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Oct 25, 2008

Its been my understanding that you can eat more quantity?




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Tue Jul 01, 2008 5: 07 pm    Post subject: Its been my understanding that you can eat more quantity?

That ' s the way I ' ve always read it, now indubitably my Atkins books are a bit more out of date than some I see quoted here, but my whole understanding of atkins was that as long as you restrict the carbs, its hard to impossible for your body to create new fat.

This isn ' t to say you should eat 6, 000 calories a day, but I was always under the impression that finishing off that 24 oz porterhouse steak was no big deal, or chicken 4 burgers off the plate when no one was looking wasn ' t going to make an impact.


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Tue Jul 01, 2008 6: 25 pm    Post subject:

It ' s certainly more difficult for the body to create more body fat on a low carb diet, but not impossible. I think that ' s a misconception about Atkins.

Dr Atkins warned us to eat low carb food until we are pleasantly full, but not stuffed.

Your body will convert any excess energy ( calories ) into fat. The process for converting excess protein and fat from food into body fat consumes more energy, so you can eat more calories of low carb foods than high carb foods.

If you burn all the calories you take in by working out in the gym for three hours per day, it won ' t turn to fat, of course, because there wouldn ' t be any excess calories.

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Thu Jul 03, 2008 4: 24 am    Post subject:

My version of the book talks a lot about learning what a normal serving of food is. 4 burgers ( even without the buns ) or a 24oz steak ( something less then that when you subtract out the bone ) is not normal.

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