
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup cream cheese
4 Tablespoons butter substitute (I cant believe it’s not butter , Smart Balance, ETC) 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, cilantro, or parsley
1 teaspoon chicken stock seasoning (optional)

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