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Atkins to Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 22, 2011 at 2:49 AM

Has anyone started on Atkins and gone to Paleo? I've been on Atkins for 7 years but have been reading up on Paleo and am now wondering if cutting out dairy would be beneficial. If you have switched from one to the other, what were your results in both weight loss and health benefits? Do you notice a difference in how you feel? Are your blood results better? How about energy levels and general well being?

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on August 22, 2011
at 03:54 PM

LOL! You are so right Dave.

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on August 22, 2011
at 01:05 PM

Same here. The question is, did anyone (that was overweight) NOT go from Atkins to Paleo. (Paleo in the larger sense of real food as opposed to reenactment)

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on August 22, 2011
at 12:21 PM

The categories are too broad to ask about benefits. An Atkins person who does only whole foods, no bars and whatnot, is more paleo nutritionally than many people here who do paleo 90% of the time. I suggest if you like Sissons primal book try that starting at a carb level at which you are comfortable. Evolve from that point. Personally I wouldn't give up butter and cream unless I knew there was a problem.

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on August 22, 2011
at 03:34 AM

Well I did Atkins to paleo but did not give up dairy (many here do dairy.) With paleo I lost some extra weight and yes I feel better. My blood results were excellent on Atkins and continue to be. For me paleo has worked out to be sort of an elevated, better quality version of Atkins. It had nothing to do with the inclusion or exclusion of dairy. When I was pretty much done losing weight (or so I thought) I began to focus on the quality of my food and sort of transitioned to paleo before I knew it had a name really. I think you certainly can give up dairy and if you've never tried life without it I think it's a good exercise to see how your body responds. There are many low carb paleos in the community so feel free to jump on into the water and see how it goes.

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on August 22, 2011
at 03:54 PM

LOL! You are so right Dave.

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on August 22, 2011
at 01:05 PM

Same here. The question is, did anyone (that was overweight) NOT go from Atkins to Paleo. (Paleo in the larger sense of real food as opposed to reenactment)

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on August 22, 2011
at 11:50 AM

I read Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution and found many parallels to Paleo. The emphasis is on whole foods (meat, vegetables, oils, limited fruit, nuts/seeds) with a major difference being that Atkins pushed his own branded "low-carb" (i.e. sugar alcohol) bars and shakes.

The high-fat dairy (cream cheese, heavy cream, and cheese) recommended in New Diet Revolution is similar to the recommendations made by Sisson in "Primal Blueprint". Additionally, Atkins' stance on canola oil was echoed by Loren Cordain in The Paleo Diet, although Cordain has since backpedaled due to the health consequences of oxidized PUFA, potential toxicity, and undisclosed hydrogenated fat content.

Transitioning from Atkins to Paleo, you will likely only need to cut out the "low-carb" processed foods and possibly experiment with excluding dairy (as Shari mentioned previously). Additionally, cooking oils may now include coconut oil, ghee (clarified butter), or animal fats like lard/tallow.

If you decide to stay low-carb, your fruit intake (ostensibly limited to some berries) will stay the same as will the emphasis on non-starchy vegetables.

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on August 22, 2011
at 12:28 PM

I think there are two big things that I do differently now from when I did Atkins. One is that I now stay away from fake foods. No artificial sweeteners, etc. It has to be real food. The other is that I have learned that it's possible to lose weight without going to extremely low carbs. That has made my quality of life so much better. And, yes, I do dairy. I think it's more about seeing what your body is able to handle. I believe that some of us have probably evolved the ability to deal with some of the foods that Grok may not have eaten. I think you really just have to test it out and see what you can handle and what you can't.

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