Atkins vs. Heathers diet? Fill up w Fat or Fiber?
03/18/03 05:04 PM
I have moved from Atkins (murder on my symptoms) to Heathers HIGH soluable fiber diet (better).
I've noticed LOTS of gas, and not the weight gain I thought I'd have (boy eating that first plate of pasta was SCAREY-I did Atkins for three years)...an not weight loss either - yet - much LESS hunger - MUCH to my surprise...I keep it lowfat, high soluable fiber and low gi/gl always - unprocessed foods only - minimal healthy fats/UNsat-nonhydrog! - obey all her "rules".
Typical day b- oatmeal- smear pnut butter L- Barley and chicken w yams and a little mayo snack - some chicken/rice D- Pasta w tuna and some peas snack - oatmeal
I know, must be THOUSANDS of carbs, but I guess not high in cals, since my "meals" only take up the space of about 1cup of food. I eat several times a day (3-6). I also walk 1-2 hours a day, every day.
I miss Atkins...but I think this high fiber diet is actually healthier - more nutritious/I keep to unprocessed foods and healthy fats only/unsat - I try to work in some healthy low glycemic vegs -yams/green peas etc...and stay away from the VERY high insoluable fibers.
So - am I doing it right? Everything is improved, my appetite is really down, I feel full alot of the time (except first thing in the morning)...so that must mean the soluable fiber/slows the glycemic index-absorbtion rate of the sugars involved/many of which are fiber...have alot of gas and sometimes "D", but now taking some caltrate for that.
I'm learning, new to this. I always think "God this meal must have like a MILLION carbs in it" but then I start eating and get FULL SO FAST - due to the soluable fiber.
I think this is why people lose weight on this diet. I don't miss all that fat of Atkins, but when you do a low carb diet you HAVE to eat SOMETHING to make you feel FULL - and that would be FAT on Atkins...but it is SOLUABLE fiber on Heather's Diet.
Am I getting this all correct here?
Yes, on Atkins you eat almost no carbs/less than 50 carbs a day for most people, aren't hungry due to the high fat content and hence eat less calories (supposedly). On Heathers diet you can eat MUCH MORE, but you don't need to because the fiber makes you feel full fast - and hey, I think although we do need some fat in our diet (the good fats), going with the high carb/lower "good" fat diet is healthier for our colon our hearts and maybe even our waistlines...