I get really tired of defending the image of Atkins/low-carb lifestyles from people who seem to think it is nothing but steak and chicken wings. That really is annoying and was spread by people who really don't know the lifestyle at all. These same people quote studies that show cholesterol shooting through the roof, kidneys failing, brains exploding, and big toes suddenly getting up and marching off on their own are so false it scares me to think people believe them.
The lifestyle is very healthy when done correctly, and it works!!! I went from a size 40 to size 34 waist in 5 months. I had more energy, slept better, and felt better than I had in many years. Add to that the increase in self-esteem and you have quite a winning combination!
Before starting the diet, my doctor asked me to get blood tests to use as a baseline to ensure I was healthy. I did it, and then again after 6 months of low-carb lifestyle. My second set of blood test results are on file at my doctor's office that show my triglycerides were cut in half, bad cholesterol dropped and good cholesterol went up in that 5 month period while I was completely low-carb. So much for all this evidence of “unhealthy” low-carb lifestyes. My doctor's words: “Keep up the good work!” and “There is nothing wrong with your kidneys and this diet will do nothing to cause any problems in a kidney that were not already present.”
Naysayers can think what they want, even preach what they want to other people, but please don't waste my time trying to convince me low-carb is unhealthy. I have heard it all before and proven too many people wrong to listen.>