Beyond Atkins : A Healthier, More Balanced Approach to a Low Carbohydrate Way of Eating
It's a fact: Not all carbohydrates are bad for you. Unlike Atkins, South Beach, and other diets, Dr. Douglas Markham's breakthrough health plan is a more comprehensive, sustainable, and satisfying program for weight loss and total-body health.
Dr. Doug's signature Total Health Plan features the More Balanced Approach to low-carb meal programs, along with his 30-minute "Fat Burning" Circuit Training Workout. This groundbreaking book will allow you to discover:
- the safest, most effective way to follow a low-carbohydrate lifestyle
- how the kind of food you eat affects your body, your energy level, and your quality of life
- why fat does not make you fat
- how healthful eating can replace the need for prescription drugs to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and adult-onset diabetes
...and much more. This empowering resource can help you to both lose pounds and maintain your weight; improve your eating habits; enhance your self-image; and lead a healthy, balanced life.
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January 03, 2005
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Excerpt from Beyond Atkins by Douglas J. Markham
The Birth of Total Health
Several years before I started my Total Health program in 1996, I had the unique opportunity as a doctor of chiropractic to work in a medical office with doctors who specialized in family practice. We referred a number of patients to one another. Many of our "shared" patients suffered from problems caused by obesity, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, conditions that they preferred to address through lifestyle changes in diet and exercise rather than medication.
So the M.D.s recommended a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet and exercise program, an approach that was popular in the 1980s and early 1990s, which I too followed. But there was a problem. It wasn't working!
Even though our patients were following the classic low-fat, high-carbohydrate nutritional guidelines promoted by the health care community, they were not losing much weight. They were not regulating their blood sugar levels. They were not lowering their cholesterol or reducing their blood pressure.
In the mid-1990s, I began to have some health problems of my ownýnamely, I couldn't keep my energy levels up. I've always been a very active person. In high school, I was an All-American wrestler. And as a doctor, I loved cross-training for triathlons.
So I was riding my bike, swimming, and running. I was also training a couple mornings a week in a form of Brazilian jujitsu. I was taking my supplements. And I was on my high-carb, low-fat diet. When it came to training and nutrition, I was doing everything right. I figured I should be a superhuman. Instead I was exhausted.
I'd have my high-carb meal, pasta with low-fat red sauce and some veggies, and about half an hour later, I felt as though I needed to take a nap. I knew something was wrong. I even had my blood tested to see if I had anemia.
I then became aware of nutritional principles popularized by bestselling books such as Enter the Zone by Barry Sears, Ph.D., and Protein Power by Michael Eades, M.D., and Mary Eades, M.D. According to these books, you could increase your energy levels by regulating your blood sugars.
The key was to eat protein-rich, favorable-carbohydrate mealsýnot eliminate all carbohydrates, just increase the protein and ease off the unfavorable forms of carbohydrates.
So I decided to give the Zone a try. For one thing, the physiology behind this way of eating made sense. For another, this was a balanced approach to eating, not some extreme alternative such as diet pills or liquid meals.
The results were fantastic. Within about two weeks my energy levels soared. I also lost about five pounds around the middle. Remember, all I wanted was more energy. The weight loss was a bonus! Most of all, I was excited about the prospect of sharing this information with my patients.
But unfortunately, I couldn't tell my patients to go out and buy these books because they were too technical for most people to understand. So I did more research and used my personal experience to make this exciting information accessible and easy to use in the real world.
The dramatic results I began to see in my patients were nothing short of life-changing. Patients who were obese have lost the weight. In many cases, their M.D.s have taken them off their high blood pressure medications, their diabetes medications, and their cholesterol medications. And the weight has stayed off. Total Health is not some fad diet. It's a way of eating that will work for the rest of your life.