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It may sound crazy, but replacing sugars and refined carbs with natural healthy fats (as you do on a low-carb diet like Atkins) may help you lose weight, and keep it off. As long as you are controlling your carbs, the calories from fat are used directly for energy and are unlikely to be stored in places like your belly, hips and thighs and anywhere else you would rather not carry extra pounds.


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Confused about fats, oils and cholesterol? This Quick Study demystifies dietary fats and explains how they contribute (or do not) to heart disease and other health problems.   MORE
Meticulous analysis of the daily food menus for the three principle phases of the Atkins Nutritional Approach reveals a very balanced intake of fats. This happens naturally with whole food selections because nature, in its wisdom, presents fats in whole foods in such a manner.   MORE
Q: My doctor told me I shouldn’t do Atkins because it contains more saturated fat than is currently recommended. What is the real scoop?
 
A: Within the context of a low-carb diet, research has shown that saturated fat is not harmful. In one study, researchers explored what happens to saturated fat levels in subjects who were placed on the Atkins Diet...
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“The thirty-year-long campaign against dietary fat is as misguided as it is futile”.

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Is the term, “fat-free living” that an oxymoron?

According to our VP of Education and Nutrition Communication, Colette Heimowitz, dietary fat isn’t bad, it’s essential to life. Naturally, she has a beef with the USDA for declaring January, “Fat-Free Living Month.” Read the whole article here.

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Most readers of this site now understand how to avoid trans-fats: read the label and be on the lookout for “partially hydrogenated oil”. If “partially hydrogenated oil” is in the ingredients, the food contains trans-fats. But how do you avoid trans-fats while eating out, when the ingredient list is almost never available?

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Omega-3 fats are selectively concentrated in the brain, which may be why your mother-- correctly, as it turns out--told you that fish was "brain food." And now new research is demonstrating that both depressive and aggressive disorders can be exacerbated by deficiencies in omega-3 fatty acid intake.

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PREVENTION IS KEY
Did you know that there’s no scientific evidence that eating a low-fat diet is linked to improved heart health? And that there is persuasive and consistent evidence that eating a low-carb diet can protect your heart? Find out more about how to prevent heart disease and the research that supports a low-carb diet.
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In this study, moderately obese subjects consumed one of two different low-carb diets as part of a weight loss program.   MORE
Recently, as readers of this newsletter know, award winning science reporter Gary Taubes published a best-selling book that questioned the wisdom of low-fat diets and backed up every claim with copious research (over 100 pages worth of footnotes and references).   MORE

The following information was written by Atkins professionals.

The purpose of this study was to assess metabolic adaptations to a high-fat diet in endurance cyclists. Sixteen endurance-trained cyclists were randomly assigned to one of two diet groups for a period of 15 days. One group remained on their habitual diet (30% of calories from fat) while the other group consumed a high-fat diet (69% of calories from fat) of the same caloric value. Results revealed that the level of certain enzymes involved in fat metabolism was elevated, signaling a shift from burning carbohydrate for energy to burning fat for energy. This change in fuel utilization occurred within five days of switching to the high-fat diet. Subjects also used less muscle glycogen (stored carbohydrate) after 15 days of the high-fat diet. The authors concluded that consuming a high-fat diet for as little as five to 10 days significantly alters the body’s fuel selection from carbohydrate to fat without altering cycling performance.

 

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CONFUSION OVER CHOLESTEROL
Even people who have come to understand that olive oil and other oils are good for their hearts still see cholesterol as the dietary equivalent of the big bad wolf. The reality is far more complicated, but we’ll try to simplify it for you in The Cholesterol Myth
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Manufactured hydrogenated oils, which your body cannot digest, are a serious risk to heart health.   MORE
The trans fat brouhaha has been hot news, even if it's about an old hat. Researchers at Harvard and elsewhere have made it plain that trans fatty acids have been a health risk since the 1930s, when the swift expansion of margarine consumption put trans fat firmly on the breakfast table.   MORE

Fat is the mechanism that makes controlled carbohydrate weight loss work. The Atkins Nutritional Approach teaches you how to use fat to your advantage.

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Disclaimer: Nothing contained on this Site is intended to provide health care advice. Should you have any health care-related questions, please call or see your physician or other health care provider. Consult your physician or health care provider before beginning the Atkins Diet as you would any other weight loss or weight maintenance program. The weight loss phases of the Atkins Diet should not be used by persons on dialysis or by pregnant or nursing women.