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The Atkins Diet Food Guide Pyramid, Part 5: Appetite Suppression Effects

Sunday, July 18, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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Tags: Atkins Diet, Food Guide Pyramid, low-carb diet


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A person who truly applies the Atkins Food Guide Pyramid will notice something interesting: any hunger pangs they used to experience will seem to fade away. In fact, the combination of foods and ingredients suggested by the Atkins pyramid have powerful appetite suppressing effects. Here's why:

For starters, all proteins tend to satiate hunger. When they are consumed with a small amount of healthy fats (such as egg yolks, the soy fats found in tofu or organic animal fats), they can satiate hunger for hours!

When combined with cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower, this appetite suppressing effect is amplified even further. These vegetables have a very high "bulk factor," meaning they make your stomach feel physically full. This actually signals your appetite control mechanism to settle down, since the body thinks that a full stomach is probably full of useful, calorie-rich food, regardless of what's actually in it. (You can fill your stomach with water and psyllium husk fiber and it will turn off your hunger for a while, too.) Cruciferous vegetables accomplish this nicely by providing fibrous bulk mixed with slow-digesting carbohydrates that provide a slow trickle of caloric energy over the next few hours.

If a person eats fruits or carbohydrates after getting their fill of proteins and vegetables, they get an even more powerful appetite suppressing effect. The natural sugars found in fruits won't spike blood sugar levels when those fruits are mixed with proteins, fats and vegetable fibers in the stomach. In this way, a low-carb dieter can effectively slash the glycemic index of fruits and carbs by loading their stomachs with slow-digesting foods first. That's why I always consume fruits on a nearly-full stomach. That way, they are digested slowly, right along with all the other high-fiber foods already taking up space in the stomach.

For these reasons (and several others that space doesn't allow me to explore), the Atkins Food Guide Pyramid is also a craving control pyramid that, if followed, will result in powerful appetite suppressing effects. That's good news for most Atkins dieters, since it is precisely the carbohydrate cravings that tend to drive us all crazy, right? If we can suppress the carbohydrate cravings in the first place, we can more closely follow the Atkins diet and experience lasting success from it.

What I'm excited about right here is that the Atkins Food Guide Pyramid doubles as a map for suppressing carbohydrate cravings! Eat from the bottom up (proteins first, vegetables second, fruits third, etc.) and you'll probably feel full by the time you get to the carbs anyway.

Do you see how there's much more to the Atkins pyramid than meets the eye? It is truly a marvel of nutritional wisdom, and its apparent simplicity can only be the result of intelligent, thoughtful design that greatly surpasses anything the USDA has produced (or will ever, most likely).

This article is reprinted from Analysis: The Atkins Lifestyle Food Guide Pyramid, a public education ebook provided free of charge by the non-profit Consumer Wellness Research Center.

Next: Part 6: Health Improvements


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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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